Fantasy Football Week 11 Projections: 6 TD Machines You Must Start
Week 11 of the 2011 fantasy football season is now underway, and with the stretch run upon us every lineup decision grows in importance as teams jockey for playoff position or try to keep their fading playoff dreams from becoming a nightmare.
To help those owners keep steaming towards the second season here's a look at half a dozen fantasy options for this week that have an excellent chance of finding the end zone, so fantasy owners of these players would be well served to continue inserting them into their starting lineups.
1. Jay Cutler: QB, Chicago Bears (vs. SD)
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Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler hasn't been posting otherworldly numbers during the Bears four-game winning streak, but the sixth-year veteran has been efficient, averaging just over 200 passing yards a game and tossing five touchdown passes over that span.
Cutler's solid play should continue this week against the San Diego Chargers, who have allowed the fourth-most touchdown passes in the National Football League this season and have given up the 13th-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks.
2. Kendall Hunter: RB, San Francisco 49ers (vs. ARI)
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The ankle injury that has nagged at San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore has cast some doubt over his availability for Sunday's tilt with the Arizona Cardinals, and while it appears that Gore will give it a go, his playing time may be limited with a Thursday night game against the Baltimore Ravens looming only four days later.
Gore's gimpy ankle opens the door for added playing time for backup Kendall Hunter, and given that no team in the NFL has given up more rushing touchdowns this season than the Arizona Cardinals, fantasy owners in a pinch at RB may want to roll the dice that Hunter gets significant playing time this week.
3. Maurice Morris: RB, Detroit Lions (vs. CAR)
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Since losing starting running back to a concussion several weeks ago the Detroit Lions running game has been anemic, with running back Maurice Morris failing to cross 60 rushing yards in the past four games and scoring only one touchdown.
If ever there was a week for Morris to have a breakout of sorts this week's matchup with the Carolina Panthers should be it, as the Panthers have allowed both the most rushing touchdowns in the NFL to this point and surrender the most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs.
4. Mario Manningham: WR, New York Giants (vs. PHI)
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Wide receiver Mario Manningham of the New York Giants has been a regular visitor to the end zone of late, scoring a touchdown in each of his past three games while reeling in 15 catches for 173 yards during that stretch.
The fourth-year pro has a solid shot at making it four games in a row with a score this week when the Giants square off with the reeling Philadelphia Eagles, as while they're a middle of the pack fantasy matchup for opposing wideouts they have surrendered 17 touchdowns through the air this season.
5. Denarious Moore: WR, Oakland Raiders (at MIN)
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Rookie wide receiver Denarious Moore of the Oakland Raiders had one of the best games of his brief NFL career in last week's victory over the San Diego Chargers, catching five passes for 123 yards and hauling in a pair of touchdown passes.
Moore seems to have developed a rapport with quarterback Carson Palmer, and that rapport should once again be on display this week against the Minnesota Vikings, who have allowed the third-most touchdown passes in the league and who have given up the second-most fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts.
6. Anthony Fasano: TE, Miami Dolphins (vs. BUF)
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It's been a nightmare of a season on South Beach in 2011, but at least one player appears to be trying to wake up from it, as Miami Dolphins tight end Anthony Fasano has made five catches for 98 yards and two scores during the team's two-game win streak.
The sixth-year veteran has a solid shot at extending his hot streak this week against the Buffalo Bills, who have allowed 14 touchdown passes this year and give up the 11th-most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends.