The moment happens all the time. It’s usually at the end of the set of the early games, where all kinds of teams are coming back or putting up some massive yardage totals in garbage time.
It’s the moment; the moment your team gains 30 fantasy points in a matter of seconds. It’s that moment where you make really weird noises, screaming or grunting awkwardly, and your significant other looks at you as though you were just sent from another planet.
You know what I’m talking about. The moment. When you realize there’s hope. The moment. When you notice that you, as a 40-point underdog, have a shot at winning your fantasy match against the only undefeated team in the league.
I had my moment last week. In one league, I was starting Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Greg Olsen. The Panthers tight end snagged his second touchdown of the game at nearly the exact same time Stafford threw a touchdown to Megatron. I’m sure the noise I made when it happened sounded something like a 12-year old girl screaming at a surprise birthday party. But whatever, it was pure joy. It was absolute happiness.
Each week, as I write this column, I think about these moments. I sincerely hope I can create them for you.
Really Neat Week 11 Players
Ryan Tannehill is really neat.
After a bad performance against the Titans, I think Tannehill has a real opportunity to turn things around versus a porous Bills defense.
Andrew Luck is really neat.
Luck still doesn’t have a bad matchup until the Colts play the Texans in Week 15. He could get a ton of junk points in his Week 11 matchup versus New England.
Cam Newton is really neat.
Although Philip Rivers looked awful in the second half against Tampa Bay, we can’t be blind to the fact that Rivers did still throw for over 330 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Carson Palmer is really neat.
Against New Orleans, Carson Palmer should continue his garbage time frenzy.
Nick Foles is really neat.
If you’re looking for a quarterback, Foles has a nice matchup against one of the worst pass defenses in the league. He’s a risk, of course, but you could come out big.
Reggie Bush is really neat.
After being benched last week post-fumble, Bush has a huge opportunity to right his wrong against the league worst team versus running backs.
Marcel Reece is really neat.
In PPR leagues especially, I could see Reece snagging another 6 or 7 catches and running for 50 to 60 yards. He’s a great flex or RB2 option this week.
Steven Jackson is really neat.
Jackson surprised us all against San Francisco last week, and I could see him doing it again against the Jets who are allowing the 5th most points to opposing running backs.
Jamaal Charles is really neat.
Anyone worried about Charles shouldn’t be. The Chiefs, against the Bengals this week, need him to get going in order to have a shot at winning. You can’t bench Charles.
CJ Spiller is really neat.
While Miami is pretty good against the run, Spiller has an opportunity to do his thing without Fred Jackson in the lineup. Don’t bench him because of the matchup.
Denarius Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey are really neat.
Both receivers have fantastic matchups against New Orleans, and like their quarterback, should get some yardage in the fourth quarter after the Raiders lose any hope of winning.
Brandon LaFell is really neat.
In deeper leagues, LaFell could provide a nice bye week fill-in against Tampa Bay. The Bucs have surrendered six touchdowns to opposing receivers over the last four weeks.
Donnie Avery is really neat.
The Colts may have an opportunity to get the ball downfield against the Patriots, and in this case, the recipient of those passes will be Donnie Avery. Reggie Wayne is obviously a must start, but Avery could also be a good start.
Antonio Gates is really neat.
I’ll mention it again – Denver cannot defend tight ends. My Greg Olsen love from last week proved to be logical, and the same holds true for Gates this week.
Brent Celek is really neat.
There’s no telling if the phrase “a tight end is a rookie quarterback’s best friend” is true, but Celek faces a Washington defense this week that has given up a tight end touchdown all but three weeks. Also, they’ve surrendered double-digit tight end points in over half of their games played.
Greg Olsen is really neat.
I’m back on Olsen this week against the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay has given up four touchdowns to tight ends over the last four weeks, and 15 receptions over the last two.
The Bengals defense is really neat.
Coming off a big performance against the Giants, the Bengals defense looks to continue against the league worst offense from a fantasy perspective. The Bengals are a great start this week.
Other Really Neat Players: Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Doug Martin, Arian Foster, Stevan Ridley, AJ Green, Demaryius Thomas, Roddy White, Julio Jones, Calvin Johnson, Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham, Jason Witten, Texans D/ST, Bears D/ST, Broncos D/ST
Take a Seat Week 11 Players
Colin Kaepernick should take a seat.
I actually like Kaepernick’s long-term fantasy value, but considering he’s facing the Bears this week, I’ll pass.
Joe Flacco should take a seat.
In order for the Steelers to win, they need to play some unbelievable defense. They’ve stepped up with Polamalu out, and I think the typical Ravens versus Steelers bloody matchup will happen again Sunday.
Frank Gore should take a seat.
If you own him, don’t expect a whole lot out of Gore against Chicago. I’m not saying to completely bench the guy, but be sure to play your lineup smart if you’re slotting Gore as a starting running back.
Rashad Jennings should take a seat.
He disappointed many last week against Indianapolis, and the road is much tougher this week against Houston. Rashad Jennings (no, it’s not Rashard) is not worth anything more than a low-end flex spot for Week 11.
Pierre Thomas should take a seat.
The status of Darren Sproles appears to still be uncertain, but Pierre Thomas has legitimately looked like the worst running back in the Saints backfield. Chris Ivory and Mark Ingram are both better fantasy options.
Steeler running backs should take a seat.
Now, I understand the Baltimore defense has struggled against the run this year, but we have to be smart here. Byron Leftwich is in at quarterback, and the Ravens could easily sit 7 or 8 in the box to defend the Steelers. Add in the fact that Mendenhall could return, and you’ve got yourself a good old fashioned 3-headed running back-by-committee. If Mendenhall does sit, Jonathan Dwyer would be my choice as a flex back.
Larry Fitzgerald should take a seat.
Atlanta ranks 4th against wide receivers in fantasy, and Larry Fitzgerald is no longer the must start player he typically is. If you have another good option, feel free to bench Fitz. Otherwise, keep him in the lineup, but don’t have unbelievable expectations.
Malcom Floyd should take a seat.
I’d be willing to guess that Champ Bailey will cover Floyd, and if that’s the case, Floyd should be benched. Bailey, as well as the Denver defense, as been lights out.
Jaguar receivers should take a seat.
I just can’t trust a single Jacksonville Jag against Houston this week.
Jacob Tamme and Joel Dreesen should take a seat.
San Diego, while their defense isn’t anything spectacular, is actually giving up the 4th least points to opposing tight ends this season.
The Cardinals defense should take a seat.
Once a fantasy gold, the Cardinals face Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons. At home. Stay away.
Other take a seat players: Sam Bradford, Jason Campbell, Michael Turner, James Starks, Alex Green, Michael Bush, Kendall Hunter, Torrey Smith, Robert Meachem, Brandon Marshall, Michael Crabtree, Mike Williams, Colts D/ST, Chargers D/ST