Fantasy Football Week 11: Sunday's Studs and Duds
With only one game remaining in Week 11, I took a look at some of yesterday's outstanding (and not-so-outstanding) performances.
Here are some Week 11 Fantasy Football Studs from Sunday:
QB - Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals:
Completing passes to nine different receivers, Palmer threw for 419 yards, which is his best output since 2006, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Even though he still has more interceptions (15) on the season than he has touchdowns (14), Palmer has now thrown multiple touchdowns in three straight games.
QB - Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers:
No quarterback has more fantasy points through Sunday's games than Big Ben, who threw for 367 yards and four touchdowns. It was the second time in three weeks that Roethlisberger threw four touchdown passes.
Next week, the Steelers face the Browns, who have allowed 14 passing touchdowns in their past five games after allowing only two of them in their first five games this season.
QB - Matt McGloin, Oakland Raiders:
Even though he threw for less than 200 yards (197), McGloin will finish as a top-10 fantasy quarterback in his first-ever start. As tweeted/re-tweeted on Sunday, McGloin was the first undrafted rookie free agent with three touchdown passes since 1976.
RB - Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
No player had more fantasy points on Sunday than Rainey, who had 34 points in standard-scoring formats. Rainey leads all players this week in carries (30) and rushing yards (163) and only Marshawn Lynch has scored as many touchdowns (three) as Rainey this week.
RB - Rashad Jennings, Oakland Raiders:
Jennings rushed 22 times for a career-high 150 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. With Darren McFadden (hamstring) sidelined for most of the past three weeks, Jennings has 431 yards from scrimmage, 11 receptions and three touchdowns in that stretch.
Especially if McFadden misses another week, Jennings gets an ideal matchup next week against the Titans, who have allowed multiple rushing touchdowns in five consecutive games.
RB - LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles:
The only back with more fantasy points this week than McCoy was Rainey. Not only did McCoy score twice, but he had 150 yards from scrimmage in the Eagles' third consecutive win.
RB - Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks:
Even though he rushed for only 54 yards, Lynch scored three times this weekend and had the third-most fantasy points among running backs. Lynch now has back-to-back games with 20-plus fantasy points and double-digit fantasy points in seven of his past eight games.
RB - Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens:
Rice rushed for a season-high 150 yards and a touchdown as he scored 20 fantasy points for the first time this season against a generous Bears' rush defense. With his strong outing, he was able to boost his yards-per-carry average to 3.0 this season.
The Ravens and Rice have a tough matchup next week against the Jets, who lead the NFL in rushing defense this season.
WR - Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers: It didn't take long for Brown to put his name on the list as he scored 22 fantasy points with four receptions for 105 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter alone. Brown finished the game with 7/147/2 and has 100-plus yards in two consecutive games and double-digit fantasy points in three consecutive games.
WR - Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions:
With a line of 6/179/2, no receiver had more fantasy points on Sunday than Megatron (29) and he now has a streak of four games with 20-plus fantasy points. During that stretch, he has 35 receptions for 746 yards and seven touchdowns.
WR - Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns:
Gordon had his fourth 100-yard game of the season as he finished with five receptions for 125 yards and a touchdown. Despite missing the first two games of the season, Gordon has 40 receptions for 751 yards and four touchdowns. The only receivers not on suspension or injured reserve that are averaging more yards per game than Gordon (93.8) are Megatron (120.3), Andre Johnson (96.6) and Brown (95.2).
WR - Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals:
In addition to his 91-yard touchdown, Floyd also had another 102 receiving yards on the day. His 193 yards was a career high and only the second 100-yard game of his career.
WR - Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
A bit of a boom-or-bust WR1, Jackson has been all "boom" against the Falcons. In his two games against his NFC South rival this season, Jackson has 10/138/2 (Week 7) and 10/165/1 (Week 11).
WR - Harry Douglas, Atlanta Falcons:
Douglas had six receptions for 134 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. It was his third 100-yard game (and second versus the Bucs) in the past five weeks and he has 35/535/2 during that span.
TE - Garrett Graham, Houston Texans:
Graham had seven receptions for 136 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. Along with Coby Fleener's 107 yards on Thursday, Graham is one of only two tight ends to have 100-plus yards so far this week. No tight end has more fantasy points than Graham this week.
TE - Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins:
Clay scored more fantasy points yesterday (15 points) than he had in his previous four games combined (14). He finished with six receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown.
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Here are some Week 11 Fantasy Football Duds from Sunday:
QB - Geno Smith, New York Jets: Smith was so bad on Sunday (everyone say, "how bad was he?") that Tim Tebow scored four more fantasy points than Smith. Geno completed only eight of 23 pass attempts for 103 yards and turned the ball over four times before being benched.
RB - C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills:
In two games against the Jets this season, Spiller has a total of one fantasy point. He carried the ball 13 times for only six yards yesterday and has 23 carries for 15 yards in his two games against the Jets this season. Fred Jackson wasn't much better as he had only 39 YFS.
RB - Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals:
Entering the week averaging more than seven yards per carry, Ellington carried the ball eight times against the Jaguars for only three yards. He added two receptions for 10 yards, but scored only one fantasy point despite the great matchup.
RB - Willis McGahee, Cleveland Browns:
It was expected that McGahee's role would diminish after he carried the ball 21 times for 31 yards before the bye, but he gained just 13 yards on six carries and now has three or less fantasy points in five consecutive games. Owned in 17 percent of Yahoo! leagues, that is 17 percent too much.
RB - Brian Leonard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
Expected to split the workload with Rainey, Leonard had just eight touches (four carries and four receptions) for 37 yards. Going forward, Rainey is clearly the Bucs' running back to own.
RB - Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions:
Highly productive in his previous two games, Bush really struggled on Sunday and had a season-low three fantasy points. He had 54 yards from scrimmage and a lost fumble as Joique Bell was much more productive (14 points).
RB - Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers: Against a generous Dolphins run defense, Woodhead had only 37 YFS and two receptions. It was the first time since Week 1 that Woodhead had less than four receptions in a game.
RB - Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers:
Gore had double-digit fantasy points in his previous seven games, but he saw that streak came to an end on Sunday as he finished with just four points. He rushed for just 48 yards, which is his lowest total since Week 2.
WR - A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals:
Green entered Week 11 with five consecutive 100-yard games, but Browns cornerback Joe Haden limited Green to just two receptions for seven yards.
WR - DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans:
WR - Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars:
Shorts had just two receptions for 22 yards and it wasn't just his fantasy owners that were frustrated. Shorts himself said after the game: "To have one target until seven minutes left in the game, that's [bleeping] dumb. That's dumb, period."
WR - Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles:
Cooper led the Eagles receivers in targets (seven) yesterday, but he finished with only three receptions for 37 yards and no touchdowns. In his previous two games, he had eight receptions for 241 yards and five touchdowns.
WR - Golden Tate, Seattle Seahawks: Tate had only one reception for 26 yards against the Vikings on Sunday. Tate has been consistently inconsistent over the past four weeks: 21, 2, 16 and 2 fantasy points. With Percy Harvin returning to the field, Tate should see a somewhat diminished role after the bye.
TE - Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns: Even though Cameron had six receptions, he finished with only 29 yards and two fantasy points. He has now had his two worst performances in back-to-back games.
TE - Tim Wright, Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
Wright had just one reception and one fantasy point for a second consecutive week after posting double-digit fantasy points in each of his previous two games.
My Week 12 fantasy football rankings will be released later today.