The fact that we’ve reached Week 11 of the NFL season and it still feels like the second week of September is really messing with my head.
Fortunately, I have the success of my fantasy football teams to keep me sane. Week 11 provides us with another exploitable slate of matchup’s to take advantage of as we make that final push towards the playoffs.
So let’s just skip the pleasantries this week and get right to the grind with Blen’s Week 11 Fantasy matchup plays beginning with my favorite Pokemon of all time.
I choose you, Charmeleon!
I’m sure West has heard that one by now as he’s become a household fantasy name since Jamaal Charles‘ devastating ACL injury. He’s been playing an obnoxious amount of snaps (some 83 percent) and has effectively relegated Knile Davis to his couch to listen to Miles Davis.
He’ll see over 25 touches in this game against the worst fantasy defense against opposing running backs in San Diego. The Chargers are a far cry from Denver’s stout unit that West ended up gashing for 161 yards and two touchdowns, including a screen pass he took 80 yards to the house.
He’s not a top five name but he’s 100 percent a top five play at the position, and probably overall, in Week 11.
Golden Tate is that crazy ex-girlfriend you can’t help but run back to. He was that way on the Seahawks. He’s been that way on the Lions. In such fashion, it’s weeks like his 18-target game against the Cardinals that makes you forget about his multiple weeks at only four or less targets.
This week against the Raiders, Tate should see his normal average of targets in a shootout type game that should feature quite a bit of passing the ball. If there’s any week that I’m guaranteeing a 100-yard and a touchdown game for ‘Golden the former Golden Domer’ it’s this one.
You’re going to have to monitor the injury report for this because McFadden was a mid-week addition with a groin injury. However, all indications and reports say that it was merely precautionary.
When he does go it’s an A1 matchup and situation for him to continue the solid season he’s put together in 2015. For one, Tony Romo is back. That means two things, the Cowboys are still going to commit to the run game despite having his quarterback back and that the defense won’t be able to stack the box like they did against Matt Cassel or Brandon Weeden.
There’s going to be more open lanes for McFadden against this Dolphins defense than at a Six Flags in late October. And with the release of Christine Michael, the Cowboys backfield is McFadden, Rod Smith (not the WR Rod Smith), Robert Turbin (like 4th team in 5 games), and Trey Williams.
I’ll just leave that right there.
I like Matthew Stafford this week a lot, too. But I opted to give you Golden Tate from the Lions offense because I like Derek Carr in that QB battle that much more. He’s, at this moment, the ninth highest scoring QB in fantasy football and has topped the 300-yard mark in five games this season—including the last three.
The Lions secondary is banged up across the board, with No. 1 corner Darius Slay on the shelf and Rashean Mathis in concussion protocol. It’s not unfathomable to see Carr slash through that 300-yard, three touchdown ceiling he has against Detroit in Week 11.
I don’t know why I’m doing this to you (or myself) but I am. Start Jimmy Graham this week.
He hasn’t found the end zone since Week 3 vs the Bears and he hasn’t topped 100 yards since the Seahawks game against Carolina. He hasn’t had 100 yards AND a touchdown yet this season compared to six such games in the previous two seasons in New Orleans.
But this is the week. The Seahawks need a win, and need their offense to produce points. I’m expecting that Graham has either 100 yards or a touchdown, perhaps both, for the first time this season against San Francisco.