Weekly Fantasy Roundup: Bench/Start Week 11
QB Brett Favre (Jets) - The Bad Guy is once again going to suggest keeping #4 on your bench this week when the Jets travel to New England to take on the Patriots. The future hall of famer had a decent game against the Rams in Week 10, but Favre faces a much tougher opponent Thursday night and is sure to get knocked around by one of the NFL’s top all around defenses. Bill Beeeelichick is THE best game planning coach out there, and is sure to come up with a scheme that will limit Favre, and ultimately frustrate the fantasy owners that started him.
WR Bernard Berrian (Vikings) - Berrian had been on fire as of late, scoring in four straight games and averaging over 100 yards per contest, but was completely shut down and held without a catch against Green Bay in Week 10. Minnesota’s #1 WR let down many a fantasy owner with his performance, and is likely to do so again in Week 11 when the Vikings head to Tampa Bay to take on one of the NFL’s best pass defenses. The Buccaneers have not allowed more than 65 receiving yards to any one WR in their past three games, and after coming off a bye, will look to keep that trend going in Week 11.
RB Warrick Dunn (Buccaneers) - With Earnest Graham very questionable to play this week against the Vikings, Dunn has a good chance to see the majority of the carries on Sunday against Minnesota. Keep your predictions in check though, as the 5’9 former Florida State standout is not 100% healthy himself, and with the return of Cadillac Williams looming, Dunn makes for a risky play. If you are in need of a RB this week, you might want to consider throwing Dunn in there, just don’t expect too much out of him.
QB Tyler Thigpen (Chiefs) - The seventh pick of the seventh round of the 2007 NFL draft is starting to make some noise, and it’s time for fantasy owners to take notice. In his past three games, Thigpen has put up 710 passing yards, 6 TDs, 0 INTs, and 68 rushing yards, and faces a New Orleans D that just lost its top CB Mike McKenzie to a broken knee cap. With Tony Gonzalez, Dwayne Bowe, and emerging WR Mark Bradley at his disposal, Thigpen again makes for a fantastic play in week 11.
WR Mark Bradley (Chiefs) - As mentioned above, this former Chicago Bears’ bust is starting to quiet his critics and show that he’s more than capable of playing at the NFL level. Since Tyler Thigpen reemerged as Kansas City’s starting QB, Bradley has averaged six catches and over 60 yards per contest, and has scored a TD in two of those three games. With defenses needing to focus on Tony Gonzalez and Dwayne Bowe, Bradley has benefited from one on one coverage the past couple of weeks, and should see more of the same in Week 11.
RB Deangelo Williams (Panthers) - Deangelo has been putting up very respectable numbers as of late, and faces a Detroit D that seems to get worse and worse every Sunday. The week after they gave up 155 rushing yards and two rushing TDs to the Bears in Week 9, the Lions allowed 157 yards on the ground and three rushing TDs to the Jaguars in Week 10. With rookie RB Jonathan Stewart still not quite 100%, look for Williams to handle almost all of the load again in Week 11. The potential is there for a huge day, so make sure you get him in your lineups.