Fantasy Outlook: Week 11
While we were away, my fantasy team unfortunately suffered it's first defeat at the hands of my newly confident brother in-law. In fact, everyone else in our league would have beaten me this past week since I had the lowest score out of everyone. It was bound to happen at some point.
But I've moved on, and have shifted my focus to Week 11. That's the key to fantasy football - you can't dwell on your losses! So pick your head up, strap on your boots and think of a couple more lame cliches because we're in the homestretch to the playoffs!
Looking ahead to Sunday's game against the Eagles, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense could be in line for another, big fantasy outing. Speaking strictly to on-field statistics, the Eagles are currently ranked 22nd against the pass giving up an average of 251 yards per game and 19 touchdowns on the year, and are ranked 19th against the run (115 yards/game, 4 total TDs).
Looking at fantasy stats, the Eagles are allowing 22 points per game to quarterbacks, 18 points to running backs and 26 points to wide receivers. So if the numbers I've given haven't persuaded you yet - START ALL PACKERS this week! And by all, I mean the big four - Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Eddie Lacy. Davante Adams could also be a sneaky sleeper tonight if you're in a deeper league.
With the Eagles' high-octane, fast-paced offense, it may be risky starting the Packers D/ST this coming week - even after their impressive performance this past Sunday. The Eagles average 31 points per game, and I'd be more confident in the offense scoring enough points to win, rather than the defense getting a needed, late-game stop.
For those of you in the playoff hunt, the Packers have a pretty favorable schedule moving forward. They play at Minnesota and home against New England to wrap up the fantasy regular season, and then play Atlanta at home, at Buffalo and at Tampa Bay to round out the playoffs.
Not too shabby! Playoff schedules are always something to keep in mind at this point in the season. You can use that information to trade for players with favorable schedules, or trade away players with harder schedules. Can make a huge difference!
Looking to the rest of the league for Week 11, there are some intriguing fantasy match-ups on tap!
Can Smokin' Jay Cutler and the Bears "juggernaut" offense get things back on track versus the Vikings? You'd like to think so, but the Vikings are currently ranked #9 in total yardage allowed at only 326 yards per game. Matt Forte will get his yardage and probably a couple touchdowns, but I'm not confident that Chicago gets their first, home win this week.
Denver travels to St. Louis to play the Rams, and you can expect Peyton Manning and the Broncos to continue their offensive onslaught. Demaryius Thomas hasn't caught a touchdown in his last three games - a career-long drought - so you can look for Manning to help break that streak. He seems to target receivers who haven't caught scores in a while. Just ask Julius Thomas!
The marquee match-up of the week has New England traveling to Indianapolis on Sunday night. Tom Brady vs Andrew Luck. Two high-scoring offenses who are both clicking on all cylinders recently. Luck hasn't had great results against the Patriots in his career so far, but hopefully the third time is the charm. It'd be a real passing-of-the-torch kind of thing if he bested Brady, I think.
I hope you haven't given up on your fantasy team yet! How is your team doing?