Fantasy Football Insider - Week 11

by Tim Heaney and Nicholas Minnix on November 19, 2010 @ 20:40:00 PDT


Wide receivers

  • Early Doucet received a bunch of looks and had a nice game last week because the Arizona Cardinals were playing catch-up; he's not threatening for the No. 2 spot or anything like that.
  • Roddy White has 20 third-down catches this year. Seventeen have gone for first downs. Why do people still think tight end Tony Gonzalez is the better Atlanta Falcons weapon for that situation?
  • Mohamed Massaquoi gets the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 11 - probably the best matchup for the Cleveland Browns' wideout all year. Quarterback Colt McCoy is showing a better rhythm with M&M; McCoy has been putting in some extra work on the side trying to gain a better rapport with the first teamers.
  • More Browns notes: with Joshua Cribbs (toes) looking iffy for Sunday, expect an increased dose of Chansi Stuckey in Cleveland's passing game.
  • Sidney Rice (hip) said he'd play, but our Minnesota Vikings scribe was skeptical of that. We'll know Saturday afternoon, but it's a high-risk fantasy situation to count on him. Either way, Percy Harvin remains the No. 1 target in terms of looks even when Rice comes back.
  • Mario Manningham excelled in Steve E. Smith's (pectoral) absence, but Manningham might draw some double teams from Hakeem Nicks. The Giants don't have a reliable third wideout (Derek Hagan and Duke Calhoun are sort of battling for it), and the top two options should still see ample defensive attention.
  • Jacoby Ford will be bumped to the No. 3 wideout hole when Darrius Heyward-Bey (shoulder) returns - not this week - but the former has made some tough catches. Ford is polished and not just a sprinter. Let's not compare him to a young James Jett yet, but there are hints of it.
  • The San Diego Chargers' Malcom Floyd (hamstring) will play barring a setback. Unfortunately, his matchup with the Denver Broncos' Champ Bailey doesn't bode well for him.
  • Deon Butler's demotion stemmed from his inability to gain yards after the catch and running his routes poorly. Ben Obomanu earned Butler's job by being a better run blocker and a better yards-after-the-catch accumulator. He's a more polished football player than Butler and has a better knowledge of their West Coast system. Of course, this might give Butler more opportunities for big plays by playing against lesser cornerbacks, so don't panic if you're still hanging on to Butler.
  • Golden Tate? Not even close to touching Seattle's starting lineup. The talented wideout still isn't polished.
  • The St. Louis Rams don't want to risk using Danario Alexander (knee) much whenever he comes back, which is likely to be Week 12. Even in Alexander's absence, Mardy Gilyard hasn't received much of a chance to take advantage; St. Louis doesn't run many four-wides, and he hasn't done enough to penetrate the trio of Danny Amendola, Brandon Gibson and Laurent Robinson
  • Sidney Rice, WR, Minnesota Vikings
    May not be worth the risk
    This Sunday, Randy Moss should see upwards of double his four targets from Week 10. It'll probably be a heavier dose of deep routes - not likely a target over the middle. He's still trying to get up to speed in the offense, and he might have a tough time with Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall this weekend.
  • Emmanuel Sanders has way more talent and speed than Antwaan Randle El does, but he also has plenty to learn. Don't expect a coup at the Pittsburgh Steelers' No. 3 any time soon.

Tight ends

Place kickers

  • The Pittsburgh Steelers released Jeff Reed because they were tired of his complaints about Heinz Field's choppy turf. The team didn't want to take its chances with a guy who might be approaching kicks with a built-in excuse. Reed isn't the first kicker to complain about Heinz's soft sod, which may get worse only because it's the site of multiple amateur tilts.
  • If Aaron Pettrey does well in his first week with the Cincinnati Bengals, expect him to stick around for at least a bit. Free agent Jeff Reed still needs to get his head on straight. Pettrey probably will be allowed to attempt a field goal of around 45 yards, but anything more toward 50 probably will be an issue for head coach Marvin Lewis.
  • No New York Jets noise on replacing Nick Folk. His two bad games this year (Green Bay Packers, wind; Cleveland Browns, soggy field) can be blamed at least partially on the elements.
  • The Tennessee Titans' Rob Bironas (back) shouldn't have any issues with his normal kicking abilities this week.

Team defenses

  • Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed said he's still in training camp mode and might not be 100 percent healthy all year. The secondary is still being tinkered with around him, too.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Rashean Mathis remains a liability. Coming off a horrible Week 10, he has been in extra meetings with coaches. Maybe he comes out of it motivated, but he has been giving wideouts too much cushion and allowing them to burn him. Not a good combo.

Around the league

  • The change in atmosphere around Jason Garrett's Dallas Cowboys is palpable. There's a good chance Garrett returns as full-time head coach next year, and owner-general manager Jerry Jones has lobbied the league to allow him to bypass the Rooney Rule.
  • The Denver Broncos had a more detailed early-game script in their Week 10 contest with the Kansas City Chiefs, thanks to an extra bye week of preparation. They probably won't be that detailed moving forward, but if they can avoid more early-game, drive-killing penalties, they'll have more success.
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