A Look at Week 11

Michael Vick did not practice on Wednesday and his status is up in the air. Adam Schefter reported it looks unlikely Vick will play so you can bump all your Eagles down a notch. Vince Young has not looked good at all in his limited snaps and with Jeremy Maclinpossibly out with a sprained AC joint, his job gets that much tougher. We should see Lesean McCoy get a very heavy work load, so he looks like the best alternative on this team. Desean Jackson will likely see more targets, but I don’t have faith in Young’s ability to get him the ball.

It looks like Brandon Jacobs will carry the load against the Eagles after Ahmad Bradshaw missed practice again today. The Eagles secondary has played better as of late, but their 17th ranked run defense has had consistent issues all year. Presuming Vick misses this week, I expect the Giants to have plenty of possessions which should result in Jacobs receiving a few goal line touches to cash in on. Of course you have to start Nicks and Manningham, but I see Ballard and Cruz actually having better days. Nicks and Manningham will draw the majority of the attention from Cromartie and Asomugha which will leave Cruz and Ballard facing the weaker parts of this secondary. Ballard especially creates a mismatch in space and could wind up with plenty of targets.

Expecting Champ Bailey to guard against Santonio Holmes, I see plenty of upside for Plaxico Burress Thursday night. Burress does not pump out yardage, but he had 4 red-zone targets last week and has scored 4 touchdowns in his last three games. It looks likeTomlinson will be doubtful this week so Shonn Greene is set up to have a very heavy day against the Broncos middle of the pack (16th) run defense.

While Tim Tebow carries heavy value because of his legs, this may be the week he is useless fantasy wise. Yes, he has been a fantasy monster and now has 6 games with at least one rushing and once passing score, but this will be the toughest defense he has faced all year. The Lions are far worse against the run and we saw Tebow embarrassed that week. Willis McGahee will be far from 100%, leaving Lance Ball to probably carry the load. Not great options against a Jets team needing to make a statement.

I may be the only one to take the risk, but I believe the Chargers will post great numbers vs. the Bears defense this week. The Bears have been playing lights out the past few weeks, but I am not sold on their 29th ranked secondary. As bad as Stafford was last week, he still threw for 321 yards and all three wide receivers finished with no less than 74 yards each. The Bears linebackers have done superb in coverage, but Antonio Gates is the first complete Tight End they will have faced since Jermichael Finley posted an 85 yard, 3 score day on them. Combine that with the ability of Ryan Mathews out of the backfield with Vincent Jackson the rise of Vincent Brownthen I think you have one of the tougher match ups the Bears have had in some time. Mike Tolbert should even produce as the Chargers will use the back in goal line situations against this tough front.

On the flip side, Matt Forte should have a very good performance against the Chargers 24th run defense which is allowing 127 YPG. When Michael Bush catches 3 passes for 85 yards then rushes for 157, you know you have issues. Bush is a great back, but he is not Forte and anyone who watched the game last week could see a faster back would have had an even better day than Bush’s monster performance.

As if Aaron Rodgers needed any more help, he faces the reeling Bucs which have been equally sad against the pass (28) and run (29). Rodgers is in a league of his own this season and should have no problem taking advantage of the Bucs this week. Start ALL of your PACKERS!

While the Bucs have been anemic offensively, there is a small suspicion that Mike Williams and Kellen Winslow may have solid games. The Packers are weak against the pass (31st) and the Bucs will most likely be playing from behind which means plenty of opportunities. There is also the confidence factor; Josh Freeman had his first NFL win against the Packers two seasons ago and he knows a win here could turn their season around.

If you have Jackie Battle or any other Chiefs players, plan on benching them. The Patriots will stack the box and send plenty of heat atTaylor Palko, testing the second year pro who has only 13 pass attempts in his career to beat them.

Given the situation of the Chiefs, start all of your Patriot stars. I would even recommend Ochocinco this week after having his best performance as a Pat last week.  His heart to heart conversation with Brady seems to have paid off and if it’s going to continue this is about as good a shot as any.

If you have Felix Jones and are in need of a decent play at a Flex Spot, use him. Jones gashed the Skins for 115 yards their last meeting and Jerry Jones expects Felix to have 10 or more touches. Demarco Murray will still have the lions share of the carries, but Jones could be effective if your stud has a bye and you are left scrambling. You also have to run with Romo, Bryant, Witten, and Robinson. The Cowboys are at their best when Romo lets it rip and they will need to test the Skins 9th ranked secondary early to keep them from building confidence.

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