SBNation Minnesota's week 11 fantasy football projections and rankings

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Matthew Stafford could be in line for a big day against an undermanned Green Bay defense on Sunday.

QUARTERBACKS

LIKE ‘EM

Carson Palmer

The Saints‘ defense has allowed opposing quarterbacks 24+ points six times this season. Palmer has put up 15+ points in all but one game. That sounds like a recipe for success. Palmer’s numbers could be ridiculous in this track meet.

Projection: 26 points

Ryan Tannehill

Tannehill has struggled of late, but I think he figures things out against the Bills’ questionable secondary.

Projection: 17 points

Andy Dalton

With A.J. Green on the outside, you know Dalton is going to throw at least one touchdown. I expect Cincinnati to pick up where they left off last week, and Dalton’s touchdown numbers are benefitting from Green-Ellis’ lack of production.

Projection: 19 points

Matthew Stafford

Stafford is playing well, and will now be taking on an injury-depleted Packer defense at home that will not be featuring Clay Matthews rushing on the edge.

Projection: 20 points

Sleeper: If Jason Campbell plays for Chicago Monday night, I do believe he is a viable option, even against the 49ers’ stout defense. Though he was rough last week, Cutler was not much better in the first half. Also, let’s remember, Campbell was pretty good in Oakland before his injury.

DISLIKE ‘EM

Joe Flacco

Flacco was crucial in Baltimore’s explosion last week against the Raiders, but the Ravens-Steelers battles are traditionally defensive battles, and the Steelers’ defense is hitting its stride.

Projection: 13 points

Matt Schaub

The last time Schaub took on Jacksonville, he came up with just seven points. I expect similar results in this one, as the Jaguars should see a heavy dose of Arian Foster. I would be surprised to see Schaub throw for more than one touchdown.

Projection: 11 points

RUNNING BACKS

LIKE ‘EM

C.J. Spiller

Remember how scary Spiller was at the beginning of the year when he was getting the full work load in Buffalo? Well he gets the same opportunity Thursday against a Dolphin defense that was gashed by CJ2K last week. Spiller is my number two back.

Projection: 20 points

Marcel Reece

Reece is the clear number one receiving option out of Oakland’s backfield. That’s a very good thing for a team putting the ball in the air 53 times per game over their last two.

Projection: 12 points

Felix Jones

Jones has been effective in all facets of the game in the starting role. He should continue his impressive play against a so-so Cleveland run defense.

Projection: 15 points

Sleeper: Daniel Thomas got a lot of work following Bush’s benching last week. If Thomas can see similar action against a shaky Buffalo defense, he could be a sneaky flex play.

DISLIKE ‘EM

Rashad Jennings

Jennings has been surprisingly ineffective in the starting role, which only emphasizes the greatness of Maurice Jones-Drew. It will be tough sledding for Jennings again this week in Houston.

Projection: 7 points

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

Don’t be fooled by the matchup. Green-Ellis hasn’t rushed for 70 yards since week two.

Projection: 6 points

WIDE RECEIVERS

LIKE ‘EM

Denarius Moore

13 receivers have had double-digit fantasy performances in the Saints’ nine games. Moore has scored in five of his last seven games. Moore is a top-ten receiver this week.

Projection: 19 points

Eric Decker

Fear not, Decker owners. He will rebound this week. Decker put up 90 yards and a touchdown earlier this year against the Chargers.

Projection: 14 points

Danny Amendola

After going over 100 yards in his first game back from his collarbone injury, Amendola should be in your starting lineup almost every week. Bradford clearly trusts him and will give him opportunities, and you have to expect Amendola will continue to cash in.

Projection: 13 points

Mike Wallace

It’s tough to love a receiver with Byron Leftwich as his quarterback going up against Baltimore, but I have this feeling that Leftwich is going to unleash his rocket arm for a deep ball to Wallace

Projection: 15 points

Sleeper: Darrius Heyward-Bey has been effective when healthy this year. One thing is for sure, if he is healthy, there will be plenty to go around in Oakland’s passing game against the Saints on Sunday.

DISLIKE ‘EM

Malcom Floyd

Philip Rivers has been shaky of late, and Floyd should draw the undesirable matchup with Champ Bailey in Denver.

Projection: 5 points

Andre Johnson

See Schaub post. The Texans just don’t put the ball in the air very much against inferior competition. Johnson is outside of my top 20 this week.

Projection: 7 points

Torrey Smith

Great week last week but the Steelers have not allowed a 100 yard receiver since week one.

Projection: 7 points

TIGHT ENDS

LIKE ‘EM

Jason Witten

Cleveland is generally very good against tight ends, but with Joe Haden likely shutting down whichever Cowboy receiver he lines up against, Tony Romo could be looking to Witten early and often.

Projection: 14 points

Jermaine Gresham

Kansas City has given up four touchdowns to opposing tight ends this season and Gresham seems to have a nose for the end zone.

Projection: 10 points

Sleeper: It’s hard to believe, but Jermichael Finley may have actually entered sleeper territory. Kyle Rudolph had a solid game against the Lions last week, and with Jordy Nelson likely returning for the Packers, Detroit will have enough to worry about on the outside.

DISLIKE ‘EM

Brent Celek

Celek has been less than spectacular all year, and I expect Foles to have issues in Washington.

Projection: 4 points

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

LIKE ‘EM

Cincinnati


From here on out, playing any defense that’s going up against Kansas City is probably a safe bet.

Projection: 12 points

St. Louis

After some difficult matchups before their bye week, the Rams’ defense once again becomes a viable play this week, as they take on Mark Sanchez and the Jets at home.

Projection: 12 points

DISLIKE ‘EM

Arizona

They have struggled as of late and no defense has had an answer for the Falcons thus far this season.

Projection: 5 points

Remember you can always tweet any additional questions or concerns regarding your fantasy football team to Frederick at@SpaceJace27.

Week 11 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks

1

Aaron Rodgers

2

Drew Brees

3

Tom Brady

4

Peyton Manning

5

Matthew Stafford

6

Robert Griffin III

7

Matt Ryan

8

Carson Palmer

9

Josh Freeman

10

Cam Newton

11

Andrew Luck

12

Tony Romo

13

Andy Dalton

14

Phillip Rivers

15

Matt Schaub

16

Ryan Fitzpatrick

17

Ryan Tannehill

18

Joe Flacco

19

Nick Foles

20

Sam Bradford

21

Jason Campbell

22

Colin Kaepernick

23

Mark Sanchez

24

Brandon Weeden

25

Alex Smith

Running Backs

1

Arian Foster

2

C.J. Spiller

3

Ray Rice

4

Doug Martin

5

LeSean McCoy

6

Alfred Morris

7

Trent Richardson

8

Stevan Ridley

9

Jamaal Charles

10

Frank Gore

11

Willis McGahee

12

Matt Forte

13

Ryan Mathews

14

Reggie Bush

15

Felix Jones

16

Michael Turner

17

Shonn Greene

18

Marcel Reece

19

Steven Jackson

20

Mikel LeShoure

21

LaRod Stephens-Howling

22

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

23

Darren Sproles

24

Jonathon Dwyer

25

Jonathon Stewart

26

Rashad Jennings

27

Donald Brown

28

Daniel Thomas

29

Chris Ivory

30

Vick Ballard

31

Daryl Richardson

32

Alex Green

33

Mark Ingram

34

Isaac Redman

35

Jacquizz Rodgers

36

James Starks

37

Shane Vereen

38

DeAngelo Williams

39

Michael Bush

40

Peyton Hillis

40

Jacquizz Rodgers

Wide Receivers

1

A.J. Green

2

Calvin Johnson

3

Demaryius Thomas

4

Marques Colston

5

Roddy White

6

Reggie Wayne

7

Julio Jones

8

Denarius Moore

9

Brandon Marshall

10

Vincent Jackson

11

Larry Fitzgerald

12

Wes Welker

13

Eric Decker

14

Jordy Nelson

15

Dez Bryant

16

Randall Cobb

17

Mike Wallace

18

Miles Austin

19

Danny Amendola

20

Steve Smith

21

Andre Johnson

22

Torrey Smith

23

DeSean Jackson

24

Dwayne Bowe

25

Steve Johnson

26

Darrius Heyward-Bey

27

Brian Hartline

28

Brandon Lloyd

29

James Jones

30

Jeremy Maclin

31

Mike Williams

32

Malcom Floyd

33

Lance Moore

34

Andre Roberts

35

Titus Young

36

Cecil Shorts

37

Donnie Avery

38

Santana Moss

39

Brandon LaFell

40

Jeremy Kerley

Tight Ends

1

Jimmy Graham

2

Rob Gronkowski

3

Jason Witten

4

Tony Gonzalez

5

Antonio Gates

6

Owen Daniels

7

Vernon Davis

8

Heath Miller

9

Greg Olsen

10

Jermaine Gresham

11

Scott Chandler

12

Brandon Pettigrew

13

Aaron Hernandez

14

Dustin Keller

15

Jermichael Finley

16

Brent Celek

17

Dennis Pitta

18

Logan Paulsen

19

Dwayne Allen

20

Rob Housler

Defense/Special Teams

1

Chicago

2

Houston

3

San Francisco

4

Atlanta

5

Denver

6

Cincinnati

7

Baltimore

8

St. Louis

9

Dallas

10

New York (A)

11

New England

12

Pittsburgh

13

Washington

14

Miami

15

Tampa Bay

16

Green Bay

17

Cleveland

18

Arizona

19

Kansas City

20

New Orleans


*You might notice some projections do not match up with the rankings (Carson Palmer is three spots behind Matthew Stafford, yet I have Palmer projected for six more points). Projections indicate how I believe the players will perform, while rankings indicate who I would start at the position (Stafford may not outscore Palmer this week, but I would still start Stafford over Palmer based solely off upside).

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