Week 11 Thoughts
I hope this finds each of you doing well and in good spirits this week. For most of us, it should be a short work week with plenty of good food, visits with family and friends, and of course, three great NFL games on Thursday.
If you have been reading a few of my articles along the way, you know that I participate in several leagues and I have a lot of different players on each of my teams. I try not to draft similar teams, but sometimes I find myself drafting the same stud players, like Rob Gronkowski. This last week was significant for me in two high stakes fantasy leagues. Week 11 ends the fantasy season and the top four teams participate in a two week league championship in both of these leagues. On Sunday I posted a remarkable 210 and 190 points in those leagues thanks to a combination of the following players on both teams: Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson, A.J. Green, Demaryius Thomas, Marcel Reece, Doug Martin and Rob Gronkowski.
As excited as I was to find out that I had advanced to both league playoffs, I was equally distraught when I found out that Gronkowski suffered a broken forearm. I still have Jason Witten on that team, but losing Gronkowski was a critical blow. I'm hoping Witten can fill part of this void and use the depth on my bench at the WR position to win this weekend. Like all fantasy football players, I have to still work the waiver wire and constantly find ways to upgrade my team. With the broken forearm expect Gronkowski to be out 4-6 weeks minimum. I will drop him from my teams to find another player who might be able to help with my depth. Guys like Marcel Reece, Danario Alexander and Cecil Shorts should not be available in your league if you are playing in a deep league. I am going to look at the following players to see if they are available on my waiver wire.
Week 12 Free Agent Focus
Chad Henne, Jacksonville Jaguars
Where did that performance come from, and where has Justin Blackmon been all year? Henne posted 354 passing yards and 4 TDs against the Houston Texans defense. I could possibly see this explosion against an inexperienced defense, but not the Texans. His performance was unbelievable -- and yes, I benched Blackmon in several leagues because he has been so unreliable thus far. I can't see Jacksonville inserting Blaine Gabbert back into the lineup this weekend. If you are desperate for a QB, look to add Henne this week as he faces the Tennessee Titans' 29th ranked defense.
Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles
If LeSean McCoy misses any time due to his concussion, Bryce Brown will be the lead back. Brown was a top RB coming out of high school. He only played in a few games in college due to an improper benefits scandal. The Eagles drafted him in the 7th round and he is averaging 4.4 yards per carry. If McCoy is out this weekend, Bryce Brown should be added immediately to your roster.
Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos
With Willis McGahee out for the season in Denver due to a torn MCL, Hillman and Lance Ball become two players to add to your roster. I believe Hillman should be your main target due to his talent. He is averaging 3.8 yards per carry for the year and he is the more explosive back. The Broncos play Kansas City this weekend, which is a very favorable matchup for Ronnie Hillman.
Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars
You have to wonder what could have been if Henne had played more this year at QB for Jacksonville. With Henne in the lineup, I expect Blackmon to be more involved. Don't expect the same stat line from the Houston game each week (13 targets for 236 yards and one TD) but there is no doubt he has the talent to succeed in the NFL. I have benched him in several leagues because of his inconsistency. If you have the roster space available, I would add him and play the matchups week to week. He is definitely a boom or bust type of guy that is worth at least hanging on to if you have the space.
TY Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
With Donnie Avery's injury on Sunday, the door was open for Hilton to see more targets .He recorded his third 100-yard receiving game on the year. He also added two TDs against the Patriots on Sunday. If you have watched Hilton play, you know that he is very fast. He ran a 4.34 in the 40-yard dash at the combine and eight of his 30 receptions have gone for over 20 yards. He would make an excellent WR3 or 4 for your team and the Colts play the Buffalo Bills porous defense at home this weekend. If Avery is out this weekend, I wouldn't hesitate to play Hilton.
Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
Now this is a guy that I am definitely looking to add and he should be available in several leagues. With Gronkowski out and Aaron Hernandez only somewhat likely to return, who knows what New England will do moving forward? My bet is that Bill Bellichick will utilize Edelman as much as possible due to his speed in the open field. I think Edelman will see an increased role in the offense and he could be a significant waiver-wire addition to your team.
I would like to wish each of you a very happy Thanksgiving! I am so thankful that my entire family loves football as we will be enjoying good food, family and some great football games on Thursday. Good luck this week and let's bring home a fantasy football championship.
Kimra was selected by Toyota for its inaugural Fantasy Football Hall of Fame class in 2011.