Oh, hey, look. We're ordering off a full menu again. The byes are over. Everyone is rankable. No need to talk yourself into adding second-string Rams and Panthers .
You'll find the rough draft of my Week 11 ranks below, in vivid color. Please remember: This is merely a first take, a back-of-the-envelope ranking. There will be tweaks before the final version. All ranks are subject to change without notice, per the user agreement.
The Thursday night game is a match-up of the highest quality this week. Chicago at Miami. No shortage of legends here. Shula/Ditka, Marino/Fuller, Duper/Gault, Nathan/Payton, Reveiz/Butler.
Great stuff, guys. Thanks. Top-shelf analysis, awesome blazers. Joe nailed it with Duper and Clayton. Those two could be dangerous. If Marino gets time to throw, look out. He may just outperform his rank…
vs. SEA Drew Brees (notes) 2. vs. DEN Philip Rivers (notes) 3. at MIN Aaron Rodgers (notes) 4. at NE Peyton Manning (notes) 5. vs. NYG Michael Vick (notes) 6. at DAL Shaun Hill (notes) 7. vs. OAK Ben Roethlisberger (notes) 8. vs. HOU Mark Sanchez (notes) 9. vs. DET Jon Kitna (notes) 10. at STL Matt Ryan (notes) 11. at PHI Eli Manning (notes) 12. vs. IND Tom Brady (notes) 13. at SD Kyle Orton (notes) 14. vs. BUF Carson Palmer (notes) 15. vs. CLE David Garrard (notes) 16. at CIN Ryan Fitzpatrick (notes) 17. vs. WAS Vince Young (notes) 18. at CAR Joe Flacco (notes) 19. vs. ATL Sam Bradford (notes) 20. at NYJ Matt Schaub (notes) 21. vs. ARI Matt Cassel (notes) 22. at SF Josh Freeman (notes) 23. at MIA Jay Cutler (notes) 24. at JAC Colt McCoy (notes) 25. vs. TB Troy Smith (notes)
First of all, you might notice that
and Brett Favre (notes) are unranked. That's not an accident. Those two are victims of the numbers game in a non-bye week. Favre is facing an elite defense that's had two weeks to prepare; the Packers intercepted him three times in the earlier meeting. He's injured, and so is his receiving corps. Look elsewhere — but not to McNabb. The fantasy ceiling is simply too low. Donovan finally had his first multi-TD game last week, but of course it happened in an embarrassing loss. He's only had one game this season in which he's thrown more touchdowns than INTs. Donovan McNabb (notes) https://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Yahoo/ept_sports_fantasy_experts-974777063-1290001238.jpg
That's easily the highest I've ever been on
Mark Sanchez (No. 8), but he's been a high-volume passer in recent weeks (due to game circumstances, obviously) and he's facing the NFL's most user-friendly secondary. Houston's defense has allowed 301.3 passing yards per game, a completion percentage of 68.6, and a league-high 22 TD passes. … (calf) is Kerry Collins (notes) expected to miss "several weeks" according to his head coach, so Vince Young is your undisputed Titans QB. The match-up versus Washington is absolutely fantastic — you might have noticed that the 'Skins have some trouble covering the deep ball, and they've had issues with mobile quarterbacks.
If you're looking for propaganda on
Shaun Hill and Jon Kitna, here you go. (Link to video. Sweater vest! Don't hate). The Lions passing attack ranks seventh in the NFL right now in terms of yards-per-game (266.7), and it's first in attempts (43.4). As long as Megatron is healthy, Hill is a strong start. He's a high-volume passer with outstanding weapons. … It would give me great pleasure to rank in the top-25 this week, because I'm a believer long-term. But Chicago's defense has allowed just six passing touchdowns this season (tied for the fewest in the league) and they've collected 14 interceptions (tied for second-most). If Thigpen survives to quarterback another week, he'll sneak into the ranks. Like the mobility, like the fearlessness. And we all have fond memories of '08. Tyler Thigpen (notes) RUNNING BACKS
Chris Johnson vs. WAS 2. vs. TB Frank Gore (notes) 3. Adrian Peterson vs. GB 4. at CAR Ray Rice (notes) 5. at JAC Peyton Hillis (notes) 6. vs. CLE Maurice Jones-Drew (notes) 7. at STL Michael Turner (notes) 8. at NYJ Arian Foster (notes) 9. vs. ARI Jamaal Charles (notes) 10. vs. OAK Rashard Mendenhall (notes) 11. at PHI Ahmad Bradshaw (notes) 12. Steven Jackson vs. ATL 13. at PIT Darren McFadden (notes) 14. vs. BUF Cedric Benson (notes) 15. vs. IND BenJarvus Green-Ellis (notes) 16. at CIN Fred Jackson (notes) 17. vs. HOU LaDainian Tomlinson (notes) 18. at SF LeGarrette Blount (notes) 19. vs. NYG LeSean McCoy (notes) 20. vs. DET Felix Jones (notes) 21. vs. DEN Mike Tolbert (notes) 22. vs. HOU Shonn Greene (notes) 23. at CAR Willis McGahee (notes) 24. at SD Knowshon Moreno (notes) 25. vs. ARI Thomas Jones (notes) 26. at MIN Brandon Jackson (notes) 27. at TEN Keiland Williams (notes) 28. at DAL Jahvid Best (notes) 29. at MIA Matt Forte (notes) 30. at NE Joseph Addai (notes) 31. vs. CHI Ronnie Brown (notes) 32. at KC Beanie Wells (notes) 33. vs. SEA Reggie Bush (notes) 34. at STL Jason Snelling (notes) 35. vs. CHI Ricky Williams (notes) 36. at NO Justin Forsett (notes) 37. at PHI Brandon Jacobs (notes) 38. at NO Marshawn Lynch (notes) 39. vs. BAL Mike Goodson (notes) 40. at NE Donald Brown (notes) https://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Yahoo/ept_sports_fantasy_experts-88791028-1290012269.jpg Adrian Peterson missed a team meeting on Monday, after receiving another speeding ticket (from the unforgiving Eden Prairie highway patrol). No word on possible discipline, but don't be shocked if Brad Childress does something ridiculous here. … Yeah, that's a fairly bullish rank on Willis McGahee, considering last week's workload and production (four touches, four yards). But he's facing a Carolina defense that's allowed 131.6 rushing yards per game, and he has an excellent shot at garbage-time workload. (ankle) didn't practice on Monday, and the San Diego Union-Tribune calls him Ryan Mathews (notes) "the most questionable" of all the injured Chargers. Thus, he's unranked above. … There's a chance that all the damaged pieces of the Saints' once-great backfield committee could return to practice this week — , Pierre Thomas (notes) Reggie Bush, Chuck Muncie, Dalton Hilliard, Ray Zellars. Everyone. For now, only Reggie is ranked. The mid-week practice reports will be key. Thomas seems unlikely to be a factor, and there's no obvious reason for optimism there. As much as I'm delighted by the concept that could be Julius Jones (notes) fired up for a revenge game against his former employer, um … no. I can't bring myself to rank him. Just can't do it.
My rank on
Joseph Addai — or really any rank on Addai — is just wishful thinking. As of this writing, we don't know his status, but the initial hope was that he could return for the Pats match-up. … Keiland Williams is a tricky player to judge, because garbage-time basically began late in the first quarter of the Monday night mauling. But we have to respect a three-touchdown game. (hamstring) and Ryan Torain (notes) (groin) are apparently getting close, yet they're still damaged goods. Williams has clearly played his way into a significant role. Clinton Portis (notes) (foot) was DeAngelo Williams (notes) placed on injured reserve on Wednesday, ending his season, and (concussion) clearly isn't a lock to play in Week 11. Thus, Jonathan Stewart (notes) Mike Goodson is ranked. The Panthers aren't going to put up a big number against Baltimore, so I can't be too aggressive on Woodson, not this week. WIDE RECEIVERS
at DAL Calvin Johnson (notes) 2. at STL Roddy White (notes) 3. vs. BUF Terrell Owens (notes) 4. at PHI Hakeem Nicks (notes) 5. at NE Reggie Wayne (notes) 6. vs. DET Dez Bryant (notes) 7. vs. ARI Dwayne Bowe (notes) 8. at CAR Anquan Boldin (notes) 9. vs. NYG DeSean Jackson (notes) 10. vs. NYG Jeremy Maclin (notes) 11. at SD Brandon Lloyd (notes) 12. at PHI Mario Manningham (notes) 13. Mike Williams (TB) at SF 14. vs. DET Miles Austin (notes) 15. vs. SEA Marques Colston (notes) 16. at NYJ Andre Johnson (notes) 17. at MIN Greg Jennings (notes) 18. at CIN Steve Johnson (notes) 19. at KC Larry Fitzgerald (notes) 20. vs. HOU Santonio Holmes (notes) 21. vs. WAS Randy Moss (notes) 22. vs. HOU Braylon Edwards (notes) 23. vs. OAK Mike Wallace (notes) 24. vs. OAK Hines Ward (notes) 25. vs. DEN Malcom Floyd (notes) 26. vs. BUF Chad Ochocinco (notes) 27. vs. TB Michael Crabtree (notes) 28. vs. CHI Brandon Marshall (notes) 29. vs. GB Percy Harvin (notes) 30. at MIA Johnny Knox (notes) 31. vs. IND Wes Welker (notes) 32. at TEN Santana Moss (notes) 33. vs. SEA Lance Moore (notes) 34. vs. CLE Mike Sims-Walker (notes) 35. at NE Pierre Garcon (notes) 36. at MIN James Jones (notes) 37. at CIN Lee Evans (notes) 38. vs. WAS Nate Washington (notes) 39. vs. ATL Danny Amendola (notes) 40. vs. CHI Davone Bess (notes) 41. at DAL Nate Burleson (notes) 42. Mike Williams (SEA) at NO 43. at PIT Jacoby Ford (notes) 44. at JAC Mohamed Massaquoi (notes) 45. at SD Jabar Gaffney (notes) 46. vs. CLE Mike Thomas (notes) 47. at NYJ Kevin Walter (notes) 48. Steve Smith (CAR) vs. BAL 49. vs. SEA Robert Meachem (notes) 50. vs. IND Deion Branch (notes) https://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Yahoo/ept_sports_fantasy_experts-126669821-1290001274.jpg
No, you're not benching
Dez Bryant again, perhaps not for the next decade. We will no longer accept start/sit questions that involve him. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. Drag Dez into an active roster spot and just leave him alone. … (concussion) is not yet ranked, but he certainly could be cleared to return this week. If it happens, he's a fantasy starter. He'd belong in the 18-22 range above, and the monstrously disappointing Austin Collie (notes) Pierre Garcon would fall further. Malcom Floyd (hamstring) has returned to practice for the Chargers, so he returns to the wide receiver ranks. is not yet eligible to return, and we can't be confident about Vincent Jackson (notes) 's status, so Legedu Naanee (notes) and/or Patrick Crayton (notes) could still find their way onto the board. … Seyi Ajirotutu (notes) was Donald Driver (notes) excused from Monday's practice for unspecified personal reasons, and we may not have a meaningful update on his quad injury until later in the week. James Jones would clearly be a strong start if Driver isn't ready. … Hines Ward reportedly passed his post-concussion tests, so he'll likely return to action this week against Oakland. It would be a mild surprise if Raiders corner (ankle) were able to play in Week 11, so don't fret if you've invested in the Pittsburgh passing game. … Nnamdi Asomugha (notes) should return for Oakland this week, and you might recall that Louis Murphy (notes) he single-handedly destroyed the Steelers last year, late in the season. Rookie Jacoby Ford was phenomenal two weeks ago against Kansas City (six catches, 148 yards), making a series of degree-of-difficulty plays. He's a burner, definitely worth a speculative add. TIGHT ENDS
vs. TB Vernon Davis (notes) 2. vs. HOU Dustin Keller (notes) 3. at CAR Todd Heap (notes) 4. at NE Jacob Tamme (notes) 5. at STL Tony Gonzalez (notes) 6. vs. DET Jason Witten (notes) 7. at JAC Benjamin Watson (notes) 8. at DAL Brandon Pettigrew (notes) 9. at SF Kellen Winslow (notes) 10. vs. BUF Jermaine Gresham (notes) 11. at MIA Greg Olsen (notes) 12. at PHI Kevin Boss (notes) 13. at TEN Chris Cooley (notes) 14. vs. CLE Marcedes Lewis (notes) 15. vs. DEN Antonio Gates (notes)
This position is a mess, and ranking it is just a nuisance.
Antonio Gates (plantar fascia) is still far from healthy, and not yet practicing. His recent comments don't exactly inspire confidence:
"It's a tear. It's not a tough-man, grind-it-out thing. I tore it," Gates said. "It's got to heal. That's a big part of me running and cutting."
"For what I do, my feet and my legs are my two big assets," said Gates, who has 40 catches for 663 yards and nine touchdowns. "I'd prefer not to hurt the team. That's the decision I'm going to have to make and the coaches are going to have to decide. Am I actually beneficial at this percentage? I don't know. Who's to say?"
This could be the rare case where you want to handcuff a tight end, at least for a week. The Chargers don't play until Monday night (vs. DEN) and
proved useful in Week 9, catching a pair of TD passes. Randy McMichael (notes) DEFENSES
Green Bay Packers at MIN 2. New Orleans Saints vs. SEA 3. Baltimore Ravens at CAR 4. Tennessee Titans vs. WAS 5. Kansas City Chiefs vs. ARI 6. Chicago Bears at MIA 7. Pittsburgh Steelers vs. OAK 8. Philadelphia Eagles vs. NYG 9. Miami Dolphins vs. CHI 10. New York Jets vs. HOU 11. San Francisco 49ers vs. TB 12. Cincinnati Bengals vs. BUF 13. Dallas Cowboys vs. DET 14. Atlanta Falcons at STL 15. Buffalo Bills vs. CIN
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