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Fantasy Football Week 11 Q&A

Watchlist Q & A – Week 11

After all of the weekly games are finished be sure to check our waiver wire column, studs and duds, a who’s hot, and who’s not report plus more in our fantasy football guide.

Welcome to the Week 11 Watchlist. Lots of news this week leading up to game time – injuries to key Offensive Running Backs, some Contenders that are playing like pretenders, and of course the last of the returning Bye Week teams. I hope that I can answer some of the more burning questions for Week 11 of the NFL.

So here is what I will be watching with great interest this week!

1. How will the “replacement running backs” fare in their new roles this weekend?

Bernard Scott/Larry Johnson – Cincinnati – Bernard Scott figures to get the bulk of the carries, but is unproven. They are playing Oakland, so the run game will be a factor as the Bengals WILL be leading throughout. Johnson should see a few carries but not enough to make a Fantasy impact. So, Scott seems to be the guy, but don’t expect a huge game.

Jason Snelling/Jerious Norwood – Atlanta – Norwood is still dealing with an injury leaving Jason Snelling to get the lions share of the carries. The Falcons are playing a rested, hungry Giants team that will be looking to reestablish themselves as an elite Defensive team. It has all the makings of an average outing for the Falcons running game.

Ricky Williams – Miami – With Ronnie Brown out for the year, Williams becomes the man for Miami. Expect a good game from Williams against Carolina who has an average Defense.

Justin Forsett – Seattle – Ugh. Forsett’s 1st start is against the uber-tough Minnesota Defense. Although Forsett will get most of the touches out of the Seahawks backfield, me thinks it’s gonna be a tough day.

LeSean McCoy/Leonard Weaver – Philadelphia – McCoy has already shown to be an adequate fill-in for Brian Westbrook, and should do well simply because he’s the primary runner for a Philadelphia team that prides themselves with being able to run the ball. Add in the fact that McCoy can catch the ball out of the backfield, and you have the makings of a solid game.

Ladell Betts – Washington – Hmmmm. Tough call on this one. Dallas has done a good job against the run lately and figures to bottle Betts up and force Jason Campbell to throw the ball. But the fact that Betts is almost guaranteed to get 20 touches makes him an interesting option. Roll the dice if you have to, Betts might find some success.

2. How will the last of the returning bye week teams make out?

NY Giants – Home against Atlanta this week. Is there a hungrier team in the NFL right now? The Giants need a win like nobody right now, and coming off a bye, you can bet that they are itching to get back on the football field. The struggling running game had an extra week to get back on track and the passing game probably needed to refocus a bit. The Giants should be better in every aspect of the game, and prove that they are still an team to be reckoned with.

Houston Texans – Home against Tennessee on Monday Night. This is a team that has resigned itself to the fact that a Wildcard is the only way that they are going to get into the playoffs. The Texans are playing good ball right now, and if they can keep doing what they have been doing, they should be able to end Tennessee’s modest winning streak.

3. Will there still be 2 undefeated teams going into Week 12?

Indianapolis Colts – At Baltimore. I really don’t see Baltimore putting up much of a challenge to the Colts this week. The Colts are much stronger in EVERY aspect of the game. Even if the Colts Defense gives up 30+ points, you can bet that the Offense will counter with 35. It might not be the best game statistically that the Colts play all year, but a win is almost certain.

New Orleans Saints – At Tampa Bay – Ahhhhh, Tampa Bay. Its like a Week 11 holiday for the Saints, who will aim to, and most likely stay perfect on the season. It should be a Fantasy Bonanza for all of the Saints this week – be excited!!!

4. Will the early season contenders be able to bounce back and stop their losing streaks?

NY Giants – Host Atlanta this week. We already talked about the Giants, but it’s worth repeating. The G-me simply HAVE to get their rushing game going to be successful. A disappointing Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw have to play better in order to free up Eli Manning. Once the ground game is on track, the passing game should follow.

Chicago Bears – At home to play Philadelphia. Lots of bad press coming out about Jay Culter right now and justifiably so. This dude was brought in to win games and he’s been BAD in a few games. He hasn’t boosted the numbers of Devin Hester and his style stifles Matt Forte. Seems like a mess in Chicago to me.

NY Jets – At New England. Tough task ahead for the Jets. They play a hungry Pats team this week and the 1 thing that they are good at on Defense is stopping the run. If the Jets can’t run the ball effectively, they are gonna have a rough afternoon. I think the Jets losing streak continues.

Denver Broncos – Play host to San Diego. Ugh!! Chris Sims will probably play although injured Kyle Orton wants to play. The Broncos need a win this week or their lead that they built up against San Diego (Remember the 5-0 record) is gone! Sorry Broncos fans – I feel for you.

5. What injuries will affect my lineup decisions this week?

Brett Favre, Minnesota – Hip, Groin – Favre was limited in Wednesday’s and Thursday’s practice but he’s good to go.

Kyle Orton, Denver – Ankle – Orton didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday – wants to play – Keep tabs.

Cedric Benson, Cincinnati – Hip – Benson didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday and his playing status for this weekend is uncertain.

Ladell Betts, Washington – Ankle – Betts HAS to play this Weekend.

Ronnie Brown, Miami – Foot – Out for they year – too bad.

Julius Jones, Seattle – Chest – Out this week. Justin Forsett will fill in.

Michael Turner, Atlanta – Ankle – Doesn’t look good for Sunday. Jason Snelling would start if Turner can’t go.

Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia – Concussion – Out a while longer. Rookie LeSean McCoy will start.

Antonio Bryant, Tampa Bay – Knee – Sounds like he’s good to go – no joke!.

Brandon Marshall, Denver – Neck – Marshall didn’t practice Wednesday but he’ll play.

Roddy White, Atlanta – Knee – Limited in practice this week – should play.

Steve Breaston, Arizona – Knee – limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday – again – but is expected to play Sunday.

Bernard Berrian, Minnesota – Hamstring -Ditto.

Lance Moore, New Orleans – Ankle -didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday and his playing status for Sunday is uncertain.

Pierre Garcon, Indianapolis – Ankle – Should play this weekend .

6. Will the Thursday Night game have more to offer than last week’s stinker?

Not a bad game. Ricky Williams was a monster and looks legit. DeAnglelo didn’t disappoint and thank god for Steve Smith!

7. Will I sway my opinion in Braylon Edwards?

Nope – He still sucks!!!!!!!!!

There ya go folks. There is a lot of information to digest. I hope it helps – good luck this week!


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