The Monday Aftermath: Week 11
What players and teams were movers and shakers in Week 11? Where did my rankings match up with the production on the field? You can find out in The Monday Aftermath.
Aaron Rodgers; My Rank: 2nd, Actual Fantasy Rank: 1st
Over the past two weeks, Rodgers has thrown for 656 yards, but he has nine touchdowns! The Packers put up back-to-back 50 point efforts at home, and are primed to compete with Detroit for the division lead. Rodgers has been the most efficient quarterback this season, throwing only three interceptions to date. He is currently behind Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning for passing touchdowns, but if he continues at this pace, he should end up on top.
Jamaal Charles; My Rank: 4th, Actual Fantasy Rank: 2nd
Many experts wondered if Jamaal Charles would be worth a high draft pick entering the season, and their doubts seemed to have been echoed with his slow start. He didn’t score his first touchdown until week four, and had a total of 23 rushing yards through the first three games. On Sunday he put up his first 100 yard effort, finishing the day with 159 and scoring twice. Charles has a nice match-up moving forward against Oakland next week.
Emmanuel Sanders; My Rank: 8th, Actual Fantasy Rank: 9th
Sanders has been Mr. Consistency the last few weeks. He has either scored a touchdown, had 100 yards receiving or both the last five weeks. On Sunday he was able to make five catches for 102 yards and score a touchdown before going out due to a head injury. His status moving forward is unknown, but if he is playing he is a must start every week.
Greg Olsen; My Rank: 6th, Actual Fantasy Rank: 6th
Olsen’s numbers weren’t quite as good as last week, but he still finished the day with five catches for 61 yards. Heading into the week, Olsen was projected to have over 1,000 yards receiving and these numbers will help with that pace. It is good to see he is still productive with Cam Newton struggling, but it is a bit worrisome that he hasn’t reached the end zone since Week Six. Carolina has a bye next week, with MIN, NO, and TB following in that order. None of those defenses pose any kind of threat.
Seattle Seahawks; My Rank: 12th, Actual Fantasy Rank: 12th
The Seahawks entered the season with the swag that was backed up by their play in the Super Bowl. Their draft position was one of the highest for a D/ST in years. However, Seattle has failed to live up to expectations. They only have three games this season where they have scored double-digit points, and have one negative effort on their resume. They were able to force a couple fumbles on Sunday to keep them respectable, but they are no longer a must start every week.
Jay Cutler; My Rank: 15th, Actual Fantasy Rank: 2nd
This is the second straight week that I have Jay Cutler on my miss list, but this time for the wrong reason. Last week I had him in my top ten and he was terrible. This week, I rank him low and then he blows up. I can’t figure this guy out. For only the third time this season, he threw for over 300 yards and at least three touchdowns. He still turned the ball over twice, but was effective enough to land in the number two spot.
Jonas Gray; My Rank: 29th, Actual Fantasy Rank: 1st
Welcome to the NFL, Jonas Gray. In only his fourth game of the season, Gray carried the ball 38 times for 199 yards and four scores. Yes, you read that right, four times! You know you’ve made it when you are trending worldwide on Twitter. It’ll be hard to repeat a performance like that, but with all signs pointing to him being the starter, you never know.
Demaryius Thomas; My Rank: 1st, Actual Fantasy Rank: 18th
Thomas shouldn’t take all the blame for the poor showing this week, as the whole Broncos offense was a disaster. However, not reaching the end zone doesn’t help the team’s success, or lack thereof, rather. Thomas reached the 100 yard plateau for the seventh straight game, but his efforts weren’t enough to help, as Denver only scored a measly seven points on almost 400 yards of offense.
Jimmy Graham; My Rank: 1st, Actual Fantasy Rank: 21st
Sunday was supposed to be a big day for ‘Superstar’ Jimmy Graham, but it turned out to be a nightmare. Graham was coming off his second best effort of the season, but he wasn’t even able to match what he did in overtime last week, collecting just three catches for 29 yards. The Saints offense couldn’t get anything going, and Graham wasn’t able to help right the ship.
Green Bay Packers; My Rank: unranked, Actual Fantasy Rank: 1st
This is the second straight week where I didn’t have the top ranked defense on my list, but come on, trying to rank a defense is like throwing a lawn dart at a saltine. Defensive scoring depends on so many factors, and this wasn’t more evident than in Wisconsin. The Packers had two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and scored three touchdowns. Quite a big difference from a Philadelphia team that put up huge numbers last Monday.
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