Week Eleven Dodge Report
It’s a big week in the NFL. Most teams have completed their bye week, and we are at the point where teams will begin to separate themselves, either in a good way or in a bad way. We know by now which teams are good, and which teams are at the bottom of the barrel. That is important information with regards to fantasy football. You tend to see new guys get their opportunities to play if a team looks like they are going to miss the playoffs. You also have a larger sample size of rankings for offenses and defenses. Prepare for week 11 by taking a look at a few guys you should avoid.
QB: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints, $18,856
- Drew Brees has been a shell of his former self this season. He may still be putting up respectable fantasy numbers, but nothing to warrant being selected at that price. He has ten interceptions on the season, and the Saints offense looks inept at times. He is much better at home, but playing a Bengals defense that has allowed the 9th fewest fantasy points to QB’s, Brees’ price seems too high for his production. Also, the Bengals have allowed the least amount of passing touchdowns this season.
RB: Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals, $13,390
- Ellington has been very productive on the season, putting aside all the doubts that he can be an every down back. He has multiple double-digit point efforts on the season, and ranks 10th in total yards per game. This week he faces the top rushing defense that has allowed only 20 points or more in three games this season. Ellington only had a respectable day last week against St. Louis because he scored a touchdown. Detroit has only allowed four rushing touchdowns on the season, so the chances of him scoring are slim.
WR: Golden Tate, Detroit Lions, $14,833
- Here is another player that has been spectacular on the season and has performed above expectations. However, I think that ends this weekend. Tate’s salary has slowly risen because of the injury to Calvin Johnson, but with Johnson at 100%, Tate should see his numbers drop. That wasn’t evident last week against Miami, but I expect it to happen against the defensive secondary of Tyrann Mathieu, Antonio Cromartie, and Patrick Peterson.
TE: Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles, $7,220
- Ertz has been an utter disappointment this season. All the preseason hype had him rated as a top 6-8 tight end, and he has done nothing to warrant that. Ertz only has two touchdowns on the season, and has back-to-back games with only one catch. He hasn’t had over 50 yards receiving in a game since week two. Ertz is too touchdown dependent to make an impact.
DST: Philadelphia Eagles, $5,000
- I don’t know why in the world you would consider playing the most expensive defense, but here are some reasons to sway you from playing them: they play the Packers, Aaron Rodgers is the quarterback, and they are on the road. This isn’t a good option against an offense that is coming off a 55 point effort. The Eagles are doing great things on defense, but they won’t be doing that against Aaron Rodgers.
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