With the playoffs just around the corner, every roster decision needs to be perfect. Your highest scoring player can’t be on your bench. You can’t start the guy who puts up a doughnut hole. If you do, it could mean missing the playoffs.
Or maybe a player gets injured during the game. That happened to me. Down 10 points last week headed into Monday night, I had Mike James ready to go. And then he gets injured. Oh, and in my league, Rashad Jennings, sitting pretty on my bench, got 11 points. Ouch.
So every decision is of the utmost importance. These next few weeks are crucial.
That’s why I’ve taken the liberty of ranking the top 50 players in fantasy football for Week 11. Need to know which QB to start? Look no further. Riley Cooper or Pierre Garcon for your flex spot? It’s all here.
Below is the list of the 50 best players, and then after that we’ll discuss a few players of note.
|3.||Matt Ryan||QB||Tampa Bay|
|4.||Drew Brees||QB||San Francisco|
|5.||Frank Gore||RB||New Orleans|
|8.||Peyton Manning||QB||Kansas City|
|15.||Knowshon Moreno||RB||Kansas City|
|17.||Andre Brown||RB||Green Bay|
|19.||Robert Griffin III||QB||Philadelphia|
|23.||Demaryius Thomas||WR||Kansas City|
|24.||Victor Cruz||WR||Green Bay|
|25.||Eddie Lacy||RB||New York Giants|
|29.||Cam Newton||QB||New England|
|35.||Eli Manning||QB||Green Bay|
|36.||Wes Welker||WR||Kansas City|
|39.||Jimmy Graham||TE||San Francisco|
|43.||DeAngelo Williams||RB||New England|
|44.||Jordy Nelson||WR||New York Giants|
I have Russell Wilson as my top-rated player this week.
I know that he’s not exactly the quarterback you think of when it comes to fantasy. He may be a better football player than fantasy player.
But this could be his week.
For one, he takes on a woeful Minnesota defense, that gives up 285.7 yards per game through the air, which is ranked 29th in the league.
For another, the Seahawks are getting Percy Harvin back:
— ESPN Fantasy Sports (@ESPNFantasy) November 15, 2013
Harvin might not have his best game, but even his presence should give the Vikings fits. It will open up room for Golden Tate and John Carlson.
Wilson is the safest and best play this week, and he will give your team a huge boost as a QB1.
I have Jimmy Graham ranked 39th this week. Yes, it seems low.
But it’s not. Look, Graham has been shut down this year. He didn’t have a catch against New England and had just three against Buffalo.
The San Francisco 49ers have the eighth-ranked pass defense, giving up just 211.7 yards through the air per game. They have one of the best linebacking corps in the league. He will be double- and tripled-team.
The Niners will just copy what the New England Patriots did. By double- and triple-teaming him, Graham just doesn’t have the room to run.
You can beat the Saints if you take Graham out of the picture. That’s exactly what’s going to happen on Sunday.
Looking for a quarterback? Philip Rivers might be a good option.
I have him ranked 12th, but that may be a bit low. He could have a huge game.
He’s going up against the Miami Dolphins, who may have a few other things on their mind.
Oh, and they’re not good. They give up 238 passing yards per game, and they’ve only held one opponent under 20 points.
Rivers is having a fantastic season. He’s thrown for 2,691 yards, 18 touchdowns and just seven picks. He’s completed 71.6 percent of his passes.
It looks like Rivers and Keenan Allen have developed chemistry, too. I think this could be a huge week for Rivers. He’s a must-start.