Fantasy Football Week 11: Ranking Best Players This Week

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.

Week 11 Top 50 Fantasy Players
Rank Player Position Opponent
1. Russell Wilson QB Minnesota
2. Tom Brady QB Carolina
3. Matt Ryan QB Tampa Bay
4. Drew Brees QB San Francisco
5. Frank Gore RB New Orleans
6. Nick Foles QB Washington
7. Calvin Johnson WR Pittsburgh
8. Peyton Manning QB Kansas City
9. Marshawn Lynch RB Minnesota
10. Adrian Peterson RB Seattle
11. Joe Flacco QB Chicago
12. Philip Rivers QB Miami
13. Reggie Bush RB Pittsburgh
14. DeSean Jackson WR Washington
15. Knowshon Moreno RB Kansas City
16. Ben Roethlisberger QB Detroit
17. Andre Brown RB Green Bay
18. Matt Forte RB Baltimore
19. Robert Griffin III QB Philadelphia
20. Andre Johnson WR Oakland
21. Matthew Stafford QB Pittsburgh
22. Ben Tate RB Oakland
23. Demaryius Thomas WR Kansas City
24. Victor Cruz WR Green Bay
25. Eddie Lacy RB New York Giants
26. Vincent Jackson WR Atlanta
27. LeSean McCoy RB Washington
28. Andre Ellington RB Jacksonville
29. Cam Newton QB New England
30. Case Keenum QB Oakland
31. Le’Veon Bell RB Detroit
32. Alfred Morris RB Philadelphia
33. Rob Gronkowski TE Carolina
34. Brandon Marshall WR Baltimore
35. Eli Manning QB Green Bay
36. Wes Welker WR Kansas City
37. Danny Amendola WR Carolina
38. A.J. Green WR Cleveland
39. Jimmy Graham TE San Francisco
40. Brian Leonard RB Atlanta
41. Chris Ivory RB Buffalo
42. Keenan Allen WR Miami
43. DeAngelo Williams RB New England
44. Jordy Nelson WR New York Giants
45. Maurice Jones-Drew RB Arizona
46. Antonio Brown WR Detroit
47. Larry Fitzgerald WR Jacksonville
48. Pierre Garcon WR Philadelphia
49. Riley Cooper WR Washington
50. Jamaal Charles RB Denver

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Russell Wilson

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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:

According to @AdamSchefter, Percy Harvin WILL play this week. Huge risk/reward play. #FantasyFootball

— 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.

Jimmy Graham

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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.

Philip Rivers

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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. 

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