Running backs Chris Johnson and Adrian Peterson topped 98 rushing yards for the fifth week in a row (Peterson has surpassed 150 in three of his last four outings), but both of them will enjoy well-deserved byes next weekend, so finding key backs will be very important in Week 11. Searching for the right quarterback will require also a thoughtful process as three went down with concussions yesterday. Here are the players to be kept on our fantasy radar and the ones who should be off it.
ON: QB Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts, $2m.
He does not only get fantasy points with his arm, but also with his legs. The rookie scored two offensive touchdowns for the Colts in their win at Jacksonville on Thursday. Luck has the same amount of rushing touchdowns this season (5) than Panthers Cam Newton and Eagles Michael Vick together.
ON: Baltimore Ravens defense, $1m.
It was like the old days yesterday against the Raiders for the Ravens defense. Baltimore’s “D” recorded three sacks, one interception, two forced fumbles and a touchdown to claim 24 fantasy points in the 55-20 rout of Oakland.
ON: TE Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers, $2m.
He was the only shining star in Carolina’s offense against Denver, grabbing nine balls (more than twice as many as any other Panther) for 102 yards, two touchdowns and 22 fantasy points. Olsen is a great call when needing to include in the squad a tight end whose price is below $3m.
ON: Denver Broncos defense, $1m.
Under new coordinator Jack Del Rio the unit is becoming better and better each week. At Carolina, the Broncos sacked Cam Newton seven times and intercepted him twice returning one for a touchdown to claim 33 fantasy points.
ON: WR A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals, $4m.
Cincinnati finally won a game to break a four-game losing streak. While the Bengals offense was irregular during the losing span, Green always came through. He had a career best, nine touchdown pass and added 85 yards to record 14 fantasy points in the Bengals demolition of the Giants.
ON: TE Tonny Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons, $3m.
It was definitely a tight ends battle at the dome between Graham and Gonzalez. The Falcons veteran player had more catches (totalled 11), a few less yards (recorded 122) and the same amount of touchdown receptions (2) as Graham.
ON: RB Chris Ivory, New Orleans Saints, $1m.
He represents an excellent fantasy call when looking for a low-price back. Ivory only carried the ball seven times against Atlanta, but he averaged more than 10 yards per attempt thanks to a 56-yard touchdown gallop.
ON: Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense, $1m.
The Bucs defense keeps delivering week after week. It ranks third in the NFL with 15 interceptions after recording two more yesterday against San Diego, returning one of them for a key score that helped Tampa Bay win its third game in a row.
ON: WR Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams.
With him playing, the Rams have only lost two games this season. When he has been injured, they have recorded an 0-3 record. Amendola is the key player in St. Louis’ offense. In yesterday’s tie at San Francisco, he grabbed 11 passes (eight more than the closest Ram) for 102 yards. He would have surpassed 180, but an 80-yard overtime reception was neglected by an illegal formation of the Rams offense.
OFF: QB Mark Sanchez, New York Jets, $3m.
For the second consecutive game, the Jets failed to score an offensive touchdown. It is time to put Sanchez off the radar until the end of the season, and that not only includes fantasy owners but also his head coach Rex Ryan.
OFF: QBs Nick Foles (Eagles), Colin Kaepernick (49ers) and Jason Campbell (Bears), $1m each.
The three came in to replace their respective starters who went out with a concussion. If the starters are not back, keep these three off your radar. By what they showed yesterday, Foles and Campbell will not produce many fantasy points soon, and Kaepernick, who could because of his running ability, will have a tough time (if Alex Smith is not back) against the Bears defense on Monday night.
OFF: QB Eli Manning ($4m) and the whole Giants passing offense.
Never has a bye week had arrived at a better time. But even for Week 12, Eli & Co. should be kept off the fantasy radar after failing to throw a touchdown pass in three consecutive weeks.
OFF: QB Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins, $1m.
He should be placed off our radar after his performance yesterday against Tennessee (217 passing yards, zero touchdowns, three interceptions and seven fantasy points) in Miami’s worst loss since 1968.
OFF: RB Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills, $3m.
It is true he scored two touchdowns at New England, but he also had a key fumble at the Pats 1-yard line. Jackson left the game injured and was outgained in total yards by counterpart C.J. Spiller (had 131) who is $1m cheaper in our fantasy game. Against the tough Miami run defense on Thursday, I would call Spiller’s number before Jackson’s.
OFF: TE Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers, $3m.
He is probably one of the best NFL players at the position, but he is really struggling lately, with no touchdown catches and an average of less than 40 receiving yards in his last six games. Of course, Davis could wake up against the Bears defense, but all odds are against him.