RESULTS: Fantasy Football 3 IN/OUT week 11

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- Week 11 Results- 

 

4 Hits

3 Misses

Season to date: 48-29

 

The fake football regular season is drawing to an end, with only two more weeks of imaginary gridiron battle between us and the fantasy postseason.

 

Week 11 Recap

 

Simply put, the Panthers’ 24-20 win over the Patriots last night was the game of the 2013 season to date. It had most everything you could have wanted. Two of the game’s top quarterbacks. One a 36-year-old two-time MVP and three-time Super Bowl champion. The other a 24-year-old budding superstar with one of the brightest futures in the sport. The league’s top defense. Jaw-jacking and skirmishes between one of the league’s most candid receivers and a premier cornerback. Back-and-forth scoring. The final play deciding the outcome. This was a heavyweight cage match. Each team possessed the ball just seven times. The Panthers ultimately prevailed and notched their sixth win in a row.

Cam Newton posted his fifth career three-touchdown and zero-interception passing game. He also led the Panthers in rushing with 62 yards on seven incredible runs. One stood out in particular. On a third-and-seven on his own side of the 50, Newton felt the pocket collapsing on him. He retreated 19 yards away from the first-down marker, side-stepped three defenders leaving them grasping at air, and then scampered 14 yards to move the chains. At the end of the play, Super Cam was seen chewing his gum, acting like he hadn’t just pulled off one of the best runs of his career. It was as if he was playing a game of backyard football on Thanksgiving Day.

 

Poor weather was the theme of the day in several NFL cities in Week 11, so it shouldn’t have been a surprise that a player named Bobby Rainey – on his third team of the season after getting cut by the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns – poured it on in the Tampa Bay Buccaners’ blowout win over the Atlanta Falcons. Rainey – the fourth Bucs’ running back to see significant work in a game this season after Doug Martin and Mike James suffered season-ending injuries – shredded the Falcons for 167 total yards and three touchdowns. As Rainey dominated the ground on a clear day in Tampa, WR Vincent Jackson ruled the air with 10 catches for 165 yards and a touchdown against the hapless Atlanta defense. In two games against the Falcons this season, Jackson has 20 receptions for 303 yards and three scores. In his other eight games combined, he has 36 catches for 524 yards and two scores.

 

The box score will suggest that Atlanta QB Matt Ryan (254 yards and two touchdowns) and WR Harry Douglas (six receptions for 134 yards and a score) had their way against the Bucs, but most of that production came after Tampa Bay was leading by 32 points late in the third quarter. WR Roddy White (three catches for 36 yards) even found the end zone for the first time this season in garbage time – something the Falcons and fantasy owners of players like Ryan, Douglas and White should get used to down the stretch.

 

While Bucs-Falcons lacked any hint of drama over the last 2 ½ quarters, the Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers lit up Heinz Field with offensive fireworks in less-than-ideal conditions. Pittsburgh WR Antonio Brown (seven catches for 147 yards and two touchdowns) enjoyed most of his success in the first quarter and QB Ben Roethlisberger (367 yards and four scores) sealed the deal with two fourth-quarter touchdown passes. Meanwhile, Detroit QB Matthew Stafford (362 yards and two touchdowns) and WR Calvin Johnson (six receptions for 179 yards and two TDs) did virtually all their damage during a 27-point second-quarter explosion.

 

Carson Palmer toyed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, throwing for 419 yards and two touchdowns. WR Larry Fitzgerald (six catches for 61 yards and a TD) and TE Rob Housler (six receptions for 71 yards) each pleased their fantasy owners, but Michael Floyd (six catches for a career-high 193 yards) stole the show with a 91-yard touchdown catch that broke the game open.

 

Several fantasy defenses had a field day in the early wave of games, particularly the Cincinnati Bengals in one of the contests that was affected greatly by heavy rain. Over a 1:54 stretch of a franchise-record 31-point second quarter in their victory over the Browns, Tony Dye returned a blocked punt for a touchdown and Vontaze Burfict recovered a fumble for another score. All told, the Bengals forced four turnovers and tallied four sacks.

 

Nick Foles (298 yards passing) had a great matchup on tap this week against the Washington Redskins, but wasn’t really needed as the Philadelphia Eagles held a 24-0 lead midway through the third quarter. Foles saved his day with 47 yards and a touchdown on the ground, but Philadelphia leaned more heavily on RB LeSean McCoy (77 yards rushing, 73 yards receiving and two total touchdowns).

 

Backup quarterbacks were all the rage in Houston, where it was anticipated the Texans’ Case Keenum would continue his unlikely rise from third-string signal-caller. Instead, Keenum (170 yards and a touchdown) was benched for Matt Schaub in the fourth quarter and watched fellow undrafted free agent QB Matt McGloin (197 yards and three scores) of the Oakland Raiders tear apart Houston’s top-ranked pass defense. WR Rod Streater (six catches, 84 yards and a TD) was his favorite target, although both players got plenty of help from RB Rashad Jennings, who rushed for a career-high 150 yards and a touchdown.

 

With both Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods out on Sunday, Marquise Goodwin took advantage of the extra opportunity and caught six of a team-high nine targets for 81 yards and a score, yes that Marquise. Goodwin has blazing speed and showed it off on Sunday as Buffalo spanked the Jets. Goodwin’s playing time will be spotty moving forward but should be on the incline after this strong performance.

 

13 carries for six yards and two catches for ten yards was C.J. Spiller’s final stat line on Sunday. The entire Buffalo ground game was in the dumps on Sunday but Spiller’s lack of effectiveness has reached a new low. Unless Fred Jackson misses time, Spiller is a permanent resident of Fantasy BenchLand, USA.

 

In his Seattle Seahawks debut, Percy Harvin was only targeted once but looked great in limited action. Harvin’s one grab was a 17 yard circus catch and he also chipped in with a big kickoff return that set up a Seattle score. We should see Harvin used much more after Seattle returns from their Week 12 bye to face New Orleans.

 

While the Ravens and Bears were playing the world’s longest football game, Ray Rice showed signs of life at muddy Soldier Field. Rice set a season high (by a huge margin) in rushing yards with 131 and also scored his fourth touchdown of the season.

 

A.J. Green’s five game streak of 100 or more receiving yards was snapped on Sunday as he was whipped from both sides by Joe Haden’s coverage and Andy Dalton’s ineffectiveness. Two catches for seven yards was all Green could muster up.

 

Sunday afternoon was quite the roller coaster for teams with LeSean McCoy, as he sandwiched great first and second half performances around a hamstring injury near halftime. McCoy returned in the second half of Philadelphia’s contest with Washington and continued his stellar play as he ended the day with 147 total yards and two touchdowns. Shady now gets a bye week to rest his hammy before he unleashes his skills in the fantasy football playoffs.

 

The Stafford to Megatron connection was on fire in the first half on Sunday, as both Stafford and Calvin Johnson enjoyed huge first half performances. The second half, however, looked like peewee football when Detroit had possession. Stafford had 327 passing yards at half and ended with 362 yards.

 

Leading the Cardinals in targets with 11, Michael Floyd pumped out a huge fantasy day on Sunday with six catches for 193 yards and a score. Floyd turned in an awesome 91 yard touchdown along the way to his big stat line and has been a decent WR option as of late.

 

Sunday wasn’t especially kind to Keenum, as he was 13 of 24 passing with one touchdown and one interception. Then, in an inexplicable move that defies all logic, Gary Kubiak benched Keenum for Matt Schaub, who promptly went 12 for 25.

 

The Oakland rookie QB Matt McGloin was solid in his 2013 debut, as he threw for 197 yards and three scores against Houston. The Raiders, and teams with Terrelle Pryor, now have an issue moving forward so we will see how things shake out in practice this week.

 

Jimmy Graham turned in another mediocre performance on Sunday as he caught six passes for 41 yards. Although the output wasn’t up to his normal world dominating standards, Graham was targeted a team-high 11 times. We will chalk this one up to a tough matchup and move on to Week 12, where Jimbo and the Saints get the Atlanta Falcons who have already folded up, checked out, and made plans for the offseason.

source: thefakefootball | USA Today | rotoworld

 

For most leagues, your team needs at least 110 points to have a chance of winning. You never want to concern yourself with what your opponent is doing, just aim to get to this number, hope for more and let the chips fall where they may. To reach this goal you will need (at minimum) 12 points from each of your starting skill positions (over 20 from your QB; more than a few from your kicker and at least 11 from your defense). This is the threshold for the IN/OUT predictions.

 

Here are the basic league settings that we are basing our predictions on…

Roster:
QB,2WR,2RB,TE,FLEX (w/r/t), K, DST
Settings:
offensedefense
TDs=6 pts0 pts allowed=10
passing=25 yds/pt2-6=7
receiving=10 yds/pt7-13=4
rushing=10 yds/pt14-20=1
reception=1 pt21-27=0
28-34=-1
35+=-4
Sack=2
INT=2
fumble=2
TD=6
safety=2
blocked kick=5
Return Yds=50 yds/pt

 

With all that behind us, here are the FANFOOD Fantasy Football 3 IN/OUT results for week 11 followed by a recipe for Beer Burgers.

 

 

 

 

 

Hits

 

Alshon Jeffery caught seven passes for 83 yards in Week 11 versus the Ravens. Jeffery was targeted a game-high 11 times, one more than Brandon Marshall, and led the team in receiving. He continues to impress as a well-rounded receiver. Jeffery can rack up yards post-catch and is a legit vertical threat. His game wasn’t affected much by the strong winds and sloppy weather. Jeffery continues to produce like a solid WR2 and will be a top-20 receiver next week against the Rams.

 

Steven Jackson was held to 41 yards on 11 carries and caught two passes for 24 yards in the Falcons’ Week 11 loss to Tampa Bay. Jackson still runs hard, but his offensive line doesn’t open holes and he lacks lateral agility to create his own running room on the rare occasions he gets even the slightest crease. The Falcons are going to cut him in the offseason. Consider S-Jax a low-end flex option when Atlanta faces New Orleans on Thursday Night Football in Week 12

 

Roddy White caught three balls for 36 yards and a touchdown in Atlanta’s Week 11 loss to Tampa Bay. Shut down all day by Darrelle Revis, White’s fantasy day was saved by a fourth-quarter touchdown from six yards out. White will be a better fantasy bet on Thursday Night Football against the Saints in Week 12, although owners shouldn’t underestimate the emerging shutd

 

Bills declared WR Stevie Johnson, WR Robert Woods inactive for Week 11 against the Jets. The Bills started Marquise Goodwin and T.J. Graham at wideout.

 

 

Misses

 

Andre Brown rushed for 66 yards on 18 carries in Week 11 versus Green Bay. Brown was targeted five times in the passing game, reeling in three of them for 27 yards. He doesn’t look the most comfortable when attempting to catch passes, but Brown can do it if need be. Brown handled much of the work out of the backfield. Brandon Jacobs worked in on short-yardage situations and because he vultured a one-yard touchdown in the third quarter, that is the reason Andre was a missed pick with under 11 points for the week. A week after seeing 30 carries in his season debut, Brown touched it 21 times this week. He’s going to carry a hefty workload down the stretch. Brown’s leg looks healthy. The Cowboys are up next. Brown will be on the RB2 radar.

 

Another miss was DeAndre Hopkins, as he was benched during Sunday’s loss to the Raiders. “Bottom line, DeAndre made a lot of mistakes early in the game, so we gave another guy a chance to play,” coach Gary Kubiak said. After the game, Hopkins acknowledged his issues and appeared to understand what he did wrong. He was on the field late in the game, finishing with one catch for seven yards on two targets. The rookie just wasn’t the first or second read as Andre Johnson/Garrett Graham combined for 30 targets.

 

The Cardinals are really good up front. There’s a reason they’re ranked No. 3 in the NFL against the run. They’re that big, that physical, that athletic and that good. Defense is a big reason the Arizona Cardinals are right in the middle of the playoff picture going into the final six weeks of the season. That’s why giving up two quick scores to the Jacksonville Jaguars – who had not scored a TD at home all season – was no reason for concern. ”They ran out of gimmick plays,” cornerback Patrick Peterson said after a 27-14 victory Sunday. ”And I thought we came out in the second half and played Cardinal defense.” The Jaguars went up 7-0 on a fourth-and-2 play from their 38 – the opening drive of the game – when Arizona stacked the line and Chad Henne found tight end Danny Noble all to himself for a catch-and-run that went 62 yards. It was his first NFL reception. After a 59-yard kickoff return, tight end Clay Harbour left the huddle early and no one for Arizona noticed until Henne took the snap and threw to the sideline. No one was within 10 yards of Harbour, and he rumbled down to the 5 to set up another touchdown.

And that was that.

The Jaguars didn’t score again, and didn’t even get beyond Arizona’s 40-yard line until late in the game. But the Cardinals DST didn’t turn this dominant performance into points for your fake team as they scored under 10 fantasy points in our format making them a missed pick.

 

 

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Beer Burgers

 

INGREDIENTS

2.5 pounds ground chuck (80% lean)
1 Tbs Beer Powder

Smoked Sea Salt & Fresh Ground Black Pepper

1 cup Pale Ale
8 slices cheddar cheese
4 hamburger rolls or any other soft roll, buttered and grilled
Garnish: thinly sliced onion, pickles, green leaf lettuce, mayo, mustard, ketchup and sliced tomato

 

PREPARATION

Prepare grill.

mix chuck and beer powder, with a splash of pale ale. Form four patties. (Each uncooked patty will weigh approximately 10 ozs.)

Pour remaining beer into medium bowl, and place bowl and pastry brush by grill.

Season both sides of patties with smoked sea salt and pepper.

When grill is ready, place the burgers on the grill and cook, untouched, for 5-7 minutes (medium rare).

While burgers are cooking, generously brush each burger with the beer every two minutes.

Flip burgers, and brush the burgers with the remaining beer. Cook for another 5-7 minutes.

Melt two slices of cheese on each burger.

Remove burgers from grill.

Place cheeseburgers on grilled and buttered rolls, garnish, and enjoy with a cold brew.

 

 

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