Week 11: Sit 'Em
Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco has struggled this season, throwing 12 touchdowns while turning the ball over 13 times. The streaky quarterback is coming off a poor passing game in which he threw for just 140 yards and two touchdowns, while turning the ball over three times in an overtime win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Flacco and the Ravens travel to Chicago to take on the Bears this week, and while the Bears' pass defense has struggled this season, it is not a good enough matchup to consider starting the veteran quarterback. Fantasy owners should look elsewhere for a fill-in quarterback this week.
Colin Kaepernick's up and down season hit another low point in a Week 10 home loss to the Carolina Panthers in which the quarterback threw for just 91 yards, rushed for 16, and added one interception. An injury to Vernon Davis makes Kaepernick an even shakier fantasy play in Week 11 as the tight end is Kaepernick's favorite target. Davis is a question mark to be active after suffering a concussion in the second quarter against the Panthers. Fantasy owners should watch Davis' progress throughout the week; if he is unable to play, fantasy owners should look elsewhere for a starting quarterback.
One week after breaking out for 155 total yards against the Chiefs, C.J. Spiller disappointed fantasy owners once again with a ten touch, 34 yard performance in a loss to the Steelers. Spiller has been splitting touches with Fred Jackson, with many observers noticing that his ankle injury may still be hurting his on field performance. It is tough for fantasy owners to count on Spiller as a starter with his role changing from week to week. Without knowing how many times Spiller will touch the ball, I would not have any confidence in him this week. Leave him on fantasy benches against the Jets.
The Falcons' big off-season acquisition has struggled mightly this season, getting off to a terrible start -- partially due to injuries and a poor offensive line. Jackson touched the ball 12 times in Week 10, gaining just 20 yards on the ground and through the air. The former St. Louis Ram has scored just one touchdown on the season, leaving the Falcons and fantasy owners disappointed. Jackson and the Falcons travel to Tampa Bay in Week 11 to take on the Buccaneers and their 13th ranked rush defense. Despite having a decent matchup, fantasy owners can not trust Jackson to produce starter worthy numbers. Leave him on your bench this week.
Danny Amendola and the Patriots come off their bye week and travel to red hot Carolina for a Monday night showdown with the Panthers. Amendola finally broke out in Week 9, catching four passes for 122 yards and a touchdown, his first score as a Patriot. Now having a bye week to get fully healthy, fantasy owners may be expecting another big game for the Patriots' big off-season acquisition. I would be hesitant to get hopes up too high for this game as the Panthers have been an excellent defensive unit against the pass this season -- allowing just 201 yards per game through the air, fourth best in the league. Carolina has also been great at keeping opposing wide receivers out of the endzone, another reason to temper expectations for Amendola this week.