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November 19, 2009 7:20 PM

NFL Week 11 Fantasy Studs & Duds

Each week Studs & Duds will take a look at the best and worst match-ups from around the NFL and choose four players that could mean the difference between fantasy success or failure.


Based on the scoring system established by Yahoo!'s Flames and Lames, Studs and Duds continued to spin its wheels in week 10. After going 4-4 in last week's picks, S&D's season record now stands at 37-43.  Do you have some of your own Studs and Duds in mind? If so, put your picks and predictions (no explanation for picks necessary) in the comment section below and see if you can beat us at our own game.


Matthew Stafford / QB / Detroit Lions - (vs. Browns) Stafford has not had a stud-worthy game yet in '09, but S&D thinks he's due. This week he'll face off against a Cleveland team that's basically as bad as his own, and that will lead to some great fantasy numbers. The Browns have allowed 10 passing touchdown while only reeling in four interceptions. That ratio bodes well for Stafford who has had his most trouble when he throws picks. This is likely to be a high scoring game since both defenses are pretty terrible, so if you need helping hand from a QB this week then Stafford is your man.

Prediction: 23-34, 286 passing yards, 3 total touchdowns, 1 interception, 9 rushing yards

Terrell Owens / WR / Buffalo Bills - (vs. Jaguars) The Bills are a team in flux after the recent firing of head coach Dick Jauron, but that might be just what T.O. needs to jumpstart his season. He's been one of the biggest disappointments of the year for fantasy owners, but you'll want to get your hands on him for week 11 for his match-up against the Jaguars. Jacksonville has the 26th ranked pass D, so the idea that Owens can rack up plenty of yards and a touchdown or two is not that far-fetched.

Prediction: 8 receptions, 79 receiving yards, 1 touchdown

Joseph Addai / RB / Indianapolis Colts - (vs. Ravens) Although the Ravens have the fifth ranked rush defense, Addai is going to have a solid game in week 11. Addai is one of the most versatile RBs in the NFL, and that's the reason he'll make significant contributions to fantasy teams this week. He won't rack up rushing yards, but he should be able to reel in 4-6 catches to go with a decent amount of receiving yards. That will lead to another solid overall game for the RB who has been one of the top backs in the NFL the last few weeks.

Prediction:  18 carries, 56 rushing yards, 5 receptions, 42 receiving yards, 1 touchdown

Jeremy Shockey / TE / New Orleans Saints - (vs. Buccaneers) Shockey has cooled off the last two weeks after posting three straight stud-worthy performances. However, you can expect him to break out once again against Tampa Bay. Although the Buccaneers have the 11th ranked pass D they've allowed 19 receiving touchdowns. Shockey is a physical player and he'll make his presence known on Sunday when the Saints get into the red-zone.

Prediction:  6 receptions, 71 yards, 1 touchdown



Peyton Manning / QB / Indianapolis Colts - (vs. Ravens) Manning has only posted three dud-worthy games this year, and all of them were very close to being stud-worthy. However, week 11 will be the first time all year that Manning really struggles. The Ravens will put pressure on Manning all game and make it hard for him to be successful. As said above, the Colts will have their hands full with a Baltimore defense that is likely to play inspired. Don't be surprised if the Colts suffer their first loss of the season. That means if you start Manning in week 11 you shouldn't be surprised if your team loses too.

Prediction: 22-37, 243 passing yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions, 5 rushing yards

Roddy White / WR / Atlanta Falcons - (vs. Giants) Roddy White has continued to put up solid numbers week in and week out. However, the Falcons have not been as consistent, as they're currently sporting a 5-4 record. Since they're going to the Meadowlands to play the Giants this week, it's not likely that they turn things around. New York is still in the playoff race in the NFC East, and they will play hard and show why their defense was one of the top ranked squads in the preseason. With Michael Turner nursing an injury, Atlanta's run game will be inconsistent at best which means the Giants can focus on stopping the pass.

Prediction: 3 receptions, 41 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns

Steven Jackson / RB / St. Louis Rams - (vs. Cardinals) Jackson has only three dud-worthy games on the year, but week 11 will see him put up number four. The Rams will take on Arizona and their eighth ranked rush D. That's not good for Jackson and the Rams who are coming off a well played game against undefeated New Orleans. Because of that game, a lot of experts think St. Louis is turning a corner and will be much better the rest of the year; however, that's not true. They'll continue to be unimpressive as their offense and defense struggle, and that will directly affect Jackson's fantasy value moving forward.

Prediction: 18 carries, 45 rushing yards, 5 receptions, 31 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns

Brent Celek / TE / Philadelphia Eagles - (vs. Bears) Celek has posted three straight games with a touchdown, but that streak will be stopped this week. The Bears haven't been too good against the pass this year, but that won't lead to a good day for Celek. Philly is going to be without RB Brian Westbrook, and their running game is suspect anyway. That means Chicago can focus on stopping the pass. Also, the Bears need to win this week if they hope to have any chance of making the playoffs. Combine that with the fact that they're the Sunday night game and you can expect a pretty poor game from one '09's most effective TE's.

Prediction: 5 reception, 47 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns

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