There are some explosive point producers sitting out Week 11 due to the bye. The notable ones — Odell Beckham, Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, Brandin Cooks, Mark Ingram, DeAngelo Williams, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, and Eli Manning. If you rely on one or more of these guys, I hope you have some depth since there aren’t too many readily available fill-ins for those positions on the waiver wire (with good Week 11 matchup, at least). Since you’ll likely be forced to tap your bench, it’s more crucial than ever to get the right guys in there. For any lineup questions, tweet me at @VoodooBrown.

On to the NEW HITS… Two “Revenge” Hits this week, and below them are the Top 100 weekly player rankings.

New Hits for Week 11:
A “New Hit” will be a likely free agent that could be on the verge of a big week, and even regular production down the road. Some will be well known, others will be somewhat unproven & unknown. But it is much easier to scoop up a new hit BEFORE the waiver wire protocol hits on Tuesday, where you will have to wait your turn. Get on our New Hits before they blow up and get on your league’s radar.

 

greshamJermaine Gresham, TE Cardinals: Before I start, a quick disclaimer on the notion of “revenge” games: a lot of players end up in better financial situations on their new teams; most are just happy to be getting paid millions to play a sport for a living. I don’t believe “revenge” is the true motivator, but it’s fun to pretend that it is.
Back to the breakdown… there are revenge games, and then there are REVENGE games. Jermaine Gresham was a 1st round pick of the Bengals, and had a couple of Pro Bowl seasons. During his last two years with the Bengals, however, he was splitting time with Tyler Eifert (Cincinnati’s current #1 TE). He was phased out, and now he’s a Cardinal. JUICY STUFF. Arizona’s Carson Palmer (QB) was also a #1 pick for the Bengals back in 2003 (#1 overall). He and the Bengals had a rather rocky split, with Palmer requesting a trade in his final season, even threatening retirement if they didn’t grant his wishes. They eventually gave in, and Palmer was set free. (I think the Bengals have more motivation for revenge, actually).

Anyway, we have a QB and a TE that are playing WITH each other AGAINST their former team. Bad blood. There has likely been a conversation between the two of them about sticking it to the Bengals in some way — at least one TD toss, right? How does that conversation not happen? It’s a Prime Time game for God’s sake. It is destined to happen. I am abandoning all reason here, and going completely with my gut & intuition — they are 100% connecting on at least 1 TD pass. I’m hoping my TE situation is dire so I can add/start Gresham this week. In addition to the guaranteed TD, let’s give him 6 catches and 80+ yards.

Bottom Line: He’s my #10 TE this week. I don’t think he’s a long term solution, but he’s a young (27 year old) TE on a very good, explosive offense. Maybe he turns into something special for the remainder of the season, maybe he only turns in a nice game against the Bengals. But he’s a nice add/start if you’re weak at TE in Week 11.

 

chandlerScott Chandler, TE Patriots: Continuing the theme — Scott Chandler (ex-Bills TE) gets to exact revenge against his former team for shipping him to the New England Patriots. Bastards. In the Week 2 game at Buffalo, he didn’t contribute too much. Fast-forward to Week 11 at Gillette — due to their recent injuries, the Patriots are thinner in the receiving department, so it’ll be all hands on deck. Chandler could be in line for a couple extra red zone targets than usual. I’d expect something in the area of 4 receptions for 50 yards, and would hope for a bonus TD.
Bottom Line: The only way you add/start him is if you are desperate at the TE position (e.g., Jordan Cameron, Dwayne Allen, Crockett Gilmore). Having said that, he’s likely to give you 5-11 points (a valuable contribution during these bye weeks), and he’s available in just about every fantasy league.

 
And now for this Week’s player rankings…
It’s common sense, but if you have to decide between two players on this list, take the one that is ranked higher. If your player does not appear on this list, then he’s probably not very startable in most 10-12 team leagues. (Note, these rankings are based on PPR leagues)

 

QUARTERBACKS:
1. NE Tom Brady
2. CAR Cam Newton
3. ARI Carson Palmer
4. ATL Matt Ryan
5. DET Matthew Stafford
6. SEA Russell Wilson
7. OAK Derek Carr
8. GB Aaron Rodgers
9. DAL Tony Romo
10. SD Philip Rivers
11. PHI Mark Sanchez
12. BUF Tyrod Taylor
13. NYJ Ryan Fitzpatrick
14. BAL Joe Flacco
15. CHI Jay Cutler

 

RUNNINGBACKS:
1. ATL Devonta Freeman
2. STL Todd Gurley
3. MIN Adrian Peterson
4. PHI DeMarco Murray
5. CHI Jeremy Langford
6. KC Charcandrick West
7. OAK Latavius Murray
8. DAL Darren McFadden
9. MIA Lamar Miller
10. SEA Marshawn Lynch
11. BUF LeSean McCoy
12. TB Doug Martin
13. SD Danny Woodhead
14. CAR Jonathan Stewart
15. NYJ Chris Ivory
16. DEN Ronnie Hillman
17. CIN Giovani Bernard
18. IND Frank Gore
19. BAL Justin Forsett
20. ARI Chris Johnson
21. NE LeGarrette Blount
22. GB James Starks
23. PHI Darren Sproles
24. ARI Andre Ellington
25. DET Theo Riddick

 

WIDE RECEIVERS:
1. ATL Julio Jones
2. DAL Dez Bryant
3. DET Calvin Johnson
4. NYJ Brandon Marshall
5. NE Danny Amendola
6. TB Mike Evans
7. BUF Sammy Watkins
8. OAK Amari Cooper
9. HOU DeAndre Hopkins
10. KC Jeremy Maclin
11. OAK Michael Crabtree
12. ARI Larry Fitzgerald
13. CHI Alshon Jeffery
14. NYJ Eric Decker
15. SD Stevie Johnson
16. CIN A.J. Green
17. DEN Demaryius Thomas
18. GB Davante Adams
19. PHI Jordan Matthews
20. MIA Jarvis Landry
21. IND T.Y. Hilton
22. GB Randall Cobb
23. NE Brandon LaFell
24. MIN Stefon Diggs
25. ARI Michael Floyd
26. DEN Emmanuel Sanders
27. BAL Kamar Aiken
28. MIA Rishard Matthews
29. CAR Ted Ginn Jr.
30. GB James Jones
31. WAS Jamison Crowder
32. CIN Marvin Jones
33. SEA Doug Baldwin
34. BAL Chris Givens
35. IND Donte Moncrief

 

TIGHT ENDS:
1. NE Rob Gronkowski
2. CAR Greg Olsen
3. KC Travis Kelce
4. SD Antonio Gates
5. DAL Jason Witten
6. CIN Tyler Eifert
7. SEA Jimmy Graham
8. WAS Jordan Reed
9. BUF Charles Clay
10. ARI Jermaine Gresham
11. DET Eric Ebron
12. ATL Jacob Tamme
13. CHI Martellus Bennett
14. BAL Crockett Gillmore
15. PHI Zach Ertz

 

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS:
1. Seattle
2. Philadelphia
3. Carolina
4. NY Jets
5. New England
6. Denver
7. Kansas City
8. St. Louis
9. Arizona
10. Baltimore

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Voodoo Brown started playing fantasy football way back in 1994 — when you had to manually add up scores with the Monday edition of USA Today (yes, that’s how it was done). Since that time, he has amassed 16 championships and 7 runner-ups, with most of his success coming after 2003 (avg. participation of 2-3 leagues per year). These accomplishments are evidence that Voodoo steadily adjusts to the ebbs & flows of the ever-changing fantasy landscape. It’s a different game now than it was in 1994 — hell, even 2004. Rarely finishing as a doormat, Voodoo’s teams are always in the mix. If you want any roster or lineup feedback, you can message him at vb@voodoobrown.com, or hit him up on Facebook or Twitter (@VoodooBrown)

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