Fantasy Football 2012: Week 11 Free Agent Favorable Matchups
Fantasy Football Favorable Matchups Week 11
Looking for a player with a favorable Week 11 matchup? Hoping to find someone on the waiver wire with a matchup against a team that typically yields high point totals to quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers or tight ends? If yes, it is time to look at the free agent pool to see which late additions could make a difference to your Week 11 success.
In Week 11 of the 2012 fantasy football season, some players have more favorable matchups than others. When looking around for players to use this week, it is always good to consider free agents who are available in leagues for starting in opportune situations. Since there likely won’t be any top options available, considering these less-common options will help fill in your team’s gaps and will give you the opportunity to play these favorable matchups.
When looking at the statistics yielded by teams after 10 weeks, some opponents offer better scenarios than others. Whether it is a defense who ranks near the bottom of the league in points allowed or a team that typically allows big performances to opposing wide receivers, finding these trends can make a difference when trying to figure out which players are best to start on any given week. Here’s a look at some players at each position who are likely available in your fantasy league and have favorable statistical matchups in Week 11.
* Point totals determined through standard Yahoo! scoring structure. Player percentage owned data accurate as of Saturday, November 17, 2012. Fantasy points allowed team rankings determined with Yahoo!’s Fantasy Points Against tool.
QB Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
QB Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles (16% owned)
Week 11 matchup: at Washington Redskins, 2nd most fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks
Season statistics: 219 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, 1 interception, 1 fumble lost
Out of the other backup quarterbacks starting this week (Jason Campbell and Byron Leftwich), Foles has the best matchup and the best chance at putting up some good numbers this week. Despite a fumble and a pick-six last week, he faces a Redskins defense that has consistently allowed fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, making this the opportune time to use him if needed. The top two performances by quarterbacks against the Redskins this season were Andy Dalton of the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 3 (25.72 points) and Sam Bradford of the St. Louis Rams in Week 2 (24.40 points).
RB Marcel Reece, Oakland Raiders
RB Marcel Reece, Oakland Raiders (63% owned)
Week 11 matchup: vs. New Orleans Saints, 3rd most fantasy points allowed to running backs
Season statistics: 48 rushing yards, 328 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
With Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson both likely out once again, Reece will once again be the primary back for Oakland. In what could be a high-scoring game against the Saints, he will be targeted often by Carson Palmer in the passing game and could be a top play this week. The top two performances by running backs against the Saints this season were Jamaal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3 (34.80 points) and Alfred Morris of the Redskins in Week 1 (21.60 points).
WR Brandon LaFell, Carolina Panthers
WR Brandon LaFell, Carolina Panthers (18% owned)
Week 11 matchup: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2nd most fantasy points allowed to opposing wide receivers
Season statistics: 25 rushing yards, 396 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
If history means anything, LaFell excelled against the Buccaneers in Week 1 of the season with three receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown. The Buccaneers have struggled all season to defend the pass, are now without Aqib Talib and will likely focus their efforts on covering Steve Smith, giving LaFell an excellent opportunity in Week 11. The top two performances by wide receivers against the Buccaneers this season were Hakeem Nicks of the New York Giants in Week 2 (25.90 points) and Victor Cruz of the Giants also in Week 2 (23.90 points).
TE Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts
TE Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts (14% owned)
Week 11 matchup: at New England Patriots, 3rd most fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends
Season statistics: 280 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
The Patriots have been vulnerable against opposing tight ends this season, allowing five touchdowns to them this season. With Coby Fleener out and Allen’s growing chemistry with Andrew Luck, he could serve as a nice bye-week fill-in for owners of Martellus Bennett and Kyle Rudolph. The top two performances by tight ends against the Patriots this season were Scott Chandler of the Buffalo Bills in Week 4 (18.20 points) and Dustin Keller of the New York Jets in Week 7 (15.30 points).
K Garrett Hartley, New Orleans Saints
K Garrett Hartley, Saints (27% owned)
Week 11 matchup: at Raiders, most points allowed to opposing kickers
Season statistics: 5 20-29 FG, 1 30-39 FG, 1 40-49 FG, 1 50+ FG, 31 PAT made
Like mentioned earlier for Reece, Hartley will likely have plenty of scoring opportunities this week. Whether they are field goal or extra point attempts we have yet to see, but he could be a solid play if the Raiders provide some resistence on defense against the potent New Orleans offense. The top two performances by kickers against the Raiders this season were Nate Kaeding of the San Diego Chargers in Week 1 (18.00 points) and Matt Prater of the Denver Broncos in Week 4 (16.00 points).
Rams team defense
Rams team defense (29% owned)
Week 11 matchup: vs. Jets, 4th most fantasy points allowed to opposing team defenses
Season statistics: 198 points allowed, 26.0 sacks, 8 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery, 1 defensive touchdown, 1 blocked kick
After tying with the San Francisco 49ers last week, the Rams have a much easier test against a Jets offense that has struggled to get off the ground. Ranking in the bottom half of the league in passing and rushing, the Rams’ should have no trouble stifling Mark Sanchez. The top two performances by team defenses against the Jets this season were the 49ers team defense in Week 4 (29.00 points) and the Miami Dolphins team defense in Week 8 (16.00 points).