Week 11 Fantasy Recap: Jacksonville Jaguars vs Arizona Cardinals
Before you begin reading, I’d like you all to go on Google and search the name Danny Noble.
I’m sure not many know who he is.
Anyway, the Jags, coming off of their first win of the season, welcomed a stingy Cardinals defense this week, and while they gave them all they could, Arizona came away with the win. Fantasy owners who started the Arizona passing game most likely came away with a win of their own.
Many folks had Carson Palmer as one of the top quarterback streaming candidates for Week 11. Palmer rewarded them handsomely, throwing for a whopping 419 passing yards and two touchdowns. He did throw his usual interception, but it was still a very, very good game for Palmer owners who likely filled him in for Tony Romo (bye) or Aaron Rodgers (injury). Arizona wants to throw the ball under aggressive Bruce Arians, and Palmer benefited. It’s very difficult to trust him in tough matchups, however, and Palmer should only be considered when going against generous defensive units.
The reason Palmer put up strong numbers probably had something to do with the Cardinals ineffective running game. I loved Andre Ellington heading into Week 11, facing the league’s worst-ranked run defense, allowing 150 yards per game on the ground. However, he and Rashard Mendenhall combined for just 17 yards on 21 carries. That, my friends, is absolutely disgusting. Ellington only saw eight carries in this game, failed to make an impact in the passing game, and just flat-out stunk.
Meanwhile, Larry Fitzgerald got off to a strong start, hauling in a 14-yard touchdown pass. He finished the day with a respectable six catches for 61 yards and that score. However, it was Michael Floyd who impressed the most. The second-year wideout exploded for 193 receiving yards, including a Marshawn Lynch-like 91 yard catch and run. We’ve been waiting for Floyd, a guy with massive potential, to blow up, and this could be the start of something phenomenal. Finally, I was disappointed with the Cardinals defense in this game. I thought they would put tons of pressure on Chad Henne and company, but they gave up two early touchdowns.
Coming into this game, the Cardinals allowed just three rushing scores all season. One was to Lynch, one to Kendall Hunter and the final one? How about Drew Brees of all people? Because of this, I expected Maurice Jones-Drew to struggle, and he did, carrying the ball 14 times for just 23 yards. However, a stupid penalty set up the Jaguars at the one-yard line, where MJD salvaged his day with a walk in score. It was only the fourth rushing touchdown allowed all season for Arizona.
Oh, and if you weren’t aware, start any and every tight end against the Cardinals. Remember that name I mentioned earlier? Yeah, it turns out, not only does Danny Noble play in the NFL, but he hauled in a 62-yard touchdown pass to open up the scoring. Yes, he is a tight end. The Cardinals were allowing 17.54 fantasy points per game to tight ends, the most in football. Arizona has surrendered nine touchdowns to the tight end position this year, including three multi-touchdown games.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.
You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.
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