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Fantasy Football 2013: Week 11 Key Matchups

Matchup Plays and Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 11 in Fantasy Football

November 13, 2013

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These are the crucial weeks in the fantasy football season. Your team can either make a surge toward the playoff bracket or fall completely behind in your league, so every lineup decision counts just a little extra. Shrewd owners will take a look at the upcoming matchups for the NFL week and base their choices at least partially on the promising situations. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some solid-looking matchup plays for Week 11 in fantasy.

Case Keenum, QB, Houston Texans: If you’re in need of an injury or Romo fill-in at QB this week, Keenum is your guy. Here’s what he’s done in the past two weeks: 551 passing yards, six touchdowns, no interceptions, 39 rush yards. That’s the cleanest line you’ll get from any waiver-wire level pickup out there. Keenum is making use of the big weapons in his receiving corps, helping Andre Johnson finally nab some receiving touchdowns. Expect that to continue against a vulnerable Oakland secondary.

Fantasy Football 2013: Week 11 Key Matchups

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Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Detroit Lions: Pretty much every receiver in a Lions jersey has been overlooked in favor of Megatron recently--and rightfully so. That said, there’s some real talent out there if you’re in the market. Pettigrew is coming off a five-catch, 70-yard outing against the Bears, and he’s proven himself a reliable target for QB Matthew Stafford (just three drops on the year). The Lions are heading into a game against a reeling Pittsburgh squad that has shown some major holes in their pass defense. Pettigrew could have another solid outing.

Rishard Matthews, WR, Miami Dolphins: Matthews came from out of…well, nowhere Monday night to post a brilliant outing against the Buccaneers in the Dolphins’ loss. He managed 11 catches for 120 yards and two touchdowns, finding plenty of space over the middle. Matthews has shown some flashes over the past few weeks and this performance could signal his coming-out. The matchup against the Chargers isn’t spectacular, but he might be tough to stop out of the slot.

Buffalo Bills Defense: This one’s definitely a matchup play, for fantasy owners who may want to shy away from the Chiefs’ game against the Broncos, or one of the other not-so-promising defensive prospects out there. The Bills will host the Jets, and if they can keep the New York run game under control they could have some success. Rookie QB Geno Smith had a few difficulties the last time these teams met (two interceptions) and could fold if sufficiently pressured. They’re a deeper fantasy play, but a viable one.

Ryan Succop, K, Kansas City Chiefs: The words “blistering offense” don’t normally come to mind when considering the Chiefs, but Succop’s not a bad option this week if you’re searching for a kicker. He has six field goals in his last two games, and he’s only missed one (from 50+) in the last six weeks. Succop and the gang will be heading to the rare air of Denver this weekend, and as long as the weather isn’t disgusting he should get the opportunity to drill a long field goal or two.

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