Fantasy Football News and Updates: 2013 NFL Week 11 Matchups to Watch
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 11 Matchups to Watch
November 16, 2013
Week 11 Matchups to Watch
Week 11 has some really good games scheduled and none of them are bigger than the Chiefs and Broncos showdown at Mile High Stadium. Fantasy footballers and NFL fans will have their eyes glued to the television for this showdown, but there are some other games that could change the fantasy football landscape heading into the final weeks of the fantasy regular season.
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New England Patriots at Carolina Panthers
This game should be a very interesting one to watch. Tom Brady appears to be getting his swagger back, and at the same time, Cam Newton is starting to come into his own. The Patriots offense is not as potent as it has been over the past few years, but they are starting to find their groove. The Panthers defense has emerged as one the of the best in the NFL. This is a clash of two very good teams, and fantasy owners will be watching to determine which stars can help them win a fantasy football championship.
The key to the Patriots offense is in the arm of Tom Brady. Brady has been a disappointing fantasy QB this year, but he has been a solid NFL QB this season. He may not be putting up awesome numbers, but the Patriots are 7-2. It takes time for a solid rapport to develop between a quarterback and his receivers. Brady has know this all year, and now it appears the Patriots are getting on the same page and are ready to start reaping the rewards of their labor. The Patriots are also getting back one of their best offensive weapons in Shane Vereen. Fantasy owners who have been relying on Stevan Ridley will be watching to see how the Patriots divide the workload amongst their many running backs.
The Panthers also have a few issues of their own that are of much interest to fantasy owners. Cam Newton is looking like a must start for the rest of the season, but the big question is who will be catching the majority of his passes? Steve Smith has been the most targeted receiver for the Panthers, but the four main targets for the Panther are all producing on a similar level. There does not appear to a true number one target in Carolina at the moment, and fantasy owners will be watching to see if someone steps up as the Panthers start to face teams with very potent offense.
The Patriots have the most frustrating backfield for fantasy owners to invest in, and the Panthers are arguably right behind New England when it comes to fantasy frustrations caused by backfield committees. And just like the Patriots are going to be adding Vereen to their backfield, the Panthers have added Jonathan Stewart to their backfield. Fantasy owners will be watching to see if anyone in the Panthers backfield can separate themselves from the pack and become a reliable fantasy option.
How will Tom Brady follow up his breakout game against the Steelers?
How will the carries be divided in the Patriots backfield if Vereen gets back on the field?
Will any of the Panthers running backs be trusted fantasy running backs the rest of the year?
Can the Panthers defense stop a strong Patriots offense? (Great test for their matchups with the Saints in the fantasy playoffs)
Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans
This is a unique matchup because it will feature two undrafted quarterbacks going head-to-head. Case Keenum is starting to become a well known name in the Fantasy Football World, and since Pryor will not be able to play this week, the Raiders will be starting their own undrafted quarterback, Matthew McGloin. McGloin does not have any fantasy appeal at this point in time, but Keenum could be a very solid QB for the rest of the season. Kubiak stated early this week that Keenum is not guaranteed to remain the starter for the rest of the year, but as long as Keenum is playing well, he will be the starting quarterback for the Texans. Keenum has a decent matchup this week, and fantasy footballers are hoping he delivers more evidence that he can be a reliable fantasy quarterback, especially since the Texans have great fantasy matchups remaining on their schedule.
There is another issue that is affecting the Texans offense and that is the loss of Arian Foster. Foster was a first round pick in all fantasy football leagues, and now he is going to be cut in most fantasy football leagues. Ben Tate is slated to setup and fill the void left by Foster, and his track record says he is more than capable of being a featured back. The only problem is that Tate is trying to heal up four broken ribs. Fantasy owners will be watching to see how Tate performs now that the Houston backfield is all his.
The Raiders showed some fantasy promise early this season. Darren McFadden was playing well, Denarius Moore was catching touchdowns, and Terrelle Pryor was making spectacular plays. Now the Raiders have fallen back to their old and unimpressive ways, and fantasy owners will be watching to if they can pull themselves out of this fantasy funk.
Can Case Keenum carry a team all the way to a fantasy football championship?
Can Ben Tate overcome his rib injuries to become a must start fantasy running back for the rest of the season?
Can any Raiders be trusted as legitimate fantasy starters the rest of the season?
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