Fantasy Football News and Updates: 2013 NFL Week 11 Notes, Observations, and Review
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 11 What We Learned
November 19, 2013
Week 11 What we learned
1. NFL Head Coaches do some strange things. It seems that when no drama is needed or when a season smothered in drama is a about to die down, NFL coaches have a knack for getting back in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Two major decisions from week 11 have many football fans scratching their heads, and one thing we can know for sure is there will be more strange coaching decisions that make NFL fans scratch their heads this season.
- Case Keenum getting benched in the 3rd quarter of a close ballgame. This decision caught everyone off guard, and HIGHLY upset the Texans fans sitting in the stadium. Keenum was having a decent game, and he was fired up and showing lots of emotion on the field. In a season that has been nothing short of utterly disappointing, positive energy on the football field is needed by the team and desired by the fans. Well for some reason, Gary Kubiak decided that blitz pickup was more important than momentum and positive crowd support. The Texans' fans felt no shame about expressing their feelings toward Keenum's benching, and it is nearly impossible to overcome such a negative energy produced by tens of thousands of football fans. Maybe Kubiak was holding onto his last glimmer of hope to save the season by switching to Shaub and maybe this could have been one of the greatest stories of redemption if Schaub could have completed that TD pass to Andre Johnson, but that is not how this story ended. Not only do fantasy owners that started Keenum feel extremely cheated, but now they are left wondering how the Texans will perform after such a debacle. As of now, Kubiak has started that Keenum will once again be the starter for the Texans. While it would seem extremely wise to avoid investing in the Texans' quarterback conundrum, their remaining schedule is too enticing and that is why Keenum still represents an extremely profitable gamble.
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- Lions fake field goal on 4th and 5 from the 10 yard line in the 4th quarter. Who in the world saw this one coming? There is an argument to be made in faking a field goal when the playing conditions were as bad as they were in Pittsburgh, but that argument kinda gets trumped by the fact that this was a 20 yard field goal, aka a chip shot. When conditions are that sloppy, points are the most important thing. And when conditions are that sloppy, trick plays have a tendency of blowing up in the offense's face. Well the Lions went for it and it failed. This maneuver only affected fantasy owners that played the Lions kicker, but it was another reminder of the wild thought processes some coaches go through.
2. Doug Martin may be as overrated as Trent Richardson. That statement might sound a bit outrageous, but both of these fantasy stars performed like fantasy bust this season. Martin has produced far better numbers than Richardson this year, but Martin has drastically underperformed compared to the players who were behind him on the Tampa Bay depth chart. Martin was healthy for 5 games and he topped 100 yards rushing only once. Mike James ran for 158 yards against the Seahawks in his only full game as the starter and Bobby Rainey just put up a 163 yards against the Falcons in his only game as the Buccaneers starting running back. Martin also falls behind both his backups in the yards per carry category. Martin averaged 3.6 yards per carry as the starter, but since he has gone down with his injury, James averaged 4.96 yards per carry and Rainey has averaged 5.47 yards per carry. There are other factors at play here, including the team chemistry problems caused by the Josh Freeman fiasco when Martin was healthy, but fantasy owners should monitor the Tampa Bay running back performances going forward and they should keep these numbers in mind during next years fantasy football drafts.
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