Fantasy Football-Week 11 Star Watch

After a crazy Saturday of college football upsets, what did the NFL have in store for us in this week 11? Plenty of action with some high-octane offenses putting up some serious pointage in the Motor City, an old-fashioned battle between the cowboys and the Indians, and even a little nightcap in the Big Apple. There was plenty to talk about so let’s get rolling in our week 11 star watch. You know how this works, for each game we’ll look at a star shining (top player meeting expectations), star falling (top player failing to meet expectations), star rising (player overachieving), and star hurting (injury to monitor). So here’s how the stars aligned in this NFL Week 11.


Star Shining: Ray Rice had 2 Tds rushing with 104 yards and his typical 5 catches for 43 yards. It’s why you drafted him in the first round. Andy Dalton had a good game aside from his 3 picks throwing for 373 and a TD, and Cedric Benson had 2 TDs even though he only ran for 41 yards.

Star Falling:  Anquan Boldin only hauled in 1 pass so it’s a good thing for his owners it was a 35 yard TD. It’s tough to tell with this offense who will get the work week-to-week so Boldin continues to be an inconsistent play.

Star Rising: Torrey Smith’s up and down season took another upswing as he caugh 6 for 165 and received 7 targets 2nd only to Rice in the passing game. It appears that when this passing game is going well it’s him that is the #1 beneficiary of it. On the other side of the ball it was Jerome Simpson who soaked up AJ Green’s offense and caught 8 balls for 152 yards.

Star Hurting: No new fantasy injuries to report.


Cleveland 14, Jacksonville 10

Star Shining: Maurice Jones-Drew- 87 yards on the ground and 31 more on 4 catches plus a TD. Not a great day, but in this low-scoring affair he was the best there was.

Star Falling: Mike Thomas got 11 targets and continues to be the #1 receiver on the Jags. The problem is he only caught 3 of those 11 and had only 23 yards. He’s all there is in the Jax passing game worth owning, but his production isn’t there week-to-week.

Star Rising: Chris Ogbonnaya-115 yard and a TD on the ground and 2 catches for another 19 yards. He’s a decent option as long as he’s the only back standing in Cleveland. He’s usable as a flex play or if your backfield has been wiped out like Ctown’s.

Star Hurting: Montario Hardesty missed his 3rd game in a row and there was still no Peyton Hillis sightings. There were no new fantasy injuries to report.


Detroit 49, Carolina 35

Star Shining: Matthew Stafford-shook of a broken hand and only threw for 5 TDs and 335 yards.

Star Falling: Greg Olsen-3 catches for 23 yards is disappointing to his owners but he did get 9 targets so the yards and TDs will be there in future weeks, but definitely a disappointing performance against the Lions D.

Star Rising: Kevin Smith-No breakout has ever been as unexpected. The Lions desperately have needed a running game since losing Best and now may have found it as Smith busted 140 yards and 2 TDs plus another TD on 4 catches and 61 yards. He’ll be the top add on everybody’s list this week, but there’s enough of a reason here to get excited and try to grab him if you’ve got a spot near the front of the line (waiver order).

Star Hurting: No significant fantasy injuries to report.


Green Bay 35, Tampa Bay 26

Star Shining: Jordy Nelson-2 TDs on 6 catches and 123 yards. Aaron Rodgers threw for 3 TDs and 299 yards, and if you doubled-up on these two guys, congrats on your win. Kellen Winslow caught 9 for 132 and LeGarrette Blount had over 100 and a TD. Overall, fantasy stars did what they should have in this one.

Star Falling: Greg Jennings was the one exception to the above statement as he only pulled in 2 catches for 6 yards. Whether this was just Nelson’s week to have a good matchup or a trend is still TBD, but Rodgers spreads the wealth around and it’ll be Jennings week again soon, but he’s hot the unquestioned #1 in this receiving corps anymore.

Star Rising: No realy shockers but Aurelius Benn had another profitable (5-75) day as he continues to be the #2 WR opposite the Mike Williams that’s still around.

Star Hurting: No fantasy injuries to report.


Miami 35, Buffalo 8

Star Shining: Matt Moore was an efficient 14/20 for 160 yards and 3 TDs. His last 3 weeks have been decent and he’s startable in 2 QB leagues at this point.

Star Falling: Ryan Fitzpatrick’s slide continued as he threw for 209 and 2 picks with no TDs. He started out on fire but is now not a good start in any format. Brandon Marshall was also AWOL with only 1 catch for 5 yards.

Star Rising: Charles Clay caught 4 passes for 69 yards and a TD. He’s the fullback for Miami and probably not going to be a big part of their offense going forward but he was their leading receiver today.

Star Hurting: Fred Jackson left with a leg injury. He says he’ll be fine, but make sure to monitor his availability throughout the week. Donald Jones (WR) also left with an injury.


Oakland 27 Minnesota 21

Star Shining: Carson Palmer-in a game without a huge statistical standout Palmer’s 164 and a TD throwing and a rushing TD were about the best there was. Percy Harvin’s 6 catches for 73 and a TD and 21 rushing yards also were a solid contribution.

Star Falling: Denarius Moore-If you bought too hard on him last week his 1 catch for 14 yards and only 2 targets should bring you back down to earth. With the Bey injury, he’s still an ok WR3 or flex play, but he’s going to be inconsistent as rookie’s usually are.

Star Rising: Keith Boss-Welcome back, Boss. His 5 catches for 37 yards and injuries/inconsistencies at WR will make his a steady part of the Palmer plan going forward. If you need a TE, he’s a guy to target.

Star Hurting: Adrian Peterson will have an MRI Monday. Darius Heyward-Bey had a serious head/neck injury. It would appear both may miss serious time, but keep an eye on them throughout the week.


Dallas 27, Washington 24 OT

Star Shining: Tony Romo-threw for 292 and 3 TDs.

Star Falling: Felis Jones-It looks like Fe-Jo will be the change-of-pace back with Murray keeping the majority of the work (25 carries to 5 in this one) out of the backfield. Unless that changes Felix doesn’t really have any substantial value.

Star Rising: Jabar Gaffney finally fulfilled a little bit of the promise he was supposed to have when Santana Moss went down as he hauled in 7 catches for 115 yards and a TD. He’s the best WR on the ‘Skins but his value depends on the QB play that Washington can get.

Star Hurting: No fantasy injuries to report.


San Francisco 23, Arizona 7  

Star Shining: Alex Smith threw 2 TDs and 267 yards while leading his team to another convincing victory. His turnaround under Harbaugh has been nothing short of remarkable.

Star Falling: Beanie Wells struggled maybe partially do to injury or just offensive ineffectiveness but had only 33 yards on 8 carries and no catches.

Star Rising: Michael Crabtree had 10 targets 7 of which he caught for 120 yards. He didn’t find the endzone but is the #1 option in the 9ers passing game to be sure.

Star Hurting: No fantasy injuries to report.


Seattle 24, St. Louis 7  

Star Shining: Marshawn Lynch had 88 yards and a TD, and Brandon Lloyd had 67 yards on 5 catchs and a TD. Not much more than that statistically in this one.

Star Falling: Sam Bradford-he continues to struggle completing only 20 of his 40 attempts for 181 yards, a TD, and an INT. He also lost 2 fumbles and just hasn’t got this offense going. It’ll be interesting to see if the Rams go QB in the draft or stay the course with Bradford. Steven Jackson also struggled getting only 42 yards on his 15 carries.

Star Rising: Sidney Rice had probably the most surprising contribution of the day with a 55 yard completion to go with 3 catches for 35 yards and a TD.

Star Hurting: No fantasy injuries to report.


Atlanta 23, Tennessee 17

Star Shining: Roddy White finally came to play catching 7 passes for 147 yards as he picked on the slack from the absent Julio Jones. Matt Ryan had an efficient 316 yards passing and a TD, and Michael Turner added 100 yds and a TD. On the other side of the ball Nate Washington benefited from Jake Locker’s entrance catching a total of 9 passes for 115 and 2 TDs on his day.

Star Falling: Chris Johnson returned to his underwhelming ways with 13 yards on 12 carries. Javon Ringer didn’t even get a carry so it’s not that he’s losing work, just that he’s not running effectively.

Star Rising: Jake Locker looked good throwing for 140 and 2 TDs. Jared Cook was one of his favorite targets catching 5 for 51 yards. Keep an eye on who’s in or out in Tennessee as the offense has put up points throughout the year.

Star Hurting: Matt Hasselbeck left with an injured throwing elbow after an ineffective start to his day. It’s unclear the severity of the injury or if the Titans might just choose to go with Jake Locker who looked good in relief.


Chicago 31, San Diego 20

Star Shining: Jay Cutler threw for 286 and 2 TDs and added another one on the ground as he led the Bears offense to another victory. Vincent Jackson was back to being the main Vincent in the Chargers offense and caught 7 of his 9 targets for 165 yards and a score.

Star Falling: Philip Rivers struggles continue as his 280 and 2 TD’s were marred by 2 more picks. Ryan Mathews got most of the carries in the bolts backfield but could only get 37 yards and 23 of those were on one long run. The entire Chargers offense seems untracked right now and overall just inconsistent and ineffective.

Star Rising: Johnny Knox showed his deep-ball potential catching 3 for 97 yards and a long TD. Earl Bennett continues to be the most targeted receiver and converted 3 of his 9 into 75 yards.

Star Hurting: After the game was long over the rumors started to circulate about Jay Cutler’s thumb. He may be out for the rest of the year was the report by the end of the night so make your backup plans accordingly.


Philadelphia 17, New York Giants 10 

Star Shining: Vincent Cruz hauled in 6 catches for 128 and a TD. LeSean McCoy couldn’t find the end zone but thanks to a late long run he finished with a healthy 113 yards.

Star Falling: Eli Manning faced a tough pass rush all night and ended up with just 264 a pick and a score. Brandon Jacobs could only manage 21 yards on his 12 carries as the Giants struggled on offense most of the night.

Star Rising: Riley Cooper showed he is definitely worth owning if VY gets another start after a whopping 12 targets 5 of which he caught and turned into 75 yards and the game-winning TD. VY himself could go in this category after his 258 yard-2TD performance even if it was marred by 3 picks.

Star Hurting: No new injuries to report that affect fantasy football.


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