Good, Great, and Gamble Plays Week 11

The playoffs are among us and for some of you are already here. There are plenty of great matchups out there that hopefully we can help you exploit to make that final push into the playoffs.


Quarterbacks

Good QB: Corey Robinson, Troy (at LA Lafayette)- Robinson is coming off of a game where he set a career high in pass attempts with 52. He will be needed to perform in this one as well and should do just that. If you are in a multiple QB league, then Robinson may be a nice play as your QB2 or for some a great QB3.

Good QB: Cody Kessler, USC (at California)- I am liking what I am seeing from the Trojans’ offense since Coach O took over. Kessler hasn’t been great but he has been solid for the most part. The reason I like him this week is solely based on the matchup. Cal is the nation’s worst defense against the pass so Kessler should be able to do enough to help those of you that need that emergency bye week fill in as a QB2.

Good QB: Blake Bell, Oklahoma (at Baylor)- It seems that Bell is a hit or miss QB when it comes to fantasy points, but this might be one of those weeks where you have to put him in regardless of the fact that Baylor actually has a pretty good defense. Look for this game to just stack points on points on points and Bell should be directly involved with it. -Matt

Great QB: Blake Bortles, UCF (vs. Houston)- Bortles and the Golden Knights are coming off a bye week and are looking to keep their BCS hopes alive against Houston. Expect a lot of points to be scored and expect Bortles to account for multiple touchdowns. 

Great QB: Nick Marshall, Auburn (at Tennessee)- Marshall has been pretty darn good this year and has put up some good numbers to correspond to his games. Marshall might not have had the best game last week, as he was rarely used in the blowout win, but going against Tennessee this week should make the best in Marshall come out. -Matt

Gamble QB: Zach Mettenberger, LSU (at Alabama)- So Mettenberger has been pretty consistent this year and has the capability to put up some big numbers for sure, but going into Tuscaloosa might not be the best thing for his fantasy owners. Be very careful when playing any LSU player this week, especially Mettenberger. -Matt

Running Backs

Good RB: Kasey Carrier, New Mexico (vs. Air Force)- Carrier is a bit of a boom or bust player but my gut tells me he will have one of his better games this week. He faces an Air Force defense that ranks near the bottom in run defense, giving up 221 yards per game. They have also given up 25 rushing touchdowns so it would be a bit of shock if Carrier didn’t find the end zone. 

Good RB: Brandon Hayes, Memphis (vs. UT-Martin)- So having an offensive player from Memphis seems weird to put on here, but this is it. Hayes has had some very productive weeks in recent games, and look for him to have one of his best games of the season when Memphis takes on UT-Martin. -Matt

Great RB: Andre Williams, Boston College (vs. New Mexico State)- The nation’s second leading rusher is facing the nation’s worst rush defense. The Aggies of New Mexico State are giving up 312 yards per game on the ground. Williams is also averaging 27 carries per game so he will get plenty of chance to thrash this defense. Also, the Aggies have given up 39 rushing touchdowns this season. Yes, you read correctly…39!

Great RB: Kapri Bibbs, Colorado State (vs Nevada)- Bibbs has emerged in recent weeks as a touchdown-scoring machine. Bibbs has 400 yards and nine touchdowns in the last three games he has played, and look for him to continue that torrid pace and have a great game against Nevada. -Matt

Gamble RB: Trey Watts, Tulsa (at East Carolina)- Watts has been a pretty solid back this season but he is coming off of a game where he fumbled the ball twice and was forced to sit the rest of the game. That’s only half of the gamble for this week as East Carolina is the nation’s third ranked defense against the run giving up just 85 yards per game.

 Wide Receivers

Good WR: Dominic Rufran/Robert Herron, Wyoming (vs. Fresno State)- Both of these guys will be needed if Wyoming wants to beat Fresno State. These two should get plenty of chances as the offense will look to match Fresno point for point as the defense will probably struggle to stop the Bulldogs.

Good WR: L’Damian Washington, Missouri (vs. Kentucky)- Washington has become a breakout this year, and has turned it on in recent weeks. His high yards-per-catch as well as his touchdown count is rather impressive considering the level of competition he has gone up against. Look for him to have another consistent game this week versus the Wildcats. -Matt

Great WR: Marqise Lee, USC (at California)- I know this may be a stretch but Lee is back from injury and looks to be fully healthy. This team has found new life under new leadership and Lee should get plenty of opportunities against the nation’s worst pass defense. For all of you that have held on to Lee (myself included) all season, this is the week if any you should feel confident to play him.

Great WR: Brandon Wimberly/Hasaan Henderson, Nevada (at Colorado State)- Wimberly is as consistent as they come and should not disappoint against one of the nation’s worst defenses against the pass. Henderson is a bit of a sleeper this week. The Nevada receiving corps his banged up and Henderson got his chance to shine last week in the loss to Fresno. Henderson may be a great flex play, or for daily fantasy purposes, a great value play.

Gamble WR: Jeremy Johnson, SMU (vs. Cincinnati)- Johnson had established himself as one of the best slot-receivers in the country and found a way to make players miss after catching the ball. After not finding the end zone against Memphis, Johnson was nearly invisible when SMU played Temple as Johnson only had two catches for seventeen yards. I want to say that Johnson will break out again and have a great game, but I just don’t feel good about starting him against a good Cincinnati defense. -Matt

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