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Week 11 Rankings

Saturday, November 20, 2010

The stretch run is here. With bye weeks over, the depth in the rankings below has been replenished significantly. Your team looks as it should look – or at least how it will look unless you make any changes.

It is not too late to make trades in redraft leagues. In fact, now is the best time to do so because everyone is more willing to give up a little depth. If you own Michael Vick and another decent quarterback, it's time to trade the other guy. If you can start only two running backs and go four deep with reasonable options, then make the move.

Make sure you like your two starters, but be willing to give away an awesome third option if you are confident in your remaining depth to get you by in case of emergency.

As our redraft earlier this week showed, this is now a whole new season. Darren McFadden should be treated as a RB1, as should LeSean McCoy. If you had those two guys and another top-25 option like Knowshon Moreno or Cedric Benson, then it's time to make a move before it's too late.

Title contenders have spent a lot of time setting up for this stretch run, but the mid-November isn't the time to start playing it safe.

Week 11 Quarterbacks

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Philip Riversvs. DEN -
2Drew Breesvs. SEA -
3Michael Vickvs. NYG -
4Aaron Rodgersat MIN -
5Peyton Manningat NE -
6Tom Bradyvs. IND -
7Eli Manningat PHI -
8Kyle Ortonat SD -
9Ben Roethlisbergervs. OAK -
10Mark Sanchezvs. HOU -
11David Garrardvs. CLE -
12Carson Palmervs. BUF Probable(shoulder)
13Matt Ryanat STL -
14Jon Kitnavs. DET -
15Matt Schaubat NYJ Questionable(knee)
16Jay Cutlerat MIA -
17Matt Casselvs. ARZ -
18Joe Flaccoat CAR -
19Shaun Hillat DAL -
20Vince Youngvs. WAS Probable(ankle)
21Troy Smithvs. TB -
22Brett Favrevs. GB Probable(ankle)
23Josh Freemanat SF -
24Colt McCoyat JAC -
25Ryan Fitzpatrickat CIN -
26Donovan McNabbat TEN Probable(hamstring)
27Sam Bradfordvs. ATL -
28Matt Hasselbeckat NO -
29Tyler Thigpenvs. CHI -
30Jason Campbellat PIT -
31Derek Andersonat KC -
32Tony Pikevs. BAL -

Editor's Note: For exclusive projections and early rankings each week (Tuesday at noon) check out Season Pass. We'll have playoff week rankings soon.

QB Notes: Quarterback has never been this deep. 13 out of 28 quarterbacks topped 300 yards last week. There is very little difference between our QB11 this week (Garrard) and says the QB23 (Freeman.) Really, anyone in between like Matt Cassel, Jon Kitna, Vince Young, and Joe Flacco could go off. I see the top-nine this week as well defined. If you are starting someone outside that group, go with your gut. Seriously. … Mark Sanchez makes a panicked throw or two every week, but he's improving. I'm especially impressed with his ability to escape the rush. That has improved a lot since last year. This is a great week to play him against Houston with Santonio Holmes rounding into shape.

I'm not playing Colt McCoy in fantasy leagues, but he impresses more each week. I wanted to see him in a two-minute situation needing a score to tie the game. He made a number of great throws with the game on the line last week. … Minnesota's secondary is playing awful right now. Aaron Rodgers should go nuts. … The Colts pass rush just isn't the same on grass and the team really misses Gary Brackett in pass protection when he doesn't play. Look for another solid Tom Brady game. (Although we'd play Peyton Manning over him.) … Jay Cutler is coming off his most complete game of the season, but his protection still didn't hold up that well in the contest. Miami's defensive line and Mike Nolan will give him problems.

Matt Ryan isn't an automatic start just because he threw 50 passes against the Ravens. The Rams defense is tough at home and Atlanta will attack St. Louis more on the ground. Ryan needs more weapons. Tony Gonzalez is much slower and they still don't have a No. 2 option at wide receiver. Ryan's deep accuracy can still be erratic as well. … You could do worse than both Shaun Hill and Jon Kitna facing each other in Dallas. … I'm not in love with playing Matt Schaub at less than 100% in New York. He's not a terrible start, but I'd avoid him if possible. … With Joe Flacco this week, I'd worry about them sitting on a big lead. … Vince Young is a sneaky play against the Redskins.

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