Week 11: Sit 'em
Wilson has struggled as a passer recently as he's been held to fewer than 200 yards in three straight weeks. His dual-threat ability has kept him in the QB1 discussion as he posted his third 100-yard rushing game in six weeks during Sunday's win over the Giants. In Week 11, he faces a Kansas City defense allowing the third-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing signal-callers, including just 64 yards rushing over their first nine contests. Wilson has tossed multiple touchdowns just once in the past five games and he could find it difficult to have success on the ground this week in a difficult road trip to Arrowhead. Vegas expects this game to be a defensive struggle as it has given this game one of the lowest over-under totals for the week at 42 points.
Bell is averaging just 3.3 yards per carry and has scored only three times this season. Reggie Bush returned to the lineup in Week 10 but aggravated his ankle injury, leaving his status for this coming week in jeopardy. Even if Bush were to sit out, Theo Riddick would be the main beneficiary as he amassed 13 catches for 149 yards and two TDs in the two games (Weeks 6 and 8) Bush sat out. Riddick has scored as a receiver in three straight games and should continue to see his fair share of touches, limiting Bell to a low-end RB2 at best leading up to a very difficult trip to the desert. The Cardinals rank 10th Pro Football Focus' run defense ratings and are giving up the fewest fantasy points per game to running backs.
Mason is clearly the best back on the Rams and has seen at least 18 touches in three of the past four weeks. However, while Zac Stacy hasn't touched the ball on offense since Week 8, Benny Cunningham remains in the mix and is taking some very valuable carries away from Mason. Cunningham vultured a goal-line touchdown in Week 10 and has four scores to Mason's one through the first nine games. Mason should see at least 15 touches this week but could be hard-pressed to crack the top 20 fantasy backs against a Denver defense allowing a league-low 50 rushing yards per game opposing backs.
The Bucs' backfield was a full-blown timeshare Sunday as Rainey and Charles Sims each received 10 touches. They failed to impress despite a favorable matchup against an Atlanta defense that had been getting carved up by opposing ground games. Rainey rushed for just 14 yards on six carries but added four catches for 42 yards and will likely get the start this weekend versus Washington. With Doug Martin nearing a return from an ankle injury, this backfield will be one to avoid whenever possible. The Redskins' defense has been somewhat stingy to opposing running backs as it has yielded just five touchdowns to the position.
Bowe has at least five catches and 50 yards receiving in four straight games but has yet to reach the end zone this season. Alex Smith has just 11 touchdown passes and not one has gone to a wide receiver (six have been hauled in by tight ends). The Chiefs' passing game will likely be grounded for most of the day in Week 11 by a Seattle defense that ranks fifth in pass coverage ratings, according to Pro Football Focus. The defending Super Bowl champs have permitted just four passing touchdowns to opposing wideouts, tied for fewest in the league. This matchup shapes up as one where Kansas City will rely heavily on its ground game since Seattle will be without starting defensive tackle Brandon Mebane, whowas lost to the season following a hamstring injury suffered in Week 10. As such, Jamaal Charles makes for a very attractive target in daily fantasy leagues.