• The Commish Report/FF Open Thread: Week 11

    Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been utilizing my space here to discuss matchups. Last week, I included a strength of schedule report for the remaining games, to give an update on which teams have the best and worst schedules to close the season. Two weeks ago, I threw out a list of players who are matchup proof. For a point of reference, I’m including the list below. Aaron Rogers and Jordy Nelson are the only 2 to fall out, with Antonio Brown being added to the WR list. The closest omissions are Matt Stafford and Andre Johnson, who’s exploded with Case Keenum under center.

    QB- Manning, Brees
    RB- Charles, Peterson, Forte, McCoy, Lynch
    WR- C. Johnson, Bryant, Green, Marshall, Thomas, A. Brown TE- Graham, Gronkowski

    Every now and then, there will be a backup QB that will come out of nowhere, and provide a much needed boost to fantasy teams in desperate need of some help. In 2004, Billy Volek came out of nowhere to produce a total of 11 TDs, and nearly 1200 yards passing from weeks 13-15 of the fantasy season (only to put up 111 0/2 during week 16). In 2008, it was Tyler Thigpen who provided late-season heroics for fantasy teams lucky enough to grab him on the wire. This year, we’ve already seen the emergence of a few backup QBs that have taken advantage of their opportunity. Nick Foles and Case Keenum are both in the process of establishing themselves as legit future NFL starting QBs. There is a very good chance that by now, both players have been swiped up in your fantasy league. However, if either are still available, whether you're struggling at QB, or just need additional depth, I'd strongly suggest you need grab either one ASAP, with Foles ahead of Keenum.

    If you happened to miss out on Foles and Keenum, there is still one QB that’s likely readily available in your fantasy league that I’d recommend you grab for your QB-needy team. Josh McCown may be a 34 year old career backup, but he has shown some arm talent in the past, has an offensive-minded coach that has shown trust in him, and has one of the best collections of weapons in the entire league. McCown has already had success this year when getting the opportunity to play. He’s been more than willing to let loose, and the Bears haven’t really skipped a beat with him in the lineup. Plus, having Marshall, Jeffery, Forte, and Bennett at your disposal doesn’t hurt either. And what makes McCown a perfect candidate to possibly lift your team to fantasy glory is the schedule. The Bears have the 2nd easiest QB schedule the rest of the way.

    There’s a chance that Jay Cutler comes back sooner rather than later, but I have my doubts about that. And even if he does, McCown will cost you nothing, as he should be readily available on the waiver wire. As long as he’s in the Bears’ starting lineup, he’s worth starting in yours as well. As crazy as this may sound, I’d strongly consider playing Josh McCown over Andrew Luck, Matt Ryan, Colin Kaepernick, and maybe even Tom Brady the rest of the way. The same can be said for Nick Foles, who has the 3rd easiest remaining schedule, and I can nearly say the same thing about Case Keenum, who has the 5th easiest remaining schedule.

    This doesn’t happen every year, but if your team is in dire need at QB, and has been in scramble mode just to survive, there is an answer for you on the waiver wire that could easily be the difference between winning a championship, or missing the playoffs altogether.

    Week 11 Lineup Rankings

    Bye Week- Dallas, St. Louis
    1.	Peyton Manning DEN vs. KC
    2.	Cam Newton CAR vs. NE
    3.	Drew Brees NO vs. SF
    4.	Russell Wilson SEA vs. Min 
    5.	Robert Griffin III WAS @ Phi
    6.	Matthew Stafford DET @ Pit
    7.	Nick Foles PHI vs. Was
    8.	Philip Rivers SD @ Mia 
    9.	Josh McCown CHI vs. Bal
    10.	Ben Roethlisberger PIT vs. Det
    11.	Case Keenum HOU vs. Oak
    12.	Tom Brady NE @ Car 
    13.	Andrew Luck IND @ Ten
    14.	Matt Ryan ATL @ TB 
    15.	Colin Kaepernick SF @ NO 
    16.	Andy Dalton CIN vs. Cle 
    17.	Carson Palmer ARI @ Jac 
    18.	Joe Flacco BAL @ Chi
    19.	Eli Manning NYG vs. GB
    20.	Alex Smith KC @ Den
    21.	Ryan Tannehill MIA vs. SD
    22.	Geno Smith NYJ @ Buf
    23.	Mike Glennon TB vs. Atl
    24.	Chad Henne JAC vs. Ari
    25.	Ryan Fitzpatrick TEN vs. Ind
    1.	Marshawn Lynch SEA vs. Min
    2.	Jamaal Charles KC @ Den
    3.	LeSean McCoy PHI vs. Was
    4.	Adrian Peterson MIN @ Sea
    5.	Matt Forte CHI vs. Bal
    6.	Reggie Bush DET @ Pit
    7.	Knowshon Moreno DEN vs. KC
    8.	Ben Tate HOU vs. Oak
    9.	Frank Gore SF @ NO
    10.	Le’Veon Bell PIT vs. Det
    11.	Eddie Lacy GB @ NYG
    12.	Giovanni Bernard CIN vs. Cle
    13.	Alfred Morris WAS @ Phi
    14.	Danny Woodhead SD @ Mia
    15.	Andre Ellington ARI @ Jac 
    16.	Stevan Ridley NE @ Car
    17.	Andre Brown NYG vs. GB
    18.	CJ Spiller BUF vs. NYJ
    19.	Chris Johnson TEN vs. Ind
    20.	Ray Rice BAL @ Chi
    21.	Maurice Jones-Drew JAC vs. Ari
    22.	Ryan Mathews SD @ Mia
    23.	Fred Jackson BUF vs. NYJ
    24.	Pierre Thomas NO vs. SF
    25.	Darren Sproles NO vs. SF
    26.	Jacquizz Rodgers ATL @ TB
    27.	Brian Leonard TB vs. Atl
    28.	Donald Brown IND @ Ten
    29.	Rashard Jennings OAK @ Hou
    30.	Bernard Pierce BAL @ Chi
    31.	DeAngelo Williams CAR vs. NE
    32.	Lamar Miller Mia vs. SD
    33.	Trent Richardson IND @ Ten
    34.	Chris Ivory NYJ @ Buf
    35.	BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN vs. Cle
    36.	Joique Bell DET @ Pit
    37.	Chris Ogbannaya CLE @ Cin
    38.	Steven Jackson ATL @ TB
    39.	Mike Tolbert CAR vs. NE
    40.	Montee Ball DEN vs. KC
    41.	Rashard Mendenhall ARI @ Jac
    42.	Jonathan Stewart CAR vs. NE
    43.	Bilal Powell NYJ @ Buf
    44.	Shonn Greene TEN vs. Ind
    45.	Bobby Rainey TB vs. Atl
    46.	Mark Ingram NO vs. SF
    47.	Dennis Johnson HOU vs. Oak
    48.	Shane Vereen NE @ Car
    49.	Bryce Brown PHI vs. Was
    50.	Roy Helu WAS @ Phi
    1.	Calvin Johnson DET @ Pit
    2.	Brandon Marshall CHI vs. Bal
    3.	Demaryius Thomas DEN vs. KC
    4.	Andre Johnson HOU vs. Oak
    5.	AJ Green CIN vs. Cle
    6.	Antonio Brown PIT vs. Det
    7.	Pierre Garcon WAS @ Phi
    8.	DeSean Jackson PHI vs. Was
    9.	TY Hilton IND @ Ten
    10.	Vincent Jackson TB vs. Atl
    11.	Eric Decker DEN @ SD
    12.	Alshon Jeffery CHI vs. Bal
    13.	Larry Fitzgerald ARI @ Jac
    14.	Wes Welker DEN vs. KC
    15.	Victor Cruz NYG vs. GB
    16.	Keenan Allen SD @ Mia
    17.	Golden Tate SEA vs. Min
    18.	Josh Gordon CLE @ Cin
    19.	Torrey Smith BAL @ Chi
    20.	Jordy Nelson GB @ NYG
    21.	Danny Amendola NE @ Car
    22.	Anquan Boldin SF @ NO
    23.	Riley Cooper PHI vs. Was
    24.	Hakeem Nicks NYG vs. GB
    25.	Steve Smith CAR vs. NE
    26.	Mike Wallace MIA vs. SD
    27.	DeAndre Hopkins HOU vs. Oak
    28.	Kendall Wright TEN vs. Ind
    29.	Marques Colston NO vs. SF
    30.	Harry Douglas ATL @ TB
    31.	James Jones GB @ NYG
    32.	Cecil Shorts JAC vs. Ari
    33.	Brian Hartline MIA vs. SD
    34.	Doug Baldwin SEA vs. Min
    35.	Jarrett Boykin GB @ NYG
    36.	Denarius Moore OAK @ Hou
    37.	Jerricho Cotchery PIT vs. Det
    38.	Dwayne Bowe KC @ Den
    39.	Rishard Matthews MIA vs. SD
    40.	Reuben Randle NYG vs. GB
    41.	Lance Moore NO vs. SF
    42.	Nate Washington TEN vs. Ind
    43.	Roddy White ATL @ TB
    44.	Marvin Jones CIN vs. Cle
    45.	Aaron Dobson NE @ Car
    46.	Emmanuel Sanders PIT vs. Det
    47.	Ted Ginn Jr CAR vs. NE
    48.	Andre Roberts ARI @ Jac
    49.	Brandon LaFell CAR vs. NE
    50.	Marquise Goodwin BUF vs. NYJ
    1.	Rob Gronkowski NE @ Car
    2.	Jimmy Graham NO vs. SF
    3.	Antonio Gates SD vs. Mia
    4.	Jordan Cameron CLE @ Cin
    5.	Jordan Reed WAS @ Phi
    6.	Julius Thomas DEN vs. KC
    7.	Vernon Davis SF @ NO
    8.	Greg Olsen CAR vs. NE
    9.	Martellus Bennett CHI vs. Bal
    10.	Brandon Pettigrew DET @ Pit
    11.	Tony Gonzalez ATL @ TB
    12.	John Carlson MIN @ Sea
    13.	Coby Fleener IND @ Ten
    14.	Tyler Eifert CIN vs. Cle
    15.	Delanie Walker TEN vs. Ind
    1.	Steven Hauschka SEA vs. Min
    2.	Matt Prater DEN vs. KC
    3.	Alex Henery PHI vs. Was
    4.	Stephen Gostkowski NE @ Car
    5.	Robbie Gould CHI vs. Bal
    6.	Kai Forbath WAS @ Phi
    7.	Phil Dawson SF @ NO
    8.	Nick Folk NYJ @ Buf
    9.	Nick Novak SD @ Mia
    10.	Mike Nugent CIN vs. Cle
    11.	Ryan Succop KC @ Den
    12.	Garrett Hartley NO vs. SF
    13.	Justin Tucker BAL @ Chi
    14.	David Akers DET @ Pit
    15.	Shaun Suisham PIT vs. Det
    1.	Seahawks vs. Min
    2.	Cardinals vs. Jac
    3.	Texans vs. Oak
    4.	Browns @ Cin
    5.	Broncos vs. KC
    6.	Bills vs. NYJ
    7.	Bengals vs. Cle
    8.	Jets @ Buf
    9.	Panthers vs. NE
    10.	Saints vs. SF
    11.	Chiefs @ Den
    12.	Giants vs. GB
    13.	Chargers @ Mia
    14.	Colts @ Ten
    15.	Bears vs. Bal
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    Week 11 Matchup Plays (use rankings above for specific lineup questions
    QB- PLAY- Foles, McCown, Keenum; AVOID- Kaepernick, Brady, Luck
    RB- PLAY- Tate, Woodhead, Ellington; AVOID- Lacy, Morris, Ridley
    WR- PLAY- Tate, Wallace, Wright, Hopkins; AVOID- Nelson, Moore, Shorts, Nicks
    TE- PLAY- Pettigrew, Eifert; AVOID- Gonzalez, Fleener
    K- PLAY- Dawson; AVOID- Succop
    DST- PLAY- Cardinals; AVOID- 49ers

    For quick answers to your lineup/trade questions, please hit me up on twitter @FPCommish

    Email me- FPCommish@gmail.com

    Your week 11 Fantasy Football Thread is now open for business.

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    1. Patrick Sullivan's Avatar
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      Reminder that the trade deadline is next week in the FP Fantasy leagues. In the ESPN leagues, the deadline is Wed at NOON, while the nfl.com league has a deadline of Friday.

      Also, as a reminder, I'm currently a combined 21-8-1 in those 3 leagues.

      In my home league, our deadline was Thursday evening. I was able to finalize a deal with 2 minutes to spare. It's a PPR league, and I'm at 5-5 battling to get into the playoffs.

      I traded away Jordy Nelson, Danny Amendola, and Pierre Thomas in exchange for Antonio Brown and Darren McFadden.

      McFadden will not start for me, so this was a deal to grab an upside play at backup RB, and more about using my WR depth and grab a PPR monster at WR. The team I dealt with is 7-3, but is very banged up at WR, so he wanted to grab some depth.

      Following the deadline, that leaves my team looking like this. We don't use a flex. My starters are italicized. I think I'm in pretty good shape...

      QB- Newton, Cutler, McCown, Pryor
      RB- Peterson, Moreno, McFadden, D. Williams, B. Brown
      WR- A. Brown, Cruz, Hilton, Tate, D. Moore
      TE- Gronkowski, T. Wright
      K- Hauschka, Hartley
      DST- Cardinals, Patriots

      We use a waiver cap for FA, and I'm down to my last $1, with one roster spot open, and with no $0 bids allowed. We're also limited to no more than 2 pickups per week. That's why I'm carrying 2 kickers, and so many QBs. Just trying to cover for any possible injury-related scenario, while maximizing my starting lineup as much as possible.

      How are your teams coming along?