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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Week Eleven: Fine or Pine

It's crunch time, Brainiacs.  Adam Filadelfo (@Frostt24) is back to help you set your lineups.  Go, go, go!

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There are only a few more weeks for the fantasy football regular season and every move owners make will matter more now than it has so far. It's very important to maximize fantasy points at this point in the season since tiebreakers can be decided based on which owners scored more points throughout the season. Owners are jockeying for playoff position and leaving points on your the bench can cost your team a playoff spot. Read on for help setting your lineups and make that push to your ultimate goal: A fantasy football championship.

Quarterback

Fine- Robert Griffin III- With a great matchup versus the Eagles this week, RG3 should have another nice fantasy week for his owners. Coming off of his week ten performance where he passed for 281 yards and three touchdowns, the Skins get the Eagles whose defense isn't capable of stopping an offense. The Skins offense has been a lot more balanced as of late and as long as RG3 doesn't try to do too much, will make owners happy they started him this week.

Pine- Matt Ryan- With a lack of weapons at his disposal, Matt Ryan has had a difficult time to say the least this season. He did manage to escape his matchup against Seattle last week without throwing an interception even though he managed 36 pass attempts so there's a little hope there. Week ten was Ryan's first game with double digit fantasy points since week seven.

Running Back

Fine- Alfred Morris- One of the best matchups for a running back in week eleven, Alf gets the Eagles. He has scored double digit fantasy points in all but three games this season. Last time out against Philadelphia in week one, Morris had one of his three single digit fantasy points games but the entire offense looked out of sorts in that game. With a much better balance on offense over the last ten weeks, Morris has had double digit fantasy points in his last three games.

Pine- Fred Jackson- Clearly the better runner between he and Spiller at this point, Jackson gets the stingy Jets D this week who is very good at stopping the run. With the Buffalo receiving corp in shambles due to injuries and Spiller ineffective, the Jets can key in on stopping Fred Jackson making it a rare single fantasy point week for him.

Wide Receiver

Fine- Andre Johnson- Let's be honest. Who on Oakland will even slow Andre Johnson down? He did have only five catches for thirty seven yards in week ten against the Cardinals but did manage two scores against Patrick Peterson who happens to be one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. Ever since Case Keenum has taken over as quarterback in Houston, Johnson has been on a tear and facing the Raiders this week will help further cement that fact.

Pine- Roddy White- Between being banged up and facing Revis, White has become more of a desperation play. Even though White managed to play a majority of the Falcons snaps in week ten, he only managed one catch for twenty yards. He isn't healthy enough to trust at this point.

Tight End

Fine- Jordan Reed- Reed has scored double digit fantasy points in three of his last four games and with the Washington offense clicking on all cylinders in recent weeks, look for Reed to continue his emergence as a fantasy tight end one.

Pine- Tony Gonzalez- It seemed like when Julio Jones and Roddy White went down with injuries, Gonzalez would get more targets and be the go to guy for Ryan and the Falcons but that thought process hasn't worked out quite that way. Gonzalez has double digit fantasy points in one game since week five and cannot be counted on as his usual tight end one self.

Defense

Fine- Houston- Houston hasn't been their usual dominant selves for fantasy owners this season but they do have a  very favorable matchup this week versus Oakland who will be starting Matt McGloin at quarterback. Not only is this McGloin's first start, the Texans D has allowed an NFL best 166 passing yards per game this season.

Pine- San Francisco- Even though the 49ers D has produced double digit fantasy points in all but two games this season, they have the daunting task of facing Drew Brees and the Saints in New Orleans this week. Unless the 49ers defense can find a way to cause turnovers, it could be a long day for San Francisco and their fantasy owners.