“Off the Matt” Ca$h vs. Crash, Week 11 Quarterback/Tight End Plays
Week 10 Recap
Blake Bortles: 188/2/1
Kirk Cousins: 324/4/0
Jimmy Graham: 3/41/0
Zach Ertz: 7/68/0
Brian Hoyer: 123/0/1
Jay Cutler: 258/3/0
Gary Barnidge: 6/65/1
Delanie Walker: 3/52/0
Year to Date Totals (total starts):
Fantasy Ca$h Quarterbacks (20): 5681/36/20 (284 ypg)
Fantasy Crash Quarterbacks (19): 4965/35/11 (261 ypg)
Fantasy Ca$h Tight Ends (20): 105/1113/6 (56 ypg)
Fantasy Crash Tight Ends (20): 71/595/6 (30 ypg)
Matt Stafford vs. OAK
It has been a disappointing year for the Detroit Lions and Matt Stafford. However, Week 11 presents the opportunity for a shining moment against the Raiders who sport one of the bottom pass defenses in the league.
Through the first five games, Stafford was terrible. He had zero 300-yard passing games and had thrown six touchdowns compared to eight interceptions. Since then, Stafford has made strides in returning to fantasy relevance. Over his last four games, he has averaged 280 yards passing per game and tossed nine touchdowns against only four interceptions.
The matchup against the Raiders looks good on paper. They have allowed multiple touchdown passes in seven of the nine games they have played this year. They don’t do well in the yardage department either, surrendering 293 yards per game.
The only drawback to playing Stafford this week is putting trust in a man by the name of “Jim Bob Cooter” to draw up an effective game plan. 99 times out of 100, I am going to have a difficult time trusting someone named Jim Bob Cooter to do anything that doesn’t involve assembling carnival rides and or finding a loophole to be able to marry your cousin. But against this defense, I will take my chances.
Mark Sanchez vs. TB
I still believe in this offense, especially against defenses that struggle against the pass. The Buccaneers fit that mold nicely. Last week, they were able to shut down the Matt Cassel led Cowboys, but other than that, teams have had their way with them. They have allowed the third most passing touchdowns (19) in the league. While they struggle through the air, Tampa Bay is actually stout upfront allowing only 3.6 yards per carry, which is third best in the league. Facing a stingy run defense could lead to an air assault game plan for the Eagles. As for Sanchez, he proved last year that he could post QB1 numbers against poor defenses. Last season, in his eight starts, he posted four 300-yard games and five games with multiple touchdown passes.
Cliffs: Bucs = good vs. run / bad vs. pass. Sanchez = good numbers last year against teams bad vs. pass.
Jacob Tamme vs. IND
It was only a matter of time until someone else prospered in the passing game, due to the immense amount of coverage that gets thrown at Julio Jones each and every play. That man, Jacob Tamme, has turned himself into a serviceable option at the tight end position. Over the last two weeks, Tamme has hauled in 16 receptions on 22 targets and even found the end zone once. Teams are going to continue making their top priority slowing down Julio, and with that priority in place Tamme will continue to scratch out quality stat lines. It’s a plus-matchup in Week 11. The Colts have allowed double digit fantasy points to opposing tight ends in four straight games, including a touchdown in each. Tamme will look to keep the streak going.
Eric Ebron vs. OAK
It is Christmas in November for Ebron as he gets the gift that keeps on giving. That gift is the Raiders inability to keep opposing tight ends out of the end zone. They have allowed a tight end to score a touchdown in eight of nine games. The lone game they didn’t allow a touchdown, they actually held the Bronco tight ends without a catch. So with that said, the following stat can be birthed: In games that the Raiders allow a tight end to catch a pass, they are allowing a touchdown 100% of the time. I like those odds!
Tony Romo @ MIA
Owners that have patiently waited on Tony Romo’s return to the field
should consider waiting one more week. With the Dolphins allowing 136 yards per game on the ground, the Cowboys will likely attack the defense with a steady dose of Darren McFadden who has proven to be a workhorse averaging over 23 carries a game since taking over the starting job. Additionally, the Dolphins have been fairly tough on opposing quarterbacks. Over their last six games, they have only allowed multiple touchdown passes on two occasions. While on the season, they have only allowed 300+ yards passing twice.
No one can question Romo’s toughness. Returning in just eight weeks from a broken collarbone make the chances for a re-break more likely, thus I expect the Cowboys to get the ball out of Romo’s hand as quickly as possible to avoid any big shots he may take from the Miami pass rush. The game managing performance I anticipate Romo to have will not translate into many fantasy points.
Philip Rivers vs. KC
Forget what you think you know about the Chiefs secondary. Sometimes when a team gets off to a bad start, they carry that label the entire season. The bad start I am speaking of is allowing 300+ pass yards in three of their first four games. The 11 touchdown passes they gave up over that span tend to stick with people as well. I don’t know how or why the pass defense has improved, but I will let the numbers do the talking.
First four games: Yards: 1244 (311 ypg) Touchdowns: 11
Last five games: Yards: 1118 (224 ypg) Touchdowns: 6
The Chiefs defense is currently riding a four game streak in which they have help opposing quarterbacks to single digit fantasy points (ESPN Scoring).
This is a sneaky tough matchup for Rivers. The Chargers offense is in a bit of trouble going forward. They have zero run game and the offensive weapons are dropping faster than a drunk girl in stilettos. To make matters worse, as of Friday, neither Gates nor Green had yet to hit the practice field. If you want to put your faith in guys like Dontrelle Inman and Javontee Herndon to make plays for Rivers to have a decent fantasy day, be my guest, but I will be looking elsewhere.
Tyler Eifert @ AZ
How many of you had Tyler Eifert as leading the league in receiving touchdowns though 10 weeks of the season? It is hard to say anything bad about Eifert, but with him hitting my ‘crash’ list, I will do my best to poke some holes in his game. The problem with Eifert is that he needs to find the end zone to post TE1 numbers. Most tight ends are touchdown-dependent and Eifert is no different. He has only posted more than 60 receiving yards in three games this year, and no such games since Week 5. This week, he matches up with the Cardinals, who have surrendered a grand total of one touchdown this year to opposing tight ends. I find it unlikely for Eifert to score this week and as mentioned, above he won’t be able to produce the yardage numbers to make up for it. It is near impossible to bench the guy leading the league in receiving touchdowns, but I believe it is the correct play this week if the proper alternative presents itself.
Martellus Bennett vs. DEN
Bennett has failed to live up to his pre-draft hype thus far and I don’t look for things to get better for him anytime soon. He has only scored more than six fantasy points once in his last five games (standard). Competing with Zach Miller for targets only complicates the situation. The matchup against the Broncos isn’t doing him any favors as they have only allowed opposing tight ends to score three touchdowns on the season and have held them in check in the yardage department as well. Bennett still holds value in PPR formats, but I do not like his situation this week at all.
Combo Play: 9-85
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