Week 11 Recap: Rainey To The Rescue
November 17, 2013 | Jeff
The fake football regular season is drawing to an end, with only two more weeks of imaginary gridiron battle between us and the fantasy postseason. Sunday of Week 11 was another day interesting in the NFL, as there were more huge performances, duds, and even a baffling benching that threw the fantasy world (and especially QB streamers) for a loop. Let’s jump right in and take a look at some highlights and lowlights from Week 11, led by a waiver wire wonder from Tampa Bay:
Bobby Rainey: Did you pick up Bobby Rainey last week? Good. Did you start him on Sunday? Liar! To those of our readers who slotted Rainey in at running back in Week 11, a round of applause is deserved. Rainey sliced up the Falcons on Sunday for 167 total yards and three touchdowns as he did his best Doug Martin impression. With speedy moves and a monstrous 30 carry workload, Rainey looks like he has wedged himself into the RB2/Flex conversation moving forward. Every season has an unheralded fantasy playoff beast and Rainey could very well be 2013’s version.
Marquise Goodwin: With both Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods out on Sunday, Goodwin took advantage of the extra opportunity and caught six of a team-high nine targets for 81 yards and a score. Goodwin has blazing speed and showed it off on Sunday as Buffalo spanked the Jets. Goodwin’s playing time will be spotty moving forward but should be on the incline after this strong performance.
C.J. Spiller: 13 carries for six yards and two catches for ten yards was Spiller’s final stat line on Sunday. The entire Buffalo ground game was in the dumps on Sunday but Spiller’s lack of effectiveness has reached a new low. Unless Fred Jackson misses time, Spiller is a permanent resident of Fantasy BenchLand, USA.
Percy Harvin: In his Seattle Seahawks debut, Harvin was only targeted once but looked great in limited action. Harvin’s one grab was a 17 yard circus catch and he also chipped in with a big kickoff return that set up a Seattle score. We should see Harvin used much more after Seattle returns from their Week 12 bye to face New Orleans. It’s been a long process, but this flower is ready to bloom.
Ray Rice: While the Ravens and Bears were playing the world’s longest football game, Ray Rice showed signs of life at muddy Soldier Field. Rice set a season high (by a huge margin) in rushing yards with 131 and also scored his fourth touchdown of the season. If your league’s trade deadline hasn’t yet passed, I would shop Rice around immediately. Just consider Rice your 1989 Honda Civic with a fresh new Week 11 paint job. Get rid of him before that engine officially blows.
A.J. Green: Green’s five game streak of 100 or more receiving yards was snapped on Sunday as he was whipped from both sides by Joe Haden’s coverage and Andy Dalton’s suckage. Two catches for seven yards was all Green could muster up but his fantasy owners should keep their heads high, as Cincinnati has a nice slate of defenses awaiting them after a Week 12 bye. Green will be a staple on many fake football title teams so there is no need for panic here.
LeSean McCoy: Sunday afternoon was quite the roller coaster for McCoy owners, as he sandwiched great first and second half performances around a hamstring injury near halftime. McCoy returned in the second half of Philadelphia’s contest with Washington and continued his stellar play as he ended the day with 147 total yards and two touchdowns. Shady now gets a bye week to rest his hammy before he unleashes his skills in the fantasy football playoffs.
Matthew Stafford: The Stafford to Megatron connection was on fire in the first half on Sunday, as both Stafford and Calvin Johnson enjoyed huge first half performances. The second half, however, looked like peewee football when Detroit had possession. Stafford had 327 passing yards at half and ended with 362 yards, as fantasy owners were left wondering what could have been as Detroit’s stars faded and Pittsburgh came back and stole a victory. Stafford and Johnson are still top-notch plays going forward but this was a very odd outing for both players.
Michael Floyd: Leading the Cardinals in targets with 11, Michael Floyd pumped out a huge fantasy day on Sunday with six catches for 193 yards and a score. Floyd turned in an awesome 91 yard touchdown along the way to his big stat line and has been a decent WR option as of late. Although his reliance on the quarterback play of the always crusty Carson Palmer makes him less of a sure thing, Floyd needs to be considered on a weekly basis.
Case Keenum: Sunday wasn’t especially kind to Keenum, as he was 13 of 24 passing with one touchdown and one interception. Then, in an inexplicable move that defies all logic, Gary Kubiak benched Keenum for Matt Schaub, who promptly went 12 for 25. Hold on to Keenum until we get clarification on this situation but the Texans and their fans deserve to see Kubiak and Schaub on a bus to the CFL as soon as possible.
Matt McGloin: The Oakland rookie was solid in his 2013 debut, as he threw for 197 yards and three scores against Houston. The Raiders, and Terrelle Pryor owners, now have an issue moving forward so we will see how things shake out in practice this week. No need for an add here unless you are a nutty 2QB’er or dynasty owner but the situation deserves monitoring.
Jimmy Graham: Big Jimbo turned in another mediocre performance on Sunday as he caught six passes for 41 yards. Although the output wasn’t up to his normal world dominating standards, Graham was targeted a team-high 11 times. We will chalk this one up to a tough matchup and move on to Week 12, where Jimbo and the Saints get the Atlanta Falcons who have already folded up, checked out, and made plans for the offseason.