Week 11 Reaches

Quarterback

David Garrard vs. Buffalo – The Bills have more injuries on defense than any team in the NFL and Garrard’s offensive line has really been improving the last few weeks. He should do quite well and certainly is worth starting if you’re struggling to find someone to start.

Marc Bulger vs. Arizona – The Ram offensive line has really improved of late and they really protected him well last week against an aggressive Saint defense. Bulger faces a suspect Cardinal secondary, so he’s worth a shot if you’re really desperate for help this week.

Running Back

Chris Wells at St. Louis – There seems to finally be a set role for Wells in the rotation the Cardinals have at the position. He’s had 31 touches in the last two games and he should get double-digit touches against an average Ram defense. He’s worth a shot as your #3 RB.

LeSean McCoy at Chicago – He still needs to improve in pass protection, but the Eagles don’t have much of a choice, he has to be the guy at running back for them with veteran Brian Westbrook out for perhaps several more weeks. McCoy has good versatility and is capable of putting up good numbers as we’ve seen when he’s filled in previously for Westbrook against the Giants and Chiefs. He should get enough touches for you to start him as your #3 RB.

Jason Snelling at NY Giants – The Giants will be without starting MLB Antonio Pierce, who is still a solid run defender this late in his career. His replacement, Chase Blackburn, isn’t as physical. Snelling has a lot of ability and as long as the game is close, he should get at least 15-18 touches. He’s worth a shot as your #3 RB.

Bernard Scott at Oakland – It seems highly likely that he’ll be the main ball carrier today for the Raiders. Scott is one of those backs who doesn’t need a lot of carries to make an impact. The sixth-round pick won their #2 RB job very early in training camp, which is interesting since late-round picks usually don’t win important roles this early in their career. Assuming starting RB Cedric Benson will be inactive, Scott should be able to pop off a few big runs against a bad Raider run defense.

Justin Forsett at Minnesota – While he might not score, Forsett figures to have at least 15 touches in this game is the game is relatively close. He has excellent versatility and runs better than his timed speed. He should be worth starting as your #3 RB in PPR leagues.

Mike Bell at Tampa Bay – With RB Reggie Bush out this week, Bell’s role should increase in the running game. The Saints figure to have their way with the Buccaneers, and if that takes place, Bell could put up 10-14 points for fantasy owners this week who are struggling to find a flex player.

Wide Receiver

Brandon Gibson vs. Arizona – He looked great after taking over for injured WR Keenan Burton. Gibson has good size, good hands, and runs good routes. What we saw from him last week was what we saw from him in training camp with the Eagles. He’ll draw a good matchup this week against a suspect Cardinal secondary. Gibson is looking like a solid #3 WR with upside this week.

Donnie Avery vs. Arizona – Many fantasy owners gave up on him weeks ago, but Avery has been coming on of late. The Cardinals give up big plays quite a bit to WRs, so Avery is looking like a nice #3 WR this week.

Mario Manningham vs. Atlanta – He makes big plays every once in a while and the Falcons CBs have been struggling in coverage all season. Decent bet for Manningham to make a big play or two as your #3 WR.

Torry Holt vs. Buffalo – He’s been quiet for several weeks, but Buffalo is severely banged up in the secondary (three out of four starters have some kind of injury). Holt rarely scores, but he should be a decent #3 WR this week in PPR leagues.

Robert Meachem vs. Tampa Bay – He’s score two weeks in a row and once again will fill in for injured WR Lance Moore. The Buccaneers have perhaps the worst nickel CB in the NFL with Elbert Mack. If you’re looking for a #3 WR with some upside, Meachem is worth a shot.

Mike Wallace at Kansas City – The Chiefs have no depth at cornerback, so this matchup sets up well for Wallace to make a big play or two. He’s worth a shot as your #3 WR.

Defense

Jacksonville vs. Buffalo – The Jaguar defense hasn’t been very good this season, but neither has the Bill offense. The Jaguar defense, however, has been playing much better of late and this matchup at home against a bad Bill offense is much more favorable.

Cincinnati at Oakland – You certainly could argue that they aren’t truly a reach since they’re ranked around 10-11 in standard scoring leagues. But they’ve really only been solid for fantasy for a much shorter time. Nevertheless, I can’t see how they won’t have a big game against a bad Raider offense and against Jeff Garcia Jr., I mean Bruce Gradkowski.

New England vs. NY Jets – Many years ago, the Patriot defense was one of the better ones in the NFL. But in recent years, they’ve had a pretty bad secondary and as a result, the Patriot defense hasn’t been used by many fantasy owners. This season, they are ranked in the 20’s for the season, but they have a much improved secondary. This matchup at home against struggling rookie QB Mark Sanchez sets up quite nicely for a decent amount of turnovers and sacks.

Dallas vs. Washington – The Cowboy fantasy defense has been a disappointment again this season (ranked around 19-20 in standard scoring leagues). The problem is they don’t get a lot of turnovers, but that could change at home against a very banged up Redskin offensive line.

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