NFL Week 11 Fantasy Fill-ins

Nov 14, 2008

Putting the final piece of your fantasy football puzzle together

The byes are gone, but you still need to make roster tweaks.  I’ve uncovered some guys you can plug in to your lineup if you are dealing with an injury or tough matchups.   Check back following the games to see the stat line of guys profiled.

Tyler Thigpen
- Thigpen has been the rage in recent weeks.  He’s been productive, has a trio of receiving threats, and has generally been playing from behind. That’s a nice receipe for fantasy success.  This week should be no different as he faces New Orleans.  Their Offense is explosive so they will be playing from behind and their Defense is weak so Thigpen should be able to produce. 
Stat Line:  19 of 38 for 235 yards, 2 TDs, INT, 3 carries for 45 yards

Larry Johnson
- It’s amazing that LJ has sunk this low, but when you consider he has 2 yards on 7 carries the last six weeks, it’s justifiable.  It’s hard to say how he’ll respond to his first game action since October 5th, but he has a nice matchup against the Saints to get the rust off.
Stat Line:  19 carries for 67 yards, 1 catch for 20 yards 

Ricky Williams - Ricky should have a solid game against Oakland as they are 28th in the league with 158.1 yards allowed per game.  They also rank 28th with 13 rushing TDs allowed.  I see both Ronnie Brown and Ricky putting up solid numbers against the Raiders.
Stat Line:  13 carries for 49 yards, 1 catch for 6 yards

Muhsin Muhammad - I fully expect Jake Delhomme to bounce back from his dreadful game last week against the Raiders.  He faces another pathetic team in Detroilet.  Steve Smith is going to go off after catching one pass for nine yards last week, but there will still be leftovers for Muhsin.
Stat Line:  1 catch for 16 yards.  Sorry.

Greg Camarillo - The Raiders, namely Nnamdi Asomugha, will shut down Ted Ginn, Jr.  He can’t cover everybody though so look for Camarillo to have a productive Sunday
Stat Line:  2 catches for 34 yards.  Sorry.

Matt Spaeth - The Chargers have been terrible defending Tight Ends this year.  With Heath Miller out, it’s Matt Spaeth’s turn to shine.  I’m expecting at least 45 yards from him with a decent chance to score. 
Stat Line:  6 catches for 55 yards  

Josh Brown
- St. Louis’ Offense should be good enough to move the ball vs. San Francisco, but bad enough where their drives stall out in Field Goal range.  Considering that the 49ers have allowed league highs with 23 FGs and 95 Kicker points, it isn’t a stretch to think Josh Brown could have a solid game.
Stat Line: 3 FGs, PAT

- They play the Raiders.  Enough said.  Joey Porter and company should get pressure on the QB.  I see multiple sacks and multiple turnovers.
Stat Line:  6 Sacks

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13 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Rad
    November 14th, 2008 at 10:31 am #

    I saw Thigpen’s name and thought you were losing it Ryan, but then I read your reasoning and they are very sound. You are an astute evaluator of fantasy talent my friend :)
    I like Ricky Williams this week too, going against the Raiders and coming off a strong game last week, he should put up some nice points this week.

    Nice job dude

  2. LestersLegends
    November 14th, 2008 at 10:33 am #

    Rad – He’s actually been one of the highest scoring QBs the last few weeks.

  3. Rad
    November 14th, 2008 at 10:41 am #

    Thats why you are who you are my friend, the gutu of fantasy sports.
    Hey did you see Dave’s post on Bronko Nagurski today? Real nice and right up your fantasy football alley.

  4. LestersLegends
    November 14th, 2008 at 10:42 am #

    I don’t know about all that. I didn’t see the Bronko one yet. Just the Ewing. I’ll check it out.

  5. Rad
    November 14th, 2008 at 11:07 am #

    I read your comment on Mr Ewing, dare you say the man never lived up to expectations when he was THE KNICKS. Who else would make Starks, Mason, Oakley or Charlie Ward into household names? He played in the Jordan era which was his biggest mistake. All the while sweating gallons per game lol One of the reasons I hated Jordan but acknowledge him as the greatest ever.
    I don’t know who I feel worse for, Ewing or Mattingly for not getting a ring.

  6. LestersLegends
    November 14th, 2008 at 11:15 am #

    He was great, don’t get me wrong, but he was not only overshadowed by Jordan, but by Olajuwon and possibly David Robinson. Ewing was supposed to be the next Kareem. He was great, but he wasn’t at that next level.

  7. Rad
    November 14th, 2008 at 11:27 am #

    I think he was better than Robinson, who only got a championship when Tim Duncan came along, and couldn’t play with his back to the basket like Ewing. Olajuwon had a much better team when they went head-to-head in the ’94 Finals, but he did win so I’ll give you a tie Olajuwon. I’ll never forgive Starks for the series.
    Ewing came in with great expectations, I think stat-wise he delivered, he just never had another player to help him get over Mount Jordan.
    He’s still top 5 all time. Kareem, Wilt, Russell, Shaq, Ewing/Olajuwon toss-up.
    It’s like we have our own little PTI whenerv we talk Ryan lol

  8. LestersLegends
    November 14th, 2008 at 11:31 am #

    I hear you.

    Kareem, Wilt, Russell, Olajuwon are top four in my mind and in a class of their own.

    Ewing is in the class with David Robinson, Shaq, and Mikan with Shaq as the head of the class. So he was top 8 Center of all-time. Not bad. Not bad at all.

  9. David Funk
    November 14th, 2008 at 12:21 pm #

    Tyler Thigpen was huge for me last week in my Yahoo! league.

    LOL! This is too funny that the Ewing conversation spilled over to here!

    Lester, I think your tidbits should have included one Red Sox voting for a Yankee great to be in the Hall of Fame while a fan of the Yankees says no. Then a Bulls fan of all people is defending Ewing on his own blog! Now that is real headlines for Friday Tidbits! LOL!

  10. LestersLegends
    November 14th, 2008 at 12:26 pm #

    Craziness indeed.

  11. Rad
    November 14th, 2008 at 12:53 pm #

    I actually give this one to Lester/Ryan, I had forgotten about Mikan and I can’t completely defend Ewing over Olajuwon purely on stats/championships/style of play, it’s more of my love for the man and the Knicks. I still think he’s better than David Robinson but not as good as Shaq. Another good one guys, Rad 1, Lester/Ryan 1; we’re tied lol

  12. LestersLegends
    November 14th, 2008 at 1:00 pm #

    He’s one of the all-time Centers. He was just supposed to be one of the all-time greats. If he missed, it wasn’t by much.

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