By: Jesse Cook (Sports Editor)
Week 10 was a fun with huge victories from the New Orleans Saints, Tennessee Titans, and Buffalo Bills, but Week Double-One will be double-fun.
At quarterback, as fun as it would be to pickup Matt Barkley or Nick Mullens, the Bills and San Francisco 49ers have bye weeks. Try out Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons. The 2016-17 NFC Champions have the Dallas Cowboys this week, who beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-20, allowing 360 passing yards and two passing touchdowns to Carson Wentz.
Ryan’s arguably the best passing quarterback in football (he leads the league in passing yards per game with 335.0), so he should have an even better game against the shaky Cowboys than Wentz did. Ryan also threw for 330 yards, two TDs, and zero interceptions last week against the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland’s stunning 28-16 victory. Despite the loss, Matty Ice acquired 20.5 points on ESPN, NFL and Yahoo.
Aaron Jones of the Green Bay Packers has the Seattle Seahawks’ defense this Week 11. The Seahawks have allowed 118.6 rushing yards per game which foreshadows an explosive night for the Packers’ Jones. He rushed for 145 yards on 15 attempts and scored two TDs. The Seahawks allowed 149 rushing yards last week to the Todd Gurley and the Los Angeles Rams. Jones also 32.2 scored points on ESPN and NFL and 30.7 points on Yahoo.
Your other running back should be David Johnson of the Arizona Cardinals. Cardinals’ QB Josh Allen has had a tough time of it, so against the struggling Oakland Raiders, Steve Wilks might look for an exemplary night from the fourth year RB.
At wide receiver, your first pickup should be Julio Jones of the Falcons. Who better for Ryan to air it to than his 10,000 career receiving yards WR, Quintorris Lopez Jones (no, I’m not including him just for his awesome full name). 107 of Ryan’s 330 passing yards went to Jones and so did one of his TD passes. You really can’t go wrong with a future Hall of Famer, but if you needed further verification, he scored 23.7 points on ESPN and NFL and 20.2 points on Yahoo.
Chris Godwin and Jacquizz Rodgers both had pretty great game at receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Despite losing 16-3 to the Washington Redskins, the Bucs’ offense put up 501 yards, 205 coming from these two (103 from Godwin, 102 from Rodgers). Look out for them against the New York Giants this week.
I hate to repeat myself, but the Eagles’ tight end, Zach Ertz scored the most receiving yards of anyone in the entire league with 145 (also two TDs) against the Cowboys. Make your opponent cry “It hurts!” by starting Ertz. This week, his Eagles will fly against the abysmal New Orleans Saints, who rank as the second-worst passing defense in the league behind the Cincinnati Bengals. New Orleans has allowed 296.1 passing yards per game and 2.1 passing touchdowns per game. Ertz will have a huge game!
Here’s the kicker: Ryan Succop of the Titans. Tennessee’s got the Indianapolis Colts, who have allowed 376.2 yards per game, 2.8 touchdowns per game, and 26.6 points per game. A good offense, such as Tennessee’s, should have little to no trouble stomping on the Colts and giving Succop plenty of opportunities to knock the pigskin through the uprights.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are facing the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars, so they should have a good defensive week. The Steelers only allowed 193 passing yards to Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville’s strengths are in their passing.
Good luck with Week 11!
(Note: I made no mention of the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Rams because both teams are just so good, that the game will be too unpredictable, however I wouldn’t expect a great deal of defense.)