Here's what you need to know heading into Week 11.
1. Matthew Stafford is on the rise.
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2. T.Y. Hilton is stepping up in Indy.
After Reggie Wayne went down with a season-ending knee injury against the Broncos, the big question was who would step up and become Andrew Luck's favorite new target? T.Y Hilton has answered the bell with 251 yards receiving and 14 catches over the last two games. At just 5'8, Hilton doesn't fit the prototypical size of a No. 1 receiver, but with his speed, he can take a 5-yard slant and turn it into a 50-yard score. If you're looking for depth at wideout, the 25-year-old is now a must-start at the WR2 or flex position.
3. Andre Brown returns in a big way.
In his first game back after breaking his leg during the preseason, Andre Brown was thrown right into the fire, carrying the ball 30 times for 115 yards in New York's win over Oakland. Brown was pretty valuable last year as a short-yard and goal line back, scoring 8 touchdowns on only 73 carries. Big Blue's run offense has essentially been a mess all season, with five different backs getting significant carries before Brown stepped in on Sunday. At 230 pounds, the fifth-year man from N.C. State could be the physical running presence that the Giants have been lacking. If you stashed him away on your roster, you may very well be rewarded down the home stretch.
4. An unsung running back could help you win your league.
In PPR leagues, Danny Woodhead, Fred Jackson, Knowshon Moreno and Gio Bernard are all ranked in the top 12 in total RB points. Not all of these guys were on people's radar at the beginning of the season, but they could now be the difference between winning and losing in the running back-starved world of fantasy football. Of the four, Moreno is probably the safest bet because he is playing in the most dynamic offense. Bernard is the one most likely to break a big play (his 35-yard run against Miami two weeks ago is a perfect example). They are all threats in the passing game, though, and could make huge contributions to fantasy teams in Weeks 15-17.
5. Now the fun really begins for the Kansas City defense.
Over the last five games, Kansas City's defense has lined up against Ryan Fitzpatrick, Terrelle Pryor, Jeff Tuel, Case Keenum and Jason Campbell. Not exactly a bunch of All-Pro quarterbacks. This is part of the reason why their defense has scored 30 more points than the second-place Panthers in fantasy league play. Those numbers could take a nose dive in the second half of the season, starting Sunday night when they take on Denver. The Chiefs will face Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers and Andrew Luck a total of five times over the final two months, meaning the overall No. 1 fantasy D for the year could be up for grabs.
The Underrated 15 For Week 11:
1. Ben Roethlisberger
2. Ryan Tannehill
3. Case Keenum
- Running Backs
1. Le'Evon Bell
2. Ben Tate
3. Chris Ivory
- Wide Receivers
1. Kendall Wright
2. Riley Cooper
3. Josh Gordon
- Tight Ends
1. Coby Fleener
2. John Carlson
3. Charles Clay
- Defense/Special Teams
1. New York Jets
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