Scott Engel of RotoExperts.com is in his seventh season of Fantasy Football analysis on seahawks.com. Scott is an inaugural member of the Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association’s Hall of Fame and a former FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year Award Winner. He can be heard on FNTSY Radio every morning and seen on FNTSY Sports Network daily on CenturyLink’s sports package and Dish Network.
As Fantasy players continue to make their push for the postseason, we are entering the final week of byes. After this week, you will have a good idea of which players will be your prime starters for the final two weeks of the regular season and beyond. For now, we will be without the services of Panthers, Jets, 49ers and Colts players for Week 11. That means you will have to fill in for the likes of Cam Newton, Carlos Hyde, Christian McCaffery, T,Y. Hilton, Robby Anderson and Jack Doyle. Injuries, suspensions and lineup changes have also affected some other Fantasy situations. We get you set for another important victory this week.
Eli Manning vs. KC: If you are without Newton or have been affected by the Buffalo QB change, you can stream Manning for at least adequate statistical production this week, and maybe more. The Chiefs allow the third-most Fantasy Points Per Game to opposing quarterbacks on NFL.com (19.08). With the New York defense looking very vulnerable, Manning will have to throw often to keep the Giants in the game or may pad his numbers in catch-up mode.
Jay Cutler vs. TB: Tampa Bay has been a regular target for Fantasy owners to exploit. The Buccaneers have allowed 2,491 passing yards, the second highest total in the NFC. Cutler has five TD passes with one interception in his past two home games and is aiming for his fifth consecutive outing with two or more two TD passes.
Blake Bortles vs. Cleveland: The Browns can be tougher against the run, but can be attacked in the secondary. The Browns have allowed 19 TD passes, fourth most in the NFL. Bortles has thrown for 250-plus yards in each of his past three games and has thrown TD passes to Marqise Lee in each of the past two. Look for a minimum of two TD passes with good yardage numbers.
Rex Burkhead vs. Oakland: The Patriots have started to utilize him more recently, and his versatility will be an issue for a Raiders defense that allows 19.91 FFPG on NFL.com, second most of AFC teams. Burkhead is a fine PPR flex player, as he has averaged 73 yards from scrimmage in his past two games.
Jerick McKinnon vs. LAR: He was quiet last week as Latavius Murray was the leading RB for Minnesota, but expect McKinnon to re-emerge this week in what should be one of the most compelling games on the schedule. The Rams allow 20.49 FFPG to opposing RBs and McKinnon must be established to ease some pressure on the QB position for the Vikings. McKinnon has 156 scrimmage yards and two scores in his past two home games.
Rod Smith vs. PHI: This is a deeper play in PPR formats. Dallas could be playing catch-up this week against the red-hot Eagles, but Philadelphia has allowed 58 receptions to opposing running backs, second most among NFC teams.
Ameer Abdullah vs. CHI: The Lions RB recently campaigned for more goal-line work, and his wish was granted. He will be gunning for his third game in a row with a rushing score. Abdullah’s newfound potential for TD runs makes him a better flex type, and the Bears have allowed eight rushing scores, which is tied for second highest in the NFL.
DeVante Parker vs. TB: Parker has been dependable in PPR leagues this year, catching five passes or more in four of six games and topping 60 yards in five of them. Tampa Bay allows 24.91 FFPG to opposing wide receivers, the highest total by any NFC team. Look for a quality performance from Parker in a home game that Miami can win.
Nelson Agholor vs. DAL: The Cowboys secondary is a weakness that will be exposed by Carson Wentz. Opposing WRs have rolled up 15 TD catches and 118 total receptions, the first and second highest totals in the NFC. Dallas can be burned by slot receivers, and Agholor has scored in three of his past four road games. He could provide a decent amount of receptions in addition to a TD catch.
Marvin Jones vs. CHI: Jones is the Lions’ big-play threat in their passing game, and the Bears have allowed 1,388 receiving yards to opposing wide receivers, fifth most among NFC teams. Jones has 203 receiving yards and three TD receptions in his past two road games.
Paul Richardson vs. ATL: The Monday night matchup between the Seahawks and the Falcons has the potential to be a high-scoring affair. Richardson can make big plays downfield and is a regular threat for a red zone passing score. He has four TD catches in the Seahawks past five home games.
Tight Ends, Defense/Special Teams & Kickers
Marcedes Lewis is a prime stream against Cleveland, which allows 11.03 FFPG to opposing TEs, second most in the AFC. … Cameron Brate should bounce back against Miami, which allows 9.08 FFPG to opposing TEs, third most in the AFC. … Cincinnati should be utilized against Denver and Detroit is a solid option vs. the Bears. The Chargers are a top stream against Buffalo. … Blair Walsh might be good for two-plus FGs against the Falcons, and Josh Lambo is an underrated pickup who has come on recently for Jacksonville.
Seahawks Fantasy Focus
Russell Wilson is the No. 2 overall Fantasy QB in my Week 11 Lineup Rankings on RotoExperts.com. He is a must-start who has averaged 330.3 passing yards per game in his last four outings. … Doug Baldwin should also be locked into your lineup. He had 80 receiving yards and a TD when these teams met in last year’s playoffs. Expect possible Top 5 Fantasy WR production this week. … Tyler Lockett is worth consideration for a streaming play as a bye week replacement. If Wilson must throw often, he will be a YAC threat. … Atlanta has allowed only one TD catch to opposing TEs but Jimmy Graham has been a major force in the red zone recently and may force Atlanta to surrender its second score to the position this year.
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Take a look back through history at the Seahawks' matchups against the Falcons as the two teams ready to face off for Monday Night Football during Week 11 at CenturyLink Field.