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WEEK 11
2012
MIA at BUF (THU) *CLE at DAL *NO at OAK TB at CAR
*ARI at ATL GB at DET NYJ at STL *CHI at SF (MON)
*BAL at PIT *IND at NE PHI at WAS Bye:
*UPDATED CIN at KC JAC at HOU *SD at DEN MIN, NYG, SEA, TEN

Prediction: NYJ 13, STL 23 (Line: STL by 3)

Players to Watch: Danny Amendola, Sam Bradford, Not Tim Tebow

The 3-6 Jets are on a three game losing streak and are only 1-3 on the road. The 3-5-1 Rams come off a tie just to make the world use that extra column in the standings for the first time in five years. Imagine this game where the Rams have the better defense and are exceeding expectations as far as the Jets are falling short of their own.

New York Jets
Homefield: Meadowlands Stadium
FieldTurf
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 BUF 48-28 10 @SEA 7-28
2 @PIT 10-27 11 @STL -----
3 @MIA 23-20 12 NE -----
4 SF 0-34 13 ARI -----
5 HOU 17-23 14 @JAC -----
6 IND 35-9 15 @TEN -----
7 @NE 26-29 16 SD -----
8 MIA 9-30 17 @BUF -----
9 BYE ----- ----- ----- -----
News | Statistics | Roster
NYJ @ STL Rush Catch Pass
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick 290,2
RB Chris Ivory 40,1 2-10
RB Stevan Ridley 100,1
WR Eric Decker 7-100,1
WR Jeremy Kerley 5-60
WR Brandon Marshall 7-80,1
TE Kellen Davis 2-20
PK Nick Folk 2 FG 1 XP

Pregame Notes: HC Rex Ryan might as well make a recording of how he still supports Mark Sanchez and is not going to change quarterbacks because he has to state it immediately at the start of every press conference. By this point, "I am sticking with Sanchez" is pretty much just a part of Ryan introducing himself.

Sanchez comes off a 124 yard effort in Seattle which is not his worst game. So far the only time that he has any fantasy value has been when facing a divisional opponent. Literally. He has three games over 266 yards and all were against BUF, MIA or NE. He's lucky to break 200 yards otherwise and he's only thrown four touchdowns over his five non-divisional matchups.

Shonn Greene chugs along with a more typical 58 rushing yards on 15 carries in Seattle and aside from home games against weak defenses, he's just a guy who rarely catches a pass, almost never scores and has never gained more than 68 yards in any road game. In recent weeks he's getting nearly every carry for the Jets and it still doesn't really matter.

Dustin Keller cooled down a bit when he settled for three catches for 47 yards in Seattle but he remains one of the better targets for Sanchez and is averaging about 65 yards per game over the last three weeks since he returned.

The wideouts are a mishmash of inexperience and one-game wonders. Jeremy Kerley is the only receiver with any semblance of consistent production but that;s only around 50 yards in most games and he hasn't scored since week three. He gets the most coverage by the defense because he is the best receiver the Jets have. And that says a lot. Clyde Gates now sandwiched his seven catch game against the Dolphins with two efforts that only contained a single catch. There is no fantasy value here aside from some marginal yardage by Kerley.

The Rams were burned by Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady but that beats no relevance to the Jets offense. The Rams already held three teams to no passing scores so expectations should remain low for the Jets yet again.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points NYJ 28 28 23 23 28 7
Preventing Fantasy Points STL 21 18 12 22 17 17

  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, NYJ @BUF 0000028020 ***
Fitzmagic threw two TDs in the earlier meeting with Buffalo and has multiple touchdowns in four of five and 12 of 14 full games this year. He's also been north of 295 yards in three of the last four. No reason to think he can't reprise his earlier success against the Bills, especially with the added motivation of facing one of his (many) former employers with a playoff spot on the line.
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
RB Chris Ivory, NYJ @BUF 7002200000 ***
The Bills have allowed five straight backfields to rush for at least 110 yards against them, so even if Ivory's touches are compromised by Bilal Powell he should approach his 18-99 from the earlier meeting. However, the lower volume diminishes Ivory's fantasy upside.
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
WR Brandon Marshall, NYJ @BUF 005801000 ***
Marshall has scored in seven of his last eight, including a touchdown in the earlier meeting with the Bills. Since that matchup the Bills have given up 9-117 to Amendola, 9-160-1 to Maclin, 5-88-1 to Hopkins, and 6-153-1 to DJax. In other words, all systems go once again for Marshall.
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
WR Eric Decker, NYJ @BUF 007601000 ***
The league's ultimate wingman scored in the earlier meeting with Buffalo, has scored in three straight, has scored or topped 100 yards in five straight, and should once again be the best sideman since Oliver Hardy teamed with Stan Laurel against a Buffalo defense that's allowed multiple receivers to score or top 60 yards--often both--in 11 of 15 games this season.
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
WR Quincy Enunwa, NYJ @BUF 003500000 ***
With Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker taking big bites there often isn't enough left over for the likes of Enunwa--especially with Kenbrell Thompkins battling for a share as well. It's not as if the Bills are a shutdown secondary, but it's tough to trust tertiary guys to deliver the fantasy goods.
  Opp fgaFGMxpaXPM ConFac
K Randy Bullock, NYJ @BUF 1133 ***
The Sex Pistols sang
"Never mind the Bullocks", but
doesn't apply here

St. Louis Rams
Homefield: Edward Jones Dome
FieldTurf
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 @DET 23-27 10 @SF 24-24
2 WAS 31-28 11 NYJ -----
3 @CHI 6-23 12 @ARI -----
4 SEA 19-13 13 SF -----
5 ARI 17-3 14 @BUF -----
6 @MIA 14-17 15 MIN -----
7 GB 20-30 16 @TB -----
8 NE 7-45 17 @SEA -----
9 BYE ----- ----- ----- -----
News | Statistics | Roster
STL vs NYJ Rush Catch Pass
QB Nick Foles 260,2
WR Wes Welker 6-80
TE Lance Kendricks 2-20
PK Greg Zuerlein 3 FG 2 XP

Pregame Notes: The Rams stopped their three game slide with a tie in San Francisco that has to be scored as a win all things considered. After giving up 75 points to the Packers and Patriots, the Rams defense played far better in San Francisco against a much less prolific offense. More notable was the offense that became very productive against a stout defense. This week should be the softest matchup left on the schedule and one that the Rams can win.

Sam Bradford has been a disappointment again this year but at least he's scored in each of the last three games and remained above 200 yards for the last month. His 275 yards and two scores with no interceptions in San Francisco is his most impressive accomplishment of the year. Bradford always scores unless facing one of the top defenses which no longer describes the Jets.

In one of those "go figure" sort of games, Stephen Jackson finally broke 100 rushing yards for the first time this year while on the road against his toughest opponent. He's scored in two of the last three games while Daryl Richardson has been held to only seven runs in recent games. Jackson's 29 runs in San Francisco is his heaviest workload in the past year. He's been much more likely to remain around 60 rushing yards in other games.

Danny Amendola is back and though he missed five games with a broken clavicle, you wouldn't know it. He merely caught 11 of his 12 targets for 102 yards in San Francisco and had a 79-yard catch in overtime called back on an unrelated penalty. He's not exactly durable but he is undeniably the best weapon in this offense and the reason why Bradford suddenly passed for 275 yards against a good secondary. Chris Givens was a game-time scratch for violating curfew and that allowed Brian Quick to score on his only pass in the game. Brandon Gibson offers minor production every week but overall this remains a ragtag bunch vastly improved with Amendola back in the lineup. They Rams also use him for returning punts and kicks so yeah, he's going to get hurt again.

The Jets on the road have allowed two passing scores to three of their four opponents but no one has produced a 300 yard game against them. The rushing defense has taken a down turn in recent weeks largely from the Jets inept offense not keeping them in games and their opponents just getting a higher volume of carries to share.

What works here is that the Jets seem like a team teetering on implosion while the Rams are looking better. Throw in a home venue and this should go the Rams way.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points STL 23 25 11 27 19 24
Preventing Fantasy Points NYJ 7 22 1 28 23 23

  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
QB Case Keenum, STL @SF 0000020010 ***
Rams QBs have thrown multiple touchdowns in two of 15 games this year. Keenum did it once a couple weeks ago; no reason to get your hopes up for a repeat.
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
RB Todd Gurley, STL @SF 10021100000 ***
While the Niners' run D has been better at home, the fact remains that Gurley gouged them for 20-133-1 in the earlier meeting and will see more than enough carries to reprise those numbers--as well as extend his personal three-game scoring streak.

Update: Gurley is listed as doubtful due to a foot injury, and there's no reason for the Rams to risk their franchise back in a meaningless game. Enjoy Tre Mason.
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
RB Tre Mason, STL @SF 6011100000 **
Update: With Todd Gurley listed as doubtful, expect Mason to carry the mail against an inconsistent at best San Francisco run defense.
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
WR Tavon Austin, STL @SF 2003401000 **
Austin has as many or more rushes than receptions in four straight games, scoring in two of the four. His last triple-digit combo yardage game came against the Niners back in Week 8, so there's upside there as well.
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
WR Kenny Britt, STL @SF 002300000 ***
Britt has scored in back-to-back games, which amongst Rams wideouts counts as "torrid". However, the Niners have given up just four WR TDs in the past seven games and shut Britt out completely in the earlier matchup so don't go chasing the last fortnight's success.
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
TE Jared Cook, STL @SF 003400000 ***
It'd be easier to be fired up about the Niners giving up TE TDs in two of the past three games if Cooks had scored recently. Like, at any point this season.
  Opp fgaFGMxpaXPM ConFac
K Greg Zuerlein, STL @SF 1122 ***
"Legatron" a cool
nickname; but a fantasy
kicker, not so much

WEEK 11
2012
MIA at BUF (THU) *CLE at DAL *NO at OAK TB at CAR
*ARI at ATL GB at DET NYJ at STL *CHI at SF (MON)
*BAL at PIT *IND at NE PHI at WAS Bye:
*UPDATED CIN at KC JAC at HOU *SD at DEN MIN, NYG, SEA, TEN

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