1. Tom Brady (NE) – In a week 4 match up against Buffalo, Brady threw for 311 yards and 4 TD’s. He is very capable of equaling or surpassing those numbers this week against that same Bills defense. Brady is a no brainer for your starting line up.
2. Tony Romo (DAL) – He has been lighting up opposing defenses all season long, but he has been particularly stellar over the last 2 weeks. Romo should have another huge outing against a shaky Redskin pass defense that ranks 22nd. Romo completed 24 passes for 284 yards, 2TD’s, and 0 interceptions in his one career start against Washington.
3. Brett Favre (GB) – Favre has been one of the hottest fantasy QB’s out there for most of the season. A trend that is likely to continue against Carolina’s average secondary in week 11.
4. Peyton Manning (IND) – He shocked everyone last week by throwing a career worst 6 interceptions, in what was undoubtedly the worst game he has ever played. If you could manage to somehow look past the ridiculous number of picks he threw, Manning’s numbers were not bad, as he managed to rally the Colts bare bones offense to a near comeback. It was an obvious fluke game for Manning, who is typically the most reliable fantasy QB in the NFL. He should bounce back nicely against the Chiefs 18th ranked pass defense this week.
5. Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) – “Big Ben” is easily having the best season of his career, and has turned into an unlikely fantasy giant. In his last 2 games, he has completed an astounding 36 of 50 passes for 487 yards, 7 TD’s, and only 1 interception. He should keep it rolling in week 11 against a bad Jets defense.
6. Drew Brees (NO) – He gave fantasy owners a big scare in the first half of last week’s game, but he was thankfully able to turn things around in the second half. While Brees has been red hot in recent weeks, it appears that there will be games that this offense will resort back to its early season bad form, but for the most part they are on the right page. Brees should pick up where he left off in the second half at Houston this week.
7. Carson Palmer (CIN) – Although Palmer has played well below his standards and pieced together a string of mediocre fantasy performances, he is still one of the better QB options out there. If the offensive line can get healthy, including pro bowl OT Willie Anderson, Palmer and the Bengals offense, should return to juggernaut status. Despite his recent struggles, Palmer will likely have a solid week 11 against an overrated Cardinals secondary.
8. Derek Anderson (CLE) – In an earlier meeting with Baltimore, Anderson completed 10 of 18 passes for 204 yards, 2 TD’s and 1 pick. A very mediocre performance compared to the rest of his season. The good news is that the earlier meeting with the Ravens was one of Anderson’s first starts, and he has come a long way since then. Also, the Ravens secondary is in much worse shape than they were in the week 4 version of this game. It is a road game this time, but we are confident that he will get the job done.
9. Eli Manning (NYG) – While Manning has had a recent stretch of poor fantasy outings, we expect him to bounce back in week 11. He faces the Lions and their 30th ranked pass defense. In addition, the Lions have played 2 other teams from the NFC East in Washington and Philadelphia. In those 2 games the Detroit secondary gave up a combined 629 yards with 6 TD’s and 0 interceptions. If Jason Campbell was able to torch this defense, Manning should be able to do the same. We like his chances.
10. Marc Bulger (STL) – This offense continues to get healthier with each passing week, and the on field performances in recent weeks are living proof that the Rams high powered attack is coming back to life. Bulger should have another strong performance this week against the Niners 21st ranked pass D. He threw for 368 yards, 1 TD and no interceptions against them in an earlier match up this season.
11. Matt Hasselbeck (SEA) – Hasselbeck does not have a very good track record against the Bears defense with 3 interceptions and only 1 TD in 2 career starts, but this is not the same Bears defense. The Chicago defense ranks 17th against pass this season, and they are pretty beat up as a whole. Hasselbeck should easily be able to improve on his career numbers against them in week 11.
12. Donovan McNabb (PHI) – McNabb had a monster week 10 throwing for a season high 4 TD’s, and on paper, this week’s match up against the winless Dolphins looks very promising. The problem is that the Dolphins have a very underrated pass defense that ranks 5th, meaning that the Eagles will likely spend much of the game running the ball against the Dolphins 30th ranked run defense. Translation, while we expect a very solid game for McNabb, he is unlikely to have the monster numbers the match up suggests.
13. Kurt Warner (ARI) – He was able to bounce back nicely in week 10 after a horrible showing in week 9. Warner will likely have another big week against a really bad Bengals defense that has given up the second most TD’s via the pass in the NFL with 20.
14. Jon Kitna (DET) – It appears as though the Lions pass happy approach may once again be in full effect for the Detroit offense. After averaging only 24 pass attempts per game in weeks 4 through 7 as the team looked more to the run, Kitna has averaged 37 attempts in weeks 8 through 10. He has 4 TD’s in his last 2 contests to show for it, as opposed to only 2, total, during weeks 4 through 7. While he faces a tough Giants defense, Kitna should be able to do some damage, but an interception or 2 is probably in the cards as well.
15. Jeff Garcia (TB) – Mr. Efficiency will be back in service this week after a much needed week off. Garcia has a solid history against this week’s opponent, and while he probably won’t wow you with his numbers, he should have a solid day against the Falcons.
16. Matt Schaub (HOU) – Schaub is finally healthy again, and he returns with a full complement of weapons for the first time since week 2, thanks to the return of star receiver Andre Johnson. Schaub was looking very good before things fell apart for this offense, and we see no reason why that should not be the case now, especially against a poor Saints pass defense this week. He could very well be the week 11 QB sleeper.
17. Jay Cutler (DEN) – Cutler faces a very tough Titans defense in week 11, but they are a defense that struggled last week without star DT Albert Haynesworth and pass rush specialist Travis LaBoy. LaBoy should be back, but Haynesworth is very questionable which bodes well for Cutler and the Denver offense. Cutler has not had a hugely successful season, but he has had his moments. He is not highly recommended for use in week 11.
18. Kyle Boller (BAL) – Boller takes over a Ravens offense that has been dreadful over the last few weeks. While he has a great match up against Cleveland and he should be much better than McNair, he is nothing more than an emergency fill in for week 11.
19. Phillip Rivers (SD) – Rivers is a very capable QB, but his numbers in recent weeks do not reflect that. The unpredictable gunslinger is becoming more predictable each week, but not for the better. He is too unreliable to start against anyone right now including the Jags 27th ranked pass defense. If you have the luxury, sit him until he proves himself worthy again.
20. David Garrard (JAC) – He will return this week after missing 3 games with an ankle injury. He faces a Chargers pass defense that ranks a lowly 25th, but as was evident last week against Peyton Manning, they are capable of multiple interceptions, and Garrard is no Peyton Manning. Sit Garrard this week until he can get his legs under him again. He is not flashy, but he is efficient and a decent option again down the road.
21. Jason Campbell (WAS) – He is coming off of a career best game last week, but he has been unreliable much of the season. Campbell has low to moderate value at best against the Cowboys.
22. Vince Young (TEN) – He showed something in the way of a passing game for the first time this season last week throwing for a season high 257 yards. Unfortunately, he also threw his 4th interception in his last 2 games. Young has the tools to get it done, just not on a regular basis. He is not a great option against Denver’s 8th ranked pass defense.
23. Daunte Culpepper (OAK) – Culpepper will jump back into the starting line up this week with an injury to Josh McCown. He has a very promising match up against the leagues worst pass defense in his former team, the Vikings, but Culpepper has not played well all season. He may be worth a shot given the match up, but we do not recommend him unless you are in a pinch.
24. Rex Grossman (CHI) – He is back, at least for a week. Grossman will make his first start since being benched in week 4. The match up holds promise against the Seahawks 20th ranked pass defense, but there is a reason why he was benched in the first place.
25. Kellen Clemens (NYJ) – He was not flashy in his last start, but he was efficient, throwing for 226 yards 1 TD and 0 interceptions. So far he has exceeded our expectations of him, but he still only holds moderate fantasy value at best. Clemens will face the NFL’s best defense in week 11, so we will find out for sure if he has what it takes. It is not the best week to have him in your line up against Pittsburgh.
* Other notable QB options for week 11 include (in order of rank): Byron Leftwich (ATL), J.P. Losman (BUF), Vinny Testaverde (CAR), Brodie Croyle (KC), Trent Dilfer (SF), Alex Smith (SF), John Beck (MIA), Tarvaris Jackson (MIN), David Carr (CAR), and Brian Griese (CHI)