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Carm's Fantasy Corner: Week 11

C.J. Anderson, RB Denver Broncos: An unhealthy running back rotation always leads to a weekly headache that seems to settle in on Sundays. With Ronnie Hillman dealing with a foot injury and Montee Ball recovering from a groin injury, CJ Anderson took over for the Broncos and never looked back. Filling in for Hillman, Anderson had 13 carries for 90 yards and added to that already healthy game with a chunky four receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown. While 51 of those yards came on his scoring play, Anderson was targeted seven times, which tied the amount of times Julius Thomas was thrown to. With Ball eyeing a return in Week 11 against a tough Rams defense, it makes Anderson a risky pickup because despite this performance, he could easily slip back into the rotation. However, the Broncos could just as easily ride the hot hand and a lot of signs are pointing in that direction. Keep an eye on this precarious predicament, but know that Anderson is available in over 90 percent of fantasy leagues.

Jordan Matthews, WR Philadelphia Eagles: Many people were expecting Jordan Matthews to have a big game on Monday night and he certainly delivered. In fact, he may have over delivered. Matthews caught seven of the nine passes thrown his way for 138 yards and two touchdowns. While experts haven been speculating about what Mark Sanchez will be able to do in Philadelphia, it seems like he’s thrown all that doubt out the window and threw it into the hands of Matthews. Sanchez and Matthews seem to have an instant chemistry and while the Eagles were hoping to get Vincent Jackson by trading Riley Cooper, it seems like the 6’3” rookie out of Vanderbilt could be the newest threat in this deadly offense. Matthews is available in about 75 percent of fantasy leagues.

Kyle Rudolph, TE Minnesota Vikings: After sitting out seven consecutive weeks due to an injury, one of the most heralded tight ends in fantasy football could return in Week 11. Across the board, between experts, enthusiasts and casual fantasy football fans, Kyle Rudolph was expected to be one of the biggest bargains in the draft. Many figured Rudoplh was going to have a breakout year, while maintaining an under the radar type of image, which would’ve made him a steal in the draft had he not gotten injured for the second straight year. However, that steal of a pick could be a steal of similar magnitude off of the waiver wire. Rudolph does his best work in the red zone, a fact he solidified in 2012 with his nine receiving touchdowns. Should Rudolph come back to play in Week 11 against a struggling Bears’ defense, he will start and will make an impact. Rudolph is available in about 70 percent of fantasy leagues, but will likely disappear soon from the waiver wire.


John Brown, WR Arizona Cardinals:
Despite having the best record in football, the Cardinals suffered a hughe loss in their win over the Rams on Sunday, when Carson Palmer went down with a torn ACL. After just recently signing a 3-year, $50 million extension, he went out for the season. Typically bad news for any team with great receivers, however, despite who’s throwing the ball, John Brown seems to be doing all right. The rookie out of Pittsburg State caught five passes for 73 yards and a touchdown. The TD came on a 48-yard pass in the fourth quarter, surprisingly it was on the first play of the game for Drew Stanton, who came off the bench and fired the first one deep. Despite the obvious statistics that turn into fantasy points, the best stat of the night were the eight passes thrown his way, only trailing Larry Fitzgerald’s 10. Brown seems to be on the rise in a stacked receiving corps and with Michael Floyd on the decline, he could be a great wide receiver down the stretch. Brown is available in about 80 percent of fantasy leagues.

Tre Mason, RB St. Louis Rams: The term “running back by committee” is the most unsettling phrase in fantasy football, but it might not be an ugly enough word to describe the Rams’ scenario. However, if we’ve learned anything from The Ugly Duckling, there’s always the chance of becoming a swan and Tre Mason might just be that big majestic bird the Rams’ offense needs. Mason had 14 carries for 48 yards and added four catches for 33 yards – a part of his game not many people believed in. Unfortunately for Mason, his goal line chance was vultured by Benny Cunningham, who finished the game with four carries. While the Rams have a waning committee, evident of Zac Stacy not getting the ball once, seeing Mason get 10 more snaps than the next closest guy is a good sign for owning this running back, even if the team doesn’t run the ball that well. Mason is available in just over half of fantasy leagues.

- Carmine Colangelo