Nov 4, 2011
QUARTERBACKS - SIT ‘EM
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Buffalo Bills) vs. New York Jets
So if you haven’t already heard, the Jets play some good pass defense. Like, really good. That’s a problem for Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick because he’s got to play against the Jets this week. No doubt Fitzpatrick and the Bills have been good this season, but if they get it done this week it’s going to be on the ground. The Jets are giving up just 197.6 passing yards per game, an average of 6.7 fantasy points per to quarterbacks and have given up just two passing touchdowns in their last six games. In that same six-game stretch the Jets also forced 10 interceptions. New York is just 25th in the league in rushing yards allowed per game, so expect the Bills to attack early and often on the ground. That leaves limited opportunities for Fitzpatrick, and even the ones he does have won’t be good ones.
Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens) @ Pittsburgh
Remember in the first week of the season when the Baltimore Ravens smoked the Pittsburgh Steelers? Quarterback Joe Flacco threw for 224 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions, the Steelers looked like a shell of their former selves and it was proclaimed to finally be the changing of the guard in the AFC North. As Lee Corso likes to say, not so fast, my friends. Pittsburgh has won four straight and five of its last six. During the win streak the Steelers have given up an average of just 16.8 points per game, including limiting the high-powered New England Patriots to just 17 points last week. At the same time Flacco has been incredibly inconsistent, failing to put together consecutive double-digit fantasy performances this season. Pittsburgh still is creating turnovers like we’ve been accustomed to, however the Steelers are doing a much better job of holding their opponents offensively. With that, and with Flacco coming off a 10-point game last week, you should explore other quarterback options this week.
Matt Hasselbeck (Tennessee Titans) vs. Cincinnati
Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is one of many Titans on this week’s list. It’s not that Hasselbeck has been bad - he’s actually been pretty consistent yet unspectacular this season. His only sub-par game was a 4-point performance against the Houston Texans in Week 7. However, playing against the Bengals is a poor matchup for Hasselbeck and the Titans. The Bengals are giving up an average of just 10.6 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, and their last five games they’ve given up an average of 9.2 fantasy points per game. Also consider in the first two weeks of the season Cincinnati gave up four passing touchdowns. In their five games since then the Bengals have combined to allow just two passing touchdowns. Even if Hasselbeck does manage to record double-digit fantasy points - and that appears very unlikely - he’ll likely get no more than 10 or 11.
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