5 fantasy matchups to exploit in Week 11
Welcome to the Matchups Machine, which narrows down ideal matchups from around the league on a weekly basis using the tools we have available at PFF, the Las Vegas odds, and insight from yours truly.
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Of course, as was the case in the past, this column will become more accurate as the season goes on and we compile more grades for the players and get a feel for the tendencies and overall strengths/weaknesses of the 32 teams.
The goal of this column is to help you with those tricky decisions in year-long leagues, but also to help you narrow down your best options in daily fantasy leagues. You will see a mix of big-name players and fringe starters. Without further ado, let’s get into it.
Matthew Stafford vs. Raiders
It’s never easy committing to a quarterback who has posted just two QB1 weeks, depending on scoring format, Stafford’s performance in Week 10 could be a good sign of things to come. More importantly, Detroit’s offensive line held up in pass protection much better than we had seen all season long following their Week 9 bye. The Lions had allowed 17 sacks, 29 quarterback hits and 101 quarterback hurries entering Week 10, but they limited a Packers pass rush (10th-best) to no sacks or hits and just 14 hurries. It was just the second time all season the Lions didn’t allow a sack. As a result, Stafford threw for 242 passing yards and two touchdown.
Give credit to Detroit’s coaching staff — after right tackle LaAdrian Waddle struggled again, he was benched on the third series for Michael Ola who allowed just one hurry, no sacks and no hits. Waddle has been PFF’s worst pass blocking offensive tackle, by far, and his absence from the lineup is addition by subtraction.
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