I knew there was a reason I liked Olsen last week. And he got me just enough points to secure a win last week. Did you get the necessary win? It's make or break time. Here is a recap of Week 10 and my Week 11 likes.
Best of Week 10
Marshawn Lynch (RB, Seattle) –"Beast Mode" totaled a season-high 140 rushing yards and a career-high four rushing touchdowns. He added a 23-yard reception. The Giants had absolutely no answers for Lynch, who now has six scores in his last two games.
Aaron Rodgers (QB, Green Bay) – **He was my No. 2 rated quarterback last week and all he did was throw for six touchdowns, all coming in the first half. Rodgers became just the second quarterback in league history to accomplish that feat. Is there any quarterback more valuable to his team than Rodgers?
Dez Bryant (WR, Dallas) –Bryant totaled a season-best 158 receiving yards and a season-high two receiving scores as the Cowboys snapped a two-game losing streak. Perhaps heading across the pond to London was just what Bryant and the Cowboys needed.
Jordy Nelson (WR, Green Bay) –His quarterback had a monster game and Nelson was the beneficiary. He registered 152 receiving yards with two scores as the Packers blew out the Bears on Sunday Night Football. Nelson now has an NFL-best five receiving touchdowns of 40 or more yards.
Philadelphia Eagles Defense/Special Teams –Mark Sanchez had a great game as he threw for 300 yards, but the real story was the Eagles' defense and special teams. Philadelphia forced five turnovers, had an interception returned for a score and a punt returned for a score.
Week 11 Likes:
Tom Brady (at Indianapolis) –Brady has great numbers against the Colts throughout his career. He is coming off of a bye and is facing a team that has given up eight passing touchdowns in its last two games. Brady has 18 touchdown tosses in his last five games.
Aaron Rodgers (vs. Philadelphia) –The Eagles' defense had a strong outing last week but they are about to face Rodgers, who I think is the best quarterback in the league right now. What makes Rodgers so dangerous is that he gets yards and scores while averaging just 30 pass attempts per game.
Matt Ryan (at Carolina) –There was a time when Ryan was always a top-five option at quarterback but that time has passed. This week though I think he has a big game against a struggling Panthers' defense. Despite being 3-6, the Falcons are still in a fight for the NFC South.
Arian Foster (at Cleveland) – **Last week Foster only gained 56 rushing yards, the first time all season he didn't eclipse 100 yards when healthy. This week he faces a Browns' defense that is in the bottom five in rush defense and gives up nearly five yards per carry.
Le'Veon Bell (at Tennessee) –Bell hasn't been getting many carries as of late but that might just be due to game circumstance and that his quarterback threw for 12 touchdowns in two games. This week I think Bell breaks out of his slump and has his best game of the season.
Matt Forte (vs. Minnesota) –The Bears are the team everyone is talking about and not for a good reason. But Forte continues to be such a consistent player. He will face a Minnesota defense that gives up the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs.
Demaryius Thomas (at St. Louis) –The Rams have a solid pass defense but it's hard not to like a guy that has six straight 100-yard games. Thomas hasn't scored in three straight games but that will change this week.
DeSean Jackson (vs. Tampa Bay) –Quietly, Jackson is having a great 2014 season. He has recorded five 100-yard games in his last seven contests. He leads the league with a 21.8 yards per reception average and is about to face a defense that gives up the third-most fantasy points to opposing wideouts.
Calvin Johnson (at Arizona) –He's finally back to full health. Last week he totaled his 41st 100-yard receiving game since his NFL debut, which is the most out of any wide receiver since that time. The Cardinals allow the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.
Rob Gronkowski (at Indianapolis) –Gronk is always going to be the No. 1 fantasy option at tight end. He has three 100-yard games in his last five outings and has four scores in his last two games.
Antonio Gates (vs. Oakland) –San Diego really needs a win to keep pace with the Chiefs and Broncos in the AFC West. Gates has six scores in his last five games.
Jimmy Graham (vs. Cincinnati) –He's back to full health and he has scored in three straight games. Cincinnati gives up the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.
Denver Broncos (at St. Louis) –The Rams have allowed eight touchdowns this season via defense and special teams. QB Austin Davis has been sacked 14 times in the last three games.
Miami Dolphins (vs. Buffalo) –This is a make or break game for both teams but I give the advantage to Miami based on their defense and special teams. They should have a solid outing versus Buffalo.
Seattle Seahawks (at Kansas City) –Seattle's defense is not even close to what it was last year but they have been getting better, particularly over the last three games. That will continue this week.
Adam Vinatieri (vs. New England) –He still hasn't missed one yet this season and has double-digit points in 6-of-9 games.
Caleb Sturgis (vs. Buffalo) –Sturgis has quietly put three double-digit point totals on the board in each of his last three games.
Cody Parkey (at Green Bay) –Parkey has only totaled less than eight points in one game this season, and that was in Week 4.