Fantasy soda: McFadden's surge may end against Steelers
No team has found much success rushing the football against the Pittsburgh Steelers this season, so it should come as no surprise that Oakland's Darren McFadden is the STUD TO SIT for Week 11. BenJarvus Green-Ellis gained 87 yards in Week 10 against Pittsburgh -- by far the most of any back this season. On average, opponents gain 63.2 rushing yards per contest, and ball carriers gain just 2.8 yards per carry. McFadden continued his breakout season last week by collecting his seventh consecutive game with 100 or more yards from scrimmage -- a streak destined to end in Pittsburgh.
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Where did Jacksonville come from? Not long ago fans were ready to toss away this season. Now the Jaguars are a game above .500 and climbing in the AFC Wild Card race. A big reason for the team's success has been its passing game, which won on a Hail Mary Sunday. David Garrard is a scary fantasy quarterback most weeks, but next Sunday I say DOUBLE DOWN on Garrard and wide receiver Mike Thomas against a Cleveland defense which is tied for 23rd in passing yards allowed per contest and 28th in passing touchdowns allowed. Garrard has thrown two or more touchdowns in four of his last five appearances, and he has seven touchdowns and just two interceptions in five home games so far this season. Thomas is coming off of his first 100-yard effort of the season, but he has scored a touchdown in each of the past two weeks and was Garrard's most targeted receiver (nine) against Houston.
According to SportsIllustrated.com fantasy writer Will Carroll and
"I give Moss the benefit of the doubt as much as anyone," says Schauf, "but his team's quarterback situation is inconsistent, and he has definitely shown signs of age."
Says Carroll of Rice, who is expected back in the lineup in Week 1: "While things look OK for him physically, I still have no idea how he'll respond."
Instead, Schauf and Carroll believe Jackson has the best chance for success in the season's second half.
"The fact that he returns to a team that started Patrick Crayton and Seyi Ajirotutu the last time out says it all about opportunity," says Schauf. "He'll be worth starting right away for some fantasy owners."
Adds Carroll, "Jackson's healthy and I don't believe in rust, but do believe in Philip Rivers."
Kenneth from Florida writes: "A couple of weeks ago I got Jamaal Charles for Matt Forte. He even threw in Danny Amendola." ... No one is happy with Forte's production as of late, so unloading the Bears' troubled back was arguably your greatest success. Charles has been solid and Amendola has proven to be a quality No. 3 receiver. I'd say you did well, Kenneth.
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