AFL QuickPlay Week 11—Look Who’s Back
Friday May 30, 2014
We’re a little more than halfway through the season and things are heating up on the fantasy front. This past week saw the return of a pair of key receivers in Reggie Gray of San Jose and Prechae Rodriguez of Pittsburgh. Both of them returned to their respective lineups following injury this past week and it makes the fantasy game continue to be a challenge week in and week out.
Week 10 had only two players score more than 200 points. That’s starting to become a trend as we have been seeing weeks with lower scoring lately. At some point, all of the teams will go off and the fantasy points will pile up.
Let’s see who navigated the Week 10 waters successfully and scored big.
The winner of the week is StormJr who scored 220 points to ease into the top spot. He took chances with Daniel Southwick of Portland and Kerry Reed of Arizona, which paid off in 69 points last week.
The only other player to crack the 200-point barrier was the Swamp Dawgs with 208 points. Both of the top teams this past week had Tommy Grady of the Power as a quarterback so the return of Rodriguez looks to have a big impact in fantasy.
The spudboys (198), Sugarmill Giants (196) and skillet (194) round out the top five. Our lineup finished with 165 points last week which was good enough for a tie for 17th on the week.
For the season, the Short Bus Kids continue to roll at the front of the pack. They’ve rolled up 2284 points and have a 92-point lead on Legnbaz, our second place team. RochRush sits firmly in third with 2175 while PowerUp and the Sugarmill Giants are tied for fourth with 2154 each. Sixth through tenth are separated by 12 points and our Unemployed Punters are currently 8th with 2145 points for the season.
Take a look at this week’s schedule and see how it impacts your lineup.
May 30: Tampa at New Orleans, Portland at Spokane
May 31: Cleveland at Pittsburgh, Orlando at Iowa, San Jose at Arizona
June 1: San Antonio at Philadelphia
Byes: Los Angeles and Jacksonville
Roster deadline: May 30 at 7:30pm Eastern
Let’s get it going and start in the Western Division.
Western Division (Arizona, San Antonio)
We’re rolling with QB NICK DAVILA like every other week because there’s no compelling reason not to. Our other pick in the division is WR ROD WINDSOR. Last week, Kerry Reed racked up 104 yards and four touchdowns against the lowly KISS. He should draw the coverage this week and give Windsor plenty of chances to find the end zone. Maurice Purify is still bothered by a knee injury and is questionable at best for this week so he would be a high risk-reward play.
Arizona wraps up the West with a win here. They would also sweep the season series with San Jose and be up four games (five with the tiebreaker) in the race for the top spot in the conference with seven to play.
The Talons are 1-9 and don’t have anything to offer in terms of fantasy despite a positive matchup with Philadelphia.
Pacific Division (San Jose, Spokane, Portland)
Spokane and Portland play each other in what looks to be a potential dud of a game. Spokane doesn’t have Erik Meyer and they only put up 34 against San Jose last week. Portland looks to have regressed with a 32-point game and a 27-point game playing the top two teams in the conference. Spokane has put up roughly the same number of points. This could be a 42-35 game and would be a poor one for fantasy.
That said, we’ll take WR REGGIE GRAY of San Jose and K NICH PERTUIT of San Jose. Pertuit continues to post solid lines in the kicking game. Gray returned last week and seemingly always has great games against Arizona. A sleeper pick from this division would be FB ODIE ARMSTRONG as he returns to Arizona for his first game against his former team.
South Division (New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Orlando)
The first pick is QB BERNARD MORRIS from Orlando. He threw for 230 yards five touchdowns last week and rushed for 41 yards and three more scores. Morris had a solid game against Pittsburgh and makes a great start this week against Iowa. Orlando is also the second-highest scoring team in the league at 58 points per game and the worst defense allowing 58.8 points per game. The Predators need to have Morris to produce in order to have a chance to win and he should come up big this week.
Tampa takes on New Orleans in the other division game this week. They played a 62-57 game in the opening week but things have changed since then. Justin Hilton had his breakout game (9-147-4) that week but now has Joe Hills to contend with in the receiving corps. LJ Castille made a splash as well (10-169-4) in that week. The VooDoo has been too inconsistent week to week to roll with them here. Tampa Bay’s wide receivers are good as a group that now includes TT Tolliver so Randy Hippeard has plenty of options to throw to. That’s not good news for fantasy players so we’re going to pass on them here.
The second pick is WR GREG CARR of Orlando. He got back on track with a 7-113-3 effort against the Power and looks to be the favorite target in the Predators passing game.
Castille makes a sleeper pick in this division as does VooDoo QB Kurt Rocco but keep in mind Rocco was yanked for Ryan Perilloux in the fourth quarter when New Orleans was down by 20. Both of Castlle’s touchdown catches last week came from Rocco.
East Division (Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Iowa, Philadelphia)
We need a fullback. Paging Derrick Ross of the Soul. Will Derrick Ross of the Soul please pick up a white courtesy football? Thank you.
The other player is going to be a tough one. JJ Raterink of Iowa had an okay game last week with four touchdown passes against New Orleans. Cleveland needed a 33-point fourth quarter and three last-minute touchdowns from Shane Austin to escape Philadelphia undefeated. It’s exciting to see it happen but you don’t want to hope your fantasy quarterback puts up 20 points in the final minute of the game to salvage his day. Austin won’t get that kind of opportunity against Pittsburgh and their top defense in the league at 231.8 yards per game.
Iowa will need to score big to keep up with Orlando and the Barnstormers have been held to 50 or fewer in each of their last three games. They just don’t have the feel of a team you can safely trust right now in fantasy but WR Marco Thomas makes a good sleeper pick.
The final pick for this week is QB TOMMY GRADY of the Power. He got Prechae back last week and he went off for 122 yards and four touchdowns. Pittsburgh also leads the league in most offensive plays run, pass completions, and fourth-down defense which gives Grady plenty of chances to succeed. He threw for eight touchdowns last week and could do it again this week.
That’s Week 11 for you. Just like the other 10 weeks, it’s been very unpredictable as to who will shine from week to week. Arizona and Cleveland are the top teams. The bottom teams are easy to find. It’s those teams in the middle that will make the difference between winning and losing in fantasy.
Unemployed Punters Week 11 Lineup
QB Nick Davila ARI
WR Rod Windsor ARI
K Nich Pertuit SJ
WR Reggie Gray SJ
QB Bernard Morris ORL
WR Greg Carr ORL
QB Tommy Grady PIT
FB Derrick Ross PHI
Andrew Nordmeier is a freelance sportswriter originally from Chicago. Andrew is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association and has won more than three dozen fantasy championships. He has written for local newspapers in the Phoenix area covering high school sports for the last seven years. Andrew also has done play-by-play in the USHL and on the Arizona Rattlers internet broadcast in 2011. He lives in Phoenix with his wife and two sons. You can find Andrew on Twitter @AndrewNordmeier
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