Dallas will beat Detroit this Sunday and extend the Lions’ record-setting road losing record to 26.
Spaz, the fantasy football predicting cat, is confident that the Cowboys will win their first home game of the season and I have to agree based on the following factors:
- Dallas is coming off of an impressive road victory over the New York Giants.
- The Cowboys won their 1st game under the guidance of new head coach Jason Garrett and are probably anxious to repeat this feat at home.
- Many NFL experts felt Detroit’s best opportunity to snap their road losing streak would be last Sunday’s game against the winless Bills, but Buffalo clinched their 1st victory of the season when the Lions failed to convert a two-point conversion that would have tied the score and forced overtime.
- The Lions’ list of injured personnel continues to grow with the latest casualty being running back Kevin Smith.
- Detroit’s offense struggled last week against a Buffalo defense that is far less talented than the Cowboys’ defense.
If Spaz and I are right about the outcome, it will make him 5-2 and me 5-5 for the season.
“The Lion who will roar” (Hometown Hero): You cannot stray away from wide receiver Calvin Johnson. His fantasy football value continues to climb, because starting quarterback Matthew Stafford (out due to injury) and replacement QB Shaun Hill have been throwing more passes in his direction in November. The Cowboys’ secondary is also the weakest part of their defense and with the Lions running game hurting, expect to see a lot of passing.
“Above Par Lions”: Tight ends Brandon Pettigrew and Tony Scheffler could provide a spark if Hill has time to throw to them. Just watch out for the tight end on the other side, Cowboy Jason Witten, who has put up some great fantasy numbers against the Lions in past games.
“Bench that Lion” (Hometown Zero): Running back Kevin Smith’s season is over and it’s too bad. Smith has made several key pass catches in recent games and has done a good job of filling in for Jahvid Best, who is battling turf toe. Will it be Aaron Brown or Maurice Morris that will take Smith’s spot?
Final Score: Spaz – Dallas 24, Detroit 17. Deni – Dallas 24, Detroit 10.
“I wish I had him this week”: For Detroit fantasy owners with stars from other teams, here are three players that should have a better than average game in week #11:
- Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco – Gore is my national “Play Him” selection of the week, because he is one of the better fantasy football running backs in NFL. The 49er running back will be rushing against a Tampa Bay defense that is 31st against the run.
- Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City – Here’s a quick way to get back on the winning track. Play the Arizona Cardinals and watch your running game, featuring Charles, put up some big numbers.
- Peyton Hillis, RB, Cleveland – It’s the week of the running back and Hillis has performed remarkably well this season. Expect him to excel against Jacksonville in week 11.
“Expect a Downturn”: Here are three players whose performances will take a slide in week #11:
- Cadillac Wiilliams, RB, Tampa Bay – Williams is my national “Sit ‘Em” pick of the week and I’d park him this weekend. The emergence of LaGarrette Blount as the Bucs’ primary running back has led in a reduction of carries for Williams.
- Zach Miller, TE, Oakland -Miller was considered a top 10 tight end at fantasy football draft time. Unfortunately, he is returning from a foot injury and facing a tough Steelers’ defense in week 11.
- Arizona’s Defense – It’s not often that you see a defense listed in this category, but the Cardinals deserve it. They have been awful, giving up an average of 33 points a game.
Fantasy Football Link of Interest
If you want to know who my fellow fantasy football Examiners selected in the categories of “Hometown Hero”, “Hometown Zero”, “Play Him” or “Sit Him”, click on Week #11 Predictions.
You also may want to check out “The Hub” – the foamcage.com’s NFL Fantasy Football Page.
Which players do you think will surprise or disappoint us in week #11?
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Next Article: A recap of week #11.