NFL FANTASY FOOTBALL PREVIEW—NOVEMBER 17, 2016

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Heading into week 11 of the National Football League season, the Seattle Seahawks are becoming a very interesting story. Just as soon as the football world thought the team might not contend for a Super Bowl this season after being upset 25-20 to the New Orleans Saints on October 30, the Seattle offense has looked great in back-to- back wins over AFC East opponents Buffalo and New England.

There are three reasons for the Seahawks resurgence. First, quarterback Russell Wilson has looked comfortable as a pocket passer. Second, wide receiver Doug Baldwin has been tremendous in key situations, and rookie running back C.J. Prosise is developing into a very versatile offensive threat because of his ability to catch the ball with ease in short yardage situations.

With the emergence of Prosise, the Seahawks released running back Christine Michael this week. However, the Seahawks fantasy running back situation will remain a little cloudy as Thomas Rawls is expected to return this week against the Philadelphia Eagles after missing the last two months with a broken leg. It will be interesting to see how Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll handles Prosise and Rawls in the coming weeks. Until one running back takes control of the reins, I would avoid both of them for fantasy purposes.

The Seahawks have the edge over the Eagles because of how poorly the Eagles have played on the road this season. Philadelphia is perfect at home (4-0), but only 1-4 on the road.

Another intriguing matchup is the Baltimore Ravens at the Dallas Cowboys. The Ravens could play the Cowboys tough for a few reasons. The Ravens have a longer time to prepare for this contest, and did not have to play a barn burner like the Cowboys did in their last game. The Ravens defense is underrated and has given up 10 fewer points than the Cowboys this season. Finally, there will be more pressure for Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott to perform. The reason is because if he doesn’t the Cowboys will not hesitate in returning to veteran Tony Romo. This will not be an easy game for Dallas, but they should squeak out a tight win.

I like two upsets this week. The first is Buffalo over Cincinnati. The Bengals are coming off a short week, while the Bills had the bye and have more time to prepare for an inconsistent Cincinnati squad. The second is Green Bay over Washington. At the beginning of the year 99% of football analysts would have picked the Packers. Even though the Redskins have surprised many, you cannot give up on Green Bay just yet.

Tonight the New Orleans Saints play the Carolina Panthers in what is expected to be a NFC South Division shootout. Both teams have prolific offenses and could each score 40+ points. You cannot go wrong with Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks or Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin. At running back this week, expect a huge game from Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell. The Michigan State product had 134 total yards of offense and two touchdowns against Dallas last week. This week the Steelers get the easier Cleveland Browns.

 

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