Last Week’s Suspects:
Greg Jennings: 3 REC, 18 YRDS
Riley Cooper: 3 REC, 102 YRDS, 2 TDS – 9th RB/WR
Marvin Jones: 1 REC, 9 YRDS
Season to date: 12/26, 46%
Week 11 Suspects:
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Vikings:
Ahhh, the moment so many of us have been waiting for seems like it’s finally here since Jerome Simpson, even with plenty of brain space in that extra terrestrial forehead, isn’t smart enough to stay out of trouble while making millions. Simpson, of course, has said he expects to play on Sunday, but coach Frazier wasn’t so sure. Whether Simpson starts or not, he likely won’t make it to the end of the season, which is the perfect reason to break Patterson in. If Simpson does start, I’d still expect Patterson to see a huge uptick in snaps as the Vikings prepare him for Simpson’s missed time. Patterson has flashed during his limited time and has a few things working for him this week against the Seahawks. Seahawks #2 CB Brandon Browner looks like he is going to miss an extended amount of time due to injury, so Walter Thurmond will step in to cover Patterson in base formations. Seattle will likely win this one pretty easily especially since Percy Harvin has sent hints via twitter that he will return to play his former team. With or without Harvin, the Seahawks should jump out to an early lead which will cause the Vikings to abandon the run as they’ve done all season even though they have the best RB in the league. This will open up plenty of 3 WR and 4 WR sets for Minnesota, where Byron Maxwell will cover Patterson. Maxwell hasn’t been anything special in coverage this season and if Patterson can get separation he’s a threat to score every time. I’d expect Patterson to break a big gainer this week, but even without an explosive play, Patterson showed he’s a red zone threat with a nice TD grab last week against the Redskins in the end zone. Thank you for keeping fantasy owners in mind Jerome Simpson, your kind actions will never be forgotten. Patterson is going to be special.
Brian Hartline, WR, Dolphins:
To put it bluntly, Brian Hartline just isn’t a very good WR, but San Diego’s pass defense has been so bad this season that he should be a solid flex play this week. The Chargers have given up the highest YPA this year through the air and if the Dolphins play as bad as they did on MNF last week, which I suspect they will, they should be down by a decent score for the majority of the game. Since Ryan Tannehill should be throwing all game, Hartline should see his fair share of targets. Whether it is Derek Cox or Shareece Wright covering Hartline won’t matter. Both have been absolutely miserable in coverage this year and should give Hartline plenty of opportunity to catch the football. Because of the lack of TDs and his lack of big play ability, don’t expect a big game from the former Buckeye, but rather a solid, startable day. Hartline is a high-floor, low-cieling flex play in week 11.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans:
Since Case Keenum took over at QB for the Texans, the rookie Hopkins has seen his targets increase each game. Last week he saw double-digit targets as his connection with Keenum grew. This article has picked on the Raiders’ CBs once before and hit with a big week from Keenan Allen. Since Keenan Allen’s big game, Oakland’s CBs haven’t gotten any better. Both Mike Jenkins and Tracy Porter are rated pretty low in coverage on PFF so they should struggle again this week against one of the most impressive rookies in the league. With Arian Foster out and Ben Tate severely banged up I’d expect Houston to rely on the hot Keenum through the air more than usual. The Keenum-Hopkins connection could prove to be a serviceable one through the fantasy playoffs and the Raiders aren’t likely candidates to slow them down.