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There are just two teams, Dallas and St. Louis, on bye in Week 11, so rosters shouldn't be as stretched as they were in previous weeks. That is unless you have Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Zac Stacy or either the Cowboys or Rams DST on your roster. Then there are also the injuries to deal with, as Jay Cutler (ankle) and Jake Locker (Lisfranc) both got hurt again, while Arian Foster (back) and Mike James (broken ankle) joined the ranks of those on injured reserve.
In fact, there are plenty of key players who appear to be at less than 100 percent entering this week's games, starting with Peyton Manning. The top scorer in fantasy this season by a rather wide margin, Manning took some big hits in last week's win against the Chargers and is dealing with an ankle injury that kept him out of practice on Wednesday. Manning is fully expected to play Sunday night against the undefeated and AFC West-leading Chiefs, but how well he moves around the pocket on a gimpy ankle is certainly something worth keeping an eye on, especially against the Chiefs' potent pass rush.
Manning's ankle and the Chiefs' defense (No. 1 fantasy DST) are certainly factors that could impact the production of the Broncos' other skill players, namely running back Knowshon Moreno, wide receivers Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Eric Decker and tight end Julius Thomas. The Chiefs' offense boasts Jamaal Charles, the No. 1 fantasy RB, so at least this week it looks like the game on the field will imitate the game off of it. By that I mean not only is Chiefs-Broncos the NFL's "game of the week," it's also a matchup that carries a great deal of fantasy importance.
Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.
2013 NFL Week 11 Fantasy Football Positional Rankings
Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points
0 points allowed = 12 points
1-6 points allowed = 10 points
7-13 points allowed = 8 pts
14-20 points allowed = 6 points
21-27 points allowed = 2 pts
28+ points allowed = 0 points
Safeties = 2 points
Fumbles recovered = 2 points
Interceptions = 2 points
Sacks = 1 point
Defensive/Special Teams TDs = 6 points
PATs = 1 point
39 yards and under = 3 points
40-49 yards = 4 points
50-59 yards = 5 points
60+ yards = 6 points