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Week 11 Fantasy Forecast

This week's Fantasy Forecast will take us all the way up to Week 14, otherwise known as the first week of the fantasy playoffs (or the make or break last game of the regular season).

Trade deadlines are fast approaching and the waiver wire is drying up fast.  Now, more than ever, it is imperative to plan ahead and be one step ahead of your league mates.  This week’s Fantasy Forecast will take us all the way up to Week 14, otherwise known as the first week of the fantasy playoffs (or the make or break last game of the regular season).  Let’s see what lies in store.

Clear Skies (Favorable Schedule)

Jay Cutler
Next 4 Opponents: TB, @NE, DEN, NE
Jay Cutler has a bad reputation in the fantasy community right now because the on-field product has been so bad for the Dolphins.  However, Cutler has at least 2 TDs in each of his last 4 games.  Considering he is likely free in your leagues, he can be a strong start over the next month.  During which time he faces the 2nd easiest opponent, the Patriots, twice, and the other two games against the Buccaneers and Broncos shouldn’t scare you as a QB, especially with the TEs and RBs getting involved in the passing game for Miami.

DeVante Parker/Jarvis Landry
Next 4 Opponents: TB, @NE, DEN, NE
It should come as no surprise that a soft schedule for Cutler also means good news for his primary pass catchers.  Tampa Bay and New England are each in the top 3 in terms of surrendering points to opposing WRs.  A word of caution, however, the Broncos are still a no-fly zone against WRs as they represent the 3rd toughest matchup.

Dion Lewis
Next 4 Opponents: @OAK, MIA, @BUF, @MIA
I’m putting in “Dion Lewis” as a placeholder for whichever New England RB you fancy.  And by “you” I mean not you, but Bill Belichick.  The Raiders and Bills are giving up points by the truckload to opposing runners and the Dolphins are fresh off a week in which they got steamrolled by the Panthers.  Nothing to fear here except Belichick’s shenanigans.

Foggy (Gloomy but should clear up)

Hunter Henry
Next 4 Opponents: BUF, @DAL, CLE, WAS
Foggy can be a weather analogy or the state of Philip Rivers consciousness.  The veteran QB checked himself into the concussion protocol this week, so keep an eye on his status.  Also, Henry’s next two opponents rank 15th and 16th in giving up points to TEs.  However, Cleveland and Washington are very susceptible to the position.  Hunter should be a solid option down the stretch.

Cold Front (Poor Schedule)

Carlos Hyde
Next 4 Opponents: Bye, SEA, @CHI, @HOU
The best advice for a Hyde owner is to dress in layers.  Not only does Hyde have his bye, but he also draws one of the toughest stretches for RBs against the Seahawks and Texans.  It’s going to get chilly, but it is unlikely that you will have a better option with as much volume as Hyde has been seeing both as a runner and receiver.

Evacuation Warning

Andy Dalton
Next 4 Opponents: @DEN, CLE, PIT, CHI
If there’s a saving grace over this next stretch for Dalton it’s that he plays Cleveland in Week 12.  If there’s another, it’s that 3 of his next 4 contests are at home.  The bad news?  Dalton has been inconsistent and his home games are in Cincinnati, which isn’t the best outdoor venue to play in as the seasons take a turn for the worst.  The Steelers and Bears have been brutal against QBs as well.  Because he plays a position that is highly streamable, I suggest looking elsewhere for your starting signal caller.


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