Friday, November 9, 2007

Week 11 Spotlight

While the Stomach Staples won Week 10, their 207-204 victory didn't do much to cut into the 50 point lead for Joe Pa's Cleaning Crew. Joe Pa retained the overall lead, as well as the lead in pickem (.630-.610). The Staples are running out of chances to get back into the race...

Two quarterbacks are making their first appearance on fantasy rosters this season, as I'm looking to Todd Reesing, Kansas and Zac Robinson, Oklahoma State. Reesing has thrown for 2300 yards and 23 touchdowns this season, and also picks up some yards on the ground, for the surprising 9-0 Jayhawks. Many will say that he has put up those numbers against inferior competition. Well, what do you think Oklahoma State's defense is? Zac Robinson on the other hand has come on of late after being named the starter four games into the season. (That whole Bobby Reid for Heisman thing certainly worked out well. But if you want to talk about that, then COME TO ME, I'M A MAN, I'M 40!) In his short time, Robinson has led the resurgent Cowboys throwing for 1900 yards and 15 touchdowns. While Kansas has a solid defense, no one has been able to stop this Oklahoma State offense.

Over the past two weeks, there hasn't been a better running back in the country then Jamaal Charles (okay, maybe Darren McFadden). But Charles has been on a tear as of late, finding the endzone three times in each of his last two games, and running for nearly 500 yards. Facing a Texas Tech defense that has a rush defense ranked in the lower half of the country, should lead to another big Charles day. Ohio State is heading into a game against Illinois, and against the weak defense of the Illini they will lean on Chris Wells. Wells has been nothing short of outstanding this season, running for 1100 yards and 10 touchdowns. He is the key for the Ohio State offense, and he should overpower the Illini.

Wide Receivers
As one of the Texas defensive players said earlier this week about Michael Crabtree, "I can't even put up those kind of numbers on a video game". Michael Crabtree is having a historically amazing season, with over 100 receptions, 1500 yards and 18 touchdowns. It's a shame everyone is overlooking it because of the offense he plays in. After losing Ted Ginn and Anthony Gonzalez, many thought the passing game for the Buckeyes would suffer, but that hasn't been the case. Brian Robiskie has become the go to receiver and he has had a great season recording 833 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Arkansas the past two weeks has been absolutely unstoppable on offense, behind the two-headed monster of Darren McFadden and Felix Jones. A trip to Tennessee and an opportunity to face that porous defense should have McFadden and Jones more than excited. Auburn once again this season has been known for defense. Heading to Georgia this weekend, Auburn should find itself in a slug fest between two good defenses and two mediocre offenses. This affair should be low scoring and ugly.

Picks (Winner in Bold)

Wake Forest (6-3)
#21 Clemson (7-2)

#12 Michigan (8-2)
Wisconsin (7-3)

Arkansas (6-3)
#24 Tennessee (6-3)

#18 Auburn (7-3)
#10 Georgia (7-2)

Illinois (7-3)
#1 Ohio State (10-0)

Texas Tech (7-3)
#14 Texas (8-2)

Florida State (6-3)
#11 Virginia Tech (7-2)

#13 Connecticut (8-1)
Cincinnati (7-2)

#4 Kansas (9-0)
Oklahoma State (5-4)

#17 USC (7-2)
California (6-3)

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