||Mick's Picks :: Week 11
by Scott Mickels
Published: November 18, 2010, 4:54 pm
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Now, for this week's Mick's Picks...
Mick's Picks - Week 11
Sidney Rice, WR, MIN (vs. GB)
FPM Spin: Much like Vincent Jackson last week, this is really more of a reminder than anything else. There's a possibility Rice could be activated from the PUP list this week, but that remains to be seen. Rice will be able to use his own discretion on whether he wants to play or not. He's reportedly having no trouble with his hip and is able to run at full speed. If I was a betting man, I'd say he won't go this week, however, that doesn't mean he can't be a productive player down the stretch. With Percy Harvin at less than 100%, the Vikings are going with a rag-tag bunch of receivers and would love to see Rice back on the field. If you have the room, consider stashing him for that late-season playoff push.
Season Stats - 0 receptions, 0 yards, 0 TD
Troy Smith, QB, SF (vs. TB)
FPM Spin: Smith now has two solid games under his belt and has been named the starter next week against Tampa Bay. Let's not go crazy here though. Those two games were against the Broncos and Rams. Nonetheless, Smith has made the most of his opportunity especially considering he only signed with the 49ers a little over two months ago. Plus, if he can hang on to the starting job, the 49ers face very favorable match-ups down the stretch. Consider Smith a low-end #2 in most standard leagues and a decent #3 in deeper leagues.
Season Stats - 552 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
Mike Thomas, WR, JAC (CLE)
FPM Spin: Thomas has quietly been a pleasant surprise in fantasy this year. He's found the end zone the last two games and he's gained at least 41 yards in every game this year but two. Of course, that's the only downside, he is capable of giving you a goose egg from time to time, just like he did in those two games I just eluded to. However, he does lead the Jags in targets and, like I just mentioned about Smith, the Jags too have very favorable match-ups the last month of the season. With Mike Sims-Walker coming into Week 11 questionable with an ankle injury, Thomas could get a bigger role in the offense this week. He's best considered as a low-end #2 or high-end #3.
Season Stats - 41 receptions, 536 yards, 2 TD
HONORABLE MENTIONSRob Gronkowski, TE, NE: He's obviously not going to catch 3 touchdowns most weeks, but just the fact that Tom Brady looked his way so much in the red zone is hard to ignore. He's someone to keep on your radar as the season rolls along.
Tyler Thigpen, QB, MIA: He becomes the new quarterback in Miami essentially by default. Don't count him out though. When given the chance to be the starter with Kansas City in ‘08, he played fairly well.
Nate Washington, WR, TEN: Has scored in each of his last two games and should continue to benefit in the Titans' offense as Randy Moss gets the bulk of the secondary's attention.
Scott Mickels, FPM Staff Writer/Editor, Member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association
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