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Fantasy Football: Matt Schaub, Robert Griffin III highlight Week 11 quarterbacks

Robert Griffin III had a 50% upgrade in his TD numbers this season while Matt Schaub went off in overtime. Also, a lot of bad performances.


The Texans and Jaguars game was about as ridiculous as football gets, if only Jacksonville had found a way to win. They didn't, but the two quarterbacks (and their two receivers) had huge fantasy days and that really benefited people that owned one of the guys.

If you owned Chad Henne, what did he do to blackmail you?

Meanwhile, Matt Ryan has a day to forget while winning and the Irish take the lead over the Trojans in Kansas City. Here are the biggest impacts for quarterbacks in Week 11:

The Good


527 yards, 5 TD and 2 INT. That's probably a little more than you expected, but it's not that crazy. Going to overtime and almost losing? Now that is crazy. Hitting Andre Johnson for 48-yards to win it over Jacksonville? Not that crazy.

Schaub has quietly been one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL since joining the Texans. He deserves to start in your league every week (unless he's playing the Bears) and this is just the icing on the cake. That's now 18 touchdown passes on the year and 527 yards is considerably more than double his per-game average. But he's still very good and the Texans have a soft schedule to end the year.


When Blaine Gabbert left the game because of injury, did it end the Jags hope of pulling an upset or actually give them hope? While Chad Henne did complete fewer than 50% of his passes, he ended with 354 yards, 4 TD and 0 INT. Who started Henne? Maybe one guy in Jacksonville named Chad Henne.

Will he start going forward? That might depend on Gabbert's elbow injury, but likely shouldn't depend on the injury if it's up to Jaguars fans. Or for Justin Blackmon, who nearly doubled his career yardage.

Should he start for your fantasy team? No.

Robert Griffin III against the Eagles (TOUCHDOWN PASSES!)

RG3 has been spectacular to watch play football this season, but as a quarterback he still lacked production in one area that you hope to see from a quarterback: Touchdown passes. Robert Griffin III came into the game with just eight of them, but he put up a 50% increase on that number in a single game:

15-of-20 for 200 yards, 4 TD and 0 INT.

That's about as clean a line of stats as you'll ever see. Oh, and he also rushed for 84 yards.

I have a feeling that Griffin will play a huge part in the fantasy playoffs, whether that's a good thing or a bad thing has yet to be seen, but I think it's going to be a good thing. He now has 12 TD and 3 INT on the year, with over 600 yards on the ground.

Honorable Mentions: Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees

The Bad

Matt Ryan against the Cardinals (HOLY CRAP HE WON THE GAME!)

Just the fact that a quarterback can play that bad and win the game goes to show just how bad the Arizona Cardinals offense really is. All they had to do on offense was merely 'okay' but that wasn't even close to the case. Matt Ryan had 0 touchdowns and 5 interceptions as the Falcons actually moved up to 9-1.

It nearly doubled his interception total on the season (was at seven) without adding to his touchdown total and killing his MVP hopes a little bit. Ryan has been either really good or really bad this year and faces some good defenses and some bad defenses as the year goes on. Play him by matchup.

Don't worry if you're a Falcons fan though, they'll still find a weird way to win.

Matt Cassel against the Bengals (BENCHED AGAINST THE BENGALS)

Remind me who starts for the Chiefs, I can never remember. Oh right, it doesn't matter this year.

Matt Cassel was benched for Brady Quinn the week before Notre Dame needs to beat USC to get to the national championship. This was the first punch I guess. It was a weak punch.

Ryan Lindley and John Skelton against the Falcons (LINDLEY AND SKELTON ARE REALLY BAD)

Ryan Lindley and John Skelton are really bad.


Michael Vick was halfway out of Philadelphia with an underwhelming season in a disappointing year for the Eagles. After watching Nick Foles play one game, they might want to think about keeping Vick around.

Foles was 21-of-46 for 204 yards, 0 TD and 2 INT. That's a paltry 4.4 yards per attempt, one of the lowest numbers you'll see this side of Ryan Lindley and John Skelton. (See above.) Foles will have opportunity perhaps to make his own amends, but his first start was a bad one. As long as he's in there, the Eagles wide receivers are in trouble.

Honorable Mentions: Philip Rivers, Andrew Luck, and Tim Tebow just for fun because we never get to talk about him not being good anymore.

The Injured

Blaine Gabbert was knocked out early, paving the way for Henne's ridiculousness. It seems like the team could just go with Henne for awhile and be safe. Or why does it matter?

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