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Fantasy Football: 5 players poised for big games in Week 11

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- There are only three weeks left in the fantasy football regular season, and those teams fighting for a final spot in the playoffs cannot afford to have a Monday-Night-Andy-Dalton kind of performance out of their team.

Coming from a Bengals fan, that was a hard joke to make.

Alas, his fantasy performance Monday likely hurt many a fantasy owner, showing us the harsh reality of investing too much of our psyche in real/fake football outcomes.

Week 11 is the final one in which teams will have bye weeks. Pittsburgh, Cleveland, New Orleans and the New York Giants are the last four teams to get a rest. Those Drew Brees, Odell Beckham Jr. and Antonio Brown owners, especially, will be happy to get by with the narrowest of wins before they regain their full roster.

Here's the five best fantasy starts for Week 11:

Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons

Ryan hasn't been a disappointment this year, but he also hasn't excelled as much as some thought he might. Just a 15-point-per-game average is OK though, and last week's bye could have done wonders for the Falcons' offense. With two weeks to prepare, Atlanta hosts Indianapolis, a team that is 23rd in the league in defending quarterbacks. And with Matt Hasselback starting for the Colts, there's a good chance the Falcons could dominate time of possession, giving Ryan plenty of opportunities to rack up points.

Charcandrick West, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

Who? Yeah, nobody really knows who this guy is. West has been the replacement for injured Chiefs' running back Jamaal Charles, and it has taken him a few weeks in that starting role to establish himself. In last week's win over Denver, West exploded with more than 160 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns. Sunday, the Chiefs travel to San Diego, to face a Chargers defense dead last in the NFL in defending running backs. West could be on top for a repeat performance in Week 11.

Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Evans is another guy that started a little bit slow this year, but that is largely related to some injury concerns and a rookie quarterback. He has turned it on of late, though, hauling in eight catches and at least 125 yards in three of the last four games. He is starting to look like that bonafide WR1 he was drafted as. Sunday the Bucs travel to Philadelphia, where the Eagles defense is 29th in the league in defending wide receivers. They've given up four touchdowns to the position in the last two games. Evans could be in line for another big one.

Darren McFadden, RB, Dallas Cowboys

McFadden has never really taken off as the Cowboys starting running back, but this week the team gets Tony Romo back at quarterback. Romo is an enormous upgrade from Matt Cassel and Brandon Weeden, and will surely stretch the defense out to create more running lanes for McFadden. On top of that, Dallas hosts Miami, the second-worst defense in the league at defending running backs. Romo may be a little rusty, but an improved Cowboys passing game will trickle down to benefit those in the backfield too.

Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins

On the other side of that matchup is Miller, who has scored at least one touchdown in five straight games after not scoring any through his first four.The Dolphins offense has looked very different since their bye week, and Miller has benefited greatly from it. And like the Miami defense, Dallas struggles to stop running backs. They're 29th in the league, and have given up several big games lately. This could be a shootout in AT&T Stadium, and if the Dolphins' defense gets going, Miller will be a part of it.

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