Driven Stronger: Bell, McCoy to bounce-back in Week 11


Last week we pegged Justin Forsett and Dez Bryant as players who could be Driven Stronger to put up big fantasy totals, and both delivered with their best performances of the year. Forsett racked up 112 rushing yards and two touchdowns while Bryant notched 158 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Looking ahead to Week 11, whether the players below are looking to bounce-back, face a great matchup or want to silence critics, each should have a little extra something to propel them to the tops of the fantasy ranks.

Quarterback -- Drew Stanton

With Carson Palmer's season sadly coming to an end due to a torn ACL, Drew Stanton will be assuming the starting role once again. He was up-and-down in his starts earlier this season, posting 6.48 and 19.36 in his two full games. With the Cardinals owning the best record in the NFL and chasing a playoff berth, look for Stanton to be ready to rock against Detroit on Sunday.

Running back -- LeSean McCoy

After appearing to get back on track, McCoy regressed on Monday night posting just 19 yards on 13 carries. He did have a touchdown (his first since Week 2) but this was far from the type of performance a first-round fantasy pick should produce. The Eagles head to Lambeau Field to face the Packers next, who have had issues stopping the run. Look for McCoy to rebound in what will be a huge NFC matchup with playoff implications.

Running back -- Le'Veon Bell

Bell posted better than 100 total yards in each of his first eight games, but has struggled to get going over the last two, notching just 127 total yards combined. With the Steelers coming off a disappointing loss to the New York Jets, look for Bell to rebound in a big way on Monday Night Football as the Steelers look to get back to their winning ways against the Titans before heading into their Week 12 bye.

Wide receiver -- Alshon Jeffery

Coming out of his bye in a big divisional matchup with the Packers, Jeffery likely had his sights set on a better day than 63 receiving yards and eight rushing yards. With the Bears facing a massive uphill battle to reach the playoffs, look for Jeffery (and the whole offense for that matter) to try to get back on track against the Minnesota Vikings.

Wide receiver -- A.J. Green

At home against the Browns, Green was held to just 23 receiving yards -- the second-lowest total of his career. The Bengals will need to bounce-back in a big way considering every team in their division has a winning record, and with Green getting an extra few days of rest before facing the Saints, he could be the catalyst to spur them to victory. Look for Andy Dalton (who also struggled last week) to target Green early and often in hopes of sparking the offense.

Tight end -- Travis Kelce

Kelce has been a pleasant surprise for the Chiefs (and fantasy owners), but at times his usage has been frustrating. Like last week, for instance, when he only saw two targets (he caught both) and gained a meager 19 yards. His production could rise this week when the Chiefs face the Seahawks, who have been one of the most generous teams to opposing fantasy tight ends in 2014.

Kicker -- Cairo Santos

Santos came out of his bye week and posted back-to-back double-digit outings, but has only amassed 11 fantasy points combined over the last two weeks. The Chiefs take on the Seahawks in Arrowhead Stadium this week, which could be the perfect opportunity for Santos to rebound and rack up some points to help keep the Chiefs in the playoff hunt.

Defense/Special teams -- Miami Dolphins

After three straight weeks with double-digit fantasy points, the Dolphins hit a bit of a road bump traveling to Detroit last week, posting just six fantasy points and losing their first game in roughly a month. Facing their division rival Buffalo Bills in Miami on Thursday night, the 'Fins will be eager to rebound and prove they have what it takes to play postseason football.

Alex Gelhar is a fantasy and features writer at Follow him on Twitter @AlexGelhar.