Photos: Rotoworld's Chris Wesseling: Week 11's top fantasy football pick ups

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  1. RB Jason Snelling, Falcons

    Coach Mike Smith said Monday that the Falcons are "very confident" Michael Turner will play again in 2009. That's not exactly an optimistic statement on his chances of playing in the next couple of weeks. Injury guru Evan Silva believes Turner will miss two games and then be considered day to day from that point. While Jerious Norwood (hip) is expected to return this week, the versatile big-back Snelling will see the bulk of the work out of the backfield. Snelling can play all three downs and will see goal-line work while Norwood is likely to be used as a change-of-pace back. It's safe to expect at least flex value out of Snelling this week against the Giants, and he should be a solid RB2 versus the Bucs in Week 12. (Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. RB Justin Forsett, Seahawks

    The Seattle offensive line is finally getting healthy, and they opened some huge holes against the Cardinals last week. Credit also goes to Forsett who showed an elusiveness previously missing in the Seahawks backfield this season. Indicating that he was "impressed" by Forsett's 123-yard effort, coach Jim Mora promised that the 5'8 former Cal star would be "carrying the ball a lot this week." Forsett can't expect a repeat against the Vikings' No. 6 run defense, so keep expectations low for Week 11. If Julius Jones' bruised lung keeps him out for more than one week, however, Forsett would have RB2 value against the Rams in Week 12. (Jeff Gross / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. RB Bernard Scott, Bengals

    Following an impressive Week 10 effort, coach Marvin Lewis indicated that he wants Scott's role to continue to increase. Cedric Benson is expected to be a game-time decision for the Raiders this week, making Scott a mandatory add for all Benson owners. While Scott would likely split touches with Brian Leonard in a spot-start, his big-play ability makes him the superior fantasy option. The former Abilene Christian star would enjoy favorable matchups against the Browns and Lions in Weeks 12 and 13 if Benson aggravates his strained hip flexor. (Rick Stewart / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. RB Sammy Morris, Patriots

    Morris returned from his knee injury to practice last Friday, and he's expected to see game action this week against the Jets. Laurence Maroney's late-game fumble at the goal-line led directly to the Colts' shocking comeback, and it's possible that he'll land in the doghouse once again. While Morris will likely be eased back into action, it shouldn't take more than a week or two or Bill Belichick to lean on old reliable No. 34 in the backfield. Morris doesn't have a ton of fantasy upside, but he could have flex value down the stretch. (Elsa / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. RB Michael Bush, Raiders

    One of the few bright spots against the Chiefs, Bush led the Raiders with 119 yards on 14 carries. Running behind Robert Gallery, Bush ran downhill, got behind his pads, and trucked through the Kansas City defenders. His fantasy value is limited by the uncertainty in the Oakland backfield and upcoming matchups against the stout run defenses of the Bengals, Cowboys, and Steelers. (Jed Jacobsohn / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. RB Larry Johnson, Bengals

    I didn't expect Johnson to find a home in free agency the rest of the way, but I forgot that the Bengals don't weigh character into personnel decisions. LJ has reportedly signed his contract with the Bengals, but coach Marvin Lewis indicated that he's nothing more than a fourth-stringer who will be a game-day inactive unless a serious injury strikes Cedric Benson or Bernard Scott. He remains a long shot for fantasy value. Pick up Scott instead. (Jamie Squire / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. WR Donnie Avery, Rams

    In case you haven't noticed, the Rams have been awfully competitive in their past two games, which bodes well for their skill position players in the final two months. While PPR leaguers may prefer Brandon Gibson, Avery is the better homerun threat with more scoring potential. Neither Rams receiver is more than a weekly matchup play, but Avery's playmaking ability should earn him a roster spot in all 12-team leagues. (Dilip Vishwanat / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. WR Brandon Gibson, Rams

    Give the Rams scouts some credit here: they stole Laurent Robinson from the Falcons and targeted Gibson in the Will Witherspoon trade with the Eagles. Gibson, considered a first-day draft prospect before an injury plagued senior year, flashed potential as a pass-catcher and playmaker against the Saints. His nine targets, seven receptions, and 93 yards led the team, and he's earned the starting job opposite Donnie Avery for the rest of the season. "I think we found a really good receiver there," said Marc Bulger. He's a must-add in Dynasty leagues. (Dilip Vishwanat / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. WR Chris Chambers, Chiefs

    Chambers is pushing for a late-career revival in Kansas City, showing better than expected speed and making tough catches. Matt Cassel is beginning to show more trust in his receivers, throwing the ball down field more aggressively the past two weeks. While I'm still not bullish on Chambers' chances of making a huge fantasy splash, Dwayne Bowe's suspension makes him the de facto No. 1 receiver for four weeks. (Doug Benc / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. WR Laveranues Coles, Bengals

    Bengals – Coles led the Bengals in targets and yardage last week while staying on the field virtually all game. Earning Carson Palmer's trust, he's now increased his production in four straight weeks. While he doesn't have a ton of fantasy upside, Coles is a viable WR3 option against the Browns, Lions, and Vikings in Weeks 12, 13, and 14. (Rick Stewart / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. WR Davone Bess, Dolphins

    Bess led the Dolphins in targets and receptions for a straight week, recording four catches for 72 yards against the Bucs in Week 10. He's established himself as the only legit option in the passing game and should be owned in PPR leagues. The Week 14 and 15 matchups against the Jags and Titans are particularly inviting. Just don't expect any touchdowns. (Chris Trotman / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. WR Robert Meachem, Saints

    The bad news is that Meachem was targeted just one time after his Week 9 breakout game against the Panthers. The good news is that Meachem converted the reception for a 27-yard touchdown while adding a 41-yard run against the Rams. While he's too risky to use as a starter right now, his talent in a high-flying offense makes him worthy of a roster stash. (Dilip Vishwanat / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. WR Kenny Britt, Titans

    Justin Gage is expected to miss at least one more week with multiple fractures to transverse process bones in his back. Britt had a tough matchup against the Bills' second-ranked secondary last week, but he should have an easier time against the Texans' mediocre pass defense in Week 11. The rookie earned Vince Young's trust with an outstanding leaping grab on a 38-yard bomb last week, and he was targeted more than Nate Washington. With a big game this week, it's conceivable that Britt could hold onto the starting job the rest of the way. (Joe Murphy / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. WR Lance Long, Chiefs

    The Chiefs' slot receiver is in line for a uptick in targets following the Dwayne Bowe suspension. Even if he doesn't draw the start opposite Chris Chambers, he'll have more value than Mark Bradley or Bobby Wade. Long is worth consideration in deeper leagues and PPR formats. (Christian Petersen / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. QB Alex Smith, 49ers

    The Niners started their Week 10 matchup against the Bears featuring Michael Crabtree in a shotgun offense. Game momentum, however, dictated a philosophical change in the second half, and Smith began checking out of passes and into runs. There are strong indications, however, that the 49ers will continue to morph into a pass-heavy offense with Smith operating out of the shotgun. For those owners forced to play matchups at quarterback, Smith has inviting games against the Jags, Cardinals, and Lions in Weeks 12, 14, and 16. (Jed Jacobsohn / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. QB Vince Young, Titans

    Young is playing with a high level of confidence in his second stint as the Titans starter, completing 65.7 percent of his passes at 7.6 yards per attempt. The conservative passing offense has limited him to just 15.6 fantasy points per game in three starts, but Young's running ability and willingness to target Chris Johnson makes him worth carrying as a QB2. He's making a strong argument to keep the job going into 2010. (John Sommers Ii / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. QB Josh Freeman, Bucs

    Freeman is a physical freak showing a Big Ben-like ability to shed tacklers and extend plays with his size and athleticism. Also similar to Big Ben, he's shown outstanding poise while leading his team to impressive comeback attempts in the fourth quarter in each of the past two weeks. His average of 20.9 fantasy points in his first two starts would place him in the Top-12 among quarterbacks for the season. The rookie heads into a Week 11 matchup against a Saints defense missing both starters at cornerback. (Doug Benc / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. QB Marc Bulger, Rams

    The Rams are finally healthy on the offensive line, Steven Jackson is running like a man possessed, and Donnie Avery and Brandon Gibson have emerged as viable threats in the passing game. As long as Bulger can stay upright, he has a shot at QB2 production the rest of the way, starting with this week's matchup against a Cardinals defense that allows the ninth most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. (Dilip Vishwanat / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. QB Matthew Stafford, Lions

    Warning: this is only a desperation choice for deep leaguers. Stafford is taking an absolute pounding behind center, and Calvin Johnson is starting to show signs of being "Lion-ized" in Detroit as a team-wide malaise sets in. On a positive note, the Lions do have a winnable game at home this week against a putrid Browns team. If ever you were going to roll the dice with Stafford, this is your week. (Otto Greule Jr / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. TE Tony Scheffler, Broncos

    Sure, Scheffler has been far too inconsistent to rely on as a weekly fantasy option. His matchup this week, however, is a dream scenario against a San Diego defense he routinely dominates. Scheffler caught six passes for 101 yards and a touchdown in the previous matchup with the Chargers. For desperate Chris Cooley, Owen Daniels, and Zach Miller owners, Scheffler is worth using as a low-end TE1 this week. (Jacob De Golish / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. TE Jermichael Finley, Packers

    The Packers expect Finley (knee) to resume practicing this week, with an eyeing on returning to game action against a Lions defense that hasn't stopped tight ends all year. Even if he's too much of a gamble this week, the big-play threat is at least worth stashing as a high-upside backup for the final seven weeks. (Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. TE Fred Davis, Redskins

    The Redskins went to a short passing game last week in an attempt to offset their offensive line woes, and Davis benefited with four catches for 50 yards. He has a terrific matchup this week against a Philly defense surrendering the second-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. (Larry French / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Defense - Bengals

    The Bengals have become a viable weekly answer as the second stingiest defense in the NFL. Even better, they play the quarterback-less Raiders and Browns in Weeks 11 and 12 before hosting the hapless Lions in Week 13. (Rick Stewart / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Defense - Cardinals

    Consider this a fantasy playoff special. The Cardinals draw the 49ers in Week 14, the Lions in Week 15, and the Rams in Week 16. No team has a better playoff schedule. (Jeff Gross / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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TODAY
updated 11/18/2009 2:43:51 AM ET 2009-11-18T07:43:51

Are you lost on what to give mom on her special day? Why don't your make her some dessert! Try Martha Stewart's sweet and tangy recipe for Meyer lemon coffee cake.


Recipe: Meyer lemon coffee cake (on this page)



Recipe: Meyer lemon coffee cake

Layers of thinly sliced Meyer lemons lend a mellow complexity to this otherwise classic coffee cake. Thought to be a cross of a lemon and a mandarin, the fruit has an orange cast, a thin rind and a heavily perfumed flesh that's valued by chefs.

Ingredients
  • Streusel
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 6 ounces ( 3/4 cup) cold unsalted butter
  • Cake
  • 5 Meyer lemons, cut into paper-thin slices, ends discarded
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons finely grated Meyer lemon zest (from 4 to 5 lemons)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Glaze
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons Meyer lemon juice
Preparation
  1. Make the streusel: Mix together flour, brown sugar, and salt. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, cut butter into the flour mixture until small to medium clumps form. Cover, and refrigerate until ready to use (up to 3 days).
  2. Make the cake: Cook lemon slices in a medium saucepan of simmering water for 1 minute. Drain and repeat. Arrange lemon slices in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch angel food cake pan. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Beat butter, granulated sugar, and lemon zest with a mixer on medium speed in a large bowl until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. With the mixer running, add eggs, 1 at a time, then the vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Add the flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with sour cream.
  4. Spoon 1/2 of the batter evenly into cake pan. Arrange 1/2 of the lemon slices in a single layer over the batter. Spread remaining batter evenly over the top. Cover with the remaining lemon slices in a single layer. Sprinkle the chilled streusel evenly over the batter.
  5. Bake until cake is golden brown and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack set over a baking sheet, and let cool in pan for 15 minutes. Run a knife around the edges of the pan, and remove outer ring. Let cool on rack for 15 minutes. Run a knife around the center tube. Slide 2 wide spatulas between the bottom of the cake and the pan, and lift cake to remove from the center tube. Let cool completely on rack.
  6. Make the glaze: Just before serving, stir together confectioners' sugar and lemon juice in a medium bowl. Drizzle over cooled cake, letting excess drip down the sides. Let glaze set before slicing, about 5 minutes. (Cake can be stored for up to 3 days. The lemon flavor will intensify with time.)
Serving Size

Serves 10 to 12

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