Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 11
Top 3 Performers of Week 10:
Ezekiel Elliott: 38 points
Ben Roethlisberger: 28 points
Ryan Matthews: 27 points
QBs to start in Week 11:
Tyrod Taylor (vs. Bengals): Taylor started off slow scoring just 5 points in Week 1 but since Week 2 Taylor has averaged 21.4 points per game. That surprises me with the fact that Sammy Watkins went down with injury & LeSean McCoy has been dealing with injury & now their passing game looks better than it has previously. This week he plays the Bengals who have given up the 6th most points to opposing QBs & have allowed 19 passing touchdowns.
Marcus Mariota (vs. Colts): Mariota has been red hot since Week 5 scoring 24 fantasy points per game. Mariota is now currently the 4th highest scoring QB in fantasy & has made the Titans look like the best team in the AFC South. Mariota faces the Colts this week who have allowed the 4th most points to opposing QBs & I don’t see their weak defense slowing down Mariota right now.
Andrew Luck (vs. Titans): On the other sideline across from Mariota is Andrew Luck. Luck is the 5th highest scoring fantasy QB right now behind just Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers & Marcus Mariota. This game could turn into a shootout with both defenses being mediocre & both QBs being hot right now. The Titans have allowed the 5th most points to QBs.
My Star QB of the Week: Tom Brady (vs. 49ers): Brady had a disappointing fantasy week in Week 10 where he was unable to throw a touchdown & also showed he was human by throwing his 1st interception this season against Seattle. This week Brady is playing pissed & plays a vulnerable 49ers defense. He might be without Rob Gronkowski but he still has Martellus Bennett, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Chris Hogan, James White, & they might have Dion Lewis back from injury, The 49ers have allowed the 15th most points to QBs but that doesn’t matter when you play Brady.
Under the Radar QB: Alex Smith (vs. Buccaneers): Alex Smith isn’t a particularly good NFL QB but with the right matchup he could be a good fill in QB for QBs on a bye or if they have a terrible matchup. With the emergence of Tyreek Hill that helps Alex Smith have a go to guy at WR so that the passing offense can improve. The Bucs have given up the 9th most points to QBs so Smith could be in for a solid week.
QBs to sit in Week 11:
Carson Palmer (vs. Vikings): Yes, I know the Vikings defense hasn’t looked the same but neither has Carson Palmer this season. When you watch Palmer play it looks like it hurts him to throw the ball which probably comes from all the shoulder surgeries he’s gotten in recent seasons. Even with Vikings “struggling” on defense they still allow the least amount of points to opposing QBs. Palmer is no longer a must start QB & I believe he might be a must sit this week.
Carson Wentz (vs. Seahawks): There’s not many people starting Wentz at QB but if you are I would not advise you to start him this week. Wentz has only thrown 4 touchdowns since Week 5 & has shown flashes of being a rookie in the past few weeks. It doesn’t help he plays the Seahawks this week so he might continue to struggle. The Seahawks have allowed the 8th least amount of points to QBs this season.
RBs to start in Week 11:
LeGarrette Blount (vs. 49ers): Blount has quietly been the 5th best scoring RB in fantasy in standard leagues & is 8th in PPR leagues. Last week against Seattle Blount scored 3 touchdowns & finished with 24 points. If he can do that against a tough Seattle defense he could be in for a huge week against a weak 49ers run defense. The 49ers allow the most points to opposing RBs. If Patriots are without Gronk they might look even more to the run game.
Jonathan Stewart (vs. Saints): I know Stewart has heavily struggled the past 2 weeks scoring 7 points in both weeks combined but in those games he played 2 tough run defenses in the Rams & Chiefs. This week I believe the Panthers get back to running the ball against the porous Saints defense. The Saints have allowed the 6th most points to RBs so this could be a get right week for Stewart.
Spencer Ware (vs. Buccaneers): The Chiefs passing offense isn’t their strength but their running game is pretty good. Ware has filled in for Jamaal Charles this season & has shown signs of being a very talented RB. Ware has scored only 15 points in the last 2 games he’s played but in those 2 games he only had a total of 20 carries. I believe the Chiefs will be able to run the ball against the Bucs who allow the 9th most points to RBs.
My Star RB of the Week: Le’Veon Bell (vs. Browns): Bell was finally able to get into the end zone for the first time this season on Sunday against the Cowboys where he actually ended up with a rushing & receiving touchdown. Bell is one of the best fantasy RBs because he;s so involved in the passing game for the Steelers. This week he plays the win-less Browns who have allowed the 2nd most points to opposing RBs.
Under the Radar RB: Isaiah Crowell (vs. Steelers): Crowell has been solid in the weeks where the Browns have been able to run the ball & not have to throw it like crazy because they’re down by so many points. The Steelers run defense has been vulnerable this year & just gave up 38 points to Ezekiel Elliott in Week 10. I’m not saying Crowell is any where near the RB Zeke is but he could have a 15+ point week against the Steelers who have allowed the 3rd most points to RBs.
RBs to sit in Week 11:
Mark Ingram (vs. Panthers): I’m not saying I absolutely don’t start Ingram this week but if I can prevent myself from doing so I will. Yes, the Saints have started to run the ball more the past few weeks but Ingram has shared carries with Tim Hightower & this week he plays a tough Panthers run defense. The Panthers have allowed the 3rd least amount of points to RBs this season.
Any Vikings RB (vs. Cardinals): All the Vikings RBs should only be started in deeper leagues regardless of matchup. The Vikings have the worst rush offense in the NFL & are averaging a NFL low 2.7 yards per carry. I’m avoiding Jerick McKinnon, Matt Asiata, & Ronnie Hillman especially against a stout Arizona defense. The Cardinals allow the 2nd least amount of points to opposing RBs.
WRs to start in Week 11:
Donte Moncrief (vs. Titans): Moncrief has scored a touchdown in 3 of the 4 games he’s played in this season (only game he didn’t was in Week 2 where he got injured). Moncrief seems to be a guy Andrew Luck likes to get the ball to & I see that continuing this week against a mediocre Titans secondary. The Titans have allowed the 3rd most points to WRs this year.
Jamison Crowder (vs. Packers): Crowder has scored at least 13 fantasy points in the last 4 games he’s played & he could be in for another good week this week. This week he goes up against a decimated Packers secondary that’s had a plethora of injuries this season. The Packers have allowed the 7th most points to WRs this season & I see the Redskins being able to move the ball through the air in this game.
Julian Edelman (vs. 49ers): Edelman hasn’t been a touchdown machine this year scoring just 1 touchdown but he still has a ton of targets. Since Week 5 when Brady got back from suspension Edelman has caught at least 4 passes & the past 3 games he’s scored 13+ points. If Gronk is out this week that means more looks for Edelman I think. He faces the 49ers who allow the 8th most points to WRs this year. I believe Edelman has his best game this season on Sunday against San Francisco.
My Star WR of the Week: Antonio Brown (vs. Browns): Damn this such a hard decision to make. I know I said this when the Steelers played the Dolphins & laid an egg but Steelers need to figure things out this week against the Browns if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive. Brown has scored 56 points in the last 2 weeks & this week he faces the Browns who have allowed the most points to opposing WRs this season.
Under the Radar WR: Kenny Britt (vs. Dolphins): It was announced earlier this week that number 1 pick Jared Goff will be making his NFL debut on Sunday against the Dolphins. Britt has quietly been a very solid WR this year scoring more fantasy points than guys like Kelvin Benjamin, Jarvis Landry, & Marvin Jones. Britt’s done that with the 32nd ranked QB in QBR in Case Keenum. With Goff being in his first NFL start he’ll need to find a go to guy & I believe that will be Kenny Britt. The Dolphins also allow the 11th most points to WRs so that helps too.
WRs to sit in Week 11:
J.J Nelson (vs. Vikings): Nelson going into Week 10 seemed to be the number 2 WR on the Cardinals after having 8 catches for 79 yards & 2 touchdowns in Week 8 (had a bye in Week 9). Even Bruce Arians said he was the number 2 guy but all that meant nothing as he finished with just 2 catches for 29 yards against a weak 49ers secondary. Instead we saw Michael Floyd who’s struggled all year step up & catch 5 passes for 101 yards. This week Nelson faces the Vikings who have given up the 2nd least amount of points to WRs this year.
Jordan Matthews (vs. Seahawks): Jordan Matthews is coming off a mediocre week against a terrible Falcons secondary where he had 6 catches for 73 yards. We also saw him drop a couple easy catches which continues to be one of his problems in his career. I believe Matthews will have to wait another week to get back on track since he plays the Seahawks this week who have allowed the 6th least amount of points.
TEs to start in Week 11:
Julius Thomas (vs. Lions): The Jaguars haven’t been that good in the passing game but always seem to get garbage points & yards that make it look better than it actually is. That benefits a guy like Thomas who is strictly a receiving threat at TE & is a favorite of Blake Bortles. TEs are very thin in fantasy football this season so match ups play a huge part in who to start & Thomas faces the Lions who have given up the 2nd most points to opposing TEs.
C.J Fiedorowicz (vs. Raiders): Fiedorowicz (yes I had to look up how to spell his name) has been one of the more consistent TEs scoring 8+ points in 5 out of the 9 games he’s played. It also seems like Brock Osweiler has been unable to get the ball to Deandre Hopkins so he needs someone to throw the ball to especially against a high scoring Raiders offense & I believe it’s this dude (I don’t feel like typing in his long name again). The Raiders have allowed the 9th most points to TEs this season.
My Star TE of the Week: Martellus Bennett (vs. 49ers): Bennett is still one of the best TEs in the NFL even playing behind Rob Gronkowski. Bennett is actually the 4th highest scoring TE in fantasy this season & is coming off a 7 catch, 102 yard performance in Week 10 against Seattle. This week he plays the 49ers & the Patriots could be without Gronk so Bennett could see even more targets.
Under the Radar TE: Charles Clay (vs. Bengals): Clay isn’t exactly a good NFL TE but with a solid match up he could be worth taking a chance on in fantasy. He gets just that this week when he faces the Bengals who allow the 4th most points to opposing TEs this season. Tyrod Taylor also needs a 2nd option to throw to besides Robert Woods & that may be Charles Clay.
TEs to sit in Week 11:
Kyle Rudolph (vs. Cardinals): I know it may be hard to sit a guy like Kyle Rudolph especially with TEs being hard to find in fantasy but I believe there are better options at the position this week. Rudolph has scored a touchdown in 5 of the 9 games for the Vikings but this week he faces a tough Cardinals secondary that allows the least amount of points to opposing TEs.
Zach Ertz (vs. Seahawks): Ertz has had 2 straight solid games scoring 28 points in the 2 games combined but he faces Seattle this week. Did you see what Earl Thomas did to Gronk on Sunday night??? That’s what could happen to a guy like Ertz. Kam Chancellor is back from injury so this defense is even tougher to throw on & I don’t see Eagles having much success throwing it. The Seahawks have allowed the 7th least amount of points to opposing TEs this season.
DEF/STs to start in Week 11:
Oakland Raiders (vs. Texans): The Raiders defense hasn’t been a shut down defense by any means but the past few weeks they look improved. This week they go up against a struggling Houston offense led by Brock Osweiler who failed to throw for even 100 yards in Week 10 against the Jaguars.
New York Giants (vs. Bears): The Giants defense has looked better the past couple weeks as they’ve been getting healthier. This week they face Jay Cutler & the Bears who are coming off one of those typical Cutler days where he throws a couple interceptions, one of them being a pick six. Giants have a guy named Janoris Jenkins who might know something about scoring off interceptions.
DEF/STs to sit in Week 11:
Houston Texans (vs. Raiders): I know the Texans have been an impressive defense all season even without J.J Watt but they face one of the best offenses in the NFL on Monday Night Football. Carr & Co. were able to put up 30 points on the Broncos defense so I believe they could do that against the Texans as well.
Carolina Panthers (vs. Saints): The Panthers defense has started to look more like they did last year but this week they face the Saints. In Week 6 the Panthers-Saints game ended up being 41-38 & it could be a shootout again here in Week 11. I believe there are better streaming defenses like Oakland, Los Angeles, Miami, Detroit, etc.