With just three weeks left in the fantasy football regular season, owners can’t make any mistakes with their start ’em, sit ’em decisions. Heading into Week 11, several big injuries — including a couple to QBs like Drew Brees and Teddy Bridgewater — are having a domino effect on other positions. That, coupled with the standard injuries at RB (Christian McCaffrey, Joe Mixon, Chris Carson, etc.) and WR (Kenny Golladay, Calvin Ridley, etc.), is causing more owners than usual to seek lineup advice (or DFS tips, if you’re out of the running for the playoffs). At this point in the season, it’s fair to question every decision, as early-season “must-starts” have given way to late-season worries.
Once again, we have four teams — the Bills, Bears, Giants, and 49ers — on bye. That means players such as Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs, Allen Robinson, Brandon Aiyuk, and Wayne Gallman, among others, won’t be available for your lineups. While this week isn’t as bad as others in terms of overall impact, the loss for four teams, including two with questionable defenses, definitely thins out the ranks. Many owners will be forced to dig deep to field a high-upside lineup, so let’s break down some key players on the start ’em, sit ’em bubble to help you get a “W.”
Fantasy Football Week 11 Who To Start: Quarterbacks
Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs (at LV), Kyler Murray, Cardinals (at SEA), Russell Wilson, Seahawks (vs. ARI), Aaron Rodgers, Packers (at IND), Lamar Jackson, Ravens (vs. TEN), Justin Herbert, Chargers (vs. NYJ)
Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers (at JAX). They have lost faith in their running game and are realizing they can just throw for big yardage and TDs every week with their three top wide receivers. The matchup is off-the-charts good again.
Matt Ryan, Falcons (at NO). He should be chucking often in shootout mode against a team that stops the run well and can’t cover his group of talented wdeouts.
Tom Brady, Buccaneers (vs. LAR). The Rams made it rough on Russell Wilson last week, but Brady is back in a groove and won’t let this be a repeat of the Saints.
Deshaun Watson, Texans (vs. NE). He’ll rebound in better conditions after his first bad game in a while .
Cam Newton, Patriots (at HOU). Newton will get it done with his rushing and scoring against an overmatched Texans defense.
Joe Burrow, Bengals (at WAS). Washington is starting to wilt against more skilled QBs, and Burrow fits in that category.
Matthew Stafford, Lions (at CAR). Stafford is hot, and the Panthers’ once formidable pass defense has faded, too.
Andy Dalton, Cowboys ($5,300 on DraftKings, $6,900 on FanDuel). He has to be better than what we have seen before his concussion and COVID-19 listing and there should be high volume against a bad Vikings pass defense.
Derek Carr, Raiders (vs. KC). He is playing well, and the volume will go up on th other side of Patrick Mahomes. He lit the Chiefs up pretty well in Week 5 on the road.
Fantasy Football Week 11 Who To Sit: Quarterbacks
Carson Wentz, Eagles (at CLE). He’s really hard to trust as a QB1 even with his weapons back and the matchup being favorable. You also need to consider the weather again.
Jared Goff, Rams (at TB). Goff somehow threw with ease for 300 yards against the Seahawks and finished without a score. Here, turnovers, sacks, and sub-300 yards will be the issues.
Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins (at DEN). The Dolphins keep limiting his volume and are getting more from the running game. They also need to throw a lot with their defense set to dominate the Broncos.
Kirk Cousins, Vikings (vs. DAL). He threw a lot more than expected against the Bears and with good success, but now the Vikings can go back to low-volume passing with Dalvin Cook smashing through the Cowboys.
Ryan Tannehill, Titans (vs. BAL). He’s slumping with limited help from the running game, and the Ravens’ defense will rebound with their talented front-four and secondary.
Alex Smith, Washington (at CIN). He nearly hit 400 yards last week, but it was scoreless and his team should stay grounded in a gritty game.
Philip Rivers, Colts (vs. GB), Baker Mayfield, Browns (vs. PHI)
Fantasy Football Week 11 Who To Start: Running backs
Alvin Kamara, Saints (vs. ATL), Dalvin Cook, Vikings (vs. DAL), Aaron Jones, Packers (at IND), Derrick Henry, Titans (at BAL), Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys (at MIN), James Robinson, JAX (vs. PIT), James Conner, Steelers (at JAX), Miles Sanders, Eagles (at CLE), Josh Jacobs, Raiders (vs. KC), Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, Browns (vs. PHI), Joe Mixon (if he returns, at WAS), Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Chiefs (at LV), D’Andre Swift, Lions (at CAR)
Mike Davis, Panthers (vs. DET). He’ll be more effective after the clunker against the Buccaneers, as the Lions can’t contain him much as a runner or a receiver.
Antonio Gibson, Washington (vs. CIN). Gibson is still getting it done despite the sudden big usage of J.D. McKissic, who also is useable in PPR-leaning leagues.
Kenyan Drake and Chase Edmonds, Cardinals (at SEA). The Seahawks are giving up more digits here in forms of TDs and catches, so they are both viable flex considerations.
Duke Johnson Jr., Texans (vs. NE). The Patriots will be focused more on taking Deshaun Watson’s downfield passing away, so the checkdowns should rack up here.
Kalen Ballage, Chargers (vs. NYJ). Ballage was almost a Jet all the way but that didn’t happen, and now he’ll exact revenge as the L.A.’s lead power back.
La’Mical Perine, Jets (at LAC). Perine is supposed to see regular touches, and the Chargers have proved to be shakier against the run.
Salvon Ahmed, Dolphins (at DEN). The Broncos wilted against the run vs. the Raiders, and Ahmed should hold lead duties for another week.
Jonathan Taylor, Colts (vs. GB). Look, it’s a dice roll on early-down running and rushing TDs with him at this point vs. Jordan Wilkins, but the matchup screams for Indy to feed its backs often.
Damien Harris, Patriots (at HOU, $5,700 on DraftKings, $5,800 on FanDuel). He’s rolling as their lead power back, and the Texans cannot stop backs inside or outside, as evidenced by their Browns meltdown.
Nyheim Hines, Colts (vs. GB, $5,200 on DraftKings, $6,100 on FanDuel). It’s hard to know if he will get the key touches over Taylor and Wilkins, but game script suggests he’ll catch a lot of passes and the Packers struggle all-around against backs.
Fantasy Football Week 11 Who To Sit: Running backs
Todd Gurley, Falcons (at NO). The Saints have been nasty against the run, and you can’t on him getting a touchdown to save his day with Atlanta passing often.
Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette, Buccaneers (vs. LAR). This committee is impossible to figure out, and the Rams have become really stout against the run of late.
Melvin Gordon and Phillip Lindsay, Broncos (vs. MIA). The Dolphins keep playing better against the run, and neither back feels inspiring at the moment.
All non-Chris Carson Seahawks (vs. ARI). Alex Collins now is working ahead of DeeJay Dallas. Carson may need more time with his foot injury, but now Carlos Hyde could be back from his hamstring ahead of him. No thanks.
All Rams (at TB). This is a bad matchup, and three heads are not better than one in this case.
All Ravens (vs. TEN). The Titans are vulnerable to the rushing attack, but good luck figuring who’s viable. Gus Edwards is still your best bet for a low-end flex.
Le’Veon Bell, Chiefs (at LV). Don’t expect him to suddenly see more than a complementary role after the bye.
Devontae Booker, Raiders (vs. KC). Game script won’t set him up for big numbers along with Josh Jacobs again.
Fantasy Football Week 11 Who To Start: Wide receivers
Davante Adams, Packers (at IND), DeAndre Hopkins, Cardinals (at SEA), Tyreek Hill, Chiefs (at LV), Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, Falcons (at NO), Michael Thomas, Saints (vs. SF), DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, Seahawks (vs. ARI). Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown, Buccaneers (vs. LAR), A.J. Brown, Titans (vs. GB), D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson, Panthers (vs. DET), Keenan Allen, Chargers (vs. MIA), Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson, Vikings (vs. DAL), Terry McLaurin, Washington (vs. CIN), Will Fuller, Texans (vs. NE), Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, Rams (at TB), Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins, Bengals (vs. WAS), Chase Claypool, Diontae Johnson and JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers (at JAX), Amari Cooper, Cowboys (at MIN), Marvin Jones Jr., Lions (at CAR), Jamison Crowder, Jets (at LAC)
DJ Chark, Jaguars (vs. PIT). Chark should be in the role of Tee Higgins this week, putting up garbage numbers in catch-up mode.
Travis Fulgham, Eagles (at CLE). Fulgham got caught in a numbers game last week in a tricky matchup, but the Browns have been consistently exploited outside.
Brandin Cooks, Texans (vs. NE). Cooks was slowed down by the weather in Cleveland, but he should be busy making plays for Deshaun Watson with more attention on Will Fuller.
Christian Kirk, Cardinals (at SEA). Kirk scored twice in the first meeting, and the Seahawks’ secondary is ripe for the picking.
Marquise Brown, Ravens (vs. BAL). He is overdue to do something, and the Titans’ slow cornerbacks will help.
Jerry Jeudy, Broncos (vs. MIA). He can avoid the tougher matchups in the slot and put up some numbers in the second half.
Jakobi Meyers, Patriots (at HOU). Bradley Roby looms, but the Patriots are finding good ways to put the ball in their best receiver’s hands.
Michael Pittman Jr., Colts (vs. GB). The rookie is unlikely to draw Jaire Alexander, who is hurting anyway, and Pittman remain their clear go-to guy.
CeeDee Lamb, Cowboys (at MIN, $5,000 on DraftKings, $5,800 on FanDuel). The Vikings can be roasted most in the slot vs. downfield passing, and Lamb should be busy working the middle for Dalton as Dallas gets desperate for a win.
Emmanuel Sanders, Saints (vs. ATL, $4,900 on DraftKings, $5,600 on FanDuel). Sanders is a home-run hitter who can benefit from Jameis Winston’s arm, and the Falcons cannot cover him downfield well.
Mike Williams, Chargers (vs. NYJ, $5,100 on DraftKings, $5,900 on FanDuel). He was silenced by the Dolphins, but Justin Herbert should get back to firing downfield at a high level in this cake matchup.
Fantasy Football Week 11 Who To Sit: Wide receivers
Jarvis Landry, Browns (vs. PHI). He continues to do little of fantasy relevance, and the Eagles’ secondary won’t change that.
Michael Gallup, Cowboys (at MIN). He could easily be the Darnell Mooney of this matchup opposite Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb.
Curtis Samuel, Panthers (vs. DET). The gadgetry gives him a very low floor when he’s not hitting his ceiling.
Jalen Reagor, Eagles (at CLE). He is a little big-play and TD dependent to trust in shallow leagues as a rookie just yet.
Tim Patrick, Broncos (vs. MIA). The Dolphins can shut down the outside of Denver’s passing game.
Corey Davis, Titans (at BAL). This is another brutal matchup for him outside.
A.J. Green, Bengals (at WAS) and T.Y. Hilton, Colts (vs. GB). Insert Spider-Man meme here.
All Raiders (vs. KC). Don’t go here unless you’re desperate because there are so many guys involved now, but Nelson Agholor would be the only dice roll.
Breshad Perriman, Jets (at LAC). The matchup is good, but you can’t trust him just because he had one big game.
Fantasy Football Week 11 Who To Start: Tight ends
Travis Kelce, Chiefs (at LV), Darren Waller, Raiders (vs. KC), T.J. Hockenson, Lions (at CAR), Rob Gronkowski, Buccaneers (vs. LAR), Mark Andrews, Ravens (vs. TEN), Dallas Goedert, Eagles (at CLE)
Jared Cook, Saints (vs. ATL). The Falcons cannot cover tight ends on top of skilled wide receivers, and whoever is playing QB for the Saints should be able to find Cook a few times.
Eric Ebron, Steelers (at JAX). He was quiet as the wideouts went off on the Bengals, but he gets in on the fun in another blowout.
Hunter Henry, Chargers (vs. NYJ). He finally scored again in Week 10, and he should dent the end zone with some more good yardage.
Austin Hooper, Browns (vs. PHI). Hooper should be more active in this game to exploit the Eagles’ main coverage weakness at safety and linebacker.
Kyle Rudolph, Vikings (vs. DAL). If Irv Smith Jr. (groin) misses another game, he should be involved in the passing game again playing off the run.
Logan Thomas, Washington (vs. CIN, $3,300 on DraftKings, $5,200 on FanDuel). Alex Smith is better at getting the ball to Thomas and Terry McLaurin, and the Bengals keep having issues covering the position despite the Steelers giving them a break in Week 10.
Fantasy Football Week 11 Who To Sit: Tight ends
Hayden Hurst, Falcons (at NO). With the Falcons back loaded at wide receiver, he will take a lesser role.
Noah Fant, Broncos (vs. MIA). Fant is hard to trust with Denver’s QB issues, and the ball is being spread around to too many wide receivers.
Jonnu Smith, Titans (vs. BAL). Smith scored on a short rush last week, but the Ravens have tightened up on the tight end after a slow start.
Robert Tonyan, Packers (at IND). The Colts remain very stingy in tight end coverage.
Dalton Schultz, Cowboys (at MIN). The Vikings had a strong tight end coverage game against the Bears
Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett, Rams (at TB). The Bucs have been good enough in tight end coverage to stay away
All Colts (vs. GB). The Packers also remain very stingy in tight end coverage.
Fantasy Football Week 11 Who To Start: Defenses
Steelers (vs. JAX), Dolphins (at DEN), Chargers (vs. NYJ), Buccaneers (vs. LAR), Ravens (vs. TEN), Washington (at CIN), Eagles (at CLE), Rams (at TB), Vikings (vs. DAL)
Browns (vs. PHI, $3,000 on DraftKings, $4,600 on FanDuel). The Eagles’ offense keeps making mistakes, and the elements in Cleveland can help Myles Garrett and the Browns defense make some plays.
Fantasy Football Week 11 Who To Sit: Defenses
Saints (vs. ATL), Packers (at IND), Chiefs (at LV), Patriots (at HOU), Lions (at CAR), Panthers (vs. DET), Texans (vs. NE), Bengals (at WAS), Titans (vs. BAL)
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