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Start ’em/Sit ’em Week 11

Our fantasy writers Nick and Brett look to give you their opinions on who to start and sit as fantasy owners scramble to set their lineups. Below are their picks for week 11. Best of luck to all the Fantasy owners out there as the season winds down!

Starts Of The Week

Quarterback: Alex Smith (Kansas City Chiefs)-  Alex Smith has arguably been the best quarterback this season. For some reason, there are those out there that still underestimate his talent. I am not one of them. Smith has utilized his offensive weapons to his advantage and should have another strong performance against a New York Giants team who has frankly mailed it in for 2017 and have defensive breakdowns and poor tackling weekly. (Nick)

Running Back: Tevin Coleman (Atlanta Falcons)- With Devonta Freeman still in the NFL’s concussion protocol, Tevin Coleman will be responsible for carrying the load for the Falcons this week against the Seattle Seahawks. While the Seahawks are always tough against the run, Coleman has an advantage due to his presence in the passing game. Coleman will likely serve as a three-down back this Monday and has a chance to do damage regardless of game flow. He also ran for 83 yards on 20 carries last week to go with a touchdown. This momentum could carry over into this week and give Coleman a chance to have a standout game. (Brett)

Wide Receiver: Marqise Lee (Jacksonville Jaguars)- One of the hottest receivers in the NFL right now, Lee continues to produce at a high level. He has a touchdown in two consecutive games and could continue that streak against the winless Cleveland Browns. If running back Leonard Fournette doesn’t play, expect Lee to have an even bigger role in an offense that could very well rely on the passing game more than the running game. Even if Fournette does play, start Lee with confidence. (Nick)

Tight End: O.J. Howard (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)-  I understand that there is a ton of risk behind this pick as well as in trusting O.J. Howard in your lineups. Howard has been extremely inconsistent this year and has been a total boom or bust fantasy option at tight end (mostly bust). If you are looking for a tight end this week to stream, consider O.J. Howard regardless of his recent lack of production. His matchup with the Dolphins this week is extremely intriguing considering the Dolphins are one of the worst defenses this season in defending the tight end. In the Buccaneers case, having two solid options at the position means the Miami defense will certainly have their hands full. I see the Dolphins focusing much of their attention on containing Cameron Brate and leaving Howard as somewhat of an afterthought. (Brett)

Defense/Special Teams: Los Angeles Chargers-  The Chargers have a favorable matchup against a Buffalo Bills offense with a ton of question marks. The Bills complicated things even more by choosing to start Nathan Peterman over Tyrod Taylor as the starting QB. Taylor has played well for the most part and that change was a surprise to myself and many others. Factor that in with the question marks in regard to how Kelvin Benjamin will fit in with the Bills and the other injury woes that the team has faced, it makes the Chargers a good bet to start this week. (Nick)

Sits For This Week

Quarterback: Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons)-  I originally had Jared Goff in this position because of a tough matchup with the Minnesota Vikings. The Los Angeles Rams are arguably the best offensive team in the league. I think Goff will do well enough to warrant starting, but there might be better options elsewhere…Matt Ryan is in a similar boat. He goes up against one of the better defenses in the league in the Seattle Seahawks. Although pro-bowl cornerback Richard Sherman is injured, the Seahawks still have a good defense. Ryan has played much better in recent weeks, but he has been anything but a sure bet this season. If there are alternative options elsewhere at the quarterback position, strongly consider those options over Matt Ryan.  (Nick)

Running Back: The Dallas Cowboys Backfield-  In the wake of Ezekiel Elliott’s 6-game suspension it was Alfred Morris who handled the majority of the workload out of the Dallas backfield last week against the Falcons. Although Dallas running backs have a history of being extremely productive in fantasy, this was not the case for Morris this past week. All-pro left tackle Tyron Smith went down with an injury which also had a huge impact on the effectiveness of the run game. Darren McFadden was also discussed as an option for the Cowboys at the running back position, but he only logged one carry and does not seem to be a large part of the game plan. Rod Smith is another name that has been in the discussion as far as the Dallas running game is concerned, but he is kept mostly to passing down duties and does not hold any kind of fantasy value. This week the Cowboys are hosting the Eagles who have been one of the hardest defenses to run against this season. Tyron Smith will also be out once again which does not fair well for the Cowboys run game. (Brett)

Wide Receiver: Michael Thomas (New Orleans Saints)-  Although it is very tough to bench the top receiver on a team whose offense is clicking on all cylinders, I do not see Michael Thomas as a good starting option at WR this week. Thomas and the Saints welcome in the Washington Redskins this week. While the Redskins have been in the middle of the pack this year when it comes to pass defense, it is Josh Norman that causes the biggest threat to top receiving options of opposing teams. Norman will likely be tasked with shadowing Thomas and has mostly had his way this season against top receivers. Thomas has also not necessarily been producing like the WR1 he was drafted as, so although he may seem like one, Thomas is not necessarily a must-start from week to week. (Brett)

Tight End: Charles Clay (Buffalo Bills)- Clay is still battling injury issues, but will more than likely suit up. He has had some good games early on in the season and has been a solid starting TE in Fantasy Football when healthy. I would use caution if you plan on starting him this week. As I previously mentioned, the Bills are having a change at the starting QB position, so the chemistry between Peterman and Clay might not be the same as the chemistry between Taylor and Clay.  (Nick)

Defense/Special Teams: Denver Broncos- The Denver Broncos defense/special teams was one of the more reliable fantasy options early on in the season. Recent struggles at Philadelphia (51 pts) and home against New England (41) are definitely signs of concerns. Cincinnati isn’t as high-powered of an offense as Philadelphia and New England, so things could change for the Broncos, but I still think that they are a risky pick and there might be better options out there for you to consider.  (Nick)


Authors: Nick Eberhardt and Brett Santos



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