We are two weeks away from the end of the fantasy football regular season. Boy, does it go fast! Now is the time to make those blockbuster trades to get you over the hump and solidify your spot in the playoffs. Because anything can happen, and with well-made trades, continued solid roster management, and a bit of dumb luck, it can propel you to a title.
And that’s what it is all about.
Without further ado, here are my start/sit options for Week 11…
Taysom Hill – When Jameis Winston signed in New Orleans during the offseason, it was viewed as a low-risk, high reward, both in real life and fantasy football. It seemed Jameis was due to start this week against the Falcons, but news broke Friday morning that Taysom will get the start. And the matchup could not be better against the Falcons. Taysom owners have been itching for this day for a long time. Now, we will see it.
Ben Roethlisberger – The comeback season for Big Ben continued last week, as he torched the Bengals for over 35+ points. And he gets another juicy matchup against the Jags, who yield 23 points to the position. With his embarrasment of riches of weapons, Ben should have a good shot at 2+ TDs.
Kirk Cousins- Cousins showed well last week, hitting Adam Thielen for two touchdowns and now faces a Cowboys team, whose defense seems to get shredded on a weekly basis. The addition of Justin Jefferson, and the development of Irv Smith, continues to make Cousins an upside play in good matchups. I like Cousins as a high-end QB2 this week.
Tom Brady- Brady averages about 38 attempts and 2 TDs per game this year, but, in what might be his stiffest test yet, he faces an LAR defense that gives up the second fewest points to QBs. I think this game will be close, but with both defenses being strong against the run and pass, this could be more of a defensive battle. Still, I think Brady can find the end zone but be cognizant of the possibility of low passing volume.
Phillip Rivers- Rivers is the ultimate game manager at this stage in his career and faces a tough test against the Packers this week. Rivers is a matchup play each week and this is not a good one. Rivers can stay on your bench in Week 11.
Jake Luton- Luton had a nice debut two weeks ago, but last week faced a Packers defense who smothers QBs and gets another one in Week 11. The Jags play host to the Steelers and their top 5 ranked defense against QBs. Luton is not someone I’d trust to start this week, but he could surprise with some garbage time points.
Damien Harris- Harris seems to have cemented himself as the RB1 for New England. It’s not an elite role, but in a good matchup, Harris can be startable. He gets one in Week 11 against the Texans, who are atrocious against the RB position. Houston yields nearly 27 points/game to opponents and Harris has a good shot at another 100 yard effort and maybe a touchdown.
Mike Davis- Davis disappointed last week against Tampa Bay, but gets a chance to redeem himself against the Lions – the best matchup for RBs. Detroit gives up a whopping 30.4 points/game and hopefully Davis can reward owners who still trust him with an RB1 effort.
Ravens RBs- Unlike in years past, the Titans front seven aren’t as formidable as they used to be. They are a bottom 6 defense against RBs and have held opposing RBs to under 10 points once this season. The Ravens backfield is hard to predict each week, but in this good of a matchup, they are worth starting.
Todd Gurley – Gurley faces a stingy Saints defense in a division battle. As the bona fide RB1 for Atlanta, Gurley sees the majority of work and has produced. He should find the end zone at least once in this game, but I think the usage on the ground and through the air will be disappointing.
Rams RBs – Nothing is more maddening in fantasy football than a 3-headed monster at RB. What’s even worse is, when you have high-powered offense who fails to commit to a lead back each week. And that’s what you have with the Rams. On top of that, they face a Bucs defense who are stout against the run. Darrell Henderson seems the only one you can trust, but he’s at best a low-end RB3/flex this week.
Adam Thielen/Justin Jefferson
I lumped this group together, since Minnesota battles the Cowboys on Sunday. Both defenses are poor against WRs in 2020 and there should be a lot of scoring/production from both WR groups this week. Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson are must-plays each week, but all three Cowboys starting WRs(Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup are all in play.
Eagles WRs – We saw Travis Fulgham come down to earth last week, having his first bust performance last week against the Giants. However, this should be a good bounce back for him and the rest of the Eagles WRs, as they battle the Browns in Cleveland. The Browns yield 27.6 points/game to WRs, so Fulgham and Jalen Reagor are in play; along with Alshon Jeffrey as a desperation flex.
Mike Williams – Mike Williams seems to be a matchup play this year. We were all hoping for the breakout season from Williams, but, unfortunately, it just hasn’t happened. However, with Justin Herbert as his QB, he’s always worth consideration to start. Against the Jets, he’s worth a start on Sunday(as is just about the case each week for any opponent vs the Jets)
Mike Evans/Antonio Brown – Tough matchup for the Bucs this week against the LA Rams, who are the toughest matchup in fantasy against WRs. Chris Godwin is the only one you probably trust in this game, but both Evans and Brown are too talented to completely bench. Just don’t be surprised if they bust on Monday night.
Raiders WRs – It’s hard to predict who will perform for the Raiders each week. The offense is built around Jacobs on the ground and Darren Waller through the air. Raiders WRs are young and just not ready for prime time yet, nor have developed enough to command targets.
Jets WRs – Yuck. Don’t start any Jets WRs this week(except for Jamison Crowder). I like Denzel Mims, but this is not the game to roll him out this week against the Chargers.
Jared Cook – No Drew Brees, but matchup is the best on the slate this week. Cook is one of the top red zone targets for the Saints and certainly possible he’s targeted heavily this week. Taysom Hill was announced as the Saints starter for this game, so it’ll be interesting to see how often or not he looks Cooks’ way. Still, the matchup is too good to bench Cook.
Eric Ebron – Ebron has had a see-saw season so far for Pittsburgh, but because of the offense he plays him, you have to keep in your lineup. This week, the Steelers play Jacksonville – who are a top 5 matchup for TEs. Ebron is a low-end TE1/high-end TE2 this week.
Hayden Hurst – Hurst has come on strong the past few weeks and it should continue on Sunday. It is possible Calvin Ridley returns from his sprained foot, but no guarantee. Either way, Ridley will not be at 100%, making Hurst the number two option for the Falcons. Hurst can be viewed as a mid to low TE1.
Robert Tonyan – Tonyan’s early season emergence has seemed to tail off and is currently a risky, hard-to-trust, bench worthy option. He’s come back down to earth as a matchup play rather than matchup-proof. Packers see the Colts in Week 11, who are the worse matchup for TEs. Hard to trust Tonyan.
Mike Gesicki- Oh, Mike. Where art thou? Just not happening, and may never happen. Gesicki needs to remain on your bench.