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Week 11 Start_Sit: Playoffs Approaching

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This is it everyone, we are coming down the home stretch and heading towards the Fantasy playoffs. Most playoffs start either in Week 13 or 14, so these upcoming two or three weeks are very important. For the Week 11 Start_Sit, it will feature multiple players who had rebound games or players that have been trending downward these last few weeks.

It is clear that Le’Veon Bell will not be playing in 2018. He had until November 13 to report, but he failed to show.

In Week 11, most games are divisional, potential playoff, or possible Super Bowl matchups. The most polarizing game was supposed to be played in Mexico, but that was quickly canceled. Due to poor field conditions they moved the game to Los Angeles. It’s a Monday night showdown between the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams. That has the potential to be the highest scoring game this season plus a possible Super Bowl matchup.

We will see the following teams not playing this week due to their byes: New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Buffalo Bills, and San Francisco 49ers. Many of those teams don’t offer many outstanding Fantasy players on their teams other than one or two options.

Nevertheless please enjoy the Week 11 Start_Sit article.

Week 11 Start_Sit

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Quarterbacks

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Jared Goff, Rams vs Chiefs

Surprisingly this season, Goff is the third best Fantasy QB. He has four straight games with multiple touchdowns and two straight 300 yard games. On Monday night he has a tremendous matchup against a below average Kansas City defense. The Chiefs have given up the eighth most points to QBs this season. Even with Cooper Kupp out for the rest of the season, Goff is a sure fire QB1 and has Top 3 upside in Week 11.

Matt Ryan, Falcons vs Cowboys

Even with the Falcons struggling as a team this season, Ryan continues to be a viable Fantasy starter. Since Week 3, he has thrown for less than 330 yards only once. Dallas has a tenacious defense, but this Atlanta offense could prove to be too dangerous. Don’t be afraid to start Ryan along with most of the Falcons’ offense this week.

Running Backs

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Kerryon Johnson, Lions vs Panthers

Kerryon was on many Sit lists for Week 10 against the Chicago Bears. He proved everyone wrong, totaling 89 total yards and two touchdowns. Johnson is really separating himself from LeGarrette Blount and it showed with their snap counts last week (20-6). Carolina allows an average of 99 rushing yards per game, making Kerryon an RB2 this week.

Aaron Jones, Packers at Seahawks

Jones finally broke out and confirmed himself as the top back in Green Bay. The most outstanding part of his season is his average yards per carry at 6.8. Seattle is allowing backs to rush for 5.0 yards per carry and they’ve allowed back-to-back 100 yard rushing games. This Week 11 matchup is very favorable to Aaron and you should have no problem putting him in your lineup.

Wide Receivers

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Sterling Shepard, Giants vs Buccaneers

I’m not saying to put Shepard as your WR2, but he is for sure a WR3 or Flex option. Tampa Bay has given up the second most Fantasy points to WRs this season. Sterling is a boom-or-bust receiver, but his production is limited due to Eli Manning. He just saw his lowest targets on Monday at three, don’t expect that for the rest of the season. On Sunday, Shepard could see one of his best games of the season against this putrid Buccaneers defense.

Amari Cooper, Cowboys at Falcons

The trade to Dallas has been beneficial for Cooper. In his first two games as a Cowboy he has 11 catches on 18 targets, 133 receiving yards, and a touchdown. I’m starting Amari with a lot of confidence due to Atlanta’s 30th ranked pass defense. The Falcons are allowing an average of 294 passing yards per game. With such a strong matchup, Amari is a set it and forget it WR2.

Tight Ends

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Eric Ebron, Colts vs Titans

When life give you lemons you make lemonade. For Ebron when life gives him three catches he makes touchdowns. While fellow TE, Jack Doyle, has been active, Ebron is averaging three catches, almost two receiving touchdowns, and 46 receiving yards per game.

Austin Hooper, Falcons vs Cowboys

Atlanta’s pass happy offense has benefited Hooper immensely this season. In three of his last five games, he has nine or more catches. Dallas has a solid defense, but it’s safe to say their Achilles heel is stopping the TE position. They’ve given up 51 catches this season and just gave up 14 catches to Zach Ertz last week. Hooper could have a strong week as a low-end TE1.

Defenses

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Arizona Cardinals, vs Oakland Raiders

If you have the Rams, Eagles, or Seattle defense, I would highly recommend you stream Arizona’s defense. Since Week 5, Oakland has scored more than 10 points once and the last two weeks they have a combined nine points. Arizona has four or more sacks in four of their last five games. If you take a look at Oakland, they’ve given up 12 sacks in their last two games. The Cardinals have Top 5 upside and the most popular streaming defense for Week 11.

Pittsburgh Steelers, at Jacksonville Jaguars

The Steelers have really started to figure it out on defense lately. They have allowed more than 20 points only twice since Week 4. Before last week, the Jaguars allowed 16 sacks from Week 5 to Week 8. Jacksonville’s offense has been struggling to stay consistent and Pittsburgh could take advantage of that. Pittsburgh could be a Top 10 defense if they’re able to continue this hot streak.

 

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Quarterbacks

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Kirk Cousins, Vikings at Bears

Cousins could be under some serious duress against one of the best defenses in the NFL. In three of his last four games, Cousins has less than 241 passing yards. All season, Chicago has only two games where they haven’t forced a QB turnover. Not to mention that five QBs have less than 189 passing yards against the Bears this season. Cousins is a risky play this week and is a back-end QB1.

Blake Bortles, Jaguars vs Steelers

As a streaming option, I’d avoid Bortles this week. As I’ve said before in the Pittsburgh defense write up, the Steelers haven’t allowed more than 21 points since Week 3. You can’t forget that only a few weeks prior, Bortles was benched. Even with a few productive back-to-back games, Bortles will face a tough Pittsburgh team looking for revenge.

Running Backs

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Lamar Miller, Texans at Redskins

After his two surreal games, Miller fell back to Earth before his bye. He had consecutive 100 yard rushing games and the next game he was out carried by Alfred Blue, 15-12. Washington hasn’t allowed a single RB to rush for more than 88 yards. I’m not sold on having Miller in my starting lineup this week.

T.J. Yeldon and Carlos Hyde, Jaguars vs Steelers

Now that Leonard Fournette is back, these two have no purpose in Fantasy. Hyde has been basically useless since his trade to Jacksonville, totaling only 16 yards on nine carries. Yeldon has minimal value in PPR formats due to his pass catching abilities. Fournette returned last week and Yeldon only had three carries. These two backs are better off on the waiver wire as long as Fournette is healthy.

Wide Receivers

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John Ross, Bengals at Ravens

Continuous injuries have been the downfall of Ross’s season and entire NFL career. It looked like he might’ve had some Fantasy relevance with A.J. Green out, but that wasn’t the case. Ross hasn’t had more than three catches and no more than 53 receiving yards all season long. Once again, he is dealing with an injury and he faces  one of the best defenses this week. I recommend that you don’t play the former 2017 first round pick at any cost.

Mike Williams, Chargers vs Broncos

The only way that Williams has any Fantasy relevance is with a touchdown. Since Week 4, he only has one game with more than one catch. On top of that he didn’t even see a single target against the Oakland Raiders last week. With the Fantasy playoffs quickly approaching, it’s making it hard to keep this Clemson alum on your team.

Tight Ends

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Jimmy Graham, Packers at Seahawks

There was so much potential for Graham to excel in this offense, but has failed to live up to expectations. Two of his last three games he’s been limited to one catch. After Green Bay’s bye week, his most yardage has been 55. Green Bay has a tough matchup against Seattle and they have taken away the TE all season. The most yards they’ve allowed is 52 and have kept TEs touchdowns to only three. If you can keep Graham on the bench, that would be a smart move.

Jordan Reed, Redskins vs Texans

I don’t know about you, but Reed hasn’t impressed me at all this season. He caught four passes for 51 yards in Week 10 and that was the first time he surpassed 50 yards since Week 3. He was on a five game streak of 44 receiving yards or less. In Week 11, Reed takes on the Texans and they’ve held all but two TEs to under 56 yards. It is a risky option to have Reed in your starting lineup.

Defenses

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Los Angeles Rams, vs Kansas City Chiefs

Come on, do I really need to tell you why you should keep the Rams defense on your bench this week? They’re playing the second highest scoring team in the NFL. Kansas City is averaging 35.3 points per game, 305.5 passing yards per game, and 117.6 rushing yards per game. This game has the chance to be a shootout and if you can stream the Cardinals DST, that would be a safer option.

Philadelphia Eagles, at New Orleans Saints

The Eagles’ defense has to be on your bench this week. Any defense that is playing against New Orleans needs to be on the bench. Look at what happened with the Bengals they had 51 points scored on them and got the Defensive Coordinator fired. The Saints are the highest scoring team right now with 36.7 points per game. All of those facts should make you realize that Philadelphia’s defense needs to be out of you starting lineup.

Conlin Postma

Fantasy Football Writer at So Called Fantasy Experts
An aspiring Fantasy Football Analyst, a member of the #RavensFlock, and the biggest Tyrod Taylor fan you'll meet.

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