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Hello week 11 Start or Sit! Our final bye-week filled set of games is upon us and it’s time to get that winning lineup and get ready to go play your daily fantasy football contests at FanPicks.com. This week Cleveland, New Orleans, the NY Giants, and Pittsburgh will sit. Make sure you sit players from these teams as well.

With just four weeks left in the regular season for most Fantasy Football leagues it’s time to make that final push toward your playoffs.

Each week is crucial at this point as you vie for a spot or hopefully even a coveted bye week in the Fantasy playoffs. When playing Fantasy Football it is that much more important during these last weeks that you put the best lineup possible together to ensure that you destroy the competition.

Luckily we’ve got a week 11 start or sit column right here to help you with your Fantasy Football strategy. While you generally take your studs into battle, it’s worth some consideration with your individual rosters if you see one of your starters or usual bench guys show up on this list.

The week 11 start or sit column can also be used as more of a target or avoid guide for the Daily Fantasy players out there as well. When you have the entire league to choose from its best to avoid the bad matchups and focus on the plum ones for your daily contests.

Week 11 Start or Sit

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Quarterback

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Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders at Detroit Lions

Carr brings a streak of three games in a row over 300 yards and 10 passing TDs during that time to Detroit. What’s interesting is this string of good Fantasy performances has come against the Jets, Steelers, and Vikings. These are good pass defenses folks. The Lions will counter Oakland with only three healthy cornerbacks after placing Rashean Mathis on IR this week and losing Josh Wilson and Nevin Lawson last week. This was a bad secondary before the injuries. The English language lacks an adequate term to describe the quality of this pass defense now. Expect Oakland to throw at will against this team. Anything less than a 300/3 game is underperforming for the rising QB

Mathew Stafford, Detroit Lions vs. Oakland Raiders

Stafford will have to try to keep up with Oakland’s passing game this weekend. Anyone that has watched the Lions offense knows they aren’t doing this on the ground. While Stafford has been everything but good this season, he should be able to find some success against a very leaky Raiders secondary. Stafford has the weapons in the passing game, he just needs to connect with them. If he can find accuracy this game could have some shoot-out potential. While season-long owners have likely thrown in the towel, daily tournament players might consider a Hail Mary here with the idea that his ownership should be low.

Sit ‘Em

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals at Arizona Cardinals

It looks like the Bengals QB may have turned back into a pumpkin. Posting a 197-yard performance with zero touchdowns and a pick against a reeling Houston squad tells us what we feared. Dalton has crashed back to earth after a hot start and has failed to top 250 yards passing in each of the last four games. Here’s to hoping you sold high while you had the chance. The Bengals will face a ball hawking team in the Cardinals just in time for Andy to complete his return to mediocrity along with two or three interceptions. You can bench him if you have another option.

Honorable Mention

Case Keenum gets a great matchup against Baltimore in his first start but is probably not even startable as a long-shot tourney play in DFS. Matt Ryan will see another nice matchup against the Colts, but has failed to cash in on these sorts of games this season. Tony Romo will make his return in week 11 and gets to shake the rust off against a bottom-third pass defense in Miami. Jay Cutler gets the toughest of matchups against the Broncos, but has been red hot the last couple weeks. It will be a true act of greatness if he can put up QB1 numbers against the best defense in the league.

Running Back

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Charcandrick West, Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers

The Chiefs have fully committed to West taking over the Jamaal Charles role in the offense and he has filled in admirably. With over 20 carries per game, usage in the passing attack, and four TDs since taking over three games back, the Chiefs backfield looks solid with West leading it. This week Kansas City heads to San Diego and a defense allowing 122 yards per game on the ground to go with eight rushing scores through nine games. This is the best matchup West has had and should present an opportunity to solidify his status.

Darren McFadden, Dallas Cowboys at Miami Dolphins

Run DMC has somehow made it all the way to week 11 this year without tearing or breaking a single tendon or bone. This in itself is a career event for the Raiders’ 2008 first round draft pick. While the wheels could very well come flying off at any time, he’s the workhorse as long as he’s healthy, particularly after the Cowboys waived Christine Michael. His opponent this week is Miami, a team allowing over 135 yards per game on the ground. Only Cleveland is worse. Additionally, the Cowboys will get Tony Romo back against the Dolphins which will quickly change this offense back into a multi-faceted concern for defenses.

Sit ‘Em

Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Philadelphia Eagles

Ever since I used the term “muscle hamster” a few weeks back in this column, Martin has struggled. It may have been a little premature to anoint him the resurgent muscle hamster after all. While it may be my fault that he is averaging less than 3.2 yards per carry over the last three games I cannot take the blame for him facing an Eagles team that has surrendered just one rushing TD on the season along with 111 yards on the ground per game. In a difficult matchup it would be ideal to hide the rodent on your bench until he shows he’s ready to produce again.

Honorable Mention

It’s time for Marshawn Lynch to finally produce RB1 numbers against a lame 49ers team this week. Lamar Miller has a sweet matchup against Dallas, the 31st ranked team against Fantasy running backs. The emergence of Jay Ajayi and his future theft of carries from Miller is a little concerning however. Don’t even think about starting Alfred Blue. He has struggled against much lesser defenses than the Jets.

Wide Receiver

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Stevie Johnson, San Diego Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Johnson will need to be the de facto No. 1 WR in San Diego going forward. While he’s not a burner he can dominate targets as a possession receiver and is particularly valuable in PPR formats. Expect the transition into this role to continue this week as the pass-happy Chargers face one of the worst pass defenses in the league. Another 7-10 receptions are realistic, and we’ll cross our fingers for a touchdown.

Brandon LaFell, New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills

With the injury to Julian Edelman, LaFell could be in line to take on additional targets. Much attention was paid to Danny Amendola on the waiver wire this week, but I’ll take LaFell and his upside over Amendola. The Bills have certainly underwhelmed on defense this year and are now allowing over 250 yards per game through the air. Fantasy owners should expect Tom Brady to be good for at least 300 yards with a good shot at three TDs this week. While Gronk will get his, there’s plenty to spare for LaFell to haul in 6-110 and a score in week 11.

Sit ‘Em

T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts at Atlanta Falcons

A spry but still 40-year old Matt Hasselbeck is not going to spark the struggling Colts offense. Unfortunately this means Indy’s young receiving corps is stuck in neutral and unable to perform to their full potential. It doesn’t help that the upstart Atlanta defense has allowed the fourth fewest points to wide receivers in fantasy football. If you’ve got other options it would be a good idea to sit Colts in favor of better matchups at least for this week.

Honorable Mention

I don’t like Alshon Jeffery until he can show me he’s over this latest injury and put up some numbers. He gets a rough date with Denver this week so he will have an uphill battle. Larry Fitzgerald is dealing with an ankle issue but should play through it. He’s been matchup proof for the most part so fire him up, even against a better than average Bengals defense.

Tight End

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Jacob Tamme, Atlanta Falcons vs. Indianapolis Colts

Tamme has put himself into a position to produce some fantasy points. He’s had at least three catches in five straight games including a ten catch explosion two weeks back. The Colts have a four game streak going in which they have allowed a touchdown to an enemy TE each game. During this span they’ve allowed at least 79 yards receiving to the position every game as well. Tamme has put himself into low end TE1 consideration every week and gets a boost due to this matchup.

Sit ‘Em

Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals at Arizona Cardinals

Full disclosure:  I own Eifert in a couple leagues and will still be starting him. I put him here though for a couple reasons. First, Arizona has proven to be a solid defense against the tight end this year. Second, Andy Dalton is morphing from Super Dalton back into just Andy. In fact, he’s looked really bad the last few weeks and I have some concern for ongoing production from his receivers. This looks to be a week in which Eifert will be challenged to produce starter worthy stats and I’m not terribly optimistic about his chances.

Honorable Mention

It seems like Eric Ebron keeps having favorable matchups and then disappoints. Facing Oakland’s leaky secondary once again qualifies. However, I’m not falling for this again until he shows he can reliably put up numbers. Could Zach Miller be cutting into the TE time in Chicago after last week’s dominating performance? Don’t expect a ton of production this week against Denver but you could do worse in the coming weeks if you need a TE.

Defense

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Philadelphia Eagles vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Eagles have been sneaky good in Fantasy this year and should continue this week. I have some suspicion that this will be a tough one for the Bucs offense. Doug Martin has been struggling and Jameis Winston could be due for a handful of interceptions as Tampa struggles to move the ball.

Sit ‘Em

Cincinnati Bengals at Arizona Cardinals

The Bengals have showed nicely on the defensive side for the most part, but this is not the week to rely on them. Stream some other team rather than trust a decent defense against a Cardinals offense that no one has been able to stop.

Best of luck with your Fantasy Football teams this week! Hopefully our Week 11 start or sit column helps guide you to victory. Make sure to check out our plethora of other Fantasy Football articles including waiver wire advice, weekly rankings, daily talk, and other life changing information.

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