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NFL Fantasy Football: Start 'Em/Sit 'Em Advice - Week 11

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We are changing things up a bit! Along with a brand new This Week In Fantasy, we will be giving you advice for the week. As always, bring us your fantasy football dilemmas of who to start and who to sit and we are more than happy to try and guide you to victory.

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by James Seltzer


Philip Rivers vs. Oakland

Through the first six weeks of the season, there were many people who would have labeled Rivers as the league's MVP. However, the Chargers have lost three straight, and Rivers has come back to earth in a big way. Rivers averaged 292.6 passing yards per game over the those first six weeks, and has averaged just 198.3 yards per game since; not to mention, he is coming off the worst performance of his career in Week 9. Wait, am I still telling you to start Rivers?!? Yes...Yes I am. Rivers is coming off a bye, and faces a Raiders' defense that has been terrible in all facets of the game. Last time Rivers faced Oakland, in Week 6, the QB threw for 313 yards and 3 TD's. Expect Rivers to get back on track in Week 11, as he owns the Raiders, and should be rested and ready to come out slinging. Expect big things from Rivers against the Raiders.

Matt Ryan @ Carolina

The Panthers allow the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing QB's. They just let Mark Sanchez throw for 332 yards and 2 TD's against them. And perhaps more important, the Panthers have been awful at generating a pass rush over the last few weeks, which will be huge boon for a patchwork Falcons' o-line. If they can give Matty Ice some time in the pocket, look for a big week from the former Penn Charter star.

Matt Stafford @ Arizona

Fair warning, I am not a Matthew Stafford fan, at least in terms of fantasy. All this guy does is tantalize you with his talent and skills, only to make you feel like an a**hole for starting him. However, Stafford has actually been decent, from a fantasy perspective, over the last few weeks, as the QB has thrown for at least 280 yards and 2 TD's in each of his last three outings. Add-in a matchup with an Arizona defense that has allowed the third-most passing yards, per game, of any team in the league, and you can expect Stafford to air it out in Week 11. With Calvin back, look for Stafford to have some success against the Cardinals in Week 11.


Russell Wilson @ Kansas City

Russell "Hustle and Bustle" Wilson has not been good over the last three weeks, averaging a paltry 183.3 passing yards per game, with no passing TD's over that span. Basically, since the Seahwaks traded Percy Harvin, Russell has struggled. Add-in a matchup with Kansas City's top-ranked pass defense, and things are not looking great for a Russell Wilson rebound in Week 11. Granted, Wilson did run the ball well in Week 10, and has proven he can accrue points on the ground, but the Chiefs have only allowed 64 rushing yards, all season, to QB's, so it may not be easy for Wilson to produce on the ground. All in all, it looks like a good week to find an alternative to starting Russell Wilson.

Jay Cutler vs. Minnesota

Chicago is a dumpster fire right now. And we all know how Jay Cutler responds to adversity, right? Cutler looked terrible in Week 10's blowout loss to the Packers - 272 yards passing, 1 TD, 2 INT's - and, really, has not been a consistent producer for close to a month. Add-in a matchup with a Vikings' defense that has allowed the fourth-least points to opposing fantasy QB's, and it seems like a good week to bench Cutler. And who knows...If the Bears continue to look as putrid as they have, then Marc Trestman may follow suit and bench Cutler himself!

Ryan Tannehill vs. Buffalo

There are so many reasons to sit Ryan Tannehill in Week 11. One, Buffalo's defense has allowed the fifth-least amount of points to opposing QB's. Two, it's a Thursday night game, which is always a little worrisome for offensive players. Three, Miami's best player, and the man protecting Tannehill's blind side, Brandon Albert was lost for the season in Week 10. Four, Tannehill is a little banged up. Five, after four straight weeks of at least 47 yards rushing, Tannehill had zero yards on the ground in Week 10. Need anymore reasons?

Running Backs

by John Barchard


CJ Anderson @ St. Louis

Play the hot hand! With Ronnie Hillman still out I really like this play this week. In fact if your name isn't Montee Ball I will play any starting running back in the Denver backfield. It's another great matchup all around for the Broncos and I expect Anderson to be apart of the scoring brigade that will be happening in St. Louis this week.

Jerick McKinnon @ Chicago

There is some concern that Matt Asiata will continue to snake some touchdowns from Jerick but I still feel really good putting him in my flex spot or work as my RB2 (Also has great value this week on FanDuel). Chicago continues to be an easy target to pick on after having back to back disastrous games. McKinnon is still the Bell Cow and I see him as a top ten running back this week.

Shane Vereen @ Indianapolis - My pick of the week

As James mentioned on the show, the Colts have given up the second most receiving yards to running backs. You can never fully trust Belichick and his running back situation, but if I know this about the Colts... good ole' Bill is going to know this too. Vereen will be a big prize if you are in a PPR or .5 PPR league this week. Lots of receptions and lots of points for Shane this week.


Eddie Lacy vs. Philadelphia

Logic is going to tell you: Well since the Eagles are scared of Mr. Rodgers (as they should be) there will be plenty of opportunities for Eddie Lacy. But I am big believer in the Eagles' defensive line and what they have show against the run game. This isn't Arian Foster and I don't think Lacy is going to give you anymore than he's shown you so far.. which isn't great.

LeSean McCoy @ Green Bay

Sounds like I am playing with fire again this week. But I don't see the game plan changing for opposing defenses that face the Eagles' offense. Stack the box, make Mark Sanchez throw, rinse and repeat. Shady finally has healthy line to work with and is going up against one of the worst run defenses in the league but I am not sold yet. I expected the run game to get going again Carolina and it didn't, add that together with the use of Sproles & Polk and I am staying away one more week.

Tre Mason vs. Denver

With Austin Davis getting benched for Shaun Hill and Denver coming into town to put many many many points I have a good feeling the run game will not be... what's the word... useful? There might some potential for some good old garbage time fantasy points here, but not it's not enough for me to start Mason this week.

Wide Receivers

by Tony Casale


Desean Jackson vs. Tampa Bay

The match up against the Buccaneers is simply too good to not have a piece of it. Jackson has been hot, topping 100 yards in four of the last five weeks. While he may not be the best PPR start, if he cracks 100 yards again, the receptions won't matter.

Brandon LaFell vs. Indianapolis

The Patriots offense continues to hum along, and Brandon LaFell continues to quietly put together the best season of his career. Indy's defense is excellent at stopping the run, but is ranked 26th against the pass giving up 263 yards per game. LaFell has a chance at his first 1000 yard season and has four touchdowns in his last four games.

Brandin "Too Many" Cooks vs. Cincinnati

Considering Brandon Cooks hasn't seen a 100 yard game yet in his career, this is more of a "What the heck" play.  Cooks has been very consistent at home this year and the Bengals have been terrible on defense, ranking 30th overall. Cooks is particularly attractive this week in PPR leagues.


Doug Baldwin @ Kansas City

Baldwin's targets and receptions have ticked up since Percy Harvin's departure, but still has only one TD on the season. This week the Seahawks travel to Kansas City, whose pass rush continues to improve, particularly at home. Sit Baldwin this week, he represents no more than an occasional WR3/Flex.

Mohamed Sanu @ New Orleans

Sure, the Saints pass defense is average at best, but they're at home, so you can expect one of their better games. Andy Dalton couldn't possibly be as bad as he was last week against Cleveland, it may be statistically impossible, but there's no reason to think he'll light up the Super Dome. With A.J. Green back from injury and Dalton's struggles with accuracy, keep Sanu on your bench.

Michael Floyd vs Detroit

Is this one obvious? Perhaps, but there are Floyd apologists out there still who think his talent warrants a start in deep leagues. Those leagues better be VERY deep if you have Floyd on your starting roster. If last week's goose egg wasn't enough, Carson Palmer's injury and the return of Drew Stanton should seal the deal.



Jared Cook vs. Denver

by James Seltzer

Denver's defense has given up the fourth-most fantasy PPG to tight ends. Cook is coming off his best outing of the season - 84 yards receiving and a TD - and we know St. Louis will have to throw the ball, a lot, to keep up with Denver. Not to mention, the Broncos have the league's top run defense, which is just another reason the Rams will have to rely on the passing attack. Lastly, I believe the change to Shaun Hill will actually help Cook. Hill has throw just under 25% of his career TD passes to tight ends, and with Brian Quick out, Jared Cook becomes one of the few trust-worthy targets that Shaun Hill will have at his disposal. Expect another nice outing from Cook.

Mychal Rivera @ San Diego

by Tony Casale

Yes, Mychal Rivera has only three touchdowns this year, but they've come in the last two games. Oakland's running game is a mess and Derek Carr has been forced to throw a ton in his rookie season. Even though the Chargers are solid against TE's, Rivera has been one of Carr's favorite targets lately and should see plenty of looks this Sunday.


Martellius Bennett vs. Minnesota

by James Seltzer

Bennett is dealing with a rib injury that has kept him out of practice the last few days. While Bennett will, most likely, play on Sunday, the ribs will certainly hamper him. Furthermore, Bennett has struggled of late, with only one double-digit fantasy performance over his last five weeks (standard scoring). Add-in a matchup with a Vikings' defense that has allowed the third-least amount of fantasy points to tight ends, and Bennett seems like a stay-away for Week 11.

Charles Clay vs. Miami

by Tony Casale

Unfortunately I can't pick Vernon Davis every week, so this week I'll head to Miami. Charles Clay is banged up right now so if he doesn't play, this would be an excellent sit. However, if he does, he may not be 100 percent going against a Buffalo defense that is stout against tight ends. It's important to note that if Clay doesn't play you may see rookie Gator Hoskins at tight end. He has little fantasy value, I just wanted to write Gator Hoskins.



Denver @ St. Louis

by James Seltzer

St. Louis has allowed the second-most points to opposing fantasy defenses this season. They have a new QB who hasn't played since Week 1, and has thrown 24 interceptions in 38 career games played. And, excluding the blowout loss in New England, Denver's defense has averaged double-digit fantasy points per week over the last five weeks. Expect the Denver D to take advantage of this nice matchup.

Miami @ BUF

Miami's defense continues to improve and can be considered a solid start nearly every week. The last four games have seen the Dolphins register 14 sacks and force 11 turnovers. Expect Miami to get after Kyle Orton early and often.


New England @ Indianapolis

by James Seltzer

The Pats have scored the fifth-most fantasy points of any defense this season. They have been awesome. However, Week 11 presents a matchup with a Colts team that has allowed the second-least amount of fantasy points to opposing defenses this season. Something has to give. I see a shootout in Indy, so sit New England's D this week.

Philadelphia @ Green Bay

by Tony Casale

Don't get me wrong, Philly's defense is legit, and I understand the temptation to start them after the utter destruction of Cam Newton and the Panthers last week. But this week is a different story. Unlike Carolina, Green Bay can protect their quarterback. Aaron Rodgers' weapons are healthy, dynamic and very hard to stop. This may be the game of the week, but I wouldn't want either defense on my starting roster.

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