2017 NFL Week 11 Start 'em Sit 'em

2017 NFL Week 11 Start Sit help

***WEEK 11 BYE WEEK TEAMS***
 
Carolina Panthers
Indianapolis Colts
Nee York Jets
San Francisco 49ers
 
WEEK 10 RECAP:
 
Running Back (RB)
 
Start: Jerick McKinnon rushed 10 times for just 32 yards and caught 2 passes for another 15.  Matt Forte was ultimately ruled out due to swelling in his knee.  Chris Thompson rushed 9 times for 26 yards and caught another 3 passes for 41.  Orleans Darkwa ran the ball 14 times for 70 yards and reeled in 2 targets for another 18.  Aaron Jones left the game on the Packers' opening drive with a knee injury.
 
Sit: Lamar Miller rushed 11 times for 60 yards and added another 14 on a catch.  Melvin Gordon, Dion Lewis rushed 14 times for 55 yards and a touchdown.  Frank Gore rushed 17 times for 54 yards and caught 1 pass for another 7.  Kenyan Drake rushed 7 times for 82 yards and a score.  
 
Wide Receiver (WR)
 
Start: Sterling Shepard caught 11 passes for 142 yards.  Devin Funchess caught 5 passes for 92 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Dez Bryant, Juju Smith-Schuster smoked the Colts secondary for 97 yards and a score on 5 catches, leading all Steelers wideouts in those 3 categories.
 
Sit: Keenan Allen was held to just 4 passes for 48 yards.  Larry Fitzgerald caught 10 passes for 113 yards thanks to injuries to Seahawks defensive backs Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman.  Jamison Crowder caught 4 passes for 76 yards and added another 5 yards on a carry.  T.Y. Hilton caught just 2 passes for 23 yards.  Will Fuller caught just 2 passes for 15 yards before exiting the game with cracked ribs.
 
Tight End (TE)
 
Start: Evan Engram caught 6 passes for 31 yards and a touchdown.  Tyler Kroft contributed just 1 catch for 4 yards.
 
Sit: Hunter Henry was held to just 1 catch for 7 yards.
 
Quarterback (QB)
 
Start: Eli Manning took care of the ball and completed 28 of 37 throws for 287 yards and 2 scores.  Matthew Stafford connected on 17 of 26 attempts for 249 yards, 3 scores, and a pick.  Andy Dalton completed 20 of 35 for 265 yards and 2 touchdowns. Ben Roethlisberger connected 19 times on 31 throws for 236 yards, 2 scores and a pick.
 
Sit: Philip Rivers connected 21 times on 37 tries for 2 touchdowns and a pick.  Kirk Cousins completed 26 of 45 pass attempts for 327 yards, a score and a pick.
 
Defense / Special Teams (D/ST)
 
Start: New York Giants allowed 31 points and just had 1 pick and 1 fumble recovery.  New England Patriots gave up just 16 points, scored a special teams touchdown and forced 2 turnovers.  Detroit Lions had a pick and returned a forced fumble for a touchdown.
 
Sit: Buffalo Bills gave up 47 points and 6, yes SIX rushing touchdowns to 4 different rushers.  Washington Redskins allowed 38 points to a potent Vikings passing attack and picked off Case Keenum just twice.  Los Angeles Chargers held the Jaguars to just 20 points and picked off Blake Bortles twice.
 
WEEK 11 PREDICTIONS:
 
RUNNING BACK (RB) 
 
START
 
Jay Ajayi, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (at Cowboys):
The Cowboys lost their best run stuffer, Sean Lee, to an injury last week.  While it was initially a mystery who would lead the Eagles' backfield, Ajayi appears to be a plug and play addition.  If Lee is forced to miss time, Ajayi should have a huge game running behind one of the best offensive lines in football.
 
Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins (v. Buccaneers)
The Dolphins' backfield looks like a full-on timeshare.  This will probably continue thanks to Drake's extensive injury history from college, which could put Drake on a snap count.  He made the most of his 7 carries, by averaging 11.7 yards per carry (yes, that's per carry, not per catch) and got in the endzone.  However, both he and Damien Williams will have opportunities to be productive especially in PPR leagues given Gase's usage of running backs.  They have a favorable matchup at home against Tampa Bay this week.
 
Alex Collins, RB, Baltimore Ravens (at Packers)
Collins is one of the most efficient backs in the league at the moment.  The Ravens should continue to pound the rock with Flacco struggling to throw.  Baltimore will probably dominate time of possession with defense and running the ball against weak Green Bay fronts on both sides of the ball.  Expect Collins to have plenty of carries.
 
Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (v. Giants)
Hunt has struggled these past few weeks.  PPR leaguers can compensate with catches, but Hill has been really disappointing in standard leagues.  Luckily he's coming off of a bye and facing a Giants defense that's suffered injuries and suspensions.  Hunt is a prime bounce-back candidate and should reach the endzone for the first time since week 2.  
 
DEEP LEAGUE FLIER
 
Duke Johnson Jr., RB, Cleveland Browns (v. Jaguars)
If there's one weakness in the Jaguars' defense the Chargers' Austin Ekeler reminded us of, it's the soft Jaguars underbelly.  They've been vulnerable at times against running backs either receiving or rushing.  This makes Duke Johnson a very sneaky start against Jacksonville's defensive gauntlet.  While Johnson is a risky flex play, he could have a big day if the Browns choose to exploit this insufficiency.
 
SIT
 
Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions (at Bears)
Abdullah isn't involved in the passing game and still depends on touchdowns for the bulk of his fantasy points.  He's a smart sit this week especially if Bears ILB Trevathan is active.  
 
Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at Dolphins)
Doug Martin has struggled all season for one reason or another.  Wake and Suh lead one of the best run defenses in the NFL.  Expect Martins' struggles to continue this week.
 
DeMarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans (at Steelers)
Murray more than doubled his total touchdowns in one game against the Bengals.  Unfortunately, Murray's hat trick (3 touchdowns) saved an otherwise pedestrian week where he rushed 12 times for just 42 yards and caught 4 passes for 30 yards.  He's been one of the biggest disappointments in fantasy football this season.  He had just 391 yards and 2 touchdowns through the first 9 weeks.  He's struggled with injuries about as much as his offensive line has struggled with subpar play.  Those struggles will continue this week in Pittsburgh as he takes on a tough Steelers run defense.  The saying goes "Don't get cute.  Start your studs," but Murray's stat line has been anything but studly this season.
 
WIDE RECEIVER (WR)
 
START
 
Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons (at Seahawks)
Richard Sherman is lost for the season (Achilles) and Kam Chancellor might be sidelined.  This softens Seattle's secondary and gives Julio a chance to make some plays.  Sure, he's struggled so far this season, but he's still one of the best weapons in the league when he's thrown to.  
 
Juju Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (v. Titans)
Smith-Schuster has basically replaced Bryant after Bryant was benched, and he's been on an absolute tear since then.  He's scored in 3 games in a row, and is out-pacing fellow wideout Antonio Brown in those 3 games in receptions and receiving yards.  He's a must-start this week in a favorable home matchup against a suspect Titans secondary.  
 
Devante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins (v. Buccaneers)
Parker has been on the move and will look to return to mid-season form against a suspect Buccaneers secondary.  He's been one of Cutler's favorite targets and should continue to get plenty of looks with Cutler taking snaps.
 
Jeremy Maclin, WR, Baltimore Ravens (at Packers)
Burnett could miss another week with a groin injury, leaving the Packers' defensive backfield exposed.  Sure, Matthews and Perry got pressure on young QB Mitch Trubisky, but the Ravens' line has looked better and the veteran Flacco has years of experience under his belt.  Maclin is miles better than any wideout on the Bears' receiving corps.  The Ravens' passing attack will look to exploit these mismatches.
 
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans (v. Cardinals)
Hopkins has proven he can produce no matter who the signal caller is for the Texans.  He's caught 13 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown with Savage throwing him the ball, even against a tough Rams pass rush.  He'll look to keep that streak going when the Texans take on the Cardinals at home.  
 
Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (v. Giants)
Hill is a big play homerun threat every time he touches the ball.  He should find even more room to maneuver this week in a home matchup against a Giants team that just looks like they've quit.  Hill is a great start this week.
 
Marvin Jones, WR, Detroit Lions (at Bears)
Stat Padford (Matt Stafford) should continue his gun-slinging ways and let it fly against a Bears defense that looked absolutely lost without defensive signal caller Danny Trevathan.  The Bears' cornerbacks got turned around and lost, allowing Devante Adams to pull in 5 targets for 90 yards and a touchdown thanks to busted coverage.  Jones could find similar success this week if Trevathan is out.  Either way, the Bears' secondary has looked leaky at times and the Lions will look to capitalize on the opportunities.
 
Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders (v. Patriots)
Crabtree has had the best hands of any Raiders receiver this season.  Carr and the coaches will lean on Crabtree pretty hard if they hope to have any shot at beating the Pats in the Black Hole.  New England's secondary seems soft at times, which could lead to lots of catches for Crabtree and his fellow receiving options.
 
SIT
 
Sammy Watkins, WR, Los Angeles Rams (at Vikings)
Watkins is a classic boom or bust commodity who needs big plays and touchdowns to make a fantasy impact.  He's not the move-the-sticks possession receiver that will consistently get targeted.  In fact, Watkins has not been targeted more than 5 times in 9 of his 10 games this season.  He starts the week with the possible foot injury and will end the week with a tough matchup against a Vikings defense that's done well against the pass.
 
Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants (at Chiefs)
The Giants have basically lost the will to play, and Shepard's stat line could suffer as a result.  He could be matched up with Marcus Peters, one of the league's better defensive backs this week.  The Giants have struggled to protect Eli and he could be under a lot of pressure this week against a rested Chiefs defense, making Shepard a sit this week.
 
Deshaun Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at Dolphins)
Sure, Deshaun Jackson finally got going last week against the Jets, but the Buccaneers had to throw to him with Mike Evans suspended for one game.  Evans returns this week, relegating Jackson back to boom or bust, and therefore the bench.
 
Jordan Matthews, WR, Buffalo Bills (at Chargers)
Jordan Matthews was originally acquired to give Tyrod Taylor a legitimate receiving weapon.  Unfortunately, 10 weeks and a broken thumb later, Matthews has been a ghost.  The Chargers have done a good job defending against opposing air attacks so Matthews' struggles are slated to continue this week.
 
BUST ALERT
 
Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers (v. Ravens)
What more can be said?  Hundley might be under center if he's healthy, and he prefers Adams over Nelson.  The Packers' offensive line has struggled to protect, and the Ravens have one of the better pass defenses in the league, forcing Nelson's owners to bench him this week.
 
TIGHT END (TE)
 
START
 
Tyler Kroft, TE, Cincinnati Bengals (at Broncos)
The Broncos have allowed 80 receiving yards or more and a touchdown in 4 of their last 5 games.  Kroft is consistently one of the most heavily targeted receiving options in the Bengals' offense.  Dalton will probably need to throw to the big tight end to get the ball out quick, making Kroft a good start this week.
 
Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants (at Chiefs)
Engram is a bit of an enigma at this point.  He's been targeted 7 times or more in each of his last 4 games, but his 6 catches against a woeful 49ers defense yielded just 31 yards.  At this point, he's worth a start at a position that lacks any depth, but he's a cautious start at best.  Put him in the lineup, but temper expectations.
 
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings (v. Rams)
Rudolph could be the safety valve for Case Keenum this week against a potent Rams pass rush.  It's been tough to move the chains against the Rams' defense so the Vikings' tight end could be targeted on quick slants and shallow crosses.  The Rams have allowed 10 yards per catch or more in all but 2 of their games.  Rudolph should have a productive day if he's targeted.
 
SIT
 
Vernon Davis, TE, Washington Redskins (v. Saints)
Two factors make Davis a sit this week.  If Jordan Reed is ready to go, the tight end position could become a timeshare again.  Even if Reed is NOT able to go, Davis will face a Saints defense that allowed no more than 4 catches in 8 of their 9 games.  However, the Saints have allowed a touchdown to opposing tight ends, making Davis a real boom or bust prospect this week.
 
Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions (v. Bears)
Sure, Ebron caught a touchdown last week against the Browns, but that's just it.  He caught a touchdown against the Browns.  Now is not the time to start him.  Even if the Bears' defense got beat against the pass by backup Brett Hundley, the Lions have plenty of capable receiving options they can throw the ball to.  Ebron's drops also lower his fantasy floor.
 
Hunter Henry, TE, Los Angeles Chargers (v. Bills)
First of all, Rivers reported concussion symptoms early Monday morning.  Even if Rivers plays, Henry is in a full on timeshare.  There are just too many mouths to feed for any of the receiving options not named Keenan Allen to make a fantasy impact.  Aside from that, the Bills have kept tight ends out of the endzone in all but one game, and have limited tight ends to 71 yards or less in all but 2 games.  Henry has his work cut out for him, if he gets the opportunity.
 
QUARTERBACK
 
START
 
Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons (at Seahawks)
Injuries to the Seahawks defensive backfield open a door of opportunity for Matt Ryan and the Falcons.  Atlanta's offense even has a leg up since Head Coach Dan Quinn originally engineered the Seahawks' defense.  If the Falcons self-scout, they should know exactly how to attack this defense.  However, making checks and calling audibles could be tough for Matt Ryan at CenturyLink against the 12's.  Still, the Falcons have capable weapons and things are looking good for the veteran signal caller.
 
Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans (at Steelers)
Mariota hits the road on a short week, and could be asked to throw more often than not.  This could be a good thing with the return of Corey Davis to the Titans receiving corps, and the losses of Joe Haden and Mike Mitchell to the Steelers defensive backfield.  Moreover, Murray has been dinged up and could be on a snap count, which puts the ball in Mariota's hands.  
 
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers (v. Titans)
Big Ben is still missing some big plays downfield, but he has 2 great weapons in short and intermediate routes in Bryant and Smith-Schuster.  He also has a nice home matchup against the Titans, making Ben a start this week.  The only caution is he'll face Dick LeBeau's defense in an actual game instead of a scrimmage in practice.  
 
Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders (v. Patriots)
Yes, start a quarterback against the Patriots.  Carr has fallen victim at times to drops, but he'll look to bounce back against one of the softer secondaries in the league.  Crabtree, Cooper, and Cook are all capable receiving options who will try to take advantage of a favorable matchup this week.  
 
Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens (at Packers)
This is less about how good the Ravens are and more about how bad the Packers are.  House, Clinton-Dix, and the Packer secondary will have their hands full with Maclin, Wallace, and the Ravens receiving options who are just good enough to help Flacco out with some nice catches and decent numbers.  
 
SIT
 
Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys (v. Eagles)
Zeke's absence was a small problem for the Cowboys.  Tyron Smith's absence is the story that should make major headlines.  Backup left tackle Chaz Green allowed 6, yes SIX sacks to Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn.  Cowboys coaching is also to blame for leaving Green on an island and not giving him any help.  This week, the Cowboys face a formidable Philly front and Dak Prescott could take another beating.  It might be wise to leave Prescott on the bench this week.
 
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals (v. Broncos)
Dalton hasn't had the best history with turnovers, and could struggle against the Broncos' no-fly zone this week.  Sure, Denver has struggled to move the ball on offense, but they're still stout on defense.  He's only a must start if there's no other option.  
 
Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks (v. Falcons)
Former Seahawks Defensive Coordinator Dan Quinn returns to Seattle to lead the Falcons defense against a schoolyard-style Seattle offense.  Adrian Clayborn had 6 of the Falcons' 8 sacks.  Wilson could be running for his life, again, with one of the worst offensive lines in the league protecting him.  Seattle will need to use maximum protection schemes if they have any hope of throwing the ball.
 
DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS
 
START
 
Baltimore Ravens (at Packers)
Don't be fooled by the Packers' offensive output.  The Packers weren't that good but the Bears defense was that bad.  The Ravens should be able to get after the ball and their defensive backfield should have plenty of chances to pick off the ball against the inexperienced Brett Hundley.
 
Kansas City Chiefs (at Giants)
The Giants looked like they flat out quit last week.  The team fell apart and handed a winless team going into the contest their first victory.  Sure, the Chiefs' defense has struggled, but they should be a solid streaming option this week against an imploding Giants team.
 
SIT
 
Los Angeles Rams (at Vikings)
Sure, the Rams have shut down opposing air attacks in the last 5 games, but they haven't faced a dynamic passing game in 5 weeks.  The Texans, Rams, Cardinals, and Giants all speak for themselves, and Russell Wilson ran for his life (as usual) against the Rams' pass rush.  The Vikings did successfully pick apart the secondaries of the Ravens and Redskins.  The upside for the Rams' defense here is Keenum's bad habit of turning the ball over.  If the Rams can pressure the Vikings' QB into some mistakes, they have a chance.  Unfortunately, that's a risky dice roll with  dynamic wideouts Diggs and Thielen on the field. 
 
Buffalo Bills (at los Angeles Chargers)
The Bills allowed 2 100-yard rushers and 6, yes SIX rushing touchdowns to 4 different rushers.  If Rivers starts, the Bills will need to cover the Chargers' dynamic passing offense, and then deal with Melvin Gordon and the Chargers' new emerging threat Austin Ekeler.  The Bills could have their hands full this week.

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