Start'Em Sit'Em Week 11
Alright guys! The fantasy playoffs are just around the corner with four games left to the fantasy football season, so it's time to hunker down. If your fantasy football team is still in the hunt, no matter how far out, now is the time to tighten up those lineups so that you can make the final push to the playoffs. It's not going to be any easier but if you're keeping up on the latest news and injury reports, it should help lighten the load a bit. Injuries are still popping up, so you'll also want to account for that as well. Last week, Vikings running back Alexander Mattison and Saints' quarterback Derek Carr went down with injuries, and those moves could impact your lineups.
Week 10 had plenty of high fantasy performances in it. Dak Prescott locked in the top fantasy quarterback spot as he stomped all over the Giants in the Cowboys' 49-17 beatdown. Prescott led all quarterbacks for Week 10 with a 37.8 fantasy point game so if you had him in your lineups, you were cooking with gas. Commanders running back Brian Robinson also locked up the top spot with a 27.7-point game against the Seattle Seahawks. Robinson was catching passes and going yard like it was nothing but that's what you want to get out of your fantasy running backs. These are the kinds of performances fantasy managers are looking for to help them get a spot in their leagues' fantasy playoffs so let's see what matchups can help us get to the goal for Week 11.
Week 11 Start'EM
Jared Goff vs. CHI (38.5% Start)
Jared Goff is coming off one of his best fantasy performances in Week 10. Goff locked in as a top 10 quarterback for Week 10 as he took on the Los Angeles Chargers, winning 41-38. Goff tossed 333 yards and two touchdowns on the Chargers defense for 21 fantasy points and finished as the QB7. Goff gets an easier matchup against the Chicago Bears in Week 11. The Bears allow 19.7 FPPG to opposing quarterbacks, the fourth-most after 11 weeks of football.
Trevor Lawerence vs. TEN (36.2% Start)
The Jacksonville Jaguars decided to take the week off against the San Francisco 49ers as the Niners went to town on the Jags, putting a 34-3 beatdown on the little kitten team last week. Trevor Lawerence was befuddled against the Niners' defense (at one point in one of my leagues, Lawerence had negative points for the game). While Lawerence had one of his worst outings against a tough defense, he'll get the divisional rival Tennessee Titans in Week 11. The Titans look tougher on paper as they are allowing the 14th-fewest passing yards to fantasy quarterbacks. However, that didn't stop Baker Mayfield from finishing as the QB11 with 278 yards and two touchdowns. Lawrence needs a bounce-back game in the worst way after that beatdown.
Brian Robinson vs. NYG (36.9% Start)
The Commanders are using Brian Robinson in the right ways lately, even as a pass catcher. Robinson went off for fantasy managers (as I mentioned earlier), dropping 27.7 fantasy points against the Seattle Seahawks. Robinson made some big catches during Week 10, posting 119 receiving yards on six catches and a touchdown. The Giants and Commanders face off in Week 11 and the Giants are reeling getting smoked by the Cowboys. The Giants are allowing the second-most rushing yards to running backs this season at 111.7 per game and the second-most touchdowns on the ground at 11 heading into Week 11.
De'Von Achane vs. LVR (8.4% Start)
The news of the Miami Dolphins rookie running back having his 21-day window activated to return from the injured reserve was sweet music to fantasy managers' ears this week. Should Achane return (with no restrictions), he'll have a great matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders who are allowing the third-most rushing yards to running backs this season. Achane is a big play waiting to happen and is versatile enough to be used as both a rusher and a pass-catcher even while splitting work with fellow Dolphins running back Raheem Mostert. Despite missing time, Achane still ranks first in FPPG at 25.4. His return against a vulnerable opponent could be what fantasy managers need the most right now.
Amari Cooper vs. PIT (63.1% Start)
Amari Cooper has been putting in work over the last three weeks so you might want to ride the hot hand here and keep Cooper in your lineups. Cooper has had three double-digit games over the last three games and has been a top 5 fantasy wide receiver from Weeks 8-10 averaging 18.5 FPPG. Now Cooper will get the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 11 and a Steelers defense that's allowing 195 yards per game to wide receivers. That puts the Steelers' defense at sixth-most in the league. Cooper should see a good amount of targets in this game as he's averaging eight targets per game.
Christian Kirk vs. TEN (50% Start)
Christian Kirk has been the most consistent Jags wide receiver this season. Leading all Jags wide receivers in targets heading into Week 11 at 7.9/g speaks to how Trevor Lawerence trusts the speedy receiver. Kirk saw 11 targets against the 49ers in Week 10 and should continue to see a large target share in the Jaguars offense. Kirk will look to continue his winning ways against the Tennessee Titans. The Titans are giving up 23.7 fantasy points per game to wide receivers (eighth-most).
Trey McBride vs. HOU (33% Start)
Kyler Murray's return was certainly a good thing for a few of the Cardinals' skill players, one of them being Trey McBride. McBride saw nine targets (eight receptions) for 131 yards. Murray's trust in McBride is reassuring but Murray has relied on his top tight end option when on the field. The Texans are giving up the fifth-most fantasy points to the tight end position at just over 14 FPPG.
Baker Mayfield vs. SF (35.5% Start)
Mayfield had a solid game last week against the Titans throwing for 278 yards and two touchdowns. But this week he gets one of the toughest defenses in the league in the San Francisco 49ers. The Niners utterly trashed Trevor Lawerence, holding him to just 185 passing yards. The 49ers are out looking for blood after dropping three straight games before their bye and are looking to reassert themselves as one of the main forces of the NFC. Baker Mayfield should be on your benches this week if you have him.
Najee Harris vs. CLE (60% Start)
I have to give props as Najee Harris has been quietly doing his thing over the last few weeks. From Weeks 7-10, Harris has had four double-digit games and three over 15+ fantasy points. Over those four weeks, Harris ranked as the RB9 averaging 15.1 FPPG. However, in Week 11 Harris gets the division rival Cleveland Browns, whose defense has been pretty solid against running backs so far this season. Ravens running back Gus Edwards struggled against the Browns' defense last week rushing for just 24 yards (2.2 y/a) on 11 carries. You might want to avoid Harris this week.
Adam Thielen vs. DAL (78% Start)
Adam Thielen has been seeing some of the biggest target shares out of the wide receiver position this season. Thielen is averaging 9.6 targets per game and 17.8 FPPG this season. But the buck could stop here in Week 11 against a tough Cowboys defense that's managed to slow down receivers over the last few weeks. Dallas is allowing the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers at just over 25 FPPG. In a Panthers' offense that is having trouble generating receiving touchdowns and up against a tough defense allowing the fewest receptions to wide receivers (76), try to find a better matchup in Week 11.
Chigoziem Okonkwo vs. JAX (8.2% Start)
We all likely thought that the Titans offense was turning a page with Will Levis under center after his four-touchdown game a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately, over the last two games, the production hasn't been there. Now that lack of production is impacting the skill players for the Titans. Okonkwo hasn't cracked double-digit fantasy points at all this season and his target share has been all over the place. Now facing off against the Jaguars defense that has given up just three touchdowns to tight ends this season, Okonkwo is just too risky to play in Week 11.
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