Start 'Em and Sit 'Em - Week 11 (2017)

By Stephen Kurucz, November 16, 2017
Tyler Kroft Cincinnati Bengals


Alex Smith, QB (Kansas City Chiefs)

Alex Smith has a great matchup this week against the New York Giants who are now a dream matchup for opposing quarterbacks. The G-Men are allowing the most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs in the league and over their last three games, the defense is giving up an average of 26.53 fantasy points to the position.

Latavius Murray, RB (Minnesota Vikings)

With Jerick McKinnon taking a backseat role over the past few games, enter Latavius Murray who has averaged 16 carries a game and scored 2 touchdowns in his last three games. This week, the Vikings play the Rams who are allowing 4.47 yards per carry and the 5th-most fantasy points to opposing running backs with 25.40 per game. With Murray now seeing the field on a more consistent basis, owners should feel good about starting Murray this week in what could evolve as a high-scoring game.

Michael Crabtree, WR (Oakland Raiders)

Every Week the Patriots look to take away their opponent’s best offensive weapon- this week that is more than likely Amari Cooper. Last week the Patriots double-covered Demaryius Thomas which left single-coverage on Emmanuel Sanders who had a good game (19.70 fantasy points scored). This week Crabtree should see similar coverage and the Patriots defense is still not spectacular at stopping opposing wide receivers, allowing the third-most fantasy points (39.20) to the position on a weekly basis.

Tyler Kroft, TE (Cincinnati Bengals)

Tyler Kroft has a fantastic matchup against the Denver Broncos this week - a defense that has not been successful in stopping tight ends. The Broncos are allowing an average of 18.40 fantasy points (2nd-most) to tight ends and have given up 6 total touchdowns. With Denver’s strength being their cornerbacks on the outside, look for Cincinnati to expose their linebackers and target Kroft early and often.

Phil Dawson, K (Arizona Cardinals)

Phil Dawson has an opportunity for double-digit fantasy points this week as the Arizona Cardinals play the Houston Texans, a defense that is giving up on average the most fantasy points per game to kickers (10.10) through the first 10 weeks of the season. If quarterback Tom Savage stalls near the red zone, which is a likely event, Dawson should be presented with the chance for a few field goal attempts.

Cincinnati Bengals, DEF

The Cincinnati Bengals Defense get to face Brock Osweiler and the Denver Broncos who love turning over the ball and play terrible special teams. Last week the Patriots were able to expose them multiple times and were able to score a special teams touchdown on a kick return. While it’s unlikely Cincinnati may repeat, what is likely is Osweiler throwing an interception. In the two games he’s started this season he has thrown 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. The opposing defenses facing him? They’ve scored a total of 23 fantasy points.


Case Keenum, QB (Minnesota Vikings)

Case Keenum is hot off a 300-yard, 4 touchdown game in which he scored 24.10 fantasy points however owners should temper expectations heading into Week 11’s matchup against the Rams. The defense is currently allowing the 4th-least amount of fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks per game (12.3) and in their last 5 games, the most passing yards against them is 241. While Keenum scoring double-digit fantasy points is a sure thing, finishing in the top 5 at the position will not happen again this week.  

Adrian Peterson, RB (Arizona Cardinals)

Adrian Peterson has been very hot and cold this season, and owners have reason to worry when he is facing a defense that can stop the run. Last week he was only able to run for 29 yards on 21 carries against the Seahawks and scored a total of 3.20 fantasy points. This week Peterson squares off against the Texans who are allowing the least amount of fantasy points (17.70) to opposing running backs through 10 weeks. For Peterson to have a chance at providing a reasonable floor this week Arizona will have to be up early on the Texans, otherwise, the pass-catching running backs will be featured, limiting his potential once again.

Corey Coleman, WR (Cleveland Browns)

With Corey Coleman likely to return off IR and play this week, owners should temper all expectations for his first game back since Week 2. The Browns are against the Jaguars this week and top receivers have been shut down so far this season. The Jaguars continue to lead the league when it comes to fantasy points allowed to opposing wide receivers, allowing only 21.20 per game. While Coleman will most likely be a must-start moving forward, this Week is not the time to bring him off the bench.

Ben Watson, TE (Baltimore Ravens)

Ben Watson had a productive game last week and scored 11.10 fantasy points against the Tennessee Titans. This week Watson has a much tougher matchup against the Green Bay Packers who have consistently limited their opponent’s tight end every week. The Packers are only allowing an average of 38.11 receiving yards to the position and no tight end has found the end zone against them yet this season.

Aldrick Rosas, K (New York Giants)

So far this season, the New York Giants’ kicker Aldrick Rosas has missed 5 of 15 field goal attempts. This week the Giants are playing the Chiefs who do not have many field goals kicked against them. Through 10 weeks, there has not been a kicker who has scored double-digit fantasy points against them, and in 5 out of 9 games played they have allowed 5 or fewer points to the position. While the Chiefs are allowing a lot of fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and wide receivers, owners should look elsewhere this week when selecting their kicker.

Buffalo Bills, DEF

The Buffalo Bills Defense was destroyed at home on the ground by the New Orleans Saints and finished with -8.00 fantasy points. This week they travel out west to face the Los Angeles Chargers who are only giving up an average of 5.20 fantasy points to opposing defenses, and they also have a strong running game. If the Chargers are able to run over the Bills like the Jets and Saints were able to over their past two games, this will severely limit their potential for fantasy points as the Bills will not be able to pressure the QB in order to sack him or force turnovers.


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