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Fantasy Football Week 11: Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em

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Week 10 in fantasy football was a week full of surprises and disappointments. Week 10 showed that in any given week a player will outperform their expectation and others will underperform their expectation. Week 10 was another wild week in fantasy football that caused many owners to say “Come on Man.”

Surprise Performances from week 10: Jeremy Langford (Bears) 29 points, Kirk Cousins (Redskins) 28 points, Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers) 27 points, Jay Cutler (Bears) 24 points, Matt Jones (Redskins) 24 points and Brent Celek (Eagles) 13 points according to standard ESPN scoring.

Week 11 is the last week that fantasy football owners will have to deal with the bye weeks. However, it is the last tough week worrying about finding replacements for your starters. It has been a wild season so far in fantasy football and it should continue. Expect to have players who will have huge games while others will leave you heartbroken.

Teams on bye for week 11: Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers.

Quarterback

Start Matt Ryan, Falcons:  Ryan is coming off a bye week last week. This week he goes up against the Colts. He has been a very consistent player averaging about 15 points a game according to standard ESPN scoring. The Colts defense ranks in the bottom for giving up points to quarterbacks in fantasy football. Ryan has one of the best wide receivers in the league, Julio Jones, which both should have a huge day against the Colts’. Also, the Falcons have a good running game going that could open more holes in the secondary which could lead to a big day for him.

Start Russell Wilson, Seahawks:  Wilson is coming off a nice showing last Sunday Night against the Cardinals. Wilson put up a solid 16 points according to standard ESPN scoring. This week he goes up against the 49ers’ defense that has struggled this season. Wilson is a dual threat quarterback that makes him a dangerous man. Last week he rushed over 50 yards and he is a great player when the Seahawks play on their home turf. Wilson should have a nice day as the 49ers’ defense is not as tough as the Cardinals defense which he faced last week.

Sleeper: Start Tyrod Taylor, Bills: Taylor is coming off an 11 point performance last week against the Jets on Thursday Night Football according to standard ESPN scoring. This week he goes up against the Patriots who have allowed quarterbacks to have good games. This is the second meeting between these two teams and the first matchup Taylor scored over 20 points and threw for three touchdowns. Taylor has the chance to put up another huge game as they will have to keep pace with the high scoring Patriots.

Sit Andy Dalton, Bengals: Dalton is coming off his worst game of the season against the Texans on Monday Night Football. He only scored eight points according to standard ESPN scoring. This week he faces a tough Cardinals defense at Arizona. The Cardinals defense ranks in the top ten for the least points given up to a quarterback this year in fantasy football. Dalton has the weapons to bounce back this week but it will difficult. If you are starting Dalton this week, you should lower your expectation of him.

Sit Matt Hasselbeck, Colts: Hasselbeck is going to be starting for the Colts this week since Andrew Luck is hurt. In the two games that Hasselbeck has started, he has averaged 15 points a game and no turnovers. This week though he faces the Falcons, who rank in the top five for the least points given up to quarterbacks this year. Hasselbeck will be playing in a tough atmosphere in Atlanta which could cause problems for the long time quarterback.

Running Back

Start Charcandrick West, Chiefs:  West is coming off his best game of his career last week where he scored two touchdowns. One touchdown was on the ground and the other was through the air. West has been playing very well over the past couple of weeks and has a matchup against the Chargers this week. The Chargers have been terrible against the run this year giving up the most points to running backs this year. West is heavily involved in the Chiefs game plan and expect another nice performance from West this week.

Start Jeremy Langford, Bears: Langford is coming off a 29-point game last week against the tough Rams defense. This week he faces another tough matchup against the Broncos but Langford is turning into a must start. In his first two starts since his teammate Matt Forte went down with an injury, Langford has scored more than 20 points in both games. Langford is getting most of the carries and has been used heavily in the passing game, too. Langford should keep up his hot start.

Sleeper: Start Darren McFadden, Cowboys: McFadden is coming off a disappointing game last week where he only scored five points according to standard ESPN scoring. McFadden had a great matchup but didn’t produce the points like people thought. This week though, he has a chance at redemption as he faces the Dolphins who have given the second most points to running backs this season. McFadden has one of the best offensive lines in NFL blocking for him and he should be able to bounce back this week.

Sit Melvin Gordon, Chargers: Gordon is coming off a bye last week. This week he faces the Chiefs defense that has been very good at stopping the run all year. Gordon has yet to score a touchdown this season and his teammate, Danny Woodhead, has been playing better and getting more carries than Gordon. Gordon has been disappointing all season and it should continue to be a disappointment this week.

Sit Matt Jones, Redskins: Jones is coming off a tremendous game last week against the Saints where he scored 24 points. This week he faces the Panthers defense that is very tough against the run. Jones had a favorable matchup last week and he didn’t disappoint. But this week is a different story. It is a crowded backfield in Washington and Jones is hard to trust because he is splitting time with two other players.

Wide Receiver

Start Michael Crabtree, Raiders: Crabtree is coming off his worst game since the Raiders’ bye where he only scored five points in standard ESPN scoring. This week he faces the Lions and he should be able to rebound and put up a nice game. He gets a lot of looks from his quarterback Derek Carr. The Lions have given some wide receivers big games this season and look for Crabtree to do the same this week.

Start Tavon Austin, Rams:  Austin is coming off a terrible performance last week by only scoring one point in standard ESPN scoring. This week he faces a Ravens’ defense that has given the most points to wide receivers this season. Austin is a threat every time he touches the ball to score a touchdown. Austin does a lot of things for the Rams and he is more than a wide receiver. He runs the ball and returns kicks. Austin could be a big factor on Sunday against the Ravens.

Sleeper: Start Danny Amendola, Patriots: Amendola is coming off a decent game last week where he 10 catches and over 70 yards receiving according to ESPN. Amendola’s teammate Julian Edelman was injured last week and will be out for the season. Amendola will replace him in his spot on the field and hopes to produce the same production as Edelman did. If Amendola can stay healthy, he should be able put together a good game.

Sit Davante Adams, Packers:  Adams is coming off two strong games in a row now since returning from his injury. This week he faces the Vikings defense that has been tough on wide receivers all year giving up the ninth least points this season. Adams also hasn’t scored a touchdown this season. The Packers offensive has been struggling as a whole, so it could make things tougher yet for Adams. Adams is a flex play at most this week.

Sit Demaryius Thomas, Broncos: Thomas has been doing his best this season as he has had terrible quarterbacks play all year, that hurts the talented receiver. It gets worse this week for Thomas as his starting quarterback Peyton Manning will be out and Brock Osweiler will get the start. It is going to be tough to trust Thomas to have a good game. Thomas is a flex play this week.

Tight End

Start Travis Kelce, Chiefs:  Kelce is coming off a quiet game last week where he only scored three points according to standard ESPN scoring. This week he faces the Chargers who have allowed tight ends quite a bit of points this season. Kelce is a big and talented tight end that Alex Smith looks for. Kelce should bounce back this week and put up a decent game.

Start Jordan Reed, Redskins:  Reed is coming off a two touchdown performance last week against the Saints. Reed looks to continue his great play against the Panthers this week. He has become Kirk Cousins’ favorite wide receiver and has thrown his way quite a bit. Read could be instore for a big day if he continues to get the looks from Cousins and stay healthy.

Sleeper: Start Antonio Gates, Chargers: Gates is coming off a bye week last week. This week he faces the Chiefs defense that has given up the second fewest points to tight ends this season. It is going to be a tough matchup for Gates, but he has a chance to put up a good game. The Chargers have lost to big wide receivers over the last three weeks. Also Gates has the trust of Philip Rivers and the two of them have a lot of success together. Gates is an excellent sleeper this week.

Sit Jason Witten, Cowboys: Witten is coming off another game where he did very little. Witten hasn’t scored a touchdown since week one and has missed his starting quarterback Tony Romo since week 2. Witten is just not having the big games with Matt Cassel as the quarterback which hurts his value. He  is just averaging three points per game this season according to standard ESPN scoring.  

Sit Brent Celek, Eagles:  Celek is coming off his best game of the season where he had over 100 yards receiving. It was his best game since week 5. He faces the Buccaneers this week but should not be trusted. Celek gets very little playing time every week and has only a couple of targets a game. Last week for Celek was a fluke and probably won’t happen again. Also Eagles quarterback, Sam Bradford may be out with an injury.

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