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

Week 11 NFL match-ups and how they'll affect your fantasy football team.

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Wow!  I'm starting to surprise myself a little bit now.  My teams went 3-0 again this week and that means the past quarter (month/four games) of the season, my teams have been a perfect 12-0.  That brings my records up to 5-5 (5th out of 12), 8-2 (1st out of 14), and 5-5 (3rd out of 10) for a combined record of 18-12.

It's the time of year where playoff berths are being secured and some teams are mathematically eliminated.  Separation time.  Hopefully I can keep the winning streak going!

For those of you still in it this year, he's some advice for week 11:


Start 'Em

Derek Carr, OAK (@ Detroit Lions) - He's one of the hottest names in fantasy football the past few weeks and with good reason.  The Raider passing attack has taken off with Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree providing solid targets for the young stud Derek Carr.  He has 13 TD passes in his last four games alone.  The Lions let every QB come in and throw all over them, so I see no reason this week should be different.

Philip Rivers, SD (vs Kansas City Chiefs) - The Chargers have had the best passing attack in the NFL for a lot of this year.  Rivers throws a ton and the Chargers are at home.  Opportunity is everything.

Andy Dalton, CIN (@ Arizona Cardinals) - This one might not seem obvious at first considering the caliber of defense AZ has and the fact that the Bengals are on the road.  But I'm on the train saying they're going to bounce back after that performance last week.  Not to mention, the Cardinals score a lot, so the Bengals are going to need to throw to keep up.  It's about time for A.J. Green to have a great game and I think he might surprise Patrick Peterson.

Sit 'Em

Brock Osweiler, DEN (@ Chicago Bears) - Here's an inexperienced guy on the road trying to replace Peyton Manning.  People expecting him to be considerably better than Manning are going to be disappointed.  He's going to need some seasoning.  This is the shiny, new toy affect for people wanting to start this guy.  Redskins fans know all too well, it's not the WRs that make the QB, it's usually the other way around.

Jay Cutler, CHI (vs Denver Broncos) - On the other side of the field, avoid Cutler as well.  He's been excitingly good lately, but people are forgetting how good this Bronco defense is just because they had one bad game.  Plus, it's Jay Cutler.  Have you ever seen him play consistently in your life?

Joe Flacco, BAL (vs St. Louis Rams) - The Rams defense is tough.  Really tough.  Especially against QBs.  And Flacco hasn't exactly been killing it this year, anyway.

Running Backs

Start 'Em

Charcandrick West, KC (@ San Diego Chargers) - He's been very good since Charles went down and San Diego makes bad RBs look good.  They're the best match-up a fantasy RB can have this year.  Should be a big day for West.

Latavius Murray, OAK (@ Detroit Lions) - No defense has allowed more rushing TDs this year than Detroit.  I like the Raider offense to have a big day.

Lamar Miller, MIA (vs Dallas Cowboys) - The new HC in Miami loves him some Lamar Miller as he's been running him until the wheels come off since he took over.  Opportunity is everything.  Oh, and the Cowboys defense sucks, especially against the run.

Sit 'Em

Justin Forsett, BAL (vs St. Louis Rams) - Did I mention that the Rams defense is really tough?  Like allowing 5 rushing TDs all year tough...

Frank Gore, IND (@ Atlanta Falcons) - Call it a hunch.  On the road in a game with no Andrew Luck.  I have a feeling Atlanta may stack the box and take Gore a way...

GB RBs (@ Minnesota Vikings) - Starks...  Lacy...  It doesn't matter.  It's tough sledding for the Packers offense these days and that was before they had to go into this terrifyingly tough defensive match-up in Minnesota.  These teams are trending in opposite directions.  What's wrong with Rodgers?

Wide Receivers

Start 'Em

Mike Evans, TB (@ Philadelphia Eagles) - He's inconsistent (to be expected for a second-year WR, especially with a rookie QB), but he's managed 100+ in two straight and the match-up is very favorable.  WRs do well against the Eagles.  Could be some scoring in this one.

Michael Crabtree, OAK (@ Detroit Lions) - I mean, have you been reading this article so far?  This is the week to start your Raiders.  Hell, you can throw Amari Cooper in here, too.  There will be passing!

Larry Fitzgerald, AZ (vs Cincinnati Bengals) - Palmer and this offense have been too hot.  Fitz is on fire.  Literally.  Is that his uniform or actual flames?  Maybe Father Time has lost for once?

Sit 'Em

Andre Johnson, IND (@ Atlanta Falcons) - I know what he did earlier with Hasselbeck at QB.  It's not going to continue.  He's old.  Hasselbeck's old.  They're on the road.  Just no.

Wes Welker, STL (@ Baltimore Ravens) - Just no.  Look past a name.

Randall Cobb, GB (@ Minnesota Vikings) - Aaron Rodgers and this entire offense have been off lately.  Things don't get any easier in Minnesota.  Cobb is being used in a way that's different for him this year with Jordy Nelson and it doesn't suit him nearly as well as when he can move all around and play in the slot a lot when Nelson is out there.  He's been bad.  Hell, he's usually pretty bad against Minnesota when Nelson is healthy and Rodgers is on point!

Tight Ends

Start 'Em

Antonio Gates, SD (vs Kansas City Chiefs) - He's like the main guy Rivers has left to throw it to.  Plus, Gates routinely kills the Chiefs.  Maybe he's trying to convince fans he's better than Tony Gonzalez?

Jordan Reed, WAS (@ Carolina Panthers) - You can't sit him.  Simple as that.  He's been too good.  Look at the 4 TDs in his last three contests.  While the Panthers defense is great, they're easier than expected on TEs.  Could be how the Redskins offense has to do its work this week... through Reed.

Eric Ebron, DET (vs Oakland Raiders) - Well at least there's one situation where the Lions have something favorable on the Raiders this week.  The Raiders aren't good against TEs.

Sit 'Em

Jimmy Graham, SEA (vs San Francisco 49ers) - What a year for Graham (said in a bad way)...  Go back and look at what he did (or rather didn't do) against the 9ers earlier this year.  He's not the same guy from the Saints.

Crockett Gillmore, BAL (vs St. Louis Rams) - Yeah, the Rams defense is good.  Wait, have I said that already?  They're going to completely shutdown the Ravens.

Charles Clay, BUF (@ New England Patriots) - Super tough match-up in NE and he's been down for a while now.  Watkins gets the bulk of the looks there since he's returned and the Pats almost always do well against TEs.

Please leave any fantasy related questions you might have in the comments section and I'll try to answer as many and as quickly as I can.  It's fun to get everyone's perspectives on this week's matchups floating around down there and I'm always interested to see what kind of decisions different fantasy players have to make.  These are just general ideas for standard leagues, but we can all give and receive advice for unique situations as they come up.