On the eve of another Fantasy Football Sunday CPGM offers their “wisdom.”
Fantasy Football Start/Sit – Week 11
Start – Tyrod Taylor vs Bengals
I have a sneaky suspicion that the Bills/Bengals game is going to be bit of a shoot-out. Both defenses have talented players at each level but some of those individuals are under-achieving and each unit as a whole is failing to execute. If the respective offensive lines don’t collapse, this game has a legit shot to clear the 47.5 point over/under. Tyrod Taylor certainly isn’t a lock to throw for 300+ yards and multiple TDs. In fact, his single game high in passing yards this season is 297 and he’s only thrown for multiple TDs in 3 of 9 contests. That being said he has rushed for a TD in three straight contests and has done a very good job of protecting the football. He leads all QBs in rushing by a wide margin which bodes well against an undisciplined Bengals defense (allowed 3rd most rushing yards to opposing QBs) playing on a short week. Do I think he will be the top QB in fantasy in Week 11? No. Do I think he has a safe floor and is a quality option if you’re without Phillip Rivers or Matt Ryan? Yes.
Kirk Cousins vs Packers
Andy Dalton vs Bills
Marcus Mariota vs Colts
Sit – Jay Cutler vs Giants
NEVER. START. CUTLER.
Start – Frank Gore vs Titans
As the ageless wonder continues to matriculate his way towards Canton, Gore has done an admirable job taking some of the pressure off of Andrew Luck and his right arm. Gore has been short of spectacular but remarkably consistent this season averaging a little over 4-yards per carry, amassing 7 total TDs (3 receiving), and managing a score in 6 of 9 contests. Despite the coaching staff’s efforts to limit his workload he has proven that he not only is the best backfield option the Colts have but still has three-down chops in the passing game. Over the last three games the Titans have surrendered more than 5-yards per carry and Gore should have semi-fresh legs coming off the bye. He’s as safe an RB2 there is in Week 11.
LeGarrette Blount vs 49ers
Spencer Ware vs Buccaneers
Theo Riddick vs Jaguars
James Starks vs Redskins
Jordan Howard vs Giants
I’ve been thoroughly impressed with the rookie 5th round selection out of Indiana but I’m avoiding him where I can in yearly leagues and DFS this week. The Giants are at home and sport the 5th best rushing defense in the NFL led by NT Damon “Snacks” Harrison. If you haven’t been paying attention the Giants invested heavily in defense in the offseason and it’s really paying dividends. After losing a fumble last week Howard may be on a short leash and with Alshon Jeffery suspended and lame duck QB Jay Cutler under-center there won’t be much of a passing game to threaten the Giants with. Start Howard if you dare.
Start – Julian Edelman vs 49ers
Despite all the success the New England Patriots have enjoyed this season (what’s new?) Julian Edelman has had a disappointing 2016 campaign. His numbers are the lowest they have been across the board since becoming a full-time starter and he only has one TD grab to date. However, his 70 targets are 23 more than the next closest Patriot and he will face off against the 49ers defense that has struggled to defend slot receivers all season long. Rob Gronkowski isn’t expected to travel in this contest nor is WR Chris Hogan expected to be active. This game may not mark the renaissance of Edelman’s 2016 season but he should be good for double digit targets and a score this week.
Tyreek Hill vs Buccaneers
Eddie Royal vs Giants
Eli Rogers vs Browns
Sterling Shepard vs Bears
Stefon Diggs vs Cardinals
I won’t fault you for starting Diggs in Week 11 despite what figures to be his toughest matchup of the season against the Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson but I don’t recommend it. Diggs is without question the preferred receiving target in the Vikings offense but he only has two touchdown receptions this season despite averaging 10 targets a game and 14 targets per in his last three contests. With the Vikings unable to afford Sam Bradford any time in the pocket it’s hard to imagine that Diggs will substantially improve upon last year’s performance against Pat Pete (2/12 on 7 targets).
Start – Martellus Bennett vs 49ers
No Gronk!? No problem! The 49ers will be hosting Tom Brady and the New England Patriots following a loss (this will escalate quickly) and it won’t be pretty. Bennett has been more than a complement to Edelman and Gronk in the Patriots offense this season. He is second on the team in receptions (38), yards (504), and leads the team with 4 touchdown receptions. He will trail only Edelman in targets in the Week 11 matchup with San Fran and is a virtual lock for at least one TD grab with Gronk not expected to travel to the West Coast.
Tyler Eifert vs Bills
Charles Clay vs Bengals
Jesse James vs Browns
Jason Witten vs Ravens
I’ve no doubt that Jason Witten will move the chains on several third downs on Sunday. But I believe that will be the extent of his production. Witten brings absolutely nothing to the table after the catch and has only managed three TD grabs in his last 24 contests. Ravens’ top cornerback Jimmy Smith may miss this contest which could lead to Dez Bryant usurping a few more targets from the likes of Witten and Cole Beasley. If that isn’t enough to convince you to put Witten on the bench consider that the Ravens have only allowed one TD from the tight end position through 10 weeks in 2016.
Defense to stream
New York Giants vs Bears
Don’t look now but the New York Giants’ defense is really starting to gel. The G-Men get an opportunity to continue to fine tune that side of the ball against a feeble, Jay Cutler led offense in Week 11 sans Alshon Jeffery. Whether you’re streaming in yearly leagues or looking for a quality DFS option the New York Giants defense offers high upside returns.