Week 10 is finished. We are slowly approaching the playoffs and I’m beginning to feel the hot seat as I type these words knowing you entrust me with your lineups via recommendations. In addition to this, we still have some players on Bye as we work towards the playoffs.
Last week’s article showed I’m better at playing defensive (sitting) over starting recommendations. Keep in mind that I’m also keeping the common sense starts in mind, so some of these starts are deeper starts where you may be on the fence about starting a particular player. As always, I have no problem admitting when I’m wrong. I’m not shy.
Teams on Bye include the: Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks, and Tennessee Titans. Quite a bit of points being left on the pine! Taking those Byes into consideration plus the matchups, here is Week 11’s edition of start/sit.
Quarterback Starts of the Week
Derek Carr vs CIN – Carr is an excellent streamer against an exploitable Cincy defense.
Philip Rivers vs KC – Rivers has pissed me off the past two weeks. There’s no hiding it. However, KC has a dinged up defensive line (Frank Clark playing through a pinched nerve, Emmanuel Ogbah out for the year, Alex Okafor getting back from injury). Chris Jones may show out, but Rivers should get more time to keep the shootout going against Patrick Mahomes.
Honorable mention for Bye Week: Josh Allen @ MIA; Kyle Allen vs ATL
Quarterback Sits of the Week
Carson Wentz vs NE – Bill hates to lose. It’s obvious. He may hate losing more than enjoying winning. Coming off of a loss and a Bye, Bill has had a long time to tighten the leash and be even more prepared for Wentz and the Eagles.
Kyler Murray @ SF – Murray has been pretty respectable all in all for a rookie starting right away; but to start him this week in fantasy leagues against a smash mouth defense? I don’t believe.
Running Back Starts of the Week
Brian Hill @ CAR – Brian Hill didn’t impress in a workhorse role last week. However, he is a high-end RB3 this week due to that same volume he had last week (20/61/0). Opportunity is king even with those uninspiring numbers.
Ronald Jones vs NO – ROJO has earned his ticket to a workhorse role. I tried acquiring him in two other leagues but couldn’t (wouldn’t) pay the steep asking price. I may be regretting it now, but if Arians keeps feeding ROJO, he can finally settle in as a mid-range RB2 in PPR due to his increased involvement in the passing game.
Honorable mention: J.D. McKissic vs. Dallas (Especially if Stafford sits)
Running Back Sits of the Week
Adrian Peterson vs NYJ – Derrius Guice is returning. With the Redskins on the downside, they may ease Guice in this week and have him carry more of the load next week. However, the Jets run defense is 2nd best in the league. With that in mind plus Guice siphoning carries, Peterson is a no go this week.
Philip Lindsay @ Min – The Vikings kept Zeke Elliott in check. Philip Lindsay relies somewhat on explosive runs to sustain his fantasy value. If you take out his big rushes this season where he was very impactful (in an attempt/yards/YPC), here is Lindsay’s stats:
|Game / Opponent||
|Long Gain Removed (In Yards)|
|Week 4 / Jax||8||25||3.13||28|
|Week 5 / LAC||14||82||5.86||32|
|Week 6 / TEN||14||40||2.86||30|
|Week 9 / Cle||8||52||6.5||40|
Looking at the table, Lindsay still does relatively well against exploitable defenses. With the Vikings ranking 7th best against the run, there are better options.
Wide Receiver Starts of the Week
Deebo Samuel vs ARI – Patrick Peterson is day-to-day (Calf). Even if he does play, Deebo flashed big time last week and is the defacto #1 in Emmanuel Sanders’ absence. With those three things in mind, Deebo’s upside is substantial this week.
DJ Moore/Curtis Samuel vs ATL – Despite a spirited performance against New Orleans last week, Atlanta still stinks at pass defense. This won’t change this week. I like Moore for PPR and Samuel for scoring a TD.
Honorable Mentions: Marquise Brown vs HOU (Shootout game potential); Tyrell Williams vs CIN
Wide Receiver Sits of the Week
Courtland Sutton @ MIN – I may be banking too heavily on the Vikings defense this week. However, Sutton should see plenty of Xavier Rhodes this week since Sutton has been the only bright spot in Denver’s passing game.
Larry Fitzgerald vs SF – Overall, the 2nd GOAT has provided pretty solid floors. However, the Niners defense is the truth. There are better matchups to exploit.
Tight End Start of the Week
Gerald Everett vs CHI – As long as Brandin Cooks remains out, Everett gets a boost. The inconsistency will still be there, but he is viable at a scarce position.
Ross Dwelley vs ARI – Arizona is one of the worst defenses in the NFL at covering the tight end position. We saw that with O.J. Howard finally having a good game last week. I don’t expect George Kittle numbers, but there is good floor potential here to get through the Bye.
Honorable mention – Jared Cook @ TB; Greg Olsen @ CAR
Tight End Sit of the Week
O.J. Howard vs NO – I’m not buying into the hype after one good week. I’d only play him if there aren’t any other options for the Bye.
Defense Starts of the Week
BUF DST @ MIA – Picking on Miami again, as I’ve promised you would happen. This may be a weekly input and I’m not sorry. (Yes, I copied and pasted this from last week. I said I’m not sorry…)
OAK DST vs CIN – Picking on Cincinnati again, as I’ve promised you would happen. This may be a weekly input and I’m not sorry.
NYJ @ WAS – Again, the Jets Run Defense is solid and Washington struggles in passing at the moment as Haskins develops.
Defense Sits of the Week
CAR DST vs ATL – Even without Devonta Freeman, Atlanta’s offense is dominant and high octane. This has the potential to be a shootout.
BAL vs HOU – Similar to above, even against Baltimore’s respectable defense.
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