Fantasy Football 2020: Who To Start – And Who To Sit – In Week 11
As we head into Week 11 in the NFL we feature players you might have picked up on the waiver wire this week, a few that you might have been starting recently that you should probably sit this week, and plenty of streaming options. Here are the players you should and start and sit in Week 11.
Cam Newton at Houston Texans
Not seeing Cam being able to chuck it downfield hasn’t hurt him in fantasy as he has at least 16 points in six of eight starts this season. His ability to run, especially at the goal line, makes him a viable start against a Texans defense than can’t stop it.
Jameis Winston vs. Atlanta Falcons
Technically Sean Payton has not named a starter this week, there could be some Taysom Hill sightings because when hasn’t there been, but I think Winston will get the majority of snaps under center. He’ll face a familiar foe in Atlanta who he has a career 109.1 Quarterback Rating against in nine career starts. Winston is a viable streamer this week.
Other Quarterbacks To Start: Lamar Jackson, Matt Ryan, Matthew Stafford, Kirk Cousins, Derek Carr
Alex Smith vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Smith’s story is nothing short of incredible, I predict a real feel-good movie coming out of this starring Ryan Renolds. He played well in his first start by throwing for a career-high 390 yards. He didn’t have a touchdown last week, but I think he’ll find the end zone this week against Cincinnati which has allowed 10 passing touchdowns in its last four games and are struggling so much that it tried wide receiver John Ross at cornerback.
Drew Lock vs. Miami Dolphins
The Lock got picked a lot last week, as in four interceptions, on what should be have been a good matchup. This week he faces a Miami defense that is proving to be one of the best in the NFL as it has a takeaway in every game this season.
Joe Burrow at Washington Football Team
We’ve seen Burrow do some amazing things this season, he has the talent and there’s even more talent around him, but as rookies do, he going to make mistakes. He’s been basically a matchup based play all season as his two-worse games have come against Pittsburgh (second-fewest points allowed to quarterbacks) and Baltimore (10th-fewest). Right behind Baltimore is Washington, I think this is a week to find another option.
Other Quarterbacks To Sit: Ryan Tannehill, Tom Brady, Carson Wentz, Joe Burrow
Jared Goff at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Monday)
Goff is like that guy who comes to a party and just brings ice and ends up drinking all of your beers. He’s just a very infuriating person to start in your fantasy. He had 302 passing yards, but with zero touchdowns he did not live up to expectations in what should have been a great matchup last week. The Rams rely on the run, Goff’s passing yards come from big chunks, and when they get in the red zone, they will use one of their running backs to get the six. With a tough matchup against Tampa Bay, you can’t trust him.
Mike Davis vs. Carolina Panthers
Davis will continue as the starter in Carolina with no Christian McCaffery. Davis has struggled recently with under 10 points in three starts and four weeks total. This is a great opportunity for him to get back on track against Detroit, which has allowed the third-most rushing yards, the second-most receiving yards to running backs, and the most total touchdowns to running backs. Davis’ ability as both a runner and pass-catcher could lead to a big game.
Nyheim Hines vs Green Bay Packers
It has been very tough to predict this Colts backfield, but it looks Hines is solidifying his role as the pass-catching running back. The Packer are allowing the most receiving yards to running backs and the most receiving touchdowns in the league.
Other Running Backs To Start: Kalen Ballage, Salvon Ahmed, D’Andre Swift, Antonio Gibson, Lamical Perine
Damien Harris at Houston Texans
Do the Patriots actually have a lead running back? Maybe it was the was the filming of those Subway commercials in the fresh Branford, CT air that changed his whole philosophy on running backs. Last week Harris had his third 100+ rushing yard performance and his first with over 20 carries. He faces the Texans who are allowing a league-high 5.2 rushing yards-per-carry and 167.4 rushing yards-per-game.
Todd Gurley at New Orleans Saints
Fun fact time! Todd Gurley has more rushing touchdowns than Derrick Henry, Josh Jacobs, Alvin Kamara, in fact, he has the third-most in the entire league, unfortunately, his 64.9 rushing yards-per-game ranks him 15th among running backs. I’ve said to start him previously even with the touchdown dependency, this week I won’t against New Orleans which has allowed just three rushing touchdowns this year.
J.K. Dobbins vs. Tennessee Titans
With the return of Mark Ingram, it was Dobbins whose value was hurt as he had 30 touches in the two games Ingram missed and just six last week. The matchup is good, but this reduction in snaps makes it tough to trust him.
Other Running Backs To Sit: Melvin Gordon, Malcolm Brown, DeeJay Dallas, James White,
Leonard Fournette vs. Los Angeles Rams (Monday)
I can see Bruce Arians laughing at us every time we try to predict who will be the feature running back for Tampa Bay. Realistically I don’t like either Ronald Jones or Fournette this week because of the matchup, but I’d start RoJo as a no better option flex play if he can match the touches from last week.
Jakobi Meyers at Houston Texans
Meyers has come on strong as of late by averaging 10.3 targets in his last three games with double-digit fantasy points in each. He has a great opportunity this week against Houston with the Texans allowing the seventh-most points to receivers. A great option, especially in PPR.
Christian Kirk at Seattle Seahawks (Thursday)
Earlier in the season, it looked like Kirk was going to be faded out by Deandre Hopkins like Brian Dunkleman was on ‘American Idol.’ Over the last few weeks, he’s come on strong with over 20 PPR fantasy points and five touchdowns in the last four games. One of those games was against Seattle where he scored twice.
Other Wide Receivers To Start: Jamison Crowder, Mike Williams, Tee Higgins, Jalen Reagor, Chase Claypool
CeeDee Lamb vs. Minnesota Vikings
The Cowboys are struggling since the loss of Dak Prescott. They’ve had an extra week for this game and Andy Dalton’s return is an astronomical upgrade. This is a very bad Vikings defense who have allowed the most touchdowns to wide receivers this year. With bad defenses on both sides, look for a lot of scoring, giving Lamb a great opportunity to see targets.
Corey Davis at Baltimore Ravens
Davis has still been able to have a role even with the return of A.J. Brown. The Titans are in the middle of a tough stretch against some good defenses. It’s another bad matchup against the Ravens who have allowed the fewest touchdowns to wide receivers this year.
Mike Evans vs. Los Angeles Rams (Monday)
I’m tempering expectations for all Bucs receivers this week, but I’m especially down on Evans because he should see the most of Jalen Ramsey. This secondary shut down Russell Wilson and that talented receiving core last week and are allowing the fewest yards and touchdowns to wide receivers this year.
Other Wide Receivers To Sit: Jarvis Landry, A.J. Green, Jerry Jeudy, Robert Woods, Travis Fulgham
Marquez-Valdes Scantling at Indianapolis Colts
Remember growing up watching Wile E. Coyote chase the roadrunner? Did he ever catch him? He did not. Honestly, have you started MVS in either of the last two games he’s gone off? Now you probably want to chase the points and start him, but just like Mr. Coyote, no Acme product will help you catch those points. This is a tough matchup and the return of Allen Lazard will fade Marquez.
Logan Thomas vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Thomas seems to be finally emerging in Washington as now as double-digit performance in three of his last four. He has a great chance to match that as he faces the Bengals who have allowed the second-most points to tight ends this year.
T.J. Hockenson at Carolina Panthers
Travis Kelce is the clear cut number one tight end, but if we had to, we would give Hockenson the number one in a parallel universe where Kelce is only good at being on reality dating shows. Hockenson is facing Carolina who has allowed a touchdown or 100+ receiving yards to a tight end in six of their last seven games.
Other Tight Ends To Start: Jared Cook, Hayden Hurst, Austin Hooper, Eric Ebron, Dallas Goedert
Dallas Goedert at Cleveland Browns
Goedert had a disappointing return last week against the Giants, but he did have six targets and ran more routes than Richard Rodgers, that’s good enough optimism in a season where – tell me if you’ve heard this one before – picking tight ends are tough. Carson Wentz targets his tight ends more than anyone and he faces the Browns who have allowed double-digit fantasy points to tight ends in six of nine games this season.
Robert Tonyan at Indianapolis Colts
I would give up everything else on my Christmas list this year, well maybe not my electric beard straightener, but mostly everything just to have consistency at the tight end position. Tonyan has been hard to trust in recent weeks and with the Colts allowing the fewest points to the position, including zero touchdowns, and the return of Allen Lazard, it’s tough to trust him.
Trey Burton vs. Green Bay Packers
Trey Burton was such a thing a few weeks ago when we’re getting ready to put Halloween decorations, it took less time for our pumpkins to rot than his fantasy value. The Packers have been very good against tight ends this year, allowing just 4.8 points-per-game to the position.
Other Tight Ends To Sit: Mike Gesicki, Tyler Higbee, Tyler Eifert, Darren Fells
Noah Fant at Miami Dolphins
I feel like we’ve given Fant a pass because of his talent, but we have to acknowledge that he’s not been very good this season. He hasn’t seen the end zone since Week 2, and since Week 3 he hasn’t reached 50 receiving yards and ranks TE18. He gets a tough matchup against Miami who is allowing the fourth-fewest receiving yards to tight ends and have allowed anyone to get 45 receiving yards this season.