Fantasy Football 2019: Who To Start – And Who To Sit – In Week 11

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Welcome to Week 11. As we get closer to the fantasy playoffs, you may be sighing relief if your dominate team clinched a playoff spot, but maybe you’re still battling to get one.

It does not help some of the top fantasy players were injured last week and you had to scramble to the waiver wire.

I’ve got you covered on whether you should play some of those replacements, and just like last week, I’ve included fantasy stars I think will be a bust this week.

Here are my starts and sits for Week 11.

Quarterback Starts Of The Week

Derek Carr vs. Cinncinati Bengals

Don’t look now, but the Raiders are tied for first in the loss column of the AFC West. Derek Carr has played well since coming off the bye, scoring at least 16 fantasy points in three of his last four games.

He gets the Cincinnati Bengals this week who are becoming the joke of the NFL. The defense is last in yards gained per attempt, yards gained per-completion, while giving up 23 fantasy points-per-game to quarterbacks this year. Carr is set up for QB1 status this week.

Sam Darnold at Washington Redskins

I called Darnold as my sleeper last week, and he came through with 20+ fantasy points and ranked in the top 10. He gets a beneficial matchup this week; the Redskins are allowing the highest completion percentage and over 17 fantasy points-per-game.

Other Quarterbacks To Start:

Josh Allen, Dak Prescott, Derek Carr, Jameis Winston, Nick Foles

Quarterback Sleeper Of The Week

Kyle Allen vs. Atlanta Falcons

Although the Panthers lost, Allen’s performance on the road in Lambeau gave me confidence he can be a relevant fantasy quarterback.

He has talented receivers and one of the top overall running backs in the league. The Falcons’ defensive performance last week was a one-off.

Quarterback Sits Of The Week

Jared Goff vs. Chicago Bears

I featured Goff as my bust last week; he proceeded to finish as QB24 just in front of Saints “quarterback” Taysom Hill, Ravens’ backup Robert Griffin, and his own backup Blake Bortles.

He gets another tough matchup in Chicago who hasn’t allowed one 300-yard passer since Week 3 and only one quarterback to throw for multiple touchdowns in their last six games.

Carson Wentz vs. New England Patriots

Wentz had a brutal three-game stretch before his bye; he ranked as QB23 and averaged 12.4 fantasy points. Unfortunately, I don’t think he’ll even match that against a Patriots defense allowing 7.4 fantasy points to quarterbacks.

There’s a silver lining as his schedule gets much better in the upcoming weeks. If your quarterback hasn’t had a bye, is injured or inefficient, I’d grab Wentz off of the waiver wire if available.

Other Quarterbacks To Sit:

Kirk Cousins, Kyler Murray, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Mitch Trubisky, Philip Rivers

Quarterback Bust Of The Week

Baker Mayfield vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (Thursday)

Mayfield had a nice redemption game last week against the Bills by throwing for two touchdowns and finishing as QB13.

I don’t think he’ll carry that into this week. The Pittsburgh defense has made immense strides since acquiring Minkah Fitzpatrick; they rank second in sacks, first in QB pressure, and have 16 takeaways in their last seven games.

Mayfield relied on slot receiver Jarvis Landry in their win last week, Pittsburgh held the Rams’ slot receiver Cooper Kupp, who is seventh in reception this year, to zero catches.

Taking him away will be the key to containing Baker.

Wide Receiver Starts Of The Week

Terry McLaurin vs. New York Jets

Terry’s fantasy results are the ones looking scary; he hasn’t gone over six points in three straight games.

A couple of weeks to practice with Dwayne Haskins may help, and he gets a great matchup. The Jets are allowing the second-most fantasy points to wide receivers and helped Giants’ receiver Darrius Slyaton to finish as the WR2 last week.

Marquise Brown vs. Houston Texans 

Brown got back to Hollywood status last week as he saw his first double-digit fantasy game since Week 2.

He gets to go up against the Texans who are allowing an average of 27.7 points to receivers and fifth-most touchdowns. He’ll see the end zone in back-to-back weeks.

Other Wide Receivers To Start:

D.J. Moore, John Brown, Courtland Sutton, Julian Edelman, Tyrell Williams

Wide Receiver Sleeper of The Week

Deebo Samuel vs. Arizona Cardinals

The rookie looked good when Emmanuel Sanders left the game with a rib injury last week; he had a stat line of 8/112/1.

Sanders will be a game-time decision and with Kittle listed as doubtful, could be back-to-back double-digit games.

I also like Kendrick Bourne as a deep sleeper.

Wide Receiver Sits of The Week

Robert Woods vs. Chicago Bears

Woods had the benefit of no Brandon Cooks as he saw the most targets and receptions.

Even with Cooks out again this week, Woods will not have a repeat performance against the Bears who are allowing the third-fewest points to receivers.

I can’t imagine Cooper Kupp having back-to-back games with no catches; Woods won’t see enough opportunities this week.

Christian Kirk at San Fransisco 49ers

Kirk, against a bad Tampa Bay passing defense, was the top wide receiver last week with over 35 fantasy points.

The only way to go from here is down, and that’s where he’s going. He has to face the 49ers who just two weeks ago held him to 16 total yards.

Other Wide Receivers To Sit:

Alshon Jeffery, DeVante Parker, Stefon Diggs, Mike Williams, Allen Robinson

Wide Receiver Bust Of The Week

Kenny Golladay vs. Dallas Cowboys

Golladay’s game was saved thanks to a late fourth-quarter touchdown, and he was second to Marvin Jones in receptions.

Jeff Driskel will likely be the starter again this week. The Cowboys are giving up the second-fewest fantasy points to wideouts this year. It’s tough to trust Golladay without Matthew Stafford or an efficient run game to keep defenders contained.

Running Back Starts Of The Week

Joe Mixon vs. Oakland Raiders

Mixon owner’s prayers have been answered, and it only took three-quarters of the fantasy season.

Mixon saw 33 touches last week and has back-to-back 15+ fantasy point games. His usage will stay high with Ryan Finley as the quarterback.

Devin Singletary at Miami Dolphins

Singletary took a bit of a slide last week, mainly because Josh Allen got greedy and wanted all the rushing touchdowns for himself, but Singletary is still the lead back for the Bills.

He gets a good matchup against Miami, who is allowing 146.3 rushing yards per game along with 23 fantasy points.

Other Running Backs To Start:

Josh Jacobs, Damien Williams, Derrius Guice, Austin Ekeler, J.D. McKissic

Running Back Sleeper of The Week

Brian Hill at Carolina Panthers

It’s reported Devonta Freeman could miss at least two weeks with a foot sprain. Hill played well in his absence with 20 touches for 74 yards.

While Carolina is good against the pass, they are abysmal against the run. They are allowing the fourth-most rushing yards-per-game and almost 25 points to opposing running backs. Hill is a confident play this week in regular and daily fantasy.

Running Back Sits Of The Week

David Johnson at San Francisco

Last week, Johnson was not on the injury report, was a full participant in practice, and had half the rushes of Kenyan Drake. You would have faired better if you had the running back spot empty instead.

Against a better matchup, I’d have him as a flex play, but against a 49ers defense allowing the fourth-fewest fantasy points, add the Drake factor, he’s a sit.

I also don’t see a repeat performance by Drake from two weeks ago.

Sony Michel vs. Philadelphia Eagles

The overall outlook on Michel is grim. His high usage and great results we’re solely based on Rex Burkhead’s absence. With Burkhead’s return two-games ago, he’s faded fast. If you’re still battling for a playoff spot, I wouldn’t risk it.

Other Running Backs To Sit:

Jordan Howard, Carlos Hyde, Kalen Ballage, Phillip Lindsay,

Running Back Bust of The Week

Alvin Kamara at Tampa Bay

It’s crunch time; you may be on the brink of a playoff spot, I’ve told you to sit stars before, and I’ll continue to if it helps you win.

Where his pre-season ADP was, he has completely underperformed. He had five 20+ fantasy point games in 2018 but this year, he has two games over 15.

He runs into a brutal matchup against the Buccaneers who are first in rushing yards-per-game and second in fantasy points-per-game to running backs. His ability to catch the ball could save him PPR, but Tampa is allowing the third-fewest receiving yards to running backs.

Tight End Starts Of The Week

Jared Cook at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

As a whole, the Saints offense looked really bad, but Cook had a good game in terms of fantasy. He had six catches on 10 targets and finished with double digits in PPR.

He gets a great matchup this week against the Bucs who are allowing the second-most receiving yards and fantasy points to the position this year.

Gerald Everett vs. Chicago Bears

I had Everett as a waiver wire pick up a few weeks back, and he’s played really well; he’s been the TE8 since Week 4.

I’m not a fan of playing any Rams wide receivers, but the Bears are susceptible to tight ends, allowing the fifth-most receiving yards to the position.

Other Tight Ends To Start:

Kyle Rudolph, Greg Olsen, Vance McDonald, Jack Doyle, Jason Witten

Tight End Sleeper Of The Week

T.J. Hockenson vs. Dallas Cowboys

Hock had sort of re-coming out party last week. He had three catches, but all were over 10 yards.

The Cowboys are allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to tight ends. The Dallas secondary will be busy with Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones, along with no running game and a rookie quarterback, I see a lot of dump-offs to T.J., I see a top 10 finish for this week.

Tight End Sits Of The Week

Noah Fant at Minnesota Vikings

Fant went into his bye on a high note with 115 receiving yards and a score. With two of the top four tight ends (George Kittle & Austin Hooper) not playing this week, Fant saw his stock rise on the waiver wire.

The Vikings are the only team not to have given up a touchdown to a tight end this season. You may have to play him, but I’d temper expectations.

Darren Fells at Baltimore Ravens

This is another player you may have to start, but you may not like the results.

The Ravens are only allowing 5.7 points to tight ends and have held them to under 30 receiving yards in four consecutive games.

Other Tight Ends To Sit:

Mark Andrews, Ryan Griffin, Mike Gescki, Trey Burton, Ross Dwelley,

Tight End Bust Of The Week

Zach Ertz vs. New England Patriots

This one is tough to write. Ertz is a top guy in a position that has very few top guys, but I don’t expect a productive game from him. The Patriots are only allowing 4.5 points to tight ends, and the following tight ends rankings over the last six weeks: 30, 10, 47, 22, 26.

He’ll be a touchdown-dependent flex play this week and may again be out-performed by Dallas Goedert.

Sports Betting and Fantasy Sports writer for Brobible. Graduate with a Masters in Sports Journalism from Quinnipiac University. Watches an un-healthy amount of pro wrestling and King of The Hill (Surprisingly someone agreed to marry him with that knowledge.)