Who To Start And Sit In Week 11 Of The 2017 Fantasy Football Season
Last week was really ugly. Guys that were in great spots absolutely fell on their faces and it led to some disappointing scores in both season long and daily. There are only 17 weeks in fantasy football (and usually only 16 for season long) so wasting a week like that is a real shame. This week could be even worse given some of the weather forecasts out there. Just know that the most important thing to look for in the weather forecasts is wind. It’s extremely hard to throw in 20+ mph wins. You can score in snow and in rain, but wind is the great equalizer. Just remember that when looking at the weather on Sunday.
Below is a list of guys I’m focused on for one reason or another for week 11 of the 2017 Fantasy Football season. They’re especially important in daily fantasy sports (DFS). I never highlight your stars because you’re obviously starting them unless I tell you otherwise. If you’re curious about guys you don’t see listed here or have specific lineup questions, you can always find me on Twitter (@MrT_BroBible) to ask questions, but remember to mention league specifics like PPR. You can always ask about trades as well.
You Know Who You Should Start?
Jay Cutler (QB – Miami)
It’s always a roller coaster ride when you insert Cutler in your lineup, but that’s what makes it fun…right? Cutler has been reasonably productive since coming back from injury and now all his receivers are healthy as well.
Jay Ajayi (RB – Philadelphia)
As expected, the Eagles came out and said Ajayi has surpassed LeGarrette Blount as the main RB in the Eagles offense. It’s perfect timing too as Ajayi as the Eagles head up against the 26thranked run defense according to Football Outsiders DVOA. The Eagles are also favored against the Cowboys this weekend, so look for Ajayi to see the ball early and often.
Dion Lewis (RB – New England)
Mike Gillislee was inactive last week, which is not what we would’ve expected after Week 1. Instead it looks like Lewis is the main goal line and short yardage rusher for the Patriots to go along with his regular 10 or so touches he’d have in every game. The Raiders have been dominated by running backs this year, giving up the 4th most fantasy points to the position and ranking 24th in rush defense DVOA. In a game where the Patriots should find the end zone numerous times, Lewis is a guy to get involved.
Jeremy Maclin (WR – Baltimore)
The Packers pass defense is #notgood. But seriously, Morgan Burnett is the only player who grades out above average according to PFF and he’s not practicing this week. The rest of the guys are bums and Maclin will see plenty of looks out of the slot per usual, which is where the Packers weakest cornerback lines up.
Jamison Crowder (WR – Washington)
Crowder is back to full health and he’s been productive in his last two games in putting up 199 yards. Washington is going to need to put up points this week when going up against one of the best offenses in the league and any advantage they’ll have in the passing game will come across the middle of the field. That’s exactly where Crowder works as he’ll avoid Marcus Lattimore and Ken Crawley to be worthwhile for your team this weekend.
Tyler Kroft (TE – Cincinnati)
Tight ends this year have been a flow-chart situation where you look to see who the bad defenses are against the position and then you play the guys going against those defenses. Kroft is in the spot this week as he takes on a Denver defense allowing the second most points to the position. The Broncos have given up a touchdown to TEs in six of nine games and have given up at least 61 yards to the position in every game since Week 1.
Other guys you should start: Derek Carr (QB – Oakland), Alex Smith (QB – Kansas City), Ben Roethlisberger (QB – Pittsburgh), Eli Manning (QB – N.Y. Giants), Jordan Howard (RB – Chiacgo), Chris Thompson (RB – Washington), Rex Burkhead (RB – New England), Kenyan Drake (RB – Miami), Orleans Darkwa (RB – N.Y. Giants), Duke Johnson (RB – Cleveland), Thomas Rawls (RB – Seattle), Larry Fitzgerald (WR – Arizona), Devante Parker (WR – Miami), Jarvis Landry (WR – Miami), Michael Crabtree (WR – Oakland), JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR – Pittsburgh), Keenan Allen (WR – San Diego), Sterling Shepard (WR – N.Y. Giants), Nelson Agholor (WR – Philadelphia), Cooper Kupp (WR – L.A. Rams), Bruce Ellington (WR – Houston), Ben Watson (TE – Baltimore), Cameron Brate (TE – Tampa Bay), Jason Witten (TE – Dallas), Jermaine Gresham (TE – Arizona)
You Know Who You Should Sit?
Matthew Stafford (QB – Detroit)
You’re probably pretty excited that Stafford is playing the Bears, but why don’t you calm down a little bit big fella. Chicago has had a really good run of defense at home and that impacts quarterbacks as well. They’ve only allowed more than 250 yards to one quarterback at home this year and haven’t given up multiple touchdown passes to any team. There are plenty of streamer options this week that are better than Stafford.
Joe Mixon (RB – Cincinnati)
Denver’s defense has been getting crushed in recent weeks, but it’s been through the air and not the ground. They still have the #1 DVOA run defense. Joe Mixon hasn’t exactly been tearing things up this year with his three yards per carry, so don’t expect big things out of him in this one.
DeMarco Murray (RB – Tennessee)
Murray lit it up with three touchdowns last week, but his yardage was still pedestrian. Expect the yardage totals to remain low against Pittsburgh, who boasts the fourth best run defense DVOA. He always splits carries with Derrick Henry as well, so the scenario is much less than ideal.
Davante Adams (WR – Green Bay)
Adams has been the guy for Brett Hundley in recent weeks, which has owners feeling pretty good about putting him back in their lineup. Unfortunately he takes on Baltimore’s robust pass defense this week, which has limited opposing wide receivers to only five touchdowns in nine games and hasn’t allowed more than 150 yards to any wide receiving group. With not much opportunity for Adams in a low scoring game, he should sit on your bench for another week.
Demaryius Thomas (WR – Denver)
The Bengals have only been abused by one receiving core this year and that was Week 3 against the Packers, otherwise they haven’t allowed more than 161 yards to any receiving core this year, specifically because of their outside duo of Adam Jones and Dre Kirkpatrick. Both Denver wide receivers should be ineffective this week, but since Brock Osweiler targeted Emmanuel Sanders more than Thomas last week, it’s possibly that’s the case again this week which makes the outlook for Thomas even worse.
Delanie Walker (TE – Tennessee)
The Steelers have only given up two touchdowns to the TE position so far this year and TEs are only averaging 40.5 yards receiving against the Steel Curtain. Walker hurt his hand last week and you need your hands…to you know…catch. That makes it even worse.
Other guys you should sit: Marcus Mariota (QB – Tennessee), Jared Goff (QB – St. Louis), Case Keenum (QB – Minnesota), Adrian Peterson (RB – Arizona), Lamar Miller (RB – Houston), C.J. Anderson (RB – Denver), Ameer Abdullah (RB – Detroit), Alfred Morris (RB – Dallas), Alex Collins / Danny Woodhead / Terrence West / Javorius Allen (RBs – Baltimore), A.J. Green (WR – Cincinnati), Jordy Nelson (WR – Green Bay), Robert Woods (WR – L.A. Rams), Kelvin Benjamin (WR – Buffalo), Corey Davis (WR – Tennessee), Josh Doctson (WR – Washington), Sammy Watkins (WR – L.A. Rams), Marvin Jones (WR – Detroit), Charles Clay (TE – Buffalo), Kyle Rudolph (TE – Minnesota)