Only four weeks to go for the fantasy football regular season and with the playoffs looming it is time to finish strong and carry some momentum into the playoffs. This week the Bears, Bills, 49ers, and Giants are on a bye. Once again there are new COVID cases popping up in the NFL on a daily basis so be sure to keep an eye on the latest and be flexible as any news comes out. As a reminder in this fantasy football start/sit article, we will be looking at players on the fringes at QB1, RB2 and WR2 in typical PPR fantasy leagues to help you with any lineup decisions you may face.
Let’s get to it.
Week 11 Fantasy Football Start/Sit
Quarterbacks | Fantasy Football Start/Sit
Start: Cam Newton at Texans
Cam Newton is no stranger to this article, as last week he was listed as a sit in a tough matchup against the Ravens. He put up a 13/17 for 118 yards and a TD passing, then added 21 yards on 11 carries and a TD. This performance placed him at QB12 for the week. That runs his streak of QB1 weeks to three in a row and six out of eight games he has played this season. Now he gets an easier matchup against the Texans D, giving up 19.6 fantasy points per game (fppg) in the climate-controlled NRG Stadium. Cam will be a QB1 this week as well, so get him in your lineup.
Start: Jameis Winston vs. Falcons
If you are in need of a starting QB this week, look no further than Jameis Winston, who gets a home start with a Falcons team that are dead last in the league against opposing QB, giving up 26.8 fppg. Taysom Hill will get some work as well and might even take a few goal line snaps, but this is Winston’s start and he will be auditioning for a potential new contract with a QB-needy team. Winston is an unrepentant gunner who locks onto his favorite receivers. He has also put up huge numbers against Atlanta, averaging 28.3 fppg against them over his career. When the dust settles, Winston will be a QB1 this week.
Sit: Matthew Stafford at Panthers
Matthew Stafford has a torn ligament in his thumb, but it sounds like he will be playing though it this week against the Panthers. No thanks. Through nine games this season, he has only finished as a QB1 three times and he has finished QB20 or worse three times. The Panthers D has been solid against opposing QBs, giving up 19.4 fppg, but they have been terrible against the run, giving up 22.1 fppg to opposing RBs. Stafford may also still be missing Kenny Golladay. This is a week to leave Stafford on your bench.
Sit: Jared Goff at Buccaneers
Last week, in what looked like the perfect matchup for Jared Goff against the Seahawks pass D, he only put up 10.5 fantasy points. While he played well enough in real life, throwing for 302 yards and guiding his team to a 23-16 win against a tough divisional foe, he did not deliver the fantasy goods. This week, he faces the Buccaneers D, which is giving up only 14.8 fppg, good for third in the league. In addition, Goff has only been a QB1 three times this season and has been QB20 or worse four times. You can find a better option than Goff this week.
Check out our Week 11 Fantasy Football Rankings, including scoring settings for PPR and half PPR leagues! Ranking are updated throughout the week.
Running Backs | Fantasy Football Start/Sit
Start: Kalen Ballage vs. Jets
Last week, in a revenge spot against the Miami Dolphins, Kalen Ballage’s former team he put up 15.2 fantasy points on 18 carries for 68 yards and five catches for 34 yards. This week is Round 2 for the revenge tour, and Ballage has a matchup with the Jets D, which is giving up 20.6 fppg to opposing RBs. With 17 touches two weeks ago and 23 last week, Ballage has taken over lead back duties for the Chargers and is getting an enviable workload. He is a RB2 this week against his former team.
Start: Salvon Ahmed at Broncos
It looks like Ballage wasn’t the only one to establish himself as a lead back in the Chargers-Dolphins game, as Salvon Ahmed made the most of his opportunities as well, with 21 carries for 85 yards and a TD, along with one reception for five yards. That type of usage puts Ahmed in the RB2 conversation. This week, in a similar matchup vs. the Broncos D, which gives up 18.1 fppg to opposing RBs, look for Ahmed to continue to lead the Dolphins backfield, even if Matt Breida comes back. Ahmed will be a serviceable RB2 this week.
Sit: Rams RBs at Buccaneers
If you would have told me at the beginning of the year that in Week 11 Kalen Ballage and a guy by the name of Salvon Ahmed would make better plays than any of the Rams RBs, I would have laughed nervously as I looked for the closest exit. That is where we are, though, in this the craziest of seasons. The Buccaneers are giving up only 14.8 fppg to opposing RBs and with the workload being split up three ways with Malcolm Brown, Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson, this is a situation to stay away from this week. Leave them all on your bench.
Sit: Leonard Fournette vs. Rams
Just when it looked like this was turning into Leonard Fournette’s backfield, with 17 and 18 touches, the margin closed to 7-6 in Week 9, then it completely reversed last week, with Ronald Jones getting 24 touches compared to Fournette’s 10. This week brings a tough matchup against the Rams D, giving up 15 fppg to opposing RBs, and the floor for Fournette is too low to trust. You should be able to find a better option.
Wide Receivers| Fantasy Football Start/Sit
Start: Jamison Crowder at Chargers
Week 9 was the first week that Jamison Crowder did not receive double-digit targets, but he was still able to reach double digit PPR points by scoring a TD on one of his Two catches for 26 yards against the Patriots. The additions of Breshad Perriman and Denzel Mims to the lineup possibly contributed, but he was also dealing with a groin injury, which he has now had a bye week to fully recover from. He is still averaging 18 fppg on the season, which makes him WR10 on the year on a per game basis. This week, he will get back on track and put up WR2 numbers.
Start: Christian Kirk at Seahawks
Christian Kirk fantasy owners should be excited, as he gets the best matchup in football for WRs. The Seahawks are giving up 35.5 fppg to the position, which is nearly five points more than the next closest team. When these teams played four weeks ago, Kirk had five catches for 37 yards and two TDs. In addition, Seattle will be without two starting cornerbacks. If you need one more reason, this game has a total of 56.5 and will likely be another shootout. Kirk makes a solid WR2 start this week.
Sit: Jerry Jeudy vs. Dolphins
After a huge game against the Falcons porous secondary a couple of weeks ago, Jerry Jeudy returned had another solid, but unspectacular, performance against the Raiders. While he has been solid this season, with double-digit PPR points in all but two games, he has only shown his ceiling once and finished as a WR1. This week, he has two things working against him. One being that Drew Lock is likely going to miss this week and Brett Rypien will start in his place. The second being that he will likely draw the coverage of Xavien Howard, which is a tough draw. Leave Jeudy on your bench this week.
Sit: Mike Evans vs. Rams
Mike Evans has scored a TD in seven out of ten games this season. In games where he hasn’t, the floor has been very low, including games of one catch for 10 yards, two for 37 yards and four for 64. Now, with Chris Godwin back, Antonio Brown being worked more into the offense and a matchup with Jalen Ramsey on deck, this is looking like a floor week for Evans. The Rams are giving up only 16 fppg to opposing WR, making this an easy choice to bench Evans for a better option.