Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 11


As week 11 rolls around in the NFL, it seems most people’s fantasy teams are either garbage or pretty good. You’ll either make the playoffs or you’re just completely screwed at this point. Regardless, you want to win this week’s matchup (unless you’re the guy who drafted all rookies.)

Here’s some advice to help you win this week over over that annoying co-worker of yours. 

Start ‘Em:

WR Michael Crabtree – Oakland

By now, Crabtree should be starting in every fantasy league this deep into his productive season. Even though he is sharing targets with Oakland’s explosive rookie receiver, Amari Cooper, Derek Carr has not been shy about throwing Crabtree’s way. Crabtree had a difficult time last week against a tough Minnesota secondary as the Raiders were unable to get anything working. This week’s matchup is much more favorable, against a Swiss Cheese defense the Lions currently deploy. Much of Crabtree’s success has come from Carr’s maturity in the passing game, so look for the Raiders to put up plenty of points this week.

Prediction: 8 catches, 100 yards, 1 TD. 

QB Mark Sanchez – Philadelphia 

As the Eagles’ struggles continue this season, Sam Bradford was banged up pretty badly in last week’s game. Thankfully, Mark Sanchez is no stranger to coming off the bench and winning games for the Eagles. Sanchez has proved some worth in fantasy the past few seasons as a backup, and with a tilt with the Buccaneers this week, he should continue the success. The Eagles passing game has struggled of late and Sanchez hopes to provide a much-needed spark for the Eagles.

Prediction: 30 completions, 330 yards, 3 TD’s, 1 INT.

TE Eric Ebron – Detroit 

Every tight end should be slotted to start if they happen to be facing the Raiders this year. Despite the struggles of the Lions and their entire offense, Ebron has been one of the few bright spots. This game could very well end up as a high-scoring affair, and Ebron should see his targets increase against a leaky Oakland defense.

Prediction: 7 catches, 75 yards, 1 TD.

Bonus Starts of the Week: 

  1. RB Charles Sims – Tampa Bay. Prediction: 7 carries, 55 yards, 5 receptions 45 yards, 1 TD.
  2. RB Jeremy Langford – Chicago Prediction: 10 carries, 65 yards, 1 TD, 5 receptions 40 yards. 
  3. WR Kamar Aiken – Baltimore Prediction: 8 receptions, 85 yards, 1 TD.

Sit ‘Em:

QB Ryan Tannehill – Miami

For the most part, Tannehill has had a lackluster season by fantasy football standards. The Dolphins have been run-first this year, giving Lamar Miller tons of touches. Tannehill has a tough matchup this week against the Cowboys, who are going to be revitalized with the return of their quarterback, Tony Romo. Miller should get a massive workload this game, potentially limiting Tannehill’s fantasy value.

Prediction: 20 completions, 230 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT.

RB Doug Martin – Tampa Bay

The last time I told everyone to sit Martin, he had his best game of the season. With a tough matchup against a stingy Eagles defense and continuing to struggle, Martin should be avoided until he is able to string together a couple of solid performances. In the meantime, his job security is at risk if Sims can break out in this game.

Prediction: 10 carries, 30 yards, 1 FUMBLE.

WR Eric Decker – New York Jets

Decker has been phenomenal this year with Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback. Overall, the offense has been rather effective for the Jets, and Decker has been a critical part of that success. Decker has scored in each of his past three games, but has yet to reach the century mark in any game this season. Facing the Houston Texans this week, who are coming off a fantastic defensive performance against Andy Dalton and the Bengals’ offense, Decker will have difficulty finding space to score.

Prediction: 6 receptions, 40 yards, 0 TD’s

Bonus Sits of the Week:

  1. QB Jay Cutler – Chicago. Prediction: 25 completions, 1 TD, 2 INT’s.
  2. WR TY Hilton – Indianapolis. Prediction: 7 receptions, 40 yards, 0 TD’s.
  3. All Denver WR’s Prediction: I can’t see Brock Oswiler coming off the bench and throwing for 300 yards, 4 TD’s. Best to stay away from this group for a while. 

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