Fantasy Football: Week 11 starts, sits
|11.16.12 at 9:04 am ET|
Welcome to the Week 11 starts and sits. It’s the year’s final bye week, so things will get easier going forward. Of course, the stakes only get higher, so you can replace all the busywork with playoff-chase stress. At this point, most people’s seasons are well-defined. You are either chasing a playoff spot or you are trying to hold on to one. Here’s my take on some of the tougher lineup choices for Week 11. If you are left wanting further assistance, check out our full lineup rankings at Rotobahn. I’ll be updating it over the weekend. I’ll also be hosting our usual 11 a.m. chat here at WEEI on Sunday morning. Join us if you have any last-minute lineup questions.
Tony Romo, Cowboys vs. Browns
Romo had a few bad fantasy outings early on, but he’s settled in since then and he’s averaging in excess of 20 points per game over the last three weeks. The Browns defense shouldn’t scare anybody, especially on the road. Romo’s receivers are healthy, and Felix Jones is functioning adequately as Demarco Murray‘s replacement at tailback. The Dallas signal-caller should have a solid day for fantasy GMs and has upside to have a big day if things break right.
Josh Freeman, Bucs at Panthers
Overall, Freeman has been too good to sit, and though he was just decent in Week 10, he has a stronger matchup in Week 11 against Carolina. The Panthers have been a nice surprise on defense, but they have struggled some against the pass and we doubt they can shut down Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams. Freeman is a QB1 in 12-team leagues for this week.
Andy Dalton, Bengals at Chiefs
Dalton can start for you this week against a Chiefs team that, while not without defensive talent, can be had on most weeks. Dalton is using his alternative weapons and not relying solely on stud receiver A.J. Green, and that makes him a reasonable starting option in 12-team leagues. He is Rotobahn’s 13th-ranked QB for Week 11.
Joe Flacco, Ravens at Pittsburgh
Flacco is a viable option as a starter in 12-team leagues, but we’d prefer to avoid him in Week 11. The Steelers are always a tough matchup at home and they will be loaded for bear knowing that their offense is limited without starting QB Ben Roethlisberger. Flacco was great last week in a great matchup, but we’d avoid him in this bad one if you have a better option on your roster.
Don’t get cute. The Bears backup is an upgrade over what Chicago has had in the past behind starter Jay Cutler, but you don’t want to use him here. Not against the 49ers on the road. Avoid.
Shonn Greene, Jets at Rams
He is far from sexy, and nobody says ‘Greene’s active, I can’t be beat,’ but the guy is going to get the ball and he has a chance to score. Greene should give you solid RB2 play in a weak Week 11 field that features tough injury and bye losses for the RB pool as a whole. The Jets’ bell cow checks in as Rotobahn’s 14th-ranked back. He’s got a good closing schedule for the run and is a player to trade for in our trading deadline article. Check it out.
Felix Jones, Cowboys vs. Browns
Jones has picked up his game the last few weeks and he should have a nice day for fantasy purposes in Week 11. We expect the Cowboys to build a lead, which should give Jones enough carries to succeed and perform at an RB2 level. He’s Rotobahn’s 17th-ranked tailback this week and is a solid start in all league sizes.
Mark Ingram, Saints at Raiders
He’s been getting the carries since Darren Sproles went down, and coach Joe Vitt seems intent on continuing that even though Sproles is scheduled to return this week. The Raiders are a great matchup, and Ingram is a solid flex option in 12-team formats.
Jonathan Dwyer, Steelers vs. Ravens
Rashard Mendenhall seems likely to play this week, and it’s hard to love any of the Steelers’ backs with Ben Roethlisberger out. If Mendenhall ends up sitting as he has over the last month, then we’d bump Dwyer up to a playable flex in 12-team leagues, but he should be benched as things currently stand.
Donald Brown, Colts at Patriots
We have concerns about his knee, the timeshare he now is a part of and the bad matchup against a tough New England front seven. We’d be looking to sit Brown in 12-team formats unless we had no other decent options. Check out our weekly lineup rankings at Rotobahn to see where Brown stacks up against your other options.
Denarius Moore, Raiders vs. Saints
Moore is rolling now, and you’d be nuts to sit him this week against a very beatable Saints secondary. Moore is Carson Palmer‘s top option, and we expect WR2 production with upside for better in Week 11. Start him with confidence in all league sizes.
Lance Moore, Saints at Raiders
This game is going to feature offense, so get your Saints in your lineup. Moore should get open often against Oakland and he is worth a look in all formats this week. Rotobahn has him ranked as a strong WR3 in 12-team leagues.
Danario Alexander, Chargers at Broncos
It’s not a great matchup, but Alexander is rolling and he should avoid Champ Bailey for the most part as we expect the future Hall of Famer to shadow Malcom Floyd. Alexander is healthy and we expect him to draw another start. He is a worthy flex option in 12-team leagues for Week 11.
Andre Roberts, Cardinals at Falcons
Roberts might be losing snaps to rookie Michael Floyd, and this is not a great matchup. You should be able to find better options at your WR3 slot in most leagues sizes. Roberts has lifted his game in his contract season, but he’s a shaky Week 11 play.
Emmanuel Sanders, Steelers vs. Ravens
He was an intriguing option with Antonio Brown out and Ben Roethlisberger at the helm, but he’s not a player I’d be taking a chance on in 12-team leagues with Byron Leftwich at quarterback. Look elsewhere this week if you can.
Greg Olsen, Panthers vs. Bucs
You need to throw the ball to win against Tampa, and Olsen has been getting plenty of looks from Cam Newton lately (19 targets over the last two games). He makes a very sound play as a TE1 in any league size as he is posting yardage and is active near the goal line, too.
Jermaine Gresham, Bengals at Chiefs
A.J. Green‘s ascension to the elite has opened up plenty of opportunity for his teammates and perhaps nobody benefits more than Gresham, who is beating single coverage consistently. He gives you good weekly production and he’s a developing scoring threat. He can be your TE1 in any format this week.
Dustin Keller, Jets at Rams
Keller has been active since his return and it makes sense when you look at the talent vacuum at the skill positions for the Jets. He is going to continue to get consistent looks, so you can use him as a TE1 in 12-team leagues.
Jermichael Finley, Packers at Lions
This guy has gone MIA and there is nobody to blame but himself. Finley’s prima donna act did not wash in Green Bay and he’s lost Aaron Rodgers‘ eye in the passing game. Essentially, he’s been replaced as the security blanket option by Randall Cobb, and the results are putrid. Finley has seven fantasy points over his last five starts. Yes, there’s an injury involved, but at this point he needs to prove that he is back and involved before we want him in our lineup. Avoid him for now, though we’d keep him rostered in big formats in case he gets himself righted.
Jacob Tamme, Broncos vs. Chargers
He had his best game by far in Week 1. Since then he has not broken the five-point barrier, and that makes him bench material. Things can change, but with less than a handful of weekly targets, there’s no trend to buy into. Leave him benched in all leagues unless you are in a bind.