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Fantasy Football: Week 11 starts, sits

11.15.13 at 9:28 am ET
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Welcome to the Week 11 starts and sits. It’s a tough week with a lot of bad matchups, but I’ve done my best to find some appealing options for this weekend. If you need some more feedback on players not listed here, hit Rotobahn for our full lineup rankings. And don’t forget to check out our weekly podcast, too. I’ll also be back at WEEI on Sunday at 11 a.m. for our regular chat, so send in those questions.

QUARTERBACKS

STARTS

Nick Foles, Eagles vs. Redskins

Is Michael Vick healthy yet? Will it matter when he is? Foles has been outstanding lately, and I’d be very willing to start him this week against a Washington defense that fails to inspire fear in opponents. He’s a QB1 in Rotobahn’s Week 11 rankings.

Case Keenum, Texans vs. Raiders

This kid can play, and there’s very little reason to doubt him in this plus matchup at home. Expect a few big plays and a solid performance that yields numbers worthy of a start in most formats.

Andy Dalton, Bengals vs. Browns

Dalton has played well against Cleveland in the past and he has enough options to work around CB Joe Haden if he’s having a good day against A.J. Green. Dalton should give you solid production that’s good enough to be a QB1 in 12-team leagues.

Carson Palmer, Cardinals at Jaguars

The Jaguars will give him some opportunities, and he’s been solid the last few weeks against stronger opponents. If you need an option this week, Palmer can give you a serviceable start.

SITS

Alex Smith, Chiefs at Broncos

I am not liking him this week from a fantasy perspective. He just doesn’t have the surrounding talent to post big numbers against the Broncos unless he runs for a score or something like that. I’d avoid him in Week 11 for fantasy purposes. He has a better chance to win the game for the Chiefs than he does for you.

Terrelle Pryor, Raiders at Texans

He’s banged up and it’s a tough road matchup, so this is a week to consider sitting him down even though he is likely to suit up and give it a go.

RUNNING BACKS

STARTS

Ben Tate, Texans vs. Raiders

He should be good for RB2 or perhaps even RB1 production this week. The big question is the state of his ribs, but he’s played through the pain so far and has practiced this week. Tate is a solid start this week in all formats.

Andre Brown, Giants vs. Packers

The workload he received in Week 10 has to be a concern after Brown had such a long layoff, but the repercussions of such overuse should not be felt this week. Don’t expect another 30-attempt week, but Brown is still a solid play in a home matchup against the Packers, who are pretty good against the run but will give up plays to backs in the passing game. Brown should give you RB2 production in 12-team leagues.

Chris Ivory, Jets at Bills

Who knows how long his health will last, but, for now, Ivory is a solid option, and his offensive line is getting the job done. He should lead the Jets backfield in snaps and touches this week with Bilal Powell playing in a reserve role.

Andre Ellington, Cardinals at Jaguars

Ellington has looked very good on a per-carry basis, but getting enough carries to be a solid fantasy option has been an issue. Expect about 15 touches in Week 11, and that should be good enough for RB2 production in most leagues.

SITS

Lamar Miller, Dolphins at Chargers

He is running well, but his offensive line is a mess. That makes him an uninspiring option in 10-team leagues, and he’s not all that exciting in 12-team formats, either. Miller has upside because he can make big plays, but he’ll be doing so on his own for the time being. Avoid him if you have other options.

DeAngelo Williams, Panthers vs. Patriots

Like with Miller, Williams did nothing wrong. He’s run hard all year and he’s run pretty well. The problem is that he is now sharing the gig with both Mike Tolbert and Jonathan Stewart. If carries were carbs, these guys would be losing significant weight, but that’s of no value here. Keep Williams benched if you can, especially in smaller formats.

WIDE RECEIVERS

STARTS

Golden Tate, Seahawks vs. Vikings

Percy Harvin is back and probably will play this weekend, but Tate still will be the lead guy this week with Harvin on a snap count. Tate is playing very well right now, and he should be good for WR3 numbers or better in a very solid home matchup.

Riley Cooper, Eagles vs. Redskins

Cooper has been sensational lately. He’s scored from a bunch of different positions on the field — not just on red zone looks — and has looked very comfortable playing with Foles at quarterback. Cooper should be fine in this very solid home matchup.

Rishard Matthews, Dolphins vs. Chargers

Matthews was very active in Week 10, catching 11 balls and scoring twice while being targeted early and often by Ryan Tannehill. If you look at his season so far, you might conclude that it’s just a one-game outburst, but with Matthews now playing in Brandon Gibson’s spot, we expect good production going forward, especially for PPR purposes. He’s a solid option this week in 12-team PPR formats.

Marvin Jones, Bengals vs. Browns

Jones has struggled a bit since his huge breakout game against the Jets in Week 8. I expect that to change against the Browns as Cincinnati looks to other options with lead receiver A.J. Green locked up with stud CB Joe Haden. Jones has a good chance to make a few grabs and to score. He’s a solid option in 12-team leagues if you are in need.

SITS

Denarius Moore, Raiders at Texans

He’s playing good football, but his team is not helping him much and his quarterback is dinged up with a significantly sore knee related to an MCL injury. If you factor that in with the strong cornerbacks on the Texans roster, you have a bad matchup. Moore is more flex option than WR3 this week.

Brian Hartline, Dolphins vs. Chargers

He’s not a very inspiring option in general, and I don’t expect much more than a few grabs for 50-60 yards. If that lights your fire, then start him, but he’s not a WR3 in 12-team leagues this week unless he scores, which is a rarity for Hartline.

TIGHT ENDS

STARTS

Jordan Cameron, Browns at Bengals

He’s a good bet to bounce back this week. He had a solid game against the Bengals earlier this year, and they can’t send extra help with Josh Gordon outside. He’s a TE1 for Week 11.

Brandon Pettigrew, Lions at Steelers

He’s getting consistent targets and can help you in large formats if you need a start at tight end. Pettigrew is playing for a contract so you can expect maximum effort every week, though big games are tough with Calvin Johnson hogging the ball.

Rob Housler, Cardinals at Jaguars

With the exception of a rough Week 8, Housler’s usage is on the rise. The big tight end is coming off his best game of the season, and he has a nice matchup in Jacksonville. Housler can help you in large formats this week.

Jeff Cumberland, Jets at Bills

If you are hurting for an option, I like Cumberland this week. Geno Smith looks for him, and the big tight end should be healthy now after getting a few weeks off. Cumberland has a solid chance to find the end zone, so start him in leagues with 12 or more teams if you need help.

SITS

Heath Miller, Steelers vs. Lions

He’s not moving as well as he did when he first came back. He may be struggling with his surgically repaired knee. I’d look for other options for now.

Charles Clay, Dolphins vs. Chargers

The Chargers are very tough against tight ends, and Clay has been struggling a bit lately. He’s only an option in deep leagues right now with Rishard Matthews emerging from the slot as an option in the short passing game.

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