Fantasy Football: Week 11 Start/Sit
Who Starts, Who Sits
Week 11 of the fantasy football season comes with a lot of decisions ahead of owners with a ton of injuries and bye weeks to impact who you put into your starting lineup. I will stress right now that you don’t want to deal with what happened last week if you play on Yahoo’s site so be sure you are getting your lineup as close to what you want it before Sunday.
There are injuries to Jay Cutler and Ben Roethlisberger that should knock down the values of the other players on their teams but I’m here today to give you three players to start and three to sit after all of those injuries and bye weeks to cause you headaches. As I always said, be sure to check out my rankings for this week’s games and start the higher-ranked player. It is now down the final three weeks of the season for most and every win is important right now as you look to get into the playoffs or solidify your playoff seeding.
Here are my three players to start and three to sit this week. If you have any other questions, feel free to tweet @ASchmidtSports and I will try my best to help you make a decision on who you want to play this week. The time has come to finish this season strong and make a deep run into the playoffs so think it all through and remember it is just a game that we all play for fun.
Andy Schmidt is a prep sports columnist that dabbles in MLB, NFL and fantasy sports coverage. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports
Start: Matt Ryan
Ryan faces a very difficult defense in the Arizona Cardinals but the Arizona defense has been slipping in recent weeks and Ryan is coming off his career-high for passing yards in one game. Ryan also must have a chip on his shoulder after seeing Atlanta’s perfect season go by the wayside last week in New Orleans. I would expect Ryan playing at home to throw for 300-350 yards with 2-3 touchdowns. Get him into your lineup even with the tough matchup and ride Ryan to victory as he also will be a solid start the next two weeks as well against Tampa Bay and New Orleans.
Sit: Joe Flacco
The worst two words to see next to Flacco’s name when you are looking for a starting quarterback are “At Whoever”. Flacco is a completely different player on the road like he is this week at Pittsburgh, who is allowing the fewest amount of points to opposing quarterbacks. I know Flacco was great last week, I had him in two leagues I’m in, but playing Pittsburgh on the road is a different story where Flacco may only throw for 200 yards and a touchdown. I would suggest starting Nick Foles over Flacco this week or even Brandon Weeden for a more solid start.
Start: C.J. Spiller
Spiller is one player who benefitted greatly from injuries with Fred Jackson being out with a concussion, like a lot of other players in the NFL. Spiller has a tough matchup against Miami but has been a monster all season long even in a time share with Jackson and with Spiller getting the bulk of the work this week, you want him in the lineup. Spiller has put up double-digit fantasy numbers the last four weeks and could easily get over 150 total yards against Miami. This is the time to run Spiller out there If you haven’t already and watch the numbers rack up.
Sit: Matt Forte
Forte gets a stout defense in San Francisco on Monday night with the Bears likely not to have Jay Cutler under center. This equals a disaster for his owners in fantasy after Forte got slowed to under 40 yards rushing last week against Houston. The 49ers will be able to stack the line to make sure that Forte doesn’t get going rushing with Jason Campbell under center. Forte is likely looking at around 50-60 yards rushing and likely won’t find his way into the endzone for Chicago. Go see if Marcel Reece is still available or if Felix Jones starts, those are better options.
Start: Steve Smith
Here is a curious case with Smith, who got benched last week so the Panthers could look at other wide receivers on their roster. However, I see Smith getting back on the field and having a huge day against a Tampa Bay team that has given up the most points to fantasy wide receivers this season. Carolina is going to have to throw the ball anyway as they will likely be trailing so I’m thinking Cam Newton will be looking Smith’s way a lot. I believe Smith will finish with 5-6 catches for 80-90 yards and a touchdown, which is plenty good for me.
Sit: Greg Olsen
I know I just spotlighted Steve Smith to start on the same team as Olsen but I don’t see Olsen having the same success as he did last week for Carolina. Olsen did have nine catches for over 100 yards and two touchdowns last week but Tampa Bay is actually pretty good against the tight end and could slow Olsen down a lot in this matchup. I could see Olsen finishing with 2-3 catches and 40-50 yards as the Panthers focus more on their wide receivers. There are options like Dustin Keller or Jermaine Gresham out there that should give you better numbers this week.