I am a huge supporter of drafting top fantasy quarterbacks every year. I know many other say that it is important to get running backs and receivers in your draft. I think this is also true, but I would much rather have a guy like Peyton Manning or Drew Brees and know what I am getting that season (barring injury).
Many owners who drafted Matt Ryan or Colin Kaepernick in the late-early rounds are really regretting it. For a Week 11 that sees Tony Romo on a bye and Aaron Rodgers still injured, the question of who to start in the quarterback position is a very important one. Here is my list of players that I feel deserve a start for you in Week 11, as well as the players that definitely do not need to see any time on your starting roster this weekend.
Start: Eli Manning
My brother would be very proud that I am saying this. Manning is definitely a must-start in Week 11. Manning and the New York Giants are going against a demoralized Green Bay Packers team that has lost two quarterbacks in two weeks. It is also a team that saw Nick Foles have another good week because of them.
Manning is going to benefit greatly with the return of running back Andre Brown, and I can see many one-on-one situations with Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle. Look for Manning to have a monster game, passing for over 300 yards and at least two touchdowns.
Start: Carson Palmer
Don’t look now, but the Arizona Cardinals are starting to win some games. The man that leads that offense is veteran quarterback Carson Palmer. Palmer has not had a terrible fantasy football season, but definitely not the season that everyone expected him to have with weapons like Larry Fitzgerald.
This week, Palmer and the Cardinals will take on the Jacksonville Jaguars.Yes, the Jags won their first game of the season last weekend, but please remember that these are the Jaguars. I see the Cardinals soaring past them this week to continue their hot streak. I also think that Palmer will have a very nice day on Sunday and should throw for close to 300 yards passing and 2-3 touchdowns in this game.
Sit: Alex Smith
One of the best stories of this NFL season is the resurgence of the Kansas City Chiefs under new head coach Andy Reid. The quarterback that Reid has used to lead the way has been Alex Smith. Smith has had some very nice fantasy weeks for his owners this year and has even used his legs to help his stats.
However, the true test will finally be in front of the Chiefs this week when they take on the division rival Denver Broncos for first place in the division and the AFC. Smith and everyone knows that he cannot outgun Peyton Manning. The Chiefs will have to run the ball and use Jamaal Charles as their greatest weapon.
If this game has to turn into a shootout, Smith will not be successful. I see Smith throwing a great deal of passes, but with not much to show for it. Smith should throw for 230 yards plus and maybe a touchdown, but I also see a lot of turnovers caused by the Broncos’ defense.
Sit: Andy Dalton
When people thought of the Cleveland Browns before this season, they thought of players having big fantasy days against them, but that hasn’t turned out to be the case. In Week 4, the Cincinnati Bengals had a rough time against them, especially their quarterback Andy Dalton. Dalton had one of his worst games of the season, only throwing for 206 yards and no touchdowns. He could not find his big go-to receiver A.J. Green.
In Week 11, I see Dalton having a better game, but definitely not a good enough one that you should start him this week. Look for his yardage to be around 230, but I see him only throwing for a touchdown with an interception or two.