Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 11 – by Josh Deisinger

Start ‘Em

QB – Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans @ Indianapolis Colts

Marcus just got his groove back.  He just posted two consecutive 20+ fantasy point weeks (9 and 10), and now heads to Indianapolis to take on a Colts defense that just allowed over 20 fantasy points and a pair of touchdowns to Blake Bortles.

Also, Mariota has seemingly just discovered that Corey Davis is on his team – and has begun to feed him targets.  This should be another great week for the Titans offense.

RB – Doug Martin, Oakland Raiders @ Arizona Cardinals

All year long, the Red Birds have parted the seas for opposing running backs to waltz through on their way to stellar fantasy performances.  The Cardinals, through 9 games played, have allowed a league-high 291 carries, for the 29th ranked 1263 yards, and 32nd ranked 13 touchdowns.

This is the kind of matchup Jon Gruden has been waiting for, to remind everyone just how great he really is.  Doug Martin should see plenty of work against this weak rush defense.

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WR – Alshon Jeffrey, Philadelphia Eagles @ New Orleans Saints

It’s kind of become the season narrative hasn’t it, start everyone in a New Orleans match-up because they always end up being shoot-outs. Especially when the team playing them can make it competitive. That’s what I’m expecting this week in the Superdome, a competitive shootout with all of the skill pieces getting some of the action.

So why is Alshon my pick this week? Well, you likely drafted him in the mid-rounds due to his injury at the start of the season so you might well have some other strong candidates with him to start in your teams.

The Saints give up the most fantasy points to wide receivers on a weekly basis (32.2 PPR points) with a league-high 15 touchdowns given up to the position. In a game which will likely be on the high side of the 56 point over/under that Vegas is giving us, feel confident starting Alshon this week as the Eagles look to bounce back from that caustic result against Dallas last week.

TE – Evan Engram, New York Giants vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs are the NFL’s signature cream puff defense, and barring a miracle in Tampa, nothing will change this week.  The Giants, although on a bit of short week, are feeling good coming off a nice win in San Francisco.

You should expect most of the Giants offensive weaponry to thrive in this matchup, but the key here is that the Bucs have allowed 5 top 6 tight end finishes this season, and seven top 12 TE finishes overall.  Although Engram has disappointed through 10 weeks, you should feel strong about his prospects in Week 11.

Sit ‘Em

QB – Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders @ Arizona Cardinals

Carr has hovered right around 10 total fantasy points per week for much of the 2018 season and has been a facepalm start for many owners.  Things should stay the same this coming weekend, as now Derek has just Jared Cook remaining from his starting Week 1 pass-catching group.

Amari Cooper was traded to the Dallas Cowboys, Jordy Nelson won’t play this week with a bone bruise in his knee, and Martavis Bryant is out with a knee injury.  Brandon LaFell doesn’t inspire much when paired with his counterpart, Seth Roberts.  Avoid Carr for the remainder of the Fantasy season.

RB – Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings

Jordan Howard scored touchdowns in 3 consecutive weeks; versus the New England Patriots (7), the New York Jets (8), and the Buffalo Bills (9).  After a strong stretch, Howard fell back to earth in Week 10 against the Detroit Lions, where he only totaled 32 yards on 11 carries and 1 reception.

Purely game script and goal line dependent, and no longer a must play, practice caution when making this decision on Howard against a Vikings defense on a roll now that Everson Griffen is back in the lineup.

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WR – John Ross, Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore Ravens

A.J. Green sat out Week 10 against the New Orleans Saints, and it was assumed the Bengals would try to feature John Ross in his stead.  Although he only scratched together a pair of receptions for 39 yards on 9 targets, he did, however, reward his owners with a touchdown on one of those catches.

Ross has 22 targets on the season and has caught less than half of those (9 receptions). He’s also added an unusual 3 touchdowns on those 9 catches.  Until the Bengals show that they will utilize him more in the passing game, Ross is too much of a liability.  Leave him on your bench in Week 11.

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TE – Jeff Heuerman, Denver Broncos @ Los Angeles Chargers

When Demaryius Thomas was sent packing to the Houston Texans, most Courtland Sutton fantasy owners jumped for joy.  Instead, it was Heuerman who received the work in Thomas’ absence.  Jeff caught 10 of 11 targets for 83 yards and a touchdown against the Texans.

The Broncos are coming off a bye and take on their division rival, while the Chargers defense has been playing very well and may even get Joey Bosa back for this game.  Don’t expect another monster performance from Heuerman, who will most likely see a lot of Derwin James.  There are better streaming options out there.

by Josh Deisinger – @SconnieJosh

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