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13 Games. Start or Bench? Sleeper or Bust? Here is your Week 11 Breakdown

I will take you through each and every game on the schedule. Maybe give you a must start, maybe give you a must bench, maybe give you a player to play that is not even on your radar.


Green Bay Packers @ Seattle Seahawks

Start - All Seattle Wide Receivers
  • The Seahawks have become a run first offense, and a lot of times you see teams go into Thursday Night Football with basic game plans that focus on the run. Seattle will surely lean that way again to start, but you and I both know Aaron Rodgers will find a way to put up points, forcing Seattle's hand. When Seattle does throw it, Russell Wilson has been incredibly efficient with a touchdown basically every 11 throws. Rookie Jaire Alexander has played quite well, but beyond that, the Packers secondary is struggling greatly. When Seattle does put the ball in the air, they will have opportunities for the big play and with how they move Baldwin, Lockett, and Moore all over the line of scrimmage, not one will be locked down by Alexander. Start your Seattle wide outs with the confidence they will be forced to throw.
Bust - Jimmy Graham
  • I know I know, the "revenge game." Oooooooo. But is it really? It seems like Graham was in the Great Northwest for a cup of coffee. While you would like to think revenge games are real things, professional teams do not game plan saying, "We need to get Jimmy the ball so he can burn his former team." That narrative does not exist. Beyond that, Aaron Rodgers just does not love his tight ends, never has. Graham has also been dealing with a nagging knee injury and you can see his speed is just not there, something Rodgers looks for in his receivers. You can start Graham, just make sure its on the basis of, you have no one else to start instead.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New York Giants

Sleeper - Peyton Barber
  • Barber has been the bell cow for the majority of the Buccaneers season. He has also been a bust for most of it. This week heads to the Meadowlands to face off against the Giants though. The Giants defense has been weak all season long, but against the run they have taken an even larger hit the last few weeks after trading away Snacks Harrison who is no longer in the middle of that defensive line to clog up lanes.  In Week 8, they let Adrian Peterson run for 149 yards and last week they let Matt Breida chew up over 100 yards also. Now lets look at Peyton Barber who has honestly only had two good weeks. In week 6 against Atlanta's putrid run defense, Barber ran for 82 yards and caught 4 balls, one scoring a touchdown. In week 8, against a bad Bengals defense, Barber totaled 85 rushing touchdowns and a score. Moral of the story, against bad run defenses, Barber can be a very good fantasy back, and the Giants are ranked 21st against the run. Also, Ronald Jones is nursing a hamstring injury and won't even be 100 percent if he does play. Barber will have volume and a high ceiling. He is an easy RB3/Flex option this week.
Bench - DeSean Jackson
  • It seems like DeSean Jackson has been a home run or bust for half a decade now. He has not gone over the century mark in receiving yards since Week 4 and his last touchdown was 3 weeks ago against the Bengals Swiss cheese of a defense. As bad as the Giants D has been, Landon Collins is still back there patrolling center field making sure they do not get beat over the top. Basically Jackson's bread and butter. Also, Tampa seems to be leaning more towards their running game to keep their woeful defense on the sideline. Sit Jackson.
Start - Odell Beckham Jr.
  • Buccaneers defense is BAD. Odell Beckham Jr. is not. Coming off a two score game, expect some more fireworks.

Dallas Cowboys @ Atlanta Falcons

Sleeper - Dak Prescott
  • Dak Prescott has not been great. That is no secret. He is also not as bad as what America makes you believe. And since Dallas brought in Amari Cooper, they have been able to open up the offense just enough to become successful. Prescott is now attempting more passes per game and throwing the ball further. Cowboys have some demons to take down in Atlanta after last years debacle in that same stadium and will be in a spot to throw the football against a high powered Atlanta team with a beat up defense. If you have a guy on a bye, like Brady, feel good about using Dak for the week.
Start - Ezekiel Elliot
  • Zeke is fresh off a beat down of the Philadelphia Eagles where he posted his largest fantasy output of the entire season. Now he faces a much worse run defense in Atlanta, 31st to be exact. Also, now with Amari Cooper in the picture, defenses cannot load the box as much, thus opening more lanes and space for Zeke to do his best work. You and I both know the Cowboys offense runs through Zeke and he will be first option again this week. Make sure hes in your lineup and watch him eat bird for his second week in a row.
Bust - Julio Jones
  • Let me start by saying you're not benching Julio Jones. I am not a crazy person. But what I am saying is there is a very good chance he will be shadowed by Byron Jones all game. Quietly, Byron Jones has made the move from safety to cornerback and immediately has become one of the best in the league. Currently he is ranked 5th by Pro Football Focus. Julio will get some balls and maybe even a score, I am just saying temper expectations. 

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Jacksonville Jaguars

Sleeper - Donte Moncrief
  • Out of the trifecta of Keelan Cole, Dede Westbrook, and Donte Moncrief, Moncrief has been the most successful and the one who finds the endzone the most. Out of the Jaguar's 10 games, Moncrief has found "fantasy success" in six of them. In those six he has had scoring outputs of 13, 21, 13, 14, 9, and 18. All very respectable numbers. In a game where the Jaguars are probably going to need to turn to the air **gulp**, Moncrief has the chance to score double digit fantasy points again against a weak Steelers' secondary.
Bust - Jaguars Defense
  • I am not sure if I can even call this a bust anymore with their recent performances but lets just use this as a reminder. The Jaguars had their Super Bowl back in Week 2 against New England and have looked atrocious since. There linebackers and safeties especially are getting torched in the passing game and the sack totals have taken a significant hit. Facing a Steelers team who just dropped a 50 burger on short week none the less, this is not a defense you want to march out there come Sunday.

Tennessee Titans @ Indianapolis Colts

Sleeper - Derrick Henry
  • For some reason it took new Titans Coach Mike Vrabel until Week 7 to realize Derrick Henry is made for the Red Zone, but since that light turned on, Henry has punched in 4 touchdowns. This week the Titans face off against the Colts 24th ranked rush defense. Dion Lewis will still be the back to get them down the field, but once inside the 10, Henry will be the one to get them into the endzone. I like his chances of getting 6 at least once for the fourth straight week.
Sleeper - Marcus Mariota
  • Mariota's hand finally appears to be fully healed and it has shown in the stat column. In his last two games Mariota has thrown for more touchdown than he did in the previous six. And while the Colts defense has been better than we all predicted back in August, they are still susceptible to giving up big plays.  Mariota is an excellent plug and play option this week where I predict 250 yards and multiple scores. You could do a whole lot worse than that.
Start - TY Hilton
  • Since returning from injury, Hilton has slowly built his numbers back up from 3 catches, to 4, to 7. He has also seen his yards go up each week since his return. This week he will more than likely see a lot of Malcom Butler who has been the equivalent of burnt toast this season. Remember how I told you Byron Jones was the fifth best corner according to PFF? Well, Malcom Butler is 96th. There are 95 better cornerbacks than Butler to this point. THERE ARE ONLY 32 TEAMS! Yeesh... Expect Hilton to blow past Butler early and often.

Houston Texans @ Washington Redskins

Bench - Adrian Peterson
  • Basically the entire Redskins offensive line is on the IR. Their wide receivers are beat up too.  And with Alex Smith at the helm, teams are not afraid at all of being burnt on the outside and over the top. While AP's story to start the year was a good one, its looking like a bad ending as teams will force Smith's hand by putting 8-10 men in the box to stop AP dead in his tracks. 
Bust - Lamar Miller
  • As beat up and bad the Redskins offensive line is, their defensive line is the complete opposite. Washington's run defense is in the top 5 in the league at shutting opposing runners down. While the volume may once again be there for Miller, the output will not. 

Carolina Panthers @ Detroit Lions

Start - Kenny Golladay
  • After Golladay's disappearing act for 3 weeks, he came flying back into the picture last week to the tune of 6 catches on a whopping 13 targets for 78 yards and a score. This week, Marvin Jones is questionable and we know Golden Tate is now in the City of Brotherly Love, leaving Golladay as a prime candidate to see double digit targets for a second straight week. Also if there is one spot the Panthers defense is suspect, its on the outside. Just go look at last weeks game... 
Bust - Devin Funchess
  • If you end up making the playoffs and have Devin Funchess on your team, keep him. Week 14, 15 and 16, the Panthers square off the Browns, Saints, and Atlanta. But right now they are squaring off against Detroit. And while Detroit is completely beatable, they are more so to get beat on the ground and from the slot. This appears to be a big Christian McCaffrey and DJ Moore game than it does Funchess. Funchess has turned into a touchdown or bust candidate of late. I will say, I like him a little more of Darius Slay sits for the second straight week. 

Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore Ravens

Start - Alex Collins
  • The Bengals are Swiss cheese on defense and Alex Collins is the Ravens best back. If you do the math that screams a good game for him. Also, if Flacco plays he will not be 100 percent and if he doesn't, your looking at rookie Lamar Jackson or even potentially RG3. The game plan regardless of starter will be to run early and often.
Bust - Tyler Boyd
  • No AJ Green means Boyd is the number one receiver. That awards him a days worth of Jimmy Smith. Smith is still a tough corner to throw on and Boyd has had a roller coaster of a ride of a season where his output has truly been unpredictable. Start him if you must, just make sure hes your third wideout at best this week.


Philadelphia Eagles @ New Orleans Saints

Start - Carson Wentz
  • The Saints offense is currently off the charts good. They dropped 45 two weeks ago and another 51 last week. The Eagles defense is coming off a week where they made Dak Prescott look like the guy who won rookie of the year and lost cornerback Ronald Darby for the season in the process. What does all this have to do with Wentz? The Eagles are going to need to throw early and often to keep pace with the Saints. Expect the Carson Wentz that was on his way to an MVP last season in this matchup.
Bust - Golden Tate
  • Golden Tate was a popular pick a week ago against a Dallas team he torched earlier in the year when he was with Detroit. Tate failed to live up to expectations though and we later learned as he admitted, he still has a lot to learn until he is comfortable in this Eagles offense. On paper, this is typically a matchup you dream for, but until Tate can show us how he fits in the offense, there is a good chance he fizzles out again.
Bench - Josh Adams
  • It seems the Eagles change running backs more than the Bills change quarterbacks. The new hot hand is Josh Adams and people swarmed to the waiver wire to pick him up this week. But in a game that appears will be settled through the air, Adams would be the odd man out. Last week against Dallas, he lead the team with 7 carries for over 40 yards, but did not see a single target in the passing game. As for the running, the Saints actually have a much improved run defense anchored by Sheldon Rankins in the middle, where they only give up 80 yards a game. Save your waiver wire stash for another week.

Denver Broncos @ Los Angeles Chargers

Bust - Philip Rivers
  • The Broncos defense is not what it once was, but Rivers is coming of an unforeseen clunker against an awful Oakland team where he threw for just 223 yards. Now he plays Denver where his last seven, that's right, seven starts at home against them he has not scored more than 16 fantasy points. Yikes. Be wary.
Start - Phillip Lindsay
  • Phillip Lindsay has not hit the century mark on the field since all the way back in Week 2, but he has churned out two 90+ yard performances twice in the last 3 weeks. This week he faces a Chargers run defense that has really fallen on hard times. Since Week 7, they are giving up over 180 scrimmage yards per game to running backs. That is staggering. In a game that I think is going to be much closer than people think, expect Lindsay to post quite the solid stat line.

Oakland Raiders @ Arizona Cardinals

Start - David Johnson  
  • Since Byron Leftwich (yes that Byron Leftwich) took over the play calling duties, Johnson has seen an uptick in usage, and rightfully so. Leftwich is finding ways to get the ball in his hands and fantasy owners were finally awarded for their patience last week with 98 yards on the ground, another 85 in the air, and two scores. This week, expect the Cardinals to feed him in both the passing and running game a lot again against an awful Raiders defense. This feels like the week Johnson FINALLY cracks the 100 yard mark on the ground.
Sleeper - Cardinals Defense
  • This Cardinals defense is not as good as it once was, but they still have All Pro Corner Patrick Peterson, pass rusher Chandler Jones, and two young studs in Budda Baker and Haason Reddick. You mix that with this years Oakland Raiders (or whats left of them) and you have yourself an excellent streaming option this week. If your defense is on a bye, or like me and have the Rams staring at Kansas City coming in, take a shot at the Cardinals this week.

Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago Bears

Bench - Allen Robinson
  • Last week Robinson looked like his old self from his Jacksonville days exploding for 133 yards and two touchdowns. This week, I expect a complete drop off. Vikings are coming off of their bye and are rested and healthy, which includes Xavier Rhodes. Rhodes should be attached to Robinson's hip all game long hindering any explosive plays. If you have other options, look their way this week.

Bust - Jordan Howard
  • Two weeks ago Jordan Howard owners who have stuck by him all year finally got their pay day with two touchdowns. Last week the hope was he would get on a roll against a porous Lions run defense, but unfortunately he got hardly any work and the one goalline touch went to Cohen instead of him. Howard continues to be inexplicably overshadowed and you can expect much of the same this week against a stout Vikings run D. Minnesota has given up only two rushing touchdowns all season which makes it hard to believe Howard finds the endzone Sunday night.
Start - Tarik Cohen
  • Well if its not Howard its the other option. Roll Cohen out with the mindset he will be used out of the backfield in the passing game all game long.

Kansas City Chiefs @ Los Angeles Rams

Start - All Rams and Chiefs Offensive Skill Players
  • This game has all the makings of a shootout. That means roll out Goff. Roll out Gurley. Roll out Cooks. Roll out Woods. Roll out Mahomes. Roll out Hunt. Roll out Hill. Roll out Kelce. Hell, even roll out Sammy Watkins. In the infamous words of Ludacris, Roll Out. 
Bench - Rams Defense
  • See above. 


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