It’s Week 11, meaning your fantasy league probably is getting ready for the playoffs. But that also means you can’t make too many mistakes from here on out because it could be the difference between having bragging rights and losing all your money.
But have no fear because we’re here to help.
Here’s our start/sit advice for Week 11.
Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions
Stafford underperformed in his last two games against the Houston Texans and Minnesota Vikings, but the Lions get to play the Jacksonville Jaguars this week. The Jags’ defense isn’t the worst, but the high-flying Stafford should be just fine, especially with home-field advantage.
James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers
In his Week 10 return from a knee injury, Starks immediately out-touched Ty Montgomery 55-20 and added a touchdown and 44 yards for good measure. The Washington Redskins have allowed 4.62 yards per carry to running backs, and with Starks as the new No. 1, he’s pretty much guaranteed to put up points.
Rishard Matthews, WR, Tennessee Titans
The Titans have averaged 33 points per game in their last six contests. Matthews is the No. 1 wide receiver in Tennessee’s offense. The Indianapolis Colts are very bad. If you do the math there, it all adds up to Matthews being a lock this Sunday.
Eli Rogers, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Wide receivers Markus Wheaton and Darrius Heyward-Bey will ride the pine Sunday, and the Cleveland Browns likely will have their hands full with Antonio Brown. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger definitely will give Rogers plenty of looks.
Julius Thomas, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars
Thomas generally isn’t in the TE1 conversation — OK, he never is — but the Lions are allowing the second-most fantasy points to tight ends. The tight end also is one of Blake Bortles’ favorite red-zone targets, so he should be sitting pretty.
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
Dalton hasn’t been the perfect picture of consistency this season, and he’s going up against a tough Buffalo Bills defense that’s allowing the 11th-fewest points to quarterbacks. In fact, you’d be better off starting the guy on the other side of the field, Tyrod Taylor.
Ty Montgomery, RB/WR, Packers
Starks took Montgomery’s job, and the Packers’ offense as a whole has been struggling. It might not be too long before we start suggesting you drop Montgomery altogether despite the fact he was a hot commodity on the waiver wire just weeks ago.
Terrance West, RB, Baltimore Ravens
West has put up just 96 yards and no touchdowns in his last three games, and the Dallas Cowboys are allowing the fifth-fewest points to fantasy running backs. The Ravens’ backfield has been a mess pretty much all season, so you can feel safe with West on your bench.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans
No one could have predicted it would be this bad for Hopkins, but here we are. Brock Osweiler’s poor play has contributed to Hopkins’ rough season, but that doesn’t change the fact that the wide receiver hasn’t scored since Week 1. He wouldn’t be the worst start, as the Raiders’ pass defense is pretty bad, but Hopkins is pretty unreliable at this point.
Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins have turned their attention to their run game with Jay Ajayi, and Landry has suffered for it. He’s put up just 344 yards in his last six games, and the Los Angeles Rams’ defense is allowing the eighth-fewest points to wide receivers.
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