Fantasy Football Week 11 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Trust Derek Carr and Raiders Offense
Start and sit decisions each week in fantasy football is a challenging thing to balance. Which players you start versus who you leave on the bench will often come back to bite you.
In this weekly Start/Sit article, I’ll aim to guide you in making those difficult decisions. Each week of football presents a whole new list of opportunities for players you may not think about starting. The same goes for higher-profile players. It may not always be sunshine and rainbows for your “every week” starters. There will be weeks that force you to make the tough choice to bench a great player.
My goal is to provide you with enough information to help you make roster decisions that you will feel confident about and have it work out for you each week.
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Fantasy Football Week 11 Starts
Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders (vs Cincinnati Bengals)
Derek Carr has a nice matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 11. Their defense has allowed a quarterback to throw for 2 or more touchdowns in 3 of their last 5 games, including 5 total touchdown passes in their last 2. Carr has thrown 2 touchdowns in 7 of 9 games. The Bengals have also given up over 300 passing yards in 4 games this year. Something Carr has been able to surpass 5 times thus far.
He will provide a safe floor with some decent upside against Joe Burrow and the Bengals offense. This feels like the game Carr throws for more than 2 touchdowns for the first time this season.
Additional Week 11 QB Starts:
- Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins (@ New York Jets)
- Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (vs Washington Football Team)
Elijah Mitchell, San Francisco 49ers (@ Jacksonville Jaguars)
Elijah Mitchell is coming off a 91 rushing yard performance. Unfortunately, it came from 27 carries. The good news? The 49ers endlessly fed him the ball when the game was secure. I’m expecting the same result against the Jaguars in Week 11.
The Jacksonville Jaguars defense finds themselves in the middle of the pack against running backs (from a fantasy perspective). They just allowed Jonathan Taylor to torch them for 116 yards on the ground. They have given up 9 rushing touchdowns to running backs this year.
Mitchell has run for 91 or more yards in 3 of his last 4 games. He has been their most effective running back. There’s no doubt the 49ers will utilize their run game as much as possible this week.
Additional Week 11 RB Starts:
- Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders (vs Cincinnati Bengals)
- Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs New York Giants)
Brandin Cooks, Houston Texans (@ Tennessee Titans)
I just love safe fantasy options this time of year. That’s exactly what Brandin Cooks is. He will score you double-digit fantasy points without relying on touchdowns to do it. Cooks has 5 or more receptions in all but 1 game this season.
Brandin Cooks gets a savory matchup against the Tennessee Titans this week. Their defense has allowed the most fantasy points to wide receivers this year. They have given up 14 touchdown receptions to wideouts. This should be a week where you get the safe floor performance from Cooks with a cherry on top touchdown.
Additional Week 11 WR Starts:
- Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers (vs Pittsburgh Steelers)
- Hunter Renfrow, Las Vegas Raiders (vs Cincinnati Bengals)
Dalton Schultz, Dallas Cowboys (@Kansas City Chiefs)
Dalton Schultz has not been as productive as he was prior to the Cowboys Week 7 bye. He has just 79 total receiving yards in his last 3 games. This is the game that he and Dak Prescott get back to their pre-bye week magic.
The Kansas City Chiefs have given up the 7th most fantasy points to tight ends. This includes 6 touchdowns from the position since Week 4.
Expect Dak Prescott to take advantage of that opportunity and pepper Dalton Schultz with targets this weekend.
Additional Week 11 TE Starts:
- Dawson Knox, Buffalo Bills (vs Indianapolis Colts)
- Tyler Conklin, Minnesota Vikings (vs Green Bay Packers)
Fantasy Football Week 11 Sits
Taylor Heinicke, Washington Football Team (@ Carolina Panthers)
The Washington Football team is coming off a huge win against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Unfortunately for Taylor Heinicke and Washington’s offense, the cards are stacked against them in Week 11.
The Carolina Panthers have given up the 4th fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. They have allowed a quarterback to throw for more than 260 yards just once this year and have given up multiple touchdown passes in just 3 of 10 games.
Although it was a great Week 10 win for the Washington Football Team, it was a true team effort. Heinicke threw just 1 touchdown pass. He hasn’t thrown multiple touchdown passes since Week 4. He has thrown more interceptions (6) than touchdowns (4) in that span.
Best to avoid him this week.
Additional Week 11 QB Sits:
- Justin Fields, Chicago Bears (vs Baltimore Ravens)
- Carson Wentz, Indianapolis Colts (@ Buffalo Bills)
Devonta Freeman, Baltimore Ravens (@ Chicago Bears)
I feel like there is a bit of an overreaction to Le’Veon Bell’s release by the Ravens this past week. An overreaction in the sense that all of the sudden, Devonta Freeman is going to go off in this offense.
Last week, Le’Veon bell rushed only 3 times for 1 yard while Freeman had just 10 rushes for 35 yards. Bell was essentially non-existent and Freeman did not capitalize.
The Ravens backfield will be challenged against the Bears defense. Chicago has allowed the 11th fewest fantasy points to running backs this year. They will have no issue limiting Devonta Freeman, especially if Latavius Murray returns this week.
Additional Week 11 RB Sits:
- Zack Moss, Buffalo Bills (vs Indianapolis Colts)
- Antonio Gibson, Washington Football Team (@ Carolina Panthers)
Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs (vs Dallas Cowboys)
At first glance, this feels like such a good matchup for Mecole Hardman. The Dallas Cowboys have given up the 10th most fantasy points to wide receivers in 2021. Although, a ton of the points they have given up to the position happened earlier in the year. They have tightened up a bit in the last few games.
Mecole Hardman has failed to reach 30 receiving yards in 3 of his last 4 games. That is the kind of floor you do not want to mess with. He has just 1 touchdown on the season and his best receiving yard performance came in Week 5 with 76 yards. There are better options for you at wide receiver this week.
Additional Week 11 WR Sits:
- Donovan Peoples-Jones, Cleveland Browns (vs Detroit Lions)
- DJ Moore, Carolina Panthers (vs Washington Football Team)
Dan Arnold, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs San Francisco 49ers)
It will be a tough decision to bench Dan Arnold for fantasy managers this week and I can’t blame them. He has 60+ receiving yards in 4 of his last 5 games. This is fantasy gold from the tight end position. The only thing Arnold has lacked is touchdowns. He hasn’t scored one this season.
Although Trevor Lawrence has given Dan Arnold a healthy target share as of late, this weekend will be a challenge for the Jaguars offense as a whole.
The San Francisco 49ers have given up the 9th fewest fantasy points to tight ends. They haven’t allowed a tight end to catch more than 38 yards since Week 1. They have given up touchdowns to the position 4 times this year, so there’s hope for that possibility. Given the fact, Arnold hasn’t scored a touchdown and his production has been yards-based, I’d sit him for this week’s matchup.
Additional Week 11 TE Sits:
- Jared Cook, Los Angeles Chargers (vs Pittsburgh Steelers)
- Zach Ertz, Arizona Cardinals (@ Seattle Seahawks