Fantasy football week 11: Start’em and sit’em
The Patriots and the Panthers are looking to stay undefeated in the 11th week of the 2015-2016 NFL season. This week’s big matchup features Arizona and Cincinnati, which could be a Super Bowl preview.
Here are our picks for who you should start on your fantasy team going into week 11:
Start: Derek Carr, QB Oakland
Carr had one of his worst games of the season in week 10, but this week’s matchup with Detroit should allow him to get back on track. Oakland’s rising star has thrown for over 300 yards in each of his last three games and has a quarterback rating of 101.5 for the season. Detroit’s pass defense ranks in the bottom half of the NFL, and Carr should have no problem finding open receivers.
Start: Darren McFadden, RB Dallas
McFadden is now the primary back in Dallas and has received a heavy workload in each of his past four games. Quarterback Tony Romo returns this week and that should take a lot of pressure off of the Dallas rushing attack. With an extra defender or two farther away from the line of scrimmage, McFadden should find plenty of running room against a Miami defense that ranks second to last in the NFL against the run.
Start: Mike Evans, WR Tampa Bay
The touchdowns have not been there for Evans like they were last season, but the second year receiver is on a hot streak. In his past two games, Evans has gained 150 and 126 yards. The Buccaneers face Philadelphia in week 11, and although the defense as a whole has been solid against the pass, they do not have a cornerback who can match up physically with the 6’5” Evans.
Sit: Jay Cutler, QB Chicago
Cutler has found more consistency this season, lowering the turnovers and the sacks, but he has not put up big numbers. This week, Chicago will host a Denver team that boasts the league’s best defense. Chicago’s star running back Matt Forte is injured and has not played since week eight. The Bronco’s defense, which leads the league in sacks, will be able to pin their ears back and harass Cutler all game long.
Sit: Jeremy Hill, RB Cincinnati
Jeremy Hill has not been able to duplicate his breakout rookie season thus far in 2015. The Bengals’ power back has not found the end zone since week four, and he consistently loses snaps to backfield mate Giovani Bernard in passing situations. In week 11, the Bengals travel to Arizona to take on the fourth best run defense in the NFL. Expect another underwhelming week for Hill.
Sit: Jordan Matthews, WR Philadelphia
The Eagles, and specifically the offense, have not lived up to offseason expectations. Matthews came into the year poised to make the leap from secondary option to primary threat, but he has struggled with drops and has only managed two touchdowns on the year. Based on the numbers, Matthews should be able to torch the Tampa Bay secondary in week 11, but with starting quarterback Sam Bradford out with an injury, the Eagles’ passing game could struggle.
Will Darren McFadden continue his strong play? Is Jay Cutler capable of carrying Chicago to a victory over the Broncos? Feel free to leave a comment or find me on Twitter @Andrew_Morse4