Fantasy owners are still dealing with bye weeks and injuries as they debate who to start and who to sit in Week 11. At this point of the season, some fantasy owners are mathematically ruled out of the playoffs and others have earned that coveted asterisk, indicating they have secured a spot in the playoffs. However, owners should still be fighting for position and potentially a first-round bye, depending on league format. Therefore, starting your best lineup is still one of the keys to victory.
Teams on bye: Green Bay, New York Giants, Seattle, Tennessee
START These Quarterbacks
Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Carr just had an ok outing against the Los Angeles Rams, but in Week 11, he faces the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals are allowing the third-most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Last week, Lamar Jackson threw for three touchdowns and also ran one in. Since the bye week, Carr has had multiple touchdowns in three out of four games. He also has only one interception in that span. He’s a low QB1 for Week 11.
Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins
While Allen did have a rough week in Week 10, he faces the Dolphins in Week 11. The last time he faced them, he had 202 yards and two touchdowns. That’s along the lines of what fantasy owners can expect in Week 11 as well. That game was his best of the season, in terms of fantasy points (six points per TD pass). He hasn’t thrown an interception in the four games since the bye week and he’s a low QB1 for Week 11.
SIT These Quarterbacks
Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings vs. Denver Broncos
The Broncos have allowed just one quarterback to throw for more than a touchdown all season and that’s the defense Cousins faces in Week 11. No quarterback has more than 300 yards vs. Denver and only two went over 250. Cousins will likely still be without Adam Thielen, and even though he has Stefon Diggs, Thielen has been missed. Cousins has looked good in some tough matchups, but this is a week to keep him on the bench if possible.
Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers
Murray looked good in Week 10 against the Buccaneers, with 324 passing yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. However, he faces a much tougher test in Week 11. The 49ers have not allowed a quarterback to throw for more than two touchdowns. They’ve only allowed one to throw for more than 250 yards. While Murray can get yards on the ground, the 49ers are decent at stopping that as well. He’s a QB2.
START This Tight End
Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs (Mexico City)
Once he returned from injury, Henry has been for his fantasy owners. He’s had at least four receptions in each game and at least six targets. He has three touchdowns in the five games since his return as well. The Chargers face the Chiefs in Week 11, and Kansas City gives up the eighth-most fantasy points to tight ends. This should be another good game for Henry. Start him as a TE1.
SIT This Tight End
Noah Fant, Denver Broncos at Minnesota Vikings
Fant has gotten more looks in recent weeks, but this is a tough matchup. The Vikings have yet to allow a tight end to score a touchdown. They’ve only allowed one to finish with more than 80 receiving yards (Darren Waller, Week 3) and overall, have been very good at defending against tight ends. Fant doesn’t see enough volume to make him worthy of a fantasy start this week, although in upcoming weeks he certainly does have value.
START This Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Minnesota Vikings vs. Denver Broncos
The Vikings face a Broncos team led by Brandon Allen in Week 11. Allen has played one game in the NFL, where he did ok. However, he only completed 12 passes for 193 yards. He did have two touchdowns, but now the Vikings have game tape to watch. The Vikings DST has had a sack in every game this season and they have an interception in every game but two. They should get to Allen and earn fantasy owners points this week.
SIT This Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Chargers (Mexico City)
The Chiefs face the Chargers this week on Monday night in Mexico City. When the games are played in "neutral" settings, it’s hard to gauge what happens (see the number of teams that imploded in London this year). The Chiefs DST on its own isn’t very good. The Chargers have the ability to put up plenty of points in what could be a high-scoring game. Leave the Chiefs on the waiver wire.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.