Fantasy owners made it through the giant bye week; this week only four teams are sitting it out. However, with injuries to some key players, others have been able to take advantage of their opportunities.
At this point in the season, the starts and sits are largely determined by matchup and the path to touches on the field. Running backs who find themselves with more playing time because the guy ahead of them is injured get a bump in rankings. Wide receivers who will step up for someone else that is missing time are guys to look at starting. Look at your roster and your waiver wire and make the best lineup decisions possible.
Teams on bye: Green Bay, New York Giants, Seattle, Tennessee
START These Running Backs
Tevin Coleman, San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals
Matt Breida re-injured his ankle and is expected to at least miss this week. Enter Coleman. Breida hasn't missed a game yet this season, although he's been playing through injuries. Coleman will get the opportunity to be the lead back, at least for the week. The last time the 49ers played the Cardinals, both backs combined for 101 rushing yards. Based on volume alone, Coleman should be an RB2 this week.
Brian Hill, Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers
With Devonta Freeman expected to miss at least this week, Hill is the next man up for the Falcons. He did score a touchdown in Week 10 (10-yard reception, only catch of the game), but he also only managed 61 yards on 20 carries. Hill will be the main running back in Week 11 for the Falcons, but the matchup is much better. The Panthers give up the third-most fantasy points to running backs. They just allowed Aaron Jones to score three touchdowns in Week 10. Hill won't always be in the "start" column, but for Week 11, he's an RB2.
SIT These Running Backs
David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers
Was Johnson still playing injured in Week 10 or not? His stats (five carries for two yards and one reception for eight yards) certainly indicate that he wasn't healthy. However, he wasn't on the injury report this week. Maybe he is still banged up, but the injury shouldn't be the issue in Week 11. Rather, the matchup against San Francisco is a tough one and Johnson just hasn't been performing well. With Kenyan Drake available to take some carries away, keep Johnson on the bench.
Jaylen Samuels, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns (Thurs.)
James Conner is expected back this week, which sends Samuels into the No. 2 role again for the Steelers. In the games where Conner did play, Samuels only had one good game: Week 4. The rest of the games he had less than 35 total yards. The matchup against the Browns isn't terrible, but they are tougher against pass-catching backs than traditional running backs. Samuels has a pass-catching role and this isn't a great start for him.
START These Wide Receivers
Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams vs. Chicago Bears
Inexplicably, Kupp had zero fantasy points in Week 10. He wasn't injured. He had four targets, but he couldn't come down with any of them. It's clear that Jared Goff has not played well at times this season, but he has been noticeably worse on the road. Week 11 is a home game, but it is against the Bears. Kupp should bounce back, but it likely won't be the best game of his season. He's a WR2, especially in PPR formats.
Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers
Austin Hooper was quietly putting together a solid season at tight end. Depending on league format, he had the most fantasy points at the position prior to Week 10. He suffered a knee injury last Sunday and will miss this week's game (and maybe more). This paves the way for more targets to go the way of someone like Ridley. He has four touchdowns on the season, but none since Week 6. The targets have been there, and they should only increase this week. He's a WR3 with upside.
SIT These Wide Receivers
Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots
The Eagles face the New England Patriots, which is always a tough matchup. The Patriots are coming off a bye, but prior to that, they lost to the Ravens. Odds are that they come in ready to play. Jeffery is dealing with an ankle injury, but coming off the bye, he should play in Week 11. However, given the injury and the matchup, he should remain on fantasy benches this week.
Danny Amendola, Detroit Lions vs. Dallas Cowboys
The Lions face the Cowboys, who have only allowed four touchdowns to wide receivers this year. It's not clear if Matthew Stafford (back) will be back or not, but without him under center, all of the Lions wide receivers should be downgraded. The matchup is tough, and aside from Week 1, Amendola hasn't had a great game. He had four receptions in Week 10 for 29 yards. Given the matchup and quarterback situation, Amendola is a sit this week.
— 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.