Despite a rough game in windy conditions in Week 10, Hooper should bounce back this Sunday
Fantasy owners really need to look at their lineups and make sure they are putting their best guys out there. There are only three weeks left in the fantasy regular season and then for many people, it will be over. Already!
With injuries to some notable players (Drew Brees, for example), it may be difficult to find players that can fill those shoes. Check out the waiver wire and try to play to the matchups if possible to get that much-needed win.
Teams on bye: Buffalo, Chicago, New York Giants, San Francisco
START These QBs
Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins at Denver Broncos
In three games, Tagovailoa has thrown for five touchdowns and no interceptions. He faces the Broncos in Week 11, which is a decent matchup. Derek Carr didn't have a great game in Week 10 against Denver, but in the previous two games, the quarterbacks each had more than 275 passing yards and three touchdowns vs. the Broncos. Tagovailoa is a rookie and it shows, but he is slowly learning how to run the Dolphins offense. He's a solid QB2 this week.
Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Football Team
Another rookie is a solid QB2 for Week 11. Burrow has played well this season, and he faces Washington this week. Washington allowed Matthew Stafford to throw for 276 yards and three touchdowns in Week 10. Burrow has six touchdowns in the past three games. He certainly has struggled at points this season, but for fantasy owners looking for a quarterback to fill in or play in a superflex spot, Burrow is a decent option.
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Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Los Angeles Rams (Mon.)
The Bucs face the Rams on "Monday Night Football" in Week 11 and the Rams allow the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Brady had a rough game against New Orleans in Week 9, but bounced back in Week 10. It's hard to say which Brady will show up. Only two quarterbacks have had good games against the Rams all year – Josh Allen in Week 3 and Jimmy Garoppolo in Week 6. Brady has the weapons, but this may be a low-scoring, close game.
Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Mon.)
The Rams face the Buccaneers on Monday night and this is going to be tough for Goff. Tampa Bay was one of the toughest defenses for opposing quarterbacks before Drew Brees lit them up for four touchdowns. Only one quarterback has thrown for more than 300 yards and Goff hasn't exactly been spectacular this season either. To add to his troubles, left tackle Andrew Whitworth is out this week (and likely the rest of the regular season).
START These TEs
Austin Hooper, Cleveland Browns vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Hooper returned from appendectomy surgery in Week 10, but the weather in Cleveland made for a disaster of a game. While it's unfair to completely discount a game, that's exactly what fantasy owners should do in this case. Fire up Hooper again in Week 11 without hesitation. The Browns face the Eagles in Week 11, which is a great matchup. Expect Hooper to have a solid bounce-back effort.
Hayden Hurst, Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints
In Week 9 (before the bye), Hurst had eight targets. He caught seven of them for 62 yards. In each of the past four games, he has at least four receptions for at least 50 yards. He has one touchdown in that span as well. Calvin Ridley missed Week 9, but his presence hasn't seemed to matter much as it relates to Hurst's opportunities. The Saints are a good matchup for tight ends, allowing six touchdowns to opposing tight ends this season. Hurst is a TE1 this week.
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Trey Burton, Indianapolis Colts vs. Green Bay Packers
No Colts tight end should be started in Week 11. Jack Doyle will likely return from his concussion and Mo Alie-Cox is taking targets away as well. All three are used and often none have a big game. Because fantasy owners are desperate, any of the three may have a handful of receptions, but none are worthy starting options.
Jared Cook, New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons
The Saints face the Falcons in Week 11, which is a great matchup. However, this is risky because Drew Brees is out and Cook hasn't been a part of the Saints offense in the past two weeks. It's unclear who Jameis Winston (presumably Brees' replacement) will favor when he drops back to pass. Fantasy owners may not have better options than Cook, but until he has shown that he is a viable pass catcher when Michael Thomas is active, he's a TE2.
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Los Angeles Chargers vs. New York Jets
The Chargers face the Jets, which is the best matchup in fantasy football. Sam Darnold has already been ruled out, and Joe Flacco is a downgrade for the team. However, that downgrade for the team is an upgrade for the opposing DST. For Week 11, that is the Chargers. The game is played in Los Angeles, so travel won't be an issue. Start the Chargers with confidence.
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Indianapolis Colts vs. Green Bay Packers
The Colts defense has been great this season. Even last week, when it seemed they would be a tough start against the Titans on Thursday night, they were able to produce enough points to finish as a top-10 DST for Week 10. This was primarily the result of a defensive touchdown. The Colts face Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in Week 11. Rodgers has only thrown three interceptions all season. It's going to be tough for the Colts to get fantasy points against this high-powered offense.
— 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.
(Top photo by Austin Janning/Cleveland Browns, courtesy of clevelandbrowns.com)