As we head into our Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 11 fantasy suggestions for quarterbacks, tight ends, and defense/special teams (DSTs), you probably have a good idea of where your fantasy fortunes lie this year. Yes, you might be right on the playoff bubble, but you know that. Or you are near clinching. Or you are far from it and might be looking at a lost year. Either way, you're likely needing to make some tough start/sit decisions.
As a reminder, I will not be recommending any starts for options that are generally in the top dozen for QB, TE, or DST. Nor will I be recommending any "sits" for those beyond the top two dozen.
So don't be a dummy. Use this as a guide when you are deciding between two marginal options. Below are some of the start options I like better than most and sit options I liked less than others.
Teams on bye: Denver, Los Angles Rams
START This QB
Daniel Jones, New York Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (MNF)
First off, Jones has seen success against Tampa Bay. He threw four touchdown passes against them in his rookie year. He then threw for 256 yards and two TDs last year. And Tampa Bay is struggling this season, having allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to QBs.
Also, dare we mention that Jones is on pace for a 4K passing season? Hard to believe, but it's true! Furthermore, the Bucs also funnel teams toward the pass, so Jones should see far more than the 20 attempts he got last game. This matchup should be one of the faster-paced with Tampa Bay averaging more than 65 plays per game (ninth in the NFL).
Fresh off a bye, Jones should be revitalized and give his fantasy owners plenty to be happy about this week.
SIT This QB
Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders vs. Cincinnati Bengals
All Carr does after I praise him is have two of his worse performances back-to-back. In Weeks 1-8, he was sixth overall with his average of 8.5 yards per attempt. In Weeks 9 and 10, that dropped to 6.9 (19th). He also was seventh in average target depth in Weeks 1-8 at 9.2 yards but saw that plunge to 24th the last two weeks (6.9).
I didn't think it would happen, but the loss of Henry Ruggs III seems to have grounded the Las Vegas air attack. And with only two teams allowing fewer touchdown passes than Cincinnati's 12, this is not a game where I expect Carr to get back on track.
START This TE
Cole Kmet, Chicago Bears vs. Baltimore Ravens
I'll stop suggesting TEs that play the Ravens when they show they can stop them. They are giving up the third-most fantasy points to the position. Meanwhile, there seems to be some definite chemistry between Kmet and Justin Fields. Kmet saw a season-high eight targets in the Bears' last game (Week 9) and turned that into six catches for 87 yards, his best performance this season.
The lack of TDs is a little worrisome, but since only two teams have given up more scores to TEs than Baltimore, I have a feeling that Kmet gets off the shneid on Sunday.
SIT This TE
Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles vs. New Orleans Saints
The Eagles obviously think highly of Goedert, having just recently made him an almost $60-million dollar man.
It is probably a smart thing long-term. However, I think the immediate return will be minimal. Because, news flash, the Saints' defense is good. And that includes against tight ends. New Orleans is giving up the sixth-fewest fantasy points per game to the position.
Throw into the mix that Goedert just came out of the concussion protocol and this is a big "no thank you."
START This Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (SNF)
I'm definitely scared. But things aren't right in Pittsburgh and I believe the Chargers are a better defense than they have shown. But despite questions about their run defense, their pass defense should not be sold short. They have allowed the fourth-fewest passing yards per game at 206.
The Steelers will try and run the ball. Yet this game is in LA and I think the Chargers can dictate the game flow by jumping ahead, thereby giving Pittsburgh no choice but to throw. The Steelers have been prone to some turnovers and pass protection has been an issue too.
It's a risky play, but if you're a Rams DST owner looking for a bye-week replacement, you might want to look to the other LA team.
SIT This Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans
I think the Titans will be useable this week, but I view them more as a deeper league option. Certainly not as the No. 1 option, which I have seen in some places. To that ranking, all I can say is this. (NSFW)
Tennessee ranks 20th in rushing defense. But the Titans aren't particularly stout against the pass either. Only five teams have allowed more touchdown passes over the last three weeks. This is a defense that can be had on the ground as well as through the air. And with the dual-threat quarterback Tyrod Taylor coming to town, this is not a DST unit worth getting excited about this week.
— Written by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.