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Fantasy Football Five Up, Five Down: Andy Dalton, C.J. Prosise Up; Ben Roethlisberger, Todd Gurley Down for Week 11

Steve Smith Sr.

Steve Smith Sr.

Welcome to the last week of the fantasy season with four teams on a bye. The Atlanta Falcons, New York Jets, Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers aren't playing this week, so fantasy owners will need to find replacements in their starting lineups for players from those teams. Plenty of wide receivers, especially, were likely starters, so be sure you have enough options for a fully active roster in Week 11.

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Please note the five up/five down column is a guide on players that should exceed or fall below their rank this week. This is based on past performance, injury status and matchup. Five up/five down is not a start/sit column, but rather a guide.

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

Teams on bye: Atlanta, Denver, New York Jets, San Diego

Five Up

Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals

While the Buffalo Bills do allow the 10th-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, in recent weeks, they have been a little more generous. They've surrendered at least one TD pass in each of the past four games, and they've allowed eight out of the nine quarterbacks they've faced to throw for more than 200 yards. Dalton has had at least 200 yards in every game and he has a touchdown in all games except for one. He is coming off a mediocre Monday night performance, but this game isn't in prime time. He's ranked as the No. 14 quarterback, but he may sneak into QB1 territory.

C.J. Prosise, RB, Seattle Seahawks

While Prosise may not be the lead back for Seattle for the rest of the season, he will be for Week 11. Christine Michael is no longer in the picture, and Thomas Rawls is coming back from injury. Rawls will likely be on a snap count, which opens the door for Prosise. Even if Rawls handles more carries, Prosise will be the passing downs back, and if he repeats his Week 10 numbers, he should exceed his No. 21 ranking. In Week 10, he had seven receptions for 87 yards (along with 66 rushing yards). Look for a heavy dose of Prosise this week; start him before Rawls is back in the picture.


Related: Why You Should Start C.J. Prosise and Other RB Start/Sit Fantasy Advice for Week 11

Robert Kelley, RB, Washington Redskins

With no fumbles in the 43 carries he's been given in the past two weeks, Kelley is a solid RB2 option for Week 11. He has a touchdown in that span and has earned the role of the starting running back for the Redskins. He's the 17th-ranked running back this week, but he could finish in RB1 territory. The Green Bay Packers were one of the best run defenses in the league, but Ezekiel Elliot and DeMarco Murray both went over 100 yards, and in the past three games, they've allowed five touchdowns to opposing RBs. Even if Kelley doesn't find the end zone on Sunday night, he's worth RB2 consideration with a high ceiling.

Steve Smith Sr., WR, Baltimore Ravens

Smith is ranked No. 30 this week, which is seven years below his age. However, he does not play like a 37-year-old wide receiver, and he could easily finish this week as a solid WR2. Joe Flacco has struggled a bit this season, but the Cowboys did just allow touchdowns to both Antonio Brown and Eli Rogers last week. They've allowed at least one touchdown to a wide receiver every week since Week 5 (except for their bye week). Smith has had nine receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown in the two games since returning from injury. Look for at least 50 yards and a touchdown again in Week 11.

Julius Thomas, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars

Before their bye week, the Detroit Lions were allowing the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Thomas is the No. 10 ranked tight end for Week 11, but he should finish as a TE1 in a great matchup. His snap count did decrease in Week 10, but the Jags have the best chance to score when they are looking at Thomas in the red zone. He had six receptions for 24 yards and a touchdown in Week 10. Thomas is a check-down target for Blake Bortles, which helps his value in PPR leagues.

Five Down

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

This is the pick that I may regret. However, Roethlisberger is drastically better at home than on the road, and this game is in Cleveland. Yes, the Browns' defense has allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Yes, they've allowed all opposing quarterbacks to throw for a touchdown. However, fantasy owners that are looking at this matchup like it is a sure thing that Roethlisberger will end up as a top quarterback may be disappointed. He's ranked No. 7, and he is a QB1, but he may finish outside the top 10. He struggles on the road, only throwing five touchdowns in four games away from Heinz Field this season. Don't bench Roethlisberger for anyone, but don't use him in DFS.

Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams

Gurley has been a disappointment all season, but now with Jared Goff starting, look for the Miami defense to stack the box and force Goff to throw. Gurley has been losing targets to Benny Cunningham and for some reason has just looked awful all season. It's tough to sit your first-round pick, but Gurley is ranked No. 13 this week, and he easily could finish outside the top 20. He hasn't found the end zone since Week 5 and he has yet to have a 100-yard rushing game. Fantasy owners may not have much better options, but it's not a bad call to have him on the bench this week.

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Ryan Mathews, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

One amazing game, and suddenly Mathews is a must-start? I think not. He is ranked No. 25 for Week 11, but he faces Seattle, who has been known to shut down running backs. Prior to LeGarrette Blount's three-touchdown game, the Seahawks had only allowed three touchdowns to RBs. Mathews had been struggling and Darren Sproles has been stepping up. Fantasy owners trying to chase Mathews' Week 10 performance are in for a disappointment.

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Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins

Last year, Landry was a PPR monster. This year he's been struggling. Since Week 5, he's had seven receptions or more just once. He doesn't have a touchdown in that span and he hasn't gone over 100 yards in those games either. He started the season well, but has since declined. It's not clear if he's playing injured (he has missed practices with a shoulder injury) or suffering from poor quarterback play, but Landry has been a disappointment. He's the 24th-ranked WR for Week 11, but the Los Angeles Rams defense is solid. He may finish outside the top 30.

Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cameron Brate has been a great fill-in tight end for fantasy owners, scoring a touchdown in the past three games. However, he faces the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 11. The Chiefs allow the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends. They have not allowed a tight end to score a touchdown since their Week 5 bye. Greg Olsen last week was the first tight end they've allowed to have more than two receptions (since Antonio Gates had three in Week 1). Brate, ranked No. 13 this week, has five touchdowns on the year and is worth holding onto, but he's a low TE2 for Week 11.

Full Disclosure (Week 10):

Five Up

Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans, Ranked: 10, Finished: 1

Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints, Ranked: 16, Finished: 29

Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles, Ranked: 21, Finished: 39

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears, Ranked: 6, Finished: Outside top 50

Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs, Ranked: 7, Finished: 19

Five Down

Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals, Ranked: 13, Finished: 21

Christine Michael, RB, Seattle Seahawks, Ranked: 21, Finished: 47

LeGarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots, Ranked: 14, Finished: 5

Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets, Ranked: 14, Finished: Outside top 50

Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys, Ranked: 11, Finished: 14

— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.