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Why You Must Start Julian Edelman and Other WR/TE Start/Sit Fantasy Advice for Week 11

Julian Edelman

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As the fantasy playoffs approach, it's more important than ever to grab those last few wins. Nobody wants to be left on the outside looking in because of a dud two-point performance. Make sure to check your lineup before the games start and put your team in the best position to win.

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I'm here to help by providing you with the best start and sit options for Week 11, but first we have to check out how I did last week as it relates to wide receivers and tight ends.

Good Calls...
Start Larry Fitzgerald (13.3 fantasy points) – Old man Fitz just keeps producing and is easily Carson Palmer’s No. 1 target.

Start Antonio Gates (12.3 FP) – Gates scored another touchdown, getting closer to the all-time TD record for tight ends.

I warned you about starting Jarvis Landry (5.3 FP) and with the Dolphins focused on running the ball with Jay Ajayi, Landry isn’t a focal point of their offense anymore

Bad Calls...
Let’s just say Week 10 wasn’t my finest effort.

Sit Allen Robinson (18.7 FP) – It looks like A-Rob has new life to go along with a new offensive coordinator.

Sit Stefon Diggs (16.4 FP) – He got a crazy 15 targets and caught 12 of them. He’s the new Jarvis Landry.

Sit Doug Baldwin (23.9 FP) – Who thought the Seahawks would march into New England on a short week and Baldwin would get three touchdowns?

Sit Martellus Bennett (10.2 FP) – After catching 10 balls for 88 total yards in the previous three games, Bennett was the Patriots' leading receiver against the Seahawks.

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

Wide Receivers

START THESE WRs...

Julian Edelman, NE (at SF)

Edelman hasn't had more than 9.7 fantasy points in a game this season (standard scoring), but he does have a combined 20 catches in his last three contests, including seven last week against the Seahawks. I like him to post a nice PPR line against the 49ers, who have allowed 15 scores and the third-most fantasy points to WRs (26.7 ppg).

Related: NFL Best Daily Fantasy Football Lineups for FanDuel and DraftKings (Week 11)

Donte Moncrief, IND (vs. TEN)

Moncrief might not put up huge yardage totals, but he's a consistent end zone visitor with a touchdown in three of his four games this season. Next up is a date with the Titans, who have allowed five touchdowns and an average of more than 28 fantasy points to WRs over the last four weeks. Consider Moncrief a potential WR2 or flex option.

Davante Adams, GB (at WAS)

You might not know it, but Adams ranks 13th in fantasy points among wide receivers so far this season. Not bad for a player whose value had taken a big hit after the 2015 campaign, right? I'd start him against a Redskins defense that has been far less than stellar against wide receivers, even after the addition of All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman.

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MIGHT BE WORTH THE RISK...

Jamison Crowder, WAS (vs. GB)

Crowder has been one of the more underrated WRs in fantasy football, scoring double-digit fantasy points in four straight games with three touchdowns. Owners should consider him an attractive WR2 or flex option against the Packers, who have surrendered 14 touchdowns and the fourth-most fantasy points (26.4 ppg) to the position.

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SIT THESE WRs...

Jarvis Landry, MIA (at LA)

Over the last five weeks, Landry is 66th among wide receivers in fantasy points (Yahoo! standard scoring) per game. Even in PPR leagues, where he's considered to be especially valuable, he ranks just 58th. There just isn't enough volume with the Dolphins leaning on Jay Ajayi and the running game, so don't make the mistake of feeling like you have to start Landry just because he was an early draft pick.

Marvin Jones, DET (vs. JAC)

Leading into the Lions' Week 10 bye, Jones had a five-game stretch where he averaged 5.6 targets, 2.8 receptions and 35.8 yards with two touchdowns. I'm hopeful the bye week gave the Lions time to find out how to get him more involved, but I want to see it happen first. For the time being, he's too risky to start against a Jaguars defense that just held DeAndre Hopkins in check and hasn't allowed a 100-yard receiver since Week 6.

Jordan Matthews, PHI (at SEA)

Matthews has scored double-digit fantasy points once in five road games this season, and he's averaged a modest 8.5 points outside of Philadelphia. While Seattle's defense isn't what it used to be on its home field, this unit has still given up the sixth-fewest points to WRs (20.8 ppg) this season.

YOU’VE BEEN WARNED...

DeAndre Hopkins, HOU (vs. OAK, Mexico City)

Hopkins is being completely hindered by Brock Osweiler, and he can’t be trusted in your lineup despite his obvious talent with his quarterback doing the worst job possible getting him the ball. The fact that the Raiders are one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL doesn’t mean a whole lot to me either. To put in perspective just how inefficient his season has been, Hopkins ranks 13th in the NFL with his 89 targets. Yet he has a total of 482 receiving yards (43rd) to this point.

Tight Ends

START THESE TEs...


Julius Thomas, JAC (at DET)
Averaging 33.6 yards per game to go with four touchdowns in eight games, Thomas' fantasy value pretty much hinges on finding the end zone. Fortunately for his Week 11 status, he goes up against the Lions, who have allowed nine touchdowns and a two-point conversion to tight ends. Thomas has a low floor, but this is an ideal matchup for him.

Zach Miller, CHI (at NYG)

Miller was already getting targets and making an impact when Alshon Jeffery was in the lineup. But now that Jeffery has been suspended for four games, there’s no reason why Miller’s volume (8.0 targets per game over last five) won’t go up considering the limited reliable options Jay Cutler has to throw to. I’d be shocked if he didn’t get at least five catches, and it’s worth noting the Giants have allowed 90-plus yards to tight ends in back-to-back games heading into this one.

Martellus Bennett, NE (at SF)

So it looks like Rob Gronkowski is going to miss the juicy matchup against the 49ers, which leaves Bennett ready and available to chew up some yards against his brother’s division rival (that matters to a Bennett brother and you know it). Bennett had seven targets and 102 yards against Seattle. Yeah, playing opposite Gronk helps with the coverage, but playing the 49ers is like playing against nine men on D.

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MIGHT BE WORTH THE RISK...

Jack Doyle, IND (vs. TEN)
Doyle hasn't found the end zone in each of his last two contests, but an upcoming matchup against the Titans makes him worth a look for those fantasy owners in need at the position. Tennessee's defense has struggled to stop tight ends, allowing the fifth-most yards (639) and almost nine fantasy points per game to the position thus far.

SIT THESE TEs...

Jason Witten, DAL (vs. BAL)
Witten has tallied 18 targets, 14 receptions, 193 yards and a touchdown in back-to-back games, and he continues to serve as a reliable target for rookie Dak Prescott. That said, Witten could have a little more trouble in Week 11 against the Ravens, who are giving up the second-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends. Baltimore has much more trouble on the outside, so don't be surprised if Prescott looks the way of Dez Bryant often in this one.

Cameron Brate, TB (at KC)

Brate is certainly starting to make his mark both in real life and in fantasy with touchdowns in three straight weeks and five games of double-digit fantasy points over his last seven, but this isn’t the week to use him. The Chiefs haven’t allowed a tight end they’ve faced this season to post as many as 44 yards and only one (Greg Olsen last week) has more than three receptions in a game. I hate the Buccaneers’ offense this week, and that includes Brate.

Zach Ertz, PHI (at SEA)

He’s been looking good with 15 targets in his last two games, but now he’s playing a Seattle D with Kam Chancellor. A Seattle D that injured Rob Gronkowski with a single hit and leaves most mortal teams reeling. The Eagles don’t have the caliber of weapons that the Patriots possess or even the Bills, and so I expect Ertz to be shut down.

YOU’VE BEEN WARNED...

Kyle Rudolph, MIN (vs. ARI)

The Cardinals are the absolute best in the league when it comes to defending TEs. You’re basically missing Eric Ebron, Antonio Gates and Rob Gronkowski this week, so there should be plenty of options on the waiver wire, especially considering Rudolph’s usage (14 targets last few games) has gone since the Vikings made a switch at offensive coordinator. Rudolph is just too unpredictable right now, even after getting eight targets last week in the loss to Washington.

— Written by Michael Horvath, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Horvath is a Canadian who also happens to be a fantasy football (not to be confused with CFL) and fitness nut. Follow him on Twitter @realmikehorvath.