This is the last week of byes, so it’s now time to start figuring out your rosters for the rest of the season. Streaming is still a viable option going forward because you’re still going to have some bad match-ups, especially with defenses and kickers. A roster should always be fluid, but after this week, you’re going to have 80% of your roster set in stone.
Carolina, Indianapolis, NY Jets and San Francisco are off this week. You will need to find replacements for studs like Panthers QB Cam Newton and Colts WR T.Y. Hilton.
Here is our Fantasy Football Sit/Start for Week 11 of the 2017 NFL season…and enjoy our oddball triumphant MS Paint masterpiece of New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara.
I want to explain what I mean by “sit” and “start.” Of course you are going to start some of the guys i say to bench this week, because you probably used high draft picks or a lot of money in an auction for them. My ‘sit’ players are guys I am just not completely sold that they will have good weeks. If you have a guy that you are on the fence about, maybe this will help you pick between the players.
- QB Jay Cutler (Miami Dolphins) – There is only one QB on bye that a team in a standard league would start every week (Cam Newton), but teams could still be without a QB this week. Plenty of teams have quarterbacks Jacoby Brissett and Josh McCown, so there is a need for a streaming QB. Cutler has a nice match-up with the Bucs. Since the Dolphins aren’t seen as a fantasy hotbed of talent, don’t forget that he has WR Jarvis Landry and TE Julius Thomas. He is a great streaming option this week.
- WR Dontrelle Inman (Chicago Bears) – The Bears opened up the playbook this last week and QB Mitchell Trubisky was throwing more beyond dink & dunk attempts. Inman had eight targets and caught six of those for 88 yards. Inman is really the only possible fantasy starter at receiver for the Bears. Inman, by process of elimination, is the #1 receiver and should be owned.
- RB Jamaal Williams (Green Bay Packers) – Williams took over after RB Aaron Jones suffered a knee injury last week. Let’s also remind everyone that Williams was drafted nearly two rounds earlier than Jones in this year’s draft. He’s mostly a North/South running back, but he was effective at BYU. The Packers face the Ravens this week. Baltimore has a ball-hawking secondary and it would be wise of them to run the ball. I don’t see QB Brett Hundley throwing the ball 30+ times against them. Williams would be a solid flex option.
- QB Case Keenum (Minnesota Vikings) – It’s quite possible that QB Teddy Bridgewater starts over Keenum this week against the Rams…it’s unlikely, but please keep that in mind. I wouldn’t start Bridgewater this week due to the Rams pass rush. Keenum will be running for his life, but he did that in college with great success. I don’t see Minnesota being able to run against the Rams, so Keenum will get plenty of attempts.
- RB Danny Woodhead (Baltimore Ravens) – Woodhead is eligible to come off of IR this week, but the Ravens still haven’t announced if that will happen. He would be a huge upgrade over RB Javorius Allen on passing downs. Please keep an eye on the news, but if anything, he’s worth an add right now, cause he will be a huge addition for any fantasy playoff team.
- Detroit Lions Defense & Special Teams – I’m picking the Lions for a second-straight week. They had a great week against the Browns last week and face the Bears this week, which is another good match-up. Fantasy defenses have done very well this season against the one-dimensional Bears.
- WR Marvin Jones (Detroit Lions) – Jones have three solid fantasy weeks in a row until last week, when he was stymied by the Browns. He only had one reception for 22 yards. I doubt that will happen this week as Jones is talented and I will just chalk that up to having a bad day. The return of WR Kenny Golladay also didn’t help him, but he’s too talented to be held to only one catch. The Lions have a lot of weapons at receiver and think Jones will get his share of targets this week.
- RB LeGarrette Blount (Philadelphia Eagles) – Blount’s fantasy stock took a hit when the Eagles acquire RB Jay Ajayi and then RB Corey Clement had a huge game a few days later. Blount only had 9 carries in that game, but that was due to their huge lead over the Broncos. Philly decided to rest Blount and play their other backs. They play Dallas this week and it should be a closer game, so Blount shouldn’t be sent to the bench. Blount should still be a solid flex option.
- TE Charles Clay (Buffalo Bills) – The Bills had a horrible, horrible game on Thursday. QB Tyrod Taylor was off and the Saints took advantage. Clay came back from injury, but only had two catches. Clay should get more targets this week against the Chargers. Los Angeles is very good against tight ends, but if you’re hurting for a tight end and is looking for a long-term play, Clay might be a decent red zone target for Buffalo.
- WR Jamison Crowder (Washington Redskins) – The Redskins have a garbage corps of wide receivers (Pryor is the worst). Crowder appears to be the best of the worst and it turning into the #1 receiver on the Redskins. TE Jordan Reed is QB Kirk Cousins go-to target, but he’s been out or limited the last couple games. TE Vernon Davis has had success in his absence, but so had Crowder. In the last two games he played, he had 13 receptions for 199 yards. He could be a nice flex option in PPR leagues.
- WR Mack Hollins (Philadelphia Eagles) DEEP LEAGUE ALERT – The Eagles are pretty stacked at receiver, but Hollins is working his way up the depth chart. He has big play speed and he could break a long touchdown if QB Carson Wentz decided to air it out. If you’re hurting at wide receiver in a deep league, he could be worth an add.
- RB Tarik Cohen (Chicago Bears) – Cohen was supplanted by RB Benny Cunningham on passing downs. Cunningham is a better pass protector and they need to protect their invest (QB Mitchell Trubisky). Cohen got all his fantasy points on passing downs and he’s just RB Jordan Howard’s backup at this point. Cohen used to be a fantasy stud, so the demotion was crushing to fantasy owners.
- WR Will Fuller (Houston Texans) – Fuller is dealing with cracked ribs and is currently questionable. He should be dumped in all standard leagues. Houston QB Tom Savage isn’t even looking his way much. QB Deshaun Watson made Fuller a fantasy stud, but Savage doesn’t have the talent. Fuller’s only value will be as a red zone target at this point.
- RB Rob Kelley (Washington Redskins) – The Redskins can’t (and don’t) traditional run the ball. They use RB Chris Thompson on short passes and have the most success doing than than just running the ball. Kelley is a traditional running back, so he’s not getting the opportunities to do that. He’s also been hampered by injuries early in the season, so he’s been behind the eight ball. He’s just not a smart fantasy play.
- Los Angeles Rams Defense & Special Teams – The Rams have the second-best fantasy defense in the NFL. They face a top-five offense this week in the Vikings. Minnesota has a sneaky good offense. I wouldn’t trust Minnesota to run on them, but like I said earlier, Vikings QB Case Keenum had success at University of Houston while running for his life. He hardly had any pass protection there. I’d put Rams on the bench this week and use them again going forward.
- RB Javorius Allen (Baltimore Ravens) – RB Danny Woodhead will probably be activated from injured-reserve this week and Allen’s role will greatly diminish. Allen really only played on passing downs and that is Woodhead’s bread and butter. I’d keep an eye on the news as they could hold off Woodhead’s activation for another week.
- WR Willie Snead & Ted Ginn (New Orleans Saints) – The Saints are no longer a passing team. It’s been a long, long time since they’ve been a run-first team. Running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara are just WAY too good. Kamara could be playing his way into a Rookie of the Year award. Snead and Ginn aren’t getting the targets worthy enough to be owned in standard leagues.
- QB Marcus Mariota (Tennessee Titans) – Mariota is currently limited in practice do to ankle and shoulder injuries. He hasn’t had a very good fantasy season as he only has seven passing touchdowns. I’ve been waiting for him to go off, but the Titans just continue to hand the ball off or pass to TE Delanie Walker. He’s currently the 19th-best fantasy quarterback and he should really only be owned if you’re in a deep league or your QB is on a bye.
- WR Brandon LaFell (Cincinnati Bengals) – LaFell had a very good fantasy day against the Titans last week. He had six catches for 95 yards and a touchdown. The Bengals face the Broncos this week. Denver hasn’t been winning games, but they still have very good players in the secondary. If you picked him up cause of his production last week, you could be disappointed.
- RB Alfred Morris (Dallas Cowboys) – Morris has the most snaps of any running back last week. I know there was some intrigue about which running back was going to take over for suspended Ezekiel Elliott. Morris seems to be the guy, but I don’t expect him to have a very good game against the Eagles. Philly has an explosive offense and Dallas will need QB Dak Prescott to keep them in the game. It looks like LT Tyron Smith ‘might’ play this week and Dallas needs him so much, since they couldn’t stop any pass rush on the left side last week against Atlanta. I’d go without someone other than Morris this week.
Bobby Roberts (otherwise known as Sweetbob) is the creator of ‘America’s White Boy’ and contributor at Project Shanks. His writing has been featured on ESPN’s ‘SportsNation’, Sports Illustrated’s Hot Clicks, Guyspeed, and various other sites. You can follow him on Twitter at @Sweetbob.