Four teams have a bye in Week 11: Falcons, Broncos, Jets, and Chargers. Also, some roster shake-ups will result in others getting a boost, or a drop, in value. Here are the Week 11 suggestions to start and bench…
QB: Marcus Mariota, Titans
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One of the most under-rated fantasy quarterbacks just made himself known last week. Mariota erupted for 295 passing yards and four TDs in Week 10’s game against Green Bay. Mariota has now thrown at least two touchdown passes in six consecutive starts.
Others to start: Kirk Cousins (Redskins), Eli Manning (Giants), and Colin Kaepernick (49ers)
RB: C.J. Prosise, Seahawks
Another player who had a steller performance last Sunday was Prosise. His production was so good that it prompted Seattle to waive Christine Michael. Even if Thomas Rawls returns to steal some carries from Prosise, the former Notre Dame RB can also contribute to the passing game. Prosise caught seven passes for 87 yards against New England last week.
Others to start: Carlos Hyde (49ers), Ryan Mathews (Eagles), and Rob Kelley (Redskins)
WR: Rishard Matthews, Titans
One of Mariota’s favorite targets has been Matthews. He’s scored a TD in three straight games and six touchdowns in the past six starts. For Week 11, he’ll face a Colts’ secondary that has allowed five TDs to opposing wide receivers in the past two games.
Others to start: Donte Moncrief (Colts), Jamison Crowder (Redskins), and Michael Thomas (Saints)
TE: Zach Miller, Bears
Without Alshon Jeffery, Miller jumps to the front of the line as Jay Cutler’s new favorite target. As for this week’s opponent, the Giants have allowed opposing TEs to notch at least 95 receiving yards in back-to-back games.
Others to start: Julius Thomas (Jaguars), Eric Ebron (Lions), and C.J. Fiedorowicz (Texans)
QB: Jay Cutler, Bears
While Miller and Cameron Meredith could provide value to their positions, Cutler is in a tougher spot. New York hasn’t allowed more than one TD pass in a game since Week 5. Also, the Giants have tallied seven interceptions in the past three games.
Others to bench: Ryan Tannehill (Dolphins), Carson Wentz (Eagles), and Carson Palmer (Cardinals)
RB: Rashad Jennings, Giants
Part of Jennings’ appeal is that he’s used in the rushing and passing game for New York. However, Chicago hasn’t allowed more than two catches by a single opposing RB since Week 4 (Theo Riddick). Plus, Paul Perkins is earning more carries in the New York backfield.
Others to bench: Matt Asiata (Vikings), Chris Ivory (Jaguars), and Giovani Bernard (Bengals)
WR: Jarvis Landry, Dolphins
There are few bright spots on the Rams roster and one of them is the secondary. Los Angeles hasn’t allowed a receiving TD to opposing WRs since Week 6. Odell Beckham Jr., Kelvin Benjamin, and Brandon Marshall have all been held out of the end zone in the last three games.
Others to bench: Marvin Jones Jr. (Lions), Kenny Britt (Rams), and J.J. Nelson (Cardinals)
TE: Vance McDonald, 49ers
This is a scenerio where I like the QB, but not his favorite target. McDonald has received six targets in each of the past three games. However, the Patriots defend opposing TEs well. They’ve allowed only two TDs all season to them.
Others to bench: Kyle Rudolph (Vikings), Coby Fleener (Saints), and Gary Barnidge (Browns)