Start 'Em Sit 'Em Week 11: Flex Players Who Stole Spotlight in Big Matchups
There was no shortage of flex players who many decided to sit on their bench who had blowout games for their respective teams in Week 11 of the NFL regular season, and it's important to keep them in mind as they could boast similar performances from here on out.
Not only did we see exciting upset games this weekend, but we also saw unlikely receivers and running backs who emerged as viable fantasy options from here on out.
Let's take a look at the biggest flex playmakers of the weekend who you may have decided to keep on your bench.
LaRod Stephens-Howling, RB, Arizona Cardinals
Cardinals running back LaRod Stephens-Howling emerged as a possible fantasy blowout performer early in the season, but since had topped off and seemed to be on the decline.
That is, until this week's performance.
Despite being owned in less than 30 percent of ESPN Fantasy Leagues, Stephens-Howling had a big game against the Atlanta Falcons with 127 rushing yards and a score. It ended up not being enough to notch a victory for Arizona, as they lost despite Matt Ryan's five interceptions, but it's equally noteworthy fantasy-wise.
Fantasy owners haven't put much trust in Stephens-Howling so far this season, but he's worth glancing at much more after Sunday's breakout performance against a stingy Falcons defense.
Santana Moss, WR, Washington Redskins
The fantasy value of Redskins wideout Santana Moss was unknown after he missed last week's game with a head injury, and it was unclear if he would even be ready to play against the Eagles on Sunday. But he came through with a solid performance.
Moss wasn't targeted much by rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, but when he was, it paid off as he hit Moss for a 61-yard touchdown that was the bulk of his fantasy impact on the day.
With a depleted receiving corps, Moss's impact on the Redskins' passing attack is huge to their overall chances of winning games. If RGIII continues to give Moss a chance at catching the deep ball, expect big things from the veteran wideout.
Justin Blackmon, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
As one of the most hyped receivers to come out of college in the past few years, two-time Biletnikoff winner Justin Blackmon was expected to be a fantasy stud as one of the Jaguars' top wideouts this season.
He's disappointed his fantasy owners so far, but Sunday was a rare showing of excellence from the rookie from Oklahoma State.
Despite only scoring one touchdown on the season prior to Sunday, Blackmon finished with seven grabs for 236 receiving yards and one touchdown on the day. Included in that was a spectacular 80-yard grab that put the Jaguars up big in a game they eventually dropped.
Blackmon may not have turned around his rookie campaign with just one game, but he certainly showed glimpses of his potential and that Jacksonville wasn't completely wrong in drafting him.
Steven Cook is a Breaking News Team writer for Bleacher Report. Follow @steventerrycook
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