Fantasy Football Week 11 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em

Eric MackFantasy Football Lead WriterNovember 16, 2013

Fantasy Football Week 11 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em

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    Carson Palmer has mostly been underwhelming this season, but this sets up to be his best week yet.
    Carson Palmer has mostly been underwhelming this season, but this sets up to be his best week yet.Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

    Fantasy football tends to be about its big-time stars over the long haul. But on a weekly basis, it can be about the little-used players, or even some nobodies.

    It can be impossible to predict at times, unless you merely stack your options playing in favorable matchups. That is the Arizona Cardinals in Week 11 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

    Few Cardinals are truly elite fantasy options, but a lot of the Cardinals pepper this week's Start 'Em, Sit 'Em. We break down all of the players to activate and bench in this six-part, position-by-position slideshow.

Quarterbacks: Colin Kaepernick's Bad Season Won't Get Better in New Orleans

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    Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles

    This one has become obvious based on Foles' numbers the past two games, but this is arguably the best matchup of the season for him. The Washington Redskins have allowed the fourth-most points to fantasy quarterbacks, and only the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings have allowed more touchdown passes to date.

    Not only does Foles rank as a starter in all leagues, but he has joined the elite eight among fantasy quarterbacks. He has 16 touchdowns and zero interceptions, and numbers never lie. 

     

    Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals

    This stands to be the best week for a quarterback many thought would be a fantasy gem working with Larry Fitzgerald. The Cardinals have a full healthy set of weapons for Palmer, and the Jaguars matchup is a great time for Palmer to break through.

    The Jags have allowed the third-most points to fantasy quarterbacks to date, and they are even coming off their first victory of the season. Playing at home, they should show just enough juice to pique Palmer's numbers late into the game. We should see 350 yards and three touchdowns from this fantasy pariah this week.

     

    Case Keenum, Houston Texans

    Keenum has mostly avoided the big mistakes that have plagued the Texans' previous quarterbacks, and he has done what others have failed to do: get the ball to Andre Johnson early and often. Keenum draws a matchup against the Raiders defense—at home, no less—that turned Foles into a 2013 fantasy superstar. Keenum should be good for 250 yards and two-plus touchdowns again.

     

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    Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

    We tried to hold on to this 2013 playoff star, but it is a real tough sell coming off that performance against the Carolina Panthers. Now, he heads to the Superdome in New Orleans, where Tony Romo struggled mightily. Rob Ryan's defense is the third-best against the pass and in fantasy against quarterbacks. Only the Titans and Panthers have allowed fewer touchdown passes.

    Kaepernick still doesn't have Michael Crabtree (Achilles) at his disposal, and Anquan Boldin or Mario Manningham shouldn't impress anyone. Kaepernick belongs on the pine until the read-option opens something up for him again.

     

    Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

    He has cooled off in recent weeks, throwing three interceptions in each of his past two games. He is no longer one of those must-start fantasy quarterbacks, especially against the Browns.

    Dalton was held to a season-low 206 yards and no touchdowns in their Week 4 meeting, and the Browns are 10th-best against the pass and 11th-best against fantasy quarterbacks. You have better options available to you in standard leagues than Dalton.

     

    Eli Manning, New York Giants

    You have to be beyond sick of this quarterback in fantasy leagues, especially after he failed to produce more than a mere touchdown pass against a Raiders defense that gave up seven the previous week to a young, unproven Foles.

    Manning has just one 300-yard game since Week 2 and has thrown for less than a touchdown a game in that stretch. Heck, he has only cracked 250 yards once. He is a mediocre to bad play, even in two-quarterback leagues right now. Cut him in standard formats.

    Week 11 Quarterbacks Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankQuarterbacksTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Peyton ManningDenvs. KC10
    2Drew BreesNOvs. SF20
    3Russell WilsonSeavs. Min30
    4Robert GriffinWasat Phi5+1
    5Cam NewtonCarvs. NE7+2
    6Matthew StaffordDetat Pit60
    7Tom BradyNEat Car10+3
    8Nick FolesPhivs. Was4-4
    9Philip RiversSDat Mia8-1
    10Andrew LuckIndat Ten11+1
    11Carson PalmerAriat Jac20+9
    12Case KeenumHouvs. Oak9-3
    13Colin KaepernickSFat NO16+3
    14Alex SmithKCat Den18+4
    15Andy DaltonCinvs. Cle14-1
    16Matt RyanAtlat TB12-4
    17Ben RoethlisbergerPitvs. Det13-4
    18Joe FlaccoBalat Chi23+5
    19Mike GlennonTBvs. Atl17-2
    20Geno SmithNYJat Buf27+7
    21Eli ManningNYGvs. GB19-2
    22Scott TolzienGBat NYG26+4
    23Ryan FitzpatrickTenvs. Ind22-1
    24Ryan TannehillMiavs. SD21-3
    25Josh McCownChivs. Bal15-10
    26EJ ManuelBufvs. NYJ28+2
    27Jason CampbellCleat Cin24-3
    28Chad HenneJacvs. Ari29+1
    29Christian PonderMinat Sea30+1
    30Matt McGloinOakat Hou31+1
    31Terrelle PryorOakat Hou25-6
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros

Running Backs: Start Both Cards Backs and Sit Maurice Jones-Drew in Jacksonville

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    Andre Ellington and Rashard Mendenhall, Arizona Cardinals

    You might be frustrated with the use of either of these players because of the presence of the other, but both are good plays against a Jaguars defense that has given up the fourth-most points to running backs in fantasy and is dead last against the run. The two will be good for 60 combined yards and a touchdown here. If you have to pick one, Ellington is the slightly more intriguing option because of his big-play ability.

     

    Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers

    Mathews has put some solid efforts together in the past few weeks, and Woodhead remains a heavily targeted receiver in the Broncos' short passing game. Both are solid plays against a Dolphins defense coming off a bad performance Monday night against the Bucs and playing on a short week, even if the Chargers have to fly across country. The Dolphins are in the bottom half of the league against the run and have given up the second-most points to fantasy running backs to date.

     

    Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce, Baltimore Ravens

    How can we suggest not one but two backs from the league's 30th-ranked running game? Because something has to give when the Ravens play the Chicago Bears' beleaguered defensive front. It should be the Bears front line giving too.

    The Bears are only better than Jacksonville against the run, so expect the Ravens backs to finally get some running room here behind that maligned offensive line. Coach Jon Harbaugh has said he is going to go with the hot hand, so expect Rice to up his game to keep his feature status. Both backs should be good for 60 combined yards and a touchdown apiece.

     

    Brian Leonard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    The loss of Doug Martin (shoulder) and Mike James (ankle) for the season thrusts Leonard into the starting role for the Bucs, who should be a run-friendly team down the stretch. Bobby Rainey is in the mix too, but he's more of a change-of-pace back to the pounder Leonard. Expect the former fullback to get 20 touches, 60-plus combined yards and a touchdown against a Falcons defense that is sixth-worst against the run and in the bottom half against fantasy running backs.

     

    Andre Brown, New York Giants

    So much for a limited return for the new Giants workhorse. Brown gives the Giants offense a trustworthy feature back who can handle the ball over 20 times a game and do his own short-yardage work. The Packers are more middle of the pack as a matchup for fantasy backs, but the Giants will stick with Brown throughout what should be a physical game. Expect at least one touchdown, regardless of whether he doesn't get his yardage over 60.

     

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    Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars

    He is long past being the sure-fire fantasy starter, but he also draws the third-best run defense in football in a Cardinals team that has given up the fewest points to fantasy backs this season. The Jags are coming off their first victory, but the Cardinals are not going to get tripped up here in their bid to get into the NFL wild-card race. Expect a long day for MJD, and keep him out of fantasy lineups if at all possible.

     

    Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills

    Despite Jackson's usage, you should keep C.J. Spiller active and sit the older, slower veteran against a Jets defense that is No. 1 against the run and No. 3 against fantasy running backs. The Bills are learning they need to get the ball to Spiller in space more, so not only will Jackson be bottled up by the matchup, but also by the move back to the now-healthier Spiller. This is a 10-carry, 35-yard performance coming for Jackson.

     

    Shane Vereen, LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots

    You likely cannot afford to sit Stevan Ridley, but the matchup and potential return of Vereen (wrist) complicates the already-crowded Pats running back committee. Ridley is the only decent play until Vereen's usage is revealed, especially since the Panthers are No. 2 against the run and sixth-best against fantasy running backs. Running backs have attempted a league-low 18.6 carries against the Panthers defense, and that isn't a big number to potentially split four ways.

     

    Steven Jackson, Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling, Atlanta Falcons

    The Falcons and fantasy owners have learned, yet again, that 30-year-old running backs are bad news. Jackson has been banged up and ineffective, and he draws a Bucs defense that didn't give the Dolphins a sniff on the ground Monday night.

    The Bucs are stout against run, fifth-best, and have allowed a league-low one rushing touchdown to running backs all season, tied with the Ravens and Chiefs. Don't touch any of the Falcons backs this week.

     

    BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals

    Everyone knew it would be just a matter of time before the plodding BGE gave up more and more touches to rookie Giovani Bernard, and now it's clear Bernard is the Bengals' more potent option on any down and in any situation. BGE is facing the Browns' sixth-best run defense, and with byes not a real issue any longer, he shouldn't be needed in fantasy lineups. 

    Week 11 Running Backs Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankRunning BacksTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Adrian PetersonMinat Sea4+3
    2Jamaal CharlesKCat Den1-1
    3LeSean McCoyPhivs. Was2-1
    4Marshawn LynchSeavs. Min3-1
    5Matt ForteChivs. Bal7+2
    6Frank GoreSFat NO60
    7Reggie BushDetat Pit5-2
    8Alfred MorrisWasat Phi9+1
    9Eddie LacyGBat NYG10+1
    10Chris JohnsonTenvs. Ind14+4
    11Knowshon MorenoDenvs. KC8-3
    12Ray RiceBalat Chi19+7
    13Le'Veon BellPitvs. Det130
    14Ben TateHouvs. Oak12-2
    15Stevan RidleyNEat Car20+5
    16Chris IvoryNYJat Buf24+8
    17C.J. SpillerBufvs. NYJ28+11
    18Ryan MathewsSDat Mia21+3
    19Andre BrownNYGvs. GB11-8
    20Andre EllingtonAriat Jac16-4
    21Darren SprolesNOvs. SF26+5
    22Giovani BernardCinvs. Cle15-7
    23Trent RichardsonIndat Ten33+10
    24Danny WoodheadSDat Mia17-7
    25Rashard MendenhallAriat Jac32+7
    26Brian LeonardTBvs. Atl30+4
    27Donald BrownIndat Ten34+7
    28Bernard PierceBalat Chi41+13
    29Rashad JenningsOakat Hou18-11
    30Steven JacksonAtlat TB29-1
    31Maurice Jones-DrewJacvs. Ari27-4
    32Lamar MillerMiavs. SD25-7
    33DeAngelo WilliamsCarvs. NE35+2
    34Pierre ThomasNOvs. SF23-11
    35Fred JacksonBufvs. NYJ22-13
    36Jonathan StewartCarvs. NE38+2
    37Bryce BrownPhivs. Was55+18
    38Montee BallDenvs. KC52+14
    39Daniel ThomasMiavs. SD48+9
    40Kendall HunterSFat NO57+17
    41Shane VereenNEat Car31-10
    42BenJarvus Green-EllisCinvs. Cle37-5
    43Joique BellDetat Pit39-4
    44Chris OgbonnayaCleat Cin46+2
    45Dennis JohnsonHouvs. Oak51+6
    46Shonn GreeneTenvs. Ind43-3
    47Mike TolbertCarvs. NE44-3
    48James StarksGBat NYG50+2
    49Bilal PowellNYJat Buf40-9
    50Robert TurbinSeavs. Min62+12
    51Mark IngramNOvs. SF45-6
    52Jacquizz RodgersAtlat TB42-10
    53Willis McGaheeCleat Cin47-6
    54Bobby RaineyTBvs. Atl36-18
    55Peyton HillisNYGvs. GB54-1
    56LeGarrette BlountNEat Car65+9
    57Felix JonesPitvs. Det69+12
    58Roy HeluWasat Phi49-9
    59Michael BushChivs. Bal61+2
    60Fozzy WhittakerCleat Cin59-1
    61Brandon JacobsNYGvs. GB73+12
    62Anthony DixonSFat NO82+20
    63Denard RobinsonJacvs. Ari67+4
    64C.J. AndersonDenvs. KC75+11
    65Ronnie BrownSDat Mia66+1
    66Jason SnellingAtlat TB60-6
    67Knile DavisKCat Den80+13
    68Tashard ChoiceBufvs. NYJ86+18
    69Johnathan FranklinGBat NYG85+16
    70LaMichael JamesSFat NO72+2
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros

Wide Receivers: Redskins-Eagles Matchup Should Be Fantasy-Friendly Here

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    Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins

    Rookie tight end Jordan Reed might have stolen some of Garcon's thunder, but the matchup is just too good to ignore for the Redskins' leading wide receiver this week. The Eagles are the second-worst pass defense in football and have given up the most receptions, yards and fantasy points to wide receivers this season.

     

    Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles

    He has scorched along with Nick Foles, and he draws a Redskins secondary that is in the bottom 10 against the pass and has given up the sixth-most fantasy points to wide receivers. Cooper would be a good start against anyone right now. Against the Redskins and amid this hot stretch, he is a great start.

     

    Rishard Matthews, Miami Dolphins

    He emerged as a surprise go-to man for Ryan Tannehill on Monday night, and his performance was so eye-opening that the Dolphins have to go back to him again this week. You helped make him the most-added wide receiver this week, so you should play him against the Chargers this Sunday. San Diego has allowed the fourth-most points fantasy wide receivers and has the fifth-worst pass defense.

     

    Percy Harvin and Golden Tate, Seattle Seahawks

    You have waited weeks, if not months, for Harvin, so you have to be anxious to get him into your fantasy lineup. Even if he is limited in his snap count, his production should be up against his former team. The Vikings are 29th against the pass and eighth-worst against fantasy wide receivers. Harvin is a solid start and the attention he draws underneath should also help Tate be productive downfield. Start both of the Seahawks receivers this week.

     

    Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    He has posted back-to-back duds, but you should feel confident in him rebounding against a Falcons defense that is young and in the bottom 10 against the pass and fantasy wideouts. Head coach Greg Schiano told the Tampa Tribune's Roy Cummings this week that getting Jackson the ball more is a priority:

    We need to make sure he gets his touches because he’s a dynamic player. You're talking about a Pro Bowl player. And, certainly, with the loss of some weapons offensively, defenses are really going to key on him now. That's a fact of life. But get over it and find a way to get him the ball. That's what we have to do.

     

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    Aaron Dobson, Julian Edelman and Kenbrell Thompkins, New England Patriots

    Dobson went into the bye week hot, but Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski should get even more of the pie as the season wears on. Also, the Panthers are No. 4 against the pass and No. 2 against fantasy receivers. Amendola remains a must-start in PPR, but you might consider sitting him in standard leagues too because of the difficult matchup at Carolina.

     

    Greg Jennings, Cordarrelle Patterson, Jerome Simpson, Minnesota Vikings

    Jennings (Achilles) hasn't been close to his productive self and Christian Ponder (shoulder) is still notoriously limited in getting the ball downfield. None of the Vikings receivers look like even decent plays against the Seahawks shutdown secondary. The Seahawks are No. 2 against the pass and No. 3 against fantasy receivers.

     

    Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders

    He was having a sleeper-worthy season in the early going, but he hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 6 and will be facing the No. 1 pass defense in football in the Houston Texans. The Texans have allowed a league-low 76 receptions and 918 yards to fantasy wide receivers to date.

    Oh, and Moore might also have to deal with Matt McGloin as the Raiders' starting quarterback this week. Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle tweeted that McGloin got all of the first-team reps Friday, even if the Raiders are still hopeful Pryor feels well enough to play.

     

    Anquan Boldin and Mario Manningham, San Francisco 49ers

    Colin Kaepernick has struggled to recreate his stretch-run magic from a year ago. Even if it has a lot to do with the health and effectiveness of his receivers, you cannot like the 49ers' struggling passing game at New Orleans. The Saints shut down Tony Romo and Dez Bryant a week ago and should be plenty capable of stopping this limited aerial attack. The Saints are one of only three teams to have allowed 200 or less passing yards per game this season.

     

    Lance Moore and Kenny Stills, New Orleans Saints

    This pair has taken turns being productive amid Marques Colston's struggles, but Colston (knee) proved healthy and effective again last week, so he should be the lone Saints wide receiver who is starter-worthy in fantasy against the 49ers defense. San Francisco is eighth-best against the pass and seventh-best against fantasy wide receivers.

    Week 11 Wide Receivers Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankWide ReceiversTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Calvin JohnsonDetat Pit10
    2A.J. GreenCinvs. Cle5+3
    3Brandon MarshallChivs. Bal30
    4DeSean JacksonPhivs. Was40
    5Demaryius ThomasDenvs. KC7+2
    6Wes WelkerDenvs. KC10+4
    7Andre JohnsonHouvs. Oak2-5
    8Larry FitzgeraldAriat Jac14+6
    9Pierre GarconWasat Phi6-3
    10Victor CruzNYGvs. GB11+1
    11Vincent JacksonTBvs. Atl8-3
    12Jordy NelsonGBat NYG19+7
    13Eric DeckerDenvs. KC15+2
    14Antonio BrownPitvs. Det9-5
    15Josh GordonCleat Cin16+1
    16T.Y. HiltonIndat Ten13-3
    17Riley CooperPhivs. Was20+3
    18Alshon JefferyChivs. Bal12-6
    19Torrey SmithBalat Chi18-1
    20Danny AmendolaNEat Car24+4
    21Marques ColstonNOvs. SF27+6
    22Keenan AllenSDat Mia17-5
    23Cecil ShortsJacvs. Ari21-2
    24Roddy WhiteAtlat TB30+6
    25Percy HarvinSeavs. Min33+8
    26Steve SmithCarvs. NE25-1
    27Hakeem NicksNYGvs. GB28+1
    28Golden TateSeavs. Min22-6
    29Rishard MatthewsMiavs. SD44+15
    30DeAndre HopkinsHouvs. Oak31+1
    31James JonesGBat NYG39+8
    32Anquan BoldinSFat NO35+3
    33Mike WallaceMiavs. SD23-10
    34Emmanuel SandersPitvs. Det32-2
    35Aaron DobsonNEat Car34-1
    36Kendall WrightTenvs. Ind29-7
    37Brandon LaFellCarvs. NE47+10
    38Marvin JonesCinvs. Cle43+5
    39Rueben RandleNYGvs. GB42+3
    40Dexter McClusterKCat Den62+22
    41Michael FloydAriat Jac37-4
    42Brian HartlineMiavs. SD36-6
    43Denarius MooreOakat Hou38-5
    44Jarrett BoykinGBat NYG41-3
    45Marlon BrownBalat Chi49+4
    46Santonio HolmesNYJat Buf50+4
    47Dwayne BoweKCat Den40-7
    48Donnie AveryKCat Den61+13
    49Doug BaldwinSeavs. Min48-1
    50Mohamed SanuCinvs. Cle85+35
    51Greg JenningsMinat Sea56+5
    52Kenny StillsNOvs. SF46-6
    53Nate WashingtonTenvs. Ind57+4
    54Eddie RoyalSDat Mia59+5
    55Harry DouglasAtlat TB26-29
    56Lance MooreNOvs. SF52-4
    57Nate BurlesonDetat Pit70+13
    58Mario ManninghamSFat NO69+11
    59Kenbrell ThompkinsNEat Car77+18
    60Jason AvantPhivs. Was82+22
    61Julian EdelmanNEat Car75+14
    62Jacoby JonesBalat Chi76+14
    63Vincent BrownSDat Mia73+10
    64David NelsonNYJat Buf71+7
    65Leonard HankersonWasat Phi60-5
    66Ted GinnCarvs. NE78+12
    67Greg LittleCleat Cin66-1
    68Jon BaldwinSFat NO94+26
    69Darrius Heyward-BeyIndat Ten72+3
    70Mike BrownJacvs. Ari53-17
    71Davone BessCleat Cin87+16
    72Lavon BrazillIndat Ten101+29
    73Jerome SimpsonMinat Sea83+10
    74Tiquan UnderwoodTBvs. Atl51-23
    75Stephen HillNYJat Buf64-11
    76Ace SandersJacvs. Ari84+8
    77Rod StreaterOakat Hou81+4
    78Andre RobertsAriat Jac58-20
    79Robert MeachemNOvs. SF102+23
    80Jermaine KearseSeavs. Min65-15
    81Kris DurhamDetat Pit55-26
    82Santana MossWasat Phi96+14
    83Justin HunterTenvs. Ind67-16
    84Jacoby FordOakat Hou108+24
    85Cordarrelle PattersonMinat Sea68-17
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros

Tight Ends: Trust Rob Housler, but Not John Carlson Among Last Week's Surprises

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    Rob Housler, Arizona Cardinals

    Coming off his first career touchdown, Housler is primed to take off as a fantasy sleeper. We already listed Carson Palmer as a "start" at quarterback, and the emergence Housler is one of the reasons.

    Housler was tripped up by a high-ankle sprain early in the season; otherwise, we might have already viewed him as a top-12 fantasy tight end. He can perform like one against the Jags, third-worst against tight ends in fantasy, if you need a spot starter.

     

    Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins

    This one has become obvious in recent weeks, but the Eagles have been so suspect against the pass yet good against tight ends, we feel obligated to mention Reed here. Philly has the second-worst pass defense, but it's quietly been third-toughest against tight ends. It is not enough to consider sitting Reed, who has emerged as Robert Griffin III's primary target.

     

    Tim Wright, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    He had a quiet week in what should have been a favorable matchup against the Dolphins, but we will give him a one-week pass. He still rates as Mike Glennon's favorite target and should be good for six catches for 60 yards and perhaps a touchdown at home against the Falcons, who have given up the fifth-most touchdown passes to tight ends (six).

     

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    John Carlson, Minnesota Vikings

    He took over nicely for Kyle Rudolph (foot) last week, going off for seven catches, 98 yards and a touchdown to lead the position. This week will be a much tougher opponent in the Seahawks, who have the second-best pass defense and have limited tight ends to bottom-10 numbers thus far. Carlson is a bad fringe option with the bye weeks out of the way.

     

    Dallas Clark, Baltimore Ravens

    He has three touchdowns in his past four games, but he hasn't broken 50 yards but once since Week 1 and has been held under 15 yards in every game since Week 6. The one-yard touchdowns don't come often against Chicago either. The Bears have allowed just two touchdowns to tight ends this season. Look elsewhere if you have Jason Witten or Jared Cook on bye this week.

     

    Kellen Winslow, New York Jets

    He returns from a four-game suspension, but despite the Bills' secondary struggles, they have been tough on opposing tight ends in fantasy. Buffalo has allowed the fourth-fewest yards to the position (340) this season. You also cannot trust Winslow will get the targets when the Jets do go to the tight end, since Jeff Cumberland is still listed as their starter. 

    Week 11 Tight Ends Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankTight EndsTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Rob GronkowskiNEat Car10
    2Jimmy GrahamNOvs. SF20
    3Julius ThomasDenvs. KC4+1
    4Vernon DavisSFat NO6+2
    5Jordan ReedWasat Phi3-2
    6Antonio GatesSDat Mia5-1
    7Jordan CameronCleat Cin70
    8Greg OlsenCarvs. NE10+2
    9Tony GonzalezAtlat TB8-1
    10Coby FleenerIndat Ten11+1
    11Rob HouslerAriat Jac18+7
    12Martellus BennettChivs. Bal9-3
    13Tim WrightTBvs. Atl130
    14Heath MillerPitvs. Det12-2
    15Charles ClayMiavs. SD14-1
    16John CarlsonMinat Sea17+1
    17Garrett GrahamHouvs. Oak16-1
    18Zach MillerSeavs. Min22+4
    19Dallas ClarkBalat Chi25+6
    20Scott ChandlerBufvs. NYJ15-5
    21Delanie WalkerTenvs. Ind20-1
    22Zach ErtzPhivs. Was27+5
    23Jermaine GreshamCinvs. Cle28+5
    24Tyler EifertCinvs. Cle19-5
    25Brandon PettigrewDetat Pit21-4
    26Anthony FasanoKCat Den33+7
    27Joseph FauriaDetat Pit35+8
    28Brent CelekPhivs. Was24-4
    29Brandon MyersNYGvs. GB26-3
    30Kellen WinslowNYJat Buf300
    31Andrew QuarlessGBat NYG34+3
    32Marcedes LewisJacvs. Ari23-9
    33Jeff CumberlandNYJat Buf29-4
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros

Defense/Special Teams: Don't Mess with the Chiefs or 49ers Units Against Top QBs

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    Arizona Cardinals

    Continuing with our theme of the week, start the Cardinals defense at Jacksonville. The Jags are third-worst against opposing defensive units and the Cardinals boast a tough run defense (third-best). There are some legit Pro Bowlers on that Cards defense, and the Jags don't have the line or the offensive weapons to hurt them.

     

    New York Jets

    Speaking of strong run defenses, the Jets are No. 1 in that regard and they will be facing a Bills team that will be without Stevie Johnson (groin). The Bills are sixth-worst against fantasy defenses, so consider the Jets one of the best streaming options on the board.

     

    Houston Texans

    This has been a maligned team, but the defense is still No. 1 against the pass and the Raiders might have to start a quarterback who was a walk-on in college and undrafted into the pros, Matt McGloin. No matter what you think you might know about McGloin or the status of Terrelle Pryor (knee), you should view the Texans as a must-start unit among the top five this week, especially at home.

      

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    Kansas City Chiefs

    The No. 1 unit in fantasy is a bad play in Denver against arguably the most potent offense in NFL history. Peyton Manning's Broncos are not in the top 10 against opposing defensive units, but we should expect their best effort of the season, a la the performance on opening night against the Ravens. This should be a Broncos show and a bad week to have the Chiefs active.

     

    San Francisco 49ers

    The 49ers have played better defense of late, but the Saints in New Orleans is perhaps the worst matchup in football for anyone. The Saints are No. 5 against opposing defensive units, so find a one-week fill-in here.

     

    Washington Redskins

    Here is a surprising stat: The Redskins, despite having the sixth-worst defense in football, have scored the third-most points in standard fantasy leagues. You should not buy into this against the Eagles in Philly, though. That Chip Kelly quick-strike offense isn't to be messed with right now with Nick Foles at quarterback.

    Week 11 Defenses and Special Teams Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankDefenses and Special TeamsTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Seattle SeahawksSeavs. Min10
    2Arizona CardinalsAriat Jac20
    3Cincinnati BengalsCinvs. Cle30
    4New York JetsNYJat Buf7+3
    5Houston TexansHouvs. Oak50
    6Detroit LionsDetat Pit13+7
    7Chicago BearsChivs. Bal9+2
    8New England PatriotsNEat Car11+3
    9Denver BroncosDenvs. KC10+1
    10Green Bay PackersGBat NYG15+5
    11Carolina PanthersCarvs. NE4-7
    12New Orleans SaintsNOvs. SF120
    13Baltimore RavensBalat Chi19+6
    14San Diego ChargersSDat Mia17+3
    15Kansas City ChiefsKCat Den18+3
    16San Francisco 49ersSFat NO160
    17Atlanta FalconsAtlat TB22+5
    18Cleveland BrownsCleat Cin14-4
    19Buffalo BillsBufvs. NYJ6-13
    20Indianapolis ColtsIndat Ten8-12
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Kickers: We Have a Hunch Justin Tucker Rebounds Big This Week

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    Justin Tucker hasn't been quite as good as he was last year, but he can help down the stretch.
    Justin Tucker hasn't been quite as good as he was last year, but he can help down the stretch.Patrick Smith/Getty Images

    Start 'Em

    Nick Folk, New York Jets

    Folk is coming off his bye with a matchup against the Bills, the third-worst team in fantasy against kickers. The Jets have shown a lot more juice than anyone expected and Folk has been a big beneficiary. He is a top-five fantasy option the rest of the season.

     

    Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens

    The struggles of the Ravens' running game has hurt Tucker's numbers and opportunities, but we expect both to improve against the Bears' 31st-ranked run defense. Tucker gets to face a Bears team that is eighth-worst against kickers. He should be viewed as a regular fantasy starter down the stretch, no matter what you think of the Ravens offense.

     

    Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers

    The loss of Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) impacts the overall productivity of the Packers offense, but it shouldn't affect Crosby's fantasy value too much. The Packers still can run the ball, and Crosby should be positioned for attempts often against a Giants team that has been in the bottom 10 of fantasy against kickers.

     

    Sit 'Em

    Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings

    One of last year's best rookie kickers, if not one of the best of all time, has been a bust for fantasy owners this season. He won't turn it around against the Seahawks defense this week either. Seattle has allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to kickers this season.

     

    Josh Brown, New York Giants

    He has been a streaky option, but the Giants do not have a trustworthy enough offense to use their kicker in standard leagues. The Packers are seventh-best against fantasy kickers too.

     

    Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland Raiders

    Riddle us eternal optimists, but the Texans are due for a big performance at home, especially defensively. SeaBass has been one of the worst kickers in fantasy, and the prospect of Matt McGloin starting over Terrelle Pryor should scare you off Janikowski in any fantasy lineup.

    Week 11 Kickers Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankKickersTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Steven HauschkaSeavs. Min2+1
    2Stephen GostkowskiNEat Car4+2
    3Nick FolkNYJat Buf7+4
    4Matt PraterDenvs. KC1-3
    5Mason CrosbyGBat NYG12+7
    6Phil DawsonSFat NO18+12
    7Alex HeneryPhivs. Was9+2
    8Justin TuckerBalat Chi6-2
    9Adam VinatieriIndat Ten17+8
    10Matt BryantAtlat TB100
    11Garrett HartleyNOvs. SF8-3
    12Ryan SuccopKCat Den20+8
    13Caleb SturgisMiavs. SD25+12
    14Nick NovakSDat Mia3-11
    15Mike NugentCinvs. Cle26+11
    16Sebastian JanikowskiOakat Hou28+12
    17Jay FeelyAriat Jac13-4
    18David AkersDetat Pit5-13
    19Graham GanoCarvs. NE21+2
    20Rob BironasTenvs. Ind29+9
    21Kai ForbathWasat Phi15-6
    22Josh BrownNYGvs. GB24+2
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros