Before I get to my Week 11 selections, let’s check last week’s picks for accuracy.
Good Starts from Week 10:
Steve Smith, WR (CAR): Smith had only four receptions in the game, but did finish with two touchdowns.
Ladell Betts, RB (WAS): Filling in for injured running back Clinton Portis, Betts finished with 114 yards rushing and a touchdown.
Donnie Avery, WR (STL): Avery had a big day, with four receptions for 67 yards and two touchdowns.
Donovan McNabb, QB (PHI): McNabb finished last week’s loss to the Chargers with 450 passing yards and two touchdowns.
Bad Starts from Week 10:
Darren McFadden, RB (OAK): McFadden didn’t get as much playing time as I expected, finishing the game with only four carries for 11 yards.
Mike Wallace, WR (PIT): Wallace received plenty of targets in Week 10, but recorded only one catch for 16 yards.
Good Sits from Week 10:
Matt Ryan, QB (ATL): Ryan continued to struggle in Week 10, finishing with only 224 yards passing and one touchdown.
Marshawn Lynch, RB (BUF): Lynch was practically non-existent in the Bills' offense in Week 10, finishing the game with only 37 yards rushing on nine carries.
Bad Sits from Week 10:
Ronnie Brown, RB (MIA): Before leaving the game in the second half with a leg injury, Brown rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown.
Reggie Bush, RB (NO): Bush proved me wrong last week, scoring both a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown against the Rams.
Here is my Week 11 list of who to start and who to sit:
Miami Dolphins at Carolina Panthers
Start: Ricky Williams, RB (MIA)
Explanation: With Ronnie Brown out for the season Williams now becomes the featured back for the Dolphins. Expect a big game from him as the Panthers continue to struggle against the run.
Sit: Jonathan Stewart, RB (CAR)
Explanation: Usually when Stewart is listed as questionable I definitely feel that he will play. But being on a short week play it safe and start someone else just in case his Achilles isn’t ready to go by tonight.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs
Start: Rashard Mendenhall, RB (PIT)
Explanation: The Raiders ran all over the Chiefs last week, and if they can so can the Steelers. Mendenhall has been consistently good each week, so expect big things from him this week, as the Steelers get up early and rely on their running game.
Sit: Jamaal Charles, RB (KC)
Explanation: Charles had a good week last week, but that was against the Raiders. The Steelers are still a force to be reckoned with when it comes to rush defense, so don’t expect much from him this week.
Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens
Start: Derrick Mason, WR (BAL)
Explanation: The Colts haven’t been able to stop the passing game as of late, while having to start two rookies in their secondary. Mason should be able to take advantage of the Colts' situation and have a productive game.
Sit: Donald Brown, RB (IND)
Explanation: Brown hasn’t really been involved in the offense much lately, as Joseph Addai continues to shine. Until he starts to produce, continue to keep him on your bench.
Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys
Start: Tony Romo, QB (DAL)
Explanation: After a poor performance last week against the Packers, Romo should be excited to play a Redskins team that had major problems in its secondary in Week 10. Expect the Cowboys to attack through the air leading to a big game for Romo and the Cowboys' receiving core.
Sit: Santana Moss, WR (WAS)
Explanation: Moss has been non-existent the last few weeks, failing to find the end zone in five straight games now. The Cowboys secondary has also been solid, so keep him on your bench for now.
Cleveland Browns at Detroit Lions
Start: Brandon Pettigrew, TE (DET)
Explanation: The last time the Lions played a poor defense Pettigrew had seven catches for 74 yards and a touchdown. The Browns defense has been getting handled by tight ends the last few weeks, so expect good things from him this week.
Sit: Jamal Lewis, RB (CLE)
Explanation: Lewis continues to struggle entering Week 11 and shouldn’t be used in any league format. But then again, no one on the Browns should be used in any league format.
San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers
Start: Greg Jennings, WR (GB)
Explanation: Jennings hasn’t had the best of seasons this year, but is still a solid target for quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The 49ers don’t match up well with the Packers receivers, so Jennings could end up getting solid production if you need him this week.
Sit: Vernon Davis, TE (SF)
Explanation: The Packers have been stout against tight ends this year, and the 49ers will likely rely on their running game to win this game. If you have another option at tight end, bench Davis this week.
Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings
Start: Brett Favre, QB (MIN)
Explanation: Favre continues to shine in 2009, and the Seahawks should mean another great game for him and the Vikings. Don’t hesitate to start Favre at all costs.
Sit: Julius Jones, RB (SEA)
Explanation: The Vikings defensive front is still solid against the run, and will likely be up early in this game. The emergence of Justin Forsett should also be considered when talking about Jones, so keep him on the bench this week.
Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants
Start: Hakeem Nicks, WR (NYG)
Explanation: The Falcons secondary lacks a solid shut down cornerback who can contain Nicks. Look for Manning to abuse the secondary of the Falcons as the Giants break their four-game losing streak on the back of their receiving core.
Sit: Jason Snelling, RB (ATL)
Explanation: Snelling looks to be a solid start this week with the injury to Michael Turner, but the Giants are still a solid run stopping defense, that shouldn't be taken lightly. He should get solid playing time, but I don’t expect much production from him.
New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Start: Carnell Williams, RB (TB)
Explanation: The Rams ran all over the Saints last week and the Buccaneers have been playing solid football as of late. I don’t expect Williams to have a career-day, but a sold 80 yards and one touchdown is a good expectation.
Sit: Mike Bell, RB (NO)
Explanation: It looks as if Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush are now the primary running backs for the Saints, with Bell falling behind. If those two keep playing well, Bell will continue to be on the sidelines as a spectator for most of the game.
Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars
Start: David Garrard, QB (JAC)
Explanation: Garrard has been playing well as of late and the Bills continue to struggle on both sides of the ball. If Vince Young could have a good game against them last week, expect Garrard to have a great game this week.
Sit: Marshawn Lynch, RB (BUF)
Explanation: As I said earlier, Lynch has been non-existent in the Bills offense lately. With a new quarterback taking the snaps this week expect much of the same from this former productive fantasy running back.
Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams
Start: Anquan Boldin, WR (ARI)
Explanation: Boldin had his best game of the year last week with eight receptions for 105 yards against the Seahawks. He is now the healthiest he has been all season and should once again have a good game against horrible cornerbacks.
Sit: Steven Jackson, RB (STL)
Explanation: Jackson has been playing too well lately and is due for a disappointing game. In eight career games against the Cardinals, Jackson has only two touchdowns, so look for other possible starters if you can.
San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos
Start: Eddie Royal, WR (DEN)
Explanation: The Chargers secondary is very beatable, and the Broncos love to pass the ball. Look for Royal to have a productive day as the Broncos' second receiver behind Brandon Marshall.
Sit: Chargers, Defense/Special Teams
Explanation: Even though the Chargers have been able to stop the run, they are getting destroyed through the air. The Broncos will be passing all day, so look for a different defense this week.
Cincinnati Bengals at Oakland Raiders
Start: Zach Miller, TE (OAK)
Explanation: The Bengals aren’t the best against the tight end this season, and the Raiders are starting a new quarterback. Look for Bruce Gradkowski to call for the reliable Miller as he tries to get the Raiders a victory this week.
Sit: Cedric Benson, RB (CIN)
Explanation: It looks as if Benson will not play this weekend, due to a hip injury, so keep him on your bench.
New York Jets at New England Patriots
Start: Laurence Maroney, RB (NE)
Explanation: The Jets defense has fallen apart, and Maroney has been running the ball well as of late. Expect the Patriots to go to Maroney often as the Jets secondary locks down Tom Brady’s favorite target, Randy Moss.
Sit: Braylon Edwards, WR (NYJ)
Explanation: With Jerricho Cotchery back in the mix, Marc Sanchez can now go to a more reliable receiver when needed. Expect Cotchery to take away looks form Edwards, leading to a bad week for him.
Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears
Start: LeSean McCoy, RB (PHI)
Explanation: Brian Westbrook will be sidelined this week against the Bears so McCoy should get plenty of chances in this one.
Sit: Jay Cutler, QB (CHI)
Explanation: Cutler is coming off of a five interception game against the 49ers and will now face a sold secondary that is known for forcing turnovers. Don’t expect much from Cutler this week, as he continues to struggle in Chicago.
Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans
Start: Vince Young, QB (TEN)
Explanation: Young is coming off of a good game against the Bills and the Texans have an even worse secondary than the Bills. If you need a spot-start, go to Young this week.
Sit: Ryan Moats/Steve Slaton, RBs (HOU)
Explanation: It is unknown who will get the bulk of the carries this week, so starting Moats or Slaton is definitely a gamble. Expect the Texans to pass the ball a lot against the Titans' poor passing defense, limiting production from Moats and Slaton.
Check back next week as I assist you in your fantasy lineup decisions!
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