Every week, we list several players that we believe should start on most fantasy rosters. We do the same with folks that should take a seat on most fantasy rosters.
If you want our thoughts on players not on this list, feel free to send your start/sit questions via Twitter @EDSFootball, check out our Week 11 fantasy rankings at TheTipDrill.com or post your question in our Fantasy Football Forum.
Players to Start for Week 11
Although he's just outside my top ten (he's No. 11, to be exact) fantasy quarterbacks for Week 11, "The Sanchize" has back-to-back 20-point fantasy performances. Better yet? The pass defense that John McClain of the Houston Chronicle described as the worst he's seen in 30 years of covering the NFL is what stands in his way from a 20-point three-peat. No team in the league has allowed more passing yards or touchdowns that the Texans.
Last week against the Lions, Jackson had 160 yards from scrimmage and scored two touchdowns (one rushing and one receiving). Although it was Jackson's first big game of the season, he has been getting a heavy workload—20-plus carries in three of past four games. With rookie C.J. Spiller doubtful for Week 11, Jackson should get another heavy workload this week.
Over his past four games, Green-Ellis has alternated between disappointing and strong performances: 24, 112, 14 and 87 rushing yards, respectively. Last week's 87 rushing yards was especially impressive considering the Steelers were allowing less than 60 rushing yards per game. This week, the Patriots host the Colts, who have allowed the fourth-most rushing yards (133.2 per game) and a league-high 5.0 yards per carry.
Over the past two weeks, Holmes has established himself as the team's No. 1 receiver. In those two games, Holmes has 10 receptions for 190 yards and a touchdown (the game-winner in overtime last week). Over the entire season (as noted above), the Texans secondary has established itself as the league's No. 32 by allowing the most passing yards and touchdowns.
Bryant, the Cowboys' first-round pick, has emerged as a must-start for the remainder of the year (and beyond). The only debate is about which Cowboys receiver, Bryant or Miles Austin, is the better to own for the remainder of the year, and I think the answer is Bryant. For three consecutive weeks, Bryant has 80-plus yards. It seems as though all Jon Kitna needs to do is throw it up and let Bryant make a play.
In his past four games, Manningham has scored a touchdown in three games and had 50-plus yards in three games. With Steve Smith out last week, Manningham had his best game of the season—10 receptions for 91 yards and a score. While Manningham is a top 30 receiver this week, he will be ranked even higher in his next two games against Jacksonville and Washington as no teams have allowed more fantasy points to opposing receivers this season.
Last week, Gresham had the best game (nine receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown) of his rookie season against the Colts, who have allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends. This week, Gresham faces the Bills, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to tight ends.
Players to Sit for Week 11
Schaub led the NFL in passing yards in 2009, but he has had a disappointing and inconsistent season this year. Shutdown corner Darrelle Revis appears to be fully healthy and back to his old self. Against the Lions, Revis held Calvin Johnson to only one catch for 13 yards despite MegaTron having 100-plus yards in his other three of past four games. Andre Johnson, who only had four receptions for 35 yards versus Revis last year, could also be in for a disappointing game.
Over the past three games, Seattle's Justin Forsett has a total of 136 yards from scrimmage compared to Lynch's 117, even though Forsett has less than half the carries as Lynch during that span. During those three games, Forsett is averaging 4.93 yards per carry to Lynch's 2.55 YPC. Therefore, Lynch isn't even the highest-rated fantasy running back on his own team.
Based on production, Jahvid Best was the best running back through Week 2 with five touchdowns in his first two career games. Since then he hasn't been the "worst," but he's certainly been a huge source of disappointment to fantasy owners who were wowed by his fast start. In his next seven games, Best has failed to score a touchdown or reach 100 yards from scrimmage in any game. His dud performance last week against the 32nd-ranked Bills run defense inspires absolutely no confidence against a re-energized Cowboys defense that held the Giants to only 90 rushing yards last week.
The good news is that Brown has scored a touchdown in back-to-back games. The bad news is he had only 11 rushing yards (on 12 carries) last week. That was the second time in the past four weeks that Brown was held to less than 15 rushing yards in a game. On the season, only the Steelers have allowed fewer rushing yards than the Bears (82.3 per game).
Moss has a great matchup in Week 11 against the Redskins, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season. Over their past four games, the Redskins have allowed wide receivers to catch nine touchdown passes. But Moss is coming off back-to-back one-reception performances with his third team and his second team (against his first team). Over the past 17 games (counting playoffs), Moss has failed to exceed 81 receiving yards in a game.
The anti-Moss sentiment continues ... although it could be worse. (Both Jarvis Moss and Sinorice Moss were released this month by their respective teams.) With Santana Moss, however, he will likely draw a lot of coverage by Cortland Finnegan this week. Last week, Finnegan held Miami's Brandon Marshall to only three receptions for 34 yards. In addition, Tennessee has allowed only one touchdown to receivers in their past four games.
Dolphins cornerback Vontae Davis is one of the better young cornerbacks in the league. Last week, he limited Randy Moss to only one reception. Tonight there is a good chance that Davis will line up opposite Knox for much of the night. It doesn't help that Knox was battling the flu earlier in the week.
Winslow scored his first touchdown of the season last week. This week, Winslow faces the 49ers, who have not allowed a touchdown to a tight end for four straight weeks. In addition, they haven't allowed tight ends to accumulate 50-plus receiving yards in any game this season.
Good luck in your Week 11 matchup(s) and in our free fantasy football for Week 11 (new entries welcome and encouraged).