Week 11 Start 'Em Sit 'Em: Darren McFadden and Injured Stars You Must Sit
Week 11 is arguably the biggest week in a fantasy football season. If you play in an ESPN standard league, which most of us do, there is only one week left before the trade deadline.
There are only three weeks left before the playoffs and for the actual NFL teams who we rely on for personal success, this is the last week of byes.
This past weekend of football was a great one from an excitement and intrigue point of view, but it didn't go so well for us fantasy football connoisseurs. Since the weeks end we have come to learn of injuries to many of our team (or our leagues) impact players.
Given how crucial Week 11 is in the NFL (as each week always is), but more importantly, amongst you and your buddies, it's better to be safe rather than sorry.
Here are some guys you should undoubtedly place on the bench and one guy you should let go for good.
Jets' Running Back LaDanian Tomlinson
Despite Tomlinson's subpar performance statistically speaking this season at the end of the day, in my eyes, he is still LaDanian Tomlinson. He has earned my respect from a fantasy football standpoint over the years and apparently I'm not the only one.
Tomlinson is owned in 70.3 percent of ESPN league's even though he only has 479 net yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns.
If you're a proud owner of "LT" then you would be wise to sit him for Thursday nights game at Mile High against the Broncos. He sprained his MCL Sunday night against the Patriots and given the short week facing him it is unlikely he will be ready to go.
Broncos' Running Back Willis McGahee
Willis McGahee has been a surprise this season with his moxie and the youth he was showing during the first half of the season. Not just the Broncos, but fantasy football owners in turn were pleasantly surprised because McGahee is owned in 99.2 percent of ESPN leagues.
He only puts out an average of 9.9 points a week, but that isn't too bad for the second or third back on your roster.
McGahee has nearly 700 yards of total offense this season and has four total touchdowns. McGahee has been great this season no doubt about it, but if he is anywhere but on your bench right now you're making a mistake.
He tweaked his hamstring against Kansas City Sunday (not to mention the lingering hand injury from earlier in the season) and is listed as "questionable" on the injury report right now. Just like Tomlinson's situation, you never know with these short weeks and it isn't worth risking. Sit McGahee.
Giants' Running Back Ahmad Bradshaw
Ahmad Bradshaw is the first guy we will get to that is owned in 100 percent of ESPN leagues. That means you all know someone who has him. Pass the world along if you'd like, unless you're playing someone whose got him.
Bradshaw has been terrific for the Giants thus far this season with over 650 yards of total offense and he has found the end zone six times. He is rushing the ball for an average of 4.1 yards a carry and his receptions go for an average of 8.8. Can't ask for more solid output than that.
Here comes the bad news. Giants' coach Tom Coughlin said that Bradshaw has made "a little bit" of progress but he is not practicing today (Wednesday). The Giants have a home game against the downward spiraling Philadelphia Eagles, a game they will be heavily favored in, so Coughlin and the team may not push it with Bradshaw.
Put him on your bench and let him get the rest he really does need.
Bengals' Wide Receiver A.J. Green and Falcons' Wide Receiver Julio Jones
Nothing like a 2-for-1 "sit em" special. Both A.J. Green and Julio Jones are listed as questionable for their games this coming Sunday and both are not likely to start. Jones has already missed a couple game this season with a hamstring injury and Green's MRI showed a hyper extension and minor bruising.
Fantasy league's love both guys, Green is owned in every ESPN league and Jones belongs to someone in 98.5 percent of the leagues. As rookies (particularly Green), they have earned their spots on our rosters.
Green has 650 yards of offense and six touchdowns and Jones has Nearly 550 total yards but only two touchdowns. Given that their rookies they have done plenty for their teams and for our teams.
However given the plethora of wide receiver talent the league has these days and the ability for a no name guy to step up on any given Sunday (i.e Victor Cruz) you would be better off sitting Green and Jones.
Eagles' Quarterback Michael Vick
Michael Vick has been all sorts of bad this season. I can't decide whether to feel worse for the Eagles franchise or for every guy I know that drafted Vick early this season in their fantasy league.
He is owned in every ESPN league of course but he only shoes out an average of 16.7 points a week. That is not cutting it Mike, come on man.
He is completely only 60.3 percent of his passes and has thrown the same number of touchdowns as he has interceptions, 11. His quarterback rating is lingering just below 80 which is a serious sign of trouble.
He is listed as "questionable" on the injury report and regardless of whether or not he gets the start he is a definite "sit 'em" this week because he will have trouble being effective if he plays hurt.
Texans' Quarterback Matt Schaub
Matt Schaub is a bit more than this weeks "sit 'em" pick. He is unfortunately out for the remainder of the season. A stunning blow to the Texans and their fans as well as the fantasy players who have him somewhere on their squad.
Schaub was owned in every ESPN league but that changed quick and he has been dropped in 12 percent of leagues with more to come I'm sure. He was having a solid year statistically. He had 2,500 yards and 15 touchdowns while only throwing six interceptions.
He was only good for 15.1 points a week on your fantasy team, but if he was your second option behind center, you were in a good place. Don't just sit Schaub, release him.
Raiders' Running Back Darren McFadden
Darren McFadden is well on his way to missing a third consecutive game for the Oakland Raiders and for all of you fantasy owners who stick with your guys through thick and thin, I applaud you.
McFadden had nearly 800 yards of total offense and five touchdowns before he went down against the Chiefs back on Oct. 23rd. He is owned in every ESPN league despite being inactive for two weeks (this will be the third).
He is currently listed as "inactive" on the injury report, and he is still in a walking boot meaning he won't be ready to go for Sunday's game.
Sit tight with McFadden because when he does return, he will be the ground and pound guy we all love so much, but this week, you have got to sit 'em.