Fantasy Football: Start'em, Sit'em for Week 11

Kevin Hanson@EDSFootballAnalyst IIINovember 18, 2011

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos scrambles away from Ropati Pitoitua #79 of the New York Jets at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Tebow went on to score the game winning touchdown as the Broncos defeated the Jets 17-13.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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It was typical Tim Tebow.

After Tebow and the Broncos' offense struggled to move the ball for roughly 55 minutes, Tebow became a one-man wrecking crew. On an all-out blitz by the Jets, Tebow ran it in on a 20-yard run for the game-winning score with 58 seconds to go in the game.

Counting his Week 5 performance in relief of Kyle Orton, Tebow now has double-digit fantasy points in six consecutive games and 16-plus points five times during that span.

That said, he still has not had a 200-yard passing game this season.

While I ranked all Denver receivers including Eric Decker outside of my top 40 receivers for the week and it's unlikely that any of them will be inside my top 30 again this season, Tebow's running ability makes him a top 10 or 12 fantasy quarterback in most weeks.

Here are some players to consider starting in Week 11:

QB - Carson Palmer, Raiders (at MIN): In his two starts, Palmer has thrown for 631 yards and five touchdowns. Even though he threw four interceptions in those two starts, he has had back-to-back games with at least 15 fantasy points. Not only do the Vikings allow the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, they just lost cornerback Antoine Winfield for the season due to a broken clavicle.

RB - Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks (at STL): Against two solid run defenses (Dallas and Baltimore), Lynch has rushed for 100-plus yards in back-to-back games. Before those two games, Lynch did not have any 20-carry games although he has 55 total carries in the past two weeks. Lynch brings a five-game scoring streak into this week's matchup against the Rams, who have allowed a league-high 150.6 rushing yards per game.

RB - Brandon Jacobs, Giants (vs PHI): With Ahmad Bradshaw likely to miss his third consecutive game, Jacobs is in store to be the team's featured back for at least one more week. Jacobs, who has had 18 carries in each of the past two weeks, gets a much easier matchup against the Eagles this week (compared to the 49ers last week). While San Francisco allows the fewest fantasy points to running backs, the Eagles have allowed the fifth-most this season.

RB - James Starks, Packers (vs TB): Speaking of favorable matchups, the Packers host the Buccaneers, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. No team has allowed more rushing touchdowns to running backs than Tampa Bay (11). If it weren't for the fact that Starks has yet to carry the ball more than 13 times in a game this season, he would be ranked higher than 20th (low-end RB2) in our running back rankings.

WR - Denarius Moore, Raiders (at MIN): On Thursday Night Football last week, Moore had his best fantasy performance of the season with five receptions for 123 yards and two touchdowns. It was his second 20-point performance of the season, but he has had two of his best three performances in the two games in which Carson Palmer has started.

WR - Earl Bennett, Bears (vs SD): Since returning two weeks ago, Bennett has led the Bears in receiving each week. Last week, Bennett caught six of Jay Cutler's nine completed passes. In each of his past two games, Bennett has at least 80 receiving yards and a total of 11 receptions for 176 yards and a score.

WR - Vincent Brown, Chargers (at CHI): Assuming that Malcom Floyd, who did not practice on Thursday, will miss another game, Brown is in position for another solid performance. Similar to Bennett, Brown has nine receptions for 176 yards and a score in his past two games.

WR - Laurent Robinson, Cowboys (at WAS): Robinson, who caught two touchdowns in the first half last week, was on his way to a monster performance. Robinson still finished with nearly 20 fantasy points even though he caught only three passes, but Tony Romo threw only seven second-half passes with a commanding early lead over the Bills. Scoring four touchdowns in the past three weeks, Robinson continues to be worthy of a start while Miles Austin is out with a hamstring injury.

TE - Brent Celek, Eagles (at NYG): Over his past four games, Celek has 22 receptions for 249 yards and two touchdowns. During that four-game span, Celek has at least five fantasy points in each game and he has more than 50 receiving yards in each of his past three games.

Here are some players to consider sitting in Week 11:

QB - Jay Cutler, Bears (vs SD): Since Week 4, Cutler has only one game with more than 250 passing yards (267 yards in Week 6 vs. Minnesota). In his past three games, Cutler has thrown for 226, 208 and 123 yards, respectively, and he has a 3:2 touchdown-to-interception ratio during that span.

RB - Beanie Wells, 49ers (at SF): With a knee expected to be less than 100 percent for the remainder of the season, Wells has struggled in his past five games. During that span, he has had more than 62 rushing yards only once and he has averaged less than four yards per carry in all five games. This week, the Cardinals face the 49ers, who rank first in the NFL in scoring defense, rushing defense and have yet to allow a rushing touchdown.

RB - Chris Ogbonnaya, Browns (vs JAX): Ogbonnaya rushed for a career-high 90 yards last week against the Rams. This week, Silent G has a less favorable matchup against the Jaguars, who have allowed the seventh-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. In addition, Montario Hardesty has not yet been ruled out for this week's game so if he is able to play, Ogbonnaya should expect fewer carries.

WR - James Jones, Packers (vs TB): Although he has scored a touchdown in four of his past six games, he also has only one reception in five games this season. In addition, he has just two games with 50-plus receiving yards this year. With Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson and Jermichael Finley all likely to get more targets, Jones provides high risk with the potential for a high reward in the Packers' high-powered offense.

WR - Nate Washington, Titans (at ATL): If you start a Titans receiver, I would prefer to go with Damian Williams. In his past three games, Williams has 13 receptions for 201 yards and two touchdowns. By comparison, Washington has only 11 receptions for 112 yards and a touchdown in his past four games combined.

WR - Steve Breaston, Chiefs (at NE): Not that Matt Cassel is Tom Brady, but it's hard to trust any of the Chiefs receivers with Tyler Palko likely to get the start with Cassel out this week. Breaston is coming off his worst performance (33 yards and no touchdowns) since Week 2. Breaston, Washington and Jones are all just outside of my initial top 35 receivers for Week 11.

TE - Kellen Winslow, Bucs (at GB): Although Winslow has scored in two of his past three games, he has yet to finish with double-digit fantasy points this season. In addition, Winslow has been held to 40 receiving yards or less in four straight games and in six of his last seven games.

Up until kickoff of the 1 p.m. games on Sunday, we will update our Week 11 fantasy football rankings, which can be found here. In addition to rankings by position for leagues that use standard scoring, we have flex rankings and point-per-reception (PPR) rankings.

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Good luck in Week 11!