Week 11 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: 5 Guys I Want on My Fantasy Team in Week 11
This is not an article about why you should start Aaron Rodgers this week or why Tom Brady will have a big game against the Kansas City Chiefs—those guys are obvious starts. This is a list of five players who I think will have good games in Week 11.
Some of the players have been on fantasy football rosters the entire season, while others are new to the starting lineup. If you own any of these players, make sure they're in your lineup this week.
5. Denarius Moore, WR, Oakland Raiders
I put Moore at No. 5 because he's the biggest no-brainer on the list. Moore has exploded since the arrival of Carson Palmer.
In Week 10, Palmer's first game as the Raiders starter, Moore was targeted 12 times. Then, in Week 11, Moore was targeted seven times and made five catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns.
Moore has emerged as Palmer's favorite target, and with Jacoby Ford nursing an ankle injury, look for Moore's success to continue against a Minnesota Vikings defense that ranks near the bottom against the pass.
4. Tony Gonzalez, TE, Atlanta Falcons
Gonzalez has scored a touchdown in back-to-back games and is among the league leaders in red-zone targets.
In Week 11, Gonzalez and the Atlanta Falcons face a Tennessee Titans team that has struggled in the red zone. Also, it looks like rookie wide receiver Julio Jones may be limited again Sunday with a bad hamstring, which is more good news for Gonzalez.
Gonzalez has had 16 targets in his past two games, including 10 targets last week against the New Orleans Saints.
3. New England Patriots D/ST
New England has one of the worst defenses in the league, but their matchup on Monday night is favorable. The Patriots host the Kansas City Chiefs and their new starting quarterback Tyler Palko. Palko is filling in for the injured Matt Cassel, who hurt his hand in last week's loss to the Miami Dolphins.
The Patriots defense scored 17 fantasy points against the Jets last week and look to be in line for another solid game this week.
2. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks
Lynch has rattled off back-to-back 100-yard rushing games, including 109 yards against a stout Baltimore Ravens defense in Week 10.
Lynch has become a workhorse in Seattle, carrying the ball 55 times in the past two games. He has also emerged as a threat in the passing game. Last week, he was targeted seven times and made five catches for 58 yards, all of which were season highs for Lynch.
If you liked him against the Ravens last week, then you'll love him this week against a St. Louis Rams team that ranks 30th against the run this year.
1. Carson Palmer, QB, Oakland Raiders
Palmer is starting to find his footing in Oakland, and I really like what I'm seeing. In his two starts for the Raiders, Palmer is averaging 315 yards passing per game and has thrown five touchdowns.
Palmer has brought the big play back to Oakland, completing 18 passes of 20 yards or more. That's two more 20-plus-yard plays than the Raiders had in six weeks with Jason Campbell.
In Week 11, Palmer should find plenty of opportunities to stretch the field when the Raiders travel to Minnesota. The Vikings have the 30th-ranked pass defense and just lost cornerback Antoine Winfield to a broken clavicle.