Week 11 Fantasy Football Start Em Sit Em: Ryan Mathews and Stars You Must Avoid

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer INovember 19, 2011

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 10:  Ryan Mathews #24 of the San Diego Chargers is tackled by Aaron Curry #51 of the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium on November 10, 2011 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The San Diego Chargers have struggled as an entire unit this season.

That includes second-year running back Ryan Mathews, who has been dinged up throughout the year and struggles to get through four quarters each and every game.

That won't change in Week 11.

Mathews is one of three stars who you should bench this week.


3. Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys

I'm a big fan of Jason Witten as a player, and he's had some big performances for fantasy owners throughout the years, but Week 11 isn't the week to start him.

Witten's numbers have been as inconsistent as, well, Tony Romo this season. He had 71 yards and a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 9, only to manage 37 yards against the Buffalo Bills in Week 10.

On top of of that, the Washington Redskins, his next foe, have given up the 21st most fantasy points to tight ends this season.

I see another letdown for Witten in Week 11.


2. Vincent Jackson, WR, San Diego Chargers

I must look like a Chargers hater this week, but I see two Chargers stars struggling in Week 11.

Vincent Jackson has had three huge games this season, but he's also had six subpar games. He appears to be a receiver who's best to pick your matchups with.

Against the Oakland Raiders in Week 10, Jackson had one catch for 22 yards.

Jackson faces a Bears defense that has rebounded in recent weeks. The Bears are giving up the 20th most fantasy points to receivers as a whole and the game is being played at Soldier Field.


1. Ryan Mathews, RB, San Diego Chargers

Ryan Mathews has proven himself as a dual-threat as a running back and a receiver out of the backfield this season, but he's struggled through various injuries.

Mathews is averaging a respectable 4.6 yards per carry, but he's rushed more than 20 times only twice this season.

On top of that, he's facing a physical Bears defense on their home turf; a defense that has given up the third fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs in the last five weeks.

I don't see Week 11 working out for Ryan Mathews.


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