Just hours before the start of Week 11, I know many people have questions running through their heads. Who should I start? Who should I sit?
Let’s take a look at how some of the recent news changes things:
Vince Young – Quarterback – Philadelphia Eagles
According to Jay Glazer (via Twitter), “Michael Vick and Jeremy Maclin are both officially OUT for tomorrow’s game vs Giants.”
That means that Vince Young is going to step in as the quarterback for the Eagles on Sunday night. It was obvious that even a banged up Vick would be a usable option for fantasy owners, but does Young get the same treatment? Not so fast…
The Giants defense leads the league with 30 sacks and in recent weeks has been playing much better than their statistics may indicate. Expect them to come hard after Young.
The Eagles figure to try and offset that by handing the ball off to LeSean McCoy, making him the one safe option in Philadelphia. Young has potential for the desperate (or those in two-quarterback formats), but the pressure coupled with inconsistencies from the receivers (and loss of Jeremy Maclin) turn him into a real wild card.
Depending on your other options, the risk is probably just not worth it. Consider him a QB2 in all formats.
Jason Avant – Wide Receiver – Philadelphia Eagles
As mentioned by Glazer, Jeremy Maclin has also been ruled out for Monday’s game against the Giants. Unfortunately for Avant and Steve Smith, with Vince Young running the offense, you don’t know exactly what you are going to get.
Consider them both extremely risky options and use them as a last resort.
Frank Gore – Running Back – San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers have put fantasy owners in a bind this week, haven’t they? As we discussed earlier in the week (click here to view), it appears that the team is going to give Gore a lighter schedule this week. With Kendall Hunter in place and a near certainty of a playoff spot, why shouldn’t San Francisco play it cautious and get him healthy?
So, what are owners supposed to do? Unfortunately, if he’s on the field (and all indications are that he’s playing) he is too good of an option to leave on your bench.
Prior to last week’s poor performance, he had rushed for 100 yards in five straight games. He also had a stretch from Week 2 through Week 8 where he scored a TD in five out of six games.
In other words, even in limited touches, the upside is too great, especially against a Cardinals’ rushing defense that is allowing 123.1 rushing yards per game and a league leading 12 TD (tied with two other teams).
You don’t want him to produce while sitting on your bench, so unless you are loaded at running back, keep him active in all formats.
Andy Dalton – Quarterback – Cincinnati Bengals
It’s not looking good for A.J. Green, who is listed as doubtful for this week’s matchup with the Baltimore Ravens. If Dalton didn’t already have enough on his plate against Baltimore, losing his best receiver only makes things worse.
It’s been an impressive rookie season for Dalton, but he’s impossible to trust this week outside of two-quarterback formats.
Harry Douglas – Wide Receiver – Atlanta Falcons
With Julio Jones listed as questionable, though unlikely to play due to a hamstring injury, Douglas immediately becomes a viable option in three-receiver formats. Douglas is coming off an impressive day against New Orleans with eight receptions for 133 yards and now figures to remain a go to option in the Falcons offense.
Defenses can only focus on so many people and with Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez and Michael Turner likely drawing the attention, Douglas should have the opportunities to make some plays.
Wes Welker – Wide Receiver – New England Patriots
There has been a lot of talk about injuries for Welker this week, though on the official injury report he is listed as probable. That means it’s a virtual certainty that he suits up on Monday night against the Chiefs.
I know Welker has not been producing in recent weeks, with 46 yards or less in three of his past four games (and no touchdowns in each of his past three), but he offers too much upside when he steps onto the field.
Throw in the Chiefs having allowed 16 passing touchdowns on the season (tied for sixth most), it’s an easy call. Keep him active in all formats.
Dwayne Bowe – Wide Receiver – Kansas City Chiefs
There is probably a feeling out there that the loss of Matt Cassel is going to keep Bowe from being fantasy viable. That thought process could be a major mistake, as you have to look no further than Larry Fitzgerald to imagine what could be possible.
Bowe draws the worst passing defense in the league this week (the Patriots are allowing 308.9 passing yards per game). He also was a productive receiver before Cassel came to town and should remain the go-to option in the passing game.
Keep him active in all formats.
Make sure to check out the rest of our Week 11 articles: