Week 11 Start Them-Sit Them
By Steve Schwarz, Fantasy Sports Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - We have put together our weekly "Start Them-Sit Them" list so you will know what to do with your fantasy lineup. Obviously, if Arian Foster, Roddy White and Drew Brees aren't walking with crutches, or on a bye, you are going to start them.
This list targets the borderline players whom fantasy owners aren't sure whether to play or sit.
There are four teams on a bye this week - Minnesota, New York Giants, Seattle, Tennessee. Make sure your lineup doesn't include any players from these teams.
Arizona at Atlanta
Start - Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Roberts
Start - Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez, Matt Ryan, Falcons defense
Comments - The only NFL offense which has produced less yardage than Arizona is the inept Jacksonville Jaguars. Mediocre quarterback play and no running game whatsoever leave little for fantasy owners to be happy about. Beanie Wells should return next week which will help. Michael Turner is dealing with a groin injury that has kept him out of practice and a reduced role. Sit him. Jones will be a game-time decision, but we think he will play and therefore must be started.
Tampa Bay at Carolina
Start - Josh Freeman, Doug Martin, Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams, Connor Barth
Start - Cam Newton, Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell, Greg Olsen
Comments - The Bucs' offense has come alive since their bye week, averaging 35.6 ppg over the last five contests behind stellar play from Freeman and Martin. The Panthers' middle-of-the-pack defense won't slow them down. Knowing Tampa Bay will put 30 points on the board actually makes it easier for Newton to play a wide-open game and he'll put up big fantasy statistics against the Bucs' 31st-ranked defense. Carolina's running game is a mess with no one taking control. Last weekend Jonathan Stewart received eight carries, DeAngelo Williams six and Mike Tolbert two. Sit them all.
Cleveland at Dallas
Start - Trent Richardson, Phil Dawson
Start - Tony Romo, Felix Jones, Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, Jason Witten, Dan Bailey, Cowboys defense
Comments - Richardson is the Browns' only reliable weapon. Brandon Weeden has been up and down this season, mostly down of late and his future in Cleveland is in doubt. Dallas should allow DeMarco Murray another week of rest and get the win using Jones and Lance Dunbar. But mainly they will pick on Cleveland's 27th-ranked pass defense.
Green Bay at Detroit
Start - Aaron Rodgers, James Starks, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Mason Crosby
Start - Matthew Stafford, Mikel Leshoure, Calvin Johnson, Titus Young, Brandon Pettigrew, Jason Hanson
Comments - The bye week did wonders for Nelson who is now over his hamstring and foot injuries and should lead the Packers' receiving corps. Starks has overtaken Alex Green for the starting running back spot, but is a low-end RB2 at best. The Stafford-to-Johnson combination turned the corner a couple of weeks ago and won't be stopped this weekend by Green Bay's mediocre secondary. Leshoure pulled a disappearing act last weekend after posting three touchdowns versus Jacksonville. He'll find the end zone at least once this Sunday.
Jacksonville at Houston
Start - none
Start - Arian Foster, Andre Johnson, Owen Daniels, Shayne Graham, Texans defense
Comments - It will be a "win" for Jacksonville's offense if they just get the ball into Houston territory. Matt Schaub hasn't thrown for 300 yard this season and he certainly shouldn't be forced to the air this weekend. Foster and their defense is likely to be enough to cruise past the Jaguars.
Cincinnati at Kansas City
Start - Andy Dalton, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, A.J. Green, Mike Nugent, Bengals defense
Start - Jamaal Charles, Dwayne Bowe
Comments - The Chiefs' defense is much better against the pass than the run making the "Law Firm" a viable option. No matter how good the defense, Green will get his yards and fantasy points. He's scored at least one touchdown in eight consecutive games.
New York Jets at St. Louis
Start - Shonn Greene, Jeremy Kerley
Start - Sam Bradford, Steven Jackson, Danny Amendola, Greg Zuerlein
Comments - The Jets average 63 plays a game ... someone has to gain a few yards. We'll give lukewarm recommendations to Greene and Kerley. Amendola was great in his return after missing three and a half games with a broken clavicle. There was no shared backfield last week against San Francisco as Jackson rushed 29 times for 101 yards and a score while Daryl Richardson saw just eight touches.
Philadelphia at Washington
Start - Nick Foles. LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Alex Henery
Start - Robert Griffin III, Alfred Morris, Josh Morgan, Logan Paulsen, Kai Forbath
Comments - If ever there was a time to start a rookie quarterback, it's against a Washington defense that is yielding 397.9 ypg and more than 300 yards through the air. Foles will play well if the Eagles' makeshift offense line gives him time to throw. McCoy should see additional rushing attempts to help protect his young quarterback. Morris will run well against Philadelphia's defense. News out of Washington is that Pierre Garcon will be in uniform, but he'll likely be more decoy than weapon his first weekend back.
New Orleans at Oakland
Start - Drew Brees, Marques Colston, Lance Moore, Jimmy Graham, Garrett Hartley
Start - Carson Palmer, Marcel Reece, Denarius Moore, Brandon Myers, Sebastian Janikowski
Comments - This one should be an air show with Brees and Palmer battling it out. Darren Sproles returns, but the Saints' backfield has too many options for any one of them to shine. The Raiders will run the ball less than 10 times with Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson sitting again. Reece is a viable fantasy option only because of his receiving skills. Darrius Heyward-Bey tweaked his hamstring Wednesday and would be a huge gamble to put in fantasy lineups.
San Diego at Denver
Start - Philip Rivers, Ryan Mathews, Malcom Floyd, Danario Alexander, Antonio Gates, Nick Novak
Start - Peyton Manning, Willis McGahee, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Matt Prater
Comments - Mathews is dealing with a neck injury and will be a game-time decision according to coach Norv Turner. The Chargers' passing game is beginning to click with the addition of Alexander to the starting lineup. McGahee's fumbling is cause for concern, but continue to start him. Even with McGahee's ball handling problems, backup Ronnie Hillman has still received just six carries over the past two games.
Indianapolis at New England
Start - Andrew Luck, Reggie Wayne, Donnie Avery, Adam Vinatieri
Start - Tom Brady, Stevan Ridley, Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski, Stephen Gostkowski
Comments - Colts-Pats matchups have historically been quarterback driven and that won't change. Indianapolis has no running game to speak of with Donald Brown and Vick Ballard and while New England has a quality back in Ridley he sometimes gets ignored. Against Buffalo last weekend Ridley was on the field for just 41 of 72 plays.
Baltimore at Pittsburgh
Start - Ray Rice, Justin Tucker, Ravens defense
Start - Rashard Mendenhall, Mike Wallace, Heath Miller, Shaun Suisham, Steelers defense
Comments - Joe Flacco is not a "road warrior" with a 62.7 QB rating away from M&T Bank Stadium versus a 108.3 QB rating at home. The same can be said for Torrey Smith (18-372-6 at home and 13-176-1 on the road). Starting any of Pittsburgh's backs is a gamble given that all three are capable. Since expectations are that Mendenhall will start, he gets the tepid nod. We have no faith in Byron Leftwich, but think he'll get the ball to Wallace and Miller just enough to earn them low-end starter status.
Chicago at San Francisco
Start - Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall, Robbie Gould, Bears defense
Start - Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis, David Akers, 49ers defense
Comments - We probably wouldn't like Jay Cutler this week against San Francisco even if he wasn't suffering concussion symptoms. Alex Smith (concussion) is expected to play after practicing Wednesday but we don't like him either in this expected defensive struggle.
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