Coaches’ Picks – Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Week 11

Start ‘Em

Quarterbacks


Drew Brees @ TB – We were wildly disappointed last week by Breesus against one of the league’s worst defenses, coming out of the bye, no less. Hopefully, Brees gets right this week in Tampa against an atrocious Bucs’ secondary. However, If the Saints put up another dud, we could see Bridgewater back under center, who went 5-0 as the starter.

Jameis Winston vs NO – Averaging 22.1 FPPG, Winston has been a solid QB1 this year. With Marshon Lattimore sidelined, the Saints secondary is looking pretty thin. I think Mike Evans could be in for a huge game after dropping a goose egg their first go around. New Orleans is top 10 in points allowed to opposing WRs.

Josh Allen @ MIA – Josh Allen heads down to South Beach, looking to rebound after last week’s ugly loss to the Browns. I think the Fins overshot their win quota for the year and can’t afford to win any more games if they want to preserve their top-end pick in the 2020 draft. Miami is allowing over 20 FPPG to opposing QBs, and Allen is always a threat to keep the ball for himself in the red zone.

Kyle Allen vs ATL – The Falcons are top 5 in points allowed to quarterbacks, averaging 22.6 FPPG. Kyle Allen has been a pretty solid starter this year with a 5-2 record and appears to have stripped Cam Newton of a job after reports surfaced the Panthers intend to move on from the franchise QB in 2020. I love Carolina’s passing attack this week, so, I believe you can fire up Moore, Samuel, and Olsen.

Derek Carr vs CIN – Derek Carr is another incredibly solid QB, who has done exactly what’s been asked of him. The Bengals are arguably the worst team in the league right now and could realistically go 0-16. They are 3rd in points allowed to QBs, surrendering 23.4 FPPG. Fire up your Raiders at home this week.

*Start of the Week – Tom Brady @ PHIDak Prescott @ DET

*Long Shots of the Week – Jeff Driskel vs DALDwayne Haskins vs NYJ

Running Backs


Brian Hill vs CAR – Brian Hill is the next man up in Atlanta and will be the primary ball-handler for the foreseeable future. He had 20 carries after Freeman’s exit and posted 14.1 fantasy points. You likely blew all your FAAB for the boy this week, so fire him up against a soft CAR run defense, that ranks 32nd in rushing DVOA.

James Conner @ CLE – Conner isn’t carrying an injury designation heading into TNF against division rival, Cleveland Browns. Cleveland is giving up an average of 19 FPPG to RBs and Pittsburgh has looked better in recent weeks, riding their defense and run game to 4 straight wins. I expect Samuels to resume backup duties and fill in on some passing downs.

Tevin Coleman vs ARI – Coleman is what we thought he was – a boom/bust RB2. With Breida out for the next two weeks, Coleman is in a good spot to produce. The Cardinals are giving up 19.6 FPPG to opposing running backs and Jimmy G will likely be without top options, George Kittle and Manny Sanders.

Devin Singletary @ MIA – After smashing Washington and dominating the touches, Singletary only saw 8 carries and 6 targets against the Browns. I believe you can go back to him this week against the Dolphins in Miami, near where he is originally from and attended college at FAU. Mom & Pop and his sweet gam gam will be watching their lil man score some tuddy’s on the Fins in this low scoring affair, where the Bills are favored.

Joe Mixon @ OAK – After coming off a 32(!) touch game against the Ravens, Mixon is finally back in the Start column. The rookie QB will lean heavily on Mixon once again versus the Raiders, and Oakland is giving up 19.5 fantasy points per game to running backs.

*Starts of the Week – Josh Jacobs vs CIN, Melvin Gordon vs KC

*Long Shots of the Week – James White @ PHI, Duke Johnson @ BAL

Wide Receivers


DJ Moore vs ATL – DJ Moore is a future stud in this league and has been exceptional this year, currently the 17th WR in PPR. He draws the Falcons at home this week, who surrender 26.8 FPPG to opposing WRs. I also like his partner in crime, Curtis Samuel, this week.

Tyler Boyd @ OAK – Boyd has been a target monster this year and has been a solid WR2 for fantasy purposes. Ryan Finley should look his way often and may deliver more catchable balls than Andy Dalton did. Oakland ranks 3rd in points allowed to WRs, giving up 27.8 FPPG. If you’re looking a little deeper, I also don’t mind Auden Tate.

Hollywood Brown vs HOU – Ever since Week 1, we’ve been awaiting another Hollywood smash week, and I believe the time has come. Brown hauled in all 4 of his targets last week for 80 yards and a touchdown and now gets the Texans at home, who are 4th in the league in points allowed to wide receivers (27.7 FPPG). This game has the 3rd highest total of the week, set at a 50 point O/U, and I can’t wait to see Deshaun and Lamar duke it out.

Deebo Samuel vs ARI – Deebo might be the last man standing for the 49ers this week. Manny Sanders, Marquise Goodwin, George Kittle, and Matt Breida are all likely to sit this one out. The Cardinals allow 23.7 FPPG to WRs, which is better than past weeks, correlating with the return of Patrick Peterson.

Mohamed Sanu @ PHI – Sanu saw 14 looks after a mere week of practice and now has a great match-up coming off the bye against the Eagles. Philly is 6th in points allowed, averaging 27.4 FPPG to WRs.

Courtland Sutton @ MIN – Sutton continues his breakout sophomore campaign, even with Brandon Allen under center. He’s the #14 WR in PPR and is averaging 8 targets a game and over 15 fantasy points. Fire him up against Minnesota’s over-hyped secondary, which ranks 8th in points allowed to WRs (26.3 FPPG).

*Starts of the Week – Michael Thomas @ TB, Mike Evans vs NO

*Long Shots of the Week – Terry McLaurin vs NYJ, Mike Williams REDACTED vs KC

Tight Ends


*Gerald Everett vs CHI – Everett practiced in a limited fashion with a wrist injury, but Higbee was a DNP. With no Brandin Cooks, Everett is a must-play after seeing 12 targets last week against the Steelers. The Bears, who are 7th in points allowed to TEs, should be another good match-up for the 2nd year Tight End.

T.J. Hockenson vs DAL – Hockensen has seen 13 targets over his last two games. I expect him to serve as a safety net for Driskel, and Dallas is 4th in points allowed to TEs, averaging 9.7 FPPG.

Jared Cook @ TB – Cook has actually looked pretty good the last few contests, seeing 19 targets and scoring double-digit fantasy points the last 3 games. He gets another juicy match-up against Tampa Bay, who is 2nd in points allowed to TEs (11.7 FPPG).

*Starts of the Week – Darren Waller vs CIN, Hunter Henry vs KC

*Long Shots of the Week – OJ Howard vs NO, Ross Dwelley vs ARI

D/ST


Bills @ Dolphins – The Bills have been a rock-solid defense in 2019 and the Fins are giving up 12.8 FPPG to enemy D/STs, ranking 3rd in the league.

Raiders vs Bengals – Right behind the Fins, the Bengals are giving up 11.7 FPPG to opposing D/STs and have a rookie QB at the helm. The Raiders defense has been hit or miss some weeks, but this should be a safe match-up to stream.

Steelers @ Browns – The Steelers have quietly been one of the best defenses for fantasy this year, scoring double-digits nearly every week, averaging 13.2 FPPG. The Browns are 7th in points allowed to D/STs and we know Baker is prone to turn it over.

*Long Shots of the Week – Cardinals @ 49ers

Sit ‘Em

Quarterbacks


Carson Wentz @ NE – Carson Wentz has been disappointing this season after carrying the whole Eagles offense game after game. The disappointment should continue this week when he comes up against the defense giving up the least amount of fantasy points to QB’s this season at just 9.5 FPPG.

Jared Goff vs CHI – After having an awful display this past Sunday against Pittsburgh, I doubt you’ll need much convincing to stick him on your bench this week. Goff goes up against another difficult opponent in the Bears this week that gives up the 7th fewest points to QB’s this season (14.7) and will also be missing two starting offensive linemen.

Jimmy Garoppolo vs ARI – We know he is going against Arizona, we know he had his best outing two weeks ago against Arizona, but trust us on this one. As of right now, it looks like he will be missing three of his main weapons in Kittle, Sanders, and Breida. He also has shown that he is very turnover-prone and hasn’t been a great fantasy play this season, only topping 20 fantasy points twice.  

Running Backs


Mark Ingram vs HOU – Besides the TD, Ingram looked pretty bad last week against the 32nd ranked rush defense in the league. He has been a boom/bust RB2 this season, and this week looks like a bust. Sit him against the 3rd ranked rush defense in the league in a game that should be a shoot-out.

David Johnson @ SF – We hope you listened to us last week when we told you to sit DJ. Continue to stash him on the bench this week when they come up against the 49ers defense that gives up the 4th fewest fantasy points per game to RB’s this season (13.2). He will still be splitting work with Drake, so treat Johnson as an RB3/Flex play at your own risk. After watching that performance last week, it’s clear he’s still banged up.

Phillip Lindsay @ MIN – The Broncos come off the bye and head to Minnesota where they have been stuffing RB’s this season. Lindsay becomes a touchdown dependent play this week when he faces the 7th best rush defense in the league that kept Zeke to 2.4 YPC last week.

Sony Michel @ PHI – Mr. 1 YPC goes to Philly this week where he faces the 4th ranked rush defense in the league. This should be a Tom Brady game where he carves up the Eagles swiss cheese secondary.

Ronald Jones vs NO – RoJo finally got the job last week and gave us good production, but don’t expect the same from this week’s matchup against the Saints. Even though he started, he still only saw 47% of the team’s offensive snaps last week. The Saints are giving up the 3rd fewest fantasy points per game to RB’s this season at just 11.8 FPPG. Unless you are in a PPR league, RoJo is a hard sit this week.

Wide Receivers


Stefon Diggs vs DEN – It looks like Diggs needs to start talking trash about his team’s offense again to get his targets back up. After two awful weeks, he finds himself in a difficult matchup this week against the Broncos who are ranked the 4th best pass defense in the league. Sit Diggs in his matchup against stud CB Chris Harris.

Allen Robinson @ LAR – We are usually high on ARob just about every week, but we don’t feel good about his matchup with Jalen Ramsey this week. With Trubisky at the helm, ARob should not be trusted in week 11.

Keenan Allen vs KC – We had Keenan as a Start of the Week last week and he barely produced, but this time look for him to continue to disappoint after his dominant first three weeks. He comes up against an underrated Chiefs secondary that has low key been shutting down opposing WR1’s making them the defense allowing the 7th fewest fantasy points to WR’s this season. Also, Rivers looks awful at the moment and may officially be washed.

Sammy Watkins @ LAC – Sammy continues to disappoint this season and Mecole Hardman is looking to take his job sooner rather than later. I’d sit Watkins this week against the 5th ranked pass defense and maybe the rest of the season too.

Tight Ends


Zach Ertz vs NE – Ertz has been up and down this season, but comes up against the Pats this week who shut down Mark Andrews to only 4.10 PPR points two weeks ago. The Pats also give up the 3rd least points to TE’s this season at just 4.5 FPPG. You probably won’t be able to sit Ertz this week and that’s perfectly understandable, but don’t expect much.

Noah Fant @ MIN – Fant had a wild 75-yard touchdown last time he played, but the odds of something similar happening again this week against the 9th best TE defense in the league are slim. It’s probable that Fant goes back to struggling with drops and continues to put up low points.

Mike Gesicki vs BUF – Though he has gotten 12 targets throughout the last two games, Mike should not leave your bench this week against the defense giving up the 2nd fewest fantasy points to TE’s this season (3.8).

D/ST


Broncos @ Vikings – Dalvin Cook should feast on the poor Broncos rush defense. It probably won’t be a shootout, but don’t expect many turnovers from this conservative power run offense.

Lions vs Cowboys – The Cowboys have been giving up the least amount of fantasy points to DST’s this season, averaging just 3.1 FPPG to opposing defenses/special teams. Zeke is looking to bounce back this week against the 26th ranked rush defense in the league that allows the second-most points to RB’s this year.

Falcons @ Panthers – The Falcons defense finally showed up to play last week against divisional rival, New Orleans Saints, but don’t expect the same this week when CMC is on the other side of the ball.