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Start or Sit? NFL fantasy football tips for Week 11

What players make the cut in this week’s start/sit list?

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Week 11 of the 2020 NFL season is here as we are approaching the final stretch of the fantasy football regular season. There is no more time for lackluster performances as teams try to earn their way into the fantasy postseason. That means it’s more important than ever to optimize your fantasy lineup and light up the scoreboard. It’s not always easy choosing the right players, but we’re here to help you out as much as we can. Here are this week’s fantasy start/sit suggestions.

QUARTERBACK

Start’Em

Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (Week 11 position rank: 6th)

The Steelers quarterback has been a solid fantasy play this season because of his consistency. For the first seven games this year, he never made it inside the top 10 for quarterbacks, but at the same time never finished outside the top 24. While that range is nothing to get excited about, his two consecutive top seven finishes are, and that includes a 333-yard, four-touchdown performance last week where he finished as QB no. 4. The Steelers are throwing the ball a lot more as of late, and now Roethlisberger faces a Jaguars team that has allowed the third-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. Expect another big game from Big Ben on Sunday.

Sit’Em

Carson Wentz (Eagles) vs. Cleveland Browns (Week 11 position rank: 12th)

For a moment there it looked as if Wentz might’ve been turning a fantasy corner after good outings against Baltimore (QB no. 4) and the New York Giants (QB no. 7), but then dreadful games against the Cowboys and last week against the Giants has once again made Wentz a risky play. This week he faces a Browns defense showing a lot of improvement in recent weeks as they’ve only allowed one touchdown in each of the last two games. And with the Eagles offensive line allowing a league-most 35 sacks, Wentz should be spending most of the afternoon running from trouble.

RUNNING BACK

Start’Em

Kalen Ballage (Chargers) vs. New York Jets (Week 11 position rank: 18th)

Injuries to Chargers running backs have opened several doors for different players this season, and right now the back benefiting the most is Ballage. He’s had two straight games with at least 15 carries, that includes 22 total touches last week against a good Dolphins defense. With another week of high volume touches, Ballage is worth a start, but that play is even more appealing seeing how he draws a Jets defense that allows the seventh-most fantasy points to running backs.

Sit’Em

Todd Gurley (Falcons) vs. New Orleans Saints (Week 11 position rank: 15th)

Good things come to those who get a lot of work, and that certainly has been the case for Gurley this season as he’s never had less than 14 carries in a game this season. His weekly output doesn’t disappoint, but that’s largely due to finding the end zone nine times this season. Even with the good dose of work, Gurley hasn’t rushed for over 63 yards in any of his past four games. He’ll face the stingiest fantasy defense to running backs in the Saints, who haven’t allowed a running back to run for a touchdown in five straight games. You’re probably not sitting Gurley, but this game might be a rough one for him.

WIDE RECEIVER

Start’Em

Marquise Brown (Ravens) vs. Tennessee Titans (Week 11 position rank: 41st)

It’s been a frustrating year for Brown owners as his 2020 season is filled with several disappointing games. With Willie Snead IV starting to get more looks, Brown is likely been relegated to your bench. While it’s easy to understanding one’s hesitancy in putting him in your lineup, this matchup could feature some opportunities for the young receiver. With A.J. Brown on the other side and a Titans defense that surrenders the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, this game could feature a Brown vs. Brown big play battle.

Sit’Em

Curtis Samuel (Panthers) vs. Detroit Lions (Week 11 position rank: 40th)

After two straight weeks with a top eight finish, Samuel came crashing down to earth with a three-catch, eight-yard performance against the Bucs last week. Even though D.J. Moore has flashed a couple big games in recent weeks, Samuel is still getting some looks. And the Lions defense allows the 18th-most fantasy points to opposing receivers, which is neither a good or bad matchup. The more concerning thing here is a game script than could feature a lot of running as both teams are just terrible defending it. Targets for Samuel could be few and far between, so if you’re looking for a sleeper WR start this week, I’d look elsewhere.

TIGHT END

Start’Em

Taysom Hill (Saints) vs. Falcons (Week 11 position rank: unranked)

Wait, what? Okay, so this suggestion only applies to leagues that have a bug in their system (like say, ESPN Fantasy) who have Hill as tight end eligible. Clearly, if he can be played there and you own him, he’s starting, and congrats on being able to start two quarterbacks this week. For everyone else, we won’t leave you high and dry, so we’ll offer up the Saints real tight end Jared Cook as a strong play this week. Cook was on our “sit’em” list last week, and for good reason. He faced the 49ers, who don’t give up hardly any points to tight ends, and Cook came away with a big goose egg on just two targets. This week, he’s up against the defense that allows the most fantasy points to tight ends. We have no idea how this Saints offense will look with Hill under center for the entire game, but on a normal day this matchups favors Cook in a big way.

Sit’Em

Noah Fant (Broncos) vs. Miami Dolphins (Week 11 position rank: 7th)

The opportunity has been there for Fant to have big fantasy games with so many injuries to the Broncos receiving group, but he just hasn’t been able to deliver. The chances he does get means he’s not completely invisible, but Drew Lock (who has four straight games with 40+ passing attempts) spreads it out so much that there’s just no upside for Fant. The second-year tight end is completely touchdown dependent, and he hasn’t found the end zone in six straight games.

DEFENSE

Start’Em

Cleveland Browns vs. Philadelphia Eagles (Week 11 position rank: 6th)

The Eagles offense is just dying to give the ball away and the Browns defense is one of the best at taking it away. The turnovers combined with problems fending off Cleveland’s pass rush could mean a long day for Wentz and the Eagles.

Sit’Em

Indianapolis Colts vs. Green Bay Packers (Week 11 position rank: 19th)

The Colts defense has been absolutely fantastic up to this point as owners who sought out their favorable early schedule have been rewarded handsomely. Unfortunately, things are going to start to turn as some really tough offenses are on the horizon, starting this week with the Packers. The Pack hardly ever turn the ball over and have scored the third-most points in the league. If the Colts can show up on this one, we’ll be impressed, but it might be wise to proceed with caution.