I enjoyed Week 10.
Not only did I hit more than I missed with my start/sit picks and comment advice in Week 10, but my team in the P&G-sponsored Blogger Fantasy Football League also exploded for an easy and much-needed victory over the sublimely named Sweaty Ditkas.
What I loved best about my win in BFL2010 is that the two guys who carried me were unheralded players that I recommended to a lot of you in Week 10: Fred Jackson and Mike Thomas. There is nothing I love more than when I follow my own advice and it works out…because that means it’s working out for many of you too.
Just like these Week 11 start em, sit em picks will. (At least, that’s the gameplan…)
Before we delve into the Week 11 start ‘em, sit ‘em picks, here is a quick note and then recap of how I did with my Week 10 top-line picks:
- Don’t forget to check out the Text It To The House promotion. It’s the fun, easy weekly game I told you about a couple weeks back. You pick the five players who will have longest plays from scrimmage this week
And now a quick look back at my Week 10 top-line picks:
- Start em hits: David Garrard, Marshawn Lynch,
- Start em misses: Steve Johnson, Marcedes Lewis, Minnesota Vikings D
- Sit em hits: Brett Favre, LT and Shonn Greene, Brandon Marshall, Baltimore Ravens D
- Sit em misses: Jermaine Gresham
Fantasy Football Week 11 Start em, Sit em Projections and Q&A
Note: no teams are on bye in Week 11.
Remember when reading this post that everything is relative. Just because I say “sit Player X” doesn’t mean I’d sit him in all cases. It just means that, in comparison to the general opinion of that player, who likely is not a consensus must-start (because that is who I try to pick for these columns, so that they are useful), I either like him or dislike him more than others.
If you want specific player-to-player comparisons, I’ll be posting my rankings later in this week, which will give you a more clear indication of how I view one guy versus another. This post is meant to provide general guidance on borderline starters and whether I think, generally, they should be in lineups or not.
Fantasy Football Week 11 Start ‘em QB: Mark Sanchez, New York Jets (v Houston)
Last week I told you to start David Garrard, not a guy you automatically start each week, and he went out and threw for 342 yards and 2 TDs. He only had 7 incomplete passes. Sure, one of his TDs was that fluky game-winning Hail Mary toss, but guess what? Such a completion is not so fluky against the worst pass defense in memory.
Houston has now given up 22 TD passes in just 9 games, and they have only intercepted 5 passes. For good measure, they also relinquish 300+ passing yards per game.
Enter Mark Sanchez and the Jets passing game.
After a solid start to the year (8 TDs, 0 picks through five games) Sanchez has struggled recently (2 TDs, 5 INTs during Weeks 6-9). Then he came through with a nice effort in the Jets’ OT win over the Browns in Week 10, tossing two TD passes (plus an INT). He also passed for 299 yards and threw 44 passes; and that attempt total is what makes me like Sanchez this week.
Despite the Jets being a “running team” and Sanchez struggling recently, he has thrown 44, 39, and 38 passes in the Jets’ last few games. If he throws the ball even close to that much against Houston, the numbers suggest he’s a virtual lock for 250+ yards and 2 TDs, and that’s a conservative estimate.
Until Houston holds an opposing QB to stats that you wouldn’t have wanted for your fantasy team, keep playing the QB they are facing. With Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards, Jerricho Cotchery, Dustin Keller, and LT out of the backfield, Sanchez has weapons. In Week 11 he also has a perfect matchup.
Mark Sanchez fantasy football Week 11 projection: 295 passing yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs
Other start ‘em QBs for Week 11:
- Peyton Manning has thrown one TD and two INTs over the past two weeks. Well guess what? He’s still averaging nearly two TD passes per game this year, rarely gets picked off, and has a nice matchup against an inconsistent pass D. Do not sit Peyton.
- The Giants got drilled by Dallas in Week 10, and Eli Manning threw two more INTs, but he also threw for 373 yards and two TDs. Eli now has 19 TD passes this season and has thrown at least two five straight games. Philly is a middle-of-the-pack pass D, so play Eli.
- The Cleveland Browns have given up 19 TD passes in 9 games this year. Though David Garrard isn’t a sexy name, he has taken advantage of good matchups this year. His run of at least two TD passes in four of his last five games is proof of this. He’s a solid start option this week, especially at home
Fantasy Football Week 11 Sit ‘em QB: Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (at St. Louis)
Matt Ryan has thrown 7 TDs and just one INT over the last three weeks. Knowing that, you are probably wondering why in the world I’d tell you to sit him, and against St. Louis to boot.
Well here is why:
- Ryan has thrown 5 TDs and 2 INTs in his four road games this year. That’s not terrible, but it pales in comparison to his 11 TDs in five home games.
- The St. Louis Rams have given up only 10 TD passes in their 9 games this season. They also play much better defense at home than they do on the road.
Ryan is not necessarily a bad play. He has Roddy White to throw to, and most likely will throw a TD or two, but with the full player pool available I just don’t think Ryan is a top-12 option. He’s been nothing more than a mediocre fantasy QB on the road during his career, and against a defense that plays significantly better in its home stadium, that’s a trend worth respecting.
Matt Ryan fantasy football Week 11 projection: 235 passing yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Other sit ‘em QBs for Week 11:
- You’re watching Brett Favre throw INT after INT right? Against Green Bay in Week 11, he stays on your bench.
- Josh Freeman had yet another good game in Week 10, but I don’t think he’s a top-12 option in Week 11. Playing at San Francisco’s improving D, Freeman could struggle to put up more than one TD.
- Jay Cutler had a solid day in Week 10, throwing 3 TDs (but also two INTs). The Dolphins will give up some big passing plays and TDs, but they also keep the yardage low and can rush the passer. I’m not a big fan of Cutler on Thursday night.
Fantasy Football Week 11 Start ‘em RB: Felix Jones, Dallas (v Detroit)
Few players have fluctuated in my mind more this season than Felix Jones. I thought he was a great mid-round sleeper pick in the preseason (though I wasn’t buying the 2nd/3rd round hype), then I stayed relatively confident in him through the season’s first 6 weeks, and then I finally soured enough on Felix that I dropped him in every league I had him.
And now I wish I had him back, at least for this week.
The firing of Wade Phillips and Jason Garrett’s insistence on discipline and accountability seemed to light a fire under the Cowboys in Week 10. This was definitely evident with Jones. With 17 touches (3 receptions), Felix accumulated 136 yards and a TD. That is an excellent day at the office, and what we all expected from Felix before the season started.
In Week 11, Jones and the Cowboys play the Detroit Lions…the same Detroit Lions that have lost 1,000 straight games on the road (only a slight exaggeration); the same Detroit Lions that give up 130.4 yards rushing per game and at least 1 TD; and, yes, the same Detroit Lions that allowed Fred Jackson to do his Adrian Peterson impression last week (170 total yards, 2 TDs).
Understand this: I’m not jumping on the Felix Jones bandwagon for the rest of the season. Dallas’ O-Line still sucks and Jones still remains an inconsistent talent, but I saw life in those legs again last week, and the matchup is very favorable. This is the week to play Felix.
Felix Jones fantasy football Week 11 projection: 60 yards rushing, 4 receptions, 55 yards receiving, 1 TD
Other start ‘em RBs for Week 11:
- Any healthy San Diego running backs are good starts this week by virtue of their matchup against the Broncos. Ryan Mathews has been dinged up, so check his injury status, but I like Mike Tolbert this week and I even like Darren Sproles in deeper leagues.
- I know that Darren McFadden is facing Pittsburgh this week, which is usually an auto-sit, but Cedric Benson scored a TD against the Steelers in Week 9 and the Pats rushed for 100+ yards against them in Week 10. It seems like injuries may be catching up to Pittsburgh, and McFadden has been among the very best running backs this year. Keep him in there. He’s earned that kind of trust.
- Don’t question playing Jamaal Charles anymore. He’s a top 10 back, especially now that he’s getting the bulk of the carries. Against Arizona? Oh yeah. The Cardinals made Justin Forsett and Marshawn Lynch fantasy-relevant last week. Even Thomas Jones has some value this week.
Head over to MSF Fantasy Sports to see my sit ‘em RB for Week 11 as well as my start em, sit em projections at WR, TE, and Defense.
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