New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson found the end zone again in Week 10, but running back Bilal Powell was unable to take advantage of the fantasy matchup despite getting his sixth start of the season.
Many fantasy football owners are in need of a win this week to stay in the playoff hunt, and Fourth & Goal has broken down which players to start and sit in Week 11.
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees
The Saints have won seven straight, but Brees hasn’t lived up to his fantasy expectations this season. The 10-time Pro Bowl quarterback has thrown just 13 touchdowns to four interceptions through nine games but should be considered an easy QB1 given Sunday’s matchup. The Washington Redskins have given up the eighth most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season and will likely put a focus on slowing down New Orleans’s third ranked rushing attack.
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr
Much like Brees, Carr hasn’t lived up to his fantasy expectations this season. But that can quickly change for the Silver and Black’s quarterback down the stretch. The Raiders faces the Patriots in Mexico City in Week 11, and New England’s defense has surrendered the third most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon
Gordon is coming off one his worst fantasy performances of the season but should quickly bounce back in Week 11. The Chargers lead running back has yet to be held for less than 50 yards rushing in back-to-back games and has scored eight touchdowns this season. Gordon should be considered a must-start this Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo’s defense has given up the second most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.
Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy
McCoy should also be due for a bounce-back game, and Sunday’s meeting between Buffalo and Los Angeles should be considered a running back showcase. The Chargers have given up the fourth most fantasy points to running backs this season, and Bills rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman will likely look to rely on his dynamic veteran running back in his first career start.
Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry
Landry has scored a touchdown in back-to-back games and currently leads the NFL with 61 receptions entering Week 11. Both Landry and DeVante Parker should be considered start ‘em players this Sunday with a favorable matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tampa’s defense has surrendered the fourth most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season.
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald
Arizona’s future Hall of Fame wide receiver continues to prove that it doesn’t matter who is in at quarterback. Fitzgerald posted his third 110-yard plus performance of the season against Seattle’s secondary in Week 10 and faces a Texans secondary that has struggled to lock up opposing wide receivers this season. Houston’s defense has given up the second most fantasy points to wide receivers this season, making Fitzgerald a clear fantasy starter no matter who starts at quarterback.
Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten
The Cowboys are expected to be without left tackle Tyron Smith once again in Week 11, which is likely to result in plenty of targets for Witten. The Cowboys 15-year veteran tight end caught seven passes on seven targets for 59 yards with quarterback Dak Prescott under constant duress all game in Week 10. Witten’s role is likely to stay the same this Sunday, but he faces a Philadelphia defense that has given up the seventh most fantasy points to the position.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate
Brate has been held to just two catches for 19 yards in the team’s last two games, but that doesn’t mean he should remain on the bench in Week 11. The Buccaneers top tight end has surpassed 60 yards receiving five times this season and has scored four touchdowns. Brate draws a favorable matchup against the Dolphins this Sunday, as Miami’s defense has given up the fifth most fantasy points to tight ends in 2017.
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford
Stafford has been rolling for fantasy owners the past three weeks but draws a tough matchup against an improved Chicago Bears defense in Week 11. The Bears are giving up the eighth fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks this season and have allowed just nine touchdowns through the air all year.
Green Bay Packers QB Brett Hundley
Hundley has been a serviceable fantasy streamer option the past two weeks but should sit squarely on the bench in Week 11. The Ravens have surrendered the second fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks in 2017, and Hundley has not shown enough to warrant a start against a top-15 defense this season.
Arizona Cardinals RB Adrian Peterson
Peterson has broken 130 yards rushing in two-of-four games with the Cardinals but has been held to fewer than 30 rushing yards in each of the other two games. Fantasy owners may be hoping for another bounce-back week from the future Hall of Fame running back, but it seems unlikely to happen given the matchup. The Houston Texans have held opposing running backs to the second fewest fantasy points in 2017.
Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller
Both the Texans and Cardinals will have to get done through the air with their backup quarterbacks in Week 11. While Miller has been more consistent than Peterson this season, both running backs are too risky to start this Sunday. The Cardinals currently have the NFL’s eighth ranked rush defense, and Arizona has given up the sixth fewest fantasy points to opposing tailbacks this season.
Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson
Nelson remains a sit ‘em for a second straight week. The Packers star wide receiver has caught eight passes for 68 yards in all three of Hundley’s starts this season and faces a Ravens secondary that has given up the second fewest fantasy points to wide receivers.
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman
Coleman was one of the top waiver wire pickups ahead of Week 11, and the Browns officially activated him from injured reserve on Thursday. The 2016 first-round pick is surely a valuable fantasy asset down the stretch of this season but should remain on the bench this Sunday with a tough matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron
Ebron found the end zone for the first time since Week 2 in Sunday’s win over the Cleveland Browns. The Lions former first-round pick has seen an uptick in targets over the last three weeks but should remain on the bench in Week 11. The Bears have held opposing tight ends to the 11th fewest fantasy points this season.
Miami Dolphins TE Julius Thomas
Thomas has scored a touchdown in back-to-back games but draws a tough fantasy matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday. Tampa’s defense has given up the fourth fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season, and Thomas has been too inconsistent to warrant a start in Week 11.