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Exploit the Raiders, Cowboys and Redskins Defenses for Week 11

George Kurtz November 16, 2017 4:20PM EDT
The last week of byes are upon us. We won’t have the Panthers, 49ers, Jets, and Colts to worry about this week but starting on Thanksgiving, everyone plays. It will make lineup decisions much easier. As for Week 11, here are possible start/sits for you.
  1. Oakland Raiders: The running game is what’s interesting here. I can make a case to start each of the backs aside from Mike Gillislee. The problem is, with Bill Belichick, you just never know what week he will decide he doesn’t need Dion Lewis, James White, or Rex Burkhead to win.
  2. Dallas Cowboys: Who aren’t you starting for Philly? The Cowboys won’t have Sean Lee and they aren’t the same defense without him. Jay Ajayi is likely to have a big game for the Eagles.  
  3. Washington Redskins: You’re still starting Drew Brees, but with the Saints having realized that the best way to win in the NFL is with defense and the ability to run the ball, they just don’t throw anywhere near as much as expected. Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram are both must-starts, even if you have them on the same team.  

    Drew Brees just isn’t slinging it the way he used to now that the Saints are featuring the run game. AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes,

  4. Los Angeles Chargers: I wasn’t starting Kelvin Benjamin with Tyrod Taylor anyway, but with Nathan Peterman starting at QB, Charles Clay is also likely to be on the bench until we can see how this offense performs.
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: I expect a transition to Kenyan Drake as the Dolphins’ starting RB and Damien Williams as more of the third down back to begin this week.
  6. Green Bay Packers: As of this time we don’t know if Danny Woodhead will be activated off IR to play but if he is, he’s a probably start in PPR leagues. He should take away snaps from Javorius Allen, so you may need to take him out of your lineups if Woodhead is a go. It’s hard not to like Jeremy Maclin in this game and possibly Mike Wallace as well.
  7. New England Patriots: There should be quite a few points scored in this game and I can see Marshawn Lynch falling into the end zone as well.
  8. Minnesota Vikings: There is no denying the type of season Jared Goff has had, but he will be tested over the next few weeks as the Rams’ schedule is about to get much tougher. I’m not starting him here. Robert Woods also falls into the flex category.
  9. New York Giants: Alex Smith is a Top 3 QB for me this week as the NYG are having all sorts of issues in their secondary.
  10. Miami Dolphins: Mike Evans is back from suspension and thus back in your lineup. The Dolphins may have allowed almost 300 yards rushing to Carolina on Monday but that’s not making me feel all that much better about starting Doug Martin.
  11. Buffalo Bills: Yes, claiming Austin Ekeler was a solid move this week but you’re not starting him here. I’m not sure you want to start Hunter Henry either as once again, the Chargers aren’t using him in the offense. You also need to be aware that although I expect him to play, Phillip Rivers is currently in the concussion protocol, and if he does miss the game everyone outside of Melvin Gordon and Keenan Allen is likely a sit, and even those two I would worry about.
  12. Tennessee Titans: The Steelers are at home and in prime time. I’m starting everyone here with the exception of Martavis Bryant.
  13. Cleveland Browns: This may not be the game in which Leonard Fournette gets back on track but you’re starting him anyway. Marquise Lee seems to always be on the injury report, but if he’s becoming a must-start week in and week out.
  14. Chicago Bears: I’m never going to trust Theo Riddick or Ameer Abdullah, but I understand why you’re putting them in your lineup this week.
  15. Pittsburgh Steelers: With the Steelers secondary a mess, this could be a solid game for Marcus Mariota and the passing game. You may not trust Eric Decker, but he could be an option here as could Corey Davis. Delanie Walker is a must-go for me.
  16. New Orleans Saints: Jamison Crowder is back in my starting lineup in PPR leagues. I’m going to have a hard time trusting Jordan Reed even if he does play. Who knows if he can last the entire game? Samaje Perine will start for Washington but unless you’re desperate for a RB, you may want to take a wait and see approach.
  17. Kansas City Chiefs: Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram are must-starts week in and week out. Eli Manning could even be in play if you’re having QB issues. Orleans Darkwa is in RB consideration as well.
  18. Denver Broncos: Don’t get fooled by Joe Mixon scoring in back to back weeks. The OL is still terrible. If you have to, fine, but you will need another score for a productive week.
  19. Detroit Lions: Jordan Howard, that’s it. Well, maybe Dontrelle Inman in PPR leagues if you’re really desperate.
  20. Seattle Seahawks: Tevin Coleman starts but may not have the game here that you’re hoping for. With Richard Sherman out for the season, Mohamed Sanu could be a solid flex play.
  21. Los Angeles Rams: I’m still starting Jerick McKinnon over Latavius Murray but there is always the danger that Murray ends up being more productive. As well as Case Keenum is playing, he still shouldn’t be starting for your Fantasy team in anything other than leagues in which you can start two QBs.
  22. Atlanta Falcons: I’m on the fence about Paul Richardson and Tyler Lockett. They are nothing but possible flex plays, but I’d look long and hard in another direction.
  23. Arizona Cardinals: DeAndre Hopkins starts here but remember, he’s going to see a bunch of Patrick Peterson and that’s not a good thing.
  24. Houston Texans: The Cards are likely down to their third string QB. Larry Fitzgerald is your only possible Fantasy option here, but no one knows how this may work out. You may have to start Adrian Peterson also, but keep in mind the Texans are pretty strong versus the run.
  25. Philadelphia Eagles: The Cowboys will likely be without their top player from each unit (Ezekiel Elliott, Sean Lee, and Dan Bailey). Throw in Tyron Smith who is questionable at best to play and you have another possible poor showing on offense. Philly is also completely healthy coming off a bye. Good luck here.
  26. Cincinnati Bengals: I’ll start the WRs in Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, but that’s it.
  27. Baltimore Ravens: Jamaal Williams was a big free agent pickup this week but even if Ty Montgomery is out, it’s a tough matchup and GB still has a poor OL. Jordy Nelson is no longer a must-start for me as it will come down to what else you have on your roster.    
  28. Jacksonville Jaguars: Isiah Crowell has woken up, but this is an ugly matchup. Duke Johnson may be your only reliable start here and he may disappoint as well.

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