Week 11 starts and sits: Mea culpa edition

There haven’t been many weeks where it’s paid off to start Courtland Sutton, but this could be one of them. (Keith Allison/Wikimedia Commons)


Well, I hate to say this but in the interest of transparency I must tell you that last week was an abject disaster for my start/sit recommendations.

With the exception of Justin Fields, an easy lay-up at quarterback, every one of my start recommendations tanked. Some, like Cordarrelle Patterson, were due to questionable usage. Some, like JuJu Smith-Schuster, were due to injury. And some, like Chris Olave, were due to the entire offense cratering.

Whatever the reason, it was a horrible week for prognosticating by yours truly. This week will be better, I promise (I think). And with several prominent teams on bye (Dolphins, Bucs, Seahawks, Jaguars), you may need a few of these guys.

Week 11’s starts and sits:



Daniel Jones, Giants: If you need a streamer with Tua Tagovailoa or Geno Smith on a bye, Jones seems a reasonably good bet to produce through the air and with his legs at home against a weak Lions defense.    


Matthew Stafford, Rams: God bless you if you’ve stuck with him for this long, but this may be the week to cut bait. He’s battled behind a slipshod offensive line all year and now he doesn’t have his best weapon in Cooper Kupp. Even against a depleted Saints defense, I’d avoid.



Miles Sanders, Eagles: He put up a dud last week thanks mainly to game script and curious usage in the first half, when he had only one carry and the Eagles offense spent most of the half on the sideline. But you’ve got to go back to the well with him against a run funnel Colts defense that’s allowing the second-fewest fantasy points to receivers this year.

David Montgomery, Bears: He was another start recommendation that fell flat last week, but that was because Justin Fields didn’t leave any work for anyone else. This week, Khalil Herbert is on IR and the Bears face a very forgiving Falcons defense that ought to leave plenty of yards to go around.


Donta Foreman, Panthers: The volume is glorious, but assuming Lamar Jackson plays after missing practice time this week with an illness, this feels like a trap. Foreman is a workhorse when the Panthers are in the game, but with Baker Mayfield under center against the Ravens, this feels like a game that could get out of control early, like the Bengals game, and game-script Foreman out of the mix.   

Darrell Henderson, Rams: He’s in a three-way timeshare with Cam Akers and newly activated rookie Kyren Williams. His offense is stuck in neutral and is now without its top weapon in Cooper Kupp. And they’re on the road against a respectable defense. Pass.



Courtland Sutton, Broncos: It’s dicey recommending any player in the Broncos’ dysfunctional offense, but Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler are out and the Raiders have one of the worst secondaries in the league. Sutton hasn’t been fantasy-relevant since early in the season, but this looks like a spike week.  

Darius Slayton, Giants: He’s scored in two of his last three games and has clearly elevated himself as the Giants’ top target. He should get plenty of opportunities against a Lions defense than has been very forgiving.


Marquise Brown, Cardinals: If you’ve held onto him through his stint on IR, or astutely grabbed him off the wire before he was activated, you’re probably ready to reap the rewards. But we don’t know how his usage will be now that Deandre Hopkins is also in the mix and Rondale Moore has begun to emerge. Both Kyler Murray and Colt McCoy are questionable, which could leave Arizona with third-stringer Trace McSorley behind center. And they’re playing on Monday night, so it’ll be tough to pivot if that happens.

Jakobi Meyers, Patriots: He’s been consistently the Patriots’ best receiver this year, but this is a very good Jets defense he’ll be facing and rookie corner Sauce Gardner looks like the truth.



Hayden Hurst, Bengals: He may be on your wire since the Bengals were off last week. If so and you need a streamer, he’s worth a shot. New Orleans’ Juwan Johnson was the only Saint to put up a decent number against Pittsburgh last week and with T.J. Watt back to supercharge the pass rush, Joe Burrow may need to check down to his safety valve often.


With no Mike Gesicki, Noah Fant, Cade Otton or Evan Engram, the pickings are slim. Play whoever you’ve got that’s getting targets.

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