Each week during the NFL season FST brings you our Fantasy Football Start’em column, which takes a look at favorable match-ups and how they might impact lineup decisions for your fantasy football roster. Let’s take a look at some players that you’ll want in your lineup for Week 11. If you have any start’em sit’em questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.

Running Backs

C.J. Spiller BUF VS. MIA

C.J. is his name and spilling touchdowns all over the Dolphins on Thursday night is his game. Expect big things in order for this versatile running back this week. With Fred Jackson likely out after suffering the effects of a head shot against New England last week, Spiller should see some running room against a Dolphins team that gashed last week by the Tennessee Titans. Miami will be eager to erase the memories of last week’s debilitating defeat but let’s not kid ourselves this matchup has images of Spiller down on one knee and celebrating as Dolphins players fall over, breaking ankles with ease.

Willis McGahee DEN VS. SD

Where you at Willis? Willis was largely absent last week in their dominant performance against Carolina as Peyton aired it out early and often the defense and special teams carried the Broncos throughout. San Diego is going in the opposite direction of Denver and as Norv Turner attempts to not blow another gasket at a post-game press conference it’ll be McGahee who is blowing past Charger defenders on Sunday. San Diego has some decent cornerbacks and we all remember the awesome Peyton 2nd half comeback against this team on Monday night earlier this year. Willis will find the end zone and expect him to approach the century mark for yards on the ground as Denver should roll. Willis is this week’s “Bullet-Proof Tiger” pick of the week.


Matt Schaub HOU VS. JAC

Schaub, just like corn on the cob is tastes better with a dab of butter. Well that butter will be churned by a Jaguars team that looked putrid last Thursday night against the Colts. Schaub has the uncanny ability to dictate a game by virtue of an amazing running game and then exploit defenses with the multitude of options at wide receiver and tight end. Impressive was his performance last week in Chicago. As I predicted Cutler turned the ball over early and often and Schaub game planned well and used his precision to lead an end of the half drive that proved to be the difference. The Jaguars should be willing participants to allow the Texans to blow’em out.

Carson Palmer OAK VS. NO

Palmer’s resurgence in Oakland is pretty unbelievable. It was thought that the Raiders were a wasteland where plays went to disappear such as Jerry Rice and Randy Moss. Palmer has been the exception to the rule and has led an Oakland team to be formidable on offense, while the defense has struggled mightily. New Orleans poses another stern test to their defense, which makes it extremely likely he’ll be forced to air it out early and often. I like all the Oakland options on offense, aside from Brandon Myers who could miss the game with post-concussion symptoms. Carson is my pick for the “Panty-dropping” player of the week to a tune to 250 plus yards passing and a least 2 TDs.

Wide Receivers

Danny Amendola STL VS. NYJ

Holy Moly Amendoly is back! It just makes me smile to say his name in that context to be quite honest. So Amendola’s first game back in action was a raving success. It came against an elite defense in San Fran and if it wasn’t for an illegal formation penalty he would have nearly won the game in OT for them. So this week his competition is much easier and the Jets have proved to be laughable after some really abysmal losses this season. Sydney Rice’s 2 touchdown performance on Sunday was indicative of their inability to cover speedy receivers and it’ll pose a problem against Amendola again on Sunday. Start Danny with confidence on Sunday.

Torrey Smith BAL VS. PIT

Torrey came back to his high-flying self last Sunday against the Raiders. As he’s been known to do from time-to-time he suffers from being void in the offensive attack as the Ravens look to run the ball and control the clock with short passes. So coming off his monster 2 TD game I expect the Ravens to be true to form with their run-first approach against a banged up Steelers defense. Without Big Ben I expect the Steelers to struggle some offensively, which should create some short fields for the Ravens offense to work with and then boom. I like at least one big play from Torrey this game, he has a tendency to rise to the occasion and the Steelers pose just that this week. There should be plenty for Ravens fans to cheer about at Heinz field on Sunday night.

Tight Ends

Antonio Gates SD VS. DEN

Gates started out of the gate slow this season, as in anemically slow. In the last few week he’s turned up the production and been actively involved in the Chargers offense. The tight end position has been one that opponent’s have been able to exploit against the Broncos this season. I like Gates in this matchup to find open space in the mile-high altitude and produce for fantasy owners. A two touchdown could very well be in order for this old man from Rivers.

Jermaine Gresham CIN VS. KC

Gresham is quietly putting together a very formidable season for the Bengals. He’s clearly quarterback Andy Dalton’s #2 option behind A.J. Green and has been very reliable. Kansas City put up a good fight on Monday night, but that might have been their final stand. Transition and changes appear on the horizon but wins do not appear be in the mix. Gresham has the potential to wreck havoc on the KC defense Sunday, so start your Bengals.


Baltimore Ravens BAL VS. PIT

The Baltimore Ravens have been absent this year from this list for good reason. They have just been absolutely atrocious against the run and ranked near last in that category most of the season. I don’t particular have much reason other than the fact that Byron Leftwich is the likely Steelers starting QB on Sunday. Baltimore gets up for these huge rivalry and division games. Only 1 game separates these opponents so I expect the Ravens defense to be incredibly physical and deliver some messages on the defensive side of the ball that could result in turnovers and points. This is the week to not regret picking the Ravens defense in your fantasy draft and start them.