Each week during the NFL season FST brings you our Fantasy Football Sit’em column, which takes a look at unfavorable matchups and how they might impact lineup decisions for your fantasy football roster. Let’s take a look at some players that you may want to consider benching for Week 11. If you have any start’em sit’em questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.
While Cam Newton has led the Panthers to its resurgence and reeled off 5 straight wins, it hasn’t exactly translated to big performances by SuperCam. His quarterback skills were neutralized by a physical and aggressive 49ers defense last week and he made some mistakes too. I would temper expectations this week in the Monday night matchup against very solid and underrated Patriots defense. They’re coming off a bye-week, which means Belichick has had ample time to prepare and this could make Cam’s Monday night a nightmare. Steer clear this week.
Tannehill owners please start reading these columns. If you own Tannehill then that’s the first thing wrong with your team. Only in 2 QB formats should Tannehill be owned, but even in those leagues he should be benched with authority this week. It’s not that San Diego has some amazing defense, but it’s that the Miami team is coming apart at the seams. After the loss to previously winless Tampa Bay it’s apparent this team is headed downwards. Avoid him and the sinking Dolphins ship this weekend.
The salsa cycle of Victor Cruz has been put on silent recently. He started out fast out the gates with some big games and solid performances, despite the Giants losing their first 6 contests. As they’ve started to steer the ship around they’ve gone away from him or used him as a decoy more and more. The Packers will look to contain him early and I see a bigger day for other receivers and more emphasis on the running game. Coughlin likes physical football and as the schedule heads towards December I expect Cruz will suffer from that adjustment.
Harvin is back to playing football and back to play against the only other NFL franchise that he’s played for in Minnesota. He’s got something to prove and he’s back, so he’s got to be started right? Sorry, but NO. He’s going to see limited snaps and the Seahawks have a bye-week next weekend. This game will simply be a tune up for the rest of the season. They surely won’t need him doing too much, so I expect a few targets, no more than 5, and some receptions. Expect Coach Carroll to ease Harvin back, so wait until week 13.
Tate sits alone the Texans depth chart at running back with Arian Foster declared officially out for the season. I love Tate to get the carries, but I think the damage will be done by Case in the passing game against the Raiders. Tate’s rib injury might not limit his touches but he’s not the most skilled runner and chest injuries like this don’t heal quickly. If you have him or he’s your back up to Foster you might be forced to start him, but I would explore other options first.
It certainly wasn’t Millertime on Monday night for the Dolphins and Lamar Miller as they lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Miller but up an abysmal fantasy point effort and his stat line read more like one of Clayton Kershaw’s pitching performances. That’s great for baseball, but not so much for football. This is the week you either dump Miller or you ask yourself, what would Coach Philbin do? Miami will need to throw the ball to keep up with the Chargers, no need for back-to-back clunkers from Miller, he’s bench material.
Who’s Chris Gragg? Some no name tight end who came off the bench late for the Bills and recorded multiple receptions and found the end zone at the very end of a blow-out in Pittsburgh. The fact that he’s getting any love from any sports writers is laughable. He’s clearly not a threat, since he saw 1 target in the first 9 weeks before last Sunday. If you’re still scratching your head about this guy, then keep doing it and avoid him.
Déjà vu? Scratching your head about this guy? This rookie for the Atlanta Falcons could see considerably more action if the ailing Tony Gonzalez sits out on Sunday. Gonzo is in his last season, so there is really no reason unless he’s incredibly injured for him to miss this game. He’ll give whatever is left in the tank and Toilolo has zero credibility up to this point. If you own Gonzo then go find someone better for this week, just not his back up.
Falcons have been a big time let down, but they’re going against Tampa Bay so there is some intrigue in the matchup. Even though they’re going against a rookie QB in Tampa’s Glennon, the Jet’s rookie QB torched them to the tune of 3 TDs and zero interceptions. I think Tampa will compete and score and will put pressure on Atlanta to find ways to score. Falcons have been too unpredictable and at times awful to merit worth playing in any format.