Each week during the NFL season FST brings you our Fantasy Football Start’em column, which takes a look at favorable matchups 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 starting lineup for Week 11. If you have any start’em sit’em questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.
Foles is HOT and so is his chemistry with Riley Cooper who has hauled in 5 touchdowns in his past 2 games. While this University of Arizona product continues to gain valuable experience ailing Michael Vick roams the sidelines. My bet is that Vick could be wearing a headset more often and with the Redskins coming to town this should be a statistical dream matchup to put up huge fantasy points. Owners should be thinking 3 TDs and 250 plus yardage in this one.
Just a couple weeks ago it was a case of the Brady blues as Tom was slumping into the midway point in the season. The return of his favorite tight end (not the one in jail), saw Brady put up huge numbers against a decent/but nowhere near dominant Steelers defense. With the last week off, Brady will be on the same page with his receivers against a very stout Carolina defense. I like Carolina to cause trouble, but I also see Brady beating them over the top a couple times at least. He’s probably a low-end QB1 this week because of the matchup but definitely worth starting.
Tate exploded last weekend in Atlanta as the Seahawks avenged last season’s divisional round loss to the Falcons. Tate will still be the primary target for Russell Wilson, even though Percy comes back this weekend. Owners shouldn’t be wary, since Percy will only see limited snaps and Tate has been more targeted with Sidney Rice out for the year. Tate deserves starter status in all formats as he plays at home against a Vikings defense that was recently exposed by the Redskins.
While owners cannot be thrilled at Smith’s output this season, he’s definitely the most explosive option the Ravens have at the wide receiver position. Chicago isn’t the Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacher led unit that it once was either. Baltimore will bring desperation as it continues to try and build on its success from their thrilling OT victory from last week against the Bengals. Calvin Johnson torched this Bears defense last week and even though Torrey is no Calvin, I see a TD as a high probability this weekend.
While Andre Brown will surely be a waiver wire pick up for many teams, I would like to proudly announce that I stored him on IR and started him last week. I couldn’t have been luckier. The 30 plus carries far exceeded my expectations and from here on out it appears that Brown is the #1 guy in the Giants backfield. The Packers will be traveling to the Meadowlands and I like Brown’s chances for a solid day again if Eli can keep those chains moving. Brown could save your season if you were lucky enough to put your faith that he would come back this season.
Beastmode is typically always a must start, but he deserves some additional merit this week. He’s been unbelievably consistent this season and the Vikings have given up some huge chunks of yardage to their divisional foes so far this season. I love Lynch’s running style and from here on out (aside from the bye-week next weekend) he’ll be a top option moving forward. Seahawks have their NFC #1 seed riding on his legs. Expect 20 plus point week and some skittles feasting.
Cameron has been kept in check a considerable amount of late. However, he did put up some big receiving numbers earlier in the year against this Bengals defense. Cameron isn’t guaranteed to score, but he’ll surely be targeted and if the Browns can matriculate the football into the red zone enough times then Cameron can make it count with points for fantasy owners. Cameron could make a late season push as a top 5 TE candidate for fantasy owners taken in next season’s draft.
Gates has been as consistent as Philip Rivers’ whacky throwing motion. The Dolphins don’t possess as much resistance as they did earlier this year and I suspect the debacle surrounding Bullying-Gate and Incognito fall-out could theoretically end the Dolphins season. I like Gates to bully his way through the Miami secondary and Rivers and him to connect on a score and 80 plus yards Sunday.
Looking for a defense with a soft schedule or at least favorable fantasy matchups down the stretch? Look no further than the Houston Texans. The Raiders will play the victim this week, as the Oakland offense and ineptitude led to an average of 18 point fantasy efforts from the NY Giants last Sunday. I think the Texans have similar potential and if they can pressure the QB then Pryor is will make some mistakes. If they’re waiver wire fodder in your league, then pick them up so you can make them gold.