Our Week 11 start ‘em features regular fantasy starters, as well as lesser-known players, who are likely to exceed expectations based on a favorable matchup. For your final lineup decisions, check out our Week 11 player rankings and if you have any fantasy football questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.
The Seahawks appear to be rolling into this week on a bit of a high after a physical second half thrashing of the New York Giants on Sunday. Russell let BeastMode do all the heavy lifting with his 4 touchdowns, but Russell still racked up over 100 yards rushing. Kansas City is a tough team at Arrowhead stadium, but I like Russell to continue to outperform the critics. He actually throws and runs for a touchdown this week. DangerRuss on the road for the win.
Philip the Rivers-boat gambler is in store for a big game against the winless Raiders. Oakland has provided little resistence to opposing quarterbacks and offenses in general this season. While he is coming off an embarrassing performance a couple weeks ago in Miami, there is no better remedy than facing the Raiders at home. I expect Rivers to be doing his riverboat dance more than once come Sunday.
It’s the return of a viable fantasy running back for the New York Giants. Say so-long to Andre “underwhelming” Williams at tailback. Jennings should command full reps in the backfield and even though the 49ers are a stout defense, there is great upside for Jennings this week. The 49ers got rough news that Patrick Willis is out for the season, so there should be a little more running room away from that beast.
The return of the homerun touchdown celebration! Welcome back to the starts column Mr. Morris. Tampa Bay is the cure for all fantasy blues it seems this season. Alfred has had a week to rest his legs from the bye-week and should be ready to deliver homerun swings to the crowd at FedEx on Sunday. While RGIII shakes off the rust, Morris will definitely play a huge role down the stretch for fantasy owners. Alfred will be going, going, gone into the end zone.
Garbage time Kelvin is back in the mix as a tier 1 starter against Atlanta. Cam Newton has performed in a garbage-sense, but it’s Benjamin that gets all the garbage time love like he did on Monday night against the Eagles after the game was well in hand. Do not count out the Dirty Birds, as I expect them to keep putting up points in this contest. Cam knows his #1 wide receiver is Kelvin, so don’t bench him even though Cam might deserve it.
More love for the NFL wide receiving rookies in the starts column this week. Mike Evans made Johnny Manziel look amazing at Texas A&M and now he will do the same for Josh McCown. After hauling in 2 touchdowns last Sunday, I am a believer in the chemistry with Evans and McCown and the deterioration of Vincent Jackson, opposite Evans, on the football field. Evans has great upside for fantasy owners as he rises to become a star.
With 4 teams on bye-weeks, Clay makes a great play on Thursday night. Miami and its quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, have played great at home this season. I expect them to move the ball well and Clay poses a huge mismatch down the middle of the field. He is an athletic target near the endzone that can elevate for jump balls. Expect a touchdown from Clay and 50 plus yards.
This former University of Washington tight-end is better known for his instagram drama this week that put him in Coach Lovie Smith’s doghouse. After being penalized for his celebratory touchdown mockery of Captain Morgan against the Falcons, which led to great field position and the game-winning touchdown for Atlanta, he posted it up on Instagram. Rookie mistake dude. But he’s a rookie so we will let one slide. Washington’s defense is not good at covering tight ends, especially tall and athletic ones. This game could be a shoot-out and I like ASJ for a score and a touchdown celebration that doesn’t use the football as a prop.
San Diego Chargers
Captain obvious here to the rescue. Start the Chargers defense against an Oakland team that can’t seem to stop itself. If Carr doesn’t throw interceptions and put the defense in a bad spot, then its the total ineptitude of the defense that puts its offense in horrible positions. The Chargers will take advantage of these opportunities, so if you need a lightening bolt to your defense, make sure these guys are in your lineup.