Our Week 11 Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em is an in-depth look at the weekly NFL matchups and how they will impact your lineup decisions for your fantasy football team. Our list of Week 11 running back starts and sits features regular fantasy starters, as well as lesser-known players, who are likely to exceed expectations based on a favorable matchup, or fail to meet expectations due to the strength of their opponent.
After taking a step back in production over the last three weeks, Spencer Ware is primed to get back to business this week vs. the Bucs. Ware turned in a promising performance last week, racking up 72 yards on 16 touches. With Jamaal Charles on I.R. and Charcandrick West proving to be nothing more than an ineffective change of pace back, this is Ware’s backfield to lose. Running behind a talented, efficient offensive line, Ware has a great chance to post big numbers in a juicy matchup with the Bucs 25th ranked run defense this week. He’ll be on the RB1 radar in Week 11 and needs to be in lineups this weekend.
If there’s any silver lining to this year’s anemic Seattle running game, its been rookie C.J. Prosise. Apparently, Notre Dame is pass-catcher U when it comes to running backs, as Prosise has been doing his best Theo Riddick impersonation. In the process, Prosise has carved out his own role within the Seahawks offense. After the unexpected release of Christine Michael this week, all signs point towards Thomas Rawls claiming the feature back role when returns this week. Even if Rawls is the team’s workhorse, Prosise has earned himself enough snaps and targets in the passing game to continue to be a factor within the offense. Look for Prosise to still receive a decent amount of volume this weekend when the Seahawks welcome the Eagles and their stingy defense to town. The Seahawks will look to spread things out and get Prosise in space coming out of the backfield. He’ll have flex appeal this week, especially in PPR leagues.
Jonathan Stewart’s 2016 season has been a strange one from a fantasy perspective. He started the year by posting two single-digit fantasy performances, before a hamstring injury put him on the shelf for the next three weeks. His first two weeks back from injury, he rumbled for 20 + point performances in each game, keeping his fantasy owners optimistic on his outlook. Yet, we’re back to square one, as J-Stew has posted clunkers in each of his last two outings. A date on Thursday Night with the Saints should alleviate some of the doubt from fantasy owners. With the Panthers offense still trying to figure out how to hit their stride, look for the team to prioritize establishing the run against the lackluster New Orleans defense. I think Stewart will be a workhorse in this one and I project a line of 24-105-1 for Thursday Night’s divisional clash. Start ’em!
Ryan Mathews has been a popular pick for my sit columns this season, but after rushing past the 100 + yard plateau for the first time this season, owners may be more confused than ever. There’s no denying that Mathews is the most capable of being the primary back in the Philadelphia offense, but I’m not sold that’s what the Philadelphia coaching staff believes is best for the team. Mathews hasn’t been able to sustain a consistent stream of efficiency this season and next up on the schedule is a trip to Seattle to face the ferocious Seahawks defense who stymied the Patriots elite offense last week. I see this one shaping up as a committee and find it doubtful Mathews will be able to establish the hot hand in a difficult matchup. Sit ’em!
There’s no question that Rob Kelley has seized control of the starting running back job for the Washington football team. Matt Jones has been a healthy scratch for each of the past two weeks after struggling to get anything going this season. Scatback, Chris Thompson, isn’t a viable threat to Kelley’s early-down work. Despite all that, I think this is the week Kelley could struggle to find running room. Despite the defensive deficiencies, the Packers still form one of the most effective run-defenses in football and Washington’s offensive line is still slightly below normal without the services of Pro Bowl LT Trent Williams. The Packers season is on life-support and one has to think they’ll come to play on Sunday Night. I still like Kelley’s season outlook, but not for this week.
Carlos Hyde’s 2016 season has more or less been an extension of his brief NFL career, in the sense that he hasn’t lived up to the hype. Hyde has failed to tally more than five fantasy points since Week 5 and has battled injuries and gameflow opportunities. With the Patriots coming to town on Sunday it’s hard to think that Hyde will have a bevy of opportunities in this one, either. Somehow the spread in this one is only Patriots by 13, which seems to be a misprint, as I fully expect the Pats to win by three scores or more. I can’t imagine Hyde is even on the field come the fourth quarter in this one. Fantasy owners will need to look at alternative RB2 / flex options for this weekend.