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 tight end 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.
With Rob Gronkowski expected to sit this one out, Martellus Bennett will carry the highest-floor going into a game all season. He should get a number of targets underneath in the passing game, as well as looks within the red zone for Brady and the Patriots. Facing the lowly San Francisco defense, Bennett will be a top five option at the tight end position this week for New England. Start ’em!
Despite the inconsistent numbers this year, Travis Kelce still ranks as the 6th tight end in fantasy points in standard leagues on the season. With Jeremy Maclin still trying to get healthy, it won’t be surprising to see Alex Smith try to get Kelce more involved this weekend vs. the Bucs. Kelce hasn’t recorded a touchdown reception since Week 8, but he has a good chance to reverse that trend come Sunday. He’ll be a top option at the position for this week.
With Jay Cutler’s top receiving option now suspended four games for PEDs, the Bears will look to divvy up Alshon Jeffery’s would-be 12 targets elsewhere. The main beneficiary should be Zach Miller as he has been the second consistent receiver in the Bears offense on the season. It’s anyone’s guess who will pickup Jeffery’s slack on the outside, but Miller’s volume should skyrocket over the next four weeks. He’ll be a locked in TE1 for the interim and will have a high-floor going into Week 11’s matchup with the Giants.
Despite Vernon Davis’ recent run of success, it’s difficult to imagine it continuing. With DeSean Jackson a possibility to return for Sunday Night’s game against the Packers, Davis will have a harder time keeping up the number of targets he’s seen in recent weeks. Jordan Reed is still obviously one of the most talented tight ends in the league and you can expect Washington to get him more involved in the passing game moving forward. Davis will be nothing more than a touchdown-dependent TE2 for Sunday Night.
Jason Witten has seen his production increase in recent weeks, as Dak Prescott has settled in as one of the league’s more efficient passers. Although, this is still one of the league’s offenses that is most reliant on the running game. With the number of mouths to feed in the Cowboys offense, it’s conceivable that Witten’s value will continue to be largely inconsistent for the rest of the season. He’s a good bet to post about 40 to 50 receiving yards this weekend, but it’s tough to bank on him posting a score. He’ll be a low-end TE1 for Week 11 vs. the Ravens.
Jason Witten’s counterpart in Sunday’s matchup, Dennis Pitta has basically only tallied one fantasy relevant performance on the season. Since his 100 + yard outburst in Baltimore’s Week 2 win over the Browns, Pitta has been held in check and has been phased out of the Ravens offense altogether. He won’t be anything more than a TE2 for the rest of the season and fantasy owners will be best advised to look elsewhere this week.