Week 11 – Start ‘em or Sit ‘em

We are now into the business end of the Fantasy Football season. Whether you play daily, season long, PPR or STL, this is the only article you need to read.

Teams on the bye: Bills, Browns, Dolphins, Patriots, Jets, 49ers

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Start ‘em

Quarterbacks

Jared Goff (Rams):

Goff has had one of the best seasons as far as fantasy stats go. This week the Rams take on the Chiefs in what will be a very high scoring game with little in the way of defense. There has been the odd week where he opts to hand the ball off to Gurley, but for the most part, he will score incredible high.

Prediction: 350 yards, four touchdowns, zero intercepts.

Lamar Jackson (Ravens):

It is expected that Joe Flacco will be on the sidelines this week and former Heisman winner Lamar Jackson will make his NFL debut against the Bengals. There is not a lot of stats to go on for Jackson, but we do know the Bengals love to leak points. Jackson will be out to prove he is capable of being the starter for this franchise. Expect a big game from him.

Prediction: 250 yards, three touchdowns, one intercept.

Wide Receivers

Robert Woods (Rams):

Woods has more than 70 yards receiving in every game this season. Those numbers alone mean you should take him every week. This week they play the Raiders, you know he will crack the hundred. Get on the Woods bandwagon.

Prediction: 15 catches for 100 yards, one touchdown.

Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals):

Fitz is just eight catches away from passing the great man Jerry Rice for the most catches with a single franchise with. He will easily account for that this weekend when the Cardinals play the Raiders. Welcome to history books, Larry.

Prediction: 15 catches, 100 yards, one touchdown.

Running Backs

Dion Lewis (Titans):

Lewis was quiet last week, but has been involved in 74 per cent of snaps this season and averages 21 carries a game. Well worth a look this week against the Colts who have a terrible run defense. Expect Lewis to go big this week with the Titans looking to improve on 5-4.

Prediction: 20 carries for 120 yards. One touchdown.

Saquon Barkley (Giants):

It seems obvious to take Barkley every week, but this week they play the Bucs who have struggled of late and will not have an answer for Barkley’s strong running game. Not to mention all the passes he catches. This will be a huge week for the Giants and their main man.

Prediction: 25 carries for 130 yards, seven catches for 70 yards, two touchdowns.

Tight ends

Vance McDonald (Steelers):

McDonald is in a team full of stars, but he constantly gets enough football to score big in fantasy. This week is no exception. The Steelers play the Jags who are in a world of hurt in 2018. Expect a high scoring offense and plenty of points for their tight end.

Prediction: 10 catches for 100 yards, one touchdown.

Jimmy Graham (Packers):

Graham has been terrible all season. Expect him to have a decent game this week when he returns to Seattle for the first time since they let him go. He will get more of the football this week. He just needs to show everyone why he still has a spot on an NFL team.

Prediction: 10 catches, 70 yards.

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Sit’ em

Quarterbacks

Dak Prescott (Cowboys):

Yes, they had a great win last week to get their season back on track, but Dak has never been a solid scorer in fantasy football. Don’t believe the hype. This week they travel to Atlanta and face a Falcons team who came out of the bye with a huge win over the Redskins but couldn’t beat the Browns last week. This team is unpredictable and therefore its better to stay away from Dak.

Prediction: 150 yards, one touchdown, one intercept.

Phillip Rivers (Chargers):

Rivers was disappointing last week against the worst team in the history of the NFL the Oakland Raiders. He seems to struggle against AFC West opposition, making this weeks matchup against the Broncos a dangerous one. The Broncos have incredible pass rushers and will make Rivers life hard this weekend. Best to give him a miss this week.

Prediction: 150 yards, one touchdown, one intercept.

Wide Receivers

Calvin Ridley (Falcons):

Ridley has been hot and cold all season. This week he has a tough task against one of the best defenses in the game. The Cowboys allowed the fifth fewest fantasy points to wideouts this season. Best to stay away from Ridley this week.

Prediction: Three catches for 20 yards

Michael Crabtree (Ravens):

As we said early in this piece, QB Lamar Jackson will start for the Ravens this week. It is unsure what he will do, so it is best to stay away from Crabtree who has been hot and cold all season. Mostly cold.

Prediction: Two catches for 15 yards.

Running Backs

Adrian Peterson (Redskins):

Peterson started the season with a bang, but in the last two weeks he has failed miserably. This week he finds himself against a solid Texans line who only allow 3.5 yards per carry. He has struggled of late with the Redskins O-line, who are down three starters. Best to stay away from AD this week.

Prediction: 15 carries for 60 yards.

Jalen Richard (Raiders):

Like Peterson, Richard has had a few great weeks this season. Especially when Marshawn Lynch went down with injury. In recent weeks Richard has played second fiddle to Doug Martin. Richard is also a great pass catcher but isn’t used enough by Derek Carr to make him worth a start this week.

Prediction: 8 carries for 20 yards, three catches for 30 yards.

Tight Ends

Kyle Rudolph (Vikings):

Rudolph has been down on his lack lately. He is struggling for consistency. This week he faces a Bears side who are relentless on defense and don’t allow tight ends to get away with anything. This is going to be a tough day at the office for Rudolph.

Prediction: 8 catches for 25 yards.

C.J. Uzomah (Bengals):

Even with AJ Green on the sidelines, Uzomah is struggling to get his hands on the ball. He has just five catches for 36 yards in the last three games. It is best to avoid him this week. Probably forever.

Prediction: Not a lot.

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