Dak Prescott's rolling but will it continue? Is Golden Tate a play across formats? Will Doug Martin see better numbers in his second week back from injury? Your answers await, plus sneaky sleepers to consider for your week-11 match-ups. Kevin Luss Jr.'s Start 'Em/Sit 'Em is coming at you live! Kinda...
Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Week 11
by Kevin Luss, Jr.
Welcome to the weekly Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em article. A quick disclaimer on how to view this article: The players in the “start” category are generally not going to be star players. We all know you should start Aaron Rodgers and Antonio Brown! In the “sit” section, these are guys who you should consider sitting if you have a viable replacement. This is not a warning to bench them for a nobody on the waiver wire. Sleepers are guys to consider if you’re willing to take a chance on player at a position where you don’t like your current options. With that, enjoy this week’s read…
Derek Carr, QB, OAK
Carr had his worst game of the season for fantasy owners two weeks ago against the Broncos. He had a week off to rest and has a home matchup against a stifling Houston secondary. Given the extra week to prepare for the game and the fact that Houston, as a team, has been better at home than on the road, means Carr is worth a shot this week.
Todd Gurley, RB, LA
Gurley was the top pick in many fantasy leagues this year and has been a massive disappointment thus far. He’s averaging barely over 3 yards per carry, hasn’t reached 90 rushing yards in a game, and has only 3 rushing touchdowns all year. That said, he does have a great matchup against Miami this week and always sees a high volume of carries. This is Gurley’s chance to live up to his hype.
Golden Tate, WR, DET
Tate, as always, holds much higher value in PPR leagues than he does in standard leagues. Tate has at least 9 targets and 6 receptions in the last four games. Jacksonville is a decent defense against the pass, but Detroit is coming off a bye and Tate will see enough targets to post WR2 stats.
Tyler Eifert, TE, CIN
Eifert has posted consecutive strong games for the Bengals and appears to be back in the same form as when he was an elite player last season. Buffalo’s defense was roasted by Jimmy Graham last week, who posted two touchdowns. Behind AJ Green, Eifert is the Bengals best receiving threat and will be an important part of their game plan this week as well.
Dak Prescott, QB, DAL
Prescott has been on fire, throwing for multiple touchdowns in 4 consecutive games. Last week Prescott had his first 300 yard game as a pro. This week, Prescott faces off against a Baltimore defense in the top 5 against the pass. It’s difficult to bet against Prescott, but he will need to be on top of his game this week if he wants to put up QB1 stats.
Doug Martin, RB, TB
Martin averaged less than 3 yards per carry in his return last week after a lengthy absence due to injury. If it wasn’t for a late touchdown, his day would have been a complete disaster. While he garnered the majority of the carries for the day, Martin does not appear to be back at full strength yet. A matchup against a Kansas City defense that effectively shut down Jonathan Stewart last week does not bode well for Martin this week.
Giovanni Bernard, RB, CIN
Bernard has been ineffective on the ground for most of the season, highlighted by last week’s 7 rushes for a paltry 17 yards. Buffalo has a middling defense against the run, but with Jeremy Hill looking like the better of the two runners, Bernard is unlikely to be better than a risky flex option this week.
Jordan Matthews, WR, PHI
Matthews is a target-rich offense, but is dealing with back spasms and is officially listed as questionable for this week. It is expected that he will play, but it’s possible this could limit the number of snaps he sees. Matthews also has the unfortunate task of dealing with Richard Sherman and the rest of the Seattle defense this week, further limiting his upside.
Kirk Cousins, QB, WAS
Cousins has reached or surpassed 260 passing yards in 8 of his 9 games so far this season and has multiple passing touchdowns in consecutive games. Green Bay’s defense was lit up by Marcus Mariota and the Titans offense last week, so a big game for Cousins this week is a legitimate possibility.
James Starks, RB, GB
Green Bay has been struggling lately and will need to turn things around in a hurry if they want to make the playoffs. Washington’s defense is weak against the run and Starks has had a week to get his legs back after an injury absence. Starks could sneak into the RB2/flex conversation this week.
Robert Woods, WR, BUF
Woods is coming off a career game last week, posting 162 yards through the air. He also had 10 receptions on a massive 13 targets. While Sammy Watkins remains out of the lineup, Woods remains the top receiving option for the Bills. On a week where there are still teams on the bye, Woods provides some upside in deeper leagues.