Welcome Fantasy nerds, its that time again to start setting your lineups for the week. I’m here to help you with some 2020 Fantasy Football Week 11 Start-Sit decisions. I will be here to help you with the start sit article from now until the end of the season.
We are ten weeks into the season, and boy has it been a wild ride so far. With games being postponed, and teams' bye weeks being changed, I can honestly say that this has been the wildest fantasy season that I’ve been apart of. Three weeks left to go of the regular season for the most part, and I’m here to help you make the right decision that could make or break your season.
Hopefully, most of your teams are still in good shape and are ready to make a playoff push. For those of you whose teams have been hit with the injury bug, try and hang in there and keep battling. Now let's jump into the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 11 Start-Sit!
2020 Fantasy Football Week 11 Start-Sit
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Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals vs Washington Football Team
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) November 12, 2020
Joe Burrow is coming off of his second worst fantasy performance against the Steelers last week, but that should surprise no one. He went just 21-40 for 213 yards and one touchdown. It was his first of many games against the Steelers, and most should of expected that.
The Bengals have one of the worst offensive lines in football and it showed last week against the best pass rush in football. On 10.5% of drop backs they create a sack. Unfortunately it doesn’t get any easier this week going against the second best pass rush in football, the Washington Football Team, who generates a sack on 9.6% of drop backs. However, the Washington Football is more susceptible to the pass than the Steelers.
If Washington can't generate a pass rush, they can be easily picked apart like Matthew Stafford did last week against this defense. Stafford was 24-33 for 276 yards and three touchdowns.
I can absolutely picture Burrow posting a similar stat line this week, just with more attempts. Burrow has thrown the ball at least 30 times in every game this season, so the volume is there. He should have plenty of volume to produce a top 10 fantasy day, even if the Washington pass rush gets to him a few times. Fire Burrow up this week if you’re looking for a quarterback.
Damien Harris, RB, New England Patriots vs Houston Texans
Damien Harris now has three 100-yard rushing games this season (in his 1st 6 career starts).
The only players with more 100-yard games are Derrick Henry (5), Dalvin Cook (4) and Ronald Jones (4). pic.twitter.com/Z420hGfA0t
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 16, 2020
Damien Harris has had double digit carries in his last four games and has led the backfield in touches in each of those games. Every game that Harris has had over 15 carries in, he has had at least 10 plus fantasy points in each of them, while rushing for 100 yards.
The New England Patriots have realized that if they have any chance of making the playoffs, they need to protect Cam Newton from himself and run the ball down other teams throats. The Patriots lead all of football in rushing attempts per game at 33.4 rushes per game. The last three games they have averaged 38 rushing attempts per game as well.
It’s perfect timing this week for the Patriots to keep on running the ball in this matchup. The Houston Texans have allowed the second most fantasy points to running backs this season at 26.8 fantasy points per game.
The Texans are coming off a game in which they allowed Nick Chubb to rush the 19 times for 126 yards, for an average of 6.6 yards per carry. Harris should continue to stay hot against this porous Texans run defense. Fire him up as a running RB2 this week and feel comfortable about it.
Justin Jefferson, WR, Minnesota Vikings vs Dallas Cowboys
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) November 17, 2020
Justin Jefferson is coming off a game in which he completely destroyed one of the best pass defenses in all of football. Against the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football, he caught eight of ten targets for 135 yards for 17.5 fantasy points, which is his highest mark since Week 6.
Jefferson has been pretty boom or bust this season. But when he booms he has most likely led your fantasy team to a victory. He has been more of the big play guy this season for the Vikings, as he is averaging over 18 yards per reception, which ranks fourth in the NFL.
Luckily for Jefferson owners this week, the Cowboys have allowed over eight yards per target this year, which is the 10th highest mark in all of football. They also have just lost their rookie corner back Trevon Diggs for the rest of the season.
If you have Jefferson on your roster you should be firing him up this week as a high end WR3. He has a solid chance to make a huge play to win you your fantasy week.
Logan Thomas, TE, Washington Football Team vs Cincinnati Bengals
Highest 2020 TE Dominator Rating
— PlayerProfiler (@rotounderworld) November 18, 2020
Logan Thomas is coming off a game in which he had his highest receiving yard total all season. He caught four of six targets for 66 yards against a Lions team who is pretty stingy against opposing tight ends.
He was third on the team in targets last week and has seen 20 targets over his four games. It is also looking like he has a solid relationship with quarterback Alex Smith, as he has seen 12 targets in two that Smith has played in.
It bodes well for the running back and tight end position when Alex Smith is the quarterback since he is the check down king. The last time Smith was the starting quarterback for Washington in 2018 he ranked 26th in the NFL in air yards per attempt at 6.2.
The Football Team matches up against the Cincinnati Bengals this weekend. The Bengals have been a favorable matchup against tight ends this season. They have given up the second-most fantasy points to opposing tight at 10.9. Thomas was my number one streaming option in the Fantasy Football Week 11 Tight End Streaming article, But feel comfortable this week starting him against this bad Cincinnati Bengals defense.
Tom Brady, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Los Angeles Rams
The pressure started on the first play for the Saints Defense - Watch Cameron Jordan (94) on the right side against RT Tristan Wirfs (78). Tom Brady was forced to move within the pocket all night. #FFR_2020_Saints_Defense_G #GoBucs #Saints pic.twitter.com/0ecpAWxNoU
— Football Film Room (@FB_FilmRoom) November 11, 2020
This is the second week in a row that I have put Tom Brady is the sit portion of this article. It blew up in my face last when when he absolutely destroyed the Carolina Panthers. I thought since he struggled against them the last time they played it would be the same thing around this time, but boy was I wrong.
He was coming off one of his worst games of his career, so I should of known he had a chip on his shoulder for the game against Carolina, that was my fault. Carolina wasn’t able to generate pressure against Brady last week. He finished with completing 28-39 passes for 341 yards and four total touchdowns. It was his 3rd best fantasy output this season.
This week however the matchup against the Los Angeles Rams is a brutal one. The Rams have the fourth highest sack rate in all of football, and Brady has struggled mightily against pressure all season long.
The Rams have also only allowed a league low nine passing touchdowns this season. They have also given up the second least amount of fantasy points per game against opposing quarterbacks at just over 15 fantasy points per game. If you have a chance to pick Joe Burrow up off the waiver and start him over Brady, go ahead and do so.
Todd Gurley, RB, Atlanta Falcons vs New Orleans Saints
Toughest Week 11 RB Matchups
- James Robinson vs Steelers (allowing 17.67 fantasy PPG to RB)
- Todd Gurley vs Saints (allowing 18.61 fantasy PPG to RB)
- Aaron Jones vs Colts (allowing 19.69 fantasy PPG to RB)
Start Robinson and Jones in season long. Gurley depends on options
— Michael F. Florio (@MichaelFFlorio) November 19, 2020
Todd Gurley has had a pretty solid fantasy season thus far. He is the RB11 through 10 weeks of the season. That has a lot to do with the fact that he has scored nine touchdown in the nine games he has played.
Gurley has also had four touchdown in his last three games, but has been incredibly inefficient. In Gurley’s last four games he has seen at least 18 carries in each game, but wasn’t able to gain more than 63 yards on the ground. In those four games he averaged, 2.4, 2.7, 2.6, and 2.8 yards per carry. Luckily for him he has scored those four touchdowns, so he has saved his fantasy day.
With Gurley becoming very touchdown dependent, I am staying far away from him this week in this matchup. The New Orleans Saints have given up the fewest amount of touchdowns to running backs this season at three. They have also given up the least amount of fantasy points to running backs as well, at 13.2 per game. If you have someone like Damien Harris on your roster along with Gurley, I’m absolutely starting Harris over Gurley this week.
Jerry Jeudy, WR, Denver Broncos vs Miami Dolphins
Jerry Jeudy deserves better https://t.co/MYcGUqzQrr
— Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) November 16, 2020
Don’t get me wrong, I love the talent of Jerry Jeudy. But unfortunately his quarterback play has been hindering his production until the last three weeks. Jeudy has seen 32 targets over his last three games. He has also scored over 10 fantasy points in each of those games.
Unfortunately, just as Jeudy and quarterback Drew Lock where starting to develop a connection, Lock gets banged up with a rib injury. Lock is questionable to play this week, but is hoping to play through the injury. Even if he plays, those ribs are going to hinder the young quarterback and his production. If Lock can’t go, and we have to see Brett Rypein that’s even worse.
The matchup is a tough one against the Dolphins this week, another big reason why I’m staying away from Jeudy this week. The Dolphins have one of the best cornerback duos in Xavien Howard and Byron Jones. Just last week we saw them hold Keenan Allen and Mike Williams to just five catches for 77 yards combined, though Allen did find the end zone. Jeudy is someone I’m staying far away from this week, and placing him on my bench.
Jonnu Smith, TE, Tennessee Titans vs Baltimore Ravens
Jonnu Smith takes the handoff for the TD! #Titans take a 17-10 lead.
— NFL (@NFL) November 13, 2020
Jonnu Smith started the season extremely hot. He started the first four weeks scoring over 10 fantasy points in two of those games, and over 20 fantasy points in the other two games.
But since Week 5, he has hit the 10 plus fantasy points threshold only one time. He has also only seen over four targets one time since Week 5 as well. Another mind-blowing stat is that he also hasn’t caught more than two balls since Week 5. Pretty scary if you ask me.
The matchup doesn’t do Smith any favors this week. The Baltimore Ravens are 12th best in the NFL against opposing tight ends this season only allowing 7.7 fantasy points per game. They have also only given up four receiving touchdowns against tight ends as well. The Titans just aren’t using Smith as they did earlier in the season. He is no longer a must start for me, and should find the way to your bench against the Ravens this weekend.
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