Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to my weekly Start and Sit advice column with the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 11 Start Sit.
I triumphantly return after a long, well-deserved vacation. I want to give a massive shout-out to Mark Strausberg, who filled in for me while I was enjoying a few (too many?) adult beverages. His strong fantasy recommendations and occasional wit are always recommended.
Jumping back in to hopefully help fantasy managers win their matchups this week is always gratifying, so let's get to it with the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 11 Start Sit.
2023 Fantasy Football Week 11 Start Sit
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Start-Joshua Dobbs, QB, Minnesota Vikings
Joshua Dobbs has created quite a buzz in the NFL and fake football. His magical run has consisted of thrilling runs and comebacks while producing top-ten fantasy production. Dobbs has thrown for five touchdowns across the last three games but also rushed for a score in his previous four games.
The fairy tale continues this week in a prime-time Sunday Night matchup against the Denver Broncos. Dobbs has established quite a chemistry with tight end TJ Hockenson, and if Justin Jefferson is ready to go this week, his numbers could skyrocket even higher.
Sit-Trevor Lawrence, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
You would expect a bounce-back effort from Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars after being dominated by the San Francisco 49ers last week. The Jaguars will rebound, but don't expect a breakout performance against the Tennessee Titans as Lawrence and the offense look out of sync.
Lawrence is on the trading block in many fantasy leagues, and for good reason. He has disappointed this season. With the fantasy playoffs looming, don't trust your fantasy lifeline on if Lawrence can get out of his funk.
Start-Devin Singletary, RB, Houston Texans
Devin Singletary took over the lead back role in Houston for the injured Dameon Pierce, and Pierce may not get it back.
On the heels of 30 rushes for 150 yards and a score last week against the Bengals, Singletary has a juicy matchup against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 11. The Cardinals are a bottom-three defense against the run. Congratulations to those fantasy managers who took the plunge for Singletary. He will reward you again this week with an RB1 production.
Start-Brian Robinson, Jr., RB-Washington Commanders
Brian Robinson Jr. continues to surprise the fantasy geeks. With eight total scores this season, Robinson has pushed himself into the RB1 discussion. Add that he has contributed in the passing game, and we have a running back who is a weekly starter regardless of opponent.
Robinson and the Commanders take on the New York Giants, who have seemingly given up on the season. He scored on the Giants' defense in their Week 7 matchup. Don't be surprised if we see Robinson crossing the goalline this week.
Other RBs to Start: Keaton Mitchell, Baltimore Ravens; James Connor, Arizona Cardinals
Sit-Isiah Pacheco, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
It's hard to bench a Chiefs player, but this week, they are playing against the Philadelphia Eagles in what should be a shootout.
The issue is that the Eagles' run defense is the best in the league. They are surrendering only 66.3 rushing yards per game and have only given up three rushing touchdowns this season. Pacheco will have a rough go of it this week, and it's best to ride other options in your Week 11 lineup.
Sit-Javonte Williams, RB, Denver Broncos
Coming off a massive win Monday Night against the Buffalo Bills, the Denver Broncos are riding high into their Week 11 matchup versus the Minnesota Vikings. Williams continued to improve each week and scored in consecutive weeks via the pass.
His matchup this week will be against a stout Vikings run defense. Take a deep breath and find another running back to plug into your Week 11 lineups.
Start-DJ Moore, WR. Chicago Bears
Outside of fantasy managers, there is probably no one happier than DJ Moore that Justin Fields returns to the Bears' lineup this week. We witnessed the chemistry with the offense finally opening up in Weeks 4-5, especially that Sunday night three-touchdown blowup against the Washington Commanders.
Moore struggled without Fields and will rebound this week in their matchup against the Detroit Lions. Look for both Fields and Moore to make a statement this week.
Start-Tank Dell, WR. Houston Texans
Ride the hot offense until it runs cold. The Houston Texans offense, led by rookie CJ Stroud, is on fire. Fantasy managers should want a piece of their offense weekly, including this week in their matchup against the Arizona Cardinals.
The Texans' offense just put up 30+ points against the Buccaneers and the Bengals. The Cardinals' defense will have zero answers to stopping Stroud and his explosive weapons. Start Dell and every Texans' weapon.
Sit-Amari Cooper, WR, Cleveland Browns
Amari Cooper was enjoying seeing Deshaun Watson behind center. They have developed a chemistry that saw Cooper produce WR3 numbers. However, with the recent news of Deshaun Watson requiring season-ending shoulder surgery all bets are off.
Cooper is now challenged to catch passes from rookie quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson. The rookie struggled in his first NFL start in Week 4 against the Baltimore Ravens. Cooper only had one catch on six targets. While we should see the rookie fare better against the Pittsburgh Steelers this week, trusting Cooper doesn't seem promising.
Sit-Zay Flowers, WR, Baltimore Ravens
The rookie wideout has exhibited flashes this season, but Zay Flowers is challenging to trust in your weekly lineups. Flowers is a borderline WR3 weekly, including this week in his matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals' defense is middle of the pack against wide receivers, but the more significant concern is the Ravens' offense.
Their offense is still run-dominant, and they should focus their game plan on continuing to run the ball with Gus Edwards and explosive rookie Keaton Mitchell. This leaves minimal opportunities. as evidenced by Flowers averaging only five targets across the past four games. Flowers is a boom-or-bust weekly option that will bust this week for fantasy managers.
Start-Cole Kmet, TE, Chicago Bears
Kmet is ranked as the borderline TE1 this week in his matchup versus the Detroit Lions. However, fantasy managers should feel confident plugging Kmet in their lineups. With the return of Justin Fields this week, Kmet should shine in a high-scoring matchup.
The progress of the Bears' offense consisted of Kmet being an integral part of the offensive attack. Look for Kmet to continue his ascension in the TE ranks with a score this week.
Sit-Evan Engram, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars
I'm not feeling the love for Engram this week. After being spanked by the 49ers last week, the Jaguars welcome the Tenessee Titans to Jacksonville in a division matchup. Engram has not scored a touchdown this season, and with Trevor Lawrence and this offense not functioning, I would be hesitant to believe that we will see Engram break his scoreless streak this week.