Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 11

Only a few weeks remain before the fantasy football playoffs begin for most leagues. We break down the fantasy implications.

It's hard to believe we've reached Week 11. Fantasy owners are still scrambling to make a few late-season acquisitions in the hope of clinching a playoff spot. There's still time left to make that last surge.

Injuries have not been kind to owners in 2013, and last week proved to be no different. Mike James broke his ankle and Jake Locker suffered a Lisfranc injury. Let's all just hope Peyton Manning's ankle holds up.

If you need a replacement due to injury or a bye week, take a look at some of the favorable matchups you can exploit in Week 11, and note the players who are likely to fail.



Nick Foles (vs. Redskins): Two impressive weeks should at least start to convince fantasy owners to take Foles seriously. This time he faces the one of the league's worst defenses against opposing quarterbacks. Prepare for another solid outing from the Eagles offense.

Case Keenum (vs. Raiders): Back-to-back weeks of three touchdown passes should start to instill some confidence in fantasy owners. Keenum can keep the trend going against the Oakland secondary, which ranks No. 22 overall in passing defense.

Ben Roethlisberger (vs. Lions): Detroit's defense has not fared well against the pass in recent weeks. The Lions have given up at least two passing touchdowns in five of their last six games. Big Ben did break out for four scores and 400 yards against New England, so at least owners know he's still capable of a monster performance.

Running back

Danny Woodhead (at Dolphins): A few factors are on Woodhead's side this week. 1) Ryan Mathews is questionable after dealing with a tight hamstring. He should play, but he could be scaled back a bit. 2) The Dolphins are terrible against opposing running backs, ranking second to last in most points allowed. 3) Woodhead is averaging 11 points (standard scoring) per game in his last six outings.

Andre Ellington (at Jaguars): Ellington explodes as the featured back against Atlanta. The following week, he's back to a time share with Rashard Mendenhall. Even if they split carries this week, though, Ellington should manage to find plenty of room to run against a Jaguars defense that has allowed 10 touchdowns to running backs in 2013.

Wide receiver

Riley Cooper (vs. Redskins): With Foles under center, Cooper has become a viable starter in all leagues. In three games with Foles starting, Cooper has caught six touchdown passes. The Redskins have given up 11 scores to opposing wideouts, leading to high expectations for Cooper in the second meeting of the year between these two teams.

Golden Tate (vs. Vikings): Even with Percy Harvin returning, Tate should remain a favorite target of Russell Wilson. He has 14 receptions and three touchdowns over the past three weeks. The Vikings have allowed at least one receiving touchdown every week since the season opener. Expect Tate to post solid numbers again.

Marquise Goodwin (vs. Jets): Robert Woods is out. Stevie Johnson isn't looking like a good bet to play. E.J. Manuel has to throw the ball to someone, right? Goodwin hasn't caught more than three passes in a game so far, but he does have two big touchdowns over the last five weeks. He can make it happen again with more targets this time around.

Tight end

Jordan Cameron (at Bengals): One catch in his last outing was probably enough to scare off owners, but don't abandon ship just yet. Cameron posted a season-high 10 catches against the Bengals back in Week 4, and while he hasn't been putting up the same numbers with Jason Campbell under center, his poor showing against Baltimore is more likely an anomaly than the norm.

Rob Housler (at Jaguars): Housler impressed last week with 57 yards and a touchdown on four receptions. He's topped 50 yards twice now in the last three games, and he's facing a Jacksonville defense that has allowed eight touchdowns to opposing tight ends.

Marcedes Lewis (vs. Cardinals): Are you desperate for a tight end? Well, here's your guy. Lewis posted a season-high three (yes, three) receptions last week against Tennessee. He missed a large part of the first half of the year, so he' still working his way back. The Cardinals allow the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Again, if you're desperate.



Colin Kaerpernick (at Saints): What a terrible game Kaepernick had against the Panthers. He threw for 91(!) yards and rushed for another 16. The Saints defense hasn't given up 200 yards passing in two weeks, and they've only allowed multiple passing touchdowns twice in 2013. It might be time to find a replacement for Kaep, at least for Week 11.

Philip Rivers (at Dolphins): After a huge start to the season, Rivers has slowed down as of late. He's finished with just one passing touchdown in three of his last four games. The Dolphins defense has given up just two passing scores over their last five games. Avoid this matchup if you can.

Jason Campbell (at Bengals): Cincinnati held Joe Flacco to 140 yards passing last week. While that isn't as impressive this season considering the state of the Ravens offense, the Bengals overall allow the eighth fewest points to quarterbacks. Campbell is a QB2 after two solid games, but don't expect another three-touchdown performance.

Running back

C.J. Spiller (vs. Jets): Spiller rushed for a whopping nine yards on 10 carries in his last meeting with the Jets. We've been in this situation all year long. Can we trust him in the starting lineup? Probably not. Doug Marrone is content with splitting time in his backfield, and considering the Jets haven't allowed more than 90 rushing yards to opposing backs all year, it would be wise to sit Spiller, again.

Chris Ogbonnaya/Willis McGahee (at Bengals): Ogbonnaya is supposed to see an expanded role, and considering the Bengals haven't allowed a rushing touchdown since Week 3, it's best to just avoid the Browns backfield altogether.

Maurice Jones-Drew (vs. Cardinals): MJD has been limited in practice, and he's taking on the No. 3 run defense in the league on Sunday. He rushed for 41 yards on 21 carries in Week 10. The Jaguars want to feed him the ball, but it's not working.

Wide receiver

Any Vikings wideout (at Seahawks): Cordarelle Patterson is still working to gain an expanded role, Jerome Simpson hasn't done much since the Vikings bye week and Greg Jennings is questionable, along with quarterback Christian Ponder. Regardless of who starts under center, the Seahawks should have no problem keeping this passing game in check.

Eddie Royal (at Dolphins): Royal is dealing with a toe injury, which kept him out of Thursday's practice. Even if he does suit up for Week 11, the Dolphins have allowed just one touchdown to an opposing receiver in 2013.

Lance Moore (vs. 49ers): It's the same old Moore we've seen in the past. He builds you up only to ultimately disappear. He caught just one pass for 14 yards against the Cowboys. His volatility reasonably worries fantasy owners. If you're trying to make the playoffs, it's tough to put your stock in a player who could fail to even show up.

Tight end

Kellen Winslow/Jeff Cumberland (at Bills): Buffalo allows the fifth fewest points to opposing tight ends. Winslow may not play in Week 11, and Cumberland missed last week with a concussion. The Jets depth chart at tight end is up in the air, so you shouldn't have a tough decision benching both players.

Garrett Graham (vs. Raiders): It doesn't really matter who Graham is playing; he's out of the picture in the passing game. Graham is actually scoring fewer points with Owen Daniels injured.

John Carlson (at Seahawks): Don't be fooled by him exploding in Week 10. Carlson won't be that productive every week (maybe ever again), and the Seahwks have allowed just three touchdowns to tight ends in 2013.

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