After Week 10 with no teams on byes, we're right back to having four teams off in Week 11, the Steelers, Saints, Colts and Texans. Those four teams have a handful of top-notch fantasy starters between them that could leave you trying to figure out which bench players to start in their place. And of course we can't forget about the players that have tough matchups either. So, if you're having a hard time figuring out who to start this weekend, maybe this will help.
|Eli Manning QB New York Giants -- Start|
Earlier this season, Eli Manning had his best game of the season against the Eagles in Philadelphia. He threw four touchdown passes and didn't turn the ball over once. On Sunday night, Eli and the Giants will host the disappointing eagles in their own stadium and since running back Ahmad Bradshaw is ruled out for the game, the Giants may throw the ball more than they usually would.
Start Manning this weekend.
|Philip Rivers QB San Diego Chargers -- Sit|
Philip Rivers has thrown eight interceptions so far this season including four in the last three games. He's facing a Bears defense that managed to return two interceptions for touchdowns against Detroit in Week 10 and he's facing them in Chicago.
Sure Rivers will throw a touchdown or two, but it's the bad things that Rivers has been doing that make me think you should sit him.
|Michael Bush RB Oakland Raiders -- Start|
Who needs Darren McFadden when you have Michael Bush? The Vikings have a top-10 rushing defense but they've also allowed over 100 yards on the ground through the last four weeks and they've given up a lot of points. Carson Palmer may be the main player under the microscope when the Raiders travel to Minnesota to play the Vikings on Sunday but it will be Bush that helps move the ball for the Raiders. After running for 157 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers last week, you should definitely start him this weekend.
|Ray Rice RB Baltimore Ravens -- Sit|
Yes the Ravens are at home and yes they're looking for blood after dropping the ball in Seattle but they're also playing one of the toughest defenses in the NFL. The Ravens are hosting the Bengals, who aren't just one of the better teams against the run, but they've also given the Ravens' offense fits over the past few years. The Bengals front seven has been great against opposing running backs when it comes to the run or the pass and I don't expect them to be any different on Sunday. The Bengals' weakness is their banged up secondary and if the Ravens score points, that's how I expect them to do it.
If you want to start Rice this weekend, go ahead but don't say I didn't warn you if he gets held to just seven or eight points.
|Dwayne Bowe WR Kansas City Chiefs -- Start|
Matt Cassel is out and Tyler Palko is in. Normally that would be enough to sit any wide receiver on a team, but not this week. The Chiefs are playing in Foxborough on Monday night which means that they're facing the worst secondary in the NFL and they're also going to be playing from behind so they'll throw a lot. Dwayne Bowe is a physical beast of a receiver and he has the talent to dominate a secondary as bad as the Patriots'. He hasn't had many catches in the last few weeks with Cassel behind center but maybe that will change in Week 11.
|Roddy White WR Atlanta Falcons -- Sit|
Last week the Titans, via Cortland Finnegan, took the Panthers No. 1 receiver out of the game and it payed off. I expect them to do the same in Week 11 which means Finnegan will be tasked with removing Roddy White from the game. He hasn't been nearly as impressive this season as he was in 2010, same goes for the Falcons overall, and since he's facing a cornerback that can shut him down for the day, I'd think about finding a better matchup for your starting lineup.
|Jermaine Gresham TE Cincinnati Bengals -- Start|
If A.J. Green is out agains the Ravens on Sunday, and it's likely that he will be, tight end Jermaine Gresham is Andy Dalton's most reliable target. Wide receivers Jerome Simpson and Andre Caldwell are very inconsistant while Gresham catches pretty much everything that comes his way. He's an extremely talented tight end who is too fast for linebackers and too big for defensive backs. If Green is out, look for Dalton to look Gresham's way more than usual, especially in the red zone.
|Brent Celek TE Philadelphia Eagles -- Sit|
Just when Brent Celek looked like he and Michael Vick were on the same page, Vick goes out and in comes Vince Young. Celek is a talented pass-catching tight end but who knows what is going to happen with a new quarterback in the game. Maybe Celek doesn't miss a beat. Maybe he gets thrown to 30 times. I'd be willing to be that he doesn't get many targets against the Giants though.
|Cleveland Browns -- Start|
The Browns are hosting the Jaguars and their last-ranked offense in Cleveland on Sunday. The Browns have the sixth-best rushing defense and the best pass defense in the league and I fully expect that defense to make things tough for the Jaguars offense and get a turnover or two.
Don't forget that if you start the Browns you always have a chance of getting points from a Josh Cribbs special teams touchdown.
|New York Giants -- Sit|
I expect the Giants to beat the Eagles on Sunday but I also expect the Eagles to score a few points. So far this season nobody, including the Giants, have been able to stop LeSean McCoy and we can't forget how talented the Eagles receivers are. Vick or Young, doesn't matter -- they'll put up some points.