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Fantasy football, Week 11: Who to start and sit across the NFL

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A look at the biggest decisions facing your fantasy football team as Week 11 arrives.

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The push for the fantasy football playoffs are really heating up as Thanksgiving arrives next week. With that in mind, here is a look at the biggest start/sit questions facing your fantasy team in Week 11.

START

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott vs. Philadelphia Eagles

The Cowboys’ offense is still getting settled into the post-Ezekiel Elliott stretch they’ll embark on for the next month, which means Dak Prescott will be asked to carry this offense into the fantasy playoffs. That’s good news for his fantasy owners, and he’ll get a favorable matchup in Week 11 when the Eagles come to Dallas. While the Eagles look like the NFL’s best team, their defense has shown some weaknesses. They’re allowing the 12th-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. Start Dak in Week 11.

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles vs. Cleveland Browns

The Browns are an absolute mess, and their defense is in a world of hurt after losing star linebacker Jamie Collins to a season-ending knee injury. That’s great news for Blake Bortles, who enters Week 11 averaging 20 fantasy points per games over the last three weeks. Couple that with a Browns defense allowing the eighth-most points to quarterbacks, and you’ve got yourself a starter in Bortles.

Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson vs. Cincinnati Bengals

The Broncos have been brutal as of late, and C.J. Anderson has suffered for it. Anderson has largely been the victim of Denver quickly falling behind in games and abandoning the run. That won’t happen against the 3-6 Bengals this week, so Anderson should see a steady diet for four quarters against a struggling defense, which is allowing the sixth-most fantasy points to running backs over the last three weeks.

Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper vs. New England Patriots

Amari Cooper has been an enigma this season. His last outing saw him catch just four of nine targets for 58 yards, but he is still the team’s most targeted receiver, and he should have a big game against New England’s so-so defense. Entering Week 1, the Patriots are allowing the third-most fantasy points to receivers this season. Get Cooper into your starting lineup.

New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard vs. Kansas City Chiefs

The Giants have finally found a reliable receiver in the form of Sterling Shepard, who is now the featured weapon in this offense for the rest of the season. Against the 49ers in Week 10, Shepard racked up 11 grabs on 13 targets for 142 yards. He’s drawn 22 targets over his last two games, and he’s now facing a Chiefs defense allowing the most fantasy points to receivers.

SIT

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford vs. Chicago Bears

The Lions rely heavily on the arm of Matthew Stafford, who enters Week 11 ranked ninth in fantasy points among quarterbacks. However, Stafford has been erratic on the road, as he’s scored under 17 points in two of his four road matchups while scoring 26-plus in the other two. He’s also facing a Bears defense allowing the fourth-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. Keep him on the bench this week.

Dallas Cowboys RB Alfred Morris vs. Philadelphia Eagles

With Ezekiel Elliott suspended, it looked as though Alfred Morris was in line to be the workhorse back going forward. That may ultimately be true, but because Dallas was playing from behind mostly in Atlanta, the run was abandoned pretty quickly. That led to Morris running for just 53 yards on 11 runs while splitting time with Rod Smith. Now, they’ll face an Eagles defense allowing the second-fewest fantasy points to running backs, making it an easy call to bench Morris.

Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Outside of some good games by pass-catching backs, Jacksonville has been stout against nearly every running back it's faced, especially of the one-dimensional variety. You don’t get much more one-dimensional than Isaiah Crowell, who won’t be doing much of anything between the tackles against this front seven, which is allowing the eighth-fewest rushing yards to running backs this season.

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green vs. Denver Broncos

A.J. Green is on pace to be one of the biggest fantasy busts of 2017. Thanks to the Bengals’ offense taking a nosedive with two different offensive coordinators thus far, Green has failed to top 80 yards receiving in six of nine games this season. Take away a 70-yard touchdown against the Titans last week, and Green has failed to break 50 yards receiving in four straight games. Don’t expect much of anything from him and this Bengals offense in Denver, making it an easy call to bench the star receiver.

Green Bay Packers RB Jamaal Williams vs. Baltimore Ravens

The Packers will be relying heavily on Jamaal Williams with Aaron Jones, and Ty Montgomery banged up, making him a tantalizing fantasy play going forward. However, don’t expect much from him against Baltimore, who is allowing the second-fewest fantasy points to running backs over the last three weeks.