Week 11 Fantasy Football Predictions For Top Players At Each Position

*Editors Note: Before the start of each week, we’ll go over how the previous week’s selections fared.

Top QB: Eli Manning – finished 14th
QB Sit: Blake Bortles – finished 15th
QB Sleeper: Joe Flacco – finished 7th

Top RB: David Johson – finished 6th
RB Sit: Tampa RB’s (Barber, Martin, James, Humphries) – Martin 14th; all outside top 25
RB Sleeper: Jay Ajayi– finished 20th

Top WR: Alshon Jeffery – finished outside top 25
WR Sit: Stefon Diggs– finished 8th
WR Sleeper:  Larry Fitzgerald – finished 15th

Top TE: Dennis Pitta – finished outside top 25
TE Sit: Julius Thomas – finished 8th
TE Sleeper: Antonio Gates – finished 5th

Top D/ST: Arizona – finished 12th
D/ST Sit: Seattle – finished 16th
D/ST Sleeper: Baltimore – finished 3rd

Week 11 Predictions

Quarterbacks

Top QB: Ben Roethlisberger – Big Ben hasn’t been great on the road this season, averaging just 12 points in his last three road games, but you can’t not view him as a top 5 option this week against Cleveland. The Browns have given up 25 touchdown passes and an average of 21 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks in 10 weeks this season, bad enough for third most in the NFL, (second in the NFL if you account for Atlanta out on bye who give up the most.)

QB Sit: Carson Palmer – Do not start Palmer this week, you can find way better matchups anywhere. Palmer did throw for a stellar 376 yards last week against the 49ers, but he did have three turnovers. Going up against Minnesota, where the Vikings are giving up an average of just 12.5 fantasy points per contest, there is just no way you can justify starting Palmer this week.

QB Sleeper: Tyrod Taylor – It’s honestly not very often Tyrod gets huge recognition week-to-week with big guns like Ryan, Roethlisberger, Brady, Carr etc always in the picture, but a nice matchup will get him a look this week. Taylor has scored more than 18 points in four straight weeks, and a matchup against Cincinnati makes him a great option once again. Their defense gives up just below 20 points a game to QBs which is fifth worst in the league.

Runningbacks

Top RB: LeGarrette Blount – Can you imagine what Brady is going to do to the 49ers through the air this week? I don’t want to call them straight up garbage time points that Blount is going to get, but this one is basically over before it is going to start. Blount scored three touchdowns last week against Seattle, and he should most definitely add to his season total against San Francisco who have allowed a league-worst average of 28.5 fantasy points per game, and 15 touchdowns on the ground.

RB Sit: Todd Gurley – The biggest first round bust in all of fantasy just cannot be put into starting lineups. Hopefully by now you’ve made trades for RB holes if you own Gurley, or are wise enough to not insert Gurley in your lineup. This offense just can’t be trusted. Please continue to leave him on your bench until he shows some signs of hope. Week 11 bodes as a tough matchup against Miami who have allowed only THREE rushing touchdowns all year and an average of 15.9 fantasy points per game to opposing runners, (11th best in the league.)

RB Sleeper: Latavius Murray – It’s been a tumultuous fantasy season for Latavius Murray, who has been stymied under Oakland’s “committee-type” backfield at times this season. However, Murray faces a Houston fantasy run D that has given up eight rushing touchdowns and an average of almost 20 fantasy points per game to RB’s, bad enough for 10th worst in the league.

Wide Receivers

Top WR: Antonio Brown – Maybe this will be the week where Ben and Brown can start connecting more often like the old days? The Browns do give up the third most PPG to WRs this season at 26.50 and have given up 14 touchdowns through the air, and myself listing Ben as my top QB this week, it only makes sense to go with Antonio here in Week 11 against the [insert any negative adjective here] Cleveland Browns. There’s almost no way you have Brown on your bench, but needless to say – he’s a must start.

WR Sit: DeAndre Hopkins – It’s tough to bench someone like Hopkins and I applaud your patience if he’s still on your roster, but say what you want, this week just isn’t the week for him to breakout. Hopkins has averaged just five fantasy points over his last four games, and while a matchup against Oakland in primetime is good on paper (Raiders give up the 10th most fantasy PPG at 25.27), Hopkins has failed to take advantage of bad fantasy pass D’s all year-long.

WR Sleeper: Jamison Crowder – Crowder has been one of the most underrated WRs in the world of fantasy football so far in 2016, scoring 10+ points in his last four games all while adding three touchdowns. You cannot leave him on your bench this week as he has real No. 2 receiver potential against Green Bay. The Packers defense has yielded 14 touchdowns on the year and the fourth most fantasy points to WR’s (26.4) per game.

Tight Ends

Top TE: Zach Miller – Who does Jay Cutler turn to now that Alshon Jeffery is suspended for four games? That’s right, it’s Zach Miller. Miller didn’t post outlandish numbers in Week 10 against Tampa, but he’s still a great option this week in New York. The G-Men have allowed an average of more than 10 fantasy points a game to tight ends in the last four weeks and Miller is no doubt going to see more targets with Jeffrey out of the picture.

TE Sit: Kyle Rudolph – There are a lot of sit options at the tight end position this week with big names like Jason Witten, Zach Ertz, or Cameron Brate, but I will go with maybe the boldest sit option in Rudolph. Rudolph is of course very hard to leave on a bench, but this matchup against a Cardinals TE defense that allows just 2.73 PPG as well as zero touchdowns allowed to the position is very skeptical. Arizona has already held elite tight ends such as Jimmy Graham, Greg Olsen, and my sleeper option for this week, Martellus Bennett, in check. So, use that logic to your advantage.

TE Sleeper: Martellus Bennett – It may never seem like it, but Bennett is the fourth ranked tight end in the fantasy world based on points this season. You may not be able to look past the “average” matchup in San Francisco this week, but the 49ers defense as a whole is obviously atrocious. Considering Gronkowski is almost a lock to sit on the sidelines this week, Bennett is a must start.

Defense/Special Teams

Top D/ST: Miami – The Rams are giving up the most points to opposing defense/special teams this season, and that’s clearly obvious why you should start Miami, who plays them. Former No. 1 pick of last year’s draft, Jared Goff, is making his first NFL start this week, so the Phins could take advantage of that matchup in the outset. It’s worth mentioning that opposing defenses averaged 10.6 PPG when facing Case Keenum.

D/ST Sit: Baltimore – Baltimore has been a solid streamer at times this season, but coming into a matchup against the big rookies in Dallas is a cause for concern. They need to be put back on the waiver wire or the bench. An explosive Cowboys offense is very terrifying in Week 11, a squad that kills defenses and rarely turns over the ball. The Cowboys give up the least amount of points to the league against opposing D/ST at just 1.7 PPG.

D/ST Sleeper: Kansas City – Riding a hot streak on D/ST are the Chiefs, and once again KC has almost returned to a class of their own in fantasy football. For over a month, no unit has scored more fantasy points than KC at 46 points. Their solid streak shouldn’t end this week either against Tampa Bay who are in the top 10 in the NFL in defensive fantasy points scored against them this season at nearly eight per game.

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