Week 11 Fantasy Football Preview

Jeff Pratt
Head of NFL/Podcast Host

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This is the 11th installment of my weekly all-in-one fantasy football article which consists of recaps from the prior week, start/sit advice and waiver targets. Stay tuned for new updates every week! Now, let’s get into this Week 11 preview:

Week 10 Recap

*All fantasy stats are based on PPR scoring*

Best Performers:

Alvin Kamara – 34.8 points

Tom Brady – 31.8 points

Kyler Murray – 30.9 points

Josh Jacobs – 29.6 points

Josh Allen – 29.4 points

Biggest Busts:

A.J. Brown – 3.1 points

Marquise Brown – 3.4 points

Melvin Gordon – 4.6 points

Michael Thomas – 4.7 points

Leonard Fournette – 5.0 points

Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 11

Start: Cam Newton (@ HOU)

After a horrific string of games, Newton has appeared to jump back into fantasy relevance. Super Cam has scored 16+ in each of his last three contests, and is primed to face one of the weakest defenses in the league this week in Houston. Expect Newton and the Patriots to maintain their current hot streak and dominate the Texans on Sunday.

Sit: Joe Burrow (@ WSH)

Burrow is a great player with a bright future, but Cincinnati’s atrocious offensive line severely caps his fantasy ceiling. This week, he’ll take on the surprisingly tough Washington defense. There are better options out there, so keep Burrow stashed on your bench on Sunday.

Start: D’Andre Swift (@ CAR)

Swift was finally given the start last game, and the rookie didn’t disappoint, racking up 149 total yards and a touchdown. I love his chances of staying hot against a subpar Panthers run defense this week, so fire up the Georgia product as a strong RB2 with upside.

Sit: Duke Johnson (vs. NE)

Josh Allen is widely regarded as the largest threat to vulture touchdowns as a quarterback, but Deshaun Watson has a similar effect on the Texans’ running backs. Houston loves to call designed runs for Watson near the goal line, which hurts Duke Johnson’s upside. This week, the Texans host New England, who looked pretty stout defensively against the Ravens. Considering this, along with Johnson’s lack of touchdown upside, and benching Duke seems like the right move on Sunday.

Start: Michael Thomas (vs. ATL)

There’s no way to sugarcoat it: Thomas has been a tremendous disappointment this year. However, there’s reason to believe that Jameis Winston starting will help his prospects. Winston doesn’t know New Orleans’ offense that well, and he’ll likely turn to Thomas — his best receiver — as a safety valve. Fire MT up this week based on sheer upside alone.

Sit: Robert Woods (@ TB)

Woods has been pretty inconsistent over the past few weeks, scoring less than 9 points in two of his last three games. Tampa Bay hosts the Rams on Monday night. The Bucs boast a top-10 pass defense, which doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in Woods’ fantasy potential. He has a great playoff schedule, but keep Bobby Trees on your bench this week.

Start: Dalton Schultz (@ MIN)

Schultz has been quietly effective this season, scoring 7.5+ points in six games. This week, the Cowboys take on the poor Vikings secondary, providing Schultz with an enticing opportunity to produce. Andy Dalton will likely be back under center for Dallas on Sunday, which benefits Schultz, as the two have developed a solid rapport. The tight end position has been extremely thin this year, so Schultz should find his way into most starting lineups.

Sit: Jonnu Smith (@ BAL)

Jonnu benefited from a goalline rushing touchdown last week, but besides that, he was relatively quiet, catching two balls for 14 yards. After a strong start to the season, Smith has definitely taken a step back and played fourth-fiddle in Tennessee’s offense to Derrick Henry, A.J. Brown and Corey Davis. Don’t be fooled by his TE4 ranking, Smith hasn’t been a consistent fantasy option for weeks.

Waiver Wire Target of the Week

Nyheim Hines

Jonathan Taylor owners watched in dismay as Hines out-touched and out-produced him last week against the Titans, scoring 28.5 points on 17 total touches. It looks like Hines’ receiving upside gives him the edge over Taylor, as Philip Rivers loves utilizing his pass-catching backs. Grab Hines off waivers if you can, and feel comfortable flexing him moving forward.