Week 11 WR Start’em, Sit’em: Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Strategy


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If you are in doubt about some players in a tough spot this week, or players that haven’t produced yet this season, you have come to the perfect spot. We dive into a few names to start in borderline matchups, and also talk about players to fade. You can also check out our rankings area to see where players on your team rank and their projections heading into Week 11. Be sure to check out the rest of our weekly fantasy football content.

Start Em

Curtis Samuel Vs. Atlanta

The Falcons are a struggling secondary despite the game last week against New Orleans. Both Curtis Samuel and DJ Moore are strong starts this week against the Falcons 31st ranked defense against the pass. Atlanta has allowed the 6th most fantasy points per game this season to opposing wide receivers. If you have a surplus of wideouts, or are in a thinner league where you might debate these names, give them a start.

Jamison Crowder @ Washington

We can go back to the well here with Jamison Crowder going up against the Redskins. Is there a revenge narrative here? Who cares, this is just a good spot and Crowder continues to see a steady workload. The Redskins are allowing 35.3 PPR points per game to opposing wide receivers this season, and rank 24th against the pass. Crowder has seen 6, 9, 5, 5, and 9 targets over the last five weeks. Crowder has also had a better fantasy outcome with Sam Darnold under center. Although that doesn’t come as much of a surprise.

Tyrell Williams Vs. Cincinnati

When the touchdowns don’t hit, Tyrell Williams has been a dud. Luckily he has scored in five of seven games, but we have seen the floor the last two weeks. The Bengals rank 30th against the pass, and have allowed monster games of late. Mostly the running backs take the fantasy points in games against Cincinnati, but Williams is still a strong start this week. Oakland has one of the larger implied totals on the week, which is not something I would have expected to say this season.

Mohamed Sanu @ Philadelphia

Just a refresher coming off the bye week, Mohamed Sanu is clearly going to be involved in the offense, especially given they don’t have a ton of pass-catching options. Sanu had 14 targets last week against Baltimore, posting a 10-81-1 line. Cleveland was more of an adapting week, where he had five targets and a 2-23-0 line. Sanu is in a great spot moving forward, but Week 11 is a great matchup for him. The Eagles have allowed the 5th most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers, and I would expect the Patriots to attack the Eagles through the air.

Tyler Boyd @ Oakland

Both Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate are starts this week, going up against an Oakland team allowing the third most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers. Boyd and Tate are getting most of the targets in a mediocre offense, and the Andy Dalton benching was a downgrade for these names. However, Boyd and Tate are still in play. They are likely to be trailing again this week, and attacking a weaker secondary puts them in play. Oakland ranks 29th against the pass this season.

Terry McLaurin Vs. New York

It has been a sad few weeks for Terry McLaurin, and Dwayne Haskins does have a bit to do with it, but there have been tough matchups too. This week he has a chance to breakout again, as the Jets rank 25th in DVOA against the pass, and have allowed the 8th most fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts. They have allowed 15+ fantasy point games to Darius Slayton, Preston Williams, and Chris Conley over the last three weeks.

Sit Em

Alshon Jeffery Vs. New England

Alshon Jeffery has had decent targets this season, but is averaging 50.4 receiving yards per game, and hasn’t found the end zone in three weeks against three tough secondaries. Jeffery has been sluggish this season, and his fantasy worth is extremely touchdown dependent. The Patriots have allowed just one touchdown this season to opposing wide receivers, and have allowed the least fantasy points per game. I would pass on Jeffery if you have better options.

Kenny Stills @ Baltimore

Will Fuller is back practicing, which would knock Kenny Stills down the totem pole in Houston. It isn’t a bad matchup for the Houston passing attack, but targets have been up and down for the secondary wide receivers this season. Stills couldn’t capitalize on Fuller being out, and I am iffy on him even if Fuller plays. Given the mediocre target share, we can stay clear of Stills in deeper league formats.

Chris Conley @ Jacksonville

This is another one where we were depending on the health of another player for fantasy production. Nick Foles is back, and Chris Conley will take a back seat with Dede Westbrook returning as well. Chark and Westbrook are the easy options in the passing game, and Leonard Fournette is going to get his touches as well. The Colts also have a decent secondary, ranking 11th against the pass. Being the third or fourth option in the passing game isn’t appealing here.

Josh Reynolds Vs. Chicago

Josh Reynolds had a strong week when Brandin Cooks lefty with a concussion, but the Rams dropped a big dud in Pittsburgh. They are at home against Chicago this week, and are in must win moving forward. Cooks has been ruled out again, which means Reynolds will see starter snaps and the chance for a decent workload. The Bears are a tough defense, and have allowed the third fewest fantasy points to opposing wideouts this season. They also rank 7th against the pass.

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