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Week 11 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em

Each week I’ve taken a look at some players with favorable matchups that are start-worthy and others with not-so-favorable matchups that you should keep on the bench. If you are a daily fantasy player, some of these starts could be great values. Be sure to check back often for updated player rankings, weekly waiver wire targets, and weekly deep sleepers.

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Start ‘Em

Josh McCown (QB, Tampa Bay Bucs) at Washington Redskins

There stands to be a clumsy shootout in Washington this week as the quarterbacks for both teams have favorable matchups against bad pass defenses. McCown is listed as probable and should get the start in a nice matchup. The ‘Skins are giving up the third most fantasy points to QBs this season. (Daily Fantasy Value 11/14/14 – $7,000)

Teddy Bridgewater (QB, Minnesota Vikings) at Chicago Bears

Rookie Bridgewater has struggled in his debut season, but he’s show flashes of potential. The coaching staff have played conservative with the rookie in his starts, but sooner or later he’ll get some freedom to show more of what he can do. Will this be the week? The matchup is certainly a good one. Teddy and the Vikings will be facing a Bears defense that is giving up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. Teddy could be a nice sneaky start in Week 11. (Daily Fantasy Value 11/14/14 – $6,600)

Steven Jackson (RB, Atlanta Falcons) at Carolina Panthers

Jackson is on the downside of his career, but he can still get it done from time to time. Over the last two games he’s piled up 141 yards and 2 touchdowns. Not too shabby. He’ll be up against a Panthers defense that is giving up an average of 23.9 fantasy points to running backs. Jackson could be a nice start this week. (Daily Fantasy Value 11/14/14 – $6,700)

Ryan Mathews (RB, San Diego Chargers) vs. Oakland Raiders

Mathews should be returning from injury this week and will be a good start despite the potential for being on a snap count. San Diego keeps their versatile backs involved and that bodes will for Mathews in his return. So does the matchup as the Chargers will be facing a Raiders defense that is giving up the fourth most fantasy points to running backs. (Daily Fantasy Value 11/14/14 – $6,200)

DeSean Jackson (WR, Washington Redskins) vs. Tampa Bay Bucs

Jackson hasn’t put up Philly-like numbers in his time with Washington this season, but he’s still capable of big plays. The matchup is favorable for both he and Pierre Garcon in Week 11 as they face a Bucs defense that is giving up the most fantasy points to wide receivers this season. (Daily Fantasy Value 11/14/14 – $8,100)

Mike Evans (WR, Tampa Bay Bucs) at Washington Redskins

See a theme developing? Remember that clumsy shootout mentioned above? Evans could be another solid benefactor of the Week 11 matchup against the Redskins. Washington is giving up an average of 24.2 fantasy points to wide receivers in 2014. Couple that with the fact that he’s been hot in recent weeks, and you have great big game potential. (Daily Fantasy Value 11/14/14 – $7,500)

Vernon Davis (TE, San Francisco 49ers) at New York Giants

Davis has had a disappointing 2014 season for fantasy owners thus far. At this point he’s only had 17 catches and hasn’t reached the end zone since Week 1. If there were a week to bounce back, this would be the one. Davis and the Niners will be facing a Giants defense that is giving up the third most fantasy points to tight ends this season. (Daily Fantasy Value 11/14/14 – $5,300)

Denver Broncos D/ST at St. Louis Rams

The Broncos defense has been a solid play at many points throughout 2014, and Week 11 marks another week in which they need to find your starting lineup. Denver will be facing a Rams team that is giving up the second most fantasy points to defenses this season. The Jaguars rule isn’t available this week since they’re on a bye, so this matchup is the next best thing. (Daily Fantasy Value 11/14/14 – $8,000)


Sit ‘Em

Drew Stanton (QB, Arizona Cardinals) vs. Detroit Lions

The Lions have been a ruthless defense this season and have managed to consistently limit quarterback play. The matchup couldn’t be worse for Stanton and the Cardinals as Detroit is giving up the fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. Steer clear.

Joique Bell (RB, Detroit Lions) at Arizona Cardinals

It’s two tough defenses squaring off in Arizona this week. Reggie Bush will likely be sidelined to rest his tweaked ankle, and that means a larger role for Joique Bell and Theo Riddick. Bell will see the lion’s (pun intended) share of touches, but the mathup isn’t a favorable one. The Cardinals are giving up the fewest fantasy points to running backs this season.

Larry Fitzgerald (WR, Arizona Cardinals) vs. Detroit Lions

Again, another theme taking shape. Tough defenses make for tough position matchups. Fitzgerald hasn’t been Fitzy of old this season, but he has had a nice couple of weeks recently. Don’t expect that trend to continue in Week 11 as he and the Lions will be facing an Arizona defense that is allowing the fewest fantasy points to wide receivers. While other receivers on the team may see some benefit, look for the Cardinals’ go to guy to have a rough day.

Martellus Bennett (TE, Chicago Bears) vs. Minnesota Vikings

Chicago’s offense has been a mess in recent weeks and Marty-B’s production has dropped steadily after a red hot start to the season. Things likely won’t get better in Week 11 as he and the Bears will face a Vikings defense that has done a good job limited tight end production. They are allowing the fourth fewest fantasy points to TEs in 2014.

New England Patriots D/ST vs. Indianapolis Colts

The Patriots have been a solid play as a fantasy defense in 2014, but right now they are the middle of a rough patch in their schedule that makes playing them dangerous. In Week 11 they’ll be facing a Colts team that is good at putting up points and diminishing the opposing defenses’ fantasy value. Top 10 defense or no, the Pats aren’t a wise play this week.



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