There are just four weeks left for the regular season in terms of fantasy football. At this point, we know if our teams are legit contenders. With that being said, teams are starting to clinch playoff spots and that too can be you with the correct starts and sits for Week 11. On the sit side of things, Gus Edwards, Trevor Lawrence, Cole Kmet, and James Conner all made it as sits. Jared Goff, the Steelers’ running backs, Dalton Kincaid, and Trey McBridge delivered on the start side of things.
Let’s break down the starts and sits for Week 11 and clinch playoff spots across leagues.
Week 11 Starts and sits
Jared Goff vs. Chicago Bears
Jared Goff finds himself on the sit side of things after being a start last week. It is pretty simple here. The Bears are allowing the 10th fewest ppg to Quarterbacks in the past month of football. Yes, the Bears are bad and looking for two top-five picks this upcoming draft. That does not mean Goff is a great start against a defense that has picked up their play. On the other hand, this feels like a trap game for the Lions and I would not be surprised when Goff struggles in Week 11.
Trevor Lawrence vs. Tennessee Titans
The most hyped-up team with a positive record is the Jacksonville Jaguars. First of all, this was the year of Trevor Lawrence’s breakout. He has played at his floor only. With that being said, Lawrence is ten spots worse than last year in ppg. Currently the QB22 in ppg, Lawrence is no more than a streaming option. To be honest, he is a shaky streaming option, too. Secondly, Lawrence’s best game came in Week 1 with 18.7 points. Since then, he has had only two more QB1 weeks. Sit Lawrence against a Titans team that is 14th in fewest ppg to Quarterbacks.
Running Back sits
Rachaad White @ San Francisco 49ers
First of all, Rachaad White has finished as an RB1 for one month straight. The issue is that Baker Mayfield is hurt, Kyle Trask might start in Week 11 and the Buccaneers play the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers are giving up the fourth fewest ppg in the past month of football. All in all, White has been red-hot and will most likely start everywhere. Justifiably, there should be caution against one of the best defenses in all of football.
With the Buccaneers more than likely playing from behind, I’d sit White in Week 11.
Tony Pollard @ Carolina Panthers
This is how the season is going for Tony Pollard. Pollard makes the sit list in Week 11. If someone said that you’d be benching Tony Pollard in 2023, they’d call you insane. Tony Pollard is currently the RB22 on a ppg basis. Also, Pollard has not finished as a RB1 since Week 6 and has just three RB1 finishes this season. A match-up against the team allowing the second most ppg to Running Backs should justify starting Pollard, but nope.
In Week 10, Pollard faced the Giants and could only scrap up 55 total yards with 5.5 fantasy points. It is too risky to start Pollard when there are Running Backs such as Ty Chandler and Darrell Henderson that were available on the waiver wire.
Steelers’ Running Backs @ Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns have allowed the eighth fewest ppg to Running Backs the past month and are sixth on the season in fewest ppg to the position. The last time these two teams played, Najee Harris finished the RB44 and Jaylen Warren finished as the RB19.
With that being said, the Browns’ defense will play even harder after losing their starting Quarterback for the year. To make it easier on whoever is under center, this Browns defense, currently the third overall defense in fantasy, will shut down the Steelers’ running game in Week 11.
Wide Receiver sits
Jordan Addison @ Denver Broncos
There is a chance that Justin Jefferson might be back for the Minnesota Vikings in Week 11. With that stated, Jordan Addison has played fairly well in the absence of the dynasty WR1. Addison has been the WR8 since Jefferson has been out. With or without Jefferson there in Week 11, the Denver Broncos are giving up the fifth fewest ppg to Wide Receivers in the past month. Led by Patrick Surtain II, Denver will be poised to shut the Vikings down.
With both teams being on respective win streaks, the defenses might have something to say to help make it easier on their Quarterbacks. My gut tells me Addison busts this week with a stingy secondary on the horizon. Sit Addison and look for options with softer match-ups with the playoffs around the corner.
Calvin Ridley vs. Tennessee Titans
Calving Ridley has been one of, if not the biggest, disappointment this fantasy season. One of the most certain things from the fantasy community was that Calvin Ridley was going to “SMASH”. That has not been the case. Ridley is currently the WR47 on a ppg basis. He is having his WORST season from a fantasy perspective in his entire career. At this point, Ridley cannot be trusted in your lineups. Even against a Titans team allowing the tenth most ppg to the position the past month. Christian Kirk and Evan Engram are the priorities in Jacksonville.
Adam Thielen vs. Dallas Cowboys
Adam Thielen has been one of the BEST things for fantasy this season. The days of Thielen being a WR1 were thought to be over once he left the Vikings. Instead, he is a WR1 currently averaging 17.8 ppg. That is his highest since the 2018 season. The issue is that the Cowboys might beat the Panthers by the end of the first half. This game has blowout written all over it. Dak Prescott has been the best Quarterback in fantasy the past month along with Ceedee Lamb averaging 31.8 ppg since Week 6. Sit Thielen in what should be an ugly outing for the Panthers.
Tight End Sits
Jake Ferguson @ Carolina Panthers
Jake Ferguson seems to be that tight end who finishes as a TE1 due to his touchdowns. He has had a touchdown in three straight games and has four on the season. The issue is the Panthers in the past month have given up 77 total yards and zero touchdowns to the position. Even with a blowout, I think Ferguson does not find the end-zone this week and falls outside the top 12 in Week 11.
David Njoku vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
David Njoku has the ninth most targets among tight ends this season but is only the TE14 in ppg. It does not help that Deshaun Watson will now miss the rest of the season. With the Steelers’ defense being who they are every year, starting Njoku does not feel good in Week 11. There are other streaming options such as Trey McBride or Luke Musgrave with better match-ups at boom weeks.
Sam Howell vs. New York Giants
Dak Prescott just had 404 yards and 38.9 fantasy points against the Giants in Week 10. Sam Howell is currently leading the NFL in passing yards. He is the future for the Washington Commanders and has them playing their best football since Kirk Cousins was the Quarterback. At QB9 on a ppg basis, no one saw Sam Howell performing this way this season. The Giants do not know who they are and this season is lost. Start Howell in a game where Washington should dominate from the start with a rookie under center once again for the Giants.
Justin Fields @ Detroit Lions
Justin Fields has the most haters in the fantasy space. He starts slow, then takes off. The only difference with this year is that he has missed some games that hurt fantasy managers the most. Now, he is back against the Detroit Lions. Fields had a QB3 and a QB1 finish before leaving due to injury in Week 6. With a Lions team giving up the fourth most ppg to Quarterbacks the past month, please do not hesitate to start Fields in Week 11. This is my favorite player in all of starts and sits for this week.
Running Back Starts
Ty Chandler @ Denver Broncos
With not much sample size and a whole lot of hope, Ty Chandler is the most intriguing player in starts and sits. More than likely, Alexander Mattison will miss Week 11 and Ty Chandler will serve as the team’s RB1. Chandler gets a Denver Broncos defense that just got torched by James Conner and Latavius Murray for 177 yards. The Broncos are giving up the most ppg to the position this season and Chandler needs to be started in all leagues in Week 11.
Devin Singletary vs. Arizona Cardinals
Dameon Pierce has gotten outsnapped the past two games he and Devin Singletary have played in. Now, coming off an injury and playing against the Cardinals, who have given up the third most ppg this season to Running Backs is supposed to feel good. It does not, as Devin Singletary has played well and is deserving of being the RB1 by outplaying Pierce. That is why Singletary is a start on starts and sits for Week 11.
Darrell Henderson vs. Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks have given up over 30 fantasy ppg the past month to Running Backs. Before Kyren Williams returns from injured reserve, Darrell Henderson can give us one epic performance against this run defense. Henderson is an RB2 in Week 11 with the upside of finishing as a top 12 play at his position. If you are rostering Darrell Henderson, you start him this week and don’t look back.
Wide Receiver Starts
Jayden Reed vs. Los Angeles Chargers
I am pulling this guy from my Sleepers and Streamers article. The Chargers have not been a good team in terms of defending the receiver position. They are sixth in most ppg to the position. The Packers will also be playing from behind more than likely. This puts Jayden Reed in a good position to see a good enough volume to be fantasy-relevant again. Play Reed, especially if you are thin at the position with bye weeks or injuries.
Houston Texans Wide Receivers vs. Arizona Cardinals
This one is simple to me in my fantasy world. CJ Stroud is HIM. He makes the ones around him. better. Noah Brown had never seen over 91 receiving yards in a game in six years in the NFL. In his seventh season, with CJ Stroud, Brown has had consecutive games of over 150 receiving yards and finished as a WR1. The CJ Stroud effect. Noah Brown, Nico Collins, and Tank Dell all can be started in fantasy football.
Tight End Starts
Trey McBride @ Houston Texans
In Kyler Murray’s 2023 debut, Trey McBride led the team in catches, targets, and yards. He very well could be a league winner after all. The Texans are allowing the second most ppg to the position and given up four touchdowns. McBride showed that he can be serviceable as a TE1 and deserves to be just that in your line-up in Week 11.
Luke Musgrave vs. Los Angeles Chargers
As stated with Jayden Reed, the Packers will be playing from behind against the Chargers. The Chargers have given up the most yards (428) and two touchdowns in the past four weeks. Musgrave is in a great opportunity to be the best streaming option at the position in Week 11. With not much at this position for starts and sits, finding the best upside is what gets you the win in the tight-end department.