Week 11 Start'em/Sit'em

Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020 at 10:33 pm ET

This is the Fantasy Football Nerd's look at the best and worst matchups for Week 11 of the 2020 NFL season. Analysis is aggregated from multiple sources including FFN. FFN rankings are based upon PPR (point per reception) scoring. Given the known conditions, these matchups are the ones to watch and/or avoid.

Please Note: This list does not generally include the elite players that you are going to start regardless of matchup. You don't need us to tell you to start Christian McCaffrey, Travis Kelce, or Michael Thomas. Instead, we take a look at other players on your team that we believe either have great matchups or should be avoided for multiple reasons. Factors like opposing defense, performance trending, and peer comparisons may influence our decisions.

Start 'em Taysom Hill (NO, QB)
Despite much speculation, it would appear that Taysom Hill, and not Jameis Winston, will start against the Falcons this week. Hill has apparently taken all the starter reps at practice. This would be Hill's first start at QB, and for a guy typically used as a gadget-type player, this should be an interesting start. Hill comes into our rankings at #13 largely on the basis of his opponent. Nobody has given up more fantasy points to QB's than the Falcons. Roll the dice and let's see what happens here.
Most pts to QB
Start 'em Ben Roethlisberger (PIT, QB)
As Abraham Lincoln once said, "Four Scores and One Week Ago" (OK, perhaps he didn't really say that), Big Ben comes into this week's rankings at #7 after a fantastic game last week where he really did throw four touchdowns. Jacksonville is giving up the 3rd-most fantasy points to QB's including an average of 29.3 points over the last three games.
3rd Most Pts to QB
Start 'em Matt Ryan (ATL, QB)
Ranked 10th this week on FFN is Matty Ice on the road to New Orleans which has historically been a high-scoring affair. The Saints have given up almost 22 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks on the season, plus Ryan also has a chance to get Calvin Ridley back this week.
13th Most Pts to QB
Start 'em D'Andre Swift (DET, RB)
Ranked inside our Top 5 this week (ppr) is D'Andre Swift. The Lions seemingly finally saw the light and gave him the start last week. Both the Lions and fantasy owners were rewarded with a 25.9 point day. Let the good times roll with the Panthers who are surrendering the 5th-most fantasy points to running backs this year. He also makes for a sneaky DFS play.
UPDATE: Since publication, Swift was been declared INACTIVE for Week 11.
5th Most Pts to RB
Start 'em Kalen Ballage (LAC, RB)
It's OK - do a double-take. Yes, that's Kallen Ballage ranked inside our Top 20 this week. With Justin Jackson on IR, Ballage was the Chargers' primary back rushing 18 times for 68 yards and tacking on 5 receptions for 34 yards against Miami's defense. Now, he'll get to face a Jets corp that is giving up the 8th-most fantasy points to running backs this year.
8th Most Pts to RB
Start 'em Nyheim Hines (IND, RB)
It has become very difficult to predict which running back is going to be the most productive from the Indy backfield each week. Taylor has seen his shares decrease each week, and when everyone thought Wilkins would be the guy in Week 10, Hines emerged as the back to own. All have a good shot this week against a Packers defense that has served up fantasy points to running backs on a green and gold platter this season.
3rd Most Pts to RB
Start 'em Amari Cooper (DAL, WR)
What a world it's been when Amari Cooper has to be mentioned in the Start column. He's ranked 25th this week on FFN facing a Minnesota secondary currently giving up the 2nd-most fantasy points to receivers. He'll have Andy Dalton under center, and while Dalton is no Dak, he's certainly better than DiNucci.
2nd Most Pts to WR
Start 'em Justin Jefferson (MIN, WR)
The dynamic rookie has emerged into a fantasy threat. After hauling in 8 catches for 135 yards on Monday night, Jefferson has topped the century mark in four games this year. He's likely to make it five when he faces the Cowboys who are incredibly generous with their fantasy points to receivers.
3rd Most Pts to WR
Start 'em Diontae Johnson (PIT, WR)
Diontae Johnson, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Chase Claypool are all solid options this week. Johnson is coming off his first 100+ yard game and has seen at least 10 targets in five games this season. Fire him up against a Jacksonville secondary surrendering the 9th-most fantasy points to receivers on the year.
9th Most Pts to WR
Start 'em Hunter Henry (LAC, TE)
While Hunter Henry hasn't topped more than 33 yards since Week 4, his targets have largely held steady. He's been the ideal security blanket for Justin Herbert. He found the endzone last week and could again in Week 11 against the Jets who are giving up the 9th-most fantasy points.
9th Most Pts to TE
Start 'em Eric Ebron (PIT, TE)
While inconsistent at times, Eric Ebron is in a good spot to put up points this week. The Jaguars have given up the 4th-most fantasy points to tight ends including 13 points to Darren Fells and 24 points to Jonnu Smith.
4th Most Pts to TE
Start 'em Los Angeles Chargers (LAC, DEF)
It's the Chargers turn to beat up on the hapless New York Jets. No other team is giving up more fantasy points to opposing DST's than the Jets.
Most pts to DEF
Start 'em Chris Boswell (PIT, K)
The Steelers offense is humming along nicely, and that extends to the kicker position. Coming off his first double-digit performance of the year, leave Chris Boswell penciled into your lineups against a Jacksonville defense giving up the 5th-most fantasy points.
5th Most Pts to K
Sit 'em Jared Goff (LAR, QB)
After a disappointing game last week, Goff draws the Bucs on Monday night in what will likely result in another disappointment. Tampa Bay has given up the 7th-fewest fantasy points including keeping four quarterbacks to 14 points or less.
7th Fewest Pts to QB
Sit 'em Carson Wentz (PHI, QB)
It has become incredibly difficult to trust Carson Wentz in fantasy, and that trust isn't likely to improve in Week 11 against Cleveland. The Browns have largely kept opposing signal callers in check. Over their last two games, they've kept Deshaun Watson and Derek Carr to an average of just 13 fantasy points. Add in the fact that Wentz himself has averaged just 7 fantasy points over his last two games, and this is a matchup you'll want to avoid.
11th Most Pts to QB
Sit 'em Tom Brady (TB, QB)
This is a tough one because you're likely to start him anyway, but the matchup for Brady this week is going to be brutal. Nobody has given up fewer fantasy points to quarterbacks than the Rams. In fact, no other team has kept more QBs in the single digits than Los Angeles.
Feweset Pts to QB
Sit 'em Le'Veon Bell (KC, RB)
Since joining the reigning Super Bowl champs, Le'Veon Bell has contributed virtually nothing to either the Chiefs or fantasy owners. In fact, the only time he's seen the endzone all year has been during pre-game warmups. He's averaging just 5 carries for 18 yards per game, and may only have fantasy value if rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire misses time.
4th Most Pts to RB
Sit 'em JK Dobbins (BAL, RB)
While JK Dobbins saw more snaps than any other Ravens running back, he actually had fewer touches. With Mark Ingram back, Dobbins' fantasy value comes back down to Earth. He's ranked 36th this week on FFN making him a low-end flex play in what would otherwise be a strong fantasy matchup.
8th Most Pts to RB
Sit 'em Darrell Henderson (LAR, RB)
Darrell Henderson has started to see his workload drop over the past two games where he's been relegated to single-digit carries. A trip to the endzone last week salvaged his fantasy week. A combination of Cam Akers gaining traction and a tough matchup with the Bucs this week makes Henderson a risk/reward flex option at best.
6th Fewest Pts to RB
Sit 'em Marquise Brown (BAL, WR)
Even though Hollywood Brown is averaging more than 6 targets per game, the speedster has failed to hit double-digit PPR fantasy production in six of nine games this year. In fact, he's been held under 10 points over his last five games. It's difficult to trust him even when the matchup looks so good on paper.
5th Most Pts to WR
Sit 'em Antonio Brown (TB, WR)
Tom Brady is trying to get it to Antonio Brown targeting him 13 times over the past two games. Eventually he's going to find the endzone, but it may need to wait. Nobody gives up fewer fantasy points to receivers this year than the Rams, and there are a lot of mouths to feed in Tampa Bay.
Feweset Pts to WR
Sit 'em T.Y. Hilton (IND, WR)
Hilton is no longer the fantasy stud that he once was, and a matchup with the Packers on Sunday afternoon isn't likely to change that fact. While running backs have fared well against the Pack, receivers have largely struggled. Green Bay has kept most to single digits including players like Julio Jones, Chris Godwin, D.J. Chark, and Justin Jefferson.
7th Fewest Pts to WR
Sit 'em Robert Tonyan (GB, TE)
Baby Kittle hasn't delivered much for fantasy owners. He's dealing with an ankle injury that has limited his production to just 2 catches for 19 yards over his last two games. Tonyan hasn't reached the endzone since his monster game in Week 4, and a matchup with the Colts suggests that he won't this week either. Nobody gives up fewer fantasy points to tight ends than Indy this year.
Feweset Pts to TE
Sit 'em Mike Gesicki (MIA, TE)
What happened to Mike Gesicki? Over his last four games, he has averaged just 1.5 receptions per game and hasn't seen the endzone since September. While he managed to haul in 40 of Tua Tagovailoa's 169 yards last week, there's just not enough volume for him. Even worse, he'll face a Broncos defense that is giving up the 10th-fewest points per game including keeping stud Darren Waller to just 6 points last week.
10th Fewest Pts to TE
Sit 'em Atlanta Falcons (ATL, DEF)
Even with Drew Brees sidelined, there are enough weapons on the Saints' offense to keep the Falcons defense busy. New Orleans remains in the Top 5 in fewest points given up to opposing DST's.
4th Fewest Pts to DEF
Sit 'em Stephen Gostkowski (TEN, K)
There will be better days ahead for Stephen Gostkowski, but a matchup with the Ravens isn't going to be one of them. Nobody gives up fewer fantasy points to kickers than Baltimore.
Feweset Pts to K

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Bigmike81 CommentedNov 19, 2020 1:03 am

I need one of these 3, C.E.H. Mixon or Chubb. My other starter is Swift

Nerd CommentedNov 19, 2020 9:59 am


tramz18 CommentedNov 19, 2020 9:49 pm

I need one of these QB's....Allen is on bye. these are FA and i can pick one up.
Goff vs T.B or A.Smith vs Cinn. which one?

Nerd CommentedNov 20, 2020 9:49 am


FlupiesForEver CommentedNov 20, 2020 9:59 am

I need 3 of these. Antonio Brown, Diontae Johnson, Robert Woods, and Jakobi Meyers? Thanks.

Nerd CommentedNov 20, 2020 11:41 am

Johnson, Woods, Meyers

jamisdiablo CommentedNov 21, 2020 11:04 am

Hey Nerd! Hope last week was a winner for ya'!

Let me know if I have this right... standard league, WR2: JMyers, FLEX: JDMcKissic; bench: DJChark, JJeudy. I also dropped Miami RB Ahmed to waivers, but he's available to maybe regrab tomorrow. If I can get him back, do it and put him ahead of McKissic for this week right? THANKS!

Nerd CommentedNov 21, 2020 4:51 pm

If you can pick up Ahmed, I'd do that and play him over McKissic in standard scoring (love McKissic in PPR though). Play Meyers.

JimmyD10 CommentedNov 21, 2020 1:15 pm

If i don't get Taysom off waivers, should I start Wentz, Dalton or Stafford? Sad to say I'm leaning Wentz or Dalton.

Nerd CommentedNov 21, 2020 4:48 pm

Ugh - I'd probably lean Wentz as well.

JimmyD10 CommentedNov 21, 2020 1:15 pm

If i don't get Taysom off waivers, should I start Wentz, Dalton or Stafford? Sad to say I'm leaning Wentz or Dalton.

Taco's Last Stand CommentedNov 21, 2020 3:31 pm

Ezekiel Elliott or Marvin Jones std format?

Nerd CommentedNov 21, 2020 4:49 pm

I think you still have to go Zeke there

Slums CommentedNov 21, 2020 4:54 pm

D. Harris (Sony is back) or Gio ...Standard league

Nerd CommentedNov 22, 2020 10:30 am


MLT25 CommentedNov 21, 2020 5:59 pm

Hey Nerds!

Starting Chubb, Hunt, AJ Brown and JuJu in a PPR. You like Tee Higgins or Kallen Ballage better as a flex? Thanks!

Nerd CommentedNov 22, 2020 10:30 am


RaiderLuv4LIFE CommentedNov 21, 2020 8:38 pm

Hello, Should I start Waller or Andrew’s?

The Champ CommentedNov 21, 2020 9:44 pm


Nerd CommentedNov 22, 2020 10:29 am

What he said

The Champ CommentedNov 21, 2020 9:43 pm

Hey Nerds! In a PPR league I need to start three of these four: Mike Davis, James Robinson, Giovanni Bernard, or Kalen Ballage. I know, everybody should have such a problem..... Let me know. Thanks.

T-Jugg CommentedNov 21, 2020 9:44 pm

I have that exact issue as well?

T-Jugg CommentedNov 21, 2020 10:02 pm

That was supposed to be an exclamation point, not a question mark.

The Champ CommentedNov 22, 2020 10:17 am

Misery loves company T-Jugg!
As of 10 AM this morning I'm benching James Robinson because he's up against the Steelers' defense and the Jags are probably playing from behind and throwing got ball a lot. How about you?

Nerd CommentedNov 22, 2020 10:27 am

I'm going to go against the grain here. I'd still start Robinson even in this tough matchup. For me, it's Davis, Robinson, and Ballage.

T-Jugg CommentedNov 22, 2020 10:35 am

I originally had Robinson, Davis, and Bernard. So, three different opinions. Gio/Ballage going to be game time call for me.

T-Jugg CommentedNov 22, 2020 10:36 am

So hard for me to trust the Chargers backfield.

Nerd CommentedNov 22, 2020 10:37 am

I could go Gio on that one as well

The Champ CommentedNov 22, 2020 12:50 pm

OK, Nerd! I'm going with you

T-Jugg CommentedNov 21, 2020 9:47 pm

(1) PPR flex: Gibson or Crowder?
(2) Standard: Dionte Johnson or A.J. Brown?
(3) Rest of season (PPR): LeVeon Bell or Ballage?

Nerd CommentedNov 22, 2020 10:28 am

(1) Gibson
(2) Brown
(3) Ballage

T-Jugg CommentedNov 22, 2020 10:35 am

Thanks for the input.

goPackgo CommentedNov 22, 2020 10:40 am

Please advise: PPR flex, Kareem Hunt or Juju?

Nerd CommentedNov 22, 2020 10:48 am

JuJu - Good luck!

goPackgo CommentedNov 22, 2020 11:10 am


hoop2311 CommentedNov 22, 2020 12:00 pm

PPR Gio or Nyheim Hines

Nerd CommentedNov 22, 2020 12:03 pm


jamisdiablo CommentedNov 29, 2020 10:07 am

No week 12 start sit? ouch

jamisdiablo CommentedNov 29, 2020 11:37 am

hey man! struggling with starting Gus Edwards at flex this week, too risky... Who do you like more in the flex instead... DParker against JETS or KHinton vs. N.O.? Thanks! Std league

Nerd CommentedNov 29, 2020 11:50 am

Hinton (if you can play him in the WR spot) is interesting, but I think he's probably a desperation play.

Probably go Parker. Check the rankings

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