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Fantasy football starts and sits for NFL Week 11

Who you should sit and start this week including what to do with David Johnson?

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The countdown for the fantasy football playoffs is well underway, but there are still a few more weeks to sneak into the playoff.

More importantly, there is probably one more chance to shut up that annoying guy at the office who keeps bragging about how he knew Patrick Mahomes was going to blow up. No one believes you, Carl. We all know you picked Matthew Stafford as your starter.

NFL bye weeks: Bills, Browns, 49ers, Dolphins, Jets and Patriots

Must starts

  • Todd Gurley (Rams RB): Usually I try to stray from having obvious choices, but Gurley is going up against a Chiefs defense that has allowed the most points to opposing running backs, according to Fantasy Pros. You probably won’t find a better matchup the rest of the season.
  • Alshon Jeffery (Eagles WR): The Eagles put up a stinker against the Cowboys last week, but Jeffery will be matched up against the softest defense against opposing receiver this week when his team visits New Orleans. It should be a pretty welcome bounce-back game for a receiver who has gone without a good game for a few weeks.

Favorable matchups

  • David Johnson (Cardinals RB): It was finally a great day to own Johnson again last week when he put up nearly 200 total yards and two touchdowns against the Chiefs. You can expect a similar game from Johnson this week as he will be facing a Raiders’ defense that allows 25.7 points to opposing running backs per game.
  • Amari Cooper (Cowboys WR): Cooper has been solid since joining Dallas. He even had 10 targets last week against the Eagles. This week should be much easier sledding as the Falcons defense gives up 29 points per game to opposing receivers, so you should expect a fairly good game from the new Cowboy.

Good but not great

  • Alex Collins (Ravens RB): The matchup is there. The Bengals allow the second most points to opposing running backs, and it is possible that they could be without their best linebackers on Sunday. However, the Ravens really don’t give him as much opportunity as he probably deserves. He has four touchdowns in the past four weeks, but he also only has 50 carries (including a season-high 19 four weeks ago) and six catches over that same span.
  • John Brown (Ravens WR): The good news for Brown owners is that he is going up against a Bengals’ defense that literally hasn’t stopped anyone through the air, and the last time these teams met Brown had over 90 yards with a touchdown. The bad news is there is a very good chance Brown will be playing with a new quarterback as Joe Flacco seems to still be nursing his injury. Also, the past two weeks have been terrible with only six catches for 43 yards.

Temper Expectations

  • Joe Mixon (Bengals RB): Mixon fared okay against the Ravens in Week 2 when he rushed for 84 yards, but linebacker C.J. Mosley missed most of that game. The Ravens have allowed the fewest points to opposing running backs so far this season, and the return of Giovani Bernard has really cut into Mixon’s volume.
  • Antonio Brown (Steelers WR): You shouldn’t sit Brown by any means, but the Jaguars have allowed the fewest points to opposing receivers this season. Also, Jalen Ramsey should be shadowing Brown all game long, which isn’t as intimidating as it was a year ago, but it is cause for a little concern.

Quarterback Stream

  • Eli Manning (Giants QB): Some of you may brush this off as crazy, but the Bucs are a great matchup for opposing quarterbacks as they allow the third most points to the position. Manning also still has Odell Beckham Jr., which makes this a pretty easy plug and play for the week.
  • Blake Bortles (Jaguars QB): This suggestion really says a lot about what teams are on a bye and which teams have bad matchups this week. Bortles is likely available in most leagues. He is actually coming off a 320 yard and two touchdown performance last week, so hopefully he can continue that against the Steelers’ defense.

Defense stream

  • Cardinals defense against the Raiders: The Raiders offense hasn’t been great. The Cardinals are coming off a pretty inspiring stand against the Chiefs juggernaut offense, so there is reason to believe that they could build off of that against the Raiders.
  • Raiders defense against the Cardinals: Josh Rosen has been a turnover machine. He has six interceptions in the past three weeks, and considering the other prospects still out there on the waiver wire, that could be enough to pick up Oakland’s defense for just a week.