Fantasy Football: Week 11 Start’em & Sit’em

kurt warnerIt can be tough to make the decision between starting or sitting specific players throughout your fantasy season based on favorable or tough match-ups.

TPS is here to help you make such decisions with our weekly Start’em & Sit’em post where we will break down each position and give you some players you may want to consider starting, and some you might be better off sitting.


Start’em: Kurt Warner vs. STL – Since his dreadful week 8 performance against the Carolina Panthers, Kurt Warner has been great for fantasy owners, throwing seven touchdowns and averaging 300 yards passing in his last two games against the Breas and Seahwaks.  Expect him to continue to put up big numbers has his schedule down the final stretch features ames against many weak pass defenses.  This week is one of those games as Warner takes on the St. Louis Rams.  Look for the Cards to continu putting up big numbers through the air, and Warner to have a great day in this one.

Other QB start’ems worth noting: Matt Schaub vs. HOU, Eli Manning vs. ATL, Donovan McNabb vs. CHI

Sit’em: Jay Cutler vs. PHI – The 2009 season for Jay Cutler has been quite the roller-coaster ride with its ups and downs.  Last week was one of those down weeks, and you should exect the same this coming Sunday when the Bears take on the Eagles.  Philly’s pass defense is currently ranked 3rd in the NFL with 15 interceptions over nine games.  Cutler has been prone to turnovers and that should once again continue against the likes of Asante Samuel and Sheldon Brown.

Other QB sit’ems worth noting: Tony Romo vs. WSH, Chad Henne vs. CAR, David Garrard vs. BUF

Running Backs

Start’em: Kevin Smith vs. CLE – Smith and the Detroit Lions offense have struggled this season, but if there was ever a good time to get the second year back out of Central Florida into your line up, it is this week he faces off against a Browns defense that has allowed an average of 165.8 YPG rushing and 13 touchdowns over nine games.  Smith has suffered through a rough year and has disappointed fantasy owners, but this may be the week where he finally breaks out.  Be sure to have him in your starting line up.  Then stick him back on the bench for the rest of the year.

Other RB start’ems worth noting: Beanie Wells vs. STL, Ricky Williams vs. CAR, Pierre Thomas vs. TB

Sit’em: Joseph Addai vs. BAL – Addai had a strong performance last week against the New England Patriots, scoing a touchdown before injuring his hand.  While the injury will not keep him out of the line up this week, it may limit his production in the passing game, and he will also be taking on a stout Ravens run defense.  The Ravens have given up only five touchdowns on the ground and teams have been attacking their secondary frequently.  That could mean a big game for the likes of Manning and Wayne, and a quiet one for Addai.

Other RB sit’ems worth noting: Jamaal Charles vs. PIT, Darren McFadden vs. CIN, Marshawn Lynch vs. JAC

Wide Receivers

Robert Meachem vs. TB – The safer play for the New Orleasn Saints would be Marques Colston, but for those of you who are desperate to fill a wide receiver spot for this week may want to look at Meachem.  The thirs year man out of Tennessee has put up four touchdowns thus far this season and two have come in each of his last two games against the Panthers and the Rams.  This week the Saints take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who have given up 19 passing touchdowns over nine games.  the possibility of Meachem recording touchdowns in three consecutive games is a very good one.

Other WR start’ems worth noting: Lee Evans vs. JAC, Hines Ward vs. KC, Anquan Boldin vs. STL

Miles Austin vs. WSH – Miles Austin has been one of the best pick-up off the waiver wire this season, but now that opposing defenses are getting to now who he is, they have been placing a lot more attention on him and his numbers over the past couple of weeks have suffered accordingly.  This week the Cowboys take on the Redskins and their top ranked pass defense.  It will likely be anpother quiet day for Austin in this one.

Other WR sit’ems worth noting: Michael Crabtree vs. GB, Mike Sims-Walker vs. BUF, Derrick Mason vs. IND

Tight Ends

Start’em: Tony Scheffler vs. SD – Scheffler may not be the most reliable option, but he has scored four touchdowns against the Chargers in his past four games against them, including a break out performance this season when he recorded 101 yards and a TD.  If you are looking for a one-week replacement, he is your man.

Other TE start’ems worth noting: Brent Celek vs. CHI, Greg Olsens vs. PHI, Jeremy Shockey vs. TB

Sit’em: Kellen Winslow vs. NO – Winslow may be hard to bench, especially after his performance last weekend, but the Saints have yet to allow a touchdown to an opposing tight end.

Other TE sit’ems worth noting: Dustin Keller vs. NE, Visanthe Shiancoe vs. SEA, Donald Lee vs. SF


Start’em: John Kasay vs. MIA – He has no been the most trust-worthy kicker in the NFL, but the Dolphins have allowed over 10 PPG to opposing kickers, a league high.

Sit’em: Jason Elam vs. NYG – Elam has suffered through a disappointing season thus far and this week he will take on a giants team that has allowed the fewest points against to kickers.


Start’em: Cowboys vs. WSH -DeMarcus Ware and company have come on strong lately and they will face a Redskins team that has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing defenses.

Sit’em: Jets vs. NE – The Jets were able to stiffle the Pats last time, but Brady and company will be out for revenge and this time they will have Wes Welker in the line up to help spread out the New York defense.

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