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Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 11

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Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 11

Can you believe it? We're only three weeks away from the fantasy football playoffs.

If you picked up this guy on the waiver-wire last month you're probably well on your way to the playoffs.

And if you didn't? Well, you're probably feeling a little like Russell Westbrook did when he was big-timed by Norris Cole.

Ouch. 

Anyways, on to this week's start/sit advice:

START

Davante Adams, WR, GB (@ MIN) - Look, the Packers offense hasn't been sexy lately and it's been awful for fantasy owners. But the last two weeks have seen an old face emerge as a solid PPR option. Adams, once thought to have an enormous year in the absence of Jordy Nelson, has finally returned from his injury and has been productive (17 catches 172 yards in two games). Cobb, in comparison, has caught 15 passes in the past three weeks. The Vikings secondary is no joke, especially in Minnesota, but Adams seems to be heating up and is a sneaky good FLEX play this week. (John "The Professor" Paschall)

Danny Amendola, WR, NE (vs. BUF) - Julian Edelman gone. Dion Lewis gone. Amendola is the next man up for Tom Brady and the Patriots. The veteran wideout has quietly been a decent flex option in PPR leagues this season, and his numbers are only going to get better as the No. 2 wideout in New England. Amendola has a nice machup against a mediocre Bills pass defense on Monday night, cementing himself as a must-start this week. (Scott Krinch)

Michael Crabtree, WR, OAK (@ DET) - One of the best late-round picks of the year, Crabtree is making himself a lot of money in Oakland. Against a poor Lions defense, there's no reason why he can't keep his comeback season going. He has more touchdowns this year and just as many 100-yard games as Amari Cooper. He's getting just as much love from Derek Carr as Cooper is. Keep him in your lineup this week. (Paschall)

Coby Fleener, TE, IND (@ ATL) - The shakeup with the Colts coaching staff seems to have gotten this offense going (though it's still early). The tight ends, in particular, seem to be in for a bigger role for the rest of the season, hinting at a major breakout coming for Fleener. He's by far the better option than Dwayne Allen and going up against a Falcons defense that has been gashed in the past by tight ends, makes him a start this week in your lineups. (Paschall)

Justin Forsett, RB, BAL (vs. STL) - I really expected more from Forsett this season. Not that his Top 15 running back ranking is bad, but after a breakout 2014 campaign Forsett has only rushed for 100-plus yards in two games this year. Regardless of past performances, Forsett draws a Rams defense which has been gashed by opposing running backs in back-to-back contests. I actually trust offensive coordinator Marc Trestman to get Forsett involved early and often in Week 11. (Krinch) 

Stevie Johnson, WR, SD (vs. KC) - Why not? You might have heard Keenan Allen is done for the season, so Johnson is a safe bet to get a ton of targets and should cash in against a Chiefs team that allows the second-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Johnson is something of a boom-or-bust play because owners don't trust him just yet, but they will after this week. (Tony Andracki)

Darren McFadden, RB, DAL (@ MIA) - McFadden has almost no competition now and even when he's not productive, he's still getting a ton of touches (17 carries, four targets despite gaining just 58 total yards). The Dolphins have been absolutely atrocious against running backs since Dan Campbell took over as head coach, allowing 141 fantasy points to RBs in PPR leagues over the last four games. McFadden should be a good bet this week. (Andracki)

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Tony Romo, QB, DAL (@ MIA) - In case you couldn't tell, I'm all in on playing guys going up against the Dolphins. Miami's D is pretty awful right now and the Cowboys are in desperation mode, so will need to rely upon Romo's right arm to keep their playoff hopes alive. Expect Romo to throw early and often in his return to the lineup. (Andracki)

Matthew Stafford, QB, DET (vs. OAK) - Don't look now but Stafford is slowly climbing back into a must-start fantasy quarterback. The much-maligned Lions signal-caller has registered 111 total points in his last four games. Stafford and company welcome to Ford Field a Raiders defense that hasn't been able to slow down opposing quarterbacks lately. Start Stafford with confidence. (Krinch) 

SIT

Andy Dalton, QB, CIN (@ ARI) - The real Andy Dalton showed up last Monday and it wasn't pretty. As J.J. Watt put it, the Texans made the "'Red Rifle' look like a Red Ryder BB gun" as Dalton had his lowest output (10 fantasy points) this season. And it won't get any easier for Dalton against a Top 10 defense in the Arizona Cardinals this weekend. Check your wire (Jay Cutler, Joe Flacco, Tyrod Taylor) for better options. (Krinch)

Eric Decker, WR, NYJ (@ HOU) - Decker has scored in all but one game this season in which he has taken the field, and in the game he didn't find the endzone, he still finished with six catches for 94 yards. He's been maybe the most consistent wide receiver in the game, but this could be his first "off" week. The Texans defense has been playing well and over the last two games, they've allowed just 21 catches for 189 yards and no scores to receivers. Do you really believe Decker will score every week? Can't happen, won't happen. (Andracki)

Tyler Eifert, TE, CIN (@ ARI) - Eifert has been a stud this season, a bonafide Top 5 tight end who has flashed the potential to be the best fantasy option at the position behind Rob Gronkowski. But his value is almost completely touchdown-driven right now. The 25-year-old is on pace for just 818 yards, but has 9 TDs in 8 games played. The problem is, it's unsustainable. Eifert has caught eight of his nine end zone targets, by far the highest rate in the NFL. That simply can't stay that way. And look what happens when he doesn't score (three catches for 26 yards last week). Throw in the matchup (the Cardinals a Top 5 team at limiting opposing TEs) and I'm staying away from Eifert if I can this week. (Andracki)

T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND (@ ATL) - There are so many things working against Hilton this week. Matt Hasselbeck is starting instead of Andrew Luck. Hilton himself has been completely unreliable in fantasy this season, with really only two good games. And the Falcons have somehow allowed only three TDs to opposing WRs all season. If you have any other options at all, go with them over Hilton. (Andracki)

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DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU (vs. NYJ) - This one is more for the DFS players out there because it's pretty impossible to sit one of the top fantasy players at this point in the season. But Hopkins looks to have his bags packed for Revis Island. Not only is Revis a big issue for Hopkins, but having T.J. Yates throw you passes won't help either. Again, he's worth the risk in your standard fantasy leagues but I'm staying far away from him in DFS lineups. (Paschall)

James Jones, WR, GB (@ MIN) - While Adams (as mentioned above) has started to heat up for the Packers, Jones has cooled off dramatically. The past three games, Jones has totaled three catches for 59 yards. It seems like he's seen less looks lately with Adams back in the fold. Jones isn't start worthy this week and is shaky going forward. (Paschall)

Jarvis Landry, WR, MIA (vs. DAL) - Look. If you've got Jarvis Landry on your roster there's a good chance you're going to start him most weeks. But as a Landry owner in a few leagues I'm approaching this match with much caution. The targets may be there, but Landry only has three receiving touchdowns this season. Plus, the Cowboys have allowed just two total touchdowns to opposing receivers since Week 3. Don't expect much if you start Landry. (Krinch)

Doug Martin, RB, TB (@ PHI) - He's had a very nice bounce back year but two things scare me about him this week. Martin has really struggled lately, failing to find the end zone the past three weeks or go over 100 yards rushing. The Eagles defense has only given up one rushing touchdown to a running back this year. It's not going to turn around this week for Martin. (Paschall)

LeSean McCoy, RB, BUF (@ NE) - Despite dealing with multiple injuries, McCoy has surprised me with consecutive 100-yard-plus rushing games. He may not be the "Shady" of old, but he's given his fantasy owners a late season boost. Regardless of his recent success I'm parking McCoy on my bench this week. The Patrots have allowed just one rushing touchdown since Week 2 and will game plan around shutting down the Bills running game. (Krinch)

Power Rankings Roundup: People are pretty apathetic about losing to the Patriots

Power Rankings Roundup: People are pretty apathetic about losing to the Patriots

While the notion of a "good loss" is more coachspeak than anything of real substance, it looks like NFL media agree. 

After a close loss to the Patriots -- about three feet close, to be exact -- Power Rankings makers aren't blaming the Bears too much. In fact, shoutout to our mothership, Big NBC Sports, for actually *raising* the Bears in their latest rankings. Thanks guys! 

Here's what they're saying: 

Ours: #17, down 4 -
You can do worse than barely losing to the Patriots, but what on earth has happened to Chicago's defense?

NBCSports: #10, up 1 - 
Bears went toe-to-toe with the Patriots and made it to the later rounds before taking one on the chin. No shame in that.

NFL.com: #11, N/A - 
The opportunities were there for the Bears, who took it to the Patriots in the first half Sunday. The second half was a different story, as Chicago was stuck in catch-up mode.

Washington Post: #16, down 1 - 
The Bears came up a yard shy of a tying TD on the Hail Mary against the Patriots. This was a far less egregious loss than falling to Brock Osweiler and the Dolphins a week earlier. But it was still a loss.

ESPN: #13, down 1 - 
Need more from: RB Jordan Howard. Howard is averaging only 3.46 yards per rush, which ranks 41st out of 47 qualifying running backs. Bears running backs as a whole rank 30th with 1.45 yards after contact per rush, and Mitchell Trubisky has led the team in rushing in two of the past three games.

Sports Illustrated: #18, N/A - 
The Bears were 3-1 before starting a four-game tour of the AFC East. They need to take care of business against the Jets and Bills to keep pace in a tough NFC North.

Sporting News: #16, down 1 - 
Mitchell Trubisky and the offense have become a fun, unpredictable and mostly explosive roller-coaster ride, but the defense is showing it has plenty of leaks behind Khalil Mack.

FanSided: #17, down 2 - 
Mitchell Trubisky and those special teams were a disaster on Sunday.

Bleacher Report: #15, N/A - 
The problem is the Bears also have five tough divisional games remaining, including two with the Vikings. A date with the Rams also looms. However, if the Bears take care of business in the first four games mentioned, they will need to go just 3-3 in their remaining six matchups to go 10-6 and (presumably) make the playoffs.

Fantasy Football: 15 players to target on your waiver wire

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Fantasy Football: 15 players to target on your waiver wire

We've crossed the halfway mark in the regular season for most Fantasy Football leagues, so it's officially crunch time.

As we get ready to make a push for the stretch run and with Bye Weeks in full gear, the waiver wire has never been more important in 2018.

If Nick Chubb is available in your league still, change that immediately. But considering he should've been scooped up in every league after Carlos Hyde was traded away from Cleveland Friday, we're more focused on guys who should be available and worth spending your free agent budget on.

Here are 15 guys worth targeting on the waiver wire:

1. Kenjon Barner, RB, NE

It appears Sony Michel has avoided serious injury, but he still will probably miss at least Week 8 and possibly longer. James White will see a larger role without Michel, but Barner suddenly goes from a guy not even worth sniffing at in Fantasy to a must-own. As soon as Michel left the game, Barner entered and tallied 10 rushes against the Bears defense. If you're desperate for a running back in Week 8, Barner might be a good add as he has a fantastic matchup against a Bills defense that just allowed 219 rushing yards to the Colts.

2. Chris Ivory, RB, BUF

LeSean McCoy was forced to leave the Week 7 contest with a concussion, opening the door for a decent game for Ivory (126 total yards on 19 touches). If McCoy continues to miss time, Ivory is the clear beneficiary, though it's not a great matchup in Week 8 against the Pats.

3. Danny Amendola, WR, MIA

It's been a while since Amendola was anything more than a tease in Fantasy Football, but the soon-to-be-33-year-old has had back-to-back good games while building a good rapport with Brock Osweiler. Amendola has hauled in 143 yards and a tuddie on 14 catches (18 targets) the last two weeks and while he is banged up, he practiced in a limited capacity Monday. If he can suit up Thursday, he should be the Dolphins' top target as both Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson are expected to miss that contest with their own injuries.

4. Raheem Mostert, RB, SF

Matt Breida and Alfred Morris owners must hate this guy, but Mostert has emerged from complete irrelevance to lead the Niners backfield the last two weeks. The 26-year-old has 23 touches the last two games while Morris has tallied just 9 touches (all in Week 7) and Breida has racked up 19 touches as he works through a bunch of injuries, including an ankle issue. It will be tough to predict how this situation will play out this week, but Mostert has been the only Niners back worth starting recently and this group of RBs now has the best matchup of the week against the woeful Cardinals defense. Mostert at least deserves to be owned, even if you're not comfortable starting him at the moment.

5/6. Jalen Richard/Doug Martin, RB, OAK

With Marshawn Lynch on IR, Richard and Martin should be owned in all formats just for the sheer possibility of a heavy workload. However, both are questionable Fantasy starts for Week 8 — even coming off a Bye. Richard should be the call in PPR leagues while Martin figures to eat up most of Lynch's carries. 

7. Tyrell Williams, WR, LAC

Williams is owned in hardly any league, but he's racked up 236 receiving yards and 3 TDs the last two weeks. He's not getting a heavy workload (only 8 targets in that span), but the Chargers love throwing deep to this guy and it's paid off in back-to-back weeks. Williams isn't close to being a safe bet as his value is completely contigent upon whether he catchs a deep bomb or not, but you could do a lot worse in your Fantasy lineups.

8. Martavis Bryant, WR, OAK

With Amari Cooper now in Dallas, somebody's gotta catch balls for Jon Gruden's Raiders. There's no guarantee that's Bryant, but he's slated to start Week 8 and he has the talent and resume to be at least a servicable Fantasy player the rest of the season.

9. Donte Moncrief, WR, JAC

The good: In 3 of the last 4 weeks, Moncrief has tallied at least 5 catches and 76 yards. The bad: In the other week during that stretch, he did not record a single catch on 3 targets. So there's clearly some risk here, especially considering the state of the Jags passing offense and QB situation. But Moncrief may be worth a pickup and start in Week 8 if you're desperate, as the Eagles have given up some of the most Fantasy points to opposing WRs. 

10. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, BUF

Benjamin was drafted in most leagues but was unable to post as many as 10 Fantasy points in even full-point PPR leagues until Week 7, and that was a modest 11-point total. Nobody blames you if you've given up on Benjamin, but he finally topped 3 catches and 50 yards in Week 7 and has a rapport with Derek Anderson from their time in Carolina. 

11. Trenton Cannon, RB, NYJ

Who? Cannon is owned in 0.0 percent of Fantasy leagues, which makes sense given he had a grand total of 2 Fantasy points entering Week 7. But when Bilal Powell left the game with a neck injury, it was Cannon that stepped up with 69 receiving yards on 4 catches while Isaiah Crowell still handled rushing duties. If Powell misses time in Week 8 or beyond (neck issues are no joke), Cannon is the main beneficiary in the passing game and should be rostered in all PPR leagues.

12. Chris Herndon, TE, NYJ

The Jets' fourth-round pick from this spring is another no-name in the Fantasy world, but that's quickly changing after back-to-back weeks with a TD. Herndon has clearly become the top tight end for fellow rookie Sam Darnold, seeing 7 targets last week and hauling in 4 of those catches for 42 yards. If you're desperate for a TE or you're in a dynasty league, target Herndon now. 

13. DeVante Parker, WR, MIA

Parker has been worth absolutely nothing in Fantasy this year, finding his way out of the lineup on a weekly basis. But he's worth a speculative add in case he's traded by next week — like he wants — and he also receives a boost for Week 8 by default, as the other Dolphins wideouts are all banged up and Parker essentially has to play.

14. Jakeem Grant, WR, MIA

Notice a trend here? We're all-in on South Beach receivers this week. Same logic applies because of injuries to Stills and Wilson, but obviously all of Parker, Grant and Amendola will not be worth a Fantasy start in Week 8. This is still Osweiler and the Dolphins we're talking about. But Grant is fun with his gamechanging speed and has at least contributed in every single week of the season so far even before he's become an increased part of the gameplan, so his floor isn't "0" like Parker's or some of the other WR options on the market.

15. Colts D/ST

We can't end this without a defense/special teams unit, right? The Colts gave up at least 31 points for 3 straight games from Week 4 through 6, but they absolutely dominated the Bills last week and now draw a Raiders team that just lost its two best offensive playmakers over the last 10 days. There is no better D/ST to stream out there than the Colts, and they're available in more than half of leagues.

Bonus: Rishard Matthews, WR, NYJ

Matthews is reportedly signing with the Jets, who need some WR help. Matthews quit on the Titans earlier this season after they completely went away from him in the gameplan, but this is a guy that racked up 1,740 yards and 13 TDs from 2016-17. He's worth an add in all leagues just for the potential.