Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 11


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.


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


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) 


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)

Mike Trout says Browns will win more games than Bears in 2018

Mike Trout says Browns will win more games than Bears in 2018

Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout is quickly becoming an icon in American sports. The two-time American League MVP is enjoying another dominant season batting .335 with 23 home runs and 48 RBI.

On Tuesday, he took a swing at what Bears fans may consider a shocking NFL prediction.

“I’ve got the Browns having a better record than the Bears,” Trout told a radio reporter, according to the Los Angeles Times. Trout's comments were made in response the reporter "talking up" Chicago.

Both the Browns and Bears have had productive offseasons that involved headline-grabbing acquisitions on offense. Cleveland drafted QB Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 overall pick, traded for WR Jarvis Landry, signed RB Carlos Hyde and drafted a backfield mate for him in Georgia's Nick Chubb. They added potential lockdown corner Denzel Ward with the fourth overall pick, too. Add all that to a motivated Josh Gordon ready to contribute for a full season, and there's good reason to be excited in Cleveland.

Still, it's hard imagining Trout can be that confident in a team that's won only one game over the last two seasons. And let's not forget what GM Ryan Pace has done this offseason, one that's been praised by analysts from all corners of the NFL universe. From new coach Matt Nagy to free-agent WR Allen Robinson and all the skill players in between, the Bears are ready to make a legitimate run in the NFC North.

Trout doesn't strike out much in the major leagues, but this prediction feels like it could be a back-straining whiff.

Is Matt Forte pushing for a coaching job with the Bears?

Is Matt Forte pushing for a coaching job with the Bears?

Is former Bears star Matt Forte going to be the team’s new running backs coach?

For now, that’s Charles London’s job, who was hired to head coach Matt Nagy’s staff earlier this year.

But on Tuesday night, Forte tweeted that he would like a coaching spot with Chicago sometime in the near future.

Serving as evidence, the now-retired running back responded to a tweet from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, which announced the Broncos’ hiring of former linebacker Demarcus Ware as a “pass-rush consultant on a part-time basis.” Forte tweeted at the Bears, saying that he is “available” to take on a similar role to Ware’s new Denver gig.

Forte’s tweet was relatively cryptic, and he never specified exactly what type of job he would want with the Bears. After finishing up a storied career this past season and solidifying his name as a Bears legend, Forte has proven that he could easily coach young running backs or even wide receivers at some point.

But isn’t this all just a joke?

Forte silenced the doubters by tweeting “I wasn’t joking” as a response to an article saying that his desire for a new occupation with the Bears was simply a gag. The former workhorse was also intrigued by a fan’s tweet asking “Coach Forte??”

The mere thought of having Forte back in Chicago with the Bears’ coaching staff sent fans on Twitter into a frenzy. In April, Forte came back to Halas Hall to ink his name on a one-day contract, successfully allowing him to retire as a Bear. Now, Forte wants a lengthier stay in the Windy City.

Ware’s role with Denver is not extensive by any means and, according to Schefter, he will work a pretty scattered schedule with Broncos players. What Forte’s role would look like with the Bears is completely unknown if his plan to coach becomes a reality.

Forte has the running back credentials to take on a coaching position. In eight seasons with the Bears, Forte racked up a combined 8,602 rushing yards, second to only the great Walter Payton. Forte’s 4,116 receiving yards as a running back, 12,718 yards from scrimmage, 24 games with 100 rushing yards and 25 games with at least 150 yards from scrimmage also ranks second behind Payton.

Maybe this will be a new development in Chicago’s offseason plans, but there is no real talk of bringing one of the team’s all-time leading rushers back to the team as of right now.

Last month, NBC Sports Chicago announced Forte will be joining the network as a Bears game day studio analyst for the upcoming 2018 NFL season. And we're not joking about that.