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Welcome to your Start/Sit for Week 11!
I’m opening this piece watching the first snaps of the Steelers-Browns game (hopefully the piece panned out as I hoped – correctly).
Wait, Conner’s out.
Okay, in the meantime we are looking forward to this weekend’s scheduled games. The Chargers are plummeting, the Rams are a shell of last year’s NFC Champs, and the Bengals are…well, they’re the Bengals.
Okay, now Juju’s out.
Let’s get our hands dirty and dig into this week’s start/sits. As per usual, my master key is on hand to give you an idea of how I break down these players. Let’s get into it:
** Start of the Week **: This is my personal pick for the player I think has one of the best matchups for their position this week.
Start: These are players who have an enticing matchup, and could prove a massive asset to your fantasy team due to a vulnerability by an opposing defense or a breakout performance.
Flex Start: Players in a flex position are also usually controlled by a game script, but this opportunity benefits them (such as a WR2 receiving less attention than the WR1, thus increasing odds for a good performance).
Sit: Players in this category have a poor matchup and could be rendered completely useless by game script or a digression in opportunities.
Sleeper: For players that fly under the radar, the sleepers are potential breakouts for this particular matchup. Players that are not considered as big of a threat but have an increase in things such as targets or snap counts are ideal for this category and could surprise you for the week with a big game.
Teams on Bye this Week: Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Indianapolis Colts
As a die-hard Duval fan, I’m excited for Nick Foles to be back. You don’t pay a quarterback $88 million to hang out on the bench while he’s healthy. As he returns to the field, he also returns to the streaming category, where he’s been a viable asset in the past. The Colts were just eviscerated by Miami in their own stadium, so consider Foles this week if you need a plug and play.
Fournette, meanwhile, has been a volume monster on the ground. Despite only 1 touchdown on the year, he’s third in the NFL with 214 touches (behind only CMC and Dalvin Cook), and does a lot of his damage through the air. He’s a high-end RB2 for this match.
Flex Start: DJ Chark (WR)
While Foles has been out, Chark has established himself as the No. 1 wideout on the team. He’ll obviously need some time to build a little chemistry with Foles before we can for sure rely on him again, but he’s still in the flex category against a tough Colts secondary.
Until we see how Foles plays, we can only make guesswork of who’s the main target and who’s simply a field-stretcher. I wouldn’t start any of these guys, but I would hold on to them after this week, barring a terrible performance.
Start: Marlon Mack (RB)
The Jags are currently giving up the 9th-most points per game to running backs (26.4), aiding to Mack’s case as a nice RB2 for this week.
Flex Start: Jack Doyle (TE)
Doyle posted a nice stat line last week (3 for 44 and 1), finishing tied for Tight End No. 8 on the week. I feel a similar statistical output coming this week against Jacksonville, who have been beaten by Tight Ends quite a bit this season.
The Jags are still fairly tough against opposing quarterbacks (17.8 ppg) and wide receivers (34.4 ppg). Brissett is back, but I’m still limiting him. He might be okay, but I’d look at other places before settling on him.
Sleeper: Eric Ebron (TE)
With Doyle being on fantasy radars the past two weeks, Ebron is a sneaky pick to have a big game against Duval, should Doyle draw a little more red zone coverage. He’s very risky, but then again so is Jack Doyle. You could do worse.
New York Jets @ Washington Redskins
Bell’s limitations in practice this week should be noted, as he didn’t practice at all Wednesday due to illness. Still, he should still find himself on the field Sunday against a Washington defense that is giving up the 7th-most points to running backs (27.7). Crowder has been a PPR machine with Darnold and should be in for a nice outing as the No. 1 on the team.
Flex Start: Demaryius Thomas (WR)
Demaryius Thomas has quietly been stringing together a decent line the past couple of weeks, with last week’s 6 for 84 marking his best game of the season. He was effective against a porous Giants secondary and gets a similar chance this outing against Washington. He’s a decent streaming option if you need to fill a bye.
I’m almost convinced Sam Darnold wants to be the worst quarterback every week on purpose. He’s not going to enter the streaming category until he can show that he can string together consecutive good outings. Anderson has been rendered useless, having never topped 5 receptions in a game so far this season. Apart from a monster game in Week 6’s upset win against Dallas, Anderson is a drop candidate.
Sleeper: Ryan Griffin (TE)
With Herndon back out for the foreseeable future, it’s back to Griffen as the top TE. He had a couple of good games before Herndon was active, so try him out if you need a streamer or a replacement if you’re the George Kittle owner.
Start: Adrian Peterson (RB)
Honestly, AP has been serviceable for the past month. With Haskins to remain the starter, I expect a heavy lean All Day on Peterson, who’ll have Guice returning from injury to provide a change-of-pace role. He’s a high-end RB3 with RB2 upside based on volume which I expect a lot of) against a banged-up Jets Defense that’s still without C.J. Mosley.
I’m taking my shot on Guice this week; I think he finds the end zone. I know it’s insane, the man can’t stay healthy. Peterson has the starting role locked down, for now, but that could c change if Guice shows up and shows out. I’m viewing him as a Kareem Hunt kind of change-of-pace player this week, filling in a Chris Thompson-Esque passing-down role.
McLaurin is also slightly returning to graces, I’ve been down on him, and some of you may have even dropped him. Don’t commit to that yet. Haskins has been running with the First Team throughout the bye week and the past few practices, so expect a stronger connection to F1 in the coming weeks. The ‘Skins already commented on “involving Terry more”, and I expect to see it this week.
Until you hit above 10 points in fantasy, I’m not looking at you as a viable starter in any format. Still looking at you, Quinn (nice end zone celebration skills though).
New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
** Wide Receiver Start of the Week **: Michael Thomas (WR)
Thomas is currently on pace for 153 receptions. To put that in perspective, that’s almost 8 times what Josh Rosen‘s current passer rating is.
Okay, but seriously. The Bucs can be beaten through the air, as they’ve allowed the most points to wideouts on the season (48.1). Put him in there and leave him in there.
Must Start: Drew Brees (QB)
Brees’ post-bye bruising was an anomalous flop for the future Hall-of-Famer. Things look better this week (even though they looked amazing last week) against the Tampa Bay secondary. They’ve allowed 22 passing TD’s, 3rd-most win the league.
Things are a lot different on the ground. Kamara’s value will come in his PPR work, the format where he makes his hay. Shaq Barrett is a running back assassin, so expect plenty of dump-offs and check-downs and whoo hoos and ha-has to the RB1 – he’ll be in high-end RB2 territory this week.
Cook also enjoyed his time back, posting his second-best performance of the year in last week’s loss to Atlanta. The Bucs are the 2nd-best matchup for Tight Ends, surrendering over 18 points a game to the position. He needs to be rostered as a starter for ROS if he’s not.
Flex Start: Ted Ginn Jr. (WR)
This week is another chance for Ginn to make good on his “WR2” status. This is the best chance he’ll have to to put up a great game for the rest of the year, but view him as a low-end flex with high boom potential.
Sit: Tre’Quan Smith (WR)
Until he can stay healthy and on the field, don’t worry about him. If he shows up, we’ll talk about him next week.
With Marshon Lattimore already being ruled out ahead of the Sunday meetup, Evans and Godwin are both looking to be on the rise for their potential upside. New Orleans was already generous enough to wideouts (36.5 ppg), and that was with Lattimore. I see both of these guys as high-end WR2 with a super high upside. I’m only limiting them based on defensive pressure to Winston behind the center. Can’t catch passes if they’re being thrown away.
Flex Start: Ronald Jones II (RB)
The newly-crowned No.1 on the team should see a decent workload this week, but his main points should come from his pass-catching. He looks awful trying to catch passes, but he’s doing it, and that’s what we need. The Saints are Top-5 against running backs, so expect Flex numbers from Jones this week.
New Orleans is middling against QBs, but turnover-prone players like Winston show why they’re still to be feared. I’m also limiting Barber; if you’re not explosive enough to be the starter (in Bruce Arians‘ opinion), then you’re not explosive enough to beat a team that you need to be explosive to beat. That was a mouthful.
Brate hasn’t been targeted the past two weeks and has been relegated behind last week’s Howard resurgence, but even then I’m benching Howard. Sean Payton will game script your big targets and make you throw deep, a place where he knows he can beat Winston. I don’t like the tight ends this week.
Denver Broncos @ Minnesota Vikings
While they’ll have to deal with Brandon Allen for the time being, Sutton and Lindsay are explosive enough on their own to generate huge plays. Minnesota is the 7th-friendliest matchup for wide receivers (41.2 ppg), and he was almost my Wide Receiver Start of the Week (but, you know…Michael Thomas).
Lindsay is also in for a big game, but for a different reason. Minnesota is near the top of the league in their rush defense, but Lindsay is enough of a big-play kind of guy to beat the odds. He’s a fine RB2 in PPR and 1/2 PPR.
Flex Start: N/A
Allen’s first start was okay, but not great. While they managed to get the W, he was less than stellar. Limit him, Freeman, and Hamilton in this game that needs big plays, something that these three aren’t known for. Fant has upside, but I’m still not convinced on him. If he does well this week, we’ll be talking about him more in the future.
Must Start: Dalvin Cook (RB)
He’s scored in every game this year except for Weeks 5 & 9, where he finished as the RB #5 and the RB #16. Those are still relative-RB1 numbers, so expect a solid game from his regardless.
Thielen is out again, making headway for Diggs to be the number one (supposedly) once more. The past two weeks have been upsetting for Diggs fantasy owners, and it’s tougher this week with Chris Harris Jr. likely drawing coverage. He’s a high-end flex play this week, but that’s the upside.
Rudolph has been on fire while Thielen has been out of commission. He’s been the tight end No. 3 the past two weeks and will look to stay in that tier against a Denver team allowing only 10.8 points a game on average to the position.
They got the W last week, and they might get the W this week – just not on the back of Cousins. While he’s been performing admirably, the Denver pass rush is 3rd against quarterbacks, allowing an average of 11.9 points per game. That also caps Irv’s usefulness as Rudolph is still the main beneficiary of Thielen’s absence.
Buffalo Bills @ Miami Dolphins
Miami is allowing over 20 points a game to quarterbacks this season. For a mobile QB like Allen, who threw 2 touchdowns against them earlier this season, this is an inviting matchup that can produce QB1 numbers.
Brown has been consistent all season, and also get another shot for a good game against Miami. He had his 2nd-best game of the season in their last matchup – I’m looking at similar odds for this meeting. He’s a high-end WR2.
The Beasles plague continues to ravage the flex territory and has yet to be eradicated. This week is just another chance for him to improve in the past month. He’s been a good (not great) option, but he has yet to bust on the season.
Singletary also has an opportunity to work his way up from flex consideration. He was disappointing last week after a great Week 9. Miami is allowing about 28.7 points a game, so this presents a great bounce-back opportunity for the young rookie.
It’s the Devin Singletary show, so you can leave comfortable leave Gore on the bench. He’ll get some work, but no enough in regard to even a flex position. I talked about Knox’s lack of involvement last week, so don’t expect much of a difference this week.
Parker enjoyed one of his best games of the seasons against Miami and has a similar upside this week (thanks largely in part to continued chemistry with Fitzpatrick).
Ballage is also now the main ball hog in Miami. With Drake gone and Walton suspended, his touches have vastly increased, accumulating 24 a week ago. While he hasn’t done much with them, he is an explosive playmaker in an open field. Relegate him to flex with high RB2 upside if he breaks a runoff.
Fitzmagic performed great last time against the Bills, but I’m cutting it down a little this time. Now with Walton and Preston Williams, he’ll be challenged more in the pocket. Buffalo is also the 2nd-toughest matchup for opposing tight ends, so best leave him on the bench for this one if you have him rostered.
Dallas Cowboys @ Detroit Lions
** Running Back Start of the Week **: Ezekiel Elliott (RB)
Time to feed Zeke.
Where David Montgomery fell short last week is where I see Elliott succeeding. Detroit is tied with Kansas City as the most plus matchup for tailbacks. Start him with confidence in a game with the best bounce-back opportunity you can imagine.
Despite the loss, the Cowboys remained dominant through the air. Detroit is in the Top-12 friendliest matchups for quarterbacks and wideouts, so you should find no reason to bench either of these guys.
Gallup’s enjoyed back-to-back nice performances with accompanying touchdowns, and could honestly go for three in a row this week. With Darius Slay focusing on containing Amari, Gallup is in a position to do some real damage with high WR2 upside. Cobb could also find pay-dirt after securing his first touchdown since Week 1. He’s a nice fill-in, streaming flex play.
Sit: Blake Jarwin (TE)
The least-targeted member of the offense will be playing second-fiddle to Witten this week. That’s not offering much, so best leave him on the waivers.
Sleeper: Jason Witten (TE)
He stunk it up last week, despite strong outings from every other pass catcher not named Ezekiel Elliott. I feel a positive bounce back and red zone opportunities for Witten this week in a get-right game script.
Start: Kenny Golladay (WR)
While Jeff Driskel did enough to salvage his own fantasy outing, it wasn’t much of a help for the likes of Golladay or Jones. With him starting again this week, I’m still tempering big expectations from the likes of Kenny G. He’s a solid wide receiver that deserves to stay in your lineup that is dancing with WR2 numbers.
Flex Start: Marvin Jones Jr. (WR)
Jones is also a victim of the struggles with Driskel. While Golladay may lead the team in targets, Jones is a huge red zone threat. He has the opportunity to build upon last week and could surprise as more of WR2 rather than just a flex.
The big names on this team are the only ones I care about putting anything major up on the scoreboard. Limited passing work and a questionable return from concussion limit Amendola and Johnson’s upside. Driskel will also have his work cut out. Dallas is 5th against QBs, only allowing an average of 14.5 points per game.
Sleeper: J.D. McKissic (RB)
McKissic makes his name in his passing work, so he’s a good sleeper pick for PPR formats. Johnson will probably be ruled out Sunday, leaving McKissic as the main man. Even if he’s in, he still receives most of the passing work out of the backfield. He’s a nice flex option this week.
Atlanta Falcons @ Carolina Panthers
Must Start: Julio Jones (WR)
The Panthers are in the Top-10 friendliest matchups for wideouts, averaging 38.2 points a game for the position. Jones has Matt Ryan back for a second week, so expect this offense to start chugging along a little better.
Start: Matt Ryan (QB)
He’s more of a low-end QB1 this week, seeing as the Panthers are the vice-versa of wideouts, and are actually the 11th-toughest matchup for QBs. Still, the passing volume will be there this week as the Falcons will have to lean more on the air game with incumbent running back Devonta Freeman out for the time being.
Ridley should see a nice increase in targets, especially with Sanu gone. His first week with Sanu gone, his snap percentage rose 15% and jumped even more last week (89%). While h hasn’t had a big game in a while, this is a nice bounce-back opportunity for the talented 2nd-year player.
Meanwhile, the waiver wire add of the week is set to fill in a huge role for the Falcons. With Ito Smith on IR and Devonta Freeman already ruled out, it’ll be Brian Hill‘s backfield with Kenton Barner offering support. I expect a heavy workload for the young playmaker, so keep him squarely in the flex category.
Hooper and Freeman are out for the foreseeable future, but by no means are they droppable. Just make sure you have them definitively out of your starting lineup as of right now. The rest of these offense sits should stay on the waiver; there’s not enough to go off to warrant any fantasy consideration.
Must Start: Christian McCaffrey (RB)
The No. 1 RB in fantasy is the asset you run out every week without a second thought. His roster spot should be locked in; why are you even reading this??
I like both of these guys as high-upside WR2’s this week. The Atlanta pass defense is atrocious, even though they gave Brees and company quite the problem last week. I don’t think that kind of aggression carries over into this match, so keep these guys in your WR2 and WR3 slots.
Allen is also a viable starter against an exploitable secondary. If you need a bye week replacement for a 2 QB league, he’s most likely available. Grab him and hold on to him (he plays WSH in 2 weeks and then ATL again).
Flex Start: Greg Olsen (TE)
Olsen had a mid-season revitalization last week, giving fantasy owner’s some much-needed confidence. He has another plus matchup this week against a Falcons team that’s letting tight ends walk out with an average of 13.2 points a game, good for 11th-best.
Houston Texans @ Baltimore Ravens
This duo is perhaps the best in the league for generating fantasy production. This will be a high-scoring game, so I see no reason to even consider benching either one.
Check your waiver wire, especially in PPR. Someone may have dropped Duke Johnson for the bye week, and he might be available. Plug him in if he is because he’s a solid flex play in the passing work against a tough Baltimore rush defense. Carlos Hyde will also receive his usual carries, but he’ll be limited more often and not, and could honestly make his impact on the goal line.
Stills is also a great option in the passing game. He hasn’t quite lived up to expectations for fantasy, but this is a good opportunity for him to play a big role opposite Hopkins.
This is a tough matchup for tight ends. Fells has been great, but I’m limiting his production to simply a few catches. The Ravens are too solid against tight ends for me to be comfortable rolling Fells out there.
Must Start: Lamar Jackson (QB)
He’s one of the best QBs in fantasy right now, so there’s no reason to not have him locked in as your starter.
Last week’s dominating 2-touchdown performance against Cincy, who’s known to be tough on tight ends, was truly a defining moment for Mark Andrews. It’s an encouraging sign moving forward that signals that he is matchup-proof. He has another ‘tough’ match this week, but he’s too dominant to not start.
Hollywood Brown is another great start against a Texans team that’s tied for the 6th-most passing touchdowns allowed (18). He was held out of Thursday’s run-through but returned to practice on a limited basis on Friday. I like his potential if he’s in. Ingram also has potential but will be challenged more by a Houston team that is fairly middling against RBs (13th in points allowed – 24.6). He’s an RB2 for this one.
Flex Start: N/A
There’s not much fantasy goodness to be found here. Leave ’em on a bench, and don’t be fooled by fluke weeks.
Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco 49ers
Start: Kyler Murray (QB)
Murray was a member of only a handful of fantasy players that had a big game the last time these teams met. Ee should see similar production and low-end QB1 numbers with upside for this Cards away game.
With the return of DJ (is it though?), Drake will be limited in his touches, just like he was last week. He’s still in a flex based in part on Johnson’s poor play, as well as Drake’s own monster 1st-game performance against SF two weeks ago. DJ needs a bounce-back game to have fantasy faith restored in him. I don’t expect anything insane, but I’m expecting RB3 and up numbers from the former All-Pro.
I know it’s tough to bench a player after a monster performance, but this 49ers defense does not mess around. Limit Kirk and Fitz to WR3 numbers if even, and don’t even both looking Clay’s way.
** Quarterback Start of the Week **: Jimmy Garoppolo (QB)
Jimmy G and his merry band of SF men are at home for this one and are looking for a 2-0 mark against Arizona this season. Looking to get the nasty taste of defeat out of their mouth, the former last undefeated team standing will look to be throwing all day on the Cards. The Cards are dead last against quarterbacks, so expect a big outing and a QB1 mark for Garoppolo.
Tevin Coleman didn’t do much with 12 carries last time against this Arizona defense, generating only 23 yards rushing yards. With Breida likely out for this contest, he’s set for a higher carry count and plenty of passing work to help his case in PPR formats. Deebo is also a huge bump up, as I expect Sanders to be out for this contest. That leaves Deebo as the No. 1 for this outing, and with no George Kittle, he’s flirting with WR1 numbers.
Flex Start: Raheem Mostert (RB)
I like him if Breida’s out for Sunday. Even then, Breida loves to start games but not finish them. Mostert is a great fantasy player when he has the opportunity, and he will if he’s the No. 2 come kickoff time. Monitor Breida’s status leading up to the game and slot in Mostert if he’s out.
I don’t expect Sanders or Breida to play Sunday, and Kittle has already been ruled out. The rest of these guys are such non-factors that they simply have no need to be rostered or considered, even for streaming purposes.
Sleeper: Kendrick Bourne (WR)
Bourne has strung together a couple of decent games recently. He should get a pretty big uptick in the target share, especially if Sanders is out. I like him as a sneaky TD scorer this week.
New England Patriots @ Philadelphia Eagles
Must Start: Tom Brady (QB)
I feel a get-right, vintage Tom Brady vibe in the air. It’s tough losing for the first time and then having to go on to your bye week, but that just gives the Evil Genius and TB12 more time to further deconstruct and obliterate offenses and defenses moving forward. New England will air it out against a weak Eagles pass defense this week and Brady will enjoy doing it. Top-10 QB this week.
All of these guys are basically slot receivers, and all of them will see a ton of work this week. The Eagles are 9th against wideouts, allowing 39.2 points a game on average to the position. These guys are both high WR2’s for me this week. White is also a PPR machine and really shouldn’t be categorized as a normal running back. He’s a fantastic player and I expect him to make a significant impact in this game.
Flex Start: N/A
This trio of wideouts are too inconsistent as of late, with the two rookies having virtually nothing to go off of. Until that changes, they’ll stay down here. This is also a tough game for a weak rushing offense, as Michel and Burkhead have struggled with their own consistency and ability to rip off huge plays. Watson has become a victim of game script, so I’m choosing to not trust him this week.
Flex Start: Dallas Goedert (TE)
Yeahhhhh. Goedert is my only start for this Eagles team.
New England is out for blood, and they are absolutely dominating against opposing offenses. While that may seem ridiculous based upon their loss to Baltimore, the Eagles aren’t even remotely close to the offensive explosiveness of Lamar Jackson and crew. Goedert presents a red zone opportunity for Carson Wentz to target. I believe Zach Ertz will be shut down completely, so Goedert is a nice low-key streaming option (he was dropped all over the place for the bye week – check on his availability if you need to stream a tight end).
The Pats are No. 1 against QBs, WRs, and RBs. They’re 3rd against TE and 1st against fantasy owners that are primarily Eagles fans. Sorry guys.
Cincinnati Bengals @ Oakland Raiders
Start: Joe Mixon (RB)
Being leaned on the past couple of weeks has somewhat salvaged an otherwise horrific season for Mixon, who many have called the biggest running back bust of the season. He’ll see a positive game script once again as he faces a Raider defense that is fairly giving to the position. He’s a nice RB2 this week.
Flex Start: Tyler Boyd (WR)
Bounce-back Boyd is back to bruising and beating corners as he bombards backfields with his blitzing bravado.
Hey, that was fun.
Boyd gets an Oakland secondary that is allowing there 4th-most points to wideouts, 41.6 points a game. He’s a high-end WR2.
Until this offense finds itself, it’s 2 top weapons are the only players I’m comfortable for sure rolling out there right now. Bench this lot until further notice.
Sleeper: Tyler Eifert (TE)
Eifert’s week was saved by a touchdown, but he was still only 2 for 20 yds. An awful Oakland defense that is one of the best matchups for tight ends might be another chance for him to put up some numbers. He’s a fine streaming candidate.
** Tight End Start of the Week **: Darren Waller (TE)
Waller has been wallowing in the fantasy woes for almost a month, but he now gets to take on a Cincinnati team that just got torn apart by Mark Andrews. Waller is of a similar build and usage and is an easy TE1 for me this week.
Must Start: Josh Jacobs (RB)
What a force this kid has been, man. I mean he’s just such a player maaaaaaan.
Jacobs is a weekly must-start, especially against this Bengals team. At home this week, the Raiders have a positive field position and workhorse back that will help them carry the offense to the end zone. He’s a sure-fire RB1.
Start: Derek Carr (QB)
Remember when Derek Carr broke his leg and missed the playoffs a couple of years ago? That’s why my fantasy team’s name is My Carr Broke Down.
Not this week.
Carr is looking at a Top-5 finish when he takes on a Cincinnati team at home that is allowing 22.9 points a game to his position, good for 4th in the league. He’s rostered in just over half of ESPN leagues, and he’s probably one of the best options on the week for streamers.
Flex Start: Tyrell Williams (WR)
Bengals are surprisingly in the top half of the toughest wideout matchups, but Tyrell is just explosive enough to be a big factor in the passing work. While I don’t expect the other wideouts to be doing much, I see Williams with WR2 potential and a bounce-back week on the horizon.
Weekly workloads for these players are constantly fluctuating and carry zero consistency. It’s best to leave them be.
Chicago Bears @ Los Angeles Rams
Start: Allen Robinson (WR)
Despite his supporting cast, Allen has a fairly high floor that should keep him in your lineup. He’ll draw coverage from former teammate Jalen Ramsey, but Robinson is a solid wideout that isn’t easily shutdown. He’s a WR2.
Flex Start: David Montgomery (RB)
This is only if he’s in. While questionable to play, he’ll face a tough Rams defense regardless, led by Aaron Donald. There’s not a ton of upside, but at least there are carries for him. He’s an RB3.
This Rams team is a shadow of last year’s offensive beast, but they’re still Top 10 in most defensive categories.
Must Start: Cooper Kupp (WR)
Wash off the stink, throw him back out there. The Bears are excellent against wideouts, but Kupp is an unnatural talent. He’s still a WR1 despite the negative matchup.
Despite a poor season from Gurley, this is still a great matchup for him – Chicago is giving up the 12th-most points to running backs. Everett is also looking like a great play against the Bears. With Cooks still in the concussion protocol, Everett has become a useful tight end that is a weekly starter.
Flex Start: N/A
I’ve dropped Goff and I’ve tried to get rid of Woods in every league I have him in. Don’t drop the man, but you certainly can’t play him this week. What a season this has been for McVay’s Rams.
Kansas City Chiefs @ Los Angeles Chargers
Must Start: Patrick Mahomes II (QB)
Last week’s homecoming ended on a last-second field goal block, but Mahomes delivered arguably his best fantasy game of the season. Not a lot of quarterbacks could be out for basically 3 weeks and still in the Top 7, but here we are. Don’t worry about the Chargers QB defense; I know the reigning MVP doesn’t.
It’s almost nostalgic seeing these guys in the start category every week with Mahomes back in action. These guys are target machines and game-changers, who roll them without with WR1 and TE1 confidence.
Flex Start: Damien Williams (RB)
Williams has performed well the past two weeks for fantasy owners against tough defenses. This week’s Chargers rush defense is the weakest he’ll face since….man I can’t even remember. I like his opportunity and goal-line upside this week as an RB2 or better.
Last week’s scare of Tyreek Hill momentarily going down reminded me of the importance that Mecole Hardman carries. While Hill is in, Hardman is hardly relevant. If something is to happen to Hill though, Hardman is the player to get. In the meantime, I’m not rolling any of these guys out. Far too much inconsistency.
Must Start: Melvin Gordon (RB)
Welcome to the Must-Starts Gordon! Finally!
A change in OC was a change in how the Chargers manage Gordon. The Chiefs are dead last against the run, and I almost made Gordon my Running back Start of the Week. He’s looking excellent for this game.
Ekeler is still in the start category for me. The regression was expected with Gordon’s return, but the PPR value of Ekeler is still strong and warrants RB2 numbers for me this week.
Henry is a weapon and the Chargers know how to use him. Keep him in your lineup weekly as a TE1, which is what he’ll be after facing the Chiefs’ 23rd-ranked tight end defense.
Rivers has looked like he’s forgotten how to football. He’s looked lost the past month, but he gets an opportunity to revamp some of that lost mojo this week. He’s become a massive drop candidate, so he’s probably floating around on waivers, should you need a streamer in a positive matchup.
Flex Start: Keenan Allen (WR)
While it wasn’t what I was hoping for, Allen still had an okay game last week. That means I’m not done with him just yet. I will limit to a flex position this week, though. While I expect some production, the Chiefs are the 4th-toughest against wideouts, allowing 28.3 points a game to the position. I’m leaning that Henry and Ekeler will be utilized more on 3rd downs than Allen will.
Sit: Mike Williams (WR)
The 4th option is not an option I want right now. No more than 4 receptions in a game since Week 7 is more than enough to keep him benched against a team that’s tough on receivers. No thank you.
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