Fantasy Football Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 11: Defenses - Sleepers, Fades, Matchups, DFS Bargains

Start 'em and sit 'em defenses for Week 11 from senior fantasy football expert Michael Fabiano.
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Week 11 Start ‘Em: Defenses

Byes: 49ers, Bears, Bills, Giants

Start of the Week

Dolphins D/ST at Broncos (4:05 p.m. ET, CBS): The Dolphins D/ST has put up just 12 combined fantasy points in its last two games, but it has a smash spot this week in Denver. The Broncos could be without Drew Lock, leaving Brett Rypien as the next in line at quarterback. Defenses have averaged the most fantasy points (10.3 PPG) against Denver, so Miami should produce a strong stat line.

Week 11 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em

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Start ‘Em

Buccaneers D/ST vs. Rams (MNF 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN): The Bucs defense hasn’t put up more than seven fantasy points in a game since Week 6, but it’s certainly worth a look when Jared Goff and the Rams come to Tampa Bay. Over the last four weeks, opposing defenses have averaged the second-most fantasy points versus the turnover-prone Goff and his offense. Look for the Bucs to produce.

Chargers D/ST vs. Jets (4:05 p.m. ET, CBS): Let’s be honest, folks! The Chargers D/ST has not been a reliable fantasy option this season and they are likely available to add in your league. However, any defense is worth streaming against Joe Flacco and the Jets. New York has allowed 26 sacks and 91 QB pressures, and averaged a league-low 13.4 points per game this season. Defenses have also scored the second-most fantasy points (tied) against New York in 2020.

More Starts

  • Steelers D/ST at Jaguars (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
  • Vikings D/ST vs. Cowboys (4:25 p.m. ET, FOX)

DFS Bargains

  • Football Team vs. Bengals (DraftKings: $2,900)
  • Lions D/ST at Panthers (DraftKings: $2,700)

Week 11 Sit ‘Em: Defenses

Sit of the Week

Raiders D/ST vs. Chiefs (SNF 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC): The Raiders defense went off last week, scoring 16 fantasy points in a blowout win over the Broncos. Don't chase the points, though, as an upcoming tilt with Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs is anything but favorable. Defenses have averaged the third-fewest fantasy points (2.2 PPG) against K.C., which ranks second in points per game (31.8 PPG).

Sit ‘Em

Packers D/ST at Colts (4:25 p.m. ET, FOX): The Packers were a popular streamer last week, but they didn’t live up to expectations with just six points against the Jags. This week, they’ll face a Colts offense that’s allowed the fewest sacks, the third-fewest QB pressures, and has committed the sixth-fewest giveaways on the season. In what could be a shootout at Lucas Oil Stadium, I’d fade Green Bay.

Jaguars D/ST vs. Steelers (1 p.m. ET, CBS): The Jaguars put up a shockingly good 11 fantasy points against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers last week, but I wouldn't bank on a repeat performance when the Steelers visit Duval County. Their offense has been hitting on all cylinders, averaging 30 points over their last two games. Defenses have also averaged the fewest fantasy points against Pittsburgh.

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More Sits

  • Titans D/ST at Ravens (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
  • Saints D/ST vs. Falcons (1 p.m. ET, FOX)

DFS Fades

  • Saints D/ST vs. Falcons (DraftKings: $3,200)
  • Colts D/ST vs. Packers (DraftKings: $3,100)

Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on Sports Illustrated and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. You can follow Michael on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram for all of the latest breaking fantasy football news and the best analysis in the business!

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