Week 11 Start ‘Em: Wide Receivers
Byes: 49ers, Bears, Bills, Giants
Start of the Week
Justin Jefferson vs. Cowboys (4:25 p.m. ET, FOX): Jefferson put up a huge game against a tough Chicago defense last week, posting 135 yards on 10 targets. While the rookie can be inconsistent in Minnesota's run-based attack, his high ceiling does make him an attractive weekly starter, especially when the matchup is right. That's the case this week, as the Cowboys come to town. Their defense has been shredded by wideouts, allowing the fourth-most points to the position.
Week 11 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em
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Diontae Johnson at Jaguars (1 p.m. ET, CBS): Johnson went bananas last week, catching six passes for 116 yards and one touchdown. His production continues to be solid (when he's healthy), and D.J. should remain in all fantasy lineups when the Steelers travel to Jacksonville. Their defense has struggled against receivers lined out (seven have put up 14-plus fantasy points against them in 2020). I'd start Johnson, Chase Claypool, and JuJu Smith-Schuster this week.
Tee Higgins at Football Team (1 p.m. ET, CBS): Higgins has been quietly solid in recent weeks, scoring 13-plus fantasy points in his last four games. I like that trend to continue, as the Bengals travel to D.C. to face the Football Team. Since Week 7, their defense has allowed 14-plus fantasy points to three wideouts including 23.6 to Marvin Jones Jr. and 14.1 to Marvin Hall last week. Higgins has also been targeted at least seven times in all but one game since Week 3.
Amari Cooper at Vikings (4:25 p.m. ET, FOX): Cooper’s numbers haven’t been all that great since the Cowboys lost Dak Prescott, but the expected return of Andy Dalton and a matchup in Minnesota makes him a startable option this week. The Vikings have struggled against receivers lined out wide, as the position has put up the sixth-most fantasy points. Game script could be in Cooper’s favor this week as well, so I’d fire him up as a No. 2 wide receiver or flex starter.
Brandin Cooks vs. Patriots (1 p.m. ET, CBS): You've all been waiting for the Cooks revenge game, right? Before the weather in Cleveland ruined his hot streak, the veteran had posted 17-plus points in three of his previous four games. Cooks has also seen at least eight targets in five straight games, so the volume looks good even against a tough New England pass defense. With the Patriots looking to stop playmaker Will Fuller, I like Cooks as a No. 3 wideout or flex.
- Jamison Crowder at Chargers (4:05 p.m. ET, CBS)
- DeVante Parker at Broncos (4:05 p.m. ET, CBS)
- Jakobi Meyers at Texans (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
- Jamison Crowder at Chargers (DraftKings: $6,100)
- Amari Cooper at Vikings (DraftKings: $5,400)
- Jakobi Meyers at Texans (DraftKings: $4,900)
Week 11 Sit ‘Em: Wide Receivers
Sit of the Week
Jerry Jeudy vs. Dolphins (4:05 p.m. ET, CBS): Jeudy is seeing plenty of targets in recent weeks, but Drew Lock has been inaccurate at times, and the Broncos might have to start Brett Rypien because Lock has injured ribs. Regardless, the rookie is a tough sell for me this week against the Dolphins and cornerback Xavien Howard. Miami has allowed just four touchdowns to receivers lined out wide, and it's held down DeAndre Hopkins, Robert Woods, and Tyler Lockett.
D.J. Moore vs. Lions (1 p.m. ET, FOX): Moore is a tough player to sit, especially after his big bounce-back performance in Week 10. However, the potential loss of Teddy Bridgewater makes the Maryland product a risk. P.J. Walker, a former XFL quarterback who has thrown eight passes in the NFL, would get the start if Bridgewater is unavailable. The Lions have also allowed just seven touchdown catches to enemy wide receivers, so Moore could be in for a difficult afternoon.
Corey Davis at Ravens (1 p.m. ET, CBS): Davis had been quietly consistent in the stat sheets, scoring double digits in all but one game this season. However, his ceiling could be a bit low when the Titans head to Baltimore to face the Ravens. Their defense has been tough on receivers lined out wide, as the position has scored just two touchdowns and has averaged the second-fewest fantasy points. While A.J. Brown is an obvious must-start regardless, I'd be fading Davis here.
T.Y. Hilton vs. Packers (4:25 p.m., FOX): The days of Hilton being a legitimate fantasy option have ended. He’s fallen behind Michael Pittman Jr. in the fantasy pecking order among Colts wideouts, and his longest catch (28 yards) shows that he’s not the field stretcher he was in the past. Hilton also has a tough matchup this week, as the Packers should get cornerbacks Jaire Alexander and Kevin King back from injuries. For now, Pittman is the Colts wideout to own (and start).
Travis Fulgham at Browns (1 p.m. ET, FOX): Fulgham had been one of the top adds off the waiver wire this season, but last week was not a good look. In his first game with Miles Sanders, Alshon Jeffery, Jalen Reagor and Dallas Goedert all active, Fulgham took a backseat in the stat sheets. His five targets were his worst total since Week 1, and his 13.9 percent target share was third at wideout behind Reagor and Greg Ward. If you do start Fulgham, temper your expectations.
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- Mike Evans vs. Rams (MNF 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN)
- Jarvis Landry vs. Eagles (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
- A.J. Green at Football Team (1 p.m. ET, FOX)
- Robby Anderson vs. Lions (DraftKings: $6,000)
- Marquise Brown vs. Titans (DraftKings: $5,800)
- Jarvis Landry vs. Eagles (DraftKings: $5,500)
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