Start ‘Em, Sit 'Em is the ultimate look at the best and worst matchups based on a PPR scoring system in fantasy football. This column will not cover the elite players in the NFL like Patrick Mahomes, Christian McCaffrey, Davante Adams, or Travis Kelce. Instead, I'll look at the players you have the most questions about to help you set the most effective starting lineup possible. For all of your final fantasy lineup decisions, be sure to check out my weekly player rankings which will be updated daily throughout the 2021 NFL season.
Byes: Broncos, Rams
Week 11 Start ‘Em: Wide Receivers
Start of the Week
Jaylen Waddle at Jets (1 p.m. ET, CBS): Waddle’s 10.1-point performance last week left something to be desired, and I’m expecting him to rebound when Miami faces the Jets. Their “defense” has allowed an average of 43.8 points and 472.5 yards of offense in their last four games, so Waddle is in a good position to find success. New York has also surrendered the fourth-most points per game to slot receivers since Week 7.
Brandin Cooks at Titans (1 p.m. ET, CBS): Cooks, one of the most targeted wide receivers in the league, should be considered a solid No. 2 fantasy option against the Titans. No team in the league has allowed more fantasy points to wide receivers, as their defense has surrendered 14 touchdown catches to the position. Tennessee has also allowed the second-most points to receivers out wide, so Cooks should produce.
Hunter Renfrow vs. Bengals (4:05 p.m. ET, CBS): Renfrow has been hot in recent weeks, scoring a combined 35.5 fantasy points in his last two games. I’d keep him in your lineups this week too, as the Raiders face a Bengals defense that’s allowed six wideouts to score 11 or more fantasy points in their last five games. That includes a 16.4-point performance from fellow slot receiver Jamison Crowder back in Week 8.
Rashod Bateman at Bears (1 p.m. ET, CBS): Bateman has been on the rise in fantasy leagues, and he'll have a chance to make a major impact this week in Chicago. The Bears have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points per game to wideouts, and three have scored 23-plus fantasy points against them in their last three games. What's more, Bateman will be the Ravens' No. 1 wideout with Marquise Brown out of action.
D.J. Moore vs. Football Team (1 p.m. ET, Fox): Fantasy fans have been left wanting Moore from D.J., who has scored fewer than 10 fantasy points in each of his last three games. The good news is that the Panthers will turn to Cam Newton this week, and a matchup against the Football Team is a positive one. Their defense has given up the second-most fantasy points a game to wideouts, so Moore is worth starting this week.
- Tee Higgins at Raiders (4:05 p.m. ET, CBS)
- Michael Gallup at Chiefs (4:25 p.m. ET, Fox)
- Darnell Mooney vs. Ravens (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
- Tee Higgins at Raiders ($5,400)
- Darnell Mooney vs. Ravens ($5,200)
- Michael Gallup at Chiefs ($4,200)
Week 11 Sit ‘Em: Wide Receivers
Sit of the Week
Mike Williams vs. Steelers (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC): Williams averaged a stout 23.2 fantasy points in his first five games. Since then, he’s averaged 5.9 points. He's no longer a player who is considered a must-start, and a matchup against the Steelers makes him a risk-reward option. Their defense is dealing with several injuries this week, but Williams has still been tough to trust even when the matchup is right.
DeVonta Smith at Saints (1 p.m. ET, Fox): Smith has been on fire over the last two weeks, scoring a combined three touchdowns and 46.2 fantasy points. So while he will be active in most leagues, keep in mind that this week’s matchup against the Saints, and more notably CB Marshon Lattimore, is a difficult one. Just ask A.J. Brown, who was held to one catch last week. Start Smith but temper your fantasy expectations.
Kenny Golladay at Buccaneers (Mon. 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN): Golladay is as healthy as he's been all season coming off a bye and a matchup against the Buccaneers is good on paper. Or is it? While their defense struggled against wideouts earlier in the season, the position has been far less effective against them over the last four weeks. The Giants could be at full strength at wideout too, so his targets could be limited this week.
Cole Beasley vs. Colts (1 p.m. ET, CBS): Beasley had been hot in recent weeks, scoring 54.1 fantasy points over a three-game stretch. His totals crashed last week though, as he posted 3.5 points on a mere two targets. That's problematic, as Dawson Knox was back in the mix and the Bills leaned on the run. Beasley also has a tough matchup against the Colts, who have allowed just 12.4 fantasy points per game to slot receivers.
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Tyler Boyd at Raiders (4:05 p.m. ET, CBS): Boyd has not benefited much from the Bengals' improved pass attack, scoring fewer than seven fantasy points in four of his last five games. That trend is likely to continue this week too, as a matchup against the Raiders looms. Their defense has been tough on slot receivers, allowing just one touchdown and the sixth-fewest fantasy points per game on such routes this season.
- A.J. Green at Seahawks ()
- Marvin Jones Jr. vs. 49ers (1 p.m. ET, Fox)
- Marquez Callaway at Eagles (1 p.m. ET, Fox)
- DeVonta Smith vs. Saints ($6,400)
- Michael Pittman Jr. at Bills ($6,100)
- Marvin Jones Jr. vs. 49ers ($5,200)
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