The Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans are on a bye in Week 11. This means you will need to find replacements for stars such as Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones, Davante Adams, Saquon Barkley, Russell Wilson, Tyler Lockett, Chris Carson and Derrick Henry.
Below are some good plays for this week, as well as some other NFL players you should consider avoiding.
If you need a bye week fill-in, check out Week 11 waiver wire pickups.
Who to Start
— Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys at Detroit Lions (QB): Prescott had a strong Week 10 in the Cowboys’ 28-24 loss to the Vikings. He completed 28 of 46 passes for 397 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. He now faces a Lions secondary which just gave up three touchdowns to a struggling Mitch Trubisky. Prescott is a top-tier QB this week.
— Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs (RB): It’s safe to say that Gordon has taken the role as the No. 1 back from Austin Ekeler. He had 22 rushing attempts for 108 yards and a touchdown to Ekeler’s six attempts for 19 yards against the Raiders last week. He is a top play this week against a permeable Chiefs run defense that just gave up a pair of touchdowns and 188 yards to Derrick Henry in Week 10.
— Tevin Coleman, San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals (RB): Matt Breida exited Monday night’s game against the Seahawks with an ankle injury. He is getting a second opinion for the ankle sprain, but there is a good chance he misses time. In the interim, Coleman will be the lead back for San Francisco in a nice matchup against the Cardinals, who rank last in the league in points allowed. He is a RB1 this week with high upside.
— John Brown, Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins (WR): Brown has been a high-floor, low-upside option week-to-week. He caught five of 11 passes for 77 yards last week against the Browns. His matchup this week against the Dolphins, who are second to last in points allowed per game, puts him into low-end WR1 territory.
— D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons (WR): Moore had his second 100-yard game in a row in Week 10 and caught nine of 11 targets. He has been splitting targets with Curtis Samuel, but has been much more effective with them of late. The Panthers face a porous Falcons secondary in Week 11, making Moore a borderline WR1.
— Darren Waller, Oakland Raiders vs. Cincinnati Bengals (TE): After a couple of lackluster games, Waller has a good chance to bounce back against the winless Bengals, who just gave up 49 points to the Ravens, including two touchdowns to tight end Mark Andrews. The Raiders tight end is a top play this week.
— Pittsburgh Steelers D/ST at Cleveland Browns: The Steelers defense had their best performance of the year in Week 10 against the Rams. They had three interceptions, one fumble recovered, a touchdown and four sacks. Their Week 11 matchup against Baker Mayfield — whose 12 interceptions have been a concern all year — and a struggling Cleveland offensive line, is the definition of favorable.
Who to Sit
— Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings vs. Denver Broncos (QB): Cousins has been up and down all year. He put up passable numbers last week, but had zero touchdowns in Week 8 against one of the league’s worst defenses in Washington. The Vikings take on a well-rested Broncos team coming off their Week 10 bye. Cousins falls out of the QB1 conversation for Week 11, even with four teams on bye.
— Kenyan Drake, Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers (RB): Drake came back down to earth with David Johnson back in Week 10 after a stellar debut as a Cardinal in the week prior. He had 35 yards on ten attempts, and another six yards on six catches and seven targets. Johnson only had five rushing attempts, but should see increased work as his health improves. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury says that their roles may change week-to-week, so it’s anyone’s guess who ends up with more production. This committee and the Cardinals’ Week 11 matchup against the 49ers should give fantasy owners pause. Both fall outside of the RB2 tier this week.
— Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots (RB): After a promising preseason, Sanders has taken a back seat to Jordan Howard in the backfield. He is averaging six carries a game since Week 5 and has not made it into the end zone since Week 3. The Eagles face the toughest defense in the league this week and game script alone should prevent either running back from seeing a ton of carries. Sanders is a low-end flex.
— JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns (WR): Smith-Schuster has been a massive disappointment for fantasy owners this year. His production, or lack thereof, is throttled by the fact that he is catching passes from Mason Rudolph instead of Ben Roethlisberger. He has totaled six catches on 11 targets for 60 yards over the last two games combined and one 100-yard game this season. He is a boom-or-bust WR3 this week against the Browns.
— Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers (WR): It’s been the Tyreek Hill show in Kansas City, as Watkins has been irrelevant since blowing up for three touchdowns in Week 1. He has not scored since and faces a decent Chargers defense that stymied Hunter Renfrow and Tyrell Williams in Week 10. Watkins is a touchdown-dependent flex option this week.
— O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints (TE): Howard finally picked up his first touchdown of the year in Week 10 against the Cardinals and finished the day with four catches on seven targets and 47 yards. He has been frustrating all year for fantasy owners given where he was drafted, and gets a much tougher matchup against the Saints in Week 11. The Bucs’ pass-heavy offense gives the tight ends and receivers nice upside depending on the opponent, but Howard is barely a TE1 this week.
— Chicago Bears D/ST at Los Angeles Rams: The Bears had a mediocre day against a Jeff Driskel-led Lions team in Week 11 after four consecutive duds. Their pedigree explains their 94% ownership percentage, but temper expectations on the road against the Rams this week.