If you are lucky, you have already locked up a playoff spot and are just playing for seeding. If that happens to be the case, you probably are not having to make these kinds of fringe decisions. However, if you are like most people, you are still in danger of missing the postseason and no doubt are having to decide between players that back in August you never imagined starting. So, in the interest of giving you someone to point the finger at if you lose this week, here are my starts and sits for Week 11.
Eli Manning, QB, Giants (vs. KC)
The lesser Manning may be real-life bad at football these days and eyeing retirement, but he has been productive in recent weeks with two passing touchdowns and just shy of 500 passing yards in his last two starts. He also has a favorable matchup in the Kansas City Chiefs this week. He should be a low-end QB1.
Tevin Coleman, RB, Falcons (@ SEA)
Devonta Freeman is unlikely to play this week and the Seattle defense just keeps on losing important contributors with Kam Chancellor the most recent to fall. Fantasy football is first and foremost a game about volume and the volume should be there for Coleman in Seattle.
Jeremy Maclin, WR, Ravens (vs. GB)
Joe Flacco is one of the worst quarterbacks in football and the Ravens offense is no great shakes but they will be on the field for at least 50 plays and they have to give the ball to someone. That someone is probably going to be Maclin in the passing game. Damarious Randall sucks and Maclin should be lined up across from him frequently as he plays in the slot.
Tyler Kroft, TE, Bengals (@ DEN)
The Broncos defense is still very good (though not as good as they once were) and they are tough against opposing passing games. However, their corners are so good that they funnel the ball to opposing tight ends. Kroft should be the beneficiary of that and could have a big week.
Alfred Morris, RB, Cowboys (vs. PHI)
Morris is most likely the man with Ezekiel Elliott out, but that role is not especially valuable with Tyron Smith sidelined and facing an Eagles front that is crazy good. Find another option at RB this week.
Javorius Allen, RB, Ravens (vs. GB)
With Danny Woodhead returning, Allen’s role in the passing game is going to shrink (at best). He is not an efficient player and his entire value was wrapped up in volume. Without that guaranteed volume, he is an easy sit.
Case Keenum, QB, Vikings (vs. LAR)
Granted, Keenum is coming off a big game and he has been productive since Sam Bradford was lost for the season to injury. That said, the Rams are not kind to opposing passers and Mike Zimmer loves Teddy Bridgewater. Don’t start Keenum if you have another realistic option.
Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers (vs. BAL)
You may have already started sitting Nelson in tough matchups with Aaron Rodgers out, but if you have not already started doing so, this is the week. The Ravens’ defense is strong especially against the pass. Brett Hundley does not have Rodgers’ rapport with Nelson, and he has reached a point where he is a flex at best this week.