Miles Austin is primed for a breakout game against the lowly Detroit Lions pass coverage, Austin Collie has been cleared to practice finally, which points to a possible start on Sunday night against the Patriots, and many owners are wondering if Dwayne Bowe can top his week 10 performance in which he torched the hapless Broncos for 186 yards and two touchdowns.
More importantly, this is another week of solid matchups for fantasy owners to exploit, as the fantasy playoffs begin to come into focus.
Let’s delve right into this week, and see what’s on tap, and who’s who in week 11.
The Start List:
|1. Santonio Holmes – NYJ: Holmes enters this week’s contest against one of the worst passing defenses in all of football, and fellow teammate Jerricho Cotchery will be sidelined meaning more targets for Holmes. He tops my list as a Must Start!|
|2. Megatron – DET: Megatron against the hapless Dallas pass defense, hmmmmm. Can you say: MONEY!|
|3. Roddy White – ATL: Roddy White is right underneath Megatron as the number two fantasy receiver, and has an equally tasty matchup against the St. Louis Rams this week. He remains a weekly must start.|
|4. Anquan Boldin – BAL: When it comes to yardage, Boldin has been slightly above pedestrian. But Anquan Boldin has scored in three of his last four games, and with the Panthers on tap, you have to imagine his numbers are primed to increase this week, making him a tasty WR start option.|
|5. Marques Colston – N.O. Colston hasn’t had the monster games owners were used to last year, but this week against the horrid Seahawks pass D, Colston is primed to have a huge day.|
|6. Miles Austin – DAL: Austin will no doubt have a monster day, but Jon Kitna has really taken a liking to Dez Bryant which has cut into Austin’s targets as of late. I don’t see this being an issue against the Lions, so start him with confidence.|
|7. Hakeem Nicks – NYG: Nicks remains one of the top three in WR receiver fantasy rankings, but Philly has had the Giants number as of late, and shutdown corner Asante Samuel will inevitably cut into Nicks’ production, or Nicks would be higher in this list.|
|8. DeSean Jackson – PHI: Jackson remains an elite receiver, but he faces and elite collection of corners in New York in a divisional showdown. He’ll still produce, but not to the level he did last week when he literally schooled DeAngelo Hall, and LaRon Landry.|
|9. Dwayne Bowe – KC: Bowe has become a matchup receiver in 2010 and what better of a matchup than against the porous Cardinals pass defense.|
|10. T.O. – CIN: T.O. had a mild week last week compared to his recent torrent of quality games, but he should bounce back very nicely against a Bills team that repeatedly gets burned by deep threat receiver like Owens.|
The Risk List:
|1. Andre Johnson – HOU: Revis held Andre Johnson to 35 yards on four catches last year, and you can’t expect Johnson to do any better this year. If you have to play him then go with your number one guy, but be warned: Johnson is set for a disappointing day.|
|2. Austin Collie – IND: Collie returned to practice—albeit on a limited basis— according to Adam Schefter on Twitter. While this is encouraging news that Collie could start on Sunday, even if he does, he could be a risky start at best, as the Colts tend to ease their players back from injury, rather than just throw them back into the throngs of the game. I’ll have an update later this week when the news becomes more clear.|
|3. Greg Jennings – GB: Jennings has really come into his own in the past couple of weeks, but he hasn’t always fared well in Minnesota, and the Vikings are basically like a wounded dog in a corner. He’ll get looks, but he may be grounded a bit so if you have another options with a better matchup use it.|
|4. Hines Ward – PIT: Ward gets to face shut down corner Nnamdi Asomugha even if he does have a bum ankle, which isn’t good news for the happy-go-lucky receiver.|
|5. Patrick Crayton – SD: Crayton’s workload looks to take a significant hit with the expected return of Malcom Floyd, but TE Antonio Gates is still very questionable to suit up against Denver, making Crayton valuable for at least one more week. Bye the bye, grab Gates’ backup Randy McMichael if your in need of a filler TE.|
The Sit List:
|1. Michael Crabtree – SF: Crabtree has a poor matchup ahead against shut down corner Aqib Talib. Think of it this way, Talib held Roddy White to 49 yards in Week 9, and Crabtree is no Roddy White.|
|2. Brandon Gibson – STL: I don’t’ like the matchup for Gibson against the Falcons corners, or their linebackers, but I also don’t like the notion that the Rams are going to try their hand at game control, by running the ball. Just isn’t a good start for Gibson, this week.|
|3. Louis Murphy – OAK: Murphy returns this week, but in a ginger manner, and while he will get some work early, expect the Steelers to shut down Murphy by the second half in a very important game for Pittsburgh.|
|4. Mike Williams – SEA: Williams has loads of talent, but he won’t do much against Jabari Greer this week. keep him on the bench.|
|5. Steve Smith – CAR: A seemingly 2010 fantasy bust thanks largely to the QB debacle that has consumed Carolina all year long. Sit Smith against Baltimore’s tough defense.|
As usual guys, leave your questions below and be sure to check out other Start Sit columns: QB, RB, TE, DEF.