Saturday, November 21, 2020

Week 11 Fantasy Football WR Start'em, Sit'em

The decision on which player to start, or sit, largely comes down to the options on your roster (and/or possibly the players available on your league's waiver wire).

As an example, Tee Higgins is listed below as a "start" for Week 11. And I'd certainly be comfortable going into Week 11 with him as one of my starting wide receivers.

Then again, Higgins may be a "sit" for your team.

In other words, if you own Davante Adams, Terry McLaurin and Higgins, you should start Adams and McLaurin and, in turn, bench Higgins if you only start two receivers.

For a more direct answer on whether we would start Player X over Player Y, check our Week 11 Fantasy Football Rankings. Instead of making those direct comparisons, the goal here is to highlight players that we like, or dislike, for the week.

Week 11 Fantasy Football WR Start'em

Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings (vs. DAL)

In a difficult matchup against the Chicago Bears, Jefferson had eight receptions for 135 yards on 10 targets in Week 10. The rookie now has four 100-yard games this season. On the season, he now has 42 catches for 762 yards and three touchdowns and the 15th-most fantasy points (half-PPR scoring).

While he may not reach the 100-yard milestone for a fifth time, Jefferson, Adam Thielen and the team's wideouts get a favorable matchup in Week 11. The Dallas Cowboys have allowed wide receivers to score the fifth-most fantasy points per game this season. While Dallas hasn't bled fantasy points in the same fashion as earlier in the season, they are the only team to allow multiple wide receivers (three times) to finish as the weekly WR1 this season.

Chase Claypool, Pittsburgh Steelers (at JAX)

There are a lot of mouths to feed in the Steelers offense, but Claypool, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson all rank inside our top-15 fantasy wide receivers for the week. While it may be rare for a team's receiving corps to have three different receivers finish that high in the same week, they all finished as a top-12 wideouts last week.

Against the Cincinnati Bengals last week, Claypool had 4/56/2 on 10 targets to score 19.3 fantasy points (WR8). The second-round pick from Notre Dame now has at least nine targets in three consecutive games. In addition, Claypool has scored double-digit fantasy points in three consecutive games and five of his past six.

The Steelers are double-digit favorites and have one of the week's highest implied totals. Meanwhile, the Jacksonville Jaguars have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season.

Will Fuller, Houston Texans (vs. NE)

Facing heavy winds in Cleveland, Houston's passing offense -- ranked eighth in the NFL in yards per game (266.6) -- came to a screaching halt last week. Before that game, however, Fuller had scored in six consecutive games. During that six-game stretch, Fuller reached the 100-yard mark three times as well.

Over the past two weeks, the New England Patriots have faced the (read with a sarcastic tone) explosive passing attacks of the New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens. Ranking 31st (Ravens) and 32nd (Jets) in the NFL, the two teams average 184.1 and 167.1 passing yards per game, respectively, this season. That said, the Patriots allowed a total of five combined touchdowns to those teams' wide receivers over the past two weeks combined.

Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals (at WAS)

Another week, another productive outing for Higgins. The second-round rookie from Clemson had 7/115/1 against the Steelers last week to finish the week as a top-10 fantasy wide receiver. Higgins now has a minimum of 62 yards in six consecutive games and an average of 88.0 per game over that span. Over his past four games, Higgins has finished as fantasy's WR12, WR16, WR27 and WR10, respectively. While Washington has limited opposing receivers to the third-fewest fantasy points this season, Cincinnati's rookie remains a viable weekly WR2 regardless of matchup.

Week 11 Fantasy Football WR Sit'em

Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns (vs. PHI)

Even without Odell Beckham, who's out for the season, Landry has been dealing with his own nagging injuries and unable to capitalize on his role as the team's clear-cut WR1. Yet to score a touchdown this season, Landry hasn't exceeded five receptions in any game this year either. In addition, Landry has 52 yards or less in seven of his past eight games. Over the past four weeks, Landry has finished as fantasy's WR51, WR50, WR45 and WR63, respectively. Keep him on your bench this week as well.

Antonio Brown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. LAR)

Not at the same level as Brown's former team, the Bucs had three top-30 wide receivers in Week 10 -- Mike Evans (WR15), Chris Godwin (WR25) and Brown (WR30). While shutdown corner Jalen Ramsey may shadow Evans more than any other Bucs receiver this week, the Rams have allowed a league-low fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers this season. In fact, the team has allowed only two top-30 receivers all season -- Amari Cooper (WR23, Week 1) and Deebo Samuel (WR14, Week 6). They allowed only three other receivers to finish inside the top 36 in a given week -- Cole Beasley (WR31, Week 3), Stefon Diggs (WR32, Week 3) and Tyler Lockett (WR33, Week 10).

Marquise Brown, Baltimore Ravens (vs. TEN)

Playing at less than 100 percent as a rookie, many felt that Brown would provide his fantasy owners with a second-year breakout now that he was healthy. Instead, he's disappointed his fantasy owners with mostly duds week to week. In half-PPR scoring, Brown currently ranks as fantasy's WR50. Since Week 2, he has finished as a top-36 wide receiver only once (WR16 in Week 5). Over the past three weeks, Brown has a total of six catches for 55 yards and a touchdown and has finished as the weekly WR47, WR70 and WR80, respectively.

A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals (at WAS)

As noted above, the matchup against Washington Football Team is a difficult one for wide receivers. While we trust Higgins (and Tyler Boyd too), the team's former No. 1 receiver is way down in our weekly rankings. Green had a two-game stretch (Weeks 6 and 7) where he parlayed 24 total targets into a 15/178/0 line. Since then, he's been virtually invisible -- 2/19 on 10 targets in the past two weeks combined, which includes a Week 10 goose egg.

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