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11-19-2016 09:00

Week 11 Start ‘em / Sit ‘em

by Will Strome and Matt Aloisi | 11-19-2016 09:00

Quarterbacks

Start ‘em: Andy Dalton, Derek Carr

With the shuffling of the Bills secondary during their bye week combined with the fact that Eifert is healthy, I see Dalton having a nice day here and a good fill in QB if your starter has a bye.

Houston has a top-five defensive unit but the altitude in Mexico City could play a role in negatively affecting the defensive backs like it did in week seven. Having already lost once in Denver’s high altitude venue where a Trevor Siemian-lead offense put up 29 points, Carr could end up having a career day south of the border.

Sit ‘em: Carson Wentz, Jameis Winston

In his last four games, Wentz has managed to cough up six fumbles and toss four picks. The rookie’s stock has been fading fast and with rain in Sunday’s forecast against Seattle’s punishing defense, Wentz is in for a long and disappointing afternoon.

Winston is headed to Arrowhead where the Chiefs D is always tough. Think elsewhere here.

Running Backs

Start ‘em: Isaiah Crowell, Robert Kelly

With near freezing temperatures and 25mph winds, the passing game for both Pittsburgh and Cleveland will struggle mightily along the banks of Lake Erie this week. Now that defensive end Cameron Heyward out for the Steelers, Pittsburgh’s mediocre run defense might end up getting burned in the cold by a winless rival.

Kelly is a great bye week sub and will see the majority of the carries in a potential shootout.

Sit ‘em: Latavius Murray, Doug Martin

Houston has a pretty legit run defense and I can see Murray stalling out in the high altitude in Mexico. Not so sure he can keep his same output like he did against Denver.

Finally activated for a mouthwatering matchup against a KC D that allows over 120 rushing yards per game but Martin is by no means a lock to get 20+ touches. The coaching staff will be monitoring him closely and it’s not like Tampa’s rushing attack has been anything to be feared.

Wide Receivers

Start ‘em: Doug Baldwin, Robert Woods

The secondary for the Eagles has been quite poor, giving up way too many big plays. The Sea Chickens are passing a lot more these days and look for Baldwin to be the beneficiary.

If Woods can put up the numbers he did against Seattle’s secondary, he shouldn’t have any issues tormenting Cincinnati’s average-at-best DB’s. Weather looks to be a nonfactor this week and if the Bengals keep eight in the box to shadow McCoy or even Taylor, Woods will have a handful of chances for big play opportunities.

Sit ‘em: Jordan Matthews, DeVante Parker

His rookie QB is heading to Seattle where it is not a friendly place to play. I don’t see Matthews being successful at all here.

Even with Jarvis Landry dinged up and perfect passing conditions expected in Los Angeles on Sunday, Parker still can’t be trusted. With Pouncey out, Tannehill could be under pressure from LA’s stellar D-line all afternoon.

Tight Ends

Start ‘em: Zach Miller, CJ Fiedorowicz

Jay Cutler’s favorite target is suspended. Enter his 2nd favorite, Zach Miller. The Bears will be down this game and will be required to pass a lot. There is a legitimate chance he sees double digit targets Sunday.

Fiedorowicz has been a pleasant surprise in Houston’s passing game while superstar DeAndre Hopkins has been virtually nonexistent. Oakland’s defense can’t keep a team under 300 yards passing and Monday night in Mexico City will be no different.

Sit ‘em: Cameron Brate, Zach Ertz

KC’s defense is so good against the TE due to the greatness of Eric Berry. FIND SOMEONE ELSE.

Ertz draws Cam Chancellor this week. Who else is on the waiver wire?



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