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Week 11 Start 'Em and Sit 'Em

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Disclaimer ... Before you start reading, please understand that we are not in the business of stating the obvious and wasting your time (or ours), so you won't be reading here why you need to start Aaron Rodgers, Arian Foster, Calvin Johnson or any other top-tier players. We're here to help you make a decision on players you are on the fence about.

Here's a scenario you never imagined when the season started. It's Week 11, the Fantasy playoffs are approaching and you need to win now. And your starting running back might be Marcel Reece.

Wait, what?

Yes, a converted fullback, who had one carry this season prior to Week 10, could be a difference maker on your Fantasy roster. He has become the latest waiver wire gem.

I'm starting Reece over ...
Reggie Bush at BUF
Michael Turner vs. ARI
Ryan Mathews at DEN
Jonathan Stewart vs. TB
Rashad Jennings at HOU

Reece has gone from the Raiders fullback to featured running back with Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson both dealing with high ankle sprains. He started Week 10 at Baltimore and finished with 13 carries for 48 yards and seven catches for 56 yards. He now has at least five Fantasy points in four of his past six games, and since McFadden and Goodson went down in Week 9 against Tampa Bay he has 24 Fantasy points.

He has a favorable matchup this week against the Saints, who have allowed nine touchdowns to opposing running backs and nine to reach double digits in Fantasy points. Reece is a must-start option in PPR leagues since he has 15 receptions the past two games and at least 54 yards receiving in four games this year. In standard leagues, he should be considered, at worst, a strong flex play.

There is a need for running backs this week with Adrian Peterson, Marshawn Lynch, Chris Johnson and Ahmad Bradshaw on a bye and the litany of injuries, including Maurice Jones-Drew (foot), DeMarco Murray (foot), Fred Jackson (concussion) and McFadden. It's a good thing Reece has stepped up and is ready to play at a high level. While you never expected to start Reece, especially when it matters most, he should be able to help you if he performs as expected.

Full Disclosure from Week 10
Start of the Week
Player Fantasy Pts. (proj.) Fantasy Pts. (actual) Start % Pos. rank
Josh Freeman, QB, Buccaneers 24 20 50 12
Recommended starts that made us look good
Carson Palmer, QB, Raiders 22 22 34 8
Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens 13 18 84 3
Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers 10 13 48 12
Recommended sits that made us look good
Matt Schaub, QB, Texans 16 5 27 27
Shonn Greene, RB, Jets 8 5 52 31
Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs 5 5 56 46
Recommended starts that made us look bad
Eli Manning, QB, Giants 20 2 73 29
Rashad Jennings, RB, Jaguars 12 3 76 39
Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints 11 1 46 49
Recommended sits that made us look bad
Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals 16 31 21 3
Steven Jackson, RB, Rams 7 16 27 5
Sidney Rice, WR, Seahawks 7 17 36 5

Quarterback

Start 'Em

Josh Freeman (vs. CAR): Freeman has been nearly unstoppable coming out of the team's Week 5 bye, averaging 293 yards per game and 27 Fantasy points. He has thrown for multiple touchdowns in each of the five games, has gone over 300 yards twice and has thrown just one interception against 13 touchdowns. Freeman has gone four games in a row without throwing a pick. He only had 12 Fantasy points against the Panthers in Week 1, and Carolina has only allowed multiple passing touchdowns just once in Week 4 against Matt Ryan, but Freeman should remain hot as Tampa Bay's offense continues to roll.
Andy Dalton (at KC): Dalton did the impossible last week against the Giants, and we're not talking about his career-high four touchdowns. He didn't throw an interception for the first time since last year's playoff loss against the Texans, a span of nine games. We hope that continues this week against the Chiefs, who have allowed at least two touchdowns to an opposing quarterback in all but two games this season. Facing Kansas City has been a good way for quarterbacks to pad their stats, and Dalton has at least 25 Fantasy points in three of four road games this year.
Carson Palmer (vs. NO): Palmer continues to prove that he's a solid Fantasy quarterback and he will again be asked to carry the offense with McFadden out. He has at least 20 Fantasy points in three of his past four games with 58 points in his past two games against Tampa Bay and Baltimore. He has another great matchup this week against the Saints, who have allowed six quarterbacks to pass for at least 300 yards and six to score multiple touchdowns. We expect Palmer to be throwing a lot in trying to keep up with the New Orleans offense.
Robert Griffin III (vs. PHI): Griffin is in need of a big game after his past two outings where he combined for just 26 Fantasy points against the Steelers and Panthers. Prior to that he had at least 26 Fantasy points in five of seven games. The Eagles defense has fallen apart, allowing multiple touchdowns to six of their past seven opposing quarterbacks, including four in a row. They have yet to face a mobile quarterback like Griffin, who is averaging 60 rushing yards a game, and he should be ready coming off his bye.
Andrew Luck (at NE): Luck has yet to have a dominant game on the road, with his 18 Fantasy points last week at Jacksonville a season high, but this could be his breakthrough performance. The Patriots have allowed six quarterbacks to throw for at least 290 yards and six to score multiple touchdowns. In their past three home games against Peyton Manning, Mark Sanchez and Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Patriots allowed that trio to average 337 passing yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions. We like Luck's outlook this week in what should be a shootout.

Week 11 quarterback sleepers
Nick Foles (at WAS) Eight of nine quarterbacks have 300 yards or multiple touchdowns vs. WAS this year.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs. MIA) MIA has allowed 555 passing yards and four touchdowns in past two games.
Matt Schaub (vs. JAC) JAC has allowed six touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks in past three road games.

Sit 'Em

Joe Flacco (at PIT): Flacco was the No. 1 Fantasy quarterback in Week 10 with 35 points against the Raiders and he continued to show his home dominance. He is now averaging 26 Fantasy points a game at home compared to 10 on the road. That doesn't bode well with a matchup at the Steelers, who have only allowed two quarterbacks to reach at least 20 Fantasy points, both on the road at Denver and Oakland. Flacco did have 16 Fantasy points at the Steelers in 2011 and that's a reasonable expectation for him this week.
Ryan Tannehill (at BUF): The Bills have been a favorable matchup for opposing quarterbacks this season as six have thrown multiple touchdowns, but Tannehill has yet to prove he's a reliable Fantasy option. He had a dream matchup last week against the Titans and finished with just two Fantasy points and he only has two games this season with at least 20 points (his best game was 21 in Week 2 at home against Oakland). We would love to see Tannehill come out and post a big stat line, but his year to date suggests he will only post modest stats at best.
Sam Bradford (vs. NYJ): Bradford was excellent at San Francisco in Week 10 with 275 passing yards and two touchdowns in an overtime tie. This was the second time in four games he has 23 Fantasy points, and he's a much better quarterback with a healthy Danny Amendola. We'd like to see Bradford build on last week's performance, but this is a tough matchup for him. Even though Seattle just had three passing touchdowns against the Jets, only two quarterbacks since Week 2 (Tom Brady and Russell Wilson) have multiple passing touchdowns against them. We'd be cautious in starting Bradford in any leagues other than two-quarterback formats.
Colin Kaepernick (vs. CHI): Aside from Nick Foles, Kaepernick is the second-best replacement option for the injured quarterbacks, but this is not the week to use him. He has the ability to make plays with his legs and could develop into a decent Fantasy option if he ever wins the starting job ahead of Alex Smith. But the Bears should be able to make a young quarterback struggle with seven touchdowns and 19 interceptions on the season. Smith would also struggle against the Bears if he got the starting nod after dealing with a concussion in Week 10.
Brandon Weeden (at DAL): There was a time when Weeden appeared to be a quality Fantasy quarterback. He had a stretch of three games in a row with at least 19 Fantasy points from Weeks 5-7. But since then Weeden has nine Fantasy points combined in two games and he's playing like a rookie. He has no touchdowns and two interceptions over that span and has another tough matchup this week. The Cowboys have only allowed one quarterback to have multiple touchdowns against them this season, which was Jay Cutler in Week 4. We would consider Weeden a risky Fantasy option even in two-quarterback leagues.

Bust alert: Philip Rivers (at DEN): Rivers had one of the stranger stat lines you'll find in his Week 6 game against the Broncos. He had 241 passing yards and two touchdowns, but he finished with nine Fantasy points. That's because he had four interceptions and two lost fumbles, and turnovers could plague him again this week. The Broncos have eight interceptions in their past four games, and they have held Drew Brees, Dalton and Cam Newton to 18 Fantasy points or less in each of the past three weeks. Rivers also has three interceptions in his past two games and should struggle against Denver despite having a solid 27 Fantasy points at Tampa Bay in Week 10.

Running back

Start 'Em

Jamaal Charles (vs. CIN): Finally, Charles was back in charge in Week 10 at Pittsburgh with 23 carries for 100 yards and a touchdown. It was his first game with at least 20 carries since Week 5, and he finally scored his first touchdown since Week 4. Every time Charles has at least 17 carries this season he's produced double digits in Fantasy points, so we hope Kansas City continues to feed him. The Bengals have allowed a running back to score or rush for 100 yards in seven of nine games this season.
Shonn Greene (at STL): Like most running backs, Greene needs touches to be successful. Four times this season he's had at least 20 touches, and he's come away with double digits in Fantasy points in three of those outings. The Jets have the chance to run the ball against the Rams, who have allowed eight touchdowns to opposing running backs and five to reach double digits in Fantasy points, including two in a row. There's always a risk to start Greene because he has five games this season with five Fantasy points or less, but the Jets are expected to be without Bilal Powell (concussion) and Joe McKnight (ankle) and will lean on Greene even more.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis (at KC): Desperate times can make people do wacky things, and my suggestion to start Green-Ellis falls into that category, because I don't think he's a very good running back. But finding good running backs is tough this week, and Green-Ellis should do well if he gets enough work. Five running backs have at least 15 carries against the Chiefs this year, and only Jonathan Dwyer in Week 10 failed to convert those carries into a touchdown or 100 total yards. Green-Ellis has at least 15 carries eight times this season, including four in a row. If he hits 15 carries in this matchup he should have his fourth game this season with double digits in Fantasy points.
Steven Jackson (vs. NYJ): The Jackson we saw in Week 10 at San Francisco is the Jackson we remember for the previous eight years. He had 20-plus carries for only the second time this season, he ran hard against an elite run defense for his first 100-yard game of the year and scored just his second touchdown. We hope he uses that as momentum against the Jets, who have allowed nine touchdowns to opposing running backs and seven to reach double digits in Fantasy points, including two in a row. If the Rams continue to feed Jackson the ball he could finish the season on a high note.
Felix Jones (vs. CLE): Jones might not have taken advantage of Murray being out like we hoped, but he has played well the past two weeks with 25 Fantasy points against Atlanta and Philadelphia. He has 25 carries for 110 yards and eight catches for 92 yards and a touchdown over that span, and he's now scored in two of his past three games. The Browns have only allowed five touchdowns to opposing running backs, but nine have either scored or reached 100 total yards. Jones might not have much longer as the starter for the Cowboys, but this is a good week to trust him based on the matchup.

Week 11 running back sleepers
Daniel Thomas (at BUF) BUF has allowed 16 touchdowns to opposing running backs this year.
Joique Bell (vs. GB) No Clay Mathews (hamstring) should help the entire DET offense.
Chris Ivory (at OAK) He still has potential to shine even with Darren Sproles back this week.
LaRod Stephens-Howling (at ATL) Has double digits in Fantasy points in two of his past three games.
Jacquizz Rodgers (vs. ARI) Has more Fantasy points than Michael Turner in two of the past three games.

Sit 'Em

Rashad Jennings (at HOU): Jennings has been miserable since taking over for the injured Jones-Drew. In three games against Green Bay, Detroit and Indianapolis he has combined for 16 Fantasy points and his touches have dropped from 23 to 15 to 11, which doesn't bode well heading into a tough matchup. The Texans have only allowed one running back to score this season, which was Jones-Drew on a reception in Week 2. And the last running back to get double digits in Fantasy points was Chris Johnson in Week 4. We doubt Jennings does either this week based on his recent lack of production.
Isaac Redman (vs. BAL): Redman had the chance for a golden opportunity in Week 10 against Kansas City, but he fumbled it away in the first quarter when he put the ball on the ground. He finished with one Fantasy point against the Chiefs, and he's again behind Jonathan Dwyer on the depth chart and maybe Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles) if he returns. We can still see the Steelers using Redman on passing downs, but he is now a risky starting option even in the deepest of leagues.
Danny Woodhead (vs. IND): Woodhead had his best game of the season in Week 10 against Buffalo with 17 Fantasy points and he's played well for the most part all year with at least five Fantasy points in five of the past seven games. Even though this is a favorable matchup against the Colts, who have allowed 10 touchdowns to opposing running backs and six to reach double digits in Fantasy points, the only New England rusher to trust is Stevan Ridley. You can use Woodhead as a flex option in PPR formats, but don't think last week's performance is a sign of things to come. You should just expect about five or six Fantasy points in a standard league.
James Starks (at DET): Starks played well in his first game with extended action in Week 9 against Arizona with 17 carries for 61 yards. He has taken over as the starter for Alex Green, but we don't expect Starks to become a great Fantasy running back. The Packers haven't had a running back score since Cedric Benson in Week 3 (fullback John Kuhn scored in Week 5) and Benson in Week 4 is the last running back to get double digits in Fantasy points. The Lions also have allowed just four touchdowns to opposing running backs this year, but Lynch in Week 8 is the only opposing running back to score in Detroit.
Jonathan Stewart (vs. TB): At some point Stewart is going to have a breakout game, but he remains too inconsistent to trust. Stewart only has one game this season with double digits in Fantasy points and he's combined for 10 Fantasy points the past two weeks when he was supposed to be the featured rusher. The Bucs have been solid in run defense all season and Alfred Morris and Peterson are the only running backs to gain 100 total yards. In Week 1, Tampa Bay shut down DeAngelo Williams with Stewart nursing an ankle injury, holding him to minus-1 yard on six carries. We would still consider Stewart a flex option this week, but he's not a must-start running back in standard formats.

Bust alert: Vick Ballard (at NE): Ballard's run as a reliable Fantasy option might be over now that Donald Brown appears over his knee injury. Ballard was held to five Fantasy points in Week 10 at Jacksonville, which was his worst game since Week 6. He had fewer carries than Brown (14 to 12), and Ballard is still searching for his first rushing touchdown. In fact, only two Colts running backs have scored on the ground this season, which was Brown in Week 1 and Delone Carter in Week 8. The Colts lean on Luck in the red zone, and he has five rushing touchdowns on the year. Now, New England is susceptible to running backs catching the ball as five have at least 45 receiving yards this season, but even though Ballard will play on passing downs he has just one game with more than 20 receiving yards, which was Week 9 against Miami.

Wide receiver

Start 'Em

Steve Smith (vs. TB): The last time Smith scored at home was Oct. 30, 2011, so we've now gone a full year without him scoring in Carolina. That should change this week. Tampa Bay has allowed nine touchdowns to opposing receivers and 12 to reach double digits in Fantasy points. Smith had seven catches for 106 yards against the Buccaneers in Week 1 and should get plenty of chances to make plays against this secondary with at least seven targets in each of the past five games.
Dez Bryant (vs. CLE): Bryant and Miles Austin got good news with Browns cornerback Joe Haden (oblique) getting hurt and likely missing this game. In the four games that Haden was suspended from Weeks 2-5 this year, receivers had nine touchdowns against the Browns with seven reaching double digits in Fantasy points. Bryant is coming off a solid game in Week 10 against the Eagles where he had 14 Fantasy points, and in his past two home games against Chicago and the Giants he has combined for 13 catches, 215 yards and a touchdown. If Haden was active for this game he would be able to limit Bryant's production, but it looks like Haden will be out, meaning good things for this Dallas passing attack.
Danny Amendola (vs. NYJ): Amendola returned in a big way in Week 10 at San Francisco with 11 catches for 102 yards on 12 targets. He showed no ill effects from the shoulder injury that kept him out for three games and even had another 80-yard reception called back due to a penalty. Amendola now has three games this season with double digits in targets, and he's reached double digits in Fantasy points in all three outings. The Jets just gave up three touchdowns to Sidney Rice (two) and Golden Tate in Week 10 and Amendola should continue to shine for all owners, especially in PPR formats.
Randall Cobb (at DET): Cobb should pick up where he left off prior to the bye week since he had double digits in Fantasy points in four of his past five games with five touchdowns over that span. The Lions have allowed eight touchdowns to opposing receivers and six to reach double digits in Fantasy points and the Packers should present plenty of problems for this defense, especially with the return of Jordy Nelson (ankle/hamstring). Cobb has averaged nine targets a game for the past four weeks, and that amount of attention from Aaron Rodgers is definitely a good thing.
Jeremy Maclin (at WAS): Maclin is dealing with a back injury, but he's expected to play against the Redskins. That's a good thing even with the quarterback switch from Michael Vick (concussion) to Foles. Maclin and Foles showed a good rapport when he took over for Vick in Week 10 against Dallas. Maclin had 12 targets from Foles for eight catches, 93 yards and a touchdown. It was the second-most targets he's had all year, and it appears like Foles will lean on Maclin. He also has a great matchup against the Redskins, who have allowed 11 touchdowns to opposing receivers and 13 to reach double digits in Fantasy points. And Maclin has double digits in Fantasy points in three of his past four games against Washington. In two meetings in 2011, Maclin had 13 catches for 206 yards.

Week 11 wide receiver sleepers
Donnie Avery (at NE) NE has allowed 12 touchdowns to opposing receivers this year.
Donald Jones (vs. MIA) Secondary receivers have scored six touchdowns vs. MIA in past seven games.
Dwayne Bowe (vs. CIN) Could find the end zone for the first time since Week 4.
Titus Young (vs. GB) Had two touchdowns in last meeting with GB in 2011.
Brian Hartline (at BUF) Has 16 catches for 186 yards in his past two games.

Sit 'Em

Cecil Shorts (at HOU): The first time Shorts faced the Texans in Week 2 he had no catches on just two targets. It's safe to say he'll improve on those stats, especially since he has double digits in Fantasy points in three of his past four games, but don't expect a dynamic performance. Only five receivers have scored against the Texans this season and No. 1 receivers have struggled, including Brian Hartline, Demaryius Thomas, Torrey Smith and Steve Johnson getting 14 Fantasy points combined. We like Shorts' long-term value, but he's not a must-start option this week.
Michael Crabtree (vs. CHI): Crabtree has been great the past two games with 10 catches for 142 yards and three touchdowns against the Cardinals and Rams, but he should struggle in this matchup. If Alex Smith is out then the quarterback change could impact his production, and the Bears have only allowed five touchdowns to opposing receivers and five to reach double digits in Fantasy points. Chicago has held Calvin Johnson, Kenny Britt and Andre Johnson to a combined 12 Fantasy points in the past four games and should be able to contain Crabtree.
Josh Gordon (at DAL): Gordon went from 46 Fantasy points from Weeks 5-7 to a combined seven Fantasy points the past two games against San Diego and Baltimore. He should improve coming off the bye week, but the Cowboys secondary has played well. Dallas has only allowed six touchdowns to opposing receivers and five to reach double digits in Fantasy points. Gordon can always catch one deep pass for a touchdown, which would make him a quality Fantasy receiver this week, but in the six games when he hasn't scored he hasn't topped four Fantasy points.
Lance Moore (at OAK): The Raiders don't present a tremendous challenge for this Saints offense, but Moore has been inconsistent of late with his production. He hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 3 and has just one game with double digits in Fantasy point since then. In his past three games against Denver, Philadelphia and Atlanta he is averaging six Fantasy points a game and he's playing outdoors, which has been a problem for him in his career. He's still a capable No. 3 Fantasy receiver in most formats, but we don't consider him a must-start option in standard leagues this week.
Malcom Floyd (at DEN): Floyd has been great the past two games with 22 Fantasy points against Kansas City and Tampa Bay, but those are two of the best matchups any receiver can find. In his first game against the Broncos in Week 6 he was held to five catches for 60 yards, and Denver has been solid in pass defense. Only one receiver has scored against the Broncos in the past four games, which was A.J. Green, who dominates most opponents. Denver held Marques Colston and Steve Smith to seven Fantasy points combined in the past three games, and Floyd is now sharing targets with Danario Alexander. We would still use Floyd as a No. 3 receiver this week, but he should not be started in all formats.

Bust alert: Torrey Smith (at PIT): Smith was a star in Week 10 with two catches for 67 yards and two touchdowns against Oakland and has three touchdowns in his past two games. But playing on the road has been tough for the Ravens and Smith has just one touchdown away from home in four road outings. He has a tough matchup this week at the Steelers, who have only allowed three receivers to reach double digits in Fantasy points this year despite allowing seven touchdowns. In the past four games the Steelers have held Green, Santana Moss, Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Dwayne Bowe to an average of five Fantasy points, so Smith could be limited.

Tight end

Start 'Em

Dustin Keller (at STL): Keller struggled in Week 10 at Seattle with three catches for 47 yards, but he has the chance to rebound against the Rams, who have allowed three touchdowns to opposing tight ends in the past four games. Keller only had five targets against the Seahawks and needs to see more passes to succeed. Keep in mind that Keller had 14 catches for 170 yards and a touchdown on 18 targets in two games prior to Week 10, and we expect him to post quality production in this matchup.
Greg Olsen (vs. TB): We hope last week was a sign of things to come for Olsen, who had nine catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns against Denver on 10 targets. He has 19 targets in his past two games, and it appears like Newton is starting to rely on him again. He had six catches for 56 yards in Week 1 at Tampa Bay and the Bucs have allowed three touchdowns to Brandon Myers (two) and Antonio Gates in the past two weeks. Olsen also has three outings this season with at least nine Fantasy points, and two of them have come in five home games.
Dwayne Allen (at NE): Allen has done a nice job for the injured Coby Fleener (shoulder) with at least five Fantasy points in two of his past three games. He hasn't scored since Week 5 but does have a favorable matchup. The Patriots have allowed six touchdowns to opposing tight ends and seven have had either 60 receiving yards or a touchdown against New England this year. We can see Allen getting at least six Fantasy points this week with the chance to reach double digits in points for the first time all year if he scores.

Week 11 tight end sleepers
Scott Chandler (vs. MIA) Tight ends are averaging seven Fantasy points vs. MIA the past three weeks.
Logan Paulsen (vs. PHI) Seeing at least six targets in each of his past three games.
Brent Celek (at WAS) WAS has allowed five tight ends to reach double digits in Fantasy points.

Sit 'Em

Joel Dreessen (vs. SD): Dreessen's best game this season in catches and yards was Week 6 at San Diego when he had six for 57. His best asset is scoring touchdowns, and he has four in his past seven games. But despite the touchdowns he has yet to reach double digits in Fantasy points. And the Chargers have only allowed two touchdowns to opposing tight ends, with Tony Gonzalez the lone tight end to reach double digits in Fantasy points. This should be a game where the Denver receivers lead the way against the Chargers and not Dreessen or Jacob Tamme.
Dennis Pitta (at PIT): Pitta snapped out of a five-game funk in Week 10 against Oakland with his first touchdown since Week 3. It was great to see him reach double digits in Fantasy points again, but he will struggle to duplicate that performance. The Steelers have allowed three touchdowns to opposing tight ends, but only Tamme in Week 1 reached double digits in Fantasy points. In two games against the Steelers in 2011, Pitta had seven catches for 91 yards combined with no touchdowns, and we'd be surprised if he scored this week.
Jermichael Finley (at DET): We hope the Finley of old returns after the bye week because he has been miserable this season. Through nine games, Finley has just one touchdown and one game over six Fantasy points. He has combined for seven Fantasy points in his previous five outings, and even though he's playing through a shoulder injury, he's not helping anyone. Many Fantasy owners are still holding out hope for Finley, which is fine if you have the roster space, but he could struggle again this week. Even though the Lions just allowed 12 Fantasy points to Kyle Rudolph, we can't trust Finley as a starter in the majority of leagues.

Bust alert: Vernon Davis (vs. CHI): My colleague Dave Richard has said numerous times over the past five weeks that he would have no problem dropping Davis, and he might be on to something. He's been in a brutal slump since Week 5 with nine Fantasy points combined over his past four games. He hasn't scored since Week 3, and the 49ers are getting by without much from him. He has a tough matchup this week against the Bears, who have only allowed two touchdowns to opposing tight ends, and Jason Witten is the only one to reach double digits in Fantasy points. He's capable of a big game any week, so use caution when benching him, but it's time to recognize that he's just not playing at a high level heading into Week 11.

Defense/Special teams

Start 'Em

Week 11 sleeper DSTs
Bengals at KC
Rams vs. NYJ
Ravens at PIT

Falcons (vs. ARI): The Falcons DST has struggled of late with 19 Fantasy points combined in a standard league against the Eagles, Cowboys and Saints. But facing the Cardinals is a great cure. John Skelton has been sacked 13 times in the past three games, and the Cardinals have eight interceptions and six fumbles on the year. Every DST but the Eagles in Week 3 has reached double digits in Fantasy points against the Cardinals this season, and we expect the Falcons to bounce back with a productive outing this week.

Sit 'Em

Eagles (at WAS): For some reason Fantasy owners are still relying on the Eagles DST since they are being started in 23 percent of leagues on CBSSports.com. They have not reached double digits in Fantasy points since Week 1 and have just two turnovers in their past three games. The Redskins should be ready for this defense coming off their bye week at home. If you need a DST this week look at the Bengals or Rams, who are both available in just about 50 percent of leagues and have much better matchups.

Kicker

Start 'Em

Week 11 sleeper Ks
Matt Prater vs. SD
Shayne Graham vs. JAC
Greg Zuerlein vs. NYJ

Connor Barth (at CAR): Barth has been a solid Fantasy kicker this season with double digits in Fantasy points in five games, including two of his past three. One of those games was Week 1 against the Panthers when he had three field goals and one extra point. The Panthers allow the most Fantasy points to opposing kickers with a league-high 25 made field goals, and every kicker except Robbie Gould in Week 8 has made multiple field goals against Carolina. Six kickers have reached double digits in Fantasy points against the Panthers, and Barth has the chance for another productive game this week.

Sit 'Em

Adam Vinatieri (at NE): Vinatieri is going back to his old stomping grounds in New England, but he might not have a big game. The Patriots are among the league leaders with only 11 field goals allowed. Nick Folk in Week 7 is the only kicker with double digits in Fantasy points against the Patriots, and Vinatieri has just one game with double digits in Fantasy points in his past four outings.

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by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8:04 pm ET) 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis said Friday on Instagram that the surgery on his injured left big toe "went well," 49ers.com reports.

Willis previously indicated that he's been bothered by the injury for several seasons. Now on injured reserve, the linebacker hopes to be ready for the start of the 2015 season.


Chiefs place A.J. Jenkins on injured reserve
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:34 pm ET) The Chiefs placed wide receiver A.J. Jenkins on injured reserve Friday. Jenkins, who missed the team's last two games with a shoulder injury, finishes the season with nine receptions for 93 yards.

Seahawks' Carroll: 'We'd be thrilled' to keep Marshawn Lynch
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:20 pm ET) Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told the media after Friday's practice that the team would be "thrilled" to have running back Marshawn Lynch back with the team in 2015, the Everett Herald reports.

"We want him around here for as long as he can play, and there’s never been any hesitation, there’s never been another thought about that," Carroll said. "That came totally from somewhere else. He’s under contract next year, we’ll be thrilled to have him playing for us next year. So we’ll do everything we can to get that done."

Carroll's comments come one day after telling USA Today that Lynch is "our guy" and that "we'd love to have him back." It's been speculated that the team would look to move on from Lynch after this season, as releasing the star running back would save the team $7 million in cap room.


Raiders' Tony Sparano: RB Latavius Murray in concussion protocol
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5:55 pm ET) Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano didn't provide much of an update regarding running back Latavius Murray's status during his Friday news conference. He told reporters that Murray is undergoing a battery of concussion tests, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Murray carried the four times for 112 yards and two touchdowns before getting knocked out of Week 12 with a concussion. He will need to be medically cleared by an independent neurologist in order to play Week 13 against the Rams. When asked why he hasn't used Murray in his first six games as interim coach, Sparano told reporters he "never looks back."


Trio of Seahawks ruled out for Sunday battle with Arizona
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:46 pm ET) The Seahawks have red-lighted center Max Unger (knee/ankle), defensive back Marcus Burley (hamstring) and linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis (shoulder) for their Week 12 game against Arizona. Defensive end Demarcus Dobbs (knee) is doubtful, but all else on their injury report have a good shot at playing.

Guard James Carpenter (ankle) is questionables while running back Marshawn Lynch (back), linebackers Bobby Wagner (toe) and Brock Coyle (glute), cornerback Byron Maxwell (calf) and guard J.R. Sweezy (thigh) are probable.


Seahawks LB Wagner 'not planning to conserve energy'
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:32 pm ET) Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner plans on going full-bore upon his return to game action Sunday against Arizona. He has been out five games with a toe injury.

"I'm not planning to conserve energy," he told KJR-AM. "I'm planning to go out there and make as many plays as I possibly can."


Eight 49ers placed on Friday injury report
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:25 pm ET) Offensive tackle Anthony Davis (concussion) and defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey (forearm) have been red-lighted by the 49ers for their Sunday game against Washington.

Listed as questionable are cornerback Tramaine Brock (hamstring), wideout Bruce Ellington (ankle), linebacker Dan Skuta (ankle) and tight end Vance McDonald (hip).

The probables are linebacker Chris Borland (shoulder) and wide receiver Brandon Lloyd (quad).


 
 
 
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