Analysis Paralysis: Week 11 Start & Sit
by Nick Raducanu
Nov 16, 2013 12:28 AM EST
(Six players you should think about benching if you have better options)
Colin Kaepernick: Kaepernick is appearing on this list for the second week in a row (and for good reason as he is coming off his worst game of the season). I wouldn't worry about him too much normally, but Vernon Davis is questionable for this week and even worse, the rejuvenated Saints defense is allowing the third-fewest points to fantasy quarterbacks this season. You can do a lot better than Kaepernick this week (like Foles and Keenum).
Maurice Jones-Drew: MJD has been better as of late, but he's still yet to top 80 rushing yards in a game this season and only has three rushing touchdowns on the year. Things get worse when you flip to his matchup and see that he's facing a Cardinals defense that has allowed the second-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs (and has only allowed two rushing touchdowns all year). You can do worse than Jones-Drew this weekend, but you can also do a lot better.
C.J. Spiller: That whole "give him the ball until he throws up" thing didn't work out so well, huh? Fred Jackson has had more carries than Spiller in all but one of the Bills games since Week 4 (and they had the same amount in that one game) and has dwarfed Spiller's rushing touchdowns total by a six to one score. I don't like Jackson a whole lot against a Jets defense that has allowed the few rushing yards in the NFL this week, and I really don't like Spiller against that same defense.
Greg Jennings: Do people start Greg Jennings? Is that still a thing? He's owned in more than 90 percent of leagues, so just in case it is still a thing, I'm here to talk you out of it. The Seahawks are as stingy as they come on pass defense (they haven't allowed more than 81 receiving yards in either of their last two games) and Jennings only topped eight fantasy points in one game all season. Does that sound like a recipe for a good game to you?
Julius Thomas: Before you laugh me out of here, I'm not telling you to sit fantasy football's second highest-scoring tight end. What I am telling you, however, is to temper your expectations this weekend. Thomas is facing a Chiefs defense that hasn't allowed a touchdown to a tight end all season and is the toughest matchup a tight end can have (by far) in terms of fantasy points. Remember when I told you that the Cardinals are giving up 13.7 fantasy points per game to tight ends? The Chiefs are only giving up 2.9.
Kansas City Chiefs D/ST: Speaking of the Chiefs defense, I am telling you to bench fantasy football's highest-scoring defense. I know that's going to be a tough decision to make, but they're facing the hottest offense since Hansel and at home to boot. I'm going to go out on an limb and guess that the Peyton Manning will be making a lot of quick throws to help his ankle issue and that's not going to help a Chiefs defense that only has one sack in its last two games.
That's it for this week, but leave any start/sit questions you have in the comments section below and I'll make sure to get back to you before Sunday. Good luck!