Week 11 NFL Start ’em, Sit ’em – Expert Advice for Your Fantasy LineupNovember 16, 2023
Bill and Sam met at a hotel bar in Pinehurst, N.C. last week. Both were originally from New York, and the topic quickly turned to Fantasy Football and the Jets. Sam is a big Joe Klecko fan. Two of his five Fantasy teams are named Saleh’s Slayers after Gang Green’s head coach. He also was quite the snappy dresser, outfitted in pink spotted leopard print golf pants with a matching pink hat and ascot. His buddies informed me that I was in the company of college sports royalty. It turns out Sam is Big Sam Draddy, the “GIF of the Indiana Hoosiers.” Google Sam and you’ll see what I mean; He’s bigger than life. Best of luck to Sam and Saleh’s Slayers the rest of the season! Dak Prescott, QB — The Panthers have given up 11 TD passes all year. But stellar QBs Jared Goff and Tua Tagovailoa, tossed three apiece against them. Dak has 11 TD passes in his last three games. Something’s got to give. I say it’s the Panthers. Sam Howell, QB — The last time I recommended Howell was Week 7 against the Giants. He fell flat on his face with 11 Fantasy points. Since then, he’s had games of 44, 25 and 35 points, and the Giants have imploded. Let’s go back to the ‘Well and give Sam another shot against the G-Men. Ty Chandler, RB — If Alexander Mattison (concussion, check status) is out, fire up Chandler. There’s a plethora of RBs out this week on byes, so if you need help at the position, Chandler should do well against the Broncos’ worst run defense in the NFL. Jerome Ford, RB — The Steelers’ run D is more like Tin Drapes than a Steel Curtain, ranking 27th in the league. Ford was nursing a sprained ankle for a few games but had his burst back against the Ravens last week, rushing for over 100 yards for the second time this season. Nathaniel Dell, WR — With 25 targets, 12 receptions, 170 yards and three TDs in the last two games, the Farmer in the Dell should plow through Arizona this week. Hi-ho the derry-o. Christian Kirk, WR — Kirk has double digit Fantasy points in seven of his last nine starts and is QB Trevor Lawrence’s favorite target. With four TD passes in his last two games against the Titans, T-Law should connect with Kirk in the end zone this Sunday. Cole Kmet, TE — Since Week 8, Kmet has prospered with 35 checkdown passes from rookie QB Tyson Bagent, propelling him to a top six spot in Fantasy points for TEs. He should be even better with the return of QB Justin Fields (check status). Giddy Up! Lamar Jackson, QB — Jackson hasn’t topped 19 Fantasy points since Week 7. The most points the Bengals have given up to QBs all year is 26, allowing just ten TDs. You’re starting Action Jackson but expect his total to hover around the 20-point range. Geno Smith, QB — Something’s amiss with Geno. During the Seattle game last week, he looked lost, holding onto the ball too long and throwing off target multiple times. If you must start him, this will be the softest spot for a while. His opponents after the Rams the next four weeks: 49ers, Cowboys, 49ers, Eagles. Chuba Hubbard, RB — Numbers matter in the NFL. Chubba has 109 yards in his last three games, with a 2.7 yards per carry average. Miles Sanders has a four-year, $25.4 million contract. That’s 25.4 million reasons for the Panthers to get Sanders back in the starting lineup and let Chuba Bubba chew up the scenery on the bench. Isiah Pacheco, RB — The Eagles have the best run defense in the league, giving up just two TDs, limiting Pacheco’s upside. In fact, Philly has held RBs to 10 Fantasy points or less in eight of their nine games. 10 Fantasy points for Pacheco would be considered a huge success. Gabe Davis, WR — Clang! That’s the sound of the ball ricocheting off Davis’s hands on Monday Night Football. He’s has been a train wreck the last couple of weeks (two receptions) and now faces the Jets’ No. 1 ranked pass defense. Take a blow, Gabriel. K.J. Osborn, WR — Osborn sat out last week with a concussion. He should play Sunday night at Denver, but if WR Justin Jefferson (check status) gets back on the field, Osborn reverts to third-banana status. Cade Otton, TE — The Motor Cade has been stop and go all season. The rocky road will continue in San Francisco. The 49ers haven’t surrendered a TD to a TE since Week 1. Get 30% off the subscription from FantasyGuru.com, the finest source for Seasonal, DFS (Daily Fantasy Sports) and Sports Gaming advice. Just go to FantasyGuru.com and enter the code Rob30 for instant savings. Look for Fantasy Billboard every week in the Daily News and a separate column at FantasyGuru.com.