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Citak: Week 11 Fantasy Football Sweet & Sour Lineup Advice

Matt Citak
November 15, 2018 - 9:24 am
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There are only three weeks remaining before the start of the fantasy playoffs, which means time is running out to secure your spot in the postseason.

For those of you struggling with lineup decisions, Sweet & Sour is back for Week 11 to provide some start/ sit recommendations, along with a few sleeper picks at each position. 

Players who look poised for a big week will fall under the "Sweet" category, while guys who might be in for a tough matchup will fall in the "Sour" section. In addition, I'll add a couple of sleeper picks at each position for those in need of a streaming option.

Let me preface this article by saying I won't be telling you the obvious. You don't need me to tell you to start Todd Gurley or Antonio Brown each week. And a player falling in the "Sour" section doesn't necessarily mean you should bench him; it means you should lower your expectations for that player given the circumstances that week (matchup, injuries, etc.). While I want these recommendations to help you make lineup decisions, at the end of the day, you have to go with your gut.

Let's get right into it.

Quarterback

Sweet

Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles- Wentz has been playing well over the last month and a half, finishing with at least 20 fantasy points in five of Philadelphia's last six games. This week the third-year quarterback gets to face a Saints defense allowing the most fantasy points to opposing QBs. When playing in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans has allowed visiting quarterbacks to throw for a 110 passer rating while averaging almost 25 points per game. This is a no-brainer; get Wentz into your lineup.

Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears- Similar to Wentz, Trubisky is on quite a hot streak himself. The young Chicago quarterback has finished with over 21 fantasy points in five of his last six games, including three outings with more than 30 fantasy points. While the matchup may look tough on paper, the Vikings pass defense has actually been rather weak on the road, allowing an average of 22 fantasy points to opposing home QBs. Trubisky's abilities as a rusher add to his fantasy value, making him a top 10 play this week. 

Sour

Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings- On the other side of the field, I'm staying away from Cousins this week, as an NFC North matchup at Soldier Field against the daunting Bears defense is not one I want any part of. The Bears are allowing less than 15 fantasy points on average to opposing quarterbacks at Soldier Field. Combine that with the fact that he has only reached 20 fantasy points once in his last five games and it is easy to see why Cousins is a fade this week.

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals- The Bengals offense looked absolutely atrocious against the Saints last week, and things likely won't get any better in Week 11. Cincinnati's offensive unit is not the same without A.J. Green, and the star wideout will remain on the sidelines for this AFC North battle against the Ravens. Baltimore's defense is incredibly stingy at home, which means the Red Rifle will be in for a long, long day. 

Sleepers

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys- Dallas' offense looks much better with Amari Cooper in the fold, and no one is benefitting more from the addition than Prescott. Atlanta's D has looked horrible lately, making Prescott a borderline QB1 this week.

Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans- Mariota has actually looked good over the last two games, finishing with over 20 fantasy points in each contest. Look for him to keep the streak going against a surprisingly solid Colts defense.

Running Backs

Sweet

Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos- Since Week 7, the Chargers defense has allowed opposing running backs to average 181 yards from scrimmage against them. While the return of Royce Freeman will take away any potential goal line carries for him, Lindsay's role in the passing game should make up for it. Denver's run blocking has been great this season, and I expect them to continue their strong play on the road in Los Angeles this week. 

Alex Collins, Baltimore Ravens- Collins has been as far from reliable as you can be this season, but the mouth-watering matchup against the Bengals in Week 11 is too good to ignore. Cincinnati is allowing the third-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. They just allowed Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram and Dwayne Washington to combine for around 50 points last week. Collins isn't as good as Kamara or Ingram obviously, but he won't need to be against this awful run defense. Collins is a strong RB2 in Week 11. 

Sour

Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears- While I'm high on Trubisky this week, I cannot say the same about Howard. The Vikings rush defense has consistently looked good this season, allowing an average of just 3.7 yards per carry to opposing backs. Don't forget that Howard had a tasty matchup against the Lions last week and managed to finish with just 4.2 fantasy points, so Tarik Cohen makes for a much better play out of the Bears' backfield this week. 

Adrian Peterson, Washington Redskins- It's actually quite impressive what AP has been able to do this season considering the state of Washington's offensive line. The Redskins are down three starters on the o-line, and yet Peterson has been able to top 95 rushing yards on five different occasions this season. However, don't bet on it happening in Week 11 as Washington faces a Texans defense allowing just 3.5 yards per carry. AP will have better days ahead, but Week 11 is shaping up to be a rough one for the veteran. 

Sleepers

Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Trusting a Buccaneers running back takes courage, but since the trade of Damon Harrison, the Giants have allowed Adrian Peterson and Matt Breida to each gain more than 130 total yards from scrimmage.

Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions- While listed as an RB, Riddick's value has been out of the slot over the last two weeks where he has caught 13 of 15 targets for 96 yards in place of Golden Tate. Riddick has flex value in PPR leagues this week. 

Wide Receivers

Sweet

Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams- Woods has been one of the most consistent wide receivers in the league since Week 1, posting at least 70 receiving yards in every game since. That is quite a high floor. The Rams take on the Chiefs on Monday night in what should be one of the highest-scoring games of the season. With Cooper Kupp done for the year, both Woods and Brandin Cooks should be elevated into WR1 territory for the remainder of the season, but especially in this game against Kansas City. Start Woods and Cooks with confidence. 

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers- MVS had "only" six catches for 44 yards in his first game since Geronimo Allison was put on IR, which is far from inspiring. However, the rookie receiver ran just one fewer route than Davante Adams, while matching Adams with seven targets. Over the last three weeks, Seattle has allowed six different receivers to either score or gain 89 receiving yards. Randall Cobb is out again, which should open the door for MVS to see a significant number of targets. I'm predicting a breakout performance for MVS on Thursday night. 

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Sour

Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers- Funchess has failed to top 50 yards over his last two games, which is not what you would like to see out of your number one wide receiver. To make matters worse, Funchess has not received more than five targets in any of the last three games. Detroit's defense is not that intimidating, but the Lions do expect to have Darius Slay back on the field for this matchup. He will likely shadow Funchess. All of this adds up to what looks to be a bad day at the office for the Panthers receiver. 

Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons- While Ridley has shown flashes of greatness throughout his rookie campaign, he has proven to be rather touchdown dependent for fantasy purposes. That has worked out for Ridley in the past, but he will have trouble finding the end zone in Week 11. The Cowboys have allowed only three touchdowns to opposing wide receivers on the season and have limited WRs lining up outside to the seventh-fewest fantasy points. You're not benching Julio Jones, but Ridley is one player in the Falcons offense you might want to try to avoid this week.

Sleepers

Josh Reynolds, Los Angeles Rams- Touchdowns will be flying left and right in Los Angeles Monday night. With Reynolds taking Kupp's spot in the starting lineup, the second-year receiver could easily find his way into the end zone.

Anthony Miller, Chicago Bears- Miller has been a target monster over the last month of the season, even after the return of Allen Robinson. Look for the rookie to continue his strong season, as he will likely avoid coverage from Xavier Rhodes.

Tight Ends

Sweet

O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers- The Giants defense looks to be among the league's worst this season, especially when it comes to covering tight ends. George Kittle just tore New York up for nine receptions and 83 yards, and Howard could top those numbers in Week 11. Both New York and Tampa Bay's defenses have struggled mightily this season, which makes me believe this could quickly turn into a shootout. Howard should be a top 5 tight end this week. 

Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts- If you have Doyle, you were furious with how last week's Colts game panned out. Indy's tight ends combined for four touchdowns, yet none of them ended up in the hands of Doyle. Although Eric Ebron finished with three touchdowns (including a rushing score), he wound up playing significantly less snaps than Doyle. Ebron has been scoring touchdowns at an insane rate this year, which will most likely regress over the last few weeks of the season. Both could be TE1's this week, but I have more confidence in Doyle. 

Sour

Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings- To put it simply, Rudolph has stunk lately. The big tight end has failed to reach double digit fantasy points since Week 4 and has been unable to find the end zone since Week 3. Chicago enters this Sunday night matchup allowing the 10th-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends. You may not have a better option to throw in your starting lineup than Rudolph, but I would take a long, hard look at the waiver wire before setting my lineup with Rudolph in it this week. 

Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins- Talk about disappointing tight ends, hello Jordan Reed! Reed has somehow been able to remain healthy throughout the season, but unfortunately for fantasy owners that has not translated into much fantasy value. Reed has not scored a touchdown since Week 1 and has topped 55 yards only once all year. The matchup against Houston isn't that bad, but Reed's usage in Washington's offense is. 

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Sleepers

Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Rams- I don't think I need to talk more about the Rams-Chiefs game, but with Kupp out for the year, Everett should see an uptick in targets, especially in the red zone where Jared Goff loved throwing to Kupp.

Ricky Seals-Jones, Arizona Cardinals- RSJ makes the list due to his fantastic matchup. Arizona takes on the Raiders at home in Week 11, who have allowed four touchdowns to opposing tight ends over the last three weeks.

Matt Citak is a Web producer for WFAN Sports Radio. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewCitak.