Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 11: Matthew Stafford, Jamaal Charles, Danny Amendola & More

Trying to decide who you should start or sit this week? Let’s take a look at a few potential decisions owners have and try to sort through them:

Start – Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Green Bay
There have been a lot of questions about Stafford this season, especially after such lofty expectations entering the season. Hopefully we finally have gotten all of the answers and he is ready to produce as expected. He has thrown for three touchdowns in two of his past three games and, the last time he faced Green Bay (Week 17 of 2011), all he did was throw for 520 yards and five touchdowns.

Start – Carson Palmer – Oakland Raiders – vs. New Orleans
He is tenth on our quarterback list for Week 11, so he certainly isn’t a must start depending on your other options. That said, the Saints are allowing the second most passing yards per game (308.3) and are one behind the leaders in TD allowed (19). With Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson banged up and having thrown for 782 yards in his past two games (and eight touchdowns in his past three), it is hard to go wrong if you need a fill-in.

Sit – Matt Schaub – Houston Texans – vs. Jacksonville
The Jaguars are a terrible team, but they have allowed just nine passing touchdowns on the year. Why? Simple put, they get down big early and teams then just run the ball on them. The Jaguars have allowed the most rushing touchdowns in the leage with 14, hammering home the point. While the matchup isn’t a bad one, there’s a good chance Schaub doesn’t get enough opportunities to exploit it.

Running Backs
Start – Marcel Reece – Oakland Raiders – vs. New Orleans
This changes if McFadden surprisingly ends up playing. However, at this point I wouldn’t expect that to be the case. After Week 10, when Taiwon Jones barely played, it is obvious that Reece is once again going to get the majority of the playing time. In a game where they could also go pass heavy, remember that Reece is among the most targeted running backs in the league.

Start – Jamaal Charles – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Cincinnati
Generally I wouldn’t dream of including Charles on a list like this, because playing hm is an obvious decision. However he has struggled this season (or should I say has been misused) and I have gotten so many questions about dumping him I thought it was prudent. He showed how talented he was in Week 10, rushing for 100 yards and a touchdown against the Steelers. This week he gets a Bengals defense allowing 118.3 rushing yards per game and 10 TD. Unless the coaching staff falls asleep once again, it is easy to imagine another big game.

Sit – Rashad Jennings – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Houston
The matchup alone would render him almost useless, but Jennings performance has done that on its own anyways. In the past four games he as averaged 51.4 total yards per game and scored a single touchdown. There is little reason to consider hm at this point.

Wide Receiveers (Two-Receiver Formats)
 Start – Danny Amendola – St. Louos Rams – vs. New York Jets
It didn’t take long for him to establish himself once again as the top receiver in St. Louis, did it? As it is he had 11 receptions for 102 yards against San Framcisco, and it could’ve been even better had a penalty not cost him nearly another 80 yards. Look for him to be targeted early and often once again.

Sit – Brandon Lloyd – New England Patrots – vs. Indianapolis
With Aaron Hernandez out, Lloyd has struggled to consistently find his footing. Over his past four games he has just 14 receptions for 159 yards. Yes he has two touchdowns, but those came in the same game. In fact, he has just three scores on the season. With the potential of a return for Hernandez, the opportunities could become tha much more limited.

Wide Receiveers (Three-Receiver Formats)
Start – Mike Wallace – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Baltimore
Without Ben Roethlisberger some owners may consider sitting Wallace, but I wouldn’t in deeper formats. He is still an electric player and Byron Leftwich has to go somewhere with the football. Plus, don’t read into the numbers from Week 10, where they played in poor weather with no preparation together. I would expect a strong bounce back.

Sit – Any Jets Receiver – at St. Louis
This team is so bad offensively right now, why bother? It’s only a matter of time before Tim Tebow steps in and, as it is, any production you get from them feels lucky.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 11 rankings:

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 11: Julio Jones, Pierre Garcon, Ryan Mathews & More
Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Dolphins vs. Bills: Reggie Bush, Steve Johnson & More


  1. Lambda says:

    Standard scoring…who would you go with at the flex spot?
    Ballard / J Gordon / P Garcon (assuming he plays)?

  2. kyle k says:

    What’s your sugjestion with sproles and menenhall, right now I’m.starting Stephens howling, and Cecil shorts. This is all but a must win week
    to make it to the playoffs.

  3. Brandon says:

    So I traded RG3 Crabtree and Titus Young for Romo and Austin. Austin is already going to start for me but I can’t decide between Cam or Romo as a starter. Your rankings and well the matchup favor Newton but with news that Joe Haden may be out does that move Romo and Austin both up the rankings if indeed he sits out?

  4. Lambda – There’s too much risk in Garcon this week, so I would lean Gordon (though they are really all risky, but Ballard is no lock to get significant carries)

    kyle k – I don’t love either of the guys you are starting, especially Shorts. While I would probably stick with Stephens-Howling, I would have a tougher time trusting Shorts. You have to monitor the news, but early talk has Mendenhall starting this week. That at least makes him intriguing.

    Brandon – It would move them up, a spot or two. It would be enough to call it a coin flip, but would it surprise you if Dallas took a big lead and then relied on the ground game?

  5. Brandon says:

    Not really but Cleveland does seem to play people tough and Romos knack for turnovers still keeps him in and gunslinging. Prolly just gunna be one if those weeks I start one and the guy on my bench outplays him, but what can u do

  6. Brandon says:

    Btw since we are on subject. I don’t need the extra starting QB. I want the best possible WR rest is season. Austin has awesome fantasy playoff matchups and the cowboys will hopefully be in the playoff hunt but is that enough reason to keep him or try and trade for Nelson or Amendola

    • I like Amendola, but Austin and Nelson both have the higher upside. As far as Nelson/Austin, while Austin has to deal with Dez Bryant, Nelson is battling Randall Cobb and James Jones (and maybe Greg Jennings at some point). I’d probably stick with Austin at this point.

      That said, if you can get Amendola for something besides Austin, to play the matchups, it’s worth exploring.

  7. Steve says:

    1/2 ppr league. Do I go with LeShoure or Reece to start with Forte? My 3wrs and flex are Megatron, Colston, Wayne, and Amendola. Thanks.

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