Week 11 fantasy football tips

Week 11 fantasy football tips

Carson Field, Sports Editor

Players to start this week:

QB Derek Carr (Oakland Raiders)

Derek Carr has surprised the football world in his first two seasons as an NFL quarterback.  Many thought he would be the main bust of the 2014 NFL Draft, but he has put up big numbers this season and has tremendously improved this Raiders team. This is an especially good week to start Carr, as the Raiders face the Lions, who have a terrible defense.

RB Jeremy Langford (Chicago Bears)

Running back Jeremy Langford has taken over the Bears’ offense the past few weeks, as he has combined for two touchdowns and 191 yards on the ground. Although he is facing the Broncos’ defense, which is well-known as one of the best in football, I expect him to expose the gaps in the defense in the same way that the Chiefs did a week ago. He will get many carries this week because Jay Cutler has struggled this season and Matt Forte is injured.

RB Charcandrick West (Kansas City Chiefs)

Running back Charcandrick West is a must-start this week. West has rushed for 276 yards and three touchdowns over the past few games, and I expect him to increase his production this week. The Chiefs face the Chargers this week, who have one of the worst defenses in the NFL, so this should be the perfect matchup for West.

WR Dez Bryant (Dallas Cowboys)

The Cowboys’ offense has struggled mightily in the past few games, as they have been lacking solid quarterback play. However, their offense will play well this week, as Tony Romo returns at QB. With Romo returning. Dez Bryant should get a good amount of receptions and have a solid fantasy game. Also, the Cowboys play against the Dolphins, who have had defensive struggles at times this season.

Titans’ Defense

While the Tennessee Titans may not have the best defense, this is a week to start them in fantasy football. The Titans face the Jaguars, who, with the exception of T.J. Yeldon, have lacked any offensive production. Also, the Titans’ defense is not bad, as it is led by a young linebacker corps that has shown promise.

Players to sit this week:

QB Matt Hasselbeck (Indianapolis Colts)

While veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has performed well in his few starts this season, this will not be a good week for him. The Colts play against the Falcons, who have a solid defense that has improved under coach Dan Quinn. I expect the Falcons’ secondary to force Hasselbeck to throw multiple interceptions.

RB Lamar Miller (Miami Dolphins)

Running back Lamar Miller has struggled in the past few weeks, and I don’t expect that to change this week. The Dolphins face the Dallas Cowboys, who have had stellar defensive play in their recent losses. I don’t see the Dolphins being able to rush for many yards against the Cowboys’ defense, which will hurt Miller’s production.

RB Chris Ivory (New York Jets)

Over the past few weeks, the Texans have played really well — they are 3-1 including a win against the previously undefeated Bengals. The Texans played especially well on defense on Monday’s win against Cincinnati, as they limited them to six points. I expect the Texans’ defense to once again shut down the run game, leading to a slow game for Chris Ivory.

WR Randall Cobb (Green Bay Packers)

The Packers have struggled lately.  They are on a three game losing streak and have looked pitiful in the losses. This could be another hard week for the Packers. Green Bay plays against the Vikings, who have had some solid defensive play this season. With the Vikings’ solid defense, I don’t see Randall Cobb having a good game this week. Not only does Minnesota have a strong defense, but Cobb has also fell far below expectations this year.

Bills’ Defense

While the Bills don’t have a bad defense by any means, I don’t see them having a good game in week 11. The Bills face the Patriots, who have one of the strongest offenses in the NFL, led by Tom Brady. I expect Brady to have a huge game this week in the air to secure the rout of the Buffalo Bills.