Starters, Sitters & Sleepers: Week 11
Every Sunday, Daniel, Bruce and Chris will be bringing you their “expert” fantasy football advice as you look for the player that will give you the edge in your weekly matchup. Here are our week ten selections.
Start: Calvin Johnson: Wide Receiver, Detroit Lions: Look for Megatron to have a big day as the Lions look to rebound from last weeks disaster in Chicago. Matt Stafford will look for his favorite target a lot against the Panthers secondary. I say double digit receptions and two TDs.
Sit: Victor Cruz: Wide Receiver, New York Giants: Off the field distractions this past week involving Victor and several athletes where one person was shot and killed in a NY night club may result in an off game for Cruz or he may miss the game completely.
Sleeper: Matt Ryan: Quarterback, Atlanta Falcons: The former Boston College signal caller is a fierce competitor and has shaken off a slow start to keep the Falcons in every game. The team would be sitting pretty if not for the bonehead overtime decision last week by the coach to go for it on 4th down deep in their own territory. Matt Ryan wont let his team be in that situation again and should perform well against the Titans in the dome.
Start: Michael Bush: Running Back, Oakland Raiders: Normally a back up to Darren McFadden, Bush has proven he can handle the work load. Last week he rushed for over 150 yards. With McFadden still out this week Michael Bush will continue to shred opposing defenses.
Sit: Steven Jackson: Running Back, St Louis Rams: Last week I told you to sit Ray Rice against the Seattle defense. While Rice still ended up with a decent fantasy day due to a gimmick play throwing touchdown, the rest of his stats were down especially for Rice. He was only 5 of 27 rushing and 8 for 54 receiving. Steven Jackson is no Ray Rice and I certainly don’t expect him to pass for a touchdown this week either.
Sleeper: Earl Bennett: Wide Receiver, Chicago Bears:
Bennett has definitely caught the eye of quarterback Jay Cutler and he should catch yours as well. He’s catching everything else in Chicago, including fire. See what I did there, catch, Chicago, fire, hi-yooo!! All jokes aside Bennett has been solid for the last two weeks and now faces a soft San Diego secondary, get him in your line up.
Start: Marshawn Lynch: Running Back, Seattle Seahawks: Lynch may be most remembered for his run against the Saints last year, and while that run was spectacular, his performance this season hasn’t been….until two weeks ago. Lynch has carved up two top ten run defenses in Dallas and Baltimore, for an average of 122 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Look for that success to continue against a Rams defense that ranks 31st in the league against the run.
Sit: LeGarrette Blount: Running Back, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Blount has been a big disappointment this season. A trendy third to fourth round pick after a promising 1,000 yard rookie season, Blount has just 434 yards and three touchdowns thus far. The Bucs also have a tendency to take Blount out of the game when they get down by more then a touchdown. Against the machine like Packers offense, look for Tampa to be down early, and for Blount’s touches to be limited.
Sleeper: Brandon Pettigrew: Tight End, Detroit Lions: This is really a boom or bust play. The Panthers have given up big fantasy days to several opposing tight ends in former Panther Jeff King, Washington’s Fred Davis, and the Saints Jimmy Graham. But they’ve also shut down some of the best in Jermichael Finley and Tony Gonzalez. Pettigrew’s play has been equally hot and cold. He’s had several good fantasy fantasy performances, but he’s also failed to reach ten receiving yards in two of his nine outings. You should only play him if your number one guy has a bad matchup, but if he does, rest well knowing that Pettigrew has become a big time red zone target for Stafford and the Lions.