After having a strong start to my weekly start / sit blog, I hit a bump in the road in week 10. I am not going to sugarcoat it, last week I did a horrendous job of giving you advice. Well, not horrendous but it was not good. Of the guys I mentioned in my start / sit last week, I would say I went 50%. Jameis Winston had a solid game, Jared Goff stunk up the joint in “Blitz”-burgh (see what I did there), and Kenyan Drake didn’t do anything notable in David Johnson’s return to action.
On the flip side I was wrong on three of my calls. David Montgomery got the volume (17 carries) against a dreadful Detroit Lions defense but only managed 60 total yards. Calvin Ridley was essentially game-scripted out of the Atlanta Falcons victory over the New Orleans Saints because they had the lead the entire game (sorry I didn’t see that coming). Last but not least my sit of the week at wide receiver, Jarvis Landry, had another great week catching 9 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown (note: this is the first time since week 11 of the 2017 season where Landry has scored a touchdown in back-to-back games).
But like a good quarterback you have to shake off those mistakes and get right back on the horse, so here are my week 11 start and sit:
Start- Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
This one is going to be short and sweet. The Saints are not losing two games in a row, the Buccaneers pass defense stinks, and Drew Brees is still an elite quarterback. Don’t worry about last week, it is most likely an outlier.
Sit- Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
Wentz, just like the Eagles offense, has been mostly up and down this season. That’s why I can NOT trust him in a matchup against the New England Patriots.
Granted Philly is at home, but the Pats are coming off of a bye-week after snagging their first loss of the season to Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens. Wentz may end up having an ok game, but he is no Jackson and the Patriots defense is still stout.
Start- Brian Hill, Atlanta Falcons
I was going to go with Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs for this one but that seemed too easy considering he is matched up with the lowly Bengals. So instead I decided to go with Falcons running back Brian Hill.
Many of you may not know who Brian Hill is, but he is now the starting running back for the Falcons. Starter Devonta Freeman suffered a foot injury during last week’s aforementioned win and is already expected to miss this weeks game. That gives Hill a huge opportunity against the 29th ranked rush defense. Add in the fact that Matt Ryan’s safety valve Austin Hooper is out, Hill could be in line for a lot of receptions as well.
Sit- Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
It really pains me to do this, but the Rams just don’t have it. With a crumbling offensive line, an easily frazzled quarterback, and defenses figuring out how to defend coach Sean McVay’s offense, there isn’t much positivity surrounding Los Angeles’s offense. With them headed to Chicago to take on the Bears, I expect minimal output from an offense that has struggled all year. Don’t expect much from Gurley; his best fantasy days are in the past.
Ronald Jones > Todd Gurley might be happening
104 car, 428 yds, 6TDs; 15 rec, 81yds, 1TD
103 car, 410 yds, 4TDs: 16 rec, 201yds
— Jacob Rickrode (@ClutchFantasy) November 13, 2019
Start- D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers
I blogged a couple weeks ago how D.J. Moore would be a great pick up for your fantasy team. I blogged that with the expectation that Cam Newton was coming back for the Panthers but as we all know, that did not happen.
Still, Moore has created a good connection with starter Kyle Allen over the past few weeks. Since Week 5 Moore hasn’t had less than 8 targets and has surpassed 10 targets three times. In a matchup with the terrible Falcons defense Moore is set up for success.
Sit- Juju Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers
The expectations for Juju this season were sky high. Sadly those expectations won’t even reach the ceiling. Smith-Schuster hasn’t been the guy we are accustomed to seeing after a spectacular first two seasons. It may be a combination of Big Ben and Antonio Brown not being there, but Juju is just simply a wide receiver 3 at this point that you can’t trust to put in your lineup.
Diontae Johnson earned his first start in Week 3. Since then…
WR Rating: 87.7
WR Rating: 130.8
— Scott Barrett (@ScottBarrettDFB) November 11, 2019
-Jarrod Ribaudo (@Jribs53)