Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota

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Thomason: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em For Week 11

Marcus Mariota has a quality matchup, while Andy Dalton could have trouble on the horizon.

Jack Thomason
November 15, 2018 - 11:42 am

(670 The Score) "Sit ‘Em, Start ‘Em" is a breakdown of some of the best and worst fantasy football matchups to help you navigate setting your lineups for the week.

My goal with this article is to provide you with a player to start who may not be the most obvious of starts and to share a player to sit who you normally wouldn't consider shying away from regardless of matchup.

Quarterback

START – Marcus Mariota, Titans (at Colts) Mariota is finally healthy, and as Titans' schedule has eased up a bit, we've seen quality production over the last few weeks. The Titans are two-point favorites against the Colts this week with a modest over/under of 49. The Colts defense ranks 29th in 4for4's schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed (aFPA) to quarterbacks and 27th in Football Outsiders' pass DVOA. Mariota is always a threat to score on the ground as well, so I like this spot for him to return value.

SIT – Andy Dalton, Bengals (at Ravens) We saw how challenging it was for the Bengals to move the ball when missing A.J. Green. The Saints utterly dominated them, but Dalton does average five fewer fantasy points per game when missing Green and Tyler Eifert. Now, he'll travel to Baltimore to face a tough Ravens defense. The line on the game isn't up because of the injury news surrounding Joe Flacco, but it wouldn't surprise me if the Bengals have the lowest point total next to the Raiders (17.5) and Broncos (18.5). The Ravens defense ranks sixth in aFPA and seventh in pass DVOA, so it will be tough sledding for Dalton on Sunday. 

Running back

START – Alex Collins, Ravens (vs. Bengals) The big boost here will be if Flacco doesn't play, as the running game of either Lamar Jackson or Robert Griffin will help open it up for Collins. The Bengals defense is also a mess, ranking 30th in run DVOA and 31st in aFPA. They're allowing 141.2 yards per game, the second-worst in the NFL, and the Ravens should be home favorites. This sets up for Collins to have a great day.

SIT – Adrian Peterson, Redskins (vs. Texans) The Redskins have had some awful injury luck in the last two years across the offensive line. Those injuries combined with the Texans defense are going to make for a rough day for Peterson. J.J. Watt and Co. sport the league's best run defense in DVOA and are 13th in aFPA to running backs. Houston is also a one-point favorite, with Washington sitting at a team total of 20.5. Peterson will need to get into the end zone to make owners happy. 

Receiver

START – Amari Cooper, Cowboys (at Falcons) Cooper has been heavily involved in the Cowboys offense since coming over before the trade deadline. In two games, he's seen 18 targets, netting 133 yards on 11 receptions with one touchdown. He'll continue to be the primary target for Dallas and will gain comfort each week. The Falcons may get star linebacker Deion Jones back, but that's not a certainty. Either way, Atlanta currently sits 30th in aFPA, 29th in overall pass DVOA and 30th in pass DVOA to No. 1 receivers. 

SIT – Demaryius Thomas, Texans (at Redskins) Washington ranks No. 2 in pass DVOA to No. 2 receivers, which doesn't bode well for Thomas, who's playing in a new system and still learning the offense. Keke Coutee is also do back from injury, adding an additional target to feed for Deshaun Watson. Last week, Thomas saw just three targets and with this sporting the second-lowest over/under of the week at 42, the fantasy output is unlikely to be there for Thomas.

Tight end

START – C.J. Uzomah, Bengals (at Ravens) I'm not in love with Uzomah, but the Ravens do rank 19th in DVOA to tight ends and 21st in aFPA. The way to attack the Ravens is in the middle of the field, with both tight ends and slot receivers having success against them over the course of the season. The other piece to note here is Uzomah and Tyler Boyd are essentially the only weapons Dalton has left outside of the running game, which will be a challenge to get going Sunday.

SIT – Jeff Heuerman, Broncos (vs. Chargers) The Chargers rank 11th in aFPA to tight ends and first in pass DVOA. Heuerman had a nice game prior to the Broncos' bye, catching 10 passes for 83 yards and a score, but in the two weeks prior to that, he saw five targets, catching one pass for a touchdown. He can't be relied on and isn't someone I'd want to stream this week even with six teams on a bye. 

Other starts: Eli Manning (vs. Buccaneers), Kerryon Johnson (vs. Panthers), Sterling Shepard (vs. Buccaneers) and Ricky Seals-Jones (vs. Raiders).

Other sits: Case Keenum (vs. Chargers), Jordan Howard (vs. Vikings), Devin Funchess (at Lions) and Ben Watson (vs. Eagles).

Jack Thomason is 670 The Score’s fantasy football expert. Follow him on Twitter @jthomason77 and feel free to ask fantasy questions.​