Where do Brandin Cooks, Elijah Moore, Michael Pittman Jr., and others land?
As we make our push towards the end of the fantasy football season and upcoming playoffs, making WR start ’em or sit ’em decisions in Week 11 begin to carry even more weight as teams separate themselves from the pack. With not all matchups being equal, here are our top wide receiver start ’em and sit ’em plays for Week 11 of fantasy football.
Week 11 Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Wide Receivers
We are now officially in the back half of the fantasy regular season. Every start or sit decision begins to mean just that little bit more every single week. Let’s get into this week’s start ’em and sit ’em plays at the wide receiver position. Which wide receivers are starts heading into Week 11?
Start ‘Em | Brandin Cooks, Houston Texans (@ TEN)
In his first game back with Tyrod Taylor under center, Brandin Cooks didn’t quite match the early-season success the two found together (10 receptions, 182 yards). Cooks recorded 56 yards on 6 receptions against the Miami Dolphins. Still, he saw 14 targets.
Cooks is as talented as it gets, and I’d expect the timing between him and Taylor to only get better moving forward. The Texans are going to struggle this week as they take on the Tennessee Titans. Yet, for as good as the Titans are, they struggle against receivers.
Tennessee has allowed the most receptions (16.2), yards (212.7), and fantasy points (46.08) to the position this season. Cooks is a must-start WR2 who could be a 100-yard receiver this week.
Start ‘Em | DJ Moore, Carolina Panthers (vs. WAS)
I really miss early-season DJ Moore. That was fun. I just wish there was some way to know you’re in the good times before they’re gone. Alright, maybe that was a bit deep, but it’s true.
Since Week 4, Moore has had weekly finishes as the WR58, WR38, WR26, WR44, WR46, and WR53. He went from being the WR4 (18.7 points) in Weeks 1-4 to the WR41 (7.2 points) from Week 5 on.
He’s coming off a season-low 24 yards in Week 10 but saw 7 targets, which continues his streak of seeing 7+ targets in every game. With Cam Newton back under center, we could see Moore take off, which would be a welcome sign for fantasy managers.
The Panthers take on Washington in Week 11 in a reunion with their former head coach Ron Rivera. Washington is 31st in points allowed to WRs (42.17), and if we were ever going to see Moore get back into elite territory, it will be in Week 11.
Start ‘Em | Darnell Mooney, Chicago Bears (vs. BAL)
I’ll never let Darnell Mooney go. A lot of what has taken place is out of his hands. The Bears are dead last in passing yards (144.1) and last in receiving efficiency at 1.3 points per target. But I can’t help thinking we’ve seen Justin Fields take a turn in his progression.
He’s coming off a 291-yard performance in Week 9 against Pittsburgh and was just inches away from connecting on a massive throw which could have been Mooney’s third TD of the day.
Baltimore is a solid defense but can give up the deep ball. Consistency will be an issue with Mooney, but the upside is undeniable. Mooney is a WR3 this week and could be setting himself up for a productive remainder of the season.
Start ‘Em | Marcus Johnson, Tennessee Titans (vs. HOU)
Someone had to step up after Julio Jones was placed on IR, and based on what we’ve seen, Marcus Johnson looks to be the guy. Johnson recorded 5 catches for 100 yards on 6 targets (63% snaps) against the New Orleans Saints.
Houston is 20th in points allowed to WRs (36.1) but over the last four weeks are 31st (47.1). Additionally, they have allowed 5 touchdowns to opposing receivers in their past three games. There is risk starting an unproven player, but Johnson could be a WR4 in Week 11 and a starter in deeper formats.
Week 11 Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Wide Receivers
Sometimes, wide receivers have a problematic matchup. Or maybe it comes down to inconsistent play, which forces them to remain on your bench. Whatever the reason, these WRs should be left off your starting roster in Week 11.
Sit ‘Em | Elijah Moore, New York Jets (vs. MIA)
I want Elijah Moore to take over this offense, but he is the third option when everyone is healthy. Last week, Moore was third in snaps (43) behind Corey Davis (65) and Jamison Crowder (64) and was also third in routes run at 25 compared to 43 and 45, respectively.
Moore has seen 6 or more targets in four straight, but after 13 receptions in Weeks 8 and 9, Moore dropped to only 3 catches last week. His value was buoyed by his third TD in his last two games. The Jets are starting Joe Flacco, and this feels like a situation to avoid for fantasy managers.
Sit ‘Em | Marvin Jones Jr., Jacksonville Jaguars (@ SF)
Marvin Jones Jr. was off to a torrent pace early in the year but has drastically cooled off. After the arrival of Dan Arnold in September and the emergence of Jamal Agnew, Jones’ production took a massive hit.
Since Week 3, he’s averaged 3.5 receptions and 40 yards per game. Jones has scored 1 TD since Week 2 and has just one game (Week 6) where he recorded more than 35 receiving yards. Add in Jones finishing outside the top 50 WRs in five of his last six outings, and the risk seems too much for me. I would continue to sit Jones in Week 11.
Sit ‘Em | Michael Pittman Jr., Indianapolis Colts (@ BUF)
This feels dangerous trying to justify sitting Michael Pittman Jr. He’s the WR7 in PPR scoring (17.6) and averaging 2.08 fantasy points per target. Yet, in the games where T.Y. Hilton is on the field, Pittman finished as the WR63 and WR30 while averaging 53 yards and 3.5 receptions.
Then, we have the matchup. The Buffalo Bills are No. 1 in points allowed to WRs (26.8) and yards (124.6), allowing just 3 TDs to the position. Unless you have multiple WR2s who you could start over MPJ, you might not have better options. However, if you have the depth, fantasy managers might want to consider sitting Pittman in Week 11 — even though it seems dangerous.
Sit ‘Em | Cole Beasley, Buffalo Bills (vs. IND)
Cole Beasley was averaging 10 targets per game in the three weeks leading up to Week 10. But last week against the Jets, he played on just 9 snaps while recording 2 receptions for 15 yards.
Beasley is reportedly dealing with a rib injury that limited him last week. If Beasley suits up (currently questionable), I would be hesitant to start him in Week 11. He would likely be limited in snaps and has a difficult matchup against slot corner Kenny Moore II.