• The IDP Guys’ NFL Week 11 Start/Sit List: Offense

    Embed from Getty Images

    Find success this weekend with the NFL Week 11 Start/Sit offense list!

    The NFL Week 11 slate is here and is quite full with only two teams on bye. The Los Angeles Rams and Denver Broncos are on bye and are grateful for the break after tough losses in Week 10. This season has been bizarre, brutal, and bewildering at times. The Week 11 start/sit offense edition is here!

    Each week presents a new hurdle to overcome and Week 11 is shaping up to continue this trend as stud RB Aaron Jones is set to miss up to 2 weeks with a knee injury and plenty of quality players' availability remains in question for this week.

    No need to fear — I will take you through the entire Week 11 slate with my start/sit confidence spectrum for each matchup (described below). Let's take a dive into the Week 11 lineup optimization pool and the Week 11 start/sit offense list!

    The "Trust, If You Must, and Bust" System:

    Trust” = Strong start, a player who should be started in all formats!

    If You Must” = Weak start, a player who is good enough to be a starter, but faces a tough matchup or holds an unclear opportunity in a good offense. Some caution should be used while the risk is recognized, as this is often league format dependent.

    If you play in a shallow league, I would lean towards benching this player if you have a decent replacement option. In a deep league, I would lean towards starting, since the options may be more scarce. Either way, expectations should be managed.

    Bust” = Keep on your bench, at least for now. These players should be avoided since stronger options at the relative position should be considered first. These are players who fit into one of the following categories:

    1. A player in a tough matchup or currently holds ambiguous weekly opportunities in the offense.
    2. A strong bench stash for season-long purposes but currently in a “wait and see” period. Wait and see if their role expands for starter caliber consideration. For example, this type of player may be a strong backup RB behind a stud in an elite offense or could be in line for a big workload if the starter misses time.
    3. Currently lacking a clear offensive opportunity in either a projected good or bad offense
    4. Is too volatile on a week-to-week basis. There is no need to play boom or bust type players if you can help it.

    Weekly Start/Sit Decision Reminders

    Be sure to always be mindful of weekly injury reports and gameday inactive announcements as this could pivot a weak starter into a strong starter!

    Be sure to always leave the FLEX spot(s) free of Thursday night players!

    Thursday Night Football

    New England Patriots at Atlanta Falcons
    Embed from Getty Images

    Trust - Rhamondre Stevenson RB, Damien Harris RB (if active), Hunter Henry TE

    If You Must –  Jakobi Meyers WR, Mac Jones QB

    Bust - Kendrick Bourne WR, Brandon Bolden RB, Nelson Agholor WR


    TrustKyle Pitts TE, Cordarrelle Patterson RB (if active)

    If You Must - Matt Ryan QB, Russell Gage WR, Wayne Gallman RB (if Patterson is inactive)

    Bust - Mike Davis RB


    Sunday Early Afternoon Slate
    New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles

    Embed from Getty Images

    TrustAlvin Kamara RB (if active)

    If You MustTrevor Siemian QB, Mark Ingram RB (enters Trust if Kamara is inactive), Adam Trautman TE

    Bust - Marquez Callaway WR, TreQuan Smith WR, Deonte Harris WR


    TrustJalen Hurts QB, DeVonta Smith WR, Dallas Goedert TE (if active)

    If You Must – Boston Scott RB, Jordan Howard RB

    Bust - Jalen Reagor WR, Quez Watkins WR, Kenneth Gainwell RB


    Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills
    Embed from Getty Images

    TrustJonathan Taylor RB, Michael Pittman WR

    If You Must - Carson Wentz QB, Nyheim Hines RB

    Bust - Mo Alie-Cox TE, Jack Doyle TE


    TrustJosh Allen QB, Stefon Diggs WR, Dawson Knox TE

    If You MustDevin Singletary RB, Zack Moss RB, Cole Beasley WR, Emmanuel Sanders WR

    Bust - Gabriel Davis WR


    Baltimore Ravens at Chicago Bears
    Embed from Getty Images

    TrustLamar Jackson QB, Mark Andrews TE, Marquise Brown WR

    If You MustRashod Bateman WR, Devonta Freeman RB

    BustLatavius Murray RB, Ty'Son Williams RB


    Trust –  David Montgomery RB

    If You MustJustin Fields QB, Cole Kmet TE, Allen Robinson WR, Darnell Mooney WR

    BustKhalil Herbert RB

    Detroit Lions at Cleveland Browns
    Embed from Getty Images

    TrustD'Andre Swift RB, T.J. Hockenson TE

    If You MustJamaal Williams RB (if active), Amon-Ra St. Brown WR

    Bust - Jared Goff QB


    TrustNick Chubb RB (if active), D'Ernest Johnson RB (only if Nick Chubb is inactive), Jarvis Landry WR

    If You MustBaker Mayfield QB (if active), Donovan People-Jones WR

    Bust -Rashard Higgins WR, Austin Hooper TE, David Njoku TE

    Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans
    Embed from Getty Images

    TrustBrandin Cooks WR

    If You Must - Nico Collins WR

    BustDavid Johnson RB, Phillip Lindsay RB, Tyrod Taylor QB


    Trust –  A.J. Brown WR, Ryan Tannehill QB, D'Onta Foreman RB

    Bust - Jeremy McNichols RB, Adrian Peterson RB, Remaining Active WRs/TEs


    Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings
    Embed from Getty Images

    TrustAaron Rodgers QB, Davante Adams WR, AJ Dillon RB

    Bust Allen Lazard WR, Randall Cobb WR, Marquez Valdes-Scantling WR


    Trust - Kirk Cousins QB, Dalvin Cook RB, Alexander Mattison RB (only if ever Cook is inactive), Justin Jefferson WR, Adam Thielen WR

    If You MustTyler Conklin TE

    Bust - K.J. Osborn WR


    Miami Dolphins at New York Jets
    Embed from Getty Images

    Trust - Mike Gesicki TE, Myles Gaskin RB, Tua Tagovailoa QB, Jaylen Waddle WR


    Trust - Michael Carter RB, Corey Davis WR

    If You Must - Jamison Crowder WR, Elijah Moore WR

    Bust - Mike White QB, Ty Johnson RB

    San Francisco 49ers at Jacksonville Jaguars
    Embed from Getty Images

    TrustGeorge Kittle TE, Deebo Samuel WR, Elijah Mitchell RB (if active), Jeff Wilson RB (if Mitchell inactive, If You Must if Mitchell active)

    If You MustJimmy Garoppolo QB, Brandon Aiyuk WR


    Trust –  James Robinson RB, Dan Arnold TE

    If You MustMarvin Jones WR, Jamal Agnew WR, Laviska Shenault WR

    Bust - Trevor Lawrence QB

    Washington Football Team at Carolina Panthers
    Embed from Getty Images
    Football Team

    TrustAntonio Gibson RB, Terry McLaurin WR, Logan Thomas TE (if active), Ricky Seals-Jones TE (if active and Logan Thomas inactive)

    If You MustTaylor Heinicke QB, J.D. McKissic RB


    TrustChristian McCaffrey RB, D.J. Moore WR, Cam Newton QB

    If You Must - Robby Anderson WR

    BustChuba Hubbard RB (remains a bench stash)


    Sunday Mid Afternoon Slate

    Cincinnati Bengals at Los Vegas Raiders
    Embed from Getty Images

    TrustJoe Burrow QB,  Ja'Marr Chase WR, Tee Higgins WR, Joe Mixon RB

    If You Must - Tyler Boyd WR, C.J. Uzomah TE

    Bust - Samaje Perine RB


    TrustDarren Waller TE, Josh Jacobs RB, Hunter Renfrow WR

    If You Must – Derek Carr QB, Bryan Edwards WR, Kenyan Drake RB

    Bust - Zay Jones WR

    Dallas Cowboys at Kansas City Chiefs
    Embed from Getty Images

    TrustDak Prescott QB, Ezekiel Elliott RB, Amari Cooper WR, CeeDee Lamb WR, Dalton Schultz TE

    If You MustTony Pollard RB

    Bust - Cedrick Wilson WR


    TrustPatrick Mahomes QB, Tyreek Hill WR, Travis Kelce TE, Darrel Williams RB (if Edwards-Helaire inactive)

    If You MustClyde Edwards-Helaire RB (if active), Mecole Hardman WR

    Bust - Jerick McKinnon RB


    Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks
    Embed from Getty Images

    TrustKyler Murray QB (if active), DeAndre Hopkins WR (if active), James Conner RBZach Ertz TE

    If You MustChristian Kirk WR, Rondale Moore WR, A.J. Green WR


    TrustRussell Wilson QB, D.K. Metcalf WR, Tyler Lockett WR, Alex Collins RB (if Carson inactive)

    If You MustGerald Everett TE


    Sunday Night Football

    Pittsburgh Steelers at Los Angeles Chargers
    Embed from Getty Images

    TrustNajee Harris RB, Diontae Johnson WR, Chase Claypool WR (if active), Pat Freiermuth TE

    If You Must - Ben Roethlisberger QB (if active)


    TrustJustin Herbert QB, Austin Ekeler RB, Keenan Allen WR, Mike Williams WR

    Bust - Justin Jackson RB, Larry Rountree RB, Jared Cook TE

    Monday Night Football

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Giants
    Embed from Getty Images

    Trust – Tom Brady QB, Mike Evans WR, Chris Godwin WR, Leonard Fournette RB

    Bust - Ronald Jones RB


    Trust- Sterling Shepard WR (if active)

    If You Must - Saquon Barkley RB (if active), Devontae Booker RB (if active and Saquon Barkley inactive), Daniel Jones QB, Evan Engram TE, Kenny Golladay WR, Kadarius Toney WR

    Good luck with your Week 11 start/sit offense selections and enjoy the games!

    Thank you for reading my NFL Week 11 Start/Sit offense list for offensive players! You can find more of my work on my IDP Guys Author Page. Feel free to reach out anytime on Twitter at @FantasyLadder for any fantasy football-related advice, questions, or discussion so you can climb the ladder of fantasy football success with me
  • Back to top