Coming around the home stretch of the fantasy football season. Week 11 is the last opportunity to make a push for the playoffs, so it’s crucial that owners know the matchups and the proper players to start.

A sight that is hard to believe occurred last week. Although this was coming, Peyton Manning is no longer a capable fantasy quarterback or a capable starting quarterback in the NFL. After becoming the all-time leader in passing yards last week, Manning was benched for Brock Osweiler. Manning threw four interceptions and only completed five passes. It’s not like Manning is tearing up the NFL, as many have called for his benching for some time. But it was revealed that Manning has been playing with a partially torn plantar fascia, which could be the reason for his struggles. Regardless, cheers to Manning who is a legendary fantasy football quarterback.

Pro-tip: The Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants and New Orleans Saints have bye weeks. Here are the start ’em, sit ’em for week 11.

Start ‘Em

Tony Romo (Quarterback/Dallas Cowboys)

Tony Romo. Photo courtesy of Tribune News Service.
Tony Romo. Photo courtesy of Tribune News Service.

Tony Romo is back after breaking his collarbone week two. The Cowboys will look to ride Romo into the playoffs, after going 0-7 in his absence. Before the injury, Romo looked like an elite fantasy football quarterback. Now that Dallas is healthy, all systems are a go against the Miami Dolphins this week. A favorable matchup for Romo, as the Dolphins rank in the bottom-half of the league against the pass.

Charcandrick West (Running back/Kansas City Chiefs)

The former pickup of the week is paying dividends for the Chiefs and fantasy football owners. Since week seven, Charcandrick West trails only Lamar Miller in fantasy points per game for running backs. This week, West faces a San Diego defense that is the seventh-worst rushing defense in the league.

Delanie Walker (Tight end/Tennesse Titans)

Receivers are exciting, but a little change in this week’s start ’em, sit ’em was necessary. Delanie Walker, the do-it-all tight end for the Titans is a start this week given his matchup. Granted, Walker is a top-10 tight end in regards to fantasy football, but Walker could have a big week against Jacksonville. Walker has more than 50 receiving yards the last five weeks and the Jaguars give up at 63 yards a game.

Sit ‘Em

Andy Dalton (Quarterback/Cincinnati Bengals)

One week you love ’em, the other week you don’t. Last week’s start ’em for quarterbacks didn’t live up to the billing. Andy Dalton, as stated before, has been a top-10 fantasy quarterback but struggled last week against the Texans. It was the first time this season that Dalton was held under 100 passing yards and without a touchdown. This week, Dalton faces another tough defense in the Arizona Cardinals, who rank seventh-best against the pass. Add that the game is in Arizona, Dalton may have a long week.

Doug Martin (Running back/Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Doug Martin. Photo courtesy of Tribune News Service.
Doug Martin. Photo courtesy of Tribune News Service.

After struggling the past two years, Doug Martin has regained his form that made his so impressive his rookie season. Martin averages 11 fantasy points a game, good enough to start him weekly. Except for this week. Philadelphia is average against the run, but Martin has slowed down. The last three weeks, Martin has averaged less than three and half yards a carry. Also, the Eagles give the eighth-least fantasy points to opposing running backs.

James Jones (Wide receiver/Green Bay Packers)

Before Green Bay’s bye week, James Jones looked like Aaron Rodgers favorite target. Before the bye, Jones had six touchdowns. After the bye, and three games in, Jones has only caught three passes. This can be attributed to Davante Adams getting healthy or the emergence of Richard Rodgers. Regardless, Jones has a tough matchup against Minnesota that rank eighth in the league against the pass. Look for Rodgers to spread the wealth against a tough defense, making Jones a sit this week.

Pickup of the Week

Danny Amendola (Wide receiver/New England Patriots)

Injuries are beginning to crack the New England Patriots. In consecutive weeks, Tom Brady has lost his first and third most targeted receivers to season-ending injuries. That means, Danny Amendola may be the beneficiary and receive more attention. It was a sign last week as Amendola grabbed ten catches. Owners in a PPR (points-per-reception) league, Amendola is a must-pickup because of the value he bring in receptions.


Andy Gustafson is the Sports Writer for the Niner Times. This is his first year involved with the Times. He is majoring in mass media communications and minoring in journalism. He is from Asheville, North Carolina.