Bobby Sylvester’s 2019 Week 11 Rankings (Start or Sit Answers)
We are now just hours away from the Steelers defense taking on Baker Mayfield and the Browns as both teams fight to keep their playoff hopes alive. If you’ve got start/sit questions, I’m here to answer them all with my rankings. I’ll post this article every Thursday afternoon to help you make your most challenging decisions each week. If you aren’t reading it until Saturday or Sunday, don’t worry, I’ll continue to update it every few hours for you all. As always, if you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to reach out on Twitter @bobbyfantasypro. Before we dive into the rankings, let me tell you about four start/sit options that I am especially opinionated about this week.
Kyler Murray (QB – ARI): #10 vs ECR #14 @SF
We’ve seen the 49ers defense a bit vulnerable over the last few weeks because they finally played a team who didn’t start Jameis Winston, Andy Dalton, Mason Rudolph, Baker Mayfield, Jared Goff, Case Keenum or Kyle Allen. That was their schedule through eight weeks and not one is in the top half of NFL QBs. Murray is, which is why he went for 23 fantasy points against this same team just two weeks ago despite throwing just 24 passes. The volume should go up and Murray’s legs give him a nice floor against a unit that is now missing Kwon Alexander.
Raheem Mostert (RB – SF): #27 vs ECR #41 vs ARI
If Matt Breida was active, you’d start Breida without hesitation against the Cardinals. They are heavy home favorites and Arizona has struggled versus the run this season once again so San Francisco, the most run-heavy team in football, is a near-lock to run 30+ times. Seeing that Tevin Coleman is no workhorse, you can essentially guarantee Mostert sees the same 12-15 touches Breida left on the table. What’s more, is that Mostert is an extremely talented 3rd-string back and he was the one getting the fourth quarter and overtime touches instead of Coleman on Monday Night football.
Auden Tate (WR – CIN): #34 vs ECR #43 @ OAK
Ryan Finley looked overwhelmed last week against Baltimore, but let me assure you, neither the pass rush or secondary for Oakland compares to what the Ravens through at Cincinnati last weekend. In fact, they are one of the easiest matchups in football and since the Bengals will almost certainly be playing from behind, you can bank on 35+ pass attempts. Tate hs 6+ targets in every game since he joined the starting lineup in Week 3 so you can lock him in for similar volume in this near-perfect matchup.
Noah Fant (TE – DEN): #11 vs ECR #17 @ MIN
The matchup is downright awful for tight ends, but Fant isn’t your typical plodder tight end. Rather, he is a serious athlete that makes for a rough matchup against any linebacker attempting to keep up. We saw this when Fant blew past the defense for 115 yards in Week 9 prior to Denver’s bye. What may be more important, is that Fant is tied for the team lead in targets since they shipped off Emmanuel Sanders to San Francisco. He is by no means safe, but if you are taking a dart throw on a streamer, Fant may be your best bet for a big week.