IDP Start em, Sit em – Week 11 (2021 Fantasy Football)
Week 11 is here. Thursday Night Football was a bit of a snooze fest offensively, especially where the Atlanta Falcons are concerned but featured plenty of goodness for IDP managers. Kyle Van Noy continued his impressive play with Jamie Collins sidelined. J.C. Jackson reminded the world that he is one of the top ball hawks in the game. Matt Judon added another sack to his ledger. And finally, Kyle Dugger continued to shine in his do-it-all role. Foyesade Oluokun and A.J. Terrell were the lone bright spots wearing Falcons uniforms. Let’s take a look at some other players who can help fantasy teams this week and a few others who may do more harm than good.
Trey Hendrickson (DE – CIN)
All he does is get sacks. Literally. Hendrickson has a sack in each of his last five games and in seven of his last eight contests. However, he often contributes very little else aside from the production that comes from the sack itself (the solo and sometimes the tackle for loss). This makes him a bit of an all-or-nothing proposition but is far from a boom-or-bust option like Yannick Ngakoue. Hendrickson has been consistent and is the DL10 in fantasy points per game and the DL16 in total fantasy points. Like Greenard above, Hendrickson was treated as a streamer during the byes and, as such, warrants a reminder to start him for Week 11. He is well on his way to shattering his career-high 13.5 sacks he posted with the Saints last season and, with 28 pressures, is just five away from matching his 2020 pressure count. Start Hendrickson as a borderline DL1 in Week 11 despite the tough on-paper matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders.
Jonathan Greenard (DE – HOU)
Greenard is the DL1 in fantasy points per game (tied with Myles Garrett) and is the DL12 in total fantasy points, per FantasyPros fantasy football leaders. Despite his stellar play this season, Greenard was treated like a streamer in far too many leagues and given up on altogether in others after a zero sack performance in Week 9 and a bye in Week 10. He has seven sacks in seven games and has failed to record a sack just twice all season. He has emerged as one of the top young pass rushers in the league and should be locked into lineups for a plus matchup against a Tennessee Titans team, surrendering the seventh-most fantasy points to the defensive end position. Count Greenard as a DL1/DE1 option for Week 11 and beyond.
Patrick Queen (LB – BAL)
Among the most disappointing IDP options at his position (hello, Zach Cunningham), Patrick Queen has gone from LB1 to LB4 type by virtue of losing his role on defense due to struggles in coverage. He is still playing more of a rotational role but has seen his snaps increase over the last two weeks. Queen may have earned an expanded role with an excellent Week 10 that saw him record four solos, one assist, one sack, one tackle for loss, and one forced fumble. He is still more of an LB3 than an LB2 but can be trusted as an LB2 option thanks to a wonderful Week 11 matchup against Justin Fields and a Chicago Bears team relinquishing the 10th most fantasy points to the linebacker position. Start him where needed.
Kenneth Murray (LB – LAC)
Kenneth Murray returned to the Chargers lineup in Week 10, recording three solos, one assist, and one tackle for loss. He should see a larger workload in Week 11 and looks like a plus option for Sunday Night Football against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Blessed with sideline-to-sideline speed and a nose for the ball, Murray should push for LB2 level numbers in a plus matchup against a Steelers team, surrendering the sixth-most fantasy points to the linebacker position. He can be viewed as an LB2 option by those who find themselves in a bye week pinch but is probably better deployed as an LB3 with massive upside.
Jevon Holland (S – MIA)
Jevon Holland is starting to emerge as a force for the Miami Dolphins and fantasy managers alike. He started the season as a reserve but has forced his way into the starting lineup, displaying DB2 upside that should eventually morph into DB1 level play. He was excellent in Week 10, tallying four solos, one assist, one sack, one tackle for loss, and two passes defended. He has an excellent Week 11 matchup against a New York Jets team surrendering the sixth-most fantasy points to the safety position. Count him as a borderline DB1 option for the plus matchup.
Nick Bolton (LB – KC)
Nick Bolton has seen his snaps dissipate over his last two contests, playing 43 percent than 35 percent of the snaps in Week 9 and Week 10, respectively. Bolton was highly impressive as a starter for the first eight weeks of the season, but with Melvin Ingram joining the team and Willie Gay and Anthony Hitchens healthy, Bolton was seen his snaps reduced drastically. He has an arduous path back to a consistent enough role to regain fantasy relevance so keep him benched for Week 11 and re-evaluate his spot on your roster in the coming weeks.
Jamin Davis (LB – WAS)
Davis flashed in Week 10, racking up five solos and one assist. His stat line could be viewed as a positive sign, especially considering how poorly he had performed for IDP managers since his ascension to the starting lineup. Unfortunately, Davis saw his snaps drop below the 60 percent mark, making him even more difficult to trust going forward. He has some appeal due to facing off against the Panthers in Week 11, but fantasy managers should wait at least one more week before choosing to deploy Davis as anything more than a low-floor LB4 option. The talent and matchup is there. His role/opportunity is what remains in question. Keep him benched for Week 11.
Donovan Wilson (S – DAL)
Wilson flashed in Week 9 but was back to being a disappointment in Week 10. He managed four solos and two assists in Week 9 but recorded just one solo and two assists in Week 10. He is not playing enough snaps to trust in any format whatsoever. He continues to be worth a stash in the deepest of leagues but should be left on benches in leagues of all sizes.
Jarrod Wilson (S – NYJ)
Wilson started for the Jets in Week 10 and appears to be locked into the lineup with Marcus Maye lost for the season. Wilson recorded four solos, one sack, and one tackle for loss against the Bills, playing 72 percent of the snaps. He has the makings of a DB3 option but will need to prove that he can be a consistent option before trusting him, even with a plus matchup on tap. Start him if you need a DB4 option, but hold off for at least one more week if you are looking for a DB3 or better.
Frank Clark (DE – KC)
Frank Clark has been a disappointing option all season. He has managed just one sack in seven games and has just two tackles for loss. He is hard to fade due to his talent and opportunity but should remain glued to benches for a tough on-paper matchup against the Dallas Cowboys. He should be shining on a defensive line that features Chris Jones but has been all but invisible for the bulk of the season. Forget the name and react to the game, leave Clark benched for Week 11.
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