Start/Bench--Week 11


Jordan Ta’amu, QB-Ole Miss vs UL Lafayette
In his first two starts after taking over for injured QB Shea Patterson, Ta’amu passed for at least 360 yards in both games and accounted for a total of six touchdowns.  Expect much of the same this week when UL Lafayette visits Oxford, as the Ragin Cajuns are giving up over 474 total yards of offense and 37 points per game this season.


Kelton Moore, RB-Nevada vs San Jose State
On paper, Moore may be one of the safest Starts this weekend.  He goes into his Week 11 matchup against San Jose State having topped the 100-yard mark in three of his last four games and has scored a touchdown in four consecutive games.  Not only are the Spartans giving up an FBS-worst 304.6 yards per game on the ground, but they have also allowed more rushing touchdowns than any other school in the country (34).
Christian Kirk, WR-Texas A&M vs New Mexico
Many fantasy owners may be rolling their eyes at this one given the struggles of Kirk this year.  The junior receiver has only topped the 100-yard mark once this season and has one touchdown reception in the past five games.  However, the Aggies passing game should improve this week with Nick Starkel getting the starting nod at quarterback against a New Mexico defense that is giving up over 219 passing yards per game and have allowed 20 touchdown passes through the first nine games of 2017.


Demario Richard, RB-Arizona State at UCLA
Richard had his first 100-yard game of the season last week, rushing for 189 yards and a touchdown in the Sun Devils’ 41-30 win over Colorado.  The senior running back has carried the ball at least 15 times in six of the past seven games and has scored a touchdown in five of the past seven games.  This week, Arizona State travels to UCLA and the Bruins have one of the worst rushing defenses in the country, giving up over 300 yards per game on the ground.  Astonishingly, UCLA has allowed a 100-yard rusher in every game this season.  In fact, ten players have eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark in UCLA’s nine games.  Count us in on Demario Richard becoming No. 11.


Cam Akers, RB-Florida State at Clemson
Last week, Akers had his best game of the season, rushing for 199 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-24 win over Syracuse.  The talented freshman running back has topped the 100-yard mark in three of his past five games, but it may be too much to ask for him to make it four out of six.  The Tigers are giving up less than 125 yards per game on the ground, but more impressively, have only given up four rushing touchdowns this season.


Akrum Wadley, RB-Iowa at Wisconsin
The Hawkeyes travel to Wisconsin in Week 11 and will be taking with them a ton of confidence after their 55-24 win over Ohio State last week.  In that game, Wadley totaled 158 yards of offense, but he has only scored one touchdown in the past three games.  If Wadley’s lack of scoring doesn’t concern you, perhaps a Wisconsin defense that is only giving up 13.3 points and 87.8 rushing yards per game does.
Bryce Love, RB-Stanford vs Washington
Love’s start percentage will likely be much higher in Power 5 leagues compared to Full-FBS leagues, but he is a risky start regardless of your league’s format.  The Huskies are only one of six schools giving up less than 100 yards per game on the ground (91.1) and are only one of three schools allowing fewer than four rushing touchdowns in 2017 (3-tied with Alabama and Wisconsin).


Steve Sims, WR-Kansas at Texas
Last week, fantasy owners were confident they had a great matchup to start Sims against a winless Baylor team, especially after Sims hauled in nine passes for 233 yards and a touchdown in a 30-20 loss to Kansas State in Week 9.  However, the only constant for the Jayhwaks’ offense and receiver Steve Sims this season has been their inconsistency.  In five homes games this season, Sims has totaled 615 receiving yards and four touchdowns.  In three road games, the junior receiver has totaled 64 receiving yards and no touchdowns.  What reason do we have to think things will be any different when Kansas travels to Texas this weekend?    
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