Start/Bench—Week 11


Start

Sam Richardson, QB-Iowa State at Kansas
Richardson has had a solid season thus far and this week he has his best matchup since Week 7, when the Cyclones hosted Toledo and the junior quarterback threw for 351 yards and three touchdowns.

 

Luke Falk, QB-Washington State at Oregon State
Last week, we got burned after suggesting Texas A&M’s Kyle Allen as a starter at home against Louisiana-Monroe.  We feel better this week about Falk, even though the freshman is making the first road start of his career.

 

Alfred Ramsby, RB-Georgia Southern at Texas State
Ramsby has scored a touchdown in seven consecutive games and has scored twice in back-to-back weeks.  This Saturday, Georgia Southern faces Texas State and a run defense ranked in the bottom 20 of the FBS in yards allowed per game (217.6).

 

Kenneth Farrow, RB-Houston vs Tulane
Since Greg Ward became the starting quarterback, the Cougars have become a run-first offense.  Farrow has scored a touchdown in three consecutive games and faces a Tulane defense giving up 177.3 rushing yards per game.
 
Michael Dyer, RB-Louisville at Boston College
Dyer has been hot, combining for 307 yards and four touchdowns in Louisville’s past two games.   Boston College does have the nation’s fourth-best run defense (88.9 ypg), but we like Dyer’s chances of going over 100 yards and punching one in the end zone.
 
Tyler Ervin, RB-San Jose State at Fresno State
Ervin has now scored a touchdown in three of the Spartans’ last four games and has gone over 140 total yards three times in that same four-game span.  This week, the converted receiver faces a Fresno State defense giving up 236.3 yards per game on the ground.
 
Shaq Thompson, RB-Washington vs UCLA
Linebacker Shaq Thompson has earned the start at running back against UCLA this weekend after running for 174 yards and a touchdown at Colorado last Saturday.  Thompson is listed as one of our Sleeper Picks of the Week and if still available in your league, now would be a good time to grab him.

 

Bench
Kyle Allen, Texas A&M at Auburn
We did not see anything last week against UL-Monroe to make us think that Allen is worth a Week 11 start on the road at Auburn.

 

Blake Sims, QB-Alabama at LSU
It will be interesting to see if the Crimson Tide come out pounding the rock with Yeldon and Henry or let Sims have a few cracks at Amari Cooper downfield.  Either way, Sims’ ceiling may not be too high this week playing on the road against a Top 10 passing defense.

 

Kevin Parks, RB-Virginia at Florida State
Parks has only gone over the 100-yard mark twice this season and after last week’s 13-yard performance at Georgia Tech, fantasy owners would be wise to sit him against Florida State.
 
BJ Catalon, RB-TCU vs Kansas State
This season, Catalon has put up nice numbers on a week-to-week basis with limited touches, but he’s questionable with a shoulder injury and the risk outweighs the reward.

 

Ralph Webb, RB-Vanderbilt vs Florida
We labeled Webb last week as one of our running back sleepers, but that was against a porous Old Dominion defense.  This week, the Commodores host Florida and Webb is unlikely to run for 100 yards or find the end zone against the Gators’ Top 25 run defense.

 

Ezekiel Elliott, RB-Ohio State at Michigan State
Not only do fantasy owners need to worry about Elliott splitting carries with Curtis Samuel, but facing the nation’s No. 7 run defense doesn’t help the sophomore running back’s Week 11 potential.

 

Joey Iosefa, RB-Hawaii at Colorado State
Iosefa should see the field for significant time for the first time since week two when he suffered a foot injury.  However, given that the bruising back has had an eight week layoff, fantasy owners would be wise to take a wait-and-see approach to make sure he looks like the Iosefa of old.

 

Josh Harper, WR-Fresno State vs San Jose State
The Bulldogs have issues at the quarterback position and that is not helping Harper’s fantasy value.  After back-to-back four-catch games, we think it would be wise to sit the senior receiver against the nation’s No. 1 pass defense.  The Spartans are only allowing 114.1 passing yards per game and have given up two passing touchdowns all season.


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