Fantasy Football Week 11: Start or Sit Tyler Boyd, Chris Godwin, or Courtland Sutton?
Week eleven is upon us, which means that some of us are just two games away from worrying about our fantasy football playoffs. If you’re still reading this, congratulations, the marginally-long slog of the fantasy football season hasn’t broken you yet. Every week, we at Football Absurdity like to highlight players with marginal matchups that you might get a wild hair about. We hope to provide you with some basic facts to help you inform your decisions. This week’s start or sit continues with three WRs who have popped up onto our radar as 2018 progressed, despite not being drafted as starters when the season began.
Start or Sit Tyler Boyd at Baltimore
Coach Marvin Lewis said that he was “hopeful” that A.J. Green would play Sunday, but I’m also “hopeful” I will find a million dollars on the ground, and I didn’t just hire perpetual bad luck charm Hue Jackson to my staff. It will be game two for Boyd in a post-A.J. Green world (f they lose, and they will, Green will not play again this season) and game one went… poorly. He had just four targets, though he mustered 65 yards from those targets, he failed to score a touchdown. The feel-good breakout player of the early season will likely struggle this week as the messy Bengals offense travels to Baltimore, where opposing wide receivers score the seventh-fewest fantasy points per game. While A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd previously torched them for four TDs on Thursday Night Football, the Baltimore defense has allowed just four touchdowns to wide receivers outside of that weird TNF debacle. I am not confident Andy Dalton has another four-touchdown game in him or even a two-touchdown game. Don’t get caught relying on Tyler Boyd in a bad matchup. If you’re trying to see if you should start or sit Boyd, that means you can probably get away from him this week. He would be a sit for me this week.
Start or Sit Chris Godwin at the New York Giants
Chris Godwin had a great week last week, but his ankle injury is not reassuring for this week’s production. If Godwin plays, I would expect him to be somewhat hobbled and limited (think more his five-catch, 59-yard day in week seven instead of his seven-catch, 103-yard day last week). The Buccaneers pass offense is likely the most potent one the Giants have faced since they faced Drew Brees and the Saints in week four, but that doesn’t diminish their standing as allowing the fifth-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers. Could Godwin score a touchdown? Sure, but I shy away from the third receiving option (behind O.J. Howard and Mike Evans) against a strong pass defense. I call it Godwin’s Law, and I think it’ll be huge. Sit Godwin in any questionable “should I start or sit Godwin” scenarios unless you are banking on catching lightning in a bottle with a touchdown this week.
Start or Sit Courtland Sutton at the Los Angeles Chargers
Fantasy football, as an entity, was in a frenzy when Demaryius Thomas packed his bags and headed for Houston. FAAB was unloaded, waiver priorities were burned and then… three catches for 57 yards on five targets. Then a bye. Now, Sutton, the declared WR2 for more than a week in the first time in his NFL career, gets an incredibly stout pass defense. The Chargers lost Denzel Perryman last week, which is huge, don’t get me wrong, but they still have an embarrassment of riches on defense. On the season, the Chargers allow the tenth-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers and have allowed just two 100-yard receivers all season against them. In a corresponding stat, they’ve allowed just three wide receivers double-digit fantasy days since they played the Rams in week three. He will be good in fantasy football, but it’s a legitimate question whether you should start or sit Sutton. This week, I’m deferring to the matchup and calling Sutton a sit.
None of these three guys started the season as a set-and-forget starting wide receiver, though two of them have kissed that status (however briefly). This week, they all represent marginal plays, at best. If I had these three players on my roster and I was trying to decide who to start or sit, I would go:
- Tyler Boyd
- Courtland Sutton
- Chris Godwin
If you need more start or sit advice, check out the remainder of our start and sit articles for week eleven!
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