Fantasy Football Week 11: Start or Sit Coleman, Carson, or Cook?

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Fantasy Football Week 11: Start or Sit Tevin Coleman, Chris Carson, or Dalvin Cook?

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 RBs who have had… mixed results… with their 2018 campaigns.

Start or Sit Tevin Coleman vs. Dallas Cowboys

The Falcons have been a tough nut to crack. They look like a Super Bowl contender one week, then go on to lose to the Browns (the BROWNS!) the next. With Devonta Freeman out for the year, it looked like “the Tevinator” was gonna feast as a lead back. But it’s consistently been a 60/40 split between Coleman and the rookie Ito Smith, keeping TVC in hit the or miss RB2 territory. It’s frustrating… he’s maybe the best complementary back in the league but has had trouble translating that into full-time starter success. Plus, this week’s matchup against the Cowboys is tougher than it looks. They don’t give up a lot of yards on the ground with only one hundred-yard rusher allowed all season. So, if you have better options, I’d sit Coleman on the bench.

Start or Sit Chris Carson vs Green Bay Packers

Chris Carson has a great matchup – I mean, the Packers just let 90-year-old Frank Gore gash them for 90 yards on the ground. The only issue is that he isn’t the bell cow he was earlier in the season. With Mike Davis, Rashaad Penny, the cast of Wonder Years, and whoever else they can find crowding the Seattle backfield, Carson’s going to need to make the most of his carries to really capitalize here. Plus, he’s just coming back from a hip injury, and I’d bet Pete Carroll’s gum collection they limit his carries to keep him from aggravating it. I also think Green Bay’s playing with a monster chip on their shoulder right now and could make this ugly fast for the teal seabirds, forcing Russell Wilson to chuck it around the field. All that makes it an easy call to sit Chris Carson this week.

Start or Sit Dalvin Cook vs. Chicago Bears

“It’s been… 11 weeks since I drafted you…” Oh, Dalvin Cook. The everlasting tease who seems to constantly be on the verge of maybe, possibly, perhaps one day, being ready to play a full game. Okay, we know he’s close, and he actually looked pretty explosive a few weeks ago. Now with a bye week of rest and months of rehab behind him, the Vikings are finally ready to take off the bubble wrap. The only problem is he’s got Khalil Mack and the Bears waiting for him on the other side. Chicago’s defense this season is 3rd against the run and has only given up one TD on the ground, so it’s gonna be tough sledding for the Vikings ball carriers. This will be a great opportunity to see how Cook’s workload is distributed with Latavius Murry and if he shows any lingering effects of his hamstring injury. But you’d have to be low on other options to consider starting him with much confidence this week. So, I recommend you take Dalvin Cook and put him back in the bubble wrap for one more week as you sit him in your lineup.

All three of these guys are not the best starts, but if you’re looking to decide who to start or sit among them, I would rank them as:

  1. Tevin Coleman
  2. Dalvin Cook
  3. Chris Carson

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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