With a handful of players on bye weeks and another handful of people injured, navigating your wide receivers can be challenging. Week eleven has some interesting options for you to navigate. The question we will all be asking ourselves is if we should start or sit Justin Jefferson, Amari Cooper, or Jakobi Meyers?
Start or Sit Justin Jefferson versus Dallas Cowboys
There has not been a better rookie receiver for fantasy football than Justin Jefferson. In week eleven, Jefferson will be facing a defense that, on paper, seems like an ideal matchup. With the Dallas Cowboys giving up the second-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, Justin Jefferson seems like a solid option.
However, as bad as the Cowboys are against wide receivers, they are almost as bad at stopping running backs. The Dallas Cowboys have given up the second-most rushing yards and the third-most rushing attempts. This is significant because the Minnesota Vikings offense runs through Dalvin Cook.
When the Vikings played the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions these past weeks, Justin Jefferson found himself game-planned out while Dalvin Cook destroyed fantasy line ups. In those weeks, Justin Jefferson only had 6 catches for 90 yards. There is a very good chance that Jefferson suffers the same fate in week eleven, which is why I would sit Justin Jefferson.
Start or Sit Amari Cooper versus Minnesota Vikings
With Andy Dalton back from concussion and COVID-19, Cowboys fans are excited because as far as they know, things can’t get any worse. And by can’t get any worse, I could also be referring to the Minnesota Vikings secondary. With their 317th new cornerback starting for the Vikings this week, I can’t help but feel fairly optimistic about Amari Cooper.
Over the last four weeks, Amari Cooper is averaging 7 targets and 5 receptions a game. The return of Andy Dalton can only help him. On the other side of the football, the Minnesota Vikings have given up the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. They have also given up the most touchdowns to opposing wide receivers. Based on match-up alone, you will want to start Amari Cooper.
Start or Sit Jakobi Meyers versus Houston Texans
FantasyPros week eleven consensus rankings for wide receivers has Jakobi Meyers as the 32nd-ranked receiver in HPPR leagues. This means that a lot of people in the fantasy community are sleeping hard on Jakobi Meyers and you might still be able to grab him, as he is only rostered in 51% of leagues.
Over the last four weeks, Jakobi Meyers has been one of the best receivers in fantasy. Meyers has been targeted 37 times, with 27 receptions and 346 yards. Despite having no touchdowns during that stretch, Jakobi Meyers over the last four weeks ranks seventh in targets, fifth in receptions, and third in yards. Most important of all for this particular conversation, Meyers has been a low-end WR1 for that entire stretch.
Enter the Houston Texans. A dream defense for any wide receiver. The Texans have given up the eleventh-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. They have also given up the third-most touchdowns. Jakobi Meyer already is putting up WR1 numbers without the touchdowns. Playing him against a defense that loves giving up touchdowns to wide receivers can only help his chances of finishing as a top-ten wide receiver, so you absolutely must start Jakobi Meyers.
Who to Prioritize?
Now that we have the players, we need to figure out how to rank them. To me, it is very simple. Jakobi Meyers is a no-brainer start this week, with a high-floor AND high-ceiling. After that, I really think Amari Cooper has a good chance at having a great game. Finally, I’m only starting Justin Jefferson if I don’t have better options, as he has a good chance of putting up a goose egg.