Have the Saints finally figured it out?  No, not things in general, as their 4-5 record indicates, but do they finally realize the type of talent that Mark Ingram has when given the opportunity?  For years, the Saints went with a stable of backs, and the only ones who have fantasy dependable were Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas (last year).  But as the injuries have mounted this year, Ingram finally got his chance to shine after teasing us for years.  Sucks for the Saints that he’s in a contract year, huh?

There’s no guarantee that Ingram will stay healthy — he already missed three games this year due to injury — but while he’s healthy and Thomas and Khiry Robinson are out, fantasy owners have to ride Ingram until the wheels fall off.

Ingram has carried the load for the Saints in recent weeks, and on the season, he has 551 yards on the ground (4.8 ypc) and six scores.  With another juicy matchup on the schedule this week against the Bengals at home, who just surrendered three rushing touchdowns last Thursday to the Cleveland Browns, Ingram is a no-brainer start of the week.

 

Start ‘Em

Others RBs to start: Steven Jackson, CJ Anderson, Alfred Morris, Ahmad Bradshaw, Jonas Gray, Terrance West, Ryan Mathews, Rashad Jennings.

Matthew Stafford, Detroit: I hope you bought low on Stafford while you could, because he’s about to take off.  The return of Calvin Johnson will once again make Stafford a top-six quarterback option in fantasy circles going forward.  The real life matchup of the Lions and the Cardinals will be fun to watch, and while the Cardinals will be leaning on the play of their defense after Carson Palmer’s season-ending injury, they give up plenty of yards through the air.  The Lions’ running game is one to avoid this week, but expect at least two scores through the air for Stafford and over 325 yards.

Others QBs to start: Ben Roethlisberger, Robert Griffin III, Josh McCown, Jay Cutler, Teddy Bridgewater, Philip Rivers, Mark Sanchez.

DeAndre Hopkins, Houston: The change to Ryan Mallett makes me slightly nervous, and I expect Mallett to have his share of struggles against the underrated Cleveland defense.  However, Hopkins can still shine even if his quarterback struggles.  If you are ever looking for a wide receiver to start, take a look at the No. 2 receiver that is facing the Browns.  Last week aside (thanks, Andy!) No. 2 receivers have eaten Buster Skrine and Justin Gilbert up this year.  Expect that trend to continue this week, even with the change of quarterback for the Texans.

Other WRs to start: Jordan Matthews, John Brown, Golden Tate, DeSean Jackson, Mike Evans, Julian Edelman, Brandin Cooks, Kelvin Benjamin, Odell Beckham, Jr.

Travis Kelce, Kansas City: There’s a shot that Anthony Fasano won’t play on Sunday, which opens the doors (finally!) for Kelce. Larry Donnell didn’t capitalize in last week’s matchup against the Seahawks, though he did have a red zone look.  Kelce has been hit or miss all season, but the matchup and opportunity sans Fasano is too good to overlook him this week.  Start him with confidence and if you pass on Rob Gronkowski in DFS this week, Kelce is a cheaper alternate.

Other TEs to start: Kyle Rudolph, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Antonio Gate, Mychal Rivera.

 

Sit ‘Em

Russell Wilson, Seattle: Remember when Wilson was taking over fantasy early in the season? Yeah, that was cute.  Lately, Wilson has looked horrible on the field, and his only value has been with his legs.  Do you want to count on that each week, especially this week against a stout Kansas City defense?  Look elsewhere if you can.

Other QBs to sit: Cam Newton, Eli Manning, Andy Dalton, Colin Kaepernick, Matt Ryan, Alex Smith.

Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati: It’s going to be the Hill show again this week, and the matchup isn’t a bad one.  However, I can see the Bengals falling behind early, which will lead to them abandoning the running game.  He could go off and have a huge game, but he’s no more than a flex to me this week.

Other RBs to bench: Bobby Rainey, Charles Sims, Reggie Bush, Joique Bell, Shane Vereen, Tre Mason, Jerick McKinnnon, Frank Gore.

Marques Colston, New Orleans: This isn’t a this week thing, this is a 2013, 2014 and beyond thing.  Can we stop pretending that Colston is good, please?  He has no business starting for you, and he shouldn’t be owned in any 10- or 12-team leagues at this point.  Forget the name, and drop him right now.  Literally, drop him for the Indianapolis defense if they are out there.

Other WRs to sit: Andre Johnson, Martavis Bryant, Reggie Wayne, Michael Crabtree, Michael Floyd, Rueben Randle, Doug Baldwin, Devante Adams.

Greg Olsen, Carolina: Look, you aren’t going to bench Olsen.  Frankly, tight end is such a poor position that it’s hard to recommend to bench anyone.  This is merely a warning that Olsen’s schedule gets mighty tough coming up, and it starts on Sunday against the Falcons, who he has owned in his career.  If you have a Rivera, Donnell or another decent tight end option, it’s not the worst idea to dangle Olsen out there to see what you could get.

Other TEs to sit: Jordan Reed, Martellus Bennett, Jordan Cameron, Zach Ertz.

  1. Tears says:
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    Curious why you’d bench Devonte Adams vs generous Eagles secondary. Would you take a chance on his boom, over Kenny Britt in a matchup vs stingy Denver secondary? .5 ppr

    Also, why would you sit Martavis Bryant, who’s been sensational the past three weeks…and facing unimpressive Titans corners?

    • @Tears: i don’t like Adams because one place the Eagles have had success is with Boykin in the slot. I would still prob risk him over Britt.

      It’s hard to bench Bryant. Stats say the matchup is tougher than it seems on paper, and Ben has struggled somewhat on the road. He should do fine – hence my start of him – but I think Bryant’s TD streak stops.

  2. Dom B says:
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    Would you trade Odell and Percy for Alshon Jeffrey

    Aaron Rodgers – Packers
    RB – LeSean McCoy – Eagles
    RB – Andre Ellington – Cardinals
    WR – T.Y. Hilton – Colts
    WR – Kelvin Benjamin – Panthers
    TE – Larry Donnell – Giants
    PK – Steven Hauschka – Seahawks
    DEF – Baltimore Ravens – Ravens

    Bench:
    QB – Ben Roethlisberger – Steelers
    RB – Fred Jackson – Bills
    RB – Charles Sims – Buccaneers
    WR – Odell Beckham Jr. – Giants
    WR – Percy Harvin – Jets
    WR – Roddy White – Falcons
    TE – Delanie Walker – Titans

  3. landon says:
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    Jeffery, blue, Ellington, Benjamin for this week….standard….pick three

  4. Jimmy says:
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    Oh almighty guru….need some of your expertise.
    PPR: Need one from Joique, Sims, Hyde or even Grimes.
    Need 2 from Hunter, Wright, Randle, Patterson or Kearse

    • @Jimmy: take a flier on Sims.

      Hunter and ugh Patterson. Pray for both to beat shoddy defenses.

      • Jimmy says:
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        Sims over Joique? Patterson over Randle? Kamikaze over suicide bomber?

  5. Wilsonian says:
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    Would you bench Vereen for CJ Anderson, Jordan Matthews, or Edelman?

    Would you bench LaFell for Jordan Matthews or Edelman?

    0.5 PPR – 3 pt bonus at 85 yards rec/100 yards rush – 6 pt bonus at 135 yards rec/150 yards rush

    • @Wilsonian: I would rank them this way – Edelman, vereen, anderson, matthews, Lafell.

  6. rainking99 says:
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    Pick 1 of these 3 for standard scoring:

    McKinnon @CHI
    Blue @CLE
    Keenan Allen vs OAK

    Thanks!

  7. BEATS by Ray says:
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    Im in a competitive money league and have 2 good D/ST (Cards, Lions). Foster might not play so I picked up Browns D. Who would u rather start this week? And also who is the better play at TE? Kyle Rudolph or Travis Kelce…. thanks man

    • @BEATS by Ray: great options and question. Defense is tough. I go detroit, Browns, cards. Then edge to Kelce if Fasano is out. If not, gamble with Rudolph. Both insane matchups. I’d be OK flexing one if it’s an option.

      • BEATS by Ray says:
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        @Michael Waterloo: my Flex options are ODJ, Boldin, Montee Ball, or Kelce/Rudolph… I thimk Browns have the more upside, still undecided in a must win week!!

        • @BEATS by Ray: beckham for flex. Can’t bench him. He’s matchup proof. I’m fine with the Browns. I’m playing them for DFS

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @BEATS by Ray:
      Haha competitive money league

  8. Nick says:
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    non-ppr, choose a wr3, rb2 & a flex…

    R Jennings , R Mathews, McKinnon, M Bryant, K Allen, Sanu…I currently have

    RB2: R Jennings
    flex: McK
    WR3: M Bryant

    let me know if I should change anything for week11, thanks!

    • @Nick: I tend to like Sanu this week over Bryant and mckinnon. Understand your setup, tho. I would put mathews over mckinnon, too.

      • Nick says:
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        @Michael Waterloo: Thanks, gonna go Mathews at Flex over Mck, but cant bench Martavis until he gives me a reason too, Titan Defense is not scary…

  9. Kevin says:
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    Why sit’em for vereen?

    • @Kevin: I will say when I typed this (Weds) I liked Gray more since Colts shutdown the outside runs. However, I changed my tune and think he is heavily involved.

  10. Phil says:
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    I really want to start Garçon over Golde Tate, I’m I crazy ?

    • @Phil: not crazy, but I have Tate far higher and trust him much more.

  11. Zach says:
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    Would you start A. Johnson or A. Blue this week? (.5 PPR for WR, 1 PPR for RB) Thanks!

    • Zach says:
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      chopped liver?

    • @Zach: my fault, Zach. Must’ve missed yours. Go Blue over Dre.

  12. Kyle says:
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    Read through and I’m guessing you think I should start Deandre Over Martavis

  13. KMDA says:
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    Trade Julio Jones for Jimmy Graham?

    I have:
    QB-Stafford, Tannehill
    RB-Ellis, Ellington, Bernard, Hyde, C2K
    WR-Jones, Benjamin, Maclin, Edelman
    TE-Kelce
    K/DEF-Random

    format
    QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, TE, FLEX
    non PPR

    • Kyle says:
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      @KMDA: yes

    • KMDA says:
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      @KMDA:
      Sorry, Lacy…not Ellis…don’t even know why I typed that

  14. Churrbadurr says:
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    Who should I play as my FLEX?

    Mckinnon, Jennings, Blue, or CJ Anderson

    Also,

    Pick 2 receivers

    B Marshall, DJax, ODB jr or M Bryant

  15. Tom says:
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    Non ppr Beckham or Hill at flex

    Thanks

    • @Tom: rolling dice with beckham. I think cincy gets away from run when saints go up early

  16. BraunWeasleys says:
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    Keenan or M Bryant this week? I feel like Keenanas the safer play, rivers is going to come out gunning after his last dud and allen has been getting 10+ looks a game lately. Bryant is around th 5-6 looks and has been amazing lately but has been td dependant and had a dud last week before his garbage time 80 yard t
    Thanks

    • @BraunWeasleys: that’s tough. I agree that Rivers is coming out throwing, but Malcolm Floyd has had great games in 5/6 past games against Raiders. I think he’s going to see most of the production. I roll with Bryant with a better scoring chance.

  17. Casey says:
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    Help would be appreciated

    Pick 1 rb, 1 wr, and 1 flex

    Gore, Blue, mckinnon, sanu, cooks

  18. Jazz says:
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    Would you pursue this trade?

    Am I trading too much/ or just right for value

    I deal ahmad Bradshaw plus either jordan matthews or martivis Bryant
    & I’d receive Le’veon bell.

    My other wrs are; demaryius thomas, Odell beckham, Kelvin benjamin, jordan Matthews, martivis Bryant

    My rbs; gio Bernard, Jeremy hill, ben Tate, Terrance west, jonas gray, tre Mason & ahmad Bradshaw

    .20 ppr

    Or hold here

    • @Jazz: I think its a fair deal. Trust bell more than Bradshaw but he does have his bye still to go.

  19. bringtheheat$20 says:
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    12 team standard format, you should only roll out in my w/r position?
    A.blue
    M.sanu
    J.stewart
    R.randle

    • Mordacious Levator says:
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      @bringtheheat$20: def not randle or stewart.

  20. bringtheheat$20 says:
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    *who should I play at my w/r position

  21. Barker says:
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    12 team league ppr

    Qb newton wr allen wayne rbs lacy ellington te bennett flex bradshaw
    Bn gordon mathews crabtree denard mason

    I want to get a qb for next week or this week for that matter and starting next week i will be starting gordon and allen/denard at the 2 wr slots
    Available qbs e manning mccown orton bridgewater carr
    Drop crabtree or wayne or mason for manning ?

    Also garcon was dropped should i drop mason for garcon?

    Thank you

    • @Barker: I would drop mason for garcon. Eli has good playoff matchups. Next week, I like Mccown against Chicago.

  22. alex says:
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    14 team PPR
    WRs don’t begin to point until they eclipse
    7 rec ( +7) or 80 yds (+8)
    So 6 rec 79 yds is Zero points

    With that being said I can only start 3
    Marvelous Martavious
    Beast Marshall
    TY top of the Hillton
    MO Sanu

    Who u got? ??

    I have Marshall Martavious TY as of now
    but I’m having 2nd thoughts
    MARSHALL W the ankle and the state of the Bears
    Bryants lack of Targets even though last week they
    looked to be trying to get him more involved outside the RedZone
    TY Hikton … well he’s a must start regardless of matchup.

    • alex says:
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      @alex:

      So I guess the question becomes
      Which 2 you going with?

      Bryant
      Marshall
      Sanu

    • alex says:
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      @alex:

      Please help!!! Thanks

  23. Dom B says:
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    Would you trade Andre Ellington since he plays SEA in the Playoff championship

  24. Ha

    I have the same question as above
    PPR league

    Sanu or Bryant this week??

    Or is it a wash ??

  25. Going forward … more value ??
    Denard Robinson
    or
    Eddie Lacy

  26. Who would you rather have as keeper

    HOPKINS
    or
    MARSHALL

  27. landon says:
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    Blue or Jeffery in flex…standard

  28. Dom B says:
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    Out of these choose 2 WR and one Flex Charles Sims, Alshon Jeffrey, Kelvin Benjamin, Roddy White TY Hilton, Malcolm Floyd also ROS Odell Beckham Jr or Alshon Jeffrey

  29. Dom B says:
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    Would you trade Alshon Jeffrey and delaine walker for Julius Thomas leaving Roddy White as flex
    my roster

    QB – Aaron Rodgers – Packers
    RB – LeSean McCoy – Eagles
    RB – Andre Ellington – Cardinals
    WR – Alshon Jeffery – Bears
    WR – T.Y. Hilton – Colts
    TE – Larry Donnell – Giants
    PK – Steven Hauschka – Seahawks
    DEF – Baltimore Ravens – Ravens

    Bench:
    QB – Ben Roethlisberger – Steelers
    RB – Fred Jackson – Bills
    RB – Charles Sims – Buccaneers
    WR – Kelvin Benjamin – Panthers
    WR – Malcom Floyd – Chargers
    WR – Roddy White – Falcons
    TE – Delanie Walker – Titans

  30. Dom B says:
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    Better flex golden Tate or Rashad Jennings also ROS kelvin Benjamin or Golden Tate

  31. Frank White says:
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    Wutup Loo.. This iS a must WIN FOR me this week and I got Murray on a bye, QB gOT hURT and picked up McCown while riding CVam on the bench cause I’ll never start him again (LOL) and starting Rivera over Donnell cause he can’t be trusted.. My flex cause of bye weeks are Baldwin, Donnell or James Jones.. What u think?? I still got Antonio Brown, Maclin, Boldin, Mathews and CJ Anderson. IDK anymore but need some luck this week!! Lol

    • @Frank White: I like the calls of Mccown and Rivera. I take a shot with jones over the other two at flex. Good luck!

      • Frank White says:
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        I had Jones in but the rankings say Donnell and in notes it say hes taking almost all the snaps.. Would you switch flex from Jones to Donnell??

        • Frank White says:
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          Also since having Rivera in I would have 2 Raiders players at once

  32. Dom B says:
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    Would you trade Lesean McCoy for Eddie Lacy

  33. Nick says:
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    drop andre johnson in non ppr for green bay (cant drop charger d til morning & gb might be gone by then.) its 10 team so i feel johnson has no value for me since i have cobb, beckham, m bryant, sanu & k allen

    • Nick says:
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      @Nick: or drop Sanu..or wait & hope in the AM i Can grab em

      • Nick says:
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        @Nick: or pickup gray for sanu/a johnson?

        • Nick says:
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          @Nick: or drop witten since i have Donnell?

  34. Bye Felicia says:
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    Well you whiffed on almost every pick. Glad I don’t ever take advice from “experts” lol

  35. Nick says:
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    Hey Waterloo, week 11 questions;

    My starting lineup looks like this;
    QB-Rodgers
    RB-Murray & Ingram
    WR-Cob @ Min, Beckham v. Dal, Sanu @ Houston
    Flex-Rashad Jennings v. Dal
    TE-Donnell v. Dal
    K-Crosby @ Min
    D- GB @ Min

    bench options for week 11 are;
    Mathews v. STL
    McKinnon v. GB
    K Allen v STL
    A Johnson v. Cincy
    Witten @ NYG

    Besides advice on any changes to the starting lineup, do you think Crosby has a rough day in Minnesota where its outdoors/windy?…Novak, Tucker & Dawson are available so I think I’ll go get one of them & shed some of my GB bias but which is best for week 11? Novak has ST Louis at home, Tucker is going to NO and Dawson has Washington…

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