2020 Season: Week 11 Start/Flex/Bench


Charles Herrmann (@HermsNFL)
The Lateral Chief Editor

Malcolm McMillan (@McLateralFF)
The Lateral Writer

This week is bookended by two equally great games featuring four NFC playoff contenders. Arizona @ Seattle showcases a fantasy manager's dream of offensive talent, and pretty much everyone with any fantasy relevance can be started there. On Monday, it is the complete opposite where Los Angeles squares off against Tampa Bay in a defensive battle. That game may qualify as a nightmare for fantasy managers as the defensive talent makes you want to fade the offensive talent... which in the case of the Bucs you were hesitant to trust anyway.

As usual, Charles is covering the AFC teams and I, Malcolm, am handling the NFC, which in no way influenced this introduction being all about the NFC.

Week 11 Start/Flex/Bench

Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks (Thursday 8:20 pm)

ARI: Start QB Kyler Murray, flex WR Christian Kirk, and bench the DST. Should be a good matchup for the Cardinals.
SEA: Start QB Russell Wilson, flex RB Carlos Hyde, and bench the DST. This is a case of basically the exact same teams playing each other. 
Pittsburgh Steelers at Jacksonville Jaguars (Sunday 1 pm)

PIT: Start the Steelers. That's as specific as I think I need to be.

JAC: Start WR D.J. Chark Jr., flex RB James Robinson (injury + Pittsburgh DST = lowered expectations), bench the rest.

Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers (Sunday 1 pm)

DET: Start RB D'Andre Swift (NOTE: Swift now has a concussion, so monitor that situation), flex WR Marvin Jones Jr. (provided WR Kenny Golladay remains out), and bench WR Marvin Hall.

CAR: Start RB Mike Davis, flex WR Robbie Anderson, stream whoever plays QB for Carolina (likely P.J. Walker), and bench TE Ian Thomas. TE is not a thing in Carolina until there is evidence to the contrary.


New England Patriots at Houston Texans (Sunday 1 pm)

NE: Start RB Damien Harris/WR Jakobi Meyers, stream QB Cam Newton, bench but perhaps stash RB Rex Burkhead. I want to see if he can be an RB2 three weeks in a row before I trust it.
HOU: It's easier here to tell you who I wouldn't start. I think WR Randall Cobb is a deeper league WR3/flex and neither TE has much value. This is a prime spot for the Houston offense as a whole.

Tennessee Titans at Baltimore Ravens (Sunday 1 pm)


TEN: Start RB Derrick Henry/WR A.J. Brown (assuming health), flex no one comfortably, bench QB Ryan Tannehill/TE Jonnu Smith. WR Corey Davis is a higher-end WR4 in this matchup that managers with bye week issues could roll with if need be.

BAL: Start QB Lamar Jackson/TE Mark Andrews because you have to and tight end is whack, flex no one, bench the RBs and WR Marquise Brown. The DST and K Justin Tucker are always good plays. One more thing? I don't know that you even need to roster Hollywood Brown anymore to be honest. If you're in need of an emergency pick-up, you would be justified in dropping Brown.
Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland Browns (Sunday 1 pm)

PHI: Start RB Miles Sanders, flex WR Jalen Reagor, stream TE Dallas Goedert if you can (and if you are in an ESPN league, you can), and bench WR Alshon Jeffery.

CLE: Start both RBs/WR Jarvis Landry, stream TE Austin Hooper (c'mon, it was windy as hell last week; give him a break), bench QB Baker Mayfield.

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints (Sunday 1 pm)

ATL: Start WR Julio Jones, flex WR Olamide Zaccheaus if WR Calvin Ridley is out, and bench RB Brian Hill in what should be a bad matchup for him and the TD dependent RB Todd Gurley.
NO: Start RB Alvin Kamara (he did not practice today but I am not worried) and flex WR Michael Thomas (seriously, put him in your FLEX spot rather than a WR spot). Stream QB Jameis Winston as a QB, but also stream QB Taysom Hill as a TE (if your league allows Hill to be considered a TE, which ESPN does). Bench the somewhat resurgent DST in a matchup that could see them get torched through the air.


Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Football Team (Sunday 1 pm)

CIN: Start RB Giovani Bernard/WR Tyler Boyd but temper expectations, flex no one, bench QB Joe Burrow. Track WR Tee Higgins and his health. He's a nervous flex should he be available. I do not share Malcolm's enthusiasm as it relates to the Bengals offense that gives up the second-most sacks in the NFL going against the defense with the fifth-most sacks on the year.

WFT: Start WR Terry McLaurin, flex either RB Antonio Gibson or RB J.D. McKissic, stream TE Logan Thomas in a great matchup, and bench the DST who will be giving up plenty of points to Joe Burrow & Co.

New York Jets at Los Angeles Chargers (Sunday 4:05 pm)

NYJ: Start WR Jameson Crowder, flex RB La'Mical Perine if need be, bench all others. Pick WR Denzel Mims up and stash.
LAC: Start 'em if you've got 'em. WR Jalen Guyton is a decent deep league flex if you're in a serious bind.

Miami Dolphins at Denver Broncos (Sunday 4:05 pm)

MIA: Start QB Tua Tagovailoa/RB Salvon Ahmed/WR DeVante Parker, flex WR Jakeem Grant if you're desperate, bench TE Mike Gesecki. The DST and K Jason Sanders are excellent plays.

DEN: As things stand, RB Melvin Gordon III is the only Bronco I feel confident about starting. TE Noah Fant included assuming health. 

Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings (Sunday 4:25 pm) 

DAL: Start WR Amari Cooper and flex RB Ezekiel Elliott (much like with Saints WR Michael Thomas, I genuinely mean put him in the FLEX spot rather than starting him). Stream TE Dalton Schultz if you are needy, even though Minnesota is a mediocre matchup. Please keep WR Michael Gallup on your bench. Targets do not matter if you do not catch them.
MIN: Start RB Dalvin Cook, flex WR Justin Jefferson, and you can probably stream the DST against another bad team. Leave the TEs Irv Smith Jr. (who may be out with an injury) and Kyle Rudolph on the bench.

Green Bay Packers at Indianapolis Colts (Sunday 4:25 pm)

GB: Start RB Aaron Jones for the safe floor against the tough Colts DST. You should also start WR Davante Adams if he is healthy, but since he missed practice today I am officially concerned. Flex WR Allen Lazard over RB Jamaal Williams, who I would leave on the bench along with TE Robert Tonyan.

IND: Start RB Nyheim Hines, flex WR Michael Pittman based on expected volume, bench the rest (yes, you too, RB Jonathan Taylor). DST and the bespectacled kicker are solid choices.

Kansas City Chiefs at Las Vegas Raiders (Sunday 8:20 pm)

KC: Click here. It's not going to get much better for the Chiefs than this.

LV: The only Raiders I'm rolling with are RB Josh Jacobs and TE Darren Waller. This isn't the week to try and deal with their offense in fantasy football.

Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Monday 8:15 pm)

LAR: Start WR Robert Woods and feel nervous about it, but I cannot recommend starting any of the RBBC of Cam Akers, Darrell Henderson, and Malcolm Brown. I would leave all three on the bench even though one will ultimately finish with fantasy-relevant points. Given his safe floor, you can flex WR Cooper Kupp.

TB: Start TE Rob Gronkowski in what feels like a game where QB Tom Brady will need his safety blanket. Flex WR Mike Evans, who should continue to see some targets in the slot, but leave the RBs on the bench. It is a bad matchup for the Bucs RBs and I do not trust Head Coach Bruce Arians to allow another Ronald Jones fumble.

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