Published: Nov. 12, 2014 at 10:27 a.m.
Updated: Nov. 14, 2014 at 01:59 p.m.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 11: Quarterbacks


Start 'Em & Sit 'Em is the ultimate look at the weekly NFL matchups and how they'll affect your fantasy football team. All starts and sits are based on standard scoring leagues. Obvious fantasy starters like Aaron Rodgers and Marshawn Lynch will not be featured. For your final lineup decisions, check our lineup rankings.

Byes: Baltimore, Dallas, Jacksonville, N.Y. Jets

Start 'Em

Start of the Week - Matthew Stafford vs. Arizona Cardinals

Stafford got back on track last week (with the return of Calvin Johnson), scoring 19.9 fantasy points in a win over the Miami Dolphins. This week he faces the Cardinals, who have surrendered 350-plus passing yards to two of the last three quarterbacks they've faced at home. Look for Stafford to shine in this NFC clash.

Colin Kaepernick vs. New York Giants

Much like Captain Edward John Smith, I am going down with the Titanic (or this case, Kaepernick). Despite some good matchups, he's failed to score 15 fantasy points in each of his last three games. Still, can you pass him up against the Giants? Their defense has been shredded by quarterbacks, so keep the faith with Kaepernick.

Jay Cutler vs. Minnesota Vikings

Cutler was brutal in the stat sheets last week in a loss to the Packers at Lambeau Field, which has been his personal house of horrors. I look for him to rebound this week at home, where he'll face a Vikings team that has allowed multiple touchdown passes (eight total) to quarterbacks in three of their last four road contests.

Matt Ryan vs. Carolina Panthers

It's tough to trust Ryan on the road, and you shouldn't do it unless you are devoid of other quarterback options. He's a good play based on the matchup, though, as the Panthers have allowed an average of 18.75 fantasy points per game to signal-callers. Carolina has also allowed 19 touchdown passes, which is tied for third-most.

Robert Griffin III vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Griffin III, who is still a free agent in plenty of leagues, is worth a roll of the dice if you're in need at quarterback. That's due in large part to a matchup against the Buccaneers, who have allowed an average of over 21 fantasy points per game to home quarterbacks so far in 2014. That includes a combined 10 touchdown passes.

Good matchups: Josh McCown at Washington Redskins, Teddy Bridgewater at Chicago Bears, Derek Carr at San Diego Chargers

Sit 'Em

Sit of the Week - Russell Wilson vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Wilson is tough to bench from a fantasy perspective, and you shouldn't do it unless you have a reliable alternative on your roster. Just keep in mind that the Chiefs are extremely tough on quarterbacks at Arrowhead Stadium, surrendering an average of 222.5 passing yards and fewer than 14 fantasy points per game.

Philip Rivers vs. Oakland Raiders

Rivers seems like a no-brainer to start vs. the Raiders, right? Well you might want to think again. In his career against Oakland in San Diego, the veteran quarterback has averaged fewer than 12 fantasy points per game. Shocking, huh? He's also had just six touchdowns with five turnovers in his last four home games against them.

Cam Newton vs. Atlanta Falcons

In Newton's last five games against the Falcons, Superman has recorded a combined 13 touchdowns (four rushing). Atlanta has also surrendered an average of over 17 fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. So why is Cam a sit? Well, did you see his offensive line on Monday night? There's just too much risk here to trust him.

Andy Dalton vs. New Orleans Saints

Dalton isn't as bad as he looked last week against the Cleveland Browns, but it's still hard to have a whole lot of faith in him. This week's matchup against the Saints won't help either, as opposing quarterbacks have struggled at the Superdome. In fact, New Orleans has allowed just four touchdown passes in four home contests.

Eli Manning vs. San Francisco 49ers

The Niners have allowed seven touchdown passes in their last two road games, so why is Manning a sit? Well, those two games came versus Peyton Manning and Drew Brees. In their three previous roadies, San Francisco allowed four scoring strikes. Overall, their defense has allowed fewer than 15 points per game to quarterbacks.

Bad matchups: Ben Roethlisberger at Tennessee Titans (MNF), Alex Smith vs. Seattle Seahawks, Ryan Mallett at Cleveland Browns

Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. Have a burning question on anything fantasy related? Tweet it to @Michael_Fabiano or send a question via Facebook!


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