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Week 11 Choose or Lose: Wide Receivers

Choose or lose is Salute Magazine‘s version of the weekly start ’em, sit ’em fantasy football picks. Week 11 offers up some great matchups but also some decisions that need to be made as to who to start over some other players.


Sammy Watkins at New England

Watkins didn’t have a big game against the New York Jets but he did shake Revis Island on a key third down play last week. In the first matchup with the Patriots, Watkins caught six passes for 60 yards and one touchdown. He seems to be forming a solid bond with QB Tyrod Taylor in the last few weeks though and he should have an even bigger game on Monday night.

Steve Johnson vs. Chiefs

The Chargers lost Keenan Allen a couple of weeks ago because of a lacerated kidney and there is a chance that Malcom Floyd doesn’t suit up for the Chargers on Sunday. Both of those absences should lead to Johnson being targeted early and often against the Chiefs‘ secondary. Quarterback Philip Rivers only trails Brady in passing yards this season but the Chargers are struggling in 2015 and can’t seem to put it all together. Johnson used to be the No. 1 receiver in Buffalo so he isn’t a stranger to that role, and he has a better QB in San Diego.


Jordan Matthews vs. Tampa Bay

The Matthews experiment is in its second season in Philadelphia and it hasn’t been a good one. He’s only had two decent performances this season and is too spotty and inconsistent to be deemed a weekly fantasy football starter for the rest of the year. If you don’t believe me, fine, but don’t expect to win many games for the rest of the regular season with him in the lineup unless your roster is loaded elsewhere.

T.Y. Hilton at Atlanta

Hilton has been a disappointment this season and there are several thousands of fantasy football owners that took him in the first couple of rounds. The Falcons are 19th against the pass (253.4 ypg) but have given up the second fewest points to opposing wide receivers. With that in mind, Hilton is facing a tough Falcons’ secondary and the Colts are using Matt Hasselbeck as their quarterback for the near future.

On the Bubble

Brandon LaFell vs. Buffalo

LaFell is going to have to get acclimated to the pace of the game quickly, especially when the Patriots will be relying on him heavily in the absence of Julian Edelman. The good news for LaFell is that he will be facing the Bills‘ defense that has given up the seventh most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. He is more than capable of having a big impact but the Bills have the ability to show up in this matchup with Rex Ryan at the helm.


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