We’re coming into Week 11 of the NFL season, which means playoff races for teams could possibly tighten in the upcoming games. With history serving as evidence, most games have come down to the performance of the field generals, which can oftentimes be a tricky tactic in deciding which quarterback would best suit a fantasy team owner for the upcoming games.
Make no mistake, a quarterback on a losing team doesn’t define that player’s individual success that season, take Dak Prescott for example. So with that, the observation should always be on the quarterback’s performances rather than the end result of the contest he’s in at the moment.
Here are the quarterback start ’em sit ’em suggestions ahead of Week 11.
QBs to Start in Week 11
Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger (vs. Jaguars)
While the Steelers club will remain as modest as possible ahead of their Week 11 bout against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the runway is still wide open for a blowout in their favor. ESPN’s Matchup Predictor has Pittsburgh with an 85.8 percent chance of victory, one of their highest upsides in terms of being favorited this season.
Roethlisberger has been one of the main catalyst in the Steelers’ success, and he’ll look to make short work of an underperforming Jaguars squad. He’s coming off arguably his best performance of the season against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 10. He finished that outing completing 58.70 percent of his passes for 333 yards. The golden nugget in his performance was the season-high four touchdowns that he threw as well, while throwing no interceptions during that time also.
Chargers’ Justin Herbert (vs. Jets)
Justin Herbert has certainly made a case for himself as a future force in the league. While the Chargers haven’t directly reaped the benefits of his production, that falls on other aspects such as a lackluster defense. Still, the rookie quarterback has been phenomenal through his 10 weeks of play.
He’s completed 66.8 percent of his passes for the season, while throwing for over 200 yards in every game except for his most recent outing in Week 10 against the Miami Dolphins. His opponent this week should see him return to his normal numbers for the season though. The Jets are basically a free space on a bingo card at this point, and the Chargers could benefit from this contest to hopefully turn their luck around as well.
Lions’ Matthew Stafford (vs. Panthers)
Stafford has been decent in recent weeks. That won’t change against the Carolina Panthers. While he’s battling a thumb injury, all signs point to him being available at full capacity ahead of this next NFL Sunday. He finished Week 10 against Washington completing 72.73 percent of his passes for 276 yards, resulting in three touchdowns.
His silver lining despite a thumb injury is the Panthers’ shaky defense. They rank 22nd in yards allowed by an opposing quarterback, and have seen their share of upsets against opposing quarterbacks in recent weeks. Patrick Mahomes most recently had a field day against the Panthers in NFL Week 9, throwing for four touchdowns while completing 66.67 percent of his passes.
QBs to Sit in Week 11
Eagles’ Carson Wentz (vs. Cleveland Browns)
Wentz can’t put the right performances together for the Philadelphia Eagles. He has been one of the NFL leaders in interceptions thrown, while owning a 50.2 percent quarterback rating.
The Eagles have had a slew of injuries, but even when somewhat healthy, Wentz hasn’t been able to deliver. He’s coming off a 27-17 loss to the New York Giants, which saw him complete 56.8 percent of his passes while throwing no touchdowns. While the Browns don’t necessarily pose the best defense in the world, they’re coming off an NFL Week 10 bout against the Houston Texans in which they held Deshaun Watson to only 163 yards.
Colts’ Philip Rivers (vs. Packers)
If Rivers had an NFL game in which he should take the back seat, this would be the one. Rivers has posted some dominant outings in recent weeks, and he’ll likely continue following Week 11. The Packers just haven’t been that kind to quarterbacks this season though, and they’ll likely make an example out of Rivers early on.
Green Bay ranks 10th in the league in touchdowns allowed by passing, and have imposed that will against quarterbacks such as Tom Brady in NFL Week 6. Jake Luton was limited to only 51.4 percent of his passes for one touchdown and one interception. Rivers could make some decent noise in Week 11, but the safe bet is to hang back on him.
Titans’ Ryan Tannehill (vs. Ravens)
Ryan Tannehill hasn’t been his best self in recent weeks, and that won’t bode well against the Baltimore Ravens’ defense in NFL Week 11. While their offense has struggled at times, the Ravens’ defense has been nothing short of spectacular.
Tannehill only threw for 147 yards and one touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts in NFL Week 10, and had a similar performance in Week 9 against the Chicago Bears. Meanwhile, the Ravens rank seventh in yards allowed by passing along with ranking fifth in touchdowns allowed by passing.
Tannehill will probably get back to his normal NFL performances in the coming weeks, but not against the Ravens.