Sunday Night Football Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Steelers vs Chargers

Devon Platana
Fantasy football start 'em, sit 'em for Sunday Night Football Steelers vs Chargers in Week 11, including Pat Freiermuth and Mike Williams.
Fantasy football start 'em, sit 'em for Sunday Night Football Steelers vs Chargers in Week 11, including Pat Freiermuth and Mike Williams. / Emilee Chinn/GettyImages

The Pittsburgh Steelers will clash with the Los Angeles Chargers in the NFL's Week 11 Sunday Night Football matchup. FanDuel Sportsbook is currently listing the Chargers as the 5.5-point home favorite.

If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 11 showdown.

Pat Freiermuth Fantasy

Start Pat Freiermuth, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers: After a quiet start to his first NFL campaign, Pat Freiermuth has become a legitimate tight end in fantasy. In fact, he's TE4 in PPR since emerging in Week 6. During that stretch, he's seen an average of 7.25 targets per game for 21 receptions, 176 yards and a trio of touchdowns. Now, he's up against a Chargers defense surrendering the 14.0 fantasy points per game to tight ends — tied for fourth-highest. Freiermuth is on track for another TE1 performance.

Austin Ekeler Fantasy

Start Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers: While Austin Ekeler is RB3 in PPR this season, he's only been RB17 since Week 6. On paper, this week's matchup seems tough, with the Steelers giving up fifth-fewest fantasy points to running backs. However, Pittsburgh's defense was torched by the Detroit Lions last week for 229 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 39 attempts. To add to that, the Steelers' average of 153.7 rushing yards allowed over their last three games is the most in the NFL during that span. With the game script favoring a Chargers' lead, it's looking promising for Ekeler.

Ben Roethlisberger Fantasy

Sit Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger has been activated to the 53-man roster after being in COVID-19 protocol, causing him to miss last week's game. While some fantasy managers may be enticed to use him due to injuries or bye weeks, it's best to stay away from him. The Chargers have been solid at stopping quarterbacks, holding the position to 16.0 fantasy PPG (27th). Even though Roethlisberger hasn't thrown an interception in four games, he hasn't played in a couple of weeks and shouldn't be seen as anything more than a desperation play.

Mike Williams Fantasy

Sit Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers: For the first three weeks of the 2021 NFL season, Mike Williams was WR2 and looked like he was becoming a superstar. He's fallen to WR42 since Week 4, averaging 10.4 points. Wideouts have averaged 29.5 fantasy points against the Steelers, however, Pittsburgh has kept opponents to just 188.3 passing yards over their last three games — sixth-best in that stretch. Meanwhile, Williams hasn't found the end zone since Week 5, recording no more than two catches and fewer than 50 yards in three of his last four games. Pivot to another option if possible.

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.