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Thursday Night Football Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Patriots vs Falcons in Week 11

Isaiah De Los Santos
Fantasy football start 'em, sit 'em picks for Thursday Night Football Patriots vs Falcons in Week 11, including Hunter Henry, Mike Davis and Matt Ryan
Fantasy football start 'em, sit 'em picks for Thursday Night Football Patriots vs Falcons in Week 11, including Hunter Henry, Mike Davis and Matt Ryan / Maddie Meyer/GettyImages

The Atlanta Falcons will look to keep their playoff hopes alive as they face the New England Patriots on Thursday Night Football in Week 11.

Thursday Night Football Fantasy Picks

FanDuel Sportsbook has the Patriots slated as 6.5-point road favorites in what could be a one-sided game.

If you need some help building your fantasy lineup, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Thursday Night Football matchup.

Hunter Henry Fantasy

Start Hunter Henry, TE, New England Patriots: Hunter Henry had his best game of the season with Jonnu Smith sidelined in Week 10. Henry totaled 19.7 PPR points thanks to 2 touchdowns on just 4 catches with his counterpart out. Now Smith is questionable for this matchup after being limited in practice. Henry (10 targets) and Smith (9) have been major factors in the red zone for this team, and the latter potentially being out would mean even more scoring opportunities going Henry's way. The tight end's upside without Smith is hard to ignore against a lacking Falcons defense.

Mike Davis Fantasy

Start Mike Davis, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Mike Davis could operate as the Falcons' lead back once again with Cordarrelle very questionable to play. Davis saw 17.2 opportunities (12.4 rushes plus 4.8 targets) over the first five games of the year before Patterson siphoned away his work. He put up at least 10.0 PPR points in each of those contests, but has managed double digits just once since the Week 6 bye. With Patterson likely out, Calvin Ridley still sidelined, and New England likely to zero in on Kyle Pitts, Atlanta is left with little receiving options. They also may need to air the ball out as big underdogs, meaning a possibly busy night for Davis as Matt Ryan's check-down man.

Rhamondre Stevenson Fantasy

Sit Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, New England Patriots: Rhamondre Stevenson benefited from Damien Harris being sidelined. He saw 30 combined carries over Week 9 and 10 with Harris hampered by a concussion. Stevenson recorded just 25 total carries over the first four games with Harris operating as the clear RB1. With Harris now officially back, he'll assume that role once again, relegating Stevenson to a backup committee with Brandon Bolden and J.J. Taylor. Don't bank on Stevenson seeing enough work to be fantasy-relevant with Harris healthy.

Matt Ryan Fantasy

Sit Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons: Matt Ryan's roller-coaster of a season hit rock bottom in Week 10 with just 0.68 fantasy points. His Week 11 matchup against this Pats secondary is far from a bounce-back opportunity. New England ranks No. 5 in Football Outsiders' pass-defense DVOA metric and is No. 8 in fewest passing yards allowed per game. They also surrender the second-fewest fantasy points to QBs (13.8) this season. It's hard to see Ryan having even a decent game with his receiving corps severely limited.

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