Week 11 of the 2021 NFL season brings a clash between two 5-4 AFC teams when the Cincinnati Bengals take on the Las Vegas Raiders. The Bengals are currently 1-point road favorites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 11 showdown.
Tee Higgins Fantasy
Start Tee Higgins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: Tee Higgins has slowly but surely climbed the WR ranks since returning from injury in Week 5 and ranks as WR36 since that span. He has a chance to impress this weekend against an underperforming Raiders secondary, which ranks just 22nd in Football Outsiders' pass-defense DVOA metric. Higgins has seen at least 6 targets in every game since Week 5 and while his 2 TDs leaves us wanting more, he ranks second on the Bengals in red zone targets (7), just one behind leading wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase. Las Vegas ranks second to last in red zone defense, so expect Higgins to take advantage in Week 11.
Hunter Renfrow Fantasy
Start Hunter Renfrow, WR, Las Vegas Raiders: Cincinnati's defense has been a tale of two tapes, strong against the run and one of the weakest secondary units in the NFL. The Bengals rank 21st in Football Outsiders' pass-defense DVOA metric and that spells a great game for Hunter Renfrow. Behind only tight end Darren Waller, Renfrow has emerged as Derek Carr's favorite target. He leads the WR depth chart with 69 targets, including a team-leading 11 red zone targets. Renfrow has operated as WR21 since Henry Ruggs' departure and is a strong No. 2 WR option in Week 11.
Tyler Boyd Fantasy
Sit Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: While the Raiders secondary has been an area to attack, that may not be the case for Tyler Boyd. Boyd put up a clunker in Week 10 of just 1 reception on 2 targets. That's the fourth game this season he finished with less than 5 targets and Boyd has played second fiddle to both Chase and Higgins. Boyd averages just 10.3 PPR points per week. Although he's played in all nine of Cincinnati's games, Higgins and Chase both dominate more of the red zone attention and Boyd will have trouble climbing above his WR42 rankings as that trend continues.
Josh Jacobs + Kenyan Drake Fantasy
Sit Josh Jacobs + Kenyan Drake, RB, Las Vegas Raiders: Cincinnati may have its share of struggles against the pass, but the rush unit remains strong and ranks 10th in Football Outsiders' rush-defense DVOA metric. Cincinnati also allows the eighth-fewest rushing yards per game this season. Josh Jacobs is the technical starter but neither him nor Kenyan Drake has emerged as a clear-cut better fantasy option since Week 6, and that's a nightmare for managers. Jacobs leads Drake with 55 (42 rush, 13 targets) opportunities, but Drake's presence in the passing game (26 rush, 16 targets) has been a serious handicap to those who roster Jacobs. Jacobs gets the nod of the two, but fantasy managers should consider other options because of Cincy's strong front seven.
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