Week 11 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Bengals vs Washington

The Bengals' struggles to cover tight ends makes Logan Thomas a great start in Week 11.
The Bengals' struggles to cover tight ends makes Logan Thomas a great start in Week 11. / Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals (2-6-1) go on the road to take on Alex Smith and the Washington Football Team (2-7) in Week 11 NFL action. While this game may not mean a lot when it comes to the NFL playoff race, it definitely has a large impact across fantasy football leagues this week.

If you need help with your fantasy football lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for the Week 11 Bengals-Washington showdown.

Who Should I Start Fantasy Football

Start Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals: As rookie Joe Burrow makes his case to become the Rookie of the Year, he continues to put up starting caliber numbers in fantasy football as well. Burrow has thrown for 300 or more passing yards in five of his nine games this season and has had at least 30 passing attempts in every game. The Bengals are definitely letting him loose and seeing what he is capable of producing. This is a tough matchup for Burrow as Washington is allowing the least amount of passing yards per game this season (194.7). However, the Bengals should remain a heavy passing team with starting running back Joe Mixon likely missing his fourth consecutive game. It is best to just start Burrow until he gives you a concrete reason not to.

Start Logan Thomas, TE, Washington Football Team: Quarterback Alex Smith spread the ball around last week and that aided Logan Thomas as he caught 4 of his 6 targets for 66 yards. He acted as a go-to option for Smith and now draws a decent matchup in Week 11 as the Bengals haven't been able to stop opposing tight ends all season. Cincinnati has given up 583 receiving yards (No. 30 in the NFL) and 6 touchdowns to the position so far (T-No. 22 in the NFL). Thomas is averaging 5.7 targets per game and could easily see that number again this week. He is worthy of being started in all fantasy football formats.

Sit AJ Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: It has been a disappointing season for AJ Green as the veteran wide receiver has fallen to a No. 3 receiving role in the offense. He is being overshadowed by Tyler Boyd and rookie Tee Higgins and has only surpassed 50 receiving yards three times this season. Green's catch rate is most concerning as he has caught just 31 of 68 targets for a career-low 45.6% mark. Green also hasn't scored a touchdown this season and is becoming droppable at this point. With Boyd and Higgins continuing to perform well, there is no reason to think starting Green this week or moving forward is a smart idea.

Sit Alex Smith, QB, Washington Football Team: This may be surprising to see after Alex Smith put up a career-high 390 passing yards last week, but that performance doesn't make him a must start player quite yet. Smith didn't toss any touchdowns last week as Washington leaned on its ground game more when it reached the redzone. While he draws a favorable matchup this week, it is hard to start Smith after just one week as being the starter. Until he proves that he can string together decent performances one after another, you are better off starting more reliable quarterbacks this week. Although, if you're looking for a perfect backup quarterback in fantasy football, this is your guy.

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