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Week 11 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Patriots vs Texans

Larry Rupp
Jakobi Meyers' increasing role in the Patriots' offense makes him a great start in Week 11.
Jakobi Meyers' increasing role in the Patriots' offense makes him a great start in Week 11. / Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The New England Patriots (4-5) will look to win their third consecutive game and stay alive in the playoff race when they take on the Houston Texans (2-7) in Week 11 NFL action. While it may not be a highly anticipated matchup, there are a multitude of crucial fantasy football implications featured in this game.

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

Who Should I Start Fantasy Football

Start Jakobi Meyers, WR, New England Patriots: Jakobi Meyers was one of the most popular waiver wire pickups this week and for good reason. Meyers has seen an average of 9.25 targets over the past four games and has had at least 58 receiving yards in each game as well. He even passed for a touchdown during a trick play last week. Meyers has quickly become quarterback Cam Newton's go-to target in the passing attack and now faces a Texans' defense that has given up 13 touchdowns to opposing wide receivers this season (T-No. 27 in the NFL). The Patriots have had success when they get Meyers involved and there is no reason to believe they won't do that again this week.

Start Brandin Cooks, WR, Houston Texans: Brandin Cooks has cemented himself as a reliable No. 2 option for quarterback DeShaun Watson as he has seen at least 8 targets in each of the past five games. He has also scored a touchdown in three of the past five games. While the Patriots' defense has been solid defending wide receivers this season, most of their attention will likely go towards slowing down Will Fuller. If so, Cooks should be able to create mismatches and space across the field rather easily. The Patriots are also giving up 14.74 yards per reception to opposing wide receivers this season (No. 31 in the NFL), which means Cooks should have no problem racking up yards on Sunday.

Sit New England Patriots D/ST: The New England Patriots may seem like an option this week if you are looking to stream a defense, but that just is not the case. While the Patriots have had at least one interception in each of the past five games, they are now facing Watson and the Texans offense. Watson has been taking care of the football all season and hasn't thrown an interception since Week 5. In fact, the Texans have just 9 total turnovers this season (T-No. 6 in the NFL). This seems like a spot to avoid the Patriots if possible and find a much more favorable matchup on the waiver wire.

Sit Randall Cobb, WR, Houston Texans: Randall Cobb has done a nice job creating a role for himself in this offense as the No. 3 receiver. He has had a few big games including a Week 7 performance in which he caught 8 of 10 targets for 95 yards. However, he just hasn't been consistent enough to warrant a start anytime soon. He has scored just 2 touchdowns all season and while he sees a decent amount of targets, he is averaging just 9.4 yards per target. The Patriots have given up just 94 receptions to opposing wide receivers all season (No. 2 in the NFL). This doesn't seem like a game where Cobb will have a productive performance.

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