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

Larry Rupp
Fantasy football picks for the Houston Texans vs Tennessee Titans Week 11 matchup, including Ryan Tannehill, Brandin Cooks and Jeremy McNichols.
Fantasy football picks for the Houston Texans vs Tennessee Titans Week 11 matchup, including Ryan Tannehill, Brandin Cooks and Jeremy McNichols. / Wesley Hitt/GettyImages

The Tennessee Titans will attempt to extend their six-game winning streak when they host the Houston Texans in Week 11 NFL action. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Titans slated as strong 10.5-point favorites in what is one of the largest spreads on the schedule.

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

Brandin Cooks Fantasy

Start Brandin Cooks, WR, Houston Texans: Wide receiver Brandin Cooks remains the only player with any kind of upside on this Houston Texans' offense. Although he only posted 56 receiving yards on 6 receptions in Week 9, Cooks still led the team with a whopping 14 targets. This is a player that ranks as the WR21 in PPR scoring leagues despite playing on a team averaging the fewest total yards per game in the NFL (280.1). The Titans are also allowing the most PPR fantasy points to opposing WRs on the season, which includes 14 receiving touchdowns. Everything lines up for Cooks to ball out on Sunday.

Ryan Tannehill Fantasy

Start Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans: Without running back Derrick Henry available to play due to an injury, the Titans must now rely on Ryan Tannehill to get the job done. The ninth-year pro has been a borderline QB1 all season and is making up for his lack of passing touchdowns with his feet. In fact, Tannehill has rushed for a touchdown in four of his last five games played. He draws a favorable matchup in Week 10 facing a Texans' defense that is allowing the third-most yards per completion in the NFL (11.6). Overall, Houston is giving up the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing QBs, which makes Tannehill a rock-solid starter this week.

David Johnson & Phillip Lindsay Fantasy

Sit David Johnson & Philip Lindsay, RB, Houston Texans: Fantasy managers would be smart to avoid starting anyone in the Houston backfield for the time being. Veterans David Johnson and Phillip Lindsay continue to split the work on a team that is averaging the fourth-fewest rushing attempts per game this season (22.7). The Titans have also been shutting down opposing ball-carriers on a weekly basis. Tennessee is giving up the sixth-fewest PPR fantasy points to opposing RBs and has allowed just 8 total touchdowns to the position overall. Neither Johnson nor Lindsay has seen double-digit carries in any game this season, which makes them both droppable at this point in the season.

Jeremy McNichols Fantasy

Sit Jeremy McNichols, RB, Tennessee Titans: Running back Jeremy McNichols was expected to take on a bigger role after Henry went down, yet he is failing to capitalize on his opportunity. While the fifth-year pro lead the backfield with a 45% snap rate last week, he finished the game with less touches than both Dont'a Foreman and Adrian Peterson. McNichols has scored just 1 touchdown this season and is seemingly being used for his blocking abilities. That is not what fantasy managers want to hear. McNichols has shown nothing to warrant being started, even against a Texans' defense that ranks in the middle of the pack against the run.

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