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

Larry Rupp
Fantasy football picks for the Washington Football Team vs Carolina Panthers Week 11 matchup, including Cam Newton, Logan Thomas, and Taylor Heinicke.
Fantasy football picks for the Washington Football Team vs Carolina Panthers Week 11 matchup, including Cam Newton, Logan Thomas, and Taylor Heinicke. / Christian Petersen/GettyImages

The Carolina Panthers will look to keep pace in the NFC playoff race when they host the Washington Football Team in Week 11 NFL action. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Panthers slated as 3.5-point home favorites in a game that is sure to have fantasy football implications.

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

Logan Thomas Fantasy

Start Logan Thomas, TE, Washington Football Team: This start recommendation all comes down to the health of tight end Logan Thomas. If he is able to suit up on Sunday, he has a shot to put up top TE numbers. The Panthers have allowed at least 45 yards or a touchdown to an opposing TE in each of the last two weeks. Keep in mind that Thomas ranked as TE7 in fantasy scoring through the first three weeks of the season before suffering a hamstring injury. He is the go-to option on this offense down in the red zone and his upside alone warrants a start this week.

Cam Newton Fantasy

Start Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers: Talk about a return to the NFL. Cam Newton rushed and passed for a touchdown in the Panthers' big win against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 10. He looked right at home running Matt Rhule's offense in his limited amount of snaps. Newton couldn't have asked for a better matchup on Sunday, assuming he is the starter. Washington has posted the fourth-worst pass defense DVOA rating in the NFL and is giving up the most fantasy points to opposing QBs this season. Newton's rushing abilities gives him borderline QB1 upside this week and makes him a must-add player across all league formats.

Taylor Heinicke Fantasy

Sit Taylor Heinicke, QB, Washington Football Team: While Newton may have a favorable matchup, it is completely different for Taylor Heinicke. The 28-year-old signal-caller is set to face a Carolina defense that is allowing the second-fewest total yards per game (280.7) in the league as well as just 9.0 yards per completion (No. 1 in NFL). Heinicke hasn't thrown for multiple touchdowns in a game since Week 4 and has tossed 9 interceptions across 8 starts. That's not going to get the job done in fantasy football. Heinicke is merely a low-end QB2 moving forward and should not be started.

Chuba Hubbard Fantasy

Sit Chuba Hubbard, RB, Carolina Panthers: Fantasy managers may see Chuba Hubbard's touchdown in Week 10 as a reason to keep him on the roster. However, it is clear that Christian McCaffrey is ready to take back his workhorse role in this backfield. Hubbard has played in just 20% of the offensive snaps over the last two weeks and rushed for a total of 30 yards on 12 carries. Washington has been solid against the run this season, posting the sixth-best rush defense DVOA rating in the NFL. Expect the Panthers to lean on the passing attack in this one, which leaves little room for Hubbard to contribute.

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