There are few reliable fantasy football options anymore.
The 2013 season has been filled with injuries and disappointments, leaving fantasy owners with a number of inconsistent players to work with. These owners are faced with difficult decisions every week, including whether to start or sit a number of players.
While preparing for Week 11, there are some specific players that are risky to start. Below is a look at the most risky quarterback, running back and wide receiver this week, along with a verdict of whether to start or sit them.
Note: All information regarding points scored is based off of ESPN’s standard scoring leagues.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers
Can Colin Kaepernick turn things around after a tough week against the Carolina Panthers? I don’t think so.
The star quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers put up just two points last week, throwing for just 91 yards and an interception. Without Vernon Davis, who left early with a concussion, Kaepernick was unable to do anything in the passing game.
There will be no break for Kaepernick this week, as he will be playing the New Orleans Saints. They’re allowing just 200 passing yards per game, and opposing quarterbacks are posting a passer rating of just 75.5.
Don’t expect Kaepernick to turn it around against this stingy defense, especially if Davis is unable to give it a go.
Verdict: Sit ‘Em
Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals aren’t giving Andre Ellington a ton of touches, but his slightly increased workload is a good sign.
Over the past two games, Ellington has run for 209 yards and a touchdown, putting up 27 fantasy points. After not getting more than seven carries in any game to begin the year, Ellington has had 14 and 15 in the past two.
The Arizona Cardinals will be playing the Jacksonville Jaguars this week, and that presents an ideal matchup for Ellington. The Jaguars have allowed 14 rushing touchdowns and 153 rushing yards per game. They’re giving up an average of 20.2 fantasy points to opposing running backs, ranking fifth in the league.
With how explosive Ellington has proven to be, he’s definitely a must-start against the Jaguars.
Verdict: Start ‘Em
Percy Harvin, WR, Seattle Sehawks
Without a doubt, Percy Harvin will be the riskiest fantasy play in Week 11.
The Seattle Seahawks activated Harvin earlier this week, and according to Ian Rapoport from NFL.com, the team is planning on him playing this Sunday.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 11, 2013
Still, what can we expect from someone who hasn’t played in over a year? In nine games last season, he caught 62 passes for 677 yards and three touchdowns, and that was with a less reliable quarterback than Russell Wilson.
To make things even more complicated, Harvin will be playing against his old team, and the Minnesota Vikings have struggled defensively. They’re giving up over 30 points and 286 passing yards per game, meaning that the Seahawks will be able to put up plenty of points.
However, we have no idea how many snaps the team is planning on giving Harvin. While he has the chance to blow up, he also has the chance to do almost nothing, and he’s not worth the risk until we’ve seen him play in a regular season game.
Verdict: Sit ‘Em