Sunday Sidepiece: NFL Week 11

I made the mistake of writing this article on Saturday night after returning home from a quick weekend trip and learning about the injury to Tua Tagovailoa.

Not only am I tired from driving for several hours, since my wife apparently doesn’t believe gender equality works both ways, but I’ve entered a state of depression as a Dolphins fan since I’ve spent the entire season watching every snap Tua has taken in anticipation of watching my favorite team’s future QB.

I’m going to have to let this situation serve as another example of a sidepiece coming to your rescue when you’re down and need it the most. So let’s focus on the good and take a look at those players you need to find a way to get into your starting lineups this week in fantasy.

Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders vs. Cincinnati Bengals

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I typically like to find my quarterback and stick with him throughout the season, but if your starter has a questionable matchup and you either have Derek Carr stashed away on your bench or you can pick him up as a one-week streamer, I suggest doing so this week against the Bengals. Cincinnati has given up the third-most points to QB’s this season and taking advantage of this matchup may help put you over the top in what could be a must-win game if you’re on the outside looking in of your fantasy playoffs.

Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs

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Prior to the return of Melvin Gordon, Austin Ekeler was one of the top-scoring running backs in all of fantasy football. While you still may be starting him if you’re lacking depth at the position, make sure he finds his way into your starting lineup for Monday night’s matchup against the Chiefs. Kansas City has been absolutely terrible against running back this season and Ekeler has remained fairly consistent in regards to fantasy production despite Gordon’s return. Even though Gordon will likely lead the team in carries, there should be plenty of success to go around as both Gordon and Ekeler are poised to be very fantasy relevant against the league’s worst rush defense. On top of what Ekeler provides as a ball carrier, the bulk of his production will be via the passing game, making him an even more enticing option in both half and full PPR leagues.

D.J. Chark, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts

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Despite the early hype surrounding Gardner Minshew after Nick Foles’ week-one injury, I’ve been on the record saying Foles should be the Jags’ starter once he’s healthy enough to return. Not only am I not worried about Jacksonville’s quarterback situation, I’m not worried about D.J. Chark’s fairly pedestrian fantasy production since week five. I think we’re going to see the Jaguars make a little run here with Foles back at QB, and with wins comes production from the WR position. Give Chark a chance this week if you’re on the fence with him.

Have a Sunday Sidepiece that didn’t make the list? Let us know which sleepers you’re rolling with on Twitter or in the comments below!

Be sure to check out this week’s episodes of the Loaded Box Podcast as we help get you set for the week in fantasy with our DFS bargains, stacks, and general advice for Week 11 in our Fantasy Football Preview & give our picks both straight up and against the spread for each game on this week’s slate in our Gambling Preview!

Ben Morgan is a co-host and blogger for the Loaded Box Podcast. Check out his article archive and find more from the Loaded Box on Twitter & Facebook

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