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Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 11

Chris Morgan

Chris Morgan is a writer of sports, pop culture, and humor articles, a book author, a podcaster, and a fan of all Detroit sports teams.


Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma (vs. Baylor)

Poor Landry Jones. So often, he drives the Sooners down deep into their opponent's territory, only to cede the quarterback spot to Blake Bell to watch him slam the ball into the end zone. However, despite that, Jones has still thrown for 2,414 yards, 16 touchdowns and six interceptions in eight games. This week, Oklahoma plays host to Baylor, a team that both scores and gives up a ton of points. That should give Jones plenty of opportunity to contribute touchdowns in his own right.

Seth Doege, QB, Texas Tech (vs. Kansas)

The opposition has been a bit tougher the last couple of weeks for Doege and the Red Raiders, and in turn he has been limited to three touchdowns and one interception in his last two games. That said, he also went well over 300 yards in both games, and he has only truly been shut down once, against Oklahoma. Now, Doege gets a reprieve, as Kansas is in town. Sure, the Jayhawks had a good week against Texas, but that's not likely to happen again. Doege should get back on track.

Jawan Jamison, RB, Rutgers, (vs. Army)

The last time Rutgers took the field, it was upset at home by Kent State. However, Jamison wasn't at fault, as he rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries and caught eight passes for 88 yards as well, as in his last two games he has been a bigger part of the passing game. In Week 11, the Scarlet Knights get to take on lowly Army. Seems like the recipe for a bounce-back game for Rutgers, and for a big outing for Jamison.

Mike Gillislee, RB, Florida (vs. Louisiana-Lafayette)

Due to a scheduling quirk, Florida is done with its SEC schedule, which can only help its offense. Gillislee has been a little disappointing recently. He hasn't rushed for more than 77 yards in his last four games, and he hasn't rushed for a score either, though he did catch a touchdown last week against Missouri. Fortunately for Gillislee, this week he gets to run against Louisiana-Lafayette, a much more palatable opponent. The Gators love to run the ball, and Gillislee will likely get the chance to pound the proverbial rock, which certainly bodes well for his fantasy numbers.

Austin Hill, WR, Arizona (vs. Colorado)

Arizona got a rude awakening last week, as it was lambasting by UCLA. Ah, but what better way to soothe those disappointments with a home matchup against woeful Colorado? Before last week, Hill had been on a four-game tear, and you may recall his 10-reception, 259-yard performance against USC in Week 9. Hill is Arizona's top receiving threat, and with the Wildcats primed to pile on the points, he could be in line for another huge game.

Ryan Grant, WR, Tulane (at Memphis)

Tulane isn't good, but that's primarily the fault of its defense, as the Green Wave are actually one of the better passing offenses in the league. Grant has been their top receiver, catching 42 passes for 834 yards and five touchdowns, despite being limited for two weeks earlier in the season. The last three weeks, he's put up big numbers, and Memphis isn't likely to put up much of a fight. Expect his trend of success to continue.

Noel Grigsby, WR, SJSU (at NMSU)

After a few years in the wilderness, San Jose State is now 7-2 and has the ninth most proficient passing game in FBS. Grigsby has led the way with 55 receptions for 853 yards and seven touchdowns. He's had one game with less than 75 yards receiving, and he caught a touchdown in that game. The Spartans may be on the road this week, but New Mexico State is one of the worst teams in the nation, so that's not really a concern. Grigsby should chalk up another big game.


Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M (at Alabama)

It is so very, very hard to suggest not starting Manziel. He has been amazing, and last week, in his first road test against Mississippi State, he put up big numbers through the air and on the ground. There might be a Heisman in his future. All that said, this week's opponent is Alabama, and the game is on the road. One opponent has kept Manziel in check, and that is LSU. Alabama is just as stout. If Manziel can do well against the Crimson Tide, there's no doubting him, but there remains just enough reason to be lukewarm on him this week.

Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas (at South Carolina)

It may have seemed like Wilson and the Razorbacks were getting on track when Wilson threw for 372 yards and five touchdowns against Kentucky. That now seems to evidently not be the case, and last week he only threw for 272 yards and a pick against Tulsa. This week's game, which is at South Carolina, is certainly a tougher matchup for Wilson, and the odds don't look good for him.

LaDarius Perkins, RB, Mississippi State (at LSU)

Oh, how the tables have turned for the Bulldogs. After getting off to a 7-0 start, the competition got a tinge stiffer, as Mississippi State has lost the last two weeks against Alabama and Texas A&M. It doesn't get any easier this week, as now they are headed to Baton Rouge to take on LSU. Perkins has rushed for 80 yards on 28 carries in the last two weeks combined. Don't expect much more this week.

Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford (vs. Oregon State)

Taylor was carrying the Stanford offense early in the season, and on the year he's carried the ball 206 times in nine games for 947 yards and eight touchdowns. Last week's load was light, but that was due mostly to the fact the Cardinal were blowing out Buffalo, and he got two touchdowns on a mere 10 carries. However, now they have to play Oregon State in big game, as the winner of this contest could possibly find itself in a BCS bowl. Taylor has run well against defenses such as USC and Notre Dame, so he likely won't be stuffed, but it is still one of the tougher matchups a high-level running back is facing this week, and that is reason enough for pause.

Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State (at Stanford)

Speaking of that big matchup between the Beavers and the Cardinal, Oregon State finds itself in possession of two top-notch wide receivers in Cooks and Markus Wheaton. Cooks has more yards with 906, but Wheaton has more receptions and twice as many touchdowns. It may be hard to keep them both down, but this is a tough matchup for Oregon State's offense, and they are on the road, and that could result in less impressive numbers than are typical for Cooks.

Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin (at Indiana)

While Indiana is on an upswing, it still isn't very good on defense, so this isn't necessarily a tough matchup for Wisconsin. However, it is a road game, and more to the point, the Badgers have some questions about their passing game and what they are going to do at quarterback. Abbrederis hasn't done much in his last three games - he hasn't scored a touchdown or had more than 68 yards - and Wisconsin might want to rely on their running game led by Montee Ball. That does not lead to much optimism for Abbrederis against the Hoosiers.

Kain Colter, QB, Northwestern (at Michigan)

It's been an odd season for Colter, who has seen himself get yanked in and out of the quarterback spot. He's even lined up some at wide receiver, and he has actually only thrown for three touchdowns and two interceptions this season. However, on the ground he's been excellent, rushing 114 times for 622 yards and 11 touchdowns. On the other hand, Michigan has actually been pretty stout this year on defense, and this game is in the Big House, so it should be tougher than usual sledding for Colter.

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