Fantasy Football Week 11: Start Em’ Sit Em’ for Falcons-Colts


Let’s look ahead to the Atlanta Falcons game with the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday, specifically at the fantasy football outlook for both teams. The Colts will likely be without Andrew Luck, which changes a few things. Which players should you start, and who should you bench?

Start with confidence

Matt Ryan

Ryan has been a disappointing fantasy start all season, but this is a good matchup. The Colts defense has struggled on the road to quarterbacks, and Ryan should be able to find some success in the air with Julio Jones. With no Andrew Luck, the time of possession could swing in Atlanta’s favor.

Devonta Freeman

After the season he’s had, you can’t bench Freeman against any team. He’s the top scorer in fantasy football outside of quarterbacks, which we all of course predicted before the season. His ability to pile on yards on the ground and in the air makes him invaluable. That’s especially true when he finds the end zone, which he has done nine times this term.

Julio Jones

Jones is the No. 2 wide receiver in fantasy, and much like Freeman, can’t be dropped no matter the matchup. Jones is the only consistent threat at wideout for Ryan, and he continues to produce. His hamstring injury looks to be a thing of the past, and the bye week will ensure he’s fresh.

T.Y. Hilton

Hilton has disappointed somewhat in the fantasy arena this year, but he is still the team’s best option at receiver and could be in line for a productive game against a struggling Atlanta defense.

Be cautious

Jacob Tamme

Tamme has carved out a nice niche in the Atlanta offense, and he can be a good option for you if you’re in the market for a tight end or need someone to fill a bye or injury. Tamme’s role has grown throughout the season and he’s a solid start if you need him.

Falcons D/ST

The lack of sacks has been troublesome for the Falcons defense, and the unit hasn’t been putting up great fantasy numbers. Even with Luck out, be cautious with this one. There should be some better streaming options available in your league.

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Frank Gore

Gore’s role should increase with Luck on the sidelines, but start him with caution. Running backs that have had fantasy success against the Falcons are the likes of Darren Sproles who put up some receiving yards.

But the Falcons own the No. 3 run defense, allowing just 88.9 yards on the ground per game. Gore is a good flex option this week.


Tevin Coleman

Coleman’s lack of touches is a concern, and he should remain on your bench until his role increases on offense. If Freeman suffers an injury, the rookie can fill right in.

Roddy White and Leonard Hankerson

Both White and Hankerson have lacked consistency all season and have struggled to put up good fantasy numbers. If they are on your roster, you should have no concerns dropping them.

Matt Hasselbeck

Matt Hasselbeck put in 15 and 16 points in his two starts earlier in the season. There should be enough solid quarterbacks available to you if you’re in need to fill a bye or injury. Hasselbeck should be a last resort.

Colts D/ST

The Falcons offense has to get going this week, right? If it does, there could be very little points available for the Colts defense. They need to be kept away from your lineup this week.