Patriots vs Falcons Fantasy Football Starts ‘You Sit’ Em in Week 11 ‘Thursday Night Football’
Thursday night football returns to kick off another week of fantasy football, and Week 11 delivers a sensational one-way match between the Patriots and Falcons (8:20 p.m. ET, Fox, NFL Network, Amazon Prime Video). As always, you want to make the right decision at the start, sit down to decide, by deploying players who can give you a good early lead when starting the action on Sunday and Monday, or avoid The players are definitely disappointing in the beginning.
The Patriots’ offense is causing a stir after tearing the Browns in New England, while the Falcons are struggling to bounce back from a tough defense at home after their sheer clash against the Cowboys.
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Injury-wise, running back Damien Harris will return to join fiery red rookie Rhamondre Stevenson in the Patriots’ pounding attack. The Falcons will again be without top recipient Calvin Ridley (individual). The flagship fantasy property, the Cordarrelle Patterson wide/rerun (ankle) hybrid, was a shaky decision in game time after spraining it in Dallas. Additionally, Hayden Hurst’s tight second (ankle) finish is set to miss the game.
Here’s a full breakdown of TNF’s ’em sitting’ start, including a few DFS lineup suggestions for FanDuel and DraftKings:
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Patriots: Who will start or sit in fantasy football on Thursday night
Start: QB Mac Jones
Jones is still the QB2 for the season, but he will be leaving the first three TD pass of his career against the Browns and the fourth most TD game of his rookie season. Two have come in the past four games. He is gaining confidence while playing and the patriots are trusting him more with important passes, especially in the red area.
The fact that Jones broke through in a slick challenge against Cleveland is a good sign that he could be more useful in fantasy football in the final few weeks. Atlanta has allowed QBs with the third most fantasy scores, with only Zach Wilson and Sam Darnold being foul. Jones is better of both and should be 250 yards high and twice TD as his floor even in a low volume passing game.
WEEK 11 STANDARD RATINGS:
Midfielder | Run back | Wide receiver | Tight ending | VND / ST | Kicker
Start: RB Damien Harris and RB Rhamondre Stevenson
Harris remains the back-to-back mainscorer and solid goalscorer after a week off, but now that he’s back, he should be an RB2. Stevenson retained some flexibility in a positive game scenario in the second half. Both are playing in this very favorable match.
Start: WR Kendrick Bourne
Bourne didn’t get many goals, about four a game, as the Patriots scattered the ball around, but he was effective with 33 catches, 520 yards and three TDs. He also scored an additional 71 yards of javelin. Bourne is about to play a monster game against the Browns, hitting 141 yards and a TD on seven touches. As well as dropping a lot of points for the fictional QB, the Falcons sub-team also struggled with all sorts of wide receivers. He should be owned in more leagues based on how he scores. He’s WR3 with reverse WR2 in this matchup.
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Start: WR Jakobi Meyers
Meyers can also steal in the slot to supplement Bourne as the Patriots continue to launch attacks. Hopefully the Falcons will do everything they can to stop the run and get Jones to put the ball in the air more often. He’s more of a WR3/flex borderline, which also means Nelson Agholor is unplayable behind him and Bourne.
Start: TE Hunter Henry
Henry, who lacked late in his stint for the Chargers through injury, is back to being a strong TE1 in any form. That’s the point where the Patriots don’t even need the addition of their other high-priced free agent, Jonnu Smith, to help in the passing game. Smith (shoulder) was inactive last week. Henry has 31 catches for 353 yards and seven TDs, once during the peak of his career with the Chargers. He has scored in six of the last seven games. The Falcons have let Dallas Goedert, Rob Gronkowski and Mike Gesicki score points this season.
WEEK 11 PPR ASSESSMENT:
Midfielder | Run back | Wide receiver | Tight ending | VND / ST | Kicker
Start: Patriotic D / ST
Pats is the #2 fantasy pick in the game this season, right behind the Bills division opponent. They do their best against bad or restrictive offenses. The Falcons qualify as one.
Start: K Nick Folk
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Falcons: Who will start or sit in fantasy football on Thursday night
Sitting: QB Matt Ryan
Ryan is a difficult QB to find because you never know which version of him will come out from week to week. Even if you think you’re right based on the game and recent form, he has a tendency to yo-yo. That trend suggests he can surprise in this brutal game, especially in his favorite friendlies on the dome of his home. But the wiser heads will just tell you that the Invoice allows less points than the Patriots for the fictional QB.
Start: RB/WR Cordarrelle Patterson or RB Wayne Gallman Jr. | Sitting: Mike Davis
Davis didn’t do much, so it’s not surprising that the Falcons turned to Gallman more with Patterson (ankle) hurt and the game turning erratic against the Cowboys. Either one should be busy with garbage checks and second-half running work as Ryan and Falcons are trying in vain to chase Jones and Patriots. Gallman is definitely a number-based play, and the Patriots ceded big scripted digits to the Browns’ D’Ernest Johnson in Week 10.
Started: TE Kyle Pitts
Pitts, based on what else is going on in this offense, will be the classic “one thing” about the Falcons that Belichick tries to take away from Ryan. The Patriots have a solidly tight defence anyway and will feel comfortable with their corners overwhelmingly without Calvin Ridley (individual). The rookie’s tight finish is athletic and skilled enough to have his moments, but he needs some junk timing products to counter zonal defenses and maybe a TD to save the night his. Only the Broncos and Cardinals have a harder time containing the tight endings of fantasy.
Sitting: WRs Russell Gage and Tajae Sharpe
With the departures of Ridley and Julio Jones long ago, some fantasy owners have tried to tie these two into the lineup. It happened a little bit for Gage and a little bit for Sharpe, but both were unreliable with a clear floor of 0. This matchup against the Patriots cornerbacks was also brutal.
Sitting: K Younghoe Koo
The Falcons won’t score often enough in this game and will be limited in their scoring opportunities. Koo fell a lot for limited fouls, and you can do much better to get FG and PAT chances. The Patriots let the fantasy kickers get the sixth least points per game.
Sitting: Falcons D / ST
The Falcons’ defense flashed for a few moments but simply wasn’t good, especially against attackers as diverse as the Patriots’.
Patriots vs. Falcons: One-Game FanDuel
- MVP (1.5X): QB Mac Jones $15,000
- AnyFLEX: TE Hunter Henry $11,000
- AnyFLEX: WR Kendrick Bourne $9,500
- AnyFLEX: WR Olamide Zaccheaus $7,000
- AnyFLEX: RB Wayne Gallman Jr. $6,500
This is trusting Jones and avoiding a potential split in the Patriots backyard, which is also an expensive DFS investment in Harris or Stevenson. Henry and Bourne are Jones’ top targets now, while diminutive Gallman and Zaccheaus could bring us some profit in what could be garbage.
Patriots vs. Falcons: DraftKings Showdown lineup
- Captain (1.5 times): QB Mac Jones $15,900
- FLEX: RB Wayne Gallman Jr. 8,400 dollars
- FLEX: WR Kendrick Bourne $7,600
- FLEX: TE Hunter Henry $7,000
- FLEX: D/ST Patriot $5,600
- FLEX: WR Olamide Zaccheaus $5,400
Everything remains the same here based on price points except for the extra squad placement to get in the red Patriots defense that is making a lot of big plays.