Fantasy Football, Week 11: Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers Player Analysis

We break down the latest fantasy football news related to the 49ers and Raiders, including waiver wire pickups and previews for the weekend.

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Week 11 Fantasy Football Start 'em or Sit 'em: Buccaneers-49ers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the 22nd ranked defense, but are top ten in takeaways in the passing game. Their running game, though ... well, let's just get to some of these fantasy matchups.

QB Troy Smith

Troy Smith is a potential fantasy money-maker every week, it seems. You can put him against some of the best pass defenses and hope he throws some bombs that hit home. 'Course, you can also start David Carr, banking on some freak accident that would see him come in and sling for three scores; if it's not liable to happen, don't bank on it, short of a last-ditch effort. Smith will be going up against a defense that's good against the pass and will be operating from an offense that will likely be focused on the running game. Add to that the fact that he's due for a mistake pretty quick here, and the answer is clear:

Sit Troy Smith

RB Frank Gore

The Buccaneers rank 31st in the league when it comes to defending against the rush. Opposing teams have marched down the field without use of their quarterbacks, and with a star running back like Frank Gore, the 49ers would be wise to exploit such a hole. They didn't even try to do that when they played the Carolina Panthers, who were also stellar versus the pass and not-so-stellar against the run, and it cost them a very important game. The Niners should have learned from their mistakes, and Frank Gore should prosper.

Start Frank Gore

TE Vernon Davis

Vernon Davis will be matched up quite a bit some some of Tampa Bay's best defenders. When he's not, he'll probably be blocking for the aforementioned Frank Gore and thus, I don't like his chances to be a big fantasy playmaker this week.

Sit Vernon Davis

TE Delanie Walker

I don't know how many of you have Delanie Walker on your fantasy team, but he had a big week last week against the Rams. He is a favorite target of Troy Smith, and if it comes down to supporting the run game with Vernon Davis and throwing screens and swings to get around defenses, Walker will be the go-to guy there. If I have Walker in my fantasy league, I'm starting the crazy-motivated tight end.

Start Delanie Walker

WR Michael Crabtree

Crabtree will be well-covered for the majority of the game. I don't see him being a primary or even secondary option for the 49ers going into this game, and thus, I do not believe he's a good option to start. He could do well, and if your other prospects are really unappealing, then he might be a solid option, but for now, I'm going to stick with my analysis and say:

Sit Michael Crabtree

49ers Defense

The Niners defense has been Jekyll and Hyde all season. They'll have good games and will look like they're bringing you points, and then collapse in a mediocre outing. Look for them to be strong this week though, they are motivated and rallying and the Buccaneers offense might have just a little bit of disarray what with Mike Williams and his recent arrest. Expect the 49ers to contain the Tampa Bay rushing attack effectively and hold the passing attack to a manageable amount.

Start the 49ers Defense

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Week 11 Fantasy Football Start 'em or Sit 'em: Steelers-Raiders

This games has all the markings of a defensive battle, which makes any offensive fantasy players a borderline call, but let’s take a look at the individuals.

Raiders

QB Jason Campbell

Campbell has been putting up some good numbers and seems to be finding his stride in his new offense. This week he will WR Louis Murphy back and most likely TE Zach Miller. The Steelers defense is so stingy against the run that teams are running against them less frequently than any other team. This may lead to the Raiders passing more often than usual, but look for TDs to be at premium in this one.

Outlook: Start Him if you are desperate

RB Darren McFadden

McFadden has become a back that you just leave in your starting lineup. The problem is that the Steelers are a defense that you don’t start RBs against. Still, if the Raiders can’t get McFadden going in the running game, I expect to try and get him into space in the passing game. McFadden will get his yards one way or another.

Outlook: Start him

TE Zach Miller

Miller is on record as saying he is playing. The Steelers D has shown a vulnerability to TEs and Campbell has always loved to throw to TEs. The Steelers may make Miller the focal point of their passing D like last year’s matchup, but even then he had 4 catches for 43 yards.

Outlook: Start him

WR Louis Murphy

Murphy had the best game of his career against the Steelers last year, but the Steelers may be paying him a little more attention. Jason Campbell has a history of struggling to get the ball to his WRs and this is Murphy’s first game in a month.

Outlook: Bench him

WR Jacoby Ford

Ford will likely will get his second consecutive start following his breakout game against the Chiefs and Heyward-Bey’s hamstring issue. He is explosive and no doubt he has earned some trust from his QB and the play callers, but it is still a little early for Ford.

Outlook: Bench Him

K Sebastian Janikowski

The Raiders are in the bottom half of the league in redzone TD conversion percentage. It is very likely that the kickers are going to outscore the offenses in this one.

Outlook: Start him

Raiders Defense

The Raiders defense has not been scoring or generating a lot of turnovers. The Steelers do a good job of protecting the ball. The Raiders are sacking the QB though and the Steelers O-line is struggling and I don’t expect a lot of points.

Outlook: Start ’em

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