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START/BENCH: Week 11

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers is officially getting on my nerves.

It’s not that Rodgers is in a television commercial approximately every 42 seconds — although it is increasingly annoying that every new commercial is seemingly worse than the one that came before it.

Seriously. What is that?

It’s that after pulling Rodgers off the “Studs” list, the two-time NFL MVP went all Aaron Rodgers just long enough to make me feel stupid for pulling him. Then, as soon as I put him back on the list, POOF! — another disappearing act. There was a time not that long ago when 394 passing yards and a touchdown would be a blah week for Rodgers.

That’s his production over the last two games combined.

It’s not that Rodgers’ level of play has fallen off — Green Bay is 8-2 and among the best teams in the NFC. And the 35-year-old has shown that he can still light up the stat sheet at will with a 429-yard, five-score effort against Oakland in Week 7.

But the Green Bay offense in 2019 runs through Aaron Jones, not Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay has zero impetus to change that as the wins keep piling up. And as the calendar pages turn and the weather turns cold, Green Bay is that much more likely to keep grinding out wins with a punishing ground game and a stout defense.

Aaron Rodgers is not a fantasy stud. Not now. Not in 2019. And that isn’t changing this year.

Watch. The jerk will throw for 350 yards and three scores on his bye week just because I said that.

In addition to Green Bay Packers, the New York Giants, Seattle and Tennessee are off in Week 11.

QUARTERBACKS

STUDS

Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City (vs. Los Angeles Chargers — Mexico City)

Deshaun Watson, Houston (at Baltimore)

Lamar Jackson, Baltimore (vs. Houston)

Russell Wilson, Seattle (Bye Week)

Matt Ryan, Atlanta (at Carolina)

Dak Prescott, Dallas (at Detroit)

SPOT-START OF THE WEEK

Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco (vs. Arizona)

San Francisco was handed its first loss of the 2019 season last Monday night, and a shaky performance from the team’s quarterback has pundits like Terez Paylor of Yahoo Sports wondering if Jimmy Garoppolo has what it takes to led San Francisco all the way to Miami and Super Bowl LIV.

“While Garoppolo has been solid this season — he was on pace to complete 71 percent of his passes for 3,612 yards, 26 touchdowns and 14 interceptions entering this game — in today’s NFL, where passing rules the day, being merely solid at quarterback makes winning in the playoffs harder,” Perez wrote. “Monday night’s game was played in a playoff-like atmosphere, with playoff-like intensity from the players. Yet we still don’t know how Garoppolo, 28, will fare in these games in January.”

It’s a fair point — Garoppolo barely hit on half his passes Monday and turned the ball over three times. Garoppolo was also missing his top two targets in the passing game. But in the long ago days of Week 9, Garoppolo torched a porous Arizona defense to the tune of 317 passing yards and four scores.

ROLL THEM OUT

Kyle Allen, Carolina (vs. Atlanta)

Allen wasn’t able to lead Carolina to a win last week in Green Bay, but the young signal-caller topped 300 yards through the air for the first time in his career. Atlanta is fifth in fantasy points per game allowed to the quarterback position in 2019.

Drew Brees, New Orleans (at Tampa Bay)

Fantasy owners who rolled Brees out off the bye were greeted by a flat performance in which he failed to throw a touchdown pass is an embarrassing loss to Atlanta. Brees and New Orleans will take out the frustrations from that loss on Tampa Bay this Sunday.

Derek Carr, Oakland (at Cincinnati)

It’s gone largely unnoticed, but Carr’s been a Top 10 fantasy quarterback in Sharks League Scoring over the last month for resurgent Oakland. That run should continue Sunday against Cincinnati and its 22nd-ranked pass defense.

SIT THEM DOWN

Kirk Cousins, Minnesota (vs. Denver)

Cousins and Minnesota are on quite the hot streak — since Week 5 the $28 million man has been a Top 5 fantasy option under center. But Denver has quietly been a brutal fantasy matchup for quarterbacks — only two teams have surrendered fewer fantasy points per game to the position.

Kyler Murray, Arizona (at San Francisco)

Murray has worked his way into the Top 5 in fantasy points among quarterbacks for the season and deserves some consideration for the “Studs” list. But the rookie faces a brutal matchup in his Week 11 rematch against an angry San Francisco team that just tasted defeat for the first time.

Carson Wentz, Philadelphia (vs. New England)

Wentz went into Philadelphia’s bye just outside weekly starter territory in 12-team fantasy leagues. His first post-bye matchup isn’t conducive to a hot start to the second half — no team allows fewer fantasy points to quarterbacks this season than New England.

About Gary Davenport

A member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association and Pro Football Writers of America who resides in Columbus, Ohio, Gary has been featured on a number of fantasy websites and in nationally circulated publications. These publications include the USA Today Fantasy Football Preview and the magazines distributed by Fantasy Sports Publications Inc., for whom Gary is a both a contributing author and associate editor. Gary is an nine-time FSWA Award finalist and three-time winner who has been a finalist for that organization's Fantasy Football Writer of the Year award each of the last four years. He won the honor in 2017 and 2019. Gary also appears regularly on Sirius XM Radio (including live from Radio Row at Super Bowl XLIX) and over-the-air stations across the country. Gary was one of the co-founders of, and Head Writer at, Fantasy Football Oasis before joining Fantasy Sharks as an IDP Senior Staff Writer in 2011. He knows football. Or so he's heard.