This article is part of our Start vs. Sit series.
Welcome to the Week 11 installment of Start vs. Sit. This is a week we've had circled on the calendar for some time now. Between the LSU-Alabama game and the battle of unbeatens in the Big Ten between Penn State and Minnesota, we have one of the most impactful slates of the entire season this weekend. We also have matchups like Iowa-Wisconsin and big prove-it games in the Big 12 with Oklahoma needing to start its redemption arc against Iowa State and Baylor needing to show the committee it deserves more respect with a matchup at TCU. Without further ado, let's jump into the toughest lineup decisions facing fantasy owners for each conference in this week's Start vs. Sit.
Alec Pierce, WR, Cincinnati vs. Connecticut
Pierce's per-target explosiveness overrides any volume or game script concerns for this week's game against the lowly Huskies. His 13.0 YPT ranks 12th in the nation among receivers with at least 30 targets. Now, his three-game touchdown drought has been a source of concern for his investors. That's fair. But Connecticut is the ultimate slump buster. The Huskies rank 118th in S&P+ on defense, and, frankly, it's surprising to see them that high up. They've also surrendered 13 passing touchdowns in just five conference games. Even if we hit garbage time by the time the third quarter starts Saturday, Pierce will have his opportunities to do damage and break out of his touchdown drought.
Shamari Brooks, RB, Tulsa vs. Central