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Week 11 fantasy football cheat sheet

(Each week, the PFF Fantasy cheat sheet will have all the relevant fantasy football content for the week in one place for you to keep track and review as needed as you prepare for that week in fantasy.)

As we move into the home stretch of the fantasy season, trade deadlines have either already come or will be here soon. And with that avenue of team improvement evaporated, roster construction has to change as well.

Early in the year, there’s a place on rosters for players you’re unlikely to ever put into your lineup, particularly as trade chips for teams with worse roster situations. Maybe you don’t have a place in your lineup for, say, Peyton Barber, but not every team will have the running back depth you have, and maybe you can capitalize on that. But if trades are off the table, and you’re in contention, then any situation that has you looking to start Barber is a losing proposition.

No, this time of year, players like Barber (or, just to name some names, Marquez Valdes-Scantling or Hunter Renfrow or Jason Witten) have no place on most rosters. Instead, go for players who might have no or limited value now, but who could find their way into a lineup if things break that way. The obvious names are the handcuffs (Alexander Mattison or Tony Pollard or Reggie Bonnafon), but guys like Dallas Goedert or DeVante Parker or Kendrick Bourne make more sense than those middling options as well.

It will hurt your bench’s fantasy production, and if your league uses that as a tiebreaker, maybe this doesn’t work (then again, if your league uses bench production as a tiebreaker, tell it to stop). Your bench production doesn’t matter, except how it can affect your starting lineup. And that means you should capitalize on potential starters.

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