Happy Week 11 everyone! I can’t believe how quickly this season is flying by. I have playoffs in one league that begin next week and it makes me wish that we cherished football season a little more. It truly is the most magical time of the year, along with Pride Month, but you get the point.
With no openly gay players in the league, we formed a fantasy team from players who have shown their support for LGBT issues in interviews with Outsports and other media.
Here are our starts and sits for Week 11:
Start: Aaron Rodgers @ Seahawks (TNF)
Thursday Night Football can be a real struggle for some teams, especially on the road. However, Rodgers remains our best option this week even with the emergence of Aaron Jones out of the Green Bay backfield.
Sit: Andrew Luck vs. Titans, Cam Newton @ Lions, Derek Carr @ Cardinals, Russell Wilson vs. Packers (TNF)
I was super close to starting the red hot Andrew Luck, but a bad matchup against a Titans defense that just slowed down Tom Brady and the Patriots has me pumping the brakes on that one.
Start: Jordan Howard @ Vikings (SNF)
It was an off week for Howard with just 32 total yards, but the offense was clicking. He’s due for a bounce-back performance when the Vikings come to town for Sunday Night Football.
Start: Giovani Bernard @ Ravens
Bernard made his return last week against the Saints, where the offense looked like a shell of its former self. The Bengals need a bounce-back performance this week against their divisional rival. With A.J. Green likely out until December, look for Bernard to be a fixture in the passing game more.
Sit: Kyle Juszczyk vs. Giants (MNF), Frank Gore (BYE)
One of these days I’ll start Juszczyk, I promise.
Start: Davante Adams @ Seahawks (TNF), DeAndre Hopkins @ Redskins, Adam Thielen vs. Bears
DeAndre Hopkins and Adam Thielen return from their bye this week and Adams found the end zone twice in their win against the Dolphins. Look for Adams to be Aaron Rodgers’ favorite target early and often when they head to Seattle to face the Seahawks on Thursday night.
Sit: Marquise Goodwin (BYE), Kenny Stills (BYE), T.Y. Hilton vs. Titans, Robert Woods vs. Chiefs (MNF)
With Cooper Kupp out of the picture for the Rams offense after he tore his ACL, Woods should be starting in every league for every team unless you have the outstanding depth at the receiver position like Team Outsports Equality does.
Start: Travis Kelce @ Rams (MNF)
It’s the biggest game of the season and Monday Night Football should be a shootout between the Chiefs and Rams. With teams scoring off the charts, expect the Chiefs to go to Kelce early and often.
Sit: Rob Gronkowski (BYE)
Here’s to hoping Gronk returns after the bye healthy and we can play two tight ends in our starting lineup!
Start: Los Angeles Chargers vs. Broncos
The Broncos have turned the ball over in every game this season, which should put smiles on the faces of Casey Heyward and the rest of the Chargers defense. This team is going to be a threat come January.
Start: Matt Prater vs. Panthers
Prater was not utilized much in the Lions’ 38-22 loss to the Bears on Sunday. The team failed twice on two-point conversions and rarely called Prater’s number. Hopefully that will change when the Panthers come to town.
Sit: Brandon McManus @ Chargers
The last time we saw McManus, he missed a 53-yarder to win the game for the Broncos. Let him have a good game before I have the confidence to put him back in my starting lineup.
Read more on these players’ LGBT views:
- These eight players would support a gay teammate (from 2018)
- These New England Patriots linemen would support a gay teammate (from 2018)
- 14 NFL Pro Bowlers say they would welcome a gay teammate (from 2017)
- NFL players react to Michael Sam coming out (from 2014)
- 62 active NFL players who have made statements in support of gays (from 2013)
- Carson Palmer, 12 Indianapolis Colts would embrace openly gay teammate (from 2013)
Jeremy Brener is a student at the University of Central Florida who writes for Outsports. He can be reached via email (email@example.com) and followed on Twitter.