Each week during the NFL season FST brings you our Fantasy Football Sleepers of the Week column, which takes a look at lesser-known players that could deserve a start due to a favorable matchup, injury, or other circumstances. Let’s take a look at some sneaky plays for Week 11. If you have any fantasy football roster questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.
Rivers has an incredible completion percentage and although he’s not a traditional sleeper, he merits starting in all formats against a banged up Miami squad. The sunny weather in south beach should play to Philip’s liking and so should the holes in the Miami secondary. Brees picked apart this defense nicely and Rivers has some weapons to do exactly the same. Start Rivers and expect a 20 point effort.
Baltimore Joe has been your average Joe this season. The running game hasn’t been nearly the force it’s been in the past so Flacco has been forced to throw it around more. Lucky for him this week the Bears defense is more vulnerable than it has been in previous seasons. There could be a shootout in Chicago and expect Flacco and the Ravens to play with the air of desperation. I expect above average numbers and at least a couple touchdowns thrown in there for Baltimore Joe this weekend.
Holmes is back this week for the Jets and will be considered their #1 wide receiver. Kerley appears to be out of action and the Bills are a team that Holmes put up 150 receiving and a touchdown on earlier this season. There is quite a bit left in his tank and I would anticipate if there was a true sleeper candidate, he would be mine for the week. Holmes is a solid flex option this weekend in all formats.
While Boykin was a bust a couple weeks ago when Rodgers went down on Monday night, he rebounded with a solid effort against the Eagles last week. The Giants pose problems but are beatable and Boykin’s speed is undeniable. As long as the Packers can find him the ball in space he’s got the potential to take it to the end zone from anywhere on the field. He’s a low-end flex option, but will probably out perform his predicted performance.
Brown is easily the more efficient and reliable running back in the Colts offense. Trent Richardson hasn’t shown much potential to run more than 2 or 3 yards past the line of scrimmage. Brown recorded another touchdown last weekend and was effective in the passing game too. In addition, Tennessee just let Jacksonville go crazy and win their first game. Brown has an excellent chance to improve his stock and move up the pecking order to see more carries.
Woodhead has been an under-rated and under the radar fantasy option this season. He’s a red zone threat and he fits in perfectly as that Darren Sproles type of running back that can be a scat-back and be as equally dominant in the passing game as the running game. Miami again was exposed by Tampa Bay and Woodhead could see several looks in by the goal line on Sunday. Give him love as a flex option play with a 10 plus point output against the Dolphins.
Housler is not a huge impact player for Arizona, but he’ll certainly be targeted more often this Sunday. Jacksonville gave up another touchdown to a tight end last Sunday and it appears if Carson Palmer wants success in the passing game he’ll find it in Housler this weekend. Fitzgerald is still working himself back to full health and this could set up to be a big game for fantasy points across the board if Jacksonville can keep it close.
Carlson is another case of a player facing his former team in this matchup. As a one-time Seahawk, Carlson will be back at CenturyLink but disguised in purple as a Viking. He found some success against the Redskins last Thursday. Although the Seahawks shut down Gonzalez last weekend, they have a storied history of not defending the tight ends very well. Carlson could get 50 plus yards and possibly a score, so if you’re in desperation here’s an option.
New York Giants
Repeat that same tune on the sleepers menu for defense. The New York Giants reappear as they face-off against an Aaron Rodgers-less Packers team at home. The Giants need another win to keep themselves in the conversation in a lackluster NFC East. Green Bay has had to go with its 3rd string QB to try and fill the void while Rodgers is out. Interceptions, sacks and possibly a turnover are completely possible. I’ll take the improving Giants for a second week in a row to put up double digit fantasy points at defense.