Our Week 11 sleepers features under-the-radar players that are currently being started in less than 50% of fantasy football leagues. These players could produce good fantasy numbers this week due to a favorable matchup, injury, or other circumstances. For your final lineup decisions, check out our Week 11 player rankings and if you have any fantasy football questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.
Robert Griffin III
There’s really only one useful fantasy QB on bye this week (Tony Romo) so most of you will have your #1 option at the ready. If you just lost Carson Palmer, are rostering Romo, or just aren’t happy with your current choices, consider RG3 at home versus Tampa. The Bucs are obviously awful defensively, and I expect him to take a big step forward, both running and passing, in his second game back from the ankle injury.
Yes, I watched him last night. He clearly wasn’t right, but it sure didn’t help that his team allowed about 3500 points in the first half. Some of that was his fault, but it definitely made a normal game-flow impossible. I know that nobody in their right mind will want to start him this week, but a home game against Atlanta will be a cure for what ails Cam. I think he’s healthy, ready, and motivated to put 30+ points on a division rival come Sunday.
Well Sims, you screwed me last week, but perhaps that prediction was too bold. Despite the setback, I’m calling your number again. I don’t think the Bucs will get anything much done on the ground here, but I do think that they will have some success in the screen and short passing game to Sims. He should also mix in some carries, and I think his touch number goes up again this week. The other two RBs in Tampa weren’t drafted by the Lovie Smith regime, and with their season officially down the toilet, there’s no reason why Sims shouldn’t get some extended run.
It isn’t disputed that whoever commands the Denver RB position commands our fantasy attention. The question this week is “Who will it be?”. I believe it’s C.J. Anderson, and he just might be the #1 waiver addition if you’re desperate for a RB. Montee Ball still has yet to see game action since his injury, and Ronnie Hillman is reported to be out two to three weeks with his own injury. Anderson rumbled for 90 yards last week in relief of Hillman, and I think he gets around that again with a possible goal line plunge.
I love this guy. He’s going to be added off waivers by a ton of teams, and for good reason. The Browns had three (!) RBs score a TD in their last game, and West still managed 15+ fantasy points while killing the clock. He’s the Alpha guy in an offensive that wants to run 30+ times per game if it can. Even with the Tate and Crowell involved, I think he’s a vastly underrated start for Week 11.
Matthews officially blew up on Monday Night football, going for two touchdowns against a generally ineffective Carolina secondary. He’s going to be a priority waiver-add this week, but I think he’s ready to roll for you right now in a starting role. Green Bay will score, and gives up plenty of scores, so this game has monster shootout potential. And you know Sanchez’s confidence in Matthews has to be sky high after this game. Fire Jordan up as a WR3 with obvious monster upside for next Sunday afternoon. He’s officially a must-own in Dynasty (if he wasn’t before).
Detroit has a great secondary, but Brown is rolling. He’s gaining momentum lately, scoring in two of his last three games (with a clunker in between, to be fair). I think that loss of Palmer here is a downgrade to the passing offense as a whole, but an upgrade for Brown since Drew Stanton doesn’t have his ‘go-to’ guys established like Palmer did. I think Stanton fares better than expected in his first start and Brown continues his roll towards fantasy stardom. He’s a definite add if you need a WR, and another must-own in Dynasty.
Man oh man did I nail that Martavius Bryant call last week. I really do hope that if you needed a WR, you rolled with him – he probably won you the week if you did. I should have followed my own gut call and started him over terrible Michael Floyd. Ugh. Anyway, I’m doubling down on Bryant here against a poor Titans secondary. I just don’t think they’ll be able to contain Brown, Bryant, and Wheaton for an entire game, and I think Bryant’s stock keeps rising here. He’s a strong WR3 play this week.
Rivera has been both a target monster and a fantasy stud the past couple of weeks, and I think with the TE position being so down this year that it’s time to trust him. He should be a solid add this week, and although he plays for a team that may not win a game, they are sure in for a ton of garbage time. Those points count too folks! San Diego should handle Oakland easily, but I see Rivera catching another meaningless fourth-quarter TD.
If you’re hustling for a D/ST this week, I think you could do a lot worse than the Chargers, at home, against the woeful Raiders. Oakland is improving, but they’re still an all-systems-go-green matchup for opposing D/ST.
Since Jacksonville is on bye this week, we’ll have to find another poor offensive team to pick on. This week, it will be Josh McCown and the Buccaneers. McCown is pretty bad as a QB, and I don’t really think that the Bucs will be able to do much in the run game either. Washington D/ST has played well at home and they should be itching to put the terrible showing in Minnesota past them. If Breeland can cover Evans even somewhat effectively, I think Washington will rack up some interceptions and sacks here en route to a solid win.