Stancil’s Week 11 sleepers features under-the-radar players that are not being started in a majority of fantasy football leagues. These players could produce good fantasy numbers this week due to a favorable matchup, injury, or other circumstances. With that in mind, here are our top fantasy football sleepers for Week 11.
I know, Blake Bortles you have to be kidding me with this guy, right? Look no further than the Cleveland Browns who are his opponent on Sunday. With a defense that is more than willing to give up points in the passing game, here is your one opportunity to pick up Bortles while Cam Newton is on a bye-week. He should be good for at least 15 points, but I’m not trusting more than a pair of TD tosses in this one. With Hurns and Lee establishing themselves as go-to threats in this offense, these AFC South contenders should be able to produce against the lowly Browns.
Case closed – Keenum is starting this week at home against the hotter than hell Los Angeles Rams. Keenum has earned sleeper status with strong performances of late, including his four touchdown day in our nation’s captial against a sloppy Washington defense. Keenum threaded the ball into his tight end and receivers all day long and he’ll be asked to do that again against a Rams team that has an offense that’s clicking on all cylinders. While the Vikings defense is pretty damn tough, they did give up 30 points to Cousins and the Redskins last week. I figure the pace of the game will dictate how many times Keenum will air it out and I expect that to be a whole hell of a lot. He’s worth starting in 12 team leagues this week.
I can’t believe it Flipper, the Dolphins finally scored their first rushing touchdown of the season last week on Monday Night football. The incredible breakaway speed and moves that Drake displayed were impressive enough to make the Stancil’s Sleepers column this week. Tampa Bay has been struggle city that past few weeks and Miami will be looking to rebound from a tough stretch of losses. Ajay’s departure gives Drake the opportunity to take control of this backfield and since Cutler can’t be trusted to not throw picks, it’ll be Drake who’ll need to find holes to run through in Miami Sunday.
This isn’t Sexy Rexy – the former Jets head coach – rather Rex Burkhead who lands on the sleepers list for Week 11. The Raiders come into this week as one of worst team defenses in the NFL and things won’t get easier against the Patriots. They’ll be playing in Mexico and while avocados are still cheap before the U.S. is forced to pay for this god awful border wall, Burkhead will be making guacamole of the Raiders thin defensive line. Expect the second half to become a grind it out on the ground affair with Burkhead seeing double digit carries and potentially opportunities in the passing game, similar to Danny Woodhead. Burkhead and Woodhead, now that’s a lot of head.
Don’t be scared all you Melvin Gordon owners, just be wary that Ekeler is going to be featured a little more than in garbage time for the Chargers. If you paid attention to last week in Buffalo, you would know that the Bills gave up a ton of yards and three TDs to Saints running back Mark Ingram. While Ingram is a good back, he’s certainly not considered elite and there’s reason to think the Bills might have issues stopping the run entirely. With that in mind, all Melvin Gordon owners shouldn’t replace him with Ekeler just because he had a much better day last week than Gordan. It might be a situation where you look at Ekeler in the flex spot if desperate or potentially playing Gordon and Ekeler if you have both on your team.
Woods looks like the real deal in LA. It’s been a coming out party for him over the past couple weeks and resulting in big time fantasy numbers for owners. Minnesota is exposed through the air, see Week 10 and the Redskins. Expect Gurley to find less room to run resulting in Goff dropping back to pass. The volume of targets should be great enough to continue starting Woods in PPR and traditional leagues. Goff has found a speedy deep threat he trusts in Woods and that means fantasy points.
Don’t sleep on Seattle’s silent secondary option in the wide receiving corps to Doug Baldwin. Richardson is quietly having himself a career year and Russell Wilson will need to look his way with Desmond Trufant and the Falcons defense focusing on Jimmy Graham and Baldwin. The athleticism of Richardson makes him a mismatch for most defenses, which allowed the Hawks to part ways with Jermaine Kearse before the season started. Atlanta has been a roller coaster this season and the Hawks need to rebound from their last home game loss to the Redskins. Expect the CLink to be rocking Sunday and Russell to Richardson to be fantasy gold.
This tight end is probably available via free agency in 99% of most fantasy football leagues. However, he’s playing a defense that’s near last in the league in defending tight-ends. There are much worse options out there and in my rankings I would have Lewis in the top 10 considering how low the production has been for tight ends week in and week out. There is nothing special to him except that the matchup bodes very well in his favor.
The Cardinals are still fighting for their Wild Card playoff lives and that will be evident on Sunday. The Texans made a huge mistake by not going out to sign Collin Kaepernick and electing to instead suffer through the inconsistencies and inexperience of Tom Savage. Houston has dropped three games in a row and I fully expect the Cardinals to make it four. The secondary of Arizona is fierce and I expect some overthrows and misreads to result in interceptions and probably one pick-six. If there is one team that should have considered finding a spot for Kaepernick it would be the Texans, instead they’ll probably be taking a knee the rest of the year without Deshaun Watson to right the ship. Cardinals have big-time sleeper potential this week.