Week 11 Fantasy Sleepers
The word “Sleeper” is usually avoided in our business, mainly because a sleeper in an 8 man fantasy league is not a sleeper in a 16 man PPR IDP league. To get around the definition of the word, we’re using ESPN’s starting percentage number to create a weekly Gridiron Experts Sleeper challenge for bragging rights.
- Each Writer must recommend one player who is being started in less than 50% of all ESPN fantasy leagues.
Eli Manning | QB
Starting in 16.9% of ESPN Leagues
Winners of three straight, the surging Giants will play host to a banged up Green Bay secondary that is currently the 22nd in the league in terms of allowing fantasy points to quarterbacks. We all know that Eli struggles when it comes to turnovers, but the Packers actually have the fewest (3) interceptions in the league. Manning should be in-line for a decent week if you’ve been waiting to insert him into your lineups.
Rashad Jennings | RB
Starting in 21.9% of ESPN Leagues
The Raiders will be without quarterback Terrelle Pryor this week, so it’s imperative they establish the running game early. The Texans are a better team than their record is showing, and Matt McGloin isn’t exactly a world beater. He’ll need help from the supporting cast if the Black and Silver want to play spoiler on the road.
With every passing year, it becomes more and more obvious that Darren McFadden isn’t the guy they had hoped for. Jennings is a talented player who hasn’t had the opportunity to showcase his skills. The fill-in RB will get a full workload, and may be able to exploit a defense that has been known for giving up the big play.
Andre Ellington | RB
Starting in 34.9% of ESPN Leagues
He didn’t make the most of a great match-up last week against the Texans, but I’ll give Andre Ellington another chance this week against a soft Jaguars defense. He’s left something to be desired in the passing game the last few outings, but has seen 15 and 11 rushes his last two games. While he may be hard to trust, I still like Ellington as a possible Top 20 PPR RB.
Leonard Hankerson | WR
Starting in 3.2% of ESPN Leagues
With back-to-back 5 catch games, it seems clear that RGIII trusts Hankerson. Pierre Garçon has been on fire lately and will likely draw some extra attention from the Eagles’ secondary. That aforementioned secondary happens to rank last in points allowed to fantasy receivers. The writing is on the wall, expect a nice game from Hankerson in what could be a shootout at the Linc.
Brian Hartline | WR
Starting in 11.1% of ESPN Leagues
Fun fact about Brian Hartline: he has double the amount of touchdowns he has had since last season. The problem is, Hartline has failed to score since week three this season. This week, Hartline goes against the Chargers who are ranked 29th against wide receivers. If Hartline is going to triple his TDs from last season, this is the week.
Bobby Rainey | RB
Starting in 1.1% of ESPN Leagues
The Bucs have rediscovered their running game, averaging better than 170 yards per game the last two weeks. Meanwhile, an already bad Falcons run defense has been abysmal lately, allowing 181 yards per game during their three-game losing streak. Rainey has to compete with Brian Leonard for carries, but he managed 45 yards and a touchdown on just eight carries on Monday night. Look for the run distribution to favor Rainey this week against Atlanta, and for him to make the most of his touches.
Mike Glennon | QB
Starting in 0.9% of ESPN Leagues
The Tampa backfield has been decimated with injuries this year. Up against the Falcons this week, the Bucs should rely heavily on quarterback Mike Glennon. In a game that they will most likely have to throw just to keep up with Atlanta, I could see Glennon having a pretty decent fantasy day.
Week 10 Fantasy Sleeper Recap
|Writer||Recommended Sleeper||WK 7 Fantasy Points (FP)||Winners|
|Jody Smith||RB||Mike James||41 yards (4 FP)|
|Mike Rigz||QB||Ben Roethlisberger||204 Pass yards, 1 TD, 1INT (12 FP)|
|Zach Greubel||RB||Pierre Thomas||87 rush yards, 7 rec 24 yrds, 2 TD (22 FP/ 29 PPR)||1st Place|
|Darren Collette||WR||Mike Brown||2 rec 40 yards (4 FP/ 6 PPR)|
|Bob Talbot||TE||Timothy Wright||1 Rec 19 yards (1 FP/ PPR 2PT)|
|Shawn Luskey||TE||Garrett Graham||2 Rec 18 yards (1FP/ 3 PPR)|
|Jason Willan||RB||Rashad Jennings||88 rush yards, 2 Rec 19 yrds (9 FP/11 PPR)|
|Joshua Griffiths||WR||Kenny Stills||3 rec 75 yards 1TD (13 FP/ 16 PPR)||3rd Place|
|Zhan Mourning||RB||Donald Brown||5 rec 64 yards, TD (12 FP/ 17 PPR)||2nd Place|