Fantasy Football Sleepers: Week 11
With another four teams on bye this weekend, it’ll be up to fantasy football owners to be creative in how to either keep their playoff hopes alive or make sure they keep their top spot. With that, here are ten players who have great match-ups in week 11 that could be of service in fantasy.
Quarterback Bills (vs. Bengals)
Despite not having Sammy Watkins for most of the season, Taylor has still had a solid season. He has ten passing touchdowns while only three interceptions while accumulating over 350 yards rushing and another four touchdowns on the ground. He has scored at least one touchdown in eight straight games and is going up against Cincinnati this weekend. The Bengals have given up just under 350 yards a game through the air in the past two games along with five passing touchdowns during that span as well. Taylor is coming off a well-deserved bye week and will have had time to rest along with game-plan more thoroughly. After Robert Woods emerged as a big-time threat in the right situation, expect Taylor to keep looking his way while relying on his star running back in LeSean McCoy in the passing game.
Quarterback, 49ers (vs. Patriots)
While Kaep may not be a good real-life quarterback, he is paying dividends at the moment in fantasy. In four games this season, he has five passing touchdowns along with a rushing one as well and has scrambled for at least 55 yards in three of his four games as a starter. The Patriots have given up four touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) over the past two games to opposing quarterbacks and have been struggling a bit on defense. Kaep may have the opportunity for some garbage time stats in a game where the Patriots are coming off a loss and will have the “revenge game” narrative after losing to Chip Kelly last season. Kaep could be in for a solid day in fantasy this weekend.
Running Back, Titans (vs. Colts)
Running Back, Patriots (vs. 49ers)
While Lewis by himself isn’t necessarily a “sleeper,” he could be making his season debut this weekend and expectations are rather low for him right out of the gate. Lewis has been out since the middle of last season with a severe knee injury that required multiple surgeries and has been declared fully healthy recently. He appears on track to play this weekend, even if it’s only for a few touches. Despite that, Lewis is a dynamic play-maker going up against arguably the worst defense in the league. The 49ers have given up almost 400 total yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns over the past two games alone to opposing running backs. Lewis may only need a few touches in the rushing/receiving game to make a significant impact in fantasy against a terrible 49ers defense.
Running Back, Ravens (vs. Cowboys)
Dixon has progressed slowly into the Ravens backfield rotation after coming back from knee surgery early in his rookie season. He is coming off his most touches in a single game this season (11) and Terrance West appears to be struggling right now. While Dixon only has 61 rushing yards on 21 attempts, he is coming off a game with 38 yards rushing on only six attempts. He also had 42 yards on five receptions in the passing game for a total of 80 yards from scrimmage. He faces a Dallas defense who has given up 370 yards and three touchdowns from scrimmage to opposing running backs over the past three games. Dixon’s role is expanding, and it could balloon this weekend against the Cowboys.
Wide Receiver, Chiefs (vs. Buccaneers)
After Jeremy Maclin had been forced to sit this past weekend due to injury, Hill became the de-facto number one wide receiver. He saw a career-high 13 targets for 10 receptions and 89 yards in that game. Maclin has still not returned to practice as of Wednesday and doesn’t look anything close to a sure thing for this weekend. In that case, Hill would be called on again and be looking at double-digit targets again. He is going up against the Buccaneers, who have given up 711 receiving yards and four touchdowns to opposing wide receivers over the past three games. Hill could be in line for another big game in the reception and receiving yard category this weekend.
Wide Receiver, Redskins (vs. Packers)
Over the past two games, Garcon has accumulated 12 receptions for 148 yards on 17 targets. He led the Redskins this past weekend when DeSean Jackson was forced to miss it and while he did return to practice on Wednesday, he isn’t guaranteed to play this weekend. Garcon would be in line to lead the team again in receiving potentially despite Jamison Crowder and Jordan Reed lurking. Garcon and the Redskins face the Packers this weekend, who have given up 498 yards and six receiving touchdowns to opposing wide receivers over the past three games. The Packers have struggled with secondary depth and the Redskins could exploit that with their playmakers, including Garcon. He could have a very similar game to his six receptions for 81 yards game in week 10.
Wide Receiver, Bears (vs. Giants)
While Cameron Meredith has consistently only had one reception for each of the past three games, he has the chance to return to his week five and six form potentially. Alshon Jeffery is now serving a four game suspension and the team was already thin at wide receiver depth. Meredith and Eddie Royal will likely serve as the Bears’ top two wide receivers. But unlike Royal, Meredith has shown capable of handling number one wideout responsibilities. He had 20 receptions for 243 yards and a touchdown on 27 targets between weeks five and six. He is capable of putting up big numbers again with Jeffery out. While the Giants have been tough against wide receivers recently, Meredith has a chance for massive production this weekend.
Tight End, Colts (vs. Titans)
Tight End, Rams (vs. Dolphins)
Kendricks is by no means the “sexist” player in fantasy football, but he has produced at times this season. Besides week 10, Kendricks is coming off a three-game stretch of 19 receptions, 189 yards and a touchdown on 29 targets. He also faces the Dolphins this weekend, who gave up 74 yards and two touchdowns to Antonio Gates and Hunter Henry this past weekend. And even with new quarterback Jared Goff behind center, it’s possible that Goff relies on a tight end as his safety blanket in his NFL debut. Kendricks could quietly have a good game this weekend in a solid match-up.