Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 11
NFL Week 11 is right around the corner as are the fantasy football playoffs. If you are fighting for a playoff spot, playing spoiler, or competing for seeding, you may need to utilize sleepers in your lineup. But first, here are some of the most notable injuries and movements to follow entering this week’s slate.
- Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) is up in the air for Week 11
- Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (illness) was held out of Thursday’s practice with an illness
- Rams beat writer Jourdan Rodrigue is suggesting that “it would not be surprising to see” RB Cam Akers’ rushing attempts “draw closer” to Darrell Henderson’s moving forward
- Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (calf, hamstring) was downgraded to limited on Thursday
- Eagles signed RB Jordan Howard to the practice squad
- Bengals WR Tee Higgins (illness) was held out of Thursday’s practice with an illness
- Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy (ankle) was limited at Thursday’s practice with an ankle injury
- Packers WR Allen Lazard (core) was a limited participant in Thursday’s practice
- Saints RB Alvin Kamara (foot) didn’t practice Thursday
- Packers WR Davante Adams (ankle) did not practice Thursday
- Ravens RB Mark Ingram (ankle) did not practice Thursday
- Lions RB D’Andre Swift is in the league’s concussion protocol and could miss Week 11
- Titans WR Adam Humphries (concussion) did not practice Thursday
- Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (foot) was limited at Thursday’s practice
- Titans WR A.J. Brown was not seen at Thursday’s practice
- Broncos QB Drew Lock (ribs) was limited on Thursday
- Broncos TE Noah Fant (ribs) returned to a limited practice Thursday
The following is a recap of the players from my Fantasy Football Sleepers article last week, you can read that here.
Fantasy Sleepers Week 10: Full-Disclosure
|Player||Position||PPR Rank||PPR Points|
QB Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 11
ESPN Start-Percentage: 11.1
Now that Drew Brees sidelined with his injured ribs, Jameis Winston is slated to start for the Saints. While Winston is a capable NFL starter and at times, a top-end QB1 in fantasy, we don’t know what he is in New Orleans. It will be his first start in a new system. He may need to earn the trust of HC Sean Payton before the longtime head coach unleashes Winston. It would not shock me one bit if Payton limited Winston, especially early.
However, if you are even considering using Winston this week, you are likely in dire need and perhaps, looking for a high ceiling, which is what he brings facing a familiar opponent in the Falcons. In nine career games versus Atlanta, Winston threw for 2499 yards with a 22:9 TD/INT ratio. He’s also rushed for 134 yards and two scores. All of that, however, was during Winston’s stay in Tampa Bay.
The Falcons are allowing the most FPPG (26.8) to enemy quarterbacks. And while the Atlanta defense has improved sans fired HC Dan Quinn, they are still gashed more times than not. The Falcons have allowed a 300+ yard passer in 7-of-9 games this season and have surrendered at least three total touchdowns to the enemy QB in 6-of-9.
Saints’ QB Taysom Hill will start Sunday vs. the Falcons, per source. Hill took all the starter reps at practice this week. Jameis Winston will be the backup.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 20, 2020
ESPN Start-Percentage: 3.9
Alex Smith has been exceptional in his two games playing significant time since Kyle Allen was lost for the year with his ankle injury. He’s combined for 715 yards with a 1:3 TD/INT ratio and has thrown for at least 325 yards in back-to-back outings. And while he did not throw a touchdown or an interception last week against the Lions, he did throw for 390 yards. Smith will look to put it all together in Sunday plus matchup against the Bengals.
Cincinnati is surrendering the seventh-most FPPG (21.1) to QBs. They’ve given up 20+ fantasy points to the challenging signal-caller in six of their past seven games. The Bengals have also allowed the opposing team’s QB to throw for 3+ TDs in three of their past four.
The Football Team is not loaded with elite skill position players across the board, but they have enough for Smith to be productive for your fantasy team, especially when considering the upside of Terry McLaurin, J.D. McKissic, Antonio Gibson, and Logan Thomas.
RB Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 11
ESPN Start-Percentage: 36.6
It is now or never for Jonathan Taylor. While the rookie rusher entered the 2020 season with a boatload of hype, has yet to live up to it. While in five of his first six games, Taylor recorded 13+ PPR points, he’s now gone three straight with fewer than 9.4. And although he did manage to score one time in his past three, he’s recorded fewer than 13 touches and 39 total yards in that three-game time span. In each of his past two, Taylor drew season-low touches, seeing fewer than nine opportunities in two games since Week 9.
With Nyheim Hines performing as the best back on the Colts and Jordan Wilkins not far behind has a pure in between the tackles rusher, if Taylor can’t get going against the Packers this week, he may be toast. Green Bay is allowing the third-most FPPG (25.6) to enemy backs. The Packers have surrendered 12+ PPR points to 10 different backs this season. They have also given up at least 100 rushing yards to three different backs in five games since Week 6. Green Bay has also allowed a running back to score a touchdown in 8-of-9 games. The only game in which the packers did not yield a TD to an opposing running back was in their last matchup against the Jaguars, though James Robinson did go for 109 yards on the ground that day.
ESPN Start-Percentage: 26.6
The Patriots have been playing better of late and Damien Harris is a big part of it. While Harris has only scored one time this season, he does have three games with 100+ rushing yards. He’s accomplished that feat two times in his past three games. Harris has also seen 11+ touches in 5-of-6 games played and 14+ in four of them, including in each of his past three. In the three games in which Harris drew 16+ rushing attempts, he’s rushed for 100+ yards.
Look for Harris to be the featured back for the Patriots once again on Sunday against the Texans, one of the best matchups for fantasy running backs. The Texans are surrendering the second-most FPPG (26.8) to the RB position. They have allowed 10 different backs to accumulate 12+ PPR points and six different backs to go for 100+ yards rushing. Houston has given up at least one TD to a running back in 8-of-9 games, including in four straight.
ESPN Start-Percentage: 18.3
While Myles Gaskin is close to his return from the injured reserve list, he is not back yet, which means we will get another week of Salvon Ahmed, an unknown whose impressed in his short time as the primary Miami back. While Ahmed flashed back in Week 9 against the Cardinals, racking up 38 yards on seven carries and a 5.4 yards per carry average, he broke out last week. Rushing for 85 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries while adding another five yards on his lone reception, Ahmed finished as the RB14 with 16 fantasy points in last week’s win over the Chargers.
Ahmed will look to keep his good fortunes trending in the right direction in Sunday’s bout with the Broncos. Denver’s defense is yielding the 19th most FPPG (17.7) to RBs this season. And while they played better earlier in the year, they have been gashed in each of their past five games. In five games since Week 6, the Broncos have given up 13+ PPR points to seven different backs. In last week’s loss to the Raiders, Denver’s defense allowed at least 81 yards and two TDs to both Josh Jacobs and Devontae Booker.
WR Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 11
ESPN Start-Percentage: 36.5
D.J. Chark opened the year as one of fantasy’s breakout wide receiver candidates, but he has not lived up to expectations. While Chark has gone for 11+ PPR points in 5-of-8 games played this season, he’s only gone for 20+ two times. He’s also only accumulated double-digit PPR points two times in his past five games.
In two games with Jake Luton under center, Chark has been solid. While he was shut down in his last outing against Green Bay — he only caught 4-of-5 targets for 56 yards, he went off in Luton’s first start. In Week 9 against the Texans, the aforementioned first start of the rookie sixth-round pick, Chark went ballistic, hauling in 7-of-12 targets for 146 yards and a TD. He finished Week 9 as the WR5 with 27.5 PPR points. It was his second-best outing of the year.
While Chark doesn’t have a terrific matchup on paper, the Steelers have been had at times this season through the air. Pittsburgh’s defense the eighth-most FPPG (26.5) to WRs. They have given up 10+ PPR points to 15 different receivers this season. Pittsburgh has also surrendered 100+ receiving yards to three different wideouts in four games since Week 7 and six total TDs in that period.
ESPN Start-Percentage: 25.7
In four games since Week 7, Jakobi Meyers has been New England’s best wideout. Meyers has accumulated 10+ PPR points in each of those four games and 15+ in each of his past two. Meyer has also drawn 6+ targets in all four of those games including two games with 10+. While Meyers has yet to score a TD, he did go for 169 yards back in Week 9 against the Jets. Meyers did, however, throw for a TD in last week’s win over the Ravens.
Meyers will look to extend his four-game streak of double-digit PPR points in a favorable matchup against the Texans this week. Houston’s defense is allowing the 11th most FPPG (25.9) to WRs. Cam Newton doesn’t have much to work with, leaving Meyers in a terrific position to once again garner ample opportunities to produce.
ESPN Start-Percentage: 16.2
The Cowboys are getting Andy Dalton back under center for the first time since Week 7. With Dalton, the Dallas offense was at least somewhat competent. While Lamb racked up six straight games with 10+ PPR points to open the year, he’s fallen off. In two of his past three games, Lamb managed fewer than 8.6 PPR points. In his last outing, however, against Pittsburgh, Lamb got back on track. He caught 4-of-7 targets for 71 yards and a TD, finishing Week 9 as the WR26 with 15.9 PPR points.
Lamb will attempt to remain on track in a great matchup for fantasy wide receivers on Sunday against the Vikings. Minnesota’s defense is surrendering the fourth-most FPPG (29.7) to WRs this season. They’ve given up 10+ PPR points to 16 different receivers this season.
TE Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 11
ESPN Start-Percentage: 15.9
Logan Thomas has been one of the bright spots on the Football Team’s offense this season. While he is nowhere close to an elite tight end, the converted quarterback has been solid in fantasy. Thomas has had 10+ PPR points in 4-of-9 games. He’s also had at least six targets in 5-of-9. From Weeks 4-7, Thomas only saw four targets in all four of those games with Kyle Allen under center. He’s seen an uptick in each of his past two with Alex Smith. Thomas has seen six targets in each of the past two games in which Smith was the primary quarterback.
Thomas will look to compile his fifth game with 10+ PPR points this season and his fourth in his past five games in Sunday’s matchup with the Bengals. The Bengals are one of the easiest opponents for fantasy tight ends, allowing the second-most FPPG (10.9). Cincinnati has given up 10+ PPR points to seven different tight ends this season, but have not yielded a touchdown in each of their past two outings. They also have allowed fewer than two receptions and 38 yards in each of the past two games to the tight end position.
ESPN Start-Percentage: 12.2
Saints QB Taysom Hill is tight end eligible across selected fantasy platforms, including ESPN. Sean Payton’s swiss army knife, Hill has been deployed all over the formation, throwing passes, catching passes, and as a rusher. Hill has put together two games with 10+ PPR points in his past three outings. Hill has also seen at least seven all-purpose touches in each of his past three games. He’s also totaled at least 45 yards in that time span. Hill has carried the ball 15 times in each of his past to games to Alvin Kamara’s 17 carries.
With Drew Brees sidelined, there is an outstanding chance that he will be used even more so than he is when the future Hall of Famer is active. If you want to take a shot on Hill’s ceiling, now is the time.
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Anthony Cervino is a lifelong NFL enthusiast, especially of the Dallas Cowboys. He has been infatuated with the game since childhood and was introduced to fantasy football as a young teen. Back then, the league commissioner typed out the weekly newsletter and used the Daily News to tally scores. In a statistic-driven game of fantasy football, Anthony believes that sometimes you have to rely on that good ole gut instinct. Anthony resides in New Jersey where he lives with his wife, son and a pomeranian that is named Roman (after Tony Romo). When Anthony is not immersed in the NFL or fantasy football related activities, he enjoys bodybuilding and spending time with his family. Anthony is committed to giving you his best analysis and most accurate statistics to help you win championships. Don’t hesitate to tweet Anthony @therealnflguru about anything NFL or fantasy-related topics. He will always respond in a timely fashion.