Fantasy football sleepers: WR - Week 11

by Cory J. Bonini on November 17, 2011 @ 13:11:24 PDT

 


In this article KFFL breaks down the fantasy football sleepers of the week. We will avoid marquee names because players of that caliber are rarely benched, regardless of their matchup. Instead, we will focus on the players that make your fantasy lineup decisions stressful each week. Read on to learn which midrange to low-end players you wouldn't necessarily consider that you need to get into your lineup.

Note: All statistics are from Week 7 to Week 10, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Wide receivers

NEW - Roy Williams, Chicago Bears vs. San Diego Chargers

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 3

  • Johnny Knox was listed as a one-week play Monday. A lot of the same reasons that apply to him can be tagged to Williams, who has been more involved of late than Knox with 13 targets and seven catches.
  • The Chargers haven't allowed many catches (9.50) per game, but the yardage (149.5) and touchdowns (2.0) they've yielded have proven how prone they've been to the big play. Their pass rush has been inconsistent without Shaun Phillips (foot), and their secondary has been subpar sans their typical QB pressure.

NEW - Vincent Brown, San Diego Chargers at Chicago Bears

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 3

  • Chicago also gives up big production to wideouts: 15.33 catches, 175.7 yards and 0.33 touchdowns. Their continuing safety rotation has prevented them from establishing consistent play in their Cover 2.
  • Brown has slid right into Malcom Floyd's (hip) role. The Chargers won't rush Floyd back; he's unlikely to play in Week 11. Brown is a bit smaller in stature but has similar big-play ability. Brown has nine snares on 15 targets over the last two weeks and has helped Philip Rivers rebound.
  • Brown is worth a look on your wire; he has potential to contribute the rest of the season.
San Francisco 49ers WR Braylon Edwards
Edwards vs. ARI worth a shot

Braylon Edwards, San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals

Fantasy value: No. 3 or flex

  • Edwards has been targeted 5.33 times, leading to 3.00 receptions and 39.7 yards. He has not found the end zone in the last month. Edwards, a deep threat by nature, has averaged 15.4 yards per catch over his last two games - not great, but a step in the right direction after a 10.5 yards-per-catch average in Week 8.
  • Arizona has given up an average of 14.25 receptions, 195.0 yards and 0.50 touchdowns per game. Receivers have averaged 13.7 yards per catch against the Cardinals.
  • San Fran's passing game is erratic and conservative, which makes any of their wideouts a tough play, so recognize the risk you are taking here.

Preston Parker, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Green Bay Packers

Fantasy value: No. 3 or flex

  • Parker's involvement is spotty, but he has been targeted 4.67 times per game in the last month. He has averaged 3.00 receptions, 38.3 yards and 0.33 touchdowns in his last three efforts. Parker is a possession receiver out of the slot and usually is a matchup play.
  • The Packers have allowed enemy wideouts to average 8.33 grabs for 140.3 yards (16.8 per catch) and 1.33 touchdowns. With all of the attention being paid to Mike Williams and Kellen Winslow, Parker should find room to operate against lesser competition underneath.
  • Parker has more value in point-per-reception leagues because of his lack of yardage. He is largely a touchdown-dependent option, though, since Green Bay doesn't give up a lot of catches to wideouts.
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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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