Fantasy football sleeper choices for Week 11

by Cory J. Bonini on November 14, 2013 @ 09:13:04 PDT

 

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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 through Week 10, unless otherwise stated.

Quarterback

Case Keenum, Houston Texans vs. Oakland Raiders

In three starts -- the only three games of his pro career -- Keenum has thrown seven touchdown passes and no interceptions. He has a strong rapport with Andre Johnson and isn't afraid to take shots down the field. With a soft defense and a suspect running game that is even worse with the loss of Arian Foster (back), Keenum should put the ball in the air all day long against the Raiders' feeble secondary.

Raiders vs. QB position (per-game averages, Weeks 7-10)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
Com
Att
Com%
PaYds
PaTD
Int
RuAtt
RuYds
RuTD
FumL
Sck
27
3
23.7
22
33
66.3
278.0
3.00
1.00
3.0
3.3
0.00
0.00
3.3

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Detroit Lions

Big Ben has suffered through ups and downs this season, but he should enjoy the fruitful matchup of playing the Detroit defense. He has three competent wideouts at his disposal and a veteran tight end is regaining trust in his knee. Detroit's offense is playing as well as anyone and could force the Steelers into a high-scoring affair.

Lions vs. QB position (per-game averages, Weeks 7-10)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
Com
Att
Com%
PaYds
PaTD
Int
RuAtt
RuYds
RuTD
FumL
Sck
30
3
24.3
22
38
57.5
296.7
2.67
0.33
1.3
4.0
0.00
0.00
1.0

Running back

Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens at Chicago Bears

According to roster trends, Rice is being started in less than two-thirds of all fantasy leagues over the past two weeks -- understandably so. He hasn't looked right this season, and head coach John Harbaugh finally said Rice's health has contributed to his torturous performance. If Rice cannot get something going against the Bears, you probably can't justify playing him again this year.

Bears vs. RB position (per-game averages, Weeks 7-10)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
RuAtt
RuYds
YPC
RuTD
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
FumL
31
3
25.3
27.7
157.3
5.7
1.67
1.33
4.3
3.3
0.00
0.00

Rashard Mendenhall, Arizona Cardinals at Jacksonville Jaguars

Much like Rice, Mendenhall has been atrocious this season. However, your expectations for him were much lower. Forget all of that entering Week 11. Mendy has a good shot at 100 yards and a score this week, but in all likelihood, he'll be closer to 60 with said score, which isn't bad for a flex play. RB Andre Ellington's receiving prowess could cut into his overall touch total this week.

Jaguars vs. RB position (per-game averages, Weeks 7-10)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
RuAtt
RuYds
YPC
RuTD
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
FumL
30
3
24.0
28.7
122.0
4.3
1.33
5.00
54.0
10.8
0.00
0.67

Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans

Brown is a big play waiting to happen (finally!) and has been more effective than Trent Richardson, by a good bit. Tennessee hasn't been giving up big plays -- quite the opposite, really -- but they have allowed some PPR points and eight touchdowns in their last four outings. Brown has a realistic chance to deliver as a low-end play.

Titans vs. RB position (per-game averages, Weeks 7-10)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
RuAtt
RuYds
YPC
RuTD
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
FumL
29
4
24.0
28.0
91.7
3.3
2.00
4.67
43.0
9.2
0.00
0.33

Wide receiver

Nate Washington, Tennessee Titans vs. Indianapolis Colts

Ryan Fitzpatrick takes over as the starting passer for Tennessee and offers some stability for the offense's weaponry. It may not always be pretty, but he isn't afraid to let'r rip downfield. Washington caught one touchdown pass this year from Fitzpatrick on a 77-yard strike way back in Week 4. While it seems like Fitz and Kendall Hunter have more chemistry, Washington is likely to draw less defensive attention. It never hurts facing the worst pass D in the league, too.

Colts vs. WR position (per-game averages, Weeks 7-10)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
RuAtt
RuYds
RuTD
FumL
32
3
40.3
12.67
275.3
21.7
2.33
0.33
1.3
0.00
0.3

Brandon LaFell, Carolina Panthers vs. New England Patriots

The surprising Panthers are confident and dangerous, even if their offense sputtered in a 10-9 Week 10 win. The Patriots' defense is not on par with San Francisco's, and this one is in Carolina. LaFell should benefit from the added attention that New England is likely to pay to Steve Smith. Look for respectable PPR figures from LaFell as the Pats try to keep the Cats in front of them.

Patriots vs. WR position (per-game averages, Weeks 7-10)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
RuAtt
RuYds
RuTD
FumL
29
3
30.0
14.00
190.3
13.6
2.00
1.33
7.3
0.00
0.00

Rishard Matthews, Miami Dolphins vs. San Diego Chargers

Seemingly coming out of nowhere, Matthews exploded on Monday Night Football for an 11-120-2 line that wasn't completely unforeseen. We told you several weeks ago to add him in deep leagues because of the target volume Brandon Gibson (knee) was seeing before he was lost for the year. Matthews just took a few more games to acclimate himself. Also on the plus side, San Diego stinks at covering most anyone. Score!

Chargers vs. WR position (per-game averages, Weeks 7-10)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
RuAtt
RuYds
RuTD
FumL
28
3
27.7
15.67
226.0
14.4
1.00
0.67
9.0
0.00
0.00

Tight end

Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions at Pittsburgh Steelers

This recommendation has a lot to do with whether Nate Burleson (arm) returns, but Pettigrew should still be a playable option even if the veteran wideout indeed comes back. Pittsburgh was among the best defenders of tight ends in the league earlier in the year, but it has all gone down the tubes in recent weeks. Pettigrew has PPR appeal in deeper leagues or as a waiver wire replacement for, say, Jason Witten.

Steelers vs. TE position (per-game averages, Weeks 7-10)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
FumL
29
4
9.5
5.75
60.3
10.5
0.75
0.00

Rob Housler, Arizona Cardinals at Jacksonville Jaguars

Another Witten cover choice, Housler, who is coming off his best game of the season (57 yards and a score), and wide receiver Michael Floyd (shoulder) is banged up. Arizona's running game should be pretty good in this one, which will help keep Jacksonville honest against the pass.

Jaguars vs. TE position (per-game averages, Weeks 7-10)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
FumL
31
3
12.0
6.00
68.3
11.4
1.00
0.00

Place kicker

Rian Lindell, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons

Lindell made an appearance in this spot last week and was respectable. He should be better this weekend against the division-rival Falcons. The Bucs keep losing key players, so the touchdown opportunities may dry up even more than usual for a 1-8 team.

Falcons vs. PK position (per-game averages, Weeks 7-10)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
FG
FGA
XP Made
XP Att
Max Kick Pts
32
4
11.3
2.75
2.75
3.00
3.00
15.0

Graham Gano, Carolina Panthers vs. New England Patriots

It could be a low-scoring, close battle with the Patriots in Week 11, which should benefit Gano. Touchdowns may be hard to come by in a week after the Pats had a bye to prepare.

Patriots vs. PK position (per-game averages, Weeks 7-10)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
FG
FGA
XP Made
XP Att
Max Kick Pts
22
3
8.0
1.67
2.33
3.00
3.00
12.0

Defensive team

Houston Texans vs. Oakland Raiders

Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor (knee) probably shouldn't have played last week on a sprained MCL, and he may not go this week after holding back Oakland's offense against the New York Giants. Rookie Matt McGloin would replace him in the lineup. Houston may be just good enough to exploit this matchup. Stay tuned for Pryor's status.

Raiders' offense (per-game averages, Weeks 7-10)

G
Int Thrown
Sacks Allwd
Fum Lost
TO/Gm
3
1.67
3.0
0.67
2.33

San Diego Chargers at Miami Dolphins

San Diego's defense leaves a lot to be desired, yet they are a playable fantasy option in Week 11 against a Miami O that has given up a ton of points to fantasy defenses. Their offensive line is a mess after the loss of Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito's suspension.

Dolphins' offense (per-game averages, Weeks 7-10)

G
Int Thrown
Sacks Allwd
Fum Lost
TO/Gm
4
1.25
3.25
0.75
2.00

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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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