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

WRs and TEs on Page 2

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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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