Fantasy Football Week 11 Rankings and Sleepers
Jake Ciely, the @allinkid, of RotoExperts.com deals out his Fantasy Football Week 11 rankings and sleepers.
Well, that was cold blooded.
Thanks for coming out Christine Michael. Honestly, has there been any stranger career than Michael's? Let this move sink in for a minute. The Seahawks released the 15th best running back in Fantasy Football, a player with 565 total yards and seven touchdowns. Michael's performance had already been declining while C.J. Prosise was impressing and Thomas Rawls about to return, but it's still a shock.
Let this be a lesson to Fantasy owners. Too often, owners are hung up on name value or past performance instead of focusing on the results. Take Brandon Marshall for example, he's benchable despite being a Top 5 receiver last year. How about Eric Ebron? People are still asking if he's worth owning in comparison to mediocre options such as Dennis Pitta and Zach Ertz, yet he's Top 10 in FPPG despite only have one touchdown. Sports are cruel, and sometimes you need to be a cutthroat owner. Fanmanship, nostalgia and name association have no place in Fantasy Football. Performance is all that matters.
As a reminder, if you missed this week's Waiver Wire and Quarterback Streamers piece, click over to find help at every position, including quarterback streamers.
Week 11 QB Sleepers
Tyrod Taylor, BUF – Just reference this week's waiver wire article. Taylor has finished as QB15 or better, including five QB1 performances, in every week since Week 1. That streak includes at least 15.8 Fantasy points in each game with four 20-plus point performances. The Bengals defense isn't as tough as people assume, allowing the fifth most FPPG to quarterbacks with at least one passing touchdown allowed to every team except the Browns.
Week 11 RB Sleepers
Jordan Howard, CHI… Or… – As of today, Howard is the play, as the Giants defense still struggles in a few areas. The way to beat them is with solid No. 2 receiver play, tight ends and running between the tackles. That last part is a bit weird to see given their offseason signing of Damon Harrison, but the Giants are in the bottom 10 at stuffing runs up the middle but among the best at stopping outside and second level runs along with pass-catching plays. If Howard misses Week 11, look for Ka'Deem Carey to have the better game than Jeremy Langford given their abilities. Of course, all of this hinges on John Fox being being even slightly transparent in his plans.
Isaiah Crowell, CLE – Even before Ezekiel Elliott went ape nuts last week, the Steelers were among the worst at stopping running backs. Only the Chiefs (Spencer Ware still had 82 yards on just 13 carries) and Ravens failed to reach double digits against the Steelers with four teams topping 33 points! Crowell was quiet the last two weeks, but that was in a blowout loss to the Cowboys and against the league's best run defense, the Ravens. In games with double-digit carries (seven), Crowell is averaging 13.2 FPPG with five touchdowns.
James Starks, GB – Starks is just an average running back talent wise, but the Packers trust him, the offense will give him red zone opportunities and the Redskins are on tap for Week 11. The Vikings were the first team all year that faced the Redskins and were unable to reach 12 Fantasy points for their running backs. The Redskins are allowing 4.6 yards per carry with 11 rushing touchdowns in nine games.
Week 11 WR Sleepers
Julian Edelman, NE – Edelman's numbers aren't far off from last year's outside of the severe drop in touchdowns and less targets, which has a trickledown effect. In nine games last year, Edelman had 85 targets, 61 receptions, 692 yards and seven touchdowns. This year, he has 66, 48, 457 and one. Edelman is catching 73 percent of his targets versus 72 last year with an aDOT of 7.5 versus 7.6. Edelman has clearly lost a step with less yards after the catch, but he's far from being done, especially if Rob Gronkowski is out this week. The 49ers provide Edelman with a great opportunity to post his best game of the season with a league high 15 receiver touchdowns allowed and 10th highest YPC at 13.2.
Devin Funchess, CAR – If you don't look for sleeper opportunities in player matchups against the Saints, you're doing Fantasy Football wrong.
Taking a step deeper into this matchup, the Saints have actually been solid against team's No. 1 receivers but among the worst at stopping the secondary options. In fact, Demaryius Thomas was the first opposing No. 1 receiver to score against the Saints; all other six touchdowns were by secondary receivers. Funchess found the end zone in the first matchup and is a good bet to do so again.
Tyler Lockett, SEA – It's still tough to trust a team's third receiver, especially when that receiver regularly sees 60 percent or less of the snaps. However, Lockett is back to 100 percent healthy and is one of the best big-play threats in football. Lockett put up 72 yards on just three catches last week, and the Eagles have allowed the seventh most passing plays of 20-plus yards and fifth most of 40-plus yards. Those numbers will surprise many as will the fact that the Eagles are allowing the fifth most FPPG to receivers over the last four weeks with 746 yards and seven touchdowns.
Week 11 TE Sleepers
Vance McDonald, SF – McDonald has six targets in each of the last three games with 158 yards and score. Colin Kaepernick still struggles with short-to-intermediate throws, but he's looking for McDonald consistently. The Patriots are a tough matchup, but we're looking deep here, as Julius Thomas, Zach Miller (love him against the Giants) and C.J. Fiedorowicz are a bit too obvious.
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