We’re onto Week 11, and there are just four teams on byes this week. The Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets. There are a ton of Fantasy studs back in action, and rested after byes, including Houston Texans all-everything DL J.J. Watt, the Minnesota Vikings dynamic trio of LB Anthony Barr, DE Everson Griffen and S Harrison Smith, San Diego Chargers DB Eric Weddle and Washington Redskins LB Ryan Kerrigan.
Over the remaining weeks we will not only look at individual defensive players (IDP) to add, but we’ll also analyze the matchups for those Fantasy owners needing to make decisions as far as defensive/special teams (DST) units to use. And, as always, if you have any questions, feel free to use the Email advice at RotoExperts.com, and one of the many qualified experts will help steer you in the right direction.
The following are nice sleeper D/STs for Fantasy owners heading into Week 11:
Cleveland Browns DST (vs. HOU): Statistically, the Browns defensive unit ranks 13th in Fantasy points, or middle of the road. However, the Browns have the good fortune of facing an offense without RB Arian Foster (groin). They’ll also be facing QB Ryan Mallett, an unknown quantity in a full regular season game, and a guy who could make some mistakes that can turn into Fantasy points for the Browns D.
Minnesota Vikings DST (at CHI): As mentioned above, the Vikings have plenty of valuable IDP pieces. But how does that translate to Fantasy appeal in head-to-head weekly formats? Well, the Vikings have been a low-end No. 1 unit in leagues of 12 or more teams this season, and they will be a Top 10 unit this weekend against a mistake-prone Jay Cutler and wobbly Chicago Bears offense.
Washington Redskins DST (vs. TB): The Redskins defense has allowed a total of 3,000 yards this season (2,006 net passing, 994 net rushing). However, they have still helped Fantasy owners with 23 sacks and five defensive fumble recoveries (DFRs). The lack of interceptions has held them from being a valuable Fantasy option, but against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, they could increase all of their turnover numbers.
The following players are nice sleepers for IDP Fantasy owners heading into Week 10:
Brandon Graham, LB, Philadelphia (at GB): Graham has flown under the radar a little bit, but he has posted 4.5 sacks with four fumble recoveries and a respectable 19 tackles. He’ll be busy trying to corral Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy, while also trying to get to QB Aaron Rodgers.
Rob Ninkovich, DL, New England (at IND): Ninkovich is a Fantasy IDP option who can do so much in so many different categories, but he never seems to get his due. He has 24 tackles, four sacks, an interception, pass defensed and a fumble recovery, and he also has gotten into the end zone once.
Ron Parker, DB, Kansas City (vs SEA): Parker has really come out of nowhere to emerge as a helpful Fantasy option. He has racked up 41 tackles while going for a sack, forced fumble, interception and eight passes defensed. With a strong rushing quarterback in Seattle’s Russell Wilson, Parker will be on high alert. Parker will have four to six tackles at a minimum this week.
Dontari Poe, DL, Kansas City (vs SEA): When Poe was selected in the first round a few years back, his selection raised a few eyebrows. But where are those detractors now? He has emerged into a bona fide NFL defensive lineman, posting 24 tackles, four sacks and a pass defensed.
Bradley Roby, DB, Denver (at STL): Perhaps Roby is underappreciated by Fantasy owners because he is just a rookie, or he is just lost in the shadow of so many great teammates on a good team. But Fantasy owners need to start realizing this guy can help. He has 39 tackles, a sack, forced fumble, two interceptions and 10 passes defensed, and he is facing St. Louis Rams QB Shaun Hill, who could be a little rusty and forced into some mistakes.
Dobish’s 2014 Fantasy Football IDP and DST Rankings – Week 11
|1. J.J. Watt, Houston||1. Justin Houston, Kansas City||1. Harrison Smith, Minnesota||1. Broncos DST|
|2. Everson Griffen, Minnesota||2. Connor Barwin, Philadelphia||2. Rashad Johnson, Arizona||2. Chiefs DST|
|3. Robert Quinn, St. Louis||3. Anthony Barr, Minnesota||3. Michael Griffin, Tennessee||3. Patriots DST|
|4. Willie Young, Chicago||4. DeAndre Levy, Detroit||4. Eric Weddle, San Diego||4. Browns DST|
|5. DeMarcus Ware, Denver||5. Ryan Kerrigan, Washington||5. Bradley Roby, Denver||5. Vikings DST|
|6. Ziggy Ansah, Detroit||6. Luke Kuechly, Carolina||6. Antoine Bethea, San Francisco||6. Cardinals DST|
|7. Jason Pierre-Paul, N.Y. Giants||7. Lavonte David, Tampa Bay||7. Antoine Cason, Carolina||7. Packers DST|
|8. Rob Ninkovich, New England||8. Von Miller, Denver||8. Ron Parker, Kansas City||8. Chargers DST|
|9. Carlos Dunlap, Cincinnati||9. C.J. Mosley, Baltimore||9. Aqib Talib, Denver||9. Seahawks DST|
|10. Cameron Jordan, New Orleans||10. Julius Peppers, Green Bay||10. Jason McCourty, Tennessee||10. Falcons DST|