Sunday Morning Week 11 Rankings, DraftKings Sleepers, FanDuel Picks And GIFs!
I've succumb to it, you have, your mom has… everyone has. After all, it’s human nature. Instead of focusing on the numerous positives, we focus on the few negatives.
It's a struggle I dealt with quite a bit after moving into my new rental recently. I had to sell my old place, and during my search I found three places I liked. Of those, I put an application in for the one I liked most first.
There were several aspects of my current situation that could have led to the owners passing on me. Some of the more simple factors:
- I wasn't ready to move until I sold my old place (they wanted someone on the first of the month).
- I wanted to pay $75 less a month than what they were asking.
- They had to approve me and my idiotic roommate. (Idiotic? Yea! The guy renting a room from me in my old place came with me. However, the guy had a court judgment from years back for not paying the final month of rent when he left. I didn't find out until we were moving because he was a friend/acquaintance and didn't apply to live with me. Idiot.)
Yet, they still accepted my application.
The place is quite nice and even a bit better than my old place. In fact, I was pretty excited at the time. Not Drew Stanton excited, but still.
I'm a light sleeper. I always have been. If someone touches my bedroom doorknob, I'll wake up. That's great for never being killed in my sleep, but it's not so great when you wake up every time a random noise happens during the night. And yes, I've tried noise machines and earplugs.
I forgot to mention this is a condo, so I share unit walls. Unfortunately, my bedroom is on the back of the house with the patio area across from the patios of the opposite-facing units. Our "backyards" are about 10 feet apart, and two units down from me, there is a lab that barks as soon as it exits the house every.single.time. So, when they decide to let it out at 6:00 AM, guess who hears it and wakes up? Secondly, the person to the right makes a ton of noise every time he uses the stairs. No, seriously, a TON. It sounds like he's throwing people down the stairs…
...while inside wooden crates and wearing lead boots.
So that wakes me up early or late… whenever he decides to use the stairs. Yep. I also found out after I moved in that the owners took the good washer and dryer with them and replaced them with what I can only guess as rejects from the junkyard.
For the first few weeks, I let those few negatives outweigh the fact that it's a really nice place. The price is a great deal, the condo is in a great location, it has a driveway and garage (old place didn't), I was accepted even with the factors involved and plenty more. But none of that mattered, as only the noise and junk washer/dryer did.
It wasn't until I decided to ask my neighbor not to fall down his stairs and the other neighbors to do their best at keeping the dog from barking that things changed. I decided to try to improve my situation. Do both neighbors still make noise? Yes, but it's far less often. Do the washer and dryer still suck? Yep, but at least they work. I've accepted my situation and made the best of it. After all… I can't really pick up and move now, so why spend all of my time and focus on being annoyed?
As silly as I may sound for letting these things bother me, Fantasy owners do it all of the time. "I can't believe I've lost Jamaal Charles, Andrew Luck and Julian Edelman… I quit!" Okay, to be fair, if you drafted all three, you might not have to quit to be out of the race, but I've seen plenty of teams survive similar situations and make moves to compete still. It's similar to the example I gave a few weeks back about some owners needing to "bite the bullet" and trade their stud to help fix several needs.
Instead of sulking and focusing on the few things that have gone wrong, how about be happy you nabbed Charcandrick West off waivers, or that you traded away Eddie Lacy before his value bottomed out or that you're still in the playoff race thanks to having the least amount of points scored against you?
Here's one for you. How about enjoy the game even though you're out of it and relish in the ability to play spoiler? That's right, it's not always about winning the league, especially if you're in a home league where you can knock out a buddy and lord it over him.
Focus on the good, and I'm not talking just Fantasy Football. Being frustrated doesn't change a thing – only taking action or changing your outlook will. Only one person can win each league, and no house/condo/apartment is going to be perfect… unless you told me I could live next to Nina Dobrev for free and in a soundproof house. Okay, I'd really just be happy with the first part of that scenario.
Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups: QBs
Week 11 team byes: Browns, Giants, Saints, Steelers
Mark Sanchez, PHI – It's a bit dicey if your league penalizes heavily for interceptions, but Sanchez was a quality Fantasy quarterback last year. In fact, Sanchez was the eighth best quarterback once he took over in Week 10 and threw for 2,410 yards and 14 TDs in nine games. If you lost Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning or Sam Bradford or have Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger or Eli Manning on a bye, Sanchez is your huckleberry.
Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups: RBs
Matt Jones, WSH – He still trailed Alfred Morris in snaps, but not every team is as terrible as the Saints are. Rob Ryan, we'll miss you and your flowing locks.
Jones is easily the most explosive option for the Redskins and is worth a Flex start in most weeks.
Shaun Draughn, SF – You have to roll the dice when a potential team-leading running back is available. Carlos Hyde could return or be out for the season, and while the 49ers offense is putrid, a running back getting 15-plus touches for any team has value.
Thomas Rawls, SEA; Jay Ajayi, MIA; Karlos Williams, BUF; Tevin Coleman, ATL; Ahmad Bradshaw, IND; Charles Sims, TB; Christine Michael, DAL – It's backup time! Grab your handcuffs now. Every one of these running backs would have great value if the top option suffered an injury. Don't get caught without your insurance during the playoff run.
Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups: WRs
Kamar Aiken, BAL – Aiken will see double-digit targets every week with no Steve Smith. Sure, Chris Givens could continue to develop as a Raven, but Aiken is the top option and WR3 in PPR leagues on volume alone.
Danny Amendola, NE – No, he's not Julian Edelman part deux.
Amendola is actually a bit less elusive after the catch with slightly better hands. In addition, Brandon LaFell could easily turn into Tom Brady's favorite receiver. Nevertheless, Amendola is a must-add in all leagues and extremely close to Aiken in value.
Dorial Green-Beckham, TEN – He's still raw – had route running, consistency, etc. concerns even before he missed last year – but with Justin Hunter out for the year, the snaps will increase, and DGB does have great big-play ability.
Dontrelle Inman, SD – Even more so than with Aiken, many forgot to grab Inman with the Chargers on bye last week. Plus, Malcom Floyd is apparently going to play through the pain. Say whaaa? A torn labrum normally prevents you from lifting your arm above your head. In case you need to be told, that's not good for a receiver… not to mention any impact with the ground could end his season. That's a huge risk, and Inman would immediately become the No. 3 option behind Stevie Johnson and Antonio Gates.
Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups: TEs
Eric Ebron, DET – Tight end pickings are a bit slim this time of year, but Ebron gets the Raiders this week. As last week just showed us, all it takes is a touchdown for a tight end to reach TE1 status any given week.
As a reminder, these waiver wire players and sleepers are good for DFS too. If you want a free ticket into the Millionaire Maker and haven't signed up yet, just use these links for DraftKings or FanDuel and enjoy!
Week 11 Sleepers: QB
Mark Sanchez, PHI – Yep. Pick him up and plug him in. The Bucs are weak against the pass and have given up 19 passing touchdowns already. Matt Cassel actually broke the streak of all quarterbacks throwing for at least one touchdown against the Bucs with six games of two or more.
Week 11 Sleepers: RB
Jay Ajayi, MIA – Tough week for sleeper running backs. Most of the favorable matchups include running backs you're starting anyway: Latavius Murray, Jonathan Stewart, Charcandrick West, Darren McFadden, Frank Gore, etc. The Cowboys are middle of the pack against the run, but Ajayi has similar value to Karlos Williams, as seen last week. We're talking Flex value here, but Ajayi gets a handful of touches each week and could find his way to the end zone.
Matt Jones, WSH – Obviously, it's hard to be a sleeper after a game like that, but many will worry about the Panthers matchup. As I said last week, the Panthers are actually mediocre against the run; it's the pass defense you have to worry about. Forget the Titans game, as that backfield is hot garbage (why you should be buying David Cobb by the way). James Starks, Ryan Mathews, Marshawn Lynch, Charles Sims, Doug Martin and Mark Ingram all hit double digits against the Panthers and so can Jones.
Week 11 Sleepers: WR
Stefon Diggs, MIN – Fantasy owners have short-term memories.
That's why many are jumping off the Diggs bandwagon after two quiet weeks. Don't bail yet. The Packers have given up 16 or more Fantasy points to teams' top two receivers since Week 5 with Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey. Yep, you read that right. The Vikings didn't need to pass much with Adrian Peterson going vintage AP on the Raiders, but Week 11's matchup points to a better opportunity.
Rishard Matthews, MIA – Going back to Matthews again this week. He led the Dolphins in receiving with 93 yards, even though Jarvis Landry was the one to (luckily) score. The Cowboys secondary has played worse of late, and in their last two games let Jordan Matthews register nine catches, 133 yards and a score and Mike Evans put up 8/126.
Tedd Ginn, CAR – Similar to Diggs, the shine has worn off Ginn's Fantasy appeal, but the targets are still there. Ginn has 22 in the last three games, and the Redskins have only held two teams' receivers under a combined 20.2 points: Rams and Falcons. The average combined total in those other seven games is 29.3.
Week 11 Sleepers: TE
Eric Ebron, DET – Pretty simple. See above. After all, the Raiders just let Rhett Ellison score… yea… really.
Week 11 Blind Spot Players
In case you're new to this, the Fantasy Blind Spot refers to players that 1) have been performing well but haven't had a breakout game or big enough numbers to get Fantasy players talking, and/or 2) are in a price range of other more popular option, and/or 3) have frustrated with disappointing performances but have a great matchup to finally break through. These are the players you want to target in tournaments, such as Millionaire Makers. You want a contrarian lineup, and there are few better ways to build one than by grabbing some Fantasy Blind Spot players.
DraftKings Week 11 Lineup Sleepers: QB
Mark Sanchez $5,000 – Min priced! After all, might as well make it a trifecta with Sanchez as a waiver pickup, seasonal Week 11 sleeper and DFS blind spot. Okay, if you don't want to go Sanchez, I understand and would suggest Matthews Stafford at just $400 more. The Raiders secondary is awful, and Calvin Johnson alone could make Stafford have a big day.
DraftKings Week 11 Lineup Sleepers: RB
Latavius Murray $5,600 – Can anyone tackle on the Lions?
That's not as much of a joke question as you might think. The Lions have allowed eight rushing plays of 20-plus yards (tied for fifth most) and four of 40-plus (tied for first). They've also allowed 12 rushing touchdowns with eight running backs reaching double digits against them. Blink and you'll miss Murray on your way down to Jeremy Langford, LeSean McCoy and others.
DraftKings Week 11 Lineup Sleepers: WR
Jordan Matthews $6,000 – Well, I have been gushing over Mark Sanchez all this week haven't I? Matthews has the same price as Michael Crabtree with the same, or even more upside. He's also more expensive than guaranteed-touchdown-every-week Eric Decker, so don't expect a ton of JMatt lineups, especially after last week. The Bucs secondary has allowed 19 touchdowns already, and Matthews should dominate this matchup. After all, Ted Ginn scored twice against them. Ted Ginn.
DraftKings Week 11 Lineup Sleepers: TE
Jordan Reed $4,900 – People automatically toss aside players in this matchup because of the perception. The same goes for the Broncos, as they assume because the defense is so good that you don't want to start anyone against them. As with the Broncos run defense and Panthers run defense, the Panthers tight end defense is only middle of the pack. In fact, every decent tight end put up solid numbers. The Jaguars, Texans and Bucs did nothing against the Panthers, which skews the FPPG number. Yet, Ben Watson, Jimmy Graham, Zach Ertz, Coby Fleener, Richard Rodgers and Delanie Walker totaled 32 receptions, 359 yards and three TDs. Those aren't game-breaking numbers, but it's an average of 14.3 FPPG. If anyone is going to have success against the Panthers, it's Reed, who has been terrific when healthy.
FanDuel Week 11 Lineup Sleepers: QB
Matt Ryan $7,800 – While Ryan has disappointed at times this year, he's still equipped to put up a big game and has topped 20 points three times. The Colts have allowed four quarterbacks to top 20 points as well with 16 touchdown passes allowed in nine games. Julio Jones should feast on the Colts, which gives Ryan upside at a price where everyone is going to aim for Derek Carr at $100 less.
FanDuel Week 11 Lineup Sleepers: RB
Darren McFadden $6,800 – The Dolphins defense should ask for a refund on Ndamukong Suh. The run defense has been particularly awful with every team having a running back score in the double digits except the Jaguars, and that's just the Jaguars and their weak running game. Five running backs have scored 17 points or more against the Dolphins, making Darren McFadden a steal at this price. Don't overlook DMC because of the lackluster group he's in with Just Forsett, Chris Johnson and Latavius Murray (who I also love as you know).
FanDuel Week 11 Lineup Sleepers: WR
Golden Tate $6,200 – "Tatters," as my Lions fan friend calls him, has been disappointing this year (see: Stafford, Matthew) but that's why most won't be rostering him. His price is just behind Jeremy Maclin and Jordan Matthews while being higher than Danny Amendola (expect a huge ownership), DeSean Jackson, Tavon Austin and others. Tate will likely see a good amount of D.J. Hayden, who left last week's game early to an ankle injury. Hayden just isn't any good.
A less than 100 percent Hayden is even better news and if out, David Amerson isn't any better. Tate is the definition of sneaky upside this week.
FanDuel Week 11 Lineup Sleepers: TE
Travis Kelce $5,700 – Frustration will often turn people away from using certain players. Kelce was supposed to be an unstoppable force at tight end this year, but he's hit double digits just four times. This week will make five. The Chargers have given up four tight end touchdowns in the last three games, totaling seven on the year with an average DAFP (Defense Adjusted Fantasy Points) of 11.2 per game. With Jason Verrett likely on Jeremy Maclin most of the time this week, Alex Smith will turn to Kelce early and often.
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