One of our newest staff members, Mr. Edwin Camacho, has decided to bring his fantasy gems and sleepers for this week. Take a look before you click “submit” with your lineup, and make sure you have found the winning edge.
“The following is a Fantasy Gem/Fantasy Sleeper guide for Week 11. Fantasy Gem’s are players who have favorable match ups and are must starts for the week. Some fantasy gems may not be the player who has the highest projected score, instead may be a player expected to exceed the prognosticators’ projections. A fantasy sleeper is just that. A player who may potentially be available on the waiver wire; or who is not expected to be a top scorer but has the potential to have a break out game.
Fantasy Gem- Nick Foles vs. Washington Redskins. Nick Foles has been on a tear this year. He has thrown 10 touchdowns compared to zero interceptions. He has protected ball well so you shouldn’t worry about losing potential points because of careless interceptions, fumbled snaps etc.The sieve that is the Washington Redskins defense has not been able to stop a nosebleed this year so look for Foles to have a great game.
Fantasy Sleeper- Case Keenum vs Oakland Raiders. I can’t lie I think Case Keenum has it all. It’s hard for me to believe that he was picked up undrafted from the University of Houston. I really think they struck gold with that pick up. Keenum has all the tools to be the man in Houston. If you are in a 2 quarterback league or are a Tony Romo owner I would pick up Keenum as soon as possible as a bye week replacement or insurance policy for your usual starter.
Fantasy Gem-Frank Gore vs New Orleans Saints. Frank Gore has been a perennial fantasy beast. While the wide receiver corp is non existent and Colin Kaepernick’s been inconsistent this year. The one constant though has been Frank Gore. The addition of Rob Ryan as the Saints defensive coordinator caused the Saints to improve defensively this year by leaps and bounds. Despite that, the Saints D still cannot stop the run as evidenced by Chris Ivory’s monster game two weeks ago. Gore is a fantasy gem and must start at running back this week.
Fantasy Sleeper- Ray Rice vs Chicago Bears. As weird as this looks being read, it feels weirder writing it. Ray Rice has had a terrible year. Nobody knows if Ray Rice is hurt, or if you can attribute it to poor offensive line play, but Ray Rice is due for a breakout game and this week is it. Just as surprising, Chicago’s run defense has been second to the Cowboys in terms of fantasy points allowed to running backs. If you finally grew the stones to bench Rice, this is the week to insert him back in the line up.
Fantasy Gem- Vincent Jackson vs Atlanta Falcons. The Atlanta Falcons have been outright terrible defensively this year and Vincent Jackson will exploit that this week. Not only is he the best offensive weapon on the team, but Schiano intends to get him more looks as he was only targeted 12 times in the past two games. Also, as the season progressed, Glennon & Jackson have developed a better rapport. If you own him, VJax is a must start fantasy gem.
Fantsy Sleeper- Riley Cooper vs Washington Redskins. Riley Cooper has been on a tear the past few weeks at wide receiver. Desean Jackson is obviously the number 1 option in Philly, but with Jeremy Maclin not playing this year with a torn ACL, Riley has stepped up nicely to be that dependable number 2 receiver. He is available on the waiver wire in some leagues and if he is snatch him immediately. He is going to off this week against a porous Redskins pass defense that has been getting torched by everyone.