Fantasy Football Week 11: Top 5 sleepers to consider
By Genna Preston
Clinch the fantasy football playoffs with these top 5 sleepers of Week 11 that you should consider starting thanks to their favorable matchups.
The fantasy football playoffs are just weeks away, and you only have a few more opportunities to secure a spot in your league. This week’s lineup is crucial if you don’t want to end your season early.
This week we have our last week of byes; Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, and San Francisco 49ers.
Luckily, Week 10 didn’t plague us with any season-ending injuries, which means you should only really need to fill your bye week players. I never suggest changing too much on your roster this close to the playoffs, but sometimes we need to spice things up a little.
That’s where our Week 11 sleepers come in. With this week’s matchups, bye teams and past performances, I have identified the top five sleepers this week. So without further ado, here are the top five sleepers of Week 11.
Next: 5. A quarterback that continues to be consistent
5. Jay Cutler, QB Miami Dolphins
Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined adding Jay Cutler to my sleeper list this season. But, with bye weeks and catastrophic injuries this season, Cutler is in good shape this week.
In his last four games, Cutler has had at least two touchdown passes per game. He earned double-digit fantasy football points in all those matchups and even topped 30 in Week 9.
This week he takes on the Tamp Bay Buccaneers secondary, who is everything but intimidating. The Buccaneers have surrendered 15 passing touchdowns this season. In their last nine games, eight teams have surpassed 260 yards in the air.
I wouldn’t normally suggest starting Cutler this close to the playoffs, but if you need a Week 11 quarterback, Cutler is your man! Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity.
Next: 4. A Falcon on the rise
4. Austin Hooper, TE Atlanta Falcons
Austin Hooper isn’t on anyone’s fantasy football radar. But, that’s exactly why he landed himself on this week’s sleeper list!
He’s only earned double-digit points three times this season. However, two of those outings were within the last three weeks. Last week, he hauled in 6 passes for a little under 50 yards and a touchdown.
Hooper hasn’t topped 50 yards since Week 1, but that will all change this week as he faces off against the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks have given up at least 70 yards or a touchdown to opposing tight ends in four of their last five games.
With Hooper leading the team in red zone completions, we can expect to see him targeted often. After last week’s touchdown, expect Hooper to have another impressive week
Next: 3. Here is a Giant worth starting
3. Orleans Darkwa, RB New York Giants
The New York Giants are having a terrible season. But, if you pull apart players as individuals, there are about three that may be taken advantage of depending on their weekly matchups.
That’s where Orleans Darkwa steps in! He’s only scored double-digit fantasy football points three times this season.
But, his productivity recently suggests his future is looking up. In his last four games, Darkwa has totaled over 70 yards three times. In his last two games, he’s had at least 16 touches which are ideal for fantasy football owners.
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This week the Giants take on the Kansas City Chiefs. Although this game screams shoot out all over it, the Chiefs are giving up the second most yards per rush to opposing backs. Darkwa is an excellent Week 11 RB2 option.
Next: 2. A Lion that might breakout
2. Ameer Abdullah, RB Detroit Lions
The Detroit Lions vowed to increase their run game this season. Although they haven’t quite lived up to the expectations, Ameer Abdullah has stepped it up recently.
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He has only earned more than 10 fantasy points once this season. But, he’s recently increased his yards per carrying, and the Detroit Lions have increased his red-zone workload.
Abdullah has had some recent fumbling issues, but he has scored touchdowns in his last two outings. This week he faces the Chicago Bears, who are ranked 23rd against the position.
They have surrendered eight rushing touchdowns this season, and as of late have been giving up long run plays. If you’re in need of a Week 11 running back, Abdullah is the man to start!
Next: 1. A huge sleeper at tight end
1. Marcedes Lewis, TE Jacksonville Jaguars
Marcedes Lewis is literally owned in four percent of fantasy football leagues. He’s only earned fantasy points in five matchups this season, but keep in mind one of those outings topped 25 points.
He completed 4-of-5 targets for 62 yards and three touchdowns in that Week 3 Baltimore Ravens matchup. And this week’s game has the same outcome written all over it!
The Jacksonville Jaguars are taking on the Cleveland Browns who enter this week 0-10. They have given the most touchdowns to tight ends this season, and have also given the third most yards to the position this season.
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If there was ever a week to go all in on a fantasy dud, it’s now! Don’t miss out on this once in a season opportunity.