In a high scoring week, it is imperative to take advantage of the sleepers!
Week 11 does present a lot of intriguing matchups for Fantasy managers. Possible shootouts between Seahawks and Cardinals, Chiefs and Raiders, Rams and Buccaneers, and lastly Falcons and Saints. In a high scoring week, it is imperative to have some players from those teams in your lineups. If you are unable to, well my Week 11 Wide Receiver and Running Back Sleepers will be able to help you out.
For example, some players on this list will be facing off bottom five pass and rush defenses. That is the key to potential getting over the hurdle and getting into your playoffs. These six players can all provide a top five ceiling with a top 30 floor.
The teams on their bye weeks are San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants, Chicago Bears, and Buffalo Bills. Adjust your rosters accordingly.
Here are my Week 11 Wide Receiver and Running Back Sleepers.
Reynolds has been a sleeper the last few weeks, mainly because teams are focused on Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods. Since Week Seven, the fewest amount of targets Josh Reynolds has seen is eight. This leaves a lot of opportunities and he’s capitalized with 190 yards in just three games. Facing off against the Buccaneers could prove beneficial for his Fantasy ceiling. Tampa Bay has allowed 17 passing touchdowns, but there have been nine different players to have more than 70 receiving yards. Reynolds has a safe top 30 floor and can be a nice WR3 sleeper.
Who has had four touchdowns the last three weeks? Well the answer is Marvin Jones Jr. During these three weeks, he has been the fifth best WR in Fantasy. It should be said that this success has come partial due to star wideout Kenny Golladay’s absence. Even if Golladay was to make his return, Jones’s value wouldn’t be drastically lowered due to his opponent. The Panthers have allowed six receivers to have 100-plus yard games. Marvin Jones Jr. is a strong WR2, but due to his boom-or-bust style of play he could end up as a WR1 or a Flex option.
I’m not sure what is more optimistic than 19 targets in a two week span of a struggling offense. I do believe that Gallup has a ton of potential due to his targets. Getting the Vikings is a great opportunity for the Cowboys offense to get back on track. From Week One to Week Six, Minnesota surrendered 90-plus yards in every game to seven different wide receivers, they also scored a collective eight touchdowns. That is why possibly seeing 10 targets against a poor pass defense makes Gallup a Week 11 sleeper.
Unless Austin Ekeler returns, Ballage needs to be in your lineups. He has been the clear leader in this backfield the last couple of weeks. He’s totaled 40 touches in two weeks and the next closest back has 21. Ballage’s production has gone unnoticed due to the lack of name recognition and also being on borrowed time. You will still have to treat this back as a sleeper, but due to this he can shine as a top 15 running back. New York Jets are struggling against the run allowing over four yards per carry along with 12 rushing touchdowns. The former Dolphins back should have a solid Week 11 performance.
Who would’ve thought this unknown back would be making headlines and turning heads? After Myles Gaskins was placed on IR, Ahmed stepped up in a big way. Now Jordan Howard has been waived that leaves even more potential and Fantasy value for Ahmed. Facing off against the Broncos could prove highly favorable. Denver has surrendered 1159 rushing yards and 4.4 yards per carry along with 10 rushing touchdowns to opposing teams. After last week’s game it’s clear that Ahmed will be the full time starter with more than 20 touches. As a great RB2, it would be wise to utilize him before Gaskins returns.
Finishing as the RB4 in Half-PPR scoring leagues the last two weeks, Burkhead has shown he is the most reliable back in New England. Totaling 133 yards along with three touchdowns, he keeps proving he is more valuable than James White in the passing game. Even if Damien Harris continues to see 12 to 18 touches, Rex will be in the same ballpark with around 14 total touches. As a short yardage receiver and strong, powerful runner he can bring life to your lineup as a RB2. New England will need to rely upon Rex in Week 11 against one of the worst run defenses in the league, Houston Texans.