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Week 11 fantasy sleepers

A look at the fantasy football landscape for this week

November 18, 2017 - 4:53 pm
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Now that it's the home stretch of the regular season, most fantasy teams are in do or die mode if still in the playoff race. There's probably been a bunch of injuries along the way as well. Maybe you had Tyrod Taylor as your quarterback, and now you're looking for a replacement. Maybe you're still looking for a replacement in your lineup for Ezekiel Elliott. Here's some of the top sleepers for Week 11. 

Each player is followed by his average position ranking from fantasy experts via fantasypros.com. 


Amari Cooper, WR, OAK, Ranked: 15th

Cooper doesn't quite qualify as a sleeper from a rankings perspective. Fifteen is a high end WR2, but most people look at Cooper and see that he has just one game this season with double digit points. They see he's 34th on the season at wide receiver.

This week it's a lot about the opportunity, and a lot about the matchup. Cooper's snap count is 93-percent, one of the highest in the league, and much higher than Michael Crabtree's 68-percent. Cooper also leads the team in targets with 77. Crabtree and Jared Cook are second with 55 each. Cooper is getting the looks, and he is always on the field. It's unlikely his struggles continue the way they have. 

The matchup is very favorable. Oakland plays the Patriots, who have given up the third most fantasy points to opposing receivers this season. New England has given up 10 touchdowns in 10 games to receivers, and over 200 yards seven times. Last week against Denver, they gave up 211 yards and a touchdown, even with Stephon Gilmore back healthy. All in all, you can trust Amari Cooper as a solid WR2 or a high end FLEX play. 


Rod Smith, RB, DAL, Ranked: 40th

Smith got his first extensive action last week with the suspension of Ezekiel Elliott taking effect. Alfred Morris still operated as the #1 back, but Smith came in on passing downs, and when the Cowboys were playing catchup. Smith at the very least, is ahead of Darren McFadden on the depth chart. Just 29-yards total is nothing to ride home about, but the fact Smith was on the field is progress.

The Cowboys know what Alfred Morris is. They know what Darren McFadden is. If the run game continues to stall without Elliott, the young Smith could be thrown in for a spark. This week against the Eagles, game script should favor Smith. The Eagles are probably the best team Dallas will play for the rest of the year. If the Cowboys have to keep up on the scoreboard with the high scoring, that could mean more passing, which means more Smith. 

Smith is a decent FLEX options, and if you're desperate at running back, you can do much worse. 

 

Eli Manning, QB, Ranked: 13th

Manning is the epitome of inconsistency. He'll get you 30 points one week, and four the next. However, there are 14 backup quarterbacks starting in the NFL. Pickings are slim. Manning plays on a terrible team, that has to throw the ball a lot. This week the Giants have the Chiefs, who you'd think are a great defense from their reputation. Nope. The Chiefs are giving up tons of yardage through the air, giving up the sixth most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. However, Manning will be without his top target Sterling Shepard. 



Kenny Stills, WR, Ranked: 48th

Stills, shocking to me, has the highest snap count for Dolphins receivers this year. More than Jarvis Landry and Devante Parker. Stills is second in targets, and isn't close to Landry, but he is on the field pretty much all the time. This week the Dolphins are playing a weak pass defense in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. When looking at guys ranked as low as Stills is, it's hard to find a better option. He's provided both a big play ability as Miami's deep threat, but is on the field enough to be consistent. In PPR leagues, Still has double digit points in four of his last five, and had a huge day in Week 7 against the Jets. Stills is a good FLEX play for Week 11. 

 

If you have fantasy questions of your own, be sure to tune into Breakfast with the Bills Fantasy Style, kickoff off Sunday morning Bills' coverage. You can tweet at us as well, @DiBiaseWGR and @DerekKramerWGR. And you can hear our latest podcast, previewing Week 11 below:

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