Fantasy Football 2014: Week 11 Sleeper Picks
Taking a Look at the Week 11 Sleeper Trends
November 14, 2014
It’s Friday, and around here that means it’s time once again to check out some of the sleeper options for the weekend in fantasy football. This will mark the Week 11 edition, and we’ve got our usual crowd of up-and-coming players who have been making waves as lower-end roster options. Let’s take a closer look at the stats and matchups to see if anyone’s right for your lineup this week.
Josh McCown, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: McCown did pretty well in his return to action in Week 10, posting 301 yards, two touchdowns and two picks. He’s also showing some value as a sleeper pickup since he’s got some nice matchups over the next couple of weeks.
He’ll start on Sunday against the Redskins, who have been very accommodating to opposing quarterbacks, then next week will head back to Chicago to visit his old team, which is a sieve on defense.
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Montee Ball, RB, Denver Broncos: It seems a little silly to be talking about a top-level draft pick as a sleeper in fantasy, but here we are. Ball’s stock has tanked since Week 1, mostly thanks to Ronnie Hillman’s solid efforts in his absence.
Now, however, Hillman is out with a foot injury and Ball seems to be on track to make his return after five games. He’s still likely to be second fiddle in the backfield, but could come up with some decent returns. We know you’re eager to get him back into the lineup anyway.
Taylor Gabriel, WR, Cleveland Browns: Gabriel had a nice Week 9, but struggled in Week 10 against Cincinnati, posting just three grabs for 31 yards. He’ll get a good matchup Sunday against the Texans, though, and could very well return to form.
Houston isn’t that great against wide receivers, and the Browns offense seems to be gaining traction, so Gabriel makes sense if you’re down that far.
Cordarelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota Vikings: Since showing some early promise in Week 1, Patterson has been a massive disappointment for fantasy owners. He caught just one ball for nine yards in Week 10, showing difficulties getting chemistry going with QB Teddy Bridgewater.
Patterson will see the ugly Bears defense this week, though, and could burn the secondary if he gets a few tossed his way--which he will.
Trent Richardson, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Richardson isn’t exactly a top option when it comes to fantasy RB names, but he could provide some decent value here. This weekend’s marquis matchup against the Patriots is enticing in the fact that New England gives up some okay numbers to backs.
You should also consider that Richardson has four catches in three of his last five appearances, so he hasn’t been forgotten in the passing game. If he can sniff the end zone, he’ll be a solid play.
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