Week 10 is in the books for Fantasy Football and what a week it was. Drew Brees, Pierre Thomas and Demaryius Thomas were among the leading group for the week. We also saw Tavon Austin and Mark Ingram have coming out parties this week. Injures have been tough for 1st round running backs this year as we have seen Ray Rice battling injures and being healthy, Doug Martin finally put on the IR and news over the weekend is that Arian Foster is next man on the list. You never know when you are going to have to step up and replace a top player, so it’s always good to be good at the wire. Before I dig into week 11 sleepers I take a look back on how I did in week 10.
Sleepers that I hit
Pierre Thomas – 111 total yards and 2 TDs – He was on fire as was the rest of the Saints RBs but Thomas provided much need spark for Fantasy owners.
Golden Tate – 6 catches/106 yards/ 1 TD – He can only get better once Harvin is back in the mix.
Riley Cooper – 3 catches/102 yards/2 TDs – So 5 TDs in two games, WOW.
New York Giants D – 20 points/ 4 sacks/ 1 TD – That’s three straight solid performances for this D and next up Scott Tolzien and the reeling Packers.
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Sleepers I whiffed on
Jake Locker – He got taken out of the game but didn’t look great while he was in there.
Eli Manning – 140 yards/1 TD/ 1 INT – Mediocre game for the Mediocre QB.
Garrett Graham – 2 catches 18 yards – Had a great matchup this week and just didn’t do anything with it. This guy is droppable in all formats.
Mike James and Timothy Wright play tonight.
Week 11 Fantasy Football Sleepers (bye week: Rams and Cowboys)
Mike Glennon vs. Atlanta Falcons
(Prior to tonight’s Monday Night Football Game)
Glennon has looked really good as of late throwing for 5 TDs and 0 INTs over the past 3 games. In his last outing against the Falcons he threw for 256 yards and 2 TDs and the Falcons haven’t gotten any better on the defensive side of the ball. Glennon is a nice sleeper if you have Romo on a bye this week.
Scott Tolzien vs. New York Giants
I know this is crazy and we have very small sample size from the guy to even consider having to start him. But I am in a 2QB league where I have to start Kellen Clemens the past two weeks. Tolzien looked good enough to get the nod from McCarthy after the game. He threw for 280 yards, 1 TD and 2 picks. The Giants have been better the last few weeks against the pass but the Packers will open up the running game with Lacy and that should let Tolzien makes some throws to the multiple weapons he has at his disposal. So got Romo on a bye? Rodgers hurt? Or a QB with a tough matchup, take a chance on Tolzien.
André Ellington vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Owners of Mr. Ellington are going to have to start writing hate mail to Bruce Arians for his horrendous use of him. He had 11 carries for 55 yards (5.0 YPC) and Rashard Mendenhall had 13 carries for 42 yards (3.2 YPC) plus a crucial fumble late in the 4th quarter. Ellington I know isn’t really big enough to be an every down back but has too much ability to be wasted. He gets a Jaguars team that has given up over 400 yards and 5 rushing TDs over the last 3 weeks, Ellington will be a solid RB2/Flex play this week.
Chris Ivory vs. Buffalo Bills
The Bills gave up there 1st rushing TD since week 5 to Le’Veon Bell this week. Ivory had a great game before the bye against the Saints and has rushed for over 100 yards in 2 out of his last 3 games. Even though they seem to be going with the hot hand in New York but Ivory is just the better back and will see enough carries to make him a solid sleeper.
Trent Richardson vs. Tennessee Titans
Okay so I might lose all credibility I have ever had by suggesting the Trent Richardson is a sleeper this week. The Titans have given up 2 rushing TDs in 4 straight weeks and the Colts need to run the ball and are going to have to try and use the guy they gave up a 1st round pick for. He hasn’t been impressive running the ball since coming over in the trade but if there is any team right now in football that can make your confidence go up it’s the Tennessee Titans. I think he will fit nicely in a Flex role this week.
Dwayne Bowe vs. Denver Broncos
Bowe and Smith finally are heading in the right direction towards each other. Bowe has 23 targets over the last 3 games, catching 13 of them for 140 yards. Also he has a great matchup ahead of him against division foe Denver Broncos whom are giving up 25 PPG to opposing WRs. Off the bye week I really like Bowe and you should too.
Percy Harvin vs. Minnesota Vikings
Of course you have to keep an eye out for his status but if he is playing, you are playing him. Playing against his old team and finally getting his 1st game in a Seahawk uniform he is going to want to do big things.
Jarrett Boykin vs. New York Giants
His value seemed diminished once James Jones came back, when Rodgers got hurt and then when Wallace went down but Tolzien looked his way often on Sunday with 13 targets and he caught 8 of them for 112 yards. Tolzien is getting the nod against this week and Boykins should get yours.
Rob Housler vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Housler found the endzone for the 1st time this season on Sunday and added 3 more catches totaling 57 yards. The Jaguars have a huge weakness against the tight end position as they have given up a TD in 6 out of their last 7 games against them. Housler is a deep sleeper and is a great streaming TE this week.
Carolina Panthers D vs. New England Patriots
The Panthers D has been unreal this season and coming off a huge game against the 49ers in San Fran this weekend, they face the Patriots who are coming off their best offensive output of the season. But I wouldn’t fear the Panthers have a great pass rush
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