Start Em Sit Em Week 11: Fantasy Sleepers Who Should Be in All Lineups
Every week, fantasy football matchups are won and lost based on toss-up decisions made by owners. Early in the season, it's easy to shake them off. But now that it's crunch time and with the playoffs rapidly approaching, the choices are key to success.
Week 11 also marks the final week with byes, which is a relief for owners who have spent far too much time over the past couple of months scouring league waiver wires. Starting next week, the lineup decisions should get a bit easier.
As for this week's action, let's take a look at some sleepers who should be started across the fantasy football spectrum.
QB: Carson Palmer
Palmer doesn't receive a lot of attention because he's playing for the lowly Oakland Raiders, but the veteran is the ninth-ranked fantasy quarterback this season. He's ahead of big names like Cam Newton, Michael Vick and Tony Romo.
Just as impressive is his consistency. He's only been held below 14 points once in nine games, a claim that even most elite QBs can't make. So despite whatever preconceived notions owners may have about him, he's a very reliable option.
Palmer gets to face a New Orleans Saints defense that has been torched to the tune of 307 passing yards per game this season. The Saints have also allowed 19 passing TDs, tied for third-most in the league. He should have no problem approaching 20 points.
RB: Mark Ingram
There were high hopes for Ingram in fantasy circles after the Saints drafted him in the first round before the 2011 season, but a season and a half later, it's safe to say that he hasn't lived up to the hype yet. That's beginning to change.
He was the featured back against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 10, getting 16 carries as compared to 12 for the rest of New Orleans' backs. Assuming his role remains the same, his value is going to rise over the remaining games.
The Saints aren't going to shift from their pass-first offense, but the lead back still carries some value because they have at least tried to bring some balance into the equation. He should have his best fantasy game of season against a shaky Raiders run defense.
WR: Danny Amendola
Amendola returned to the St. Louis Rams lineup after missing a month due to injury and picked up right where he left off. He reeled in 11 passes for 102 yards and just missed another big gain in overtime, reasserting himself as Sam Bradford's top target.
Since the Rams lack other weapons on offense, Amendola should continue to see a heavy workload for as long as he remains healthy. Owners shouldn't be scared off by a matchup with the New York Jets, who rank sixth against the pass.
He also doesn't have to worry about Revis Island since the star cornerback is out for the season. It all adds up to another strong performance from the possession receiver. Owners should feel comfortable putting him back in their lineups.
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