With the fantasy football playoffs inching closer, it’s time for those of you that are on the cusp of making it to hunker down and make the best possible decisions from here on out.
For those of you that are in deeper leagues, or dealing with multiple injuries and bye week issues, it’s especially tough to find replacements at this point in the season. We’re here to help you make some informed decisions on sleeper players that have the best chance to produce points if you must use them in your starting lineup.
Let’s take a moment to highlight some of the lesser owned players throughout the league that have a realistic shot at making something happen in Week 11.
Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis Rams (vs. New York Jets)
The Rams signal-caller may not be putting up the most insane stats, which is disappointing considering his No. 1 overall draft status just three years ago, but he’s a serviceable option against Gang Green this week.
Bradford proved that he could attack the best passing offenses in the league, completing 26 of 39 attempts for 275 yards and two TDs against the San Francisco 49ers. He’s got a much easier matchup this week, and he’ll be playing in the Edward Jones Dome to boot.
With the Jets completely imploding over the past few games, it’s time to give Bradford the nod if you have any questions about your starting QB this week, or have someone like Eli Manning out on a bye.
LaRod Stephens-Howling, RB, Arizona Cardinals (vs. Atlanta Falcons)
Stephens-Howling isn’t the most attractive RB, which makes sense when you figure he has to find lanes behind the atrocious Cardinals offensive line, but he’s the only rusher than Arizona can count on.
LSH has actually put up some impressive numbers since taking over as the starting back, including a 20-rush, 104-yard, one-TD performance (which also included a bonus four receptions for 45 yards in PPR leagues) against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 7.
He only averaged 3.0 yards per carry against Green Bay before the Week 10 bye (17 carries, 51 yards), but still found the end zone. He’s refreshed and ready to go against a surprisingly susceptible Falcons front seven.
Definitely give Stephens-Howling a start in PPR leagues, and even consider him in standard formats based on your other matchups.
Danario Alexander, WR, San Diego Chargers (vs. Denver Broncos)
Alexander has burst onto the scene as one of the Chargers starting WRs, which is quite surprising considering he was a free agent until the end of October.
Since getting his first target in Week 9 against the Kansas City Chiefs, Alexander has recorded 8 receptions (on 11 looks) for 195 yards and a TD. He’s fast become one of Philip Rivers’ favorite players in the passing game and the two continue to hook up as they continue to build rapport.
We expect the Denver defense to give Alexander some fits in Week 11, but he should still break free for a few big gains, help move the chains and even score another touchdown.