Fantasy Football Week 11: Top Sleeper at Each Position This Sunday

Steven GerwelContributor IIINovember 18, 2012

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 21:  Quarterback Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams eludes defensive end C.J. Wilson #98 of the Green Bay Packers as he scrambles for yardage at Edward Jones Dome on October 21, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. The Packers defeated the Rams 30-20.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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We are now entering Week 11 of the 2012 NFL season, and at this point we know what to expect from our fantasy rosters. 

We know who the major fantasy sleepers are, as well as the monumental fantasy busts. But even so, there are unexpected surprises on a weekly basis. 

Every single week features a handful of players who unexpectedly step up and produce big numbers, and this week will be no different.

Here is one player at each position who will be in a favorable situation this Sunday with a chance to have a strong performance. If these guys aren't on your radar yet, they should be. 


Quarterback: Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams

Sam Bradford has been very hit and miss this season, but Sunday's matchup against the New York Jets gives him a chance for a productive day. 

Bradford threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns against a dominant 49ers defense last week, so he has certainly elevated his play as of late. 

Bradford and the Rams will take on the New York Jets this Sunday, and although the Jets rank in the Top 10 against the pass (203.8 yards per game), this will be Bradford's first game in the dome since Week 7. 

That, along with the return of WR Danny Amendola from a shoulder injury, makes it an ideal situation for Bradford this Sunday. 


Running Back: Marcel Reece, Oakland Raiders

Oakland's top two running backs—Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson—have both been suffering from ankle sprains, which forced them to miss last Sunday's game against Baltimore. 

As a result, there was plenty of buzz regarding Marcel Reece as a fantasy sleeper for the week, and he answered with 104 total yards. 

Reece was able to produce against a talented Baltimore defense, and now he'll get a chance to shred a New Orleans defense that ranks dead last in the NFL in run defense (162.0 yards per game). 

Expect the Raiders to rely heavily on Reece and put him to use against a struggling Saints defense. 


Wide Receiver: Brandon LaFell, Carolina Panthers

Brandon LaFell was starting to heat up with 141 yards and a touchdown over a two week period, but a concussion forced him to miss the Week 9 game against Washington. 

LaFell returned to the lineup last week against the Denver Broncos, but he was held to a modest four catches for only 29 yards. 

Owners have been waiting patiently for LaFell to break out and have a big game, and that could very well happen this week against Tampa Bay. 

Tampa Bay ranks last in the NFL in pass defense (321.3 yards per game), which gives LaFell and the struggling Panthers offense a chance to go wild through the air. 


Tight End: Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts

Between the two rookie tight ends for the Colts—Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen—Fleener has received the majority of the attention, but Allen is beginning to come to life. 

After posting just 118 yards in the first six games, Allen has turned a corner with 162 yards over the last three weeks. 

The Colts will take on the New England Patriots, who have allowed 285.3 yards per game on the season. This provides Allen with an opportunity to showcase his skills and manufacture an admirable performance.