Week 11 Fantasy Football: Sleepers Who Can Be Picked Up and Started Immediately

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 13, 2013

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 10: Tight end Rob Housler of the Arizona Cardinals carries the ball against the Houston Texans at University of Phoenix Stadium on November 10, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals won 27-24.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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As fantasy football's regular season starts to draw to a close, many fantasy owners are at the point of desperation. Fortunately, that is not always a bad thing as there are plenty of talented players worthy of a spot in your lineup.

While people deal with injuries to key players or major disappointments from early draft picks (looking at you, Trent Richardson and Ray Rice), it leaves plenty of holes in lineups.

After the whole world added guys like Andre Brown and Riley Cooper from the waiver wire, it leaves the current list of free agents bare in most leagues. The good news is you can still likely scrape the bottom of the barrel for some possible stars.

These players are available in at least 90 percent of ESPN leagues, but they should be able to come through with a big week if you need it.


Mike Glennon, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1.7 percent owned)

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 11:  Mike Glennon #8 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers passes during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Raymond James Stadium on November 11, 2013 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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While the rookie quarterback has made some mistakes, Mike Glennon has thrown at least one touchdown pass in all six of his career starts. Coincidentally, the Atlanta Falcons have given up a score through the air in every game this season, and only once have they allowed fewer than two.

When these two face each other, it could lead to a big day for Glennon. 

The fact is that the young passer has been very consistent since getting his chance, posting at least 15 fantasy points in four of his last five games. With running back Mike James now out with an ankle injury, the Buccaneers will have to rely on the passing attack even more.

Glennon should be able to come through with a strong performance against one of the worst defenses in the NFL.


Donald Brown, RB, Indianapolis Colts (7.2 percent owned)

Neither Donald Brown nor Trent Richardson was able to move the ball much on the ground against the Rams, especially after the Colts went down 28-0 by halftime. However, Brown has been the better player over the past few weeks when he touches the ball.

While Richardson is averaging 3.0 yards per carry, Brown has come through with an impressive 5.9 mark. He was also productive in the passing game with 64 receiving yards and a touchdown in the last game.

This has continued to earn Brown more touches as both a runner and receiver, and he is able to turn this into a solid amount of production.

Against a Tennessee Titans defense that has allowed two rushing touchdowns in each of the last four games, this makes him worthy of a fantasy start.


Mario Manningham, WR, San Francisco 49ers (3.6 percent owned)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 10:  Mario Manningham #82 of the San Francisco 49ers pushes away from would be tackler Thomas Davis #58 of the Carolina Panthers during the fourth quarter at Candlestick Park on November 10, 2013 in San Francisco, California.
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This would certainly qualify as a risky start, but there is reason to expect a strong performance out of Mario Manningham.

The receiver only managed three catches for 30 yards in his season debut this past week that amazingly led the team as the Carolina Panthers shut down the 49ers offense. Still, Colin Kaepernick was looking for his new target all day as he finished with a team-high six targets.

Even against a tough defense like the New Orleans Saints, it is hard to imagine Kaepernick being this bad two games in a row. The coaching staff will likely make adjustments to get the ball out quicker to avoid pressure, which will only help get more throws to Manningham.

With Michael Crabtree still injured and Vernon Davis dealing with the effects of a concussion, Manningham remains one of the team's only targets. This should led to a solid game for the veteran player.


Rob Housler, TE, Arizona Cardinals (1.2 percent owned)

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 30:  Tight end Rob Housler #84 of the Arizona Cardinals runs with the football after a reception against the Miami Dolphins during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 30, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  The
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Over the past month, Rob Housler has been getting more and more involved in the offense for the Cardinals. This culminated in a strong game in Week 10, where he finished with 57 receiving yards and a touchdown.

With wide receiver Michael Floyd questionable with a sprained A/C joint, the team will need someone to step up as a No. 2 target. Obviously, Larry Fitzgerald remains the primary option, but there will still be targets to go around.

Those passes could end up going to Housler, especially against a team that has struggled to defend tight ends all year. The Jacksonville Jaguars have given up the second-most fantasy points in the NFL to the position, thanks mostly to eight touchdowns allowed in the last seven games.

Housler has the talent and opportunity to take advantage of this poor defense and have another strong showing in Week 11.

More Fantasy Options for Week 11
Scott TolzienQBGreen Bay PackersNew York Giants
Ryan FitzpatrickQBTennessee TitansIndianapolis Colts
Chris OgbonnayaRBCleveland BrownsCincinnati Bengals
Bobby RaineyRBTampa Bay BuccaneersAtlanta Falcons
Rishard MatthewsWRMiami DolphinsSan Diego Chargers
Brandon LaFellWRCarolina PanthersNew England Patriots
John CarlsonTEMinnesota VikingsSeattle Seahawks
Scott ChandlerTEBuffalo BillsNew York Jets


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