11 Sleepers to Start Week 11
Week 11 in the NFL is ready to get under way, and that means it's a crucial time for fantasy owners scrambling to make last-minute trades and working the waiver wire to solidify their teams for a playoff run. Everybody knows at this point in time, regardless of the matchup, you're going to start Peyton, Tom, and Drew. Yes, we know Maurice Jones-Drew AKA MJD Light, AKA Pocket Hercules, AKA Mojo is pretty much guaranteed to score. So let's take a look at 11 sleepers for Week 11 to help lock up your lineup.
11. Robert Meachem
Robert Meachem has slowly become a great target for Drew Brees. With Lance Moore hobbled by injuries, over his past two games, Meachem has posted 125 yards receiving and 41 yards rushing to go alongside two touchdowns. Put that together with the Bucs' shaky pass defense and Meachem could have himself another solid outing.
10. Jamal Lewis/Mohamed Massaquoi
Obviously making an argument to start any player off the Browns' roster is going to be a stretch. If ever Lewis or Massaquoi plan on having a fantasy relevant week again, this is the week. The Browns visit the Lions in a game children could be forced to watch as a form of cruel and unusual discipline. Anyhow, give Lewis and Massaquoi a look; by no means start both of these players, however.
9. Laurence Maroney
Maroney will face off against a Jets defense which has been run on since Kris Jenkins was placed on IR. With the Jets' defensive mentality forced to focus on Brady, Maroney could end up with a nice day. Though also be aware that it is difficult to trust any running back in a Bill Belichick backfield.
8. Cadillac Williams
Over the past several weeks, the Saints run defense has been gashed by Michael Turner, DeAngelo Williams, and Steven Jackson all running for over 130 yards. Expect Cadillac to post above average numbers when the Saints visit the Bucs.
7. Ryan Grant
The Packers will get a visit from the 49ers in a battle of two teams battling for an NFC wildcard spot. The 49ers have a pretty good run defense, but expect the Niners to focus on Aaron Rodgers and his playmaking receivers. Against the Cowboys, the Packers were focused on running the ball, and although the numbers were not eye-popping, Grant showed when given the opportunity he can still put up decent totals, even against a good defense.
6. Brandon Jacobs
It's easy to say Brandon Jacobs has been a disappointment this season, as he has failed to find the 100-yard mark thus far. With the Giants coming off a bye, look for them to focus on the run game to get themselves back on track.
5. Reggie Bush
Reggie Bush has pretty much fell off the fantasy radar, and people rarely utter his name, unless it's to associate it with his high-profile dating life. Bush has scored a touchdown in four out of the last five games. Look for Bush to be a decent play as a flex starter in PPR Leagues.
4. Ladell Betts
In his first start of the season, Betts posted 114 yards and a touchdown against a pretty good Broncos defense. With Portis still sidelined by the lingering effects of a concussion, look for the Redskins to attack the Cowboys with the ground game.
3. Justin Forsett
With Julius Jones sidelined by a broken rib, the Seahawks will turn to their rookie running back to lead the ground game. When called upon, Forsett has ran for an astounding 6.6 yards a carry on the season. Last week in relief of Jones, Forsett put up over 100 yards and a touchdown. Even against a good run defense like the Vikings, expect Forsett to put up nice totals with added value in PPR leagues.
2. Vince Young
Vince Young is back on the fantasy map and the Titans are back to their winning ways. But with the Texans coming off a bye and playing back at home, look for the Titans to play from behind. With the Texans defense focused on stopping Chris Johnson, and the Titans forced to throw the ball, Vince Young could post some nice numbers in a loss at Houston.
Before we get to our No. 1 sleeper of the week, let's take a second and talk about Jason Snelling. Many experts have listed Snelling as a great sleeper against the Giants. But with the unknown status of Michael Turner, and several reports suggesting the Falcons would start Jerious Norwood if available, there is too much confusion in the Falcons backfield to warrant any starts here.
If Turner starts, can he finish the game? If Norwood starts, would he and Snelling split carries? If Snelling starts, would he be effective against a well-rested and motivated Giants defense coming off a bye? Buyer beware!
And with that said, our sleeper of the week...
1. Kevin Smith
That's right people, Kevin Smith. The Lions have pretty much been a disaster, with their only win coming against the Redskins. But they have been competitive, and they have shown they can move the ball downfield. The Lions will be playing at home against the Browns. That's right, the Browns. Now you see why you need to put Kevin Smith into your lineup. The Browns can't stop Kevin Smith at a red light. Look for Smith to post around 114 yards, one touchdown, and four receptions with an additional 25 receiving yards.