Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 11
Daniel Jones (QB) New York Giants
I like Jones this week on Monday Night Football. Although the Bucs had looked like they righted the ship against the pass they struggled mightily early in the season and seemed to revert to old habits last week. The whole team has been in a funk the past few games. Last week we saw Taylor Heinicke put up over 250 yards and touchdown up against them on his way to scoring 29 points without Ricky Seals-Jones for most of the game.
There is no reason Jones shouldn’t be able to put up points on the Bucs beat-up secondary. His weapons are getting healthier and his ability to make plays with his legs gives him a nice boost to his fantasy upside. If you need to stream a quarterback this week Jones is one of the best options that no one seems to be talking about.
Trevor Siemian (QB) New Orleans Saints
I went with Siemian here because options are limited and I couldn’t in good conscience suggest that somebody start Flacco against a red-hot Dolphins defense with Xavien Howard lurking in the defensive backfield. So here we are looking to stream Siemian in Superflex leagues or as a cheap DFS option.
He’s coming off a solid week where he threw for 298 yards and two touchdowns, and the previous week he went for 249 and two TDs. Those aren’t numbers that will kill you. You can get by with 250 yards and a couple of TDs. I expect him to continue to post similar numbers, but there is one concern.
The biggest concern with Siemian is he lost the past two games and he could be pulled for Taysom Hill. That’s the risk you run here. If he does struggle, we have no idea how long his leash is.
Wayne Gallman (RB) Atlanta Falcons
Cordarrelle Patterson is being listed as a game-time decision for Thursday Night Football. I do not believe he will be able to play after spraining his ankle on Sunday and if they do put him in he will not be effective. Last week we saw Gallman get 15 carries for 55 yards. There is a real chance he gets a good amount of touches in this game. It’s even possible he is the defacto early-down back and Mike Davis slides into a pass-catching role.
With that said, those touches did come in garbage time of a blowout with a game looming on Thursday. There is a chance he was simply in mop-up duty and will see a limited role. We won’t know until we see it. The good news is Mike Davis has been atrocious this season and it’s hard to imagine the team giving him 25 touches. There is also a chance the Falcons will have plenty of garbage time again this week.
D’Onta Foreman (RB) Tennessee Titans
Foreman is the back-to-own in Tennessee. I have no doubt we will look back in a few weeks and he will have taken over this backfield. To the point that I doubt Adrian Peterson finishes the season on the Titans’ roster if Henry comes back. He’s younger, more explosive, and both visibly and statistically better than Peterson on a team that wants to run the ball. I’m starting him this week so if he flops I’m going down with you.
Matt Breida (RB) Buffalo Bills
This came out of nowhere, but we have all been wondering what happened to Breida. He looked great in San Fran, fell on his face in Miami, and could barely get a job in the NFL. Then last week the Bills put him to use and he scores two touchdowns. Unlike Gallman, this wasn’t in garbage time. His first TD came in the first quarter and he was used throughout the game. He finished with three carries, three catches for 50 total yards, and two TDs. We don’t know if this will continue, but the other backs aren’t any good so you have to consider that he may have earned more touches.
Marcus Johnson (WR) Tennessee Titans
All year we’ve been trying to figure out who will emerge as the WR2 in Tennessee with Julio Jones forever injured. Now that he’s on the injured reserve we don’t have to worry about his questionable tag all week. Last week Johnson was the guy. He led the team in targets (6), catches (5), and yards (100). I don’t expect him to continue to see more targets than A.J. Brown, but this offense can sustain two fantasy-viable wideouts, especially with Derrick Henry on the shelf. There is a real chance that Johnson can end up being that compliment to Brown.
Albert Wilson (WR) Miami Dolphins
Wilson has always looked electric on the field but has never put it all together despite flashes of brilliance. Last week, the Dolphins made an effort to get the ball in his hands and he made plays all over the field. His night only got better once Tua entered the game shortly after half-time. Wilson carried the ball twice for 19 yards and caught four of his five targets for 87 yards including an 87-yard catch and run to lead the team in catches and yards. With DeVante Parker and Will Fuller still on IR Wilson could be an explosive weapon for the Dolphins this week.
Ray-Ray McCloud (WR) Pittsburgh Steelers
With Juju Smith-Schuster and Chase Claypool sidelined McCloud now looks like a top target in Pittsburgh. Mason Rudolph targeted him 12 times last week as he caught nine passes for 63 yards. If Big Ben returns this week it throws a whole other variable in the mix and things could swing towards James Washington, but then again maybe not. McCloud is more of a stash for me this week, nonetheless, he may be useful as a desperation flex and deserves a look in DFS.
John Bates (TE) Washington Football Team
This is an easy one to explain. This offense is going to funnel the ball to their tight end whoever it may be. We saw it with Logan Thomas and Ricky Seals-Jones. With both of them likely out this week, Bates is the next man up. While he lacks the big-play upside of Seals-Jones, he can be a target and TD threat. We saw it last week when RSJ went down before half. Bates stepped in and caught three passes for 25 yards in one half. I’m not saying he will be a world-beater, however, if you’re streaming a tight end this week he can easily give you five catches for 50 yards and a TD in this offense.
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