- Week 11 Sleeper’s and Start’ems for 2013!
Heading into the home stretch were just a few weeks away from your leagues trade deadlines. Teams that are in solid positions are looking to better their teams for down the road while struggling teams have either given up (don’t do that) or are looking to make a strong second half push with hopes of the top teams faltering.
Week 10 Sleepers/Start’ems RECAP
DA GOODZ! Recommended starts that made us look good!
Russell Wilson Sea @ ATL – 19 of 26 for 287 yards 2TDs
Drew Brees NO vs Dal – 34 of 41 for 392 yards 4TDs
Nick Foles Phi @ GB – 12 of 28 for 228 yards 3TDs
Running Backs (Rec = Reception)
Marshawn Lynch Sea @ ATL – 24 carries 145 yards 1TD and 3rec 16 yards
Chris Johnson Ten vs Jac – 12 carries 30 yards and 5rec 43 yards
Eddie Lacy GB vs Phi – 24 carries 73 yards and 2rec 11 yards
Reggie Bush Det @ Chi – 14 carries 105 yards and 3rec 8 yards
Le’Veon Bell Pit vs Buf – 22 carries 57 yards 1TD and 3rec 39 yards
Knowshon Moreno Den @ SD – 16 carries 65 yards and 8rec 49 yards
LeSean McCoy Phi @ GB – 25 carries 155 yards and 1rec 6 yards
Danny Woodhead SD vs Den – 6 carries 27 yards and 4 rec 17 yards 1TD
Wide Receivers ( Rec = Reception)
Andre Johnson Hou @ Ari – 5rec 37 yards 2TDs on 12 Targets
DeSean Jackson Phi @ GB – 4rec 80 yards 1TD on 5 Targets
Antonio Brown Pit vs Buf – 6rec 104yards on 10 Targets
T.Y Hilton Indy vs STL – 7rec 130 yards on 8 Targets
Rueben Randle NYG vs Oak – 3rec 50 yards 1TD on 3 Targets
Golden Tate Sea @ ATL – 6rec 106 yards 1TD on 7 Targets
Doug Baldwin Sea @ ATL – 5rec 76 yards on 10 Targets
Kendall Wright Ten vs Jac – 7rec 78 yards on 9 Targets
Tight Ends (Rec = Reception)
Jordan Reed Wash @ Min – 6rec 62 yards 1TD on 9 Targets
Antonio Gates SD vs Den – 4rec 62 yards on 8 Targets
Julius Thomas Den @ SD – 3rec 96 yards 1TD on 5 Targets
NOT so goodz! Recommended starts that made us look bad.
QB Philip Rivers SD vs Den – 19 of 29 for 218 yards 1TD
QB Ben Roethlisberger Pit vs Buf – 18 of 30 for 204 yards 1TD and 1Int
QB Eli Manning NYG vs Oak – 12 of 22 for 140 yards 1TD and 1Int
QB Andrew Luck Indy vs STL – 29 of 47 for 353 yards 1TD and 3Ints
QB Mike Glennon TB vs Mia – 11 of 21 for 139 yards 1TD 1Int
WR Denarius Moore Oak @ NYG – 3rec 45 yards on 9 Targets
WR Victor Cruz NYG vs Oak – 3rec 37 yards on 10 Targets
WR Cecil Shorts Jac @ Ten – 2rec 45 yards on 4 Targets
WR Keenan Allen SD vs Den – 4rec 41 yards on … Targets
TE Greg Olsen Car @ SF – 1rec 14 yards on 3 Targets
TE Vernon Davis SF vs Car – 1 rec 2 yards on 2 Targets
TE Charles Clay Mia @ TB – 4rec 21 yards on 8 Targets
TE Jason Witten Dal @ NO – 2rec 27 yards on 6 Targets
TE Tim Wright TB vs Mia – 1rec 19 yards on 1 Target
WEEK 11 SLEEPERS and START’ems!
Nick Foles Phi vs Was - Foles is my MUST START QB of the Week! With 16 touchdowns (including 10 in his last two games) to zero interceptions, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles has been next to unstoppable since taking over for the injured Michael Vick, and the trend only figures to continue Week 11 against Washington. The Redskins rank 26th against the pass, allowing 274.8 yards per game, and even gave up decent numbers to the Vikings’ not-so-illustrious duo of Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel last week.
Russell Wilson Sea vs Min - The 287 yards were the second-most he’s had in a game this season. The two touchdown passes gave him multiple scores for the fourth straight game. And he made it look easy, for the most part. His longest pass of the day was a short toss that Golden Tate took 46 yards in the fourth quarter, but he wasn’t at all hesitant to stretch the field, completing four passes of 20-plus yards through the air. Connecting for 75-plus yards with 3 different receiver. The Seahawks are also expecting their newest addition WR Percy Harvin to make his debut this week thou he’ll likely be on a snap count. The Vikings secondary has been beat up this year, allowing 18 touchdowns through the air thus far.
Case Keenum Hou vs Oak - Keenum received a huge volume of work, throwing the ball 43 times. He completed 22 passes for 201 yards and 3 touchdowns. He has now produced 270-plus yards in 2 of his 3 games thus far and has thrown 7 touchdowns, zero interceptions but has 2 fumbles lost. Wide Receiver Andre Johnson continued to be a huge target for Keenum. He looked for Johnson 12 times, which led the team. Johnson only had 37 yards, but was Keenum’s main threat in the red zone, catching 2 touchdowns.
Mike Glennon TB vs ATL - Coming off back-to-back games with less than 200 passing yards, he’s looking to return to those numbers with Atlanta coming to town in Week 11. The Falcons have only gotten worse since they last faced the Buccaneers, giving up an average of 31.3 points in 3 games against the Cardinals, Panthers and Seahawks. They rank 25th against the pass, allowing 252.0 yards per game, and have surrendered the fourth-most Fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. Glennon has yet to throw for more than 275 yards and 2 touchdowns in a game but his consistent production is a great sign to a possibly break out game. This week could be that week.
Stevan Ridley NE @ Car - Ridley is my MUST START RB of the Week! Ridley’s slow start is a distant memory. He has run for 340 yards and 6 touchdowns in his last 4 games leading up to the off week, averaging 4.8 yards per carry. Carolina gives up the 5th-fewest Fantasy points to opposing backs, 12.6 per game so he has a tough match-up but will get the majority of the early down and goal line work. The Panthers have not allowed a rushing score to a running back since Week 5 when Rashard Mendenhall did it. Fred Jackson in Week 2 was the only other back to run for a touchdown against the Panthers. On the plus side, Frank Gore (5.1 yards per carry), Steven Jackson (4.4) and Adrian Peterson (6.2) enjoyed some success in recent weeks vs. Carolina though they did not find the end zone.
Danny Woodhead SD @ Mia - Woodhead was held in check, picking up 27 yards rushing on 6 attempts compared to Ryan Matthews 14 carries 59 yards but just 1 reception. Woodhead was mostly contained in the passing game, but picked up a 7 yard score. Woodhead nearly scored a second touchdown, but was stopped just short of the end zone on another reception. Teammate Ryan Mathews came in and pushed the ball over the goal line for the score. Woodhead finished with 4 receptions for 17 yards on 4 targets, his lowest output since week 1. Look for Woodhead to bounce back this week.
Le’Veon Bell Pit vs Det - Bell averaged just 2.6 yards per carry in the game, but the Steelers gave him enough work to make up for the paltry average. He still finished the game with just 57 yards on the ground on his 22 carries, but he scored his 4th touchdown in last 6 games. Bell added 3 receptions for 39 yards. He has received 16-plus carries in 5 of the 6 games thus far and has recorded 18-plus total touches in every game active this season.
Andre Brown NYG vs GB - Leading up to Sunday’s game, the Giants were coy about how they intended to use Brown. But Brown, who started the game, looked strong early on. He totaled 14 yards on his first two carries, and after that the Giants leaned on him the rest of the afternoon. Brown totaled a career-high 30 carries in the win, with his longest carry going 17 yards. This was Browns 1st career game with 20-plus carries and he actually never saw more then 14-plus carries in a game so to see Brown get a work-load if 30 carries is a huge sign the Giants have confidence in him.
Vincent Jackson TB vs ATL - Vincent is my MUST START WR of the Week! As a continuation of their defensive struggles, the Atlanta Falcons allowed 75-plus yards to three different Seahawks wide receivers just last week Golden Tate 6rec 106 yards 1TD, Doug Baldwin 5rec 76 yards and Jermaine Kearse 3rec 75 yards 1TD. Jackson had probably his best game of the season the last time he faced the Falcons in Week 7, catching 10 receptions (on an astonishing 22 targets) for 138 yards and 2 touchdowns. He’ll be home against the Falcons in Week 11, meaning another big performance could be in store. Quarterback Mike Glennon is also one of this weeks Sleepers & Start’ems.
Larry Fitzgerald Ari @ Jac - Wide receivers have had some success against Jacksonville this season. Through 9 games against the Jaguars, wide receivers are averaging 140.4 receiving yards per week against the Jaguars secondary with 10 touchdowns to wide receivers alone.
Riley Cooper Phi vs Was - Cooper followed up his three-touchdown game with another multi-touchdown performance during Sunday’s contest against the Eagles in Week 10. Cooper caught a deep fluttering pass from Nick Foles for a 45-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Cooper also snatched a 32-yard pass from Foles for a score late in the third quarter. He was targeted 5 times and finished with 3 grabs for 102 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 27-13 victory. 3 Of Cooper’s 7 touchdowns this season have been 40-plus yarders from Foles. Cooper now has 5 touchdowns in his last 2 games and 462 yards with 6 touchdowns in his last 5 games.
Golden Tate Sea vs Min - Tate bounced back from a disappointing Week 9 performance with one of his best of the season Week 10 at Atlanta. For just the third time in his career and the first time since a divisional round playoff game against the Falcons in January, he topped the century mark, catching 6 receptions for 106 yards, none bigger than a one-handed grab on a 6-yard fade route in the back corner of the end zone just before halftime. It was his 3 touchdown in the last 3 games. Tate has also seen 7-plus targets in 5 of the last 6 games from QB Russell Wilson. The Vikings have allowed 18 touchdowns through the air thus far with 11 of those touchdowns going to wide receivers.
Doug Baldwin Sea vs Min - After leading the team with 10 targets in Sidney Rice‘s first game out with a torn ACL Week 9 against the Buccaneers, Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin again led the way, this time with 7 targets, Week 10 at the Falcons. And the results were about the same. While in Week 9, he had 6 catches for 75 yards, in Week 10, he had 5 for 76 yards. He didn’t score a touchdown this time around, but he did have catches of 30 and 27 yards. Baldwin was one of 3 Seahawks receivers to accumulate at least 75 yards, with Golden Tate going for 106 and Jermaine Kearse going for 75, so he may not be quarterback Russell Wilson‘s go-to guy just yet. The Vikings have allowed 18 touchdowns through the air thus far with 11 of those touchdowns going to wide receivers.
Other Wide Receivers with nice matchups – Andre Johnson Hou vs Oak, DeAndre Hopkins Hou vs Oak, DeSean Jackson Phi vs Was, Rishard Matthews Mia vs SD, Antonio Brown Pit vs Det, Kendall Wright Ten vs Indy
Rob Gronkowski NE @ Car - Gronk is my MUST START TE of the Week! Tom Brady found Gronkowski for a 19-yard touchdown strike in the 2nd-quarter. He eclipsed the century mark for the 2nd time in 3 games since being activated this season. Gronk looked like his old self as he was able to get behind defenders with ease 119 yards at the half, which was the most he’s ever had in one half of play. Gronkowski was targeted 10 times and finished the game with his 2nd highest amount of receptions in his career 9 for 143 yards and a touchdown.
Jordan Reed Was @ Phi – It may not look like the best matchup at first glance. Yes, the Eagles rank 31st against the pass, allowing 306.5 yards per game, but they’ve given up the 5th-fewest Fantasy points per game to tight ends. Considering they’ve surrendered 15 touchdown passes, though only 1 has gone to a tight end. Among the tight ends they’ve faced of Reed’s caliber, Antonio Gates had 8 receptions for 124 yards in Week 2, Julius Thomas had 4 for 43 yards in Week 4, and Jason Witten had 4 for 48 yards in Week 7. None scored a touchdown. But with Robert Griffin III looking better over the past week it could turn into a shoot out, then Reed could easily beat those numbers.
Rob Housler Ari @ Jac – Tight ends have had very good success against Jacksonville. Through 9 games against the Jaguars, tight ends average 62.3 receiving yards and 11 standard Fantasy points per week, which is the 2nd-highest average. In the last 7 games, tight ends averaged 84 receiving yards, 13.9 Fantasy points and have totaled 8 touchdowns against Jacksonville.
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