Week 11 Fantasy Sleepers Reactions

BYE: Dallas, St. Louis

Colts vs Titans: Ryan Fitzpatrick; A strong first half from Chris Johnson (who continues to prefer the second half of seasons) and Titans quickly dissolved as Andrew Luck delivered yet another comeback victory for the Colts. Donald Brown drastically outplayed Trent Richardson, yet, Chuck Pagano insists Richardson remains the starter, meaning Brown is nothing more than a FLEX play. You’re not overreacting to T.Y. Hilton’s performance and Coby Fleener appears to have become the second target on offense, not that you were really betting on Darrius “Stone Hands” Heyward-Bey. Delanie Walker is entering the high-end TE2 conversation.

Ravens vs Bears: Torrey Smith; Atrocious weather conditions limited the passing game for both teams, so you’re happy Smith found the end zone. Despite Joe Flacco and the Ravens suffering through their Super Bowl hangover, Smith continues to be a target monster and consistent deep threat with a soft upcoming schedule. If you’re a Ray Rice owner, you’re selling him immediately; Chicago’s run defense is making every RB look good.

Browns vs Bengals: Brown D/ST; The game quickly shifted from the Browns D/ST making Andy Dalton look terrible to the Bengals D/ST salvaging Dalton’s day  and finally turning Jason Campbell into the terrible QB we’re accustomed to seeing. For those disappointed with Jordan Cameron’s cold streak, be aware that TE production isn’t consistently inconsistent, and even top performers like Jimmy Graham and Julius Thomas are dealing with injuries. If you had the opportunity to sell him earlier in the season, shame on you.

Lions vs Steelers: Kris Durham; For all their highs, the Lions sure know how to get real low. Jim Schwartz has the fine privilege of trying to explain his decision to go for it on 4th and 5 off a fake FG attempt, instead of allowing his offense to get the job done early in the 4th quarter in a one-score game. Benching Reggie Bush, fumble and all, for three series is also a little suspect; what are you proving at his point in the season? Jericho Cotchery refuses to go away and deserves low-end WR3 consideration.

Raiders vs Texans: Case Keenum; More dubious coaching! How Gary Kubiak figures Matt Schaub would somehow be an offensive spark for his team is beyond me considering the way Keenum had been playing to his point, especially seeing that the Texans’ struggles had more to do with containing undrafted Matt McGloin that Keenum’s play. You’re only trusting Andre Johnson and Ben Tate ROS anyway. And Rashad Jennings? D.J. Swearinger certainly believes in him and he’ll remain an RB2 until Darren McFadden returns.

Cardinals vs Jaguars: Rob Housler; Housler caught 6 passes for 70 yards and is also entering into the high-end TE2 conversation. Carson Palmer? Like Andre Ellington, Michael Floyd, and the rest of the Cardinals, he appears to be match-up dependent.

Redskins vs Eagles: Leonard Hankerson; Nick Foles could have had a phenomenal day, but the fantasy gods turned two passing TDs into LeSean McCoy rushing TDs. Riley Cooper played up his standards at home while the Eagles bucked the losing trend playing in Philadelphia. The Redskins are quickly turning into the early-season Buccaneers, and RGIII and his sophomore slump appear to be leading the way to a mutiny in Washington.

Falcons vs Buccaneers: Timothy Wright; Who needs Wright when you have journeyman RB Bobby Rainey unleashing hell upon the hapless (and tanking) Falcons? Rainey likely won’t repeat Sunday’s performance, but given how the Bucs made Mike James look like a world-beater, how can you not believe? Again, either Tampa Bay fixed their offensive line or Doug Martin was a one-hit wonder. In addition to the rushing, the Falcons allowed Vincent Jackson to flourish again with 10 catches for 165 yards and a TD, and it’s becoming apparent that teams can throw on Atlanta’s secondary. Harry Douglas is in the low-end WR2/3 conversation while Roddy White’s garbage-time TD may be more false hope than anything else.

Chargers vs Dolphins: Ryan Mathews; Mathews has been great given the match-ups, but faces a tough ROS schedule with @KC, CIN, NYG, @DEN, OAK, and KC left; sell high. Philip Rivers’ early-season magic appears to be gone. You can’t believe in Lamar Miller as anything more than a low-end FLEX with Daniel Thomas apparently back in the mix.

Packers vs Giants: Scott Tolzien; Speaking of TD vultures, Andre Brown owners can’t be happy that Brandon Jacobs appeared out of nowhere for the score and, like Jericho Cotchery, Rueben Randle continues to score touchdowns despite seeing a limited number of targets. Tolzien continues to show promise and a knack for soul-crushing INTs, who should bounceback against the Vikings next week, while the Packers should expect to see Aaron Rodgers back by Thanksgiving in order to sustain any sort of hope for the postseason.

Vikings vs Seahawks: Percy Harvin; I’m glad I included “almost” with the guaranteed score. Limited snaps, limited targets, and one 58-yard kickoff return later, and Harvin was gone; he’ll see an increased snap count and role returning from the bye. Otherwise, it looks like the Vikings will be seeing Josh Freeman supplant Christian Ponder at quarterback, which should help out the likes of Jarius Wright and Cordarrelle Patterson, although you’re not really interested in either as a fantasy starter. If you’ve taken a flier on John Carlson, be aware that Freeman’s presence and deep-pass mentality might actually hurt his recent string of production.

49ers vs Saints: Kendall Hunter; A game overshadowed by a seemingly bogus call on Ahmad Brooks, it also was a weird day of playcalling for the 49ers, who decided not rely on Frank Gore against a Saints defense and again rely on Colin Kaepernick and his lack of receiving options. Otherwise, the Saints D/ST is looking like a legit option to run with ROS.

Chiefs vs Broncos: Dwayne Bowe; Bowe’s production will not only depend on the match-up, it will also depend on the Chiefs playing from behind, Alex Smith’s willingness to take chances, and whatever discipline the NFL decides to enforce on Bowe. Roger Goodell withstanding, beyond the Chiefs’ second match against the Broncos in Week 13, the chances don’t seem to work in Bowe’s favor. Speaking of Smith, for all the talk of winning percentages, there’s a reason the man doesn’t instill a lot of faith as a QB. Knowshon Moreno owners are hoping that Montee Ball hasn’t become the designated goal-line back in Denver.

Patriots vs Panthers: Aaron Dobson; Another game, another controversial ending. Again, for all the talk over the “Tuck Rule” and the Patriots being the beneficiary of NFL officials, they sure have been getting the hose lately. Still, Cam Newton showed up for the national stage, and it’ll be interesting to see if the Panthers make an effort to get him more offensive weapons. Another Stevan Ridley fumble on the day Shane Vereen returns? It’ll be interesting to see how Bill Belichick deals with his backfield, although Ridley is too important for him to get Belichick-ed at this point in the season. Just see how it worked out for Jim Schwartz.

Always remember: Start your studs, play the match-ups, and don’t be afraid to make the trade!