Week 11 Fantasy Sleepers: Lamar Jackson, more Ravens look like good 'starts'

Written By Jacob Camenker
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Sleepers are tough to come by in Week 11. With bye weeks wiping out some of the better defenses to stream against (Bills, Browns, Dolphins, Patriots, Jets, 49ers), the fantasy football rankings are a bit more crowded than usual. The waiver wire still contains some potentially solid options who could end up paying off, but it's just not as good a week as normal. That will make some fantasy start 'em, sit 'em decisions much more difficult -- especially as we wait for word on Joe Flacco's availability and Lamar Jackson's potential NFL starting debut.

Our sleepers from last week mostly came through. Mike Davis and Duke Johnson both found the end zone at RB; Dak Prescott and Baker Mayfield proved to be worthy streamers by delivering solid performances at QB;Josh Doctson and Tyler Lockett were each able to score at WR; and at TE and D/ST, Vance McDonald and the Redskins defense delivered really good outings.

Week 11 Rankings:
Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST  | Kicker

The sleepers below should help you in at least finding potential-packed streamers in this more difficult week. But don't go overboard in trusting them. If you do, you'll probably end up on our "How You'll Lose" list for Week 11 . Don't be the boneheaded fantasy player that sits a top-five back in favor of a sleeper. That strategy rarely works out.

WEEK 11 PPR RANKINGS: Running back  | Wide receiver  |  Tight end

Week 11 fantasy sleepers: Running backs

Doug Martin, Raiders @ Cardinals (Jacob Camenker).  Recommending Martin is a risk, as pass-heavy game-script could render him ineffective at any point. That said, the Cardinals have been one of the worst run defenses in the league, so Martin should capitalize. He had 92 scrimmage yards in a tougher matchup with the Chargers last week, so he can be trusted in Week 11.

Peyton Barber, Buccaneers @ Giants (Vinnie Iyer).  New York has been much leakier against the run of late, and Barber has a good choice to punch in a short one with decent yardage.

Josh Adams, Eagles @ Saints (Matt Lutovsky).  This is a bit of a contrarian pick, as the Saints have been among the toughest teams for fantasy running backs, but they have shown some cracks lately against good backs, and Adams seems poised for a big jump in touches (Doug Pederson said as much this week). While the Eagles tend to shy away from their running game, we're not worried about them moving the ball and giving Adams at least a couple cracks from inside the five-yard line. Around 50-60 yards and a score seems more than doable for the bulldozing rookie.

Full Week 11 RB rankings

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Week 11 fantasy football sleepers: Quarterbacks

Dak Prescott, Cowboys @ Falcons (Camenker).  Prescott has at least 243 passing yards and multiple TDs in three consecutive weeks. He's finally finding his groove, and a favorable matchup with an Atlanta defense that gives up the fourth-most fantasy points per game (FPPG) to QBs will allow him to continue on his hot streak.

Marcus Mariota, Titans @ Colts (Iyer). Their real offense has arrived, and it looks very good on him.

Joe Flacco/Lamar Jackson, Ravens @ Bengals (Lutovsky).  Flacco (hip) might not play, and there's a possibility Robert Griffin III, not Jackson, gets the start, so take all of this with a grain of salt for now. But whoever starts for the Ravens has a lot of upside against a Bengals defense allowing the second-most FPPG to QBs. Virtually every quarterback has shredded them this year, including Flacco, who threw for 376 yards and two TDs in Cincinnati in Week 2. A fair amount of that production came in garbage time, but Flacco can post big numbers if he's healthy enough to play, and Jackson will have a high floor because of his running ability. He'll probably turn it over a few times, but Baltimore has enough big-play receivers to help him pile up numbers.

Full Week 11 QB rankings

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Week 11 fantasy football sleepers: Wide receivers

Sterling Shepard, Giants vs. Buccaneers (Camenker).  Eli Manning finally showed something as a passer last week against the 49ers, and the Buccaneers have a weak secondary that gives up the second-most FPPG to WRs. Shepard has had some big games against weaker secondaries this year, so he could work his way into WR2 territory this week.

Michael Gallup, Cowboys @ Falcons (Iyer). They'll be throwing a ton and he'll get the juicy big-play matchup against Robert Alford.

Willie Snead, Ravens vs. Bengals (Lutovsky).  We remain convinced the Snead breakout is coming. He gets too many targets (7.7 per game) to continue being held down. Snead hasn't scored since Week 1 and hasn't top 60 yards in a game this year, so he's overdue. Against the Bengals, who allow the fourth-most FPPG to WRs, he should pay off.

Full Week 11 WR rankings

Week 11 fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends

Jeff Heuerman, Broncos @ Chargers (Camenker).  I'm all aboard the Heuerman bandwagon this week. He saw 11 targets in the first outing after the Demaryius Thomas trade and has scored in back-to-back games. The Chargers just lost their top linebacker, Denzel Perryman, so their safeties could have to help more in the run game. That may open the middle of the field for Heuerman. 

Ricky Seals-Jones, Cardinals vs. Raiders (Iyer). They got him involved as the third option in the passing game because of other injuries, and he can put a solid dent into Oakland's defense.

Mark Andrews, Ravens vs. Bengals (Lutovsky).  Yes, another Raven. Cincinnati can't cover TEs (fifth-most FPPG allowed to the position), and Andrews scored against the Bengals back in Week 2. The rookie continues to lead Baltimore TEs in targets, seeing a healthy 11 looks over the past two games. We know Flacco loves to utilize TEs, and if Jackson is under center, he'll likely check down more than a few times, too.

Full Week 11 TE rankings

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Week 11 fantasy sleepers: Defenses

New York Giants vs. Buccaneers (Camenker).  It's a bad week for defensive streamers. Relying on the Giants may be a big risk, but they should have a chance to force some turnovers against Ryan Fitzpatrick like they did against the 49ers last week.

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Jaguars (Iyer). They're starting to deliver by teeing off on trailing teams under pressure to play catchup. This seems like a great spot for that.

Full Week 11 D/ST rankings

Arizona Cardinals vs. Raiders (Lutovsky).  Arizona has actually performed better on the road this year, but its pass rush has improved (nine in the past two games) and Oakland has allowed more sacks (12) than scored points (9) over the past two games.

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