Week 11 Fantasy Football Projections: Sleepers Bound for Big Games on Sunday

Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistNovember 18, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 04:  Wide receiver Lance Moore #16 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates with offensive guard Carl Nicks #77 after scoring in the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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The use of "sleeper" in fantasy football has become a bit of an endemic.

In the preseason, "sleepers" emerge in early drafts before their inflated value winds up making them overrated by the time most leagues draft.

As the season progresses, however, "sleeper" becomes more defined as a player who is supposed to have a one-week surge, mostly due to matchup. And just like the preseason sleepers lists, weekly sleepers lists often become relics as the week wears along.

By now, you know that Carson Palmer plays the New Orleans Saints and that Randall Cobb shouldn't see his value plummet because of Jordy Nelson's return. 

Nevertheless, there are still some guys massively underrated by the public that should be useful to fantasy owners. With that in mind, here is a look at a few sleepers that should have solid performances in Week 11. 


Sam Bradford (QB, St. Louis Rams)

It would likely take an injury situation or bad bye week luck to make Sam Bradford a must-start in your league.

Regardless, in deeper leagues and in those aforementioned scenarios the Rams signal-caller has been a quietly solid fantasy option the past couple weeks. Bradford has put up no fewer than 10 fantasy points in his past five starts and has two performances nearing the 20-point mark in his past three using standard scoring.

Meanwhile, the Jets defense seems to be on a steep decline. The once-vaunted unit has given up 28 points or more in each of the past three weeks and New York could be teetering on the edge of an implosion.

With Danny Amendola back in the lineup to save Bradford underneath, the Rams should be able to make solid headway against the Jets secondary. He won't drop a 30-point bomb on anyone, but for those needing a guaranteed 15 points should look no further than Bradford.

Stats Projection: 225 YDS, 2 TDs


James Starks (RB, Green Bay Packers)

After getting 17 carries in the Packers' last game, it seems like James Starks has finally overtaken Alex Green as the top running back on the depth chart.

Though the two will likely split carries somewhat, that increase in Starks' workload should make him a great play against the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Last week saw the Lions get absolutely eviscerated by early Comeback Player of the Year candidate Adrian Peterson. The Minnesota Vikings star scampered for 171 yards and a touchdown, as the Detroit defense crumbled in the 34-24 loss.

Of course, those struggles aren't exactly a new story for the Lions. The team ranks 19th in the NFL against the run, giving up 116.2 yards per game, and is 26th defensively in Football Outsiders' weighted DVOA metric.

Ultimately, that will mean more for Aaron Rodgers' stable of fantasy owners. However, Starks should see enough holes to fit in as a solid RB2 or elite flex play on Sunday.

Stats Projection: 90 YDS, 1 TD


Lance Moore (WR, New Orleans Saints)

Because of his "security blanket" status within the Saints offense, Lance Moore's production has ebbed and flowed this season.

Moore's good games mostly coincided with tight end Jimmy Graham being injured, but he was heavily involved with the offense last week against the Atlanta Falcons. Finding holes in the defense, the veteran receiver had seven receptions for 91 yards on nine targets in the critical 31-27 win.

Week 11 should see Moore have a second straight great game with a matchup against the Oakland Raiders on tap for Sunday. Through the first 10 weeks of the season, Oakland has allowed 10 touchdown passes to opposing wide receivers and seems to be on a defensive downward spiral.

The past two games saw the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Baltimore Ravens score a whopping 97 points against the Raiders. In those contests Josh Freeman and Joe Flacco threw for 590 yards and five touchdowns, as wide receivers caught four of those balls. 

With Drew Brees and the Saints offense firing on all cylinders, Moore is a must-start in all formats—especially in PPR leagues. 

Stats Projection: 8 REC, 85 YDS, 1 TD