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So who are we rolling out there on Sunday?
Week 11 Sleepers and Value Picks
Of the top tier QBs, Stafford would be the one to invest in. On paper, the Steelers have been great against opposing quarterbacks, allowing just 201 passing yards per game and 10 touchdowns on the year — with four of them came in a Week 9 thrashing by Tom Brady and the Patriots. Part of the reason these number are so solid, however, is that the Steelers run defense is just awful. The Lions won’t let the Velvet curtain off that easily and you can count on 35+ pass attempts (as he’s done every week) from Stafford and company.
Minnesota is allowing the second most points to opposing quarterbacks and have yielded 20 passing touchdowns this year (tied for second most in the league). Wilson finally gets to take his new toy Percy Harvin out for a spin and you’ve gotta believe that, even on a limited snap count, the coaching staff is going to look to get Percy a score against his former team. Wilson is cruising along with four straight multi-touchdown efforts and while his schedule stiffens quite a bit down the stretch, Russell will ride his hot streak right into Seattle’s Week 12 bye.
The Redskins had no answer for the Eagles pace in Week 1, now they have a whole different beast to deal with. Washington has allowed the second most points to opposing quarterbacks so far this year.
Digging a bit deeper at just about 10% of your Week 11 budget, Carson Palmer looks ahead to a tasty matchup against the Jags this week. He’s tossed multiple touchdowns in three of his last four games and, when given time, Palmer still has the arm to make every throw. He rises to the top of the bargain bin at quarterback this week.
Though Shady has been on a bit of a scoring drought, the yardage has been there each and every week. McCoy is the league’s leading rusher and shredded those Redskins like a sack of potatoes back in Week 1 (31 carries, 184 yards, TD)… mmmm… shredded redskin potatoes.
If the Chiefs have any shot to keep up with the Broncos offense, it will be Jamaal Charles who gets them there. He’s been the best back in the league through 10 weeks and facing a Broncos defense that has allowed 226 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in their past two games.
Sproles won’t benefit from a soft matchup this week with the Niners defense rolling into the Superdome for a showdown NFC contenders. Still, he’s a matchup nightmare and has the ability to blow up for 100 total yards and a couple of scores. At under 10% of your budget, Sproles is a solid buy in PPR formats.
Averaging 11 targets per game in the five weeks since Washington’s bye and Pierre did it all for his squad in Week 10. He’s developing into on of the most dynamic after-the-catch receiver in the league and while the Eagles’ defense has been improving, the secondary remains a banged-up mess.
Leading the league with 67 receptions on the year, Brown looks like a solid WR1 against a shaky Detroit secondary in Week 11. He’ll come at a discount from some of the top-tier options, but represents one of the safest wideouts out there.
Jones’ teammate A.J. Green has the unfortunate circumstance of a date with Joe Haden — who has held him to just 51 yards on seven catches in an earlier meeting this year — the No. 2 will thrive against Cleveland once again.
Neither of the top-tight ends has a great matchup this week, but if forced to choose, we’ll spend on Gonk over Jimmy Graham.
Digging a bit deeper, Antonio Gates comes at a great price in Week 11, representing just over 8% of your budget. Gates has not been the red zone threat we are used to, but he is seeing a hefty target volume, averaging 8.6 targets per game since Week 2.