You don’t need your humble-but-nonetheless-handsome Guru to tell you this is a big week for us Fantasy Footballers. Week 11 means you are either trying to increase your lead in the division, fighting for a playoff spot or drinking large quantities of cheap scotch because you drafted Aaron Rodgers and Arian Foster.
If you’re fighting for your playoff life, it’s time to get brave and take some chances. Here are some deep sleepers -owned 20% or less in most leagues – that could save your season and your liver.
Josh McCown, (CHI) vs. Bal: With Jay Cutler sidelined with a high-ankle sprain, the 16% owned Josh McCown gets the ball against Baltimore. The Ravens have given up over 20 fantasy points the last two games against Andy Dalton and Jason Campbell. McCown can do that. He has Brandon Marshall.
Bobby Rainey (TB) vs. Atl: Brian Leonard is the popular pick to start for the Bucs, but Rainey looked good Monday night with 45 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. The Falcons have given up the 11th most fantasy points to RBs this season. I like Rainey’s upside this week. “Upside” is fancy fantasy sports writer word for “don’t hold me to this pick if he sucks this week.”
Marquise Goodwin, (BUF) vs. NYJ: The kid is averaging over 6 fantasy points the last three games and a ridiculous 34.2 yards per catch. With receivers Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods are both out this week, someone has to catch EJ Manuel’s wobbling passes. That’ll be Goodwin’s job.
Rob Housler, (ARI) at Jac: Housler had a nice game last week with four catches for 57 yards and his first career TD. The Jags have given up the 2nd most fantasy points to tight ends this season. The Jags have also given up the most fantasy points to cheerleaders, water boys and mascots.
Detroit Lions at Pit: The Lions stop the run well, the Steelers have given up the 6th most fantasy points to team defenses this season and Big Ben looks ready to get the hell out of Pittsburgh. Women of Earth consider that a warning.
Good luck in Week 11. Check out the Fantasy Junkies podcast for sleepers, studs and duds, rankings and more.