Smith has a cake matchup against Arizona
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This week’s “Don’t Sleep” will be a little different. Rather than going over the players that you should be rushing to put a waiver claim in on, we will talk about the guys that likely cleared waivers that can still give you an edge this week in your fantasy matchup. Before we get into this picks for this week, let’s take a look at how we did in Week 10. Point values based on non-PPR ESPN leagues.
Quarterbacks from Week 10
Carson Palmer (OAK): 14-20 passing, 299 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT = 15 points
Matt Moore (MIA): 20-29 passing, 209 yards, INT, 1 fumble lost, 14 rushing yards = 5 points
Position Average: 10 points
Palmer had a great day against San Diego, going for 15 fantasy points. He has a lot of weapons in the passing game and a great running game to keep defenses on their toes. There should only be improvement going forward and the Raiders are looking like the best team in the AFC West. Moore had a good completion percentage on Sunday, but that is about it. He didn’t find the endzone and turned the ball over twice, making for a horrible fantasy day. He is showing enough to make you think there is hope for a decent fantasy quarterback, but until he shows some consistency he cannot be trusted.
Running Backs from Week 10
Roy Helu (WAS): 6 carries, 41 yards, 3 receptions, 13 yards = 5 points
Maurice Morris (DET): 10 carries, 44 yards, 1 reception, 6 yards = 4 points
Position Average: 4.5 points
I don’t know what Mike Shanahan is thinking. A week after Helu plays nearly all the snaps and has a career game, Shanahan decides to sit him in favor of Ryan Torain. Shanny eventually came to his senses after watching Torain play horribly in the first half and began giving Helu more reps in the second half, including every snap in the fourth quarter. I love Helu’s potential down the stretch, but not until we know that Shanahan is willing to make him the every down back. Morris didn’t have a great game, but he was more of a boom-or-bust add anyways. If he would have found the endzone, it would have been good enough day to justify playing him.
Wide Receivers from Week 10
Laurent Robinson (DAL): 3 receptions, 73 yards = 19 points
Torrey Smith (BAL): 3 receptions, 28 yards, 1 carry, 16 yards = 3 points
Point Average: 11 points
Robinson saved our average this week by having a two-touchdown game on Sunday. He is a big play threat in the Dallas offense, just be aware that he is the third option in the passing game behind Dez Bryant and Jason Witten. The entire Ravens offense was horrible against Seattle over the weekend, but the passing game was particularly horrible. Given that Baltimore only gave Ray Rice five carries, we would have expected big things from the passing game. Joe Flacco just looked off on Sunday and it affected Torrey Smith.
Tight Ends from Week 10
Brent Celek (PHI): 4 receptions, 53 yards = 5 points
Jacob Tamme (NYG): 6 receptions, 75 yards = 7 points
Fantasy point average: 6 points
Celek didn’t have a great game but he was once again solid for the Eagles. Look for him to have a bigger game this week when he faces the Giants, who haven’t been able to stop tight ends over the past two weeks. Tamme had a good first week as the starting tight end for the Colts. He should be decent over the rest of the season as Curtis Painter continues to check down because he cannot make plays down field.
Now let’s get to what everyone cares about. Everyone is looking for any edge they can get at this point in the season, and these guys can give you that. These recommendations also work nicely as a last second injury fill-in in case you missed out on some of the more popular waiver claims this week. More after the jump:
Quarterbacks for Week 11
Alex Smith (SF) 28 percent owned: Smith continues to prove that he can be a quality starter in this league. Not only that, but he is providing consistent fantasy value. When you start Alex Smith you know you are going to get around 15 fantasy points. He isn’t turning the ball over and has a good matchup with Arizona this weekend. I would start him if I needed help at the QB position just because of his consistency.
John Skelton (ARI) 1.5 percent owned: Skelton has a job on the line this week when the Cardinals play the 49ers. If he can play well and pull of an upset against San Fran, he is going to be hard to bench when Kevin Kolb comes back. Look for Skelton to come out trying to prove that he should be the starter and I am expecting him to play well.
Running Backs for Week 11
Kendall Hunter (SF) 29 percent owned: Frank Gore will probably miss this week and even if he does play, he cannot be expected to get his normal workload. I am expecting Hunter to lead the backfield in carries this week, making him a sneaky fantasy play against the Cardinals.
Marion Barber (CHI) 9 percent owned: He continues to get more and more touches every week, even though it is mostly because the Bears have been ahead. He is always a threat to find the endzone, making him a boom-or-bust play. However, I am betting on a touchdown this week making him a decent fill-in play.
Wide Receivers for Week 11
Greg Little (CLE) 7 percent owned: Little is the top option in Cleveland’s passing game. Even though that offense isn’t great, he is bound to find the endzone soon. He will get a lot of targets and he has a good matchup with Jacksonville this week. I would have no problem playing Little if one of my receivers became a late scratch.
Ben Obomanu (SEA) Less than 1 percent owned: Whether or not Obomanu has a big game will depend on the status of Sidney Rice and Doug Baldwin. If either one is unable to suit up because of their concussion, Ben could be in line for a big game. We have seen Ben break out once when starting in place of Mike Williams and he could easily repeat that.
Tight End for Week 11
Ed Dickson (BAL) 15 percent owned: Even though he has been on here before and is pretty inconsistent, his ten-catch, two-TD performance from last week cannot be ignored. It should be enough to start earning more consistent targets from Joe Flacco, leading to more consistent fantasy production. I would start him as an injury fill-in with the hope that he will build off of last week’s breakout.
So there you have it. If you have any comments you can post them below or hit me up on twitter @JessePotes. Also, I have been thinking about doing a sit/start chat on Sundays but I need to see what everyone thinks. If we can generate enough interest, I would probably start doing one starting at about 8:00 AM pacific time. Let me know in the comments!