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Winning the Wire and Surviving the Bye: Week 11 Fantasy Sleepers

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Dallas takes their second straight bye this week being of the mandated by the NFL fashion.  Saint Louis takes the high road as the only other bye week team after Tavon Austin blew up benches and waiver wires.  Is he Hester 2.0 or mini-Harvin?  Week 11 produced a thin crop of wire prospects, but with only one more bye week and three games until the majority of playoffs start, maybe you need some help somewhere from 1 to 11 on the scale of desperation.

LAST WEEK

Nick Foles and Case Keenum both delivered multiple touchdowns and Keenum is actually a decent stash if you’re counting on Foles since the Eagles have a Week 12 bye.  Keenum’s schedule is pretty favorable the next couple of weeks including a Week 12 matchup with Jacksonville.  James Starks disappointed against the Bears, but is a deep league flier against Philly.  Shonn Greene was almost as bad, same story for him: okay flier in very deep leagues on Thursday night against Indy.  Mike James is the real disappointment.  He seemed in for a sure 100+ yard game against Miami only to be finished for the season with an ankle injury after one drive.  Doug Baldwin led Seattle in targets for the second straight week and I like him again going forward but would not break the bank for him.  First, he has an upcoming bye, and secondly, Percy Harvin seems to be on track to return as soon as this week.  Garrett Graham, Timothy Wright and Lance Moore all disappointed last week.

QUARTERBACKS

Mike Glennon (ATL @ TB)  Glennon looks to join the parade of quarterbacks who have torched the Falcon secondary for multiple touchdowns.  The loss of Doug Martin and Mike James only helps his value.

Case Keenum (OAK @ HOU)  Keenum has a nice matchup at home against the Raiders and looks to maintain his excellent rapport with Andre Johnson at home, potentially with Kubiak back on the sidelines.

RUNNING BACKS

Dennis Johnson (HOU) was mentioned here recently as a deep sleeper and his value will only increase with Arian Foster headed to IR, however, Johnson is still not an advisable starter until Tate falters or can’t go with his rib injury.

Donald Brown (IND @ TEN)  Brown is simply more effective than Trent Richardson and has a much better chance to succeed both on the ground and through the air against the Titans.

Bobby Rainey (ATL @ TB)  Rainey should take over Mike James’ snaps for the Bucs.  He is a better runner than Leonard and should be effective against Atlanta’s poor defense.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Jerricho Cotchery  (DET @ PIT)  Cotchery has four touchdowns in the past two weeks and Roethlisberger seeks him out in the red zone.  Cotchery has been surprisingly effective for Pittsburgh and their second most effective receiver recently behind Antonio Brown.

Leondard Hankerson (WAS @ PHI)  Hankerson has emerged as a top three option for RGIII along with Reed and Garcon.  Hankerson has been effective in the short to intermediate passing game and is a nice play in this possible shootout, especially in PPR formats.

TIGHT ENDS

Delanie Walker (IND @ TEN)  Ryan Fitzpatrick found Walker for a touchdown last week and Walker looked agile and showed good hands for Tennessee.  Walker is a better bet than most waiver wire tight ends this week.

Tim Wright has another good matchup this week, but it’s hard to know what is going to happen in Tampa.  John Carlson was targeted a bunch for the Vikings and also looked good, he’s a viable Jason Witten replacement if Kyle Rudolph is out.  A speculative add is Baltimore’s Dennis Pitta who is nearing a return from injury.

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

Buffalo, Houston, San Diego, New York teams all put their ping pong ball into tumbler this week as your fill-in or rotating DST of the week.Ca

About Kevin O'Keefe - @KevinOKeefe14

I am an attorney practicing in New Hampshire.  Previously I practiced in Florida, and have a Massachusetts license I have never used.  I am contributing with fantasy football pieces now and hope to expand my contributions in the future.   I attended college at the University of New Hampshire and was captain of the tennis team.  I graduated law school in 2007.    I love to surf, hike, and travel all over especially to Central America. I started playing fantasy sports in 8th grade when my friend and I would mail in our newspaper fantasy baseball salary cap league.  I play fantasy football, hockey, baseball and NASCAR.  I am happy to expand my current audience of fantasy advice recipients beyond my friends and family.  If you have lineup or draft questions, find me on Twitter @KevinOKeefe14.

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