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Week 11 Sleepers

Kevin Smith

Yikes! Larry Johnson uses offensive gay slurs, Dwayne Bowe is using performance-enhancing drugs, and head coach Todd Haley wants nothing more than for QB Matt Cassel to sit on the bench so that Brodie Croyle can play every week.

It sure is wild and crazy with them Duke boys up in Kansas City, what kind of crazy shenanigans will the fellas get into this week?

I don’t know what is going on with our beloved Chiefs, but realistically, you shouldn’t be starting any of them each week unless you have a team plagued with injuries, or you need desperate bye week fill-ins. If I find out that one of you is starting Jamaal Charles by choice this week, there will be hell to pay.

However, if you do need a fill-in player, that happens to play for Kansas City, then let’s start off with our first potential Week 11 sleeper…

Week 11 Sleepers

Chris Chambers (WR), Kansas City Chiefs

With the recent suspension of WR Dwayne Bowe, Chambers has got to be the #1 option in Kansas City. In just two games with his new team, Chambers has six catches for 130 yds and 2 TD, and he is averaging 21.7 ypc.

Going up against Pittsburgh and their 12th ranked pass defense is a scary situation. On the bright side, the Steelers don’t have the best ability to make interceptions (only eight this season), and Chiefs QB Matt Cassel has been good at protecting the ball.

Chambers is really the only receiving threat right now, and Chambers has made an impact in a very short time with the Chiefs.

Josh Freeman (QB), Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The rookie QB shocked everyone when he defeated the Green Bay Packers in his first start of the season. He recently lost to Miami on Sunday, but Freeman has put together a respectable 4 TD and 2 INT in two starts.

We all assume that New Orleans will go to 10-0 after this week, but that doesn’t mean it will be a walk in the park. New Orleans is coming off a close 28-23 win to the lowly Rams, and in the past three weeks, the Saints are allowing a mind-boggling 415 total yds per game.

Freeman has proven he can beat a good team, and now a matchup against a clearly vulnerable New Orleans defense may produce some nice results.

Donnie Avery (WR), St. Louis Rams

It is hard to recommend a St. Louis player for your team, so this is actually a big question mark with me.

Believe it or not, Avery has four TD’s in his last five games, with at least six targets in his past two. He was able to tear through the Saints’ secondary last week for 67 yds and two scores.

This week, he is up against another weak pass defense in the form of the Cardinals. Arizona has the 3rd worst pass defense in football, and they have allowed 300+ passing yds in each of their last two games.

Am I saying that Marc Bulger is as good a QB as Matt Hasselbeck or Jay Cutler. No, of course not. But hey, Avery is the clear #1 WR in St. Louis and he has been scoring a lot recently.

Kevin Smith (RB), Detroit Lions

Smith, after a decent rookie season, has been nothing short of a disappointment to owners. He has just one 100-yd game all season, and hasn’t scored a TD since week 4. Do you know what I think he needs? A game against Cleveland!

Ah yes, the Browns. Cleveland allows over 160 rush yds per game and they have let up five rushing TD in their last four games.

Smith may not be Adrian Peterson, but even he can’t miss the chance at having a productive game this week.

San Diego Chargers Defense/Special Teams

Yes, they got torn apart last week by Donovan McNabb (450 yds, 2 TD), but the fact of the matter is that they won that game. In fact, San Diego has won four in a row, allowing an average of just 16.5 point per game.

In the past four games, San Diego has 16 sacks, five interceptions, and a fumble recovery. They have been putting an obscene amount of pressure on QB’s lately, causing plenty of turnovers.

Denver lost Kyle Orton last week to an ankle injury, and his status is up in the air for this week. If he plays, you have to think that he won’t be as effective. If he sits, then Chris Simms would start. When Simms stepped in last week, he was a pathetic 3-13 for 13 yds and an INT while being sacked three times in only two quarters of play.

Super Shocker Sleeper Pick

Dustin Keller (TE), New York Jets

Keller has been the most heavily-targeted receiver on the Jets over the past three games. He has led all Jets receivers with 26 targets and 15 catches.

Keller’s next game is an AFC East showdown with New England. Keller scored a TD in their first meeting this season all the way back in Week 2. The tight end also has at least nine targets in three of his last four games, which means that rookie QB Mark Sanchez has been leaning on Keller quite a bit recently.

New England is coming off a tough loss to Indianapolis, and their pass defense has been giving up an average of 258 pass yds over the last three weeks. The Patriots have had trouble all season pressuring opposing QB’s, as they are in the bottom-5 in the NFL in sacks.

Not to mention, the Jets already have a victory over New England this season, so it is not crazy to think that the Jets can score points against Belichick’s team.

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