Week 11 is upon us and several owners are looking for a sleeper to replace receivers such as Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams (on bye weeks) and others are still trying to recover from losing a guy like Julio Jones or Randal Cobb for the season.
Luckily, there are a few sleepers out there that have great match-ups in week 11 and can be a nice bye week filler or desperation-start as a WR3 or Flex play. Rishard Matthews, Jerricho Cotchery and Marlon Brown lead the pack of Week 11 WR sleepers.
Rishard Matthews (WR – MIA)
Rishard Matthews was unheard of until Monday night when he burst on the scene with 11 receptions for 120 yards and two touchdowns. The Dolphins were playing without two starting offensive linemen which gave quarterback Ryan Tannehill very little time to throw and he ended up targeting Matthews 14 times as he was usually the closest receiver to the line of scrimmage.
Matthews has been filling in for injured teammate, Brandon Gibson, and should continue to see a high volume of targets as he operates near the line of scrimmage as a safety valve for Tannehill . Matthews is a risky play with only one week of solid fantasy production but he has proven that he has great upside with his monster 30 + point performance in week 10.
Jerricho Cotchery (WR – PIT)
31 year old, Jerricho Cotchery, has been turning back the clock of time and has scored four touchdowns in the last two weeks. Cotchery has established good chemistry with Ben Rothlisburger and has been heavily targeted in the red zone in recent weeks.
The Steelers have had a tough time getting the running game going so they’ve been airing it quite a bit this year and Cotchery should get plenty of opportunities against a shaky Detroit secondary. Cotchery is definitely a reach as a WR3 or Flex play this week but his production in recent weeks and good match-up warrant fantasy consideration.
Marlon Brown (WR – BAL)
Marlon Brown has been hit or miss all season for the Ravens. The rookie has followed up almost every solid game with a complete no-show. Brown started the season with two straight double-digit fantasy performances and has since alternated every week between single-digit and double digit fantasy performances.
Luckily for fantasy owners, Brown is coming off a game where he recorded one catch for one yard and is bound to crack the double-digit mark if his trend continues. The Ravens are traveling to Chicago this week and will be facing a Bears team without their top cornerback, Charles Tillman.
Brown is a reach as a WR3 or Flex play but if owners are trying to start a sleeper who has a good chance of scoring, it’s always good to bet on a guy with a 6’5″ frame that is operating in an offense with virtually no run game.