Week 11 began with a bang if you started Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger or wide receiver Antonio Brown, as the Steelers threw all over the Tennessee Titans during a 40-17 win on "Thursday Night Football." On the flip side, Titans running back DeMarco Murray was a dud, and quarterback Marcus Mariota ruined what looked like it was going to be a nice fantasy performance by throwing four interceptions.
With the last of the byes happening this week, let's look for some Week 11 sleepers:
1. Doug Martin, Running Back, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Martin has been awful; I have even had some "should I drop Doug Martin?" questions. Well, if he fails to produce this week I think that is fair. The Buccaneers take on the Miami Dolphins, who have been torched on the ground the past few weeks by the Ravens' Alex Collins and the Panthers' Jonathan Stewart, so Martin should find room to run.
2. Blake Bortles, Quarterback, Jacksonville Jaguars
Has anyone notice that Bortles has been serviceable the past four weeks? No? Well he has, including throwing the ball 51 times last week. This week it's pretty simple, as the Jaguars face the Cleveland Browns, who have an above-average run defense and are 25th in the league in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks. As Big Ben said, "Dilly, dilly."
3. Eli Manning, Quarterback, New York Giants
If you like to stream quarterbacks, you have few options this week, but Manning is finally one of them. The return of wide receiver Sterling Shepard and the growth of tight end Evan Engram has made the Giants' passing attack serviceable once again. The Giant' opponent, the Kansas City Chiefs, give up the sixth-most points to opposing quarterbacks and are allowing more than 280 yards through the air during their past three games.
4. Bruce Ellington, Wide Receiver, Houston Texans
Texans receiver Will Fuller V will miss this week's game, giving Ellington increased snaps. He has averaged eight targets the past two weeks and with Fuller out, that number should reach double digits, so the opportunity is there.
5. Ben Watson, Tight End, Baltimore Ravens
Last week, all three of the tight end sleepers scored, so let's throw in a tight end again this week. Call this one a hunch, as the matchup looks like a tough one. The Ravens take on the Green Bay Packers, who have given up the least fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season. So why Watson? Well, he is the No. 1 target for quarterback Joe Flacco, who has looked better of late and is coming off a bye. Watson is also the Ravens' top red-zone target.
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