With week eleven arriving, we are in the homestretch of the fantasy football regular season In most leagues. There are just a handful of weeks left before the playoffs (and in some, it starts in just a couple). With byes dying out, it should get easier to stream. In practice, however, the attrition of the NFL season is starting to wear away at our top options, and underappreciated players are starting to become appreciated. Still, at this point last year, Doug Baldwin was borderline waiver wire fodder due to his disappointing start. It’s not too late to snag the next new hotness, and we are here to help. Here are three sleeper wide receivers (owned in 50% of leagues or fewer for two, and in fewer than 10% for the third, for you deep divers). All figures are based on Yahoo! ownership percentages as of Saturday.
Tyreek Hill (34% owned) versus Tampa Bay
I already went over the reasons why Tyreek is a great play this week when he got his own article this week. He is a physical freak and is going to be Alex Smith’s #1 target this weekend with the Buccaneers shutting down tight ends and Jeremy Maclin on the shelf. Last week he had an astounding 13 targets. If he gets that again against the Buccaneers awful secondary, he could return top-fifteen WR numbers. The Chiefs’ love of manufactured touches (screens, sweeps) will ensure Hill will get the ball in his hands.
Eli Rogers (22% owned) at Cleveland
Call it the power of being there. Martavis Bryant suspended, Markus Wheaton on IR, Darrius Heyward-Bey sidelined and Sammie Coates with eight functional fingers. Not since John D. Rico have we seen a rise to prominence through attrition as thorough as Rogers. The injuries leave Eli Rogers as the de facto number two wide receiver this weekend as the Steelers take on the Browns. While the weather will be frightful, Big Ben is used to that sort of game. The Browns give up the fourth most fantasy points per game to wide receivers, including 55 yards and a touchdown to eight different receivers in their last five games. In that same span, ten different WRs had at least 50 yards (only Brandon Marshall and Mike Wallace got 50 yards and didn’t score).
Danny Amendola (6% owned) at San Francisco
This is a complete hail mary, but the 49ers have struggled to cover the slot and against receiving threats in the middle of the field. While everyone rightly flocks to Martellus Bennett, Amendola should get some rotational targets as the Patriots boat race the 49ers and start resting players like Julian Edelman. Amendola hasn’t been the beneficiary of many targets this season, so this is better as a complete GPP punt play to differentiate you. He’s not great in a redraft, but my gut tells me he could get a score on Sunday.