Week 11: Super Sleepers
Ryan Fitzpatrick is back in for Jake Locker. Tampa Bay has a two running back punch that is quite untested. Dennis Johnson could get more carries and surprise owners the next two weeks. Leonard Hankerson tore up the Philly defense in Week 1 and faces them again this week. Justin Hunter has big play ability and some chemistry with Ryan Fitzpatrick. Rishard Matthews and Brandon Bostick who?
In his first appearance since Week 6, Ryan Fitzpatrick stepped in to fill the void left by an injured Jake Locker. Fitzpatrick threw 33 passes, 22 of which he completed for 264 yards and two TDs vs. Jacksonville. He also nabbed a rushing TD on three attempts for 13 yards. With Locker sidelined with a foot injury this time, Fitzpatrick is the go to QB for Tennessee in Week 11. The match-up against an Indianapolis defense that gives up the 17th most fantasy points to QBs on the season is somewhat appealing, but we must keep in mind that Indy can give up points to QBs. In most leagues Fitzpatrick will be a QB2 option only, but in deep leagues he might be worth a look this week. If Andrew Luck and the Indy offense get fired back up, this could be a shootout with Fitz and his receivers playing from behind and throwing often. In this scenario he could be a sneaky deep league play.
Oakland gives up the 17th most fantasy points to running backs and Dennis Johnson is a lock to support a working, but injured Ben Tate. Johnson has yet to put up any solid fantasy worthy stats and points, though he could be a surprise out of the Houston backfield if given more opportunities. Last week he only played 12 snaps and received 5 carries, so he is definitely a super sleeper. If Johnson's carries increase, he might prove to be a fantasy-worthy flyer this week against Oakland and next week against Jacksonville.
The Tampa Bay backfield now belongs to Brian Leonard and Rainey. They are the sole backs left to pick up whatever is left of the rushing season for their team. Leonard is listed as the RB1, but Rainey has power and speed. This past week he busted through holes and used his quickness to avoid tackles and make some large gains. He is listed as a start'em player this week in deep leagues as a RB2 or flex option and I fully agree. Leonard might also be considered the same, but Rainey looks better and has the better punch. Tampa will likely use both backs and play the hot hand. Leonard struggled Monday night and Rainey produced. This week could be different, so I say consider both super sleepers. I like the match-up vs. a struggling Atlanta team and their defense that gives up the 11th most fantasy points to RBs.
Rishard Matthews had a monster game with 11 receptions for 120 yards and two TDs in Week 10 while replacing Brandon Gibson in the slot. Ryan Tannehill obviously likes Matthews and feels safe sending the ball his direction early and often. Matthews is definitely a guy to grab and stash on your roster if he is available in your league; he could be a sneaky play in deep leagues if you are in need of a wide out in Week 11. San Diego's defense allows considerable points to wide outs and that puts Matthews on the WR3 or flex radar, considering his recent production is above and beyond that of his better-known counterparts -- Brian Hartline and Mike Wallace.
Justin Hunter is now listed as the WR3 for Tennesee and seems to have some chemistry with replacement QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. Last week Hunter played 54 snaps and can be a play maker. Some experts have likened Hunter to A.J. Green and that has a nice ring to it if you are in need of a deep league WR option. If Hunter can continue to get snaps and see 7-10 targets, he has the potential to put up some fantasy-worthy stats. Take a look at him this week as he and his offense face an Indy defense that has allowed the seventh most fantasy points to wideouts this season.