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.
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.
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.
Leonard Hankerson has not gone off since Week 1 when he scored twice and grabbed 5 passes for 80 yards vs. Philadelphia. In Weeks 2-10 he has been mediocre at best as a wide out. The past two weeks he has increased his receptions and nabbed five balls for 55 and 61 yards respectively. Guess who he plays in Week 11? Yep, Philadelphia again and he is due for another solid outing with his targets and catches increasing. If you are in need of a PPR deep league wide out, Hankerson is your guy this week against a Philly defense that on the season has allowed the second most fantasy points to WRs.
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.