Fantasy Football Sleepers: Drake in for big day

By Sam Lane

Sports Blogger



Each week of the NFL season, you can find a list of sleepers here at the O’Zone. The fantasy point projections come from ESPN’s non-PPR weekly projections, the scoring format used is ESPN’s standard fantasy football format


Quarterback: Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars

Projected points: 12.9

Blake Bortles has scored 16 points in each of his past three games, In Week 11, he faces the Cleveland Browns, who are allowing the seventh-most points to opposing quarterbacks. Bortles seems to have turned around his early season struggles. Along with Bortles improved performance, the emergence of wide receiver Marqise Lee over the past few weeks has stabilized Bortles’ play.

Running Back: Kenyan Drake, Miami Dolphins

Projected points: 10.7

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Following the deadline day trade of Jay Ajayi to the Philadelphia Eagles, Kenyan Drake has taken over the starting job for the Miami Dolphins. Drake is averaging 16.8 points since his promotion. In Week 11, Drake faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are allowing the seventh-most points to opposing running backs. Drake is owned in only 50 percent of leagues making him a smart add on waivers.

Wide Receiver: Sterling Shepard, New York Giants

Projected points : 8.4

In Week 10, Sterling Shepard was the highest rated wide receiver, according to Pro Football Focus. In Week 11 Shepard will go up against the worst pass defense in the NFL in the Kansas City Chiefs. Shepard has 16 catches for 212 yards since coming back from injury. As long as Shepard can avoid cornerback Marcus Peters, he should have an impressive performance.

Tight End: Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons

Projected points: 5.2

Austin Hooper is coming off his best performance since Week 1, scoring 10.9 points against the Dallas Cowboys. In Week 11, Hooper will face the Seattle Seahawks, who have allowed 50 or more receiving yards to tight ends in seven of their nine games. The Seahawks struggle against tight ends, which should make this a good matchup for Hooper.

Defense/Special Teams: Cincinnati Bengals

Projected points: 8.5

In Week 11, the Cincinnati Bengals will face the struggling Denver Broncos, who have allowed at least 10 points to opposing defenses each of the past five weeks. Broncos’ quarterbacks have yet to score 11 points this season, making this a perfect matchup for a defense owned in only 37.5 percent of leagues.

Kicker: Josh Lambo, Jacksonville Jaguars

Projected points: 8.3

In his three weeks as the starting kicker for the Jaguars, Josh Lambo is averaging 9.7 points per game. Lambo hasn’t missed a field goal. In Week 11, the Jaguars face the Cleveland Browns. The Jaguars should have no issue dominating this game which should lead to a more reserved offense later in the game. This should hopefully lead to an increase in chances for Lambo.


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