November 15, 2023, 10:16 pm
In fantasy football, there are oftentimes players that go overlooked heading into a week of games. Sleepers are left on benches every single week, but sometimes that “big game from out of nowhere” could have been easily predicted and utilized in starting lineups. In this piece, I’ll be tiering and listing some of the sleepers I’ve identified ahead of Week 11 of the 2023 fantasy football season. If they’re on your bench, feel comfortable playing them over a starter with a worse outlook for Week 11. There’s also a chance they could be on the waiver wire, so snatch them up if you’re in need of their services.
I’ll be looking at players rostered in at least 50% of ESPN leagues and tier them in descending order of their percentage started on fantasy teams. In other words: the further down the list, the deeper the sleeper for Week 11’s matchups. If you’re looking for this week’s top waiver wire adds, check out this essential piece from Shane by clicking the link below!
Tier One: Started in 20-50% of fantasy leagues
QB Brock Purdy – San Francisco 49ers (78% rostered / 34% started)
Brock Purdy was able to shake his slump coming fresh out of the bye in Week 10’s matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The 49ers as a team were able to come out of the bye a lot healthier than they entered it. Purdy got back his elite tackle Trent Williams and versatile weapon Deebo Samuel back on the field last week, and their presence definitely had a hand in the turnaround for Purdy. He was basically perfect in the blowout win, and gets a plus matchup vs. the Bucs and their porous secondary in Week 11 with the same ensemble around him. He should be a strong QB1 play in most leagues.
RB Devin Singletary – Houston Texans (57% rostered / 23% started)
Devin Singletary got the full workload out of the backfield for the Texans in Week 10 while fellow RB Dameon Pierce was sidelined with an ankle injury. Singletary was an absolute beast on the ground in Week 10, running the ball a monstrous 30 times for 150 yards and a touchdown. The team clearly trusts Singletary with the work, and Pierce is missing practice again to open the week ahead of Week 11’s bout with the Cardinals. The Cardinals have allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing RBs on the season, and it’s about as good as matchups come for fantasy backs. Singletary will be a smash RB play in Week 11 vs. Arizona, and even if Pierce manages to suit up for the contest, his health should mean a majority of touches still go to Singletary.
RB De’Von Achane – Miami Dolphins (91% rostered / 20% started)
Perhaps Achane hasn’t been plugged back into more lineups yet as they figure out how to arrange their roster and make room for Achane out of the IR spot, but he should be ready to pick up where he left off earlier in his rookie campaign. Achane and teammate RB Raheem Moster were breaking fantasy football the last time the rookie touched the field before spending some time on injured reserve with an ankle injury. Achane has reportedly looked good to go in practice so far this week, and gets a great matchup with the Raiders in his potential return to the lineup in Week 11. If Achane plays, he should be treated as a fringe-RB2 with actual overall RB1 potential if he can go full tilt in his first game back.
Tier Two: Started in 10-20% of fantasy leagues
QB Justin Fields – Chicago Bears (82% rostered / 19% started)
Justin Fields looked back on track in his last few games before missing time with a dislocated thumb. In his last two games he started and completed this season, Fields threw for four touchdowns in each of them. Hopefully, Fields will be able to transition smoothly back into that level of play when he makes his return to the lineup in Week 11. He gets a matchup with the division rival Detroit Lions, whose secondary has been susceptible for the back half of the season after injuries have taken their toll. If you remove their matchup with the dreadful Jimmy Garoppolo-led Raiders in Week 8, the Lions have allowed nearly 700 yards, seven touchdowns and drawn no interceptions across their last two games. Fields should have real top-8 QB upside in his first game back.
RB Ty Chandler – Minnesota Vikings (40% rostered / 12% started)
With the tragic, season-ending achilles injury suffered by Vikings RB Cam Akers in Week 9, Ty Chandler was presumably going to assume the backup RB role he had before Akers joined the team early in the 2023 season. However, Cam Akers was outperforming lead back Alexander Mattison for stretches over the last few weeks of his season. As Mattison dealt with a concussion suffered during the Week 10 bout with the Saints, the Vikings turned to Ty Chandler to operate as the lead back. Chandler recorded 15/45/1 in his run last Sunday, while Mattison had eight carries for 27 yards before exiting. Mattison is missing practice with concussion protocol to open the week, so Chandler could be in a great fantasy spot with RB2 potential vs. the Broncos’ league-worst fantasy defense vs. RBs.
TE Luke Musgrave – Green Bay Packers (21% rostered / 10% started)
Luke Musgrave has found himself on this list a few times this season, and it’s worked out to a degree. Musgrave has hit at least 7 PPR fantasy points in all but one contest that he played to completion. He’s also survived some poor QB play from Jordan Love, who has missed Musgrave wide open for big chunk plays that could’ve elevated the rookie tight end’s fantasy football output on the year. However, Musgrave gets a matchup with the Chargers in Week 11, who have allowed an average of 21.2 PPR fantasy points to opposing tight ends of their last four games. Musgrave could be the next tight end in line to expose the Chargers’ poor defense.
Tier Three: Started in 0-10% of fantasy leagues
WR Rashee Rice – Kansas City Chiefs (53% rostered / 8% started)
Another frequent member of the list, Rashee Rice could be a smash start once again in the Super Bowl rematch vs. the Eagles in Week 11. The Eagles have allowed the third-most receiving touchdowns on the season, and Rice has found the end zone in three of his last five games. The rookie wideout is developing more chemistry with Patrick Mahomes as the season progresses, and as his targets have increased in volume, they’ve also become more valuable targets as well. This is the best possible matchup for fantasy WRs this season, and Rice should be the next name on the long list of fantasy WRs that have performed well vs. the Philly secondary.
RB Keaton Mitchell – Baltimore Ravens (31% rostered / 7% started)
Keaton Mitchell has burst onto the fantasy football scene over the last few weeks. The 2023 rookie undrafted free agent running back was sidelined for much of the early season, but has made his presence known in the crowded Ravens RB room. Mitchell has seen limited touches in his time on the field so far this season, but offensive coordinator Todd Monken has come out this week and claimed that Mitchell has earned himself increased opportunities in the offense. If Mitchell can start to get a regular workload in this often and effective ground game, he could be a serious fantasy RB for the rest of the season. It could start as soon as Thursday Night Football vs. the Bengals in Week 11, where Michell could serve as a great dart throw for those in need of a high-upside RB play.
WR Rondale Moore – Arizona Cardinals (34% rostered / 4% started)
Rondale Moore has been an inconsistent weapon for the Cardinals this season, and I was hesitant to include him this week because he burned me the first time I tacked him onto the list this season. However, my excitement for Moore’s fantasy potential has a lot to do with the return of Cardinals QB Kyler Murray from his season-ending knee injury suffered late in the 2022 NFL season. In Murray’s return Week 10 vs. the Falcons, Moore saw season-highs in targets, receptions and receiving yards when he reeled in 5-of-8 targets for 43 yards in the game. While it wasn’t a substantial outing, it could be a step toward a more consistent viability from Moore. If you need a dart throw at WR in a deeper league, consider adding Moore to the squad and giving him some run.