This week is an important week for many in fantasy football, as it is almost time for most league’s trade deadlines to pass. Those that are in championship contention are looking for that one last piece to put them over the top, while those on the outside looking in are looking ahead to next year. Keepers are now at a premium, and negotiations will be heating up as the deadline draws near. Those that aren’t in the market to trade should take a look at the waiver wire, as there are some solid candidates left that should help you in the coming weeks. Let’s take a look at Finders Sleepers week 11.
Finders Sleepers Week 11
By: Dan Turner
QB Lamar Jackson- Ravens
Ravens QB Joe Flacco is dealing with a hip injury this week, which may give the green light for Jackson to make his first NFL start. The Ravens used a first-round pick on the former Lousiville signal caller, and the hope is that pays dividends if he needs to start. Jackson was a stats juggernaut in college, both with his arm and legs. HIs rushing ability is what fantasy dreams are made of. If you’re in a tough spot and need a Qb, I would go with Jackson’s upside for this week against a bad defense in Cincinnati.
RB Rashaad Penny- Seahawks
A first-round pick of Seattle in 2018, Penny has been a huge disappointment this year, as he had fallen behind Mike Davis and Chris Caron in the pecking order at running back. Penny has sought to change that, and he has been much better in the past couple weeks, culminating in a 12 carry, 108-yard performance against the Rams this past week. The Seahawks would like to see Penny grab the reins of the RB job, and with RB being bone dry on most waiver wires, see if Penny can nab that spot on your fantasy roster.
RB Frank Gore- Dolphins
Frank Gore has been Mr. Dependable for over a decade now and is continuing to produce at age 35, which is unheard of for an NFL running back. Kenyan Drake has become banged up, and that should give Gore an uptick in his workload over the next week or 2. Gore had a solid game last week, taking 13 carries for 90 yards, and chipping in 2 catches as well. Expect that level of production going forward, and see if you can swing a trade or nab him off your waiver wire.
WR John Ross- Bengals
Injuries have decimated the skill position players on the Bengals roster this year, and the latest victim is star wideout AJ Green. The offense is going to need someone to step up beside Tyler Boyd, and that someone should be former first-rounder, John Ross. Ross has been a bust so far in his career, especially with the expectations that came with breaking the 40-yard dash record at the combine. He has come along recently and even nabbed a score last week. He will have to show that he is coming along as a complete WR if he hopes to help reduce the damage done by the loss of Green. Pick him up as a high upside play this week.
WR Josh Reynolds-Rams
Reynolds produced some quality games while stepping up for his more accomplished teammates this year. The news that Cooper Kupp will be lost for the rest of the season means that Josh will once again be asked to step up in his place. In his last go around, Reynolds caught two touchdown passes on 3 targets in place of Kupp. The expanded role in a high power offense will make him a bonafide flex option going into the fantasy playoffs. Scoop him up where you can.
WR Robert Foster-Bills
Foster would qualify as a deep sleeper, as he wasn’t even on an active NFL roster a couple weeks ago. Buffalo’s offense has been, to put it kindly, putrid, as none of the WR options have stood out in any way this season. Foster showed up big this past week against the Jets, catching 3 balls for 103 yards from the newly signed Matt Barkley. Foster shows good speed and route running, as well as COD and ball control. Deep roster leagues should consider him, as he is currently better than anything else Buffalo has.