Fantasy Football Quarterback Sleepers (Week 11)

Looking for a sleeper quarterback pick for a season-long or weekly fantasy football team? Here are some tips.

Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders

Going into Week 11, the Oakland Raiders were having a mediocre season with a 3-6 record. But quarterback Carson Palmer was third in the league in passing yards per game with 303, behind only New Orleans’ Drew Brees and Atlanta’s Matt Ryan.  Palmer had 15 touchdown passes, tied for tenth, and had thrown nine interceptions.

Oakland’s poor defense – the Raiders were next to last in points allowed going into Week 11 – meant that Palmer was consistently throwing from behind.  Palmer was second in attempts and fourth in completions.

Oakland allowed a staggering 97 points in Weeks 9 and 10. During these two games, Palmer threw for 782 yards, completing 58 passes in 106 attempts. He had six touchdown passes and three interceptions.

Palmer found a weapon in wide receiver Denarius Moore, who had four touchdowns in his last five games and three games with at least 90 yards in that span.

Oakland’s mediocre ground game gave Palmer even more reason to throw frequently. The Raiders were next to last in rushing yards per game.  With Darren McFadden’s high ankle sprain, Palmer’s air attack figured to continue to be the focus of the Raiders’ offense.

In Week 11, Palmer and the Raiders were to face the New Orleans Saints, whose defense ranked next to last in passing yards allowed.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills

Going into Week 11, Fitzgerald’s fantasy football highlight may have been his appearance on the FX fantasy-football themed comedy “The League.” Fitzpatrick was just 21st in passing yards per game with 223.4, a lower average than he had in each of the last two seasons. But Fitzpatrick was tied for eighth in touchdown passes with 17, putting him on pace to exceed his career high of 24 set last year. Fitzpatrick had 10 interceptions.

Fitzpatrick, who was drafted in the seventh round out of Harvard by St. Louis in 2005, had been feast or famine this year. He had four games in which he had thrown three or more touchdown passes, though two of those games also featured at least three interceptions. Fitzgerald also had three games in which he did not have any touchdown passes.

But Fitzgerald may still have some of those feast games left in him this year. Fitzpatrick had two games still to come against Miami’s weak pass defense, including one in championship Week 16.  He also had a game coming up against Jacksonville’s mediocre defense, which was ranked 26th in both points and yards allowed.

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Ben Hargrove writes for a variety of sports sites, including Draft Street.

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