Fantasy Football Sneaky Starts: Week 11

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As injuries pile up and the bye weeks continue, all but the luckiest fantasy owners will at some point need to find the proverbial diamond in the rough: a waiver wire or bench player who is capable of putting up some points in a pinch. This weekly feature is dedicated to that part of fantasy football. It's not pretty, but it's part of the game. 
Here's a look at the sneakiest QB, RB, WR and TE plays for Week 11...
Note: Matchups are important, and we use by-position Schedule-Adjusted Fantasy Points Allowed to evaluate those matchups. For an overview, click here.


Palmer is probably not available on your league's waiver wire, but if you need a spot start from a backup, you probably won't do much better this week. He has thrown five TDs in his last two games and the Vikings have given up the 9th-most Adjusted FP to QBs this season (and are without Antoine Winfield). 
Alex Smith, 49ers (vs. ARI)
Smith has thrown one pass TD in four straight games and has 12 total TDs in nine games. The Cardinals have given up the 8th-most Adjusted FP to opposing QBs this season, so Smith should be good for another 200+ yards and 1-2 TDs.
Matt Moore, Dolphins (vs. BUF)
After a hot start, the Bills defense has cooled off. They gave up 270 yards and three TDs to Tony Romo after yielding 230 yards and a TD to Mark Sanchez. Matt Moore is not dependable, but he could put up good numbers in this matchup.
After a 222-yard, one-TD effort against the Rams, Skelton went into Philly and posted 315 yards and three TDs against the Eagles. The 49ers are a mediocre matchup for QBs, but it's unlikely that the Cardinals will be able to run the ball, which means lots of attempts for Skelton.

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