Nov 10, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy (center) talks to quarterback Scott Tolzien (left) and quarterback Aaron Rodgers (right) in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field. The Eagles won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 11: 5 Emergency QBs to start


Nov 10, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Case Keenum (7) throws during the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Week 11 in the NFL has some marquee matchups including the big Broncos-Chiefs game on Sunday Night Football. While Peyton Manning will be playing through injuries, he’s still a top QB option for fantasy football. If you don’t have the luxury of a Peyton to play, here are some sleeper options that I think will exceed expectations and can be started if your in a roster emergency.

Case Keenum-Houston Texans

Keenum is a high-end QB2 after piling up impressive numbers in his three starts for the Texans. He’s thrown for three scores in each of the last two weeks and over 550 total yards. This week, he’ll take on the Raiders defense which has been inconsistent and prone to giving up huge games at times. While I don’t think Keenum will go off on them like Nick Foles did, I do think he’s a great second QB this week and even can be started in solo QB leagues if you need a fill-in.

Jason Campbell-Cleveland Browns

Nov 3, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns tight end Gary Barnidge (82) and quarterback Jason Campbell (17) celebrate the touchdown in the third quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Campbell and the Browns come off their bye week to take on the Bengals who have been solid against opposing QB’s this season. Don’t forget, though, how good Campbell looked in his last two games against the Chiefs and Ravens. I think he’s a solid QB2 this week.

Josh McCown-Chicago Bears

After Jay Cutler’s abbreviated return, it looks like McCown will be back under center for another few weeks starting with Sunday’s game against the Ravens. He hasn’t played two full games yet, but his numbers are solid as he’s thrown for 538 yards and four touchdowns with no picks. Baltimore’s defense isn’t a horrible matchup anymore, so I think McCown-like Campbell-can be a solid QB2 or an emergency QB1 option.

Ryan Tannehill-Miami Dolphins

Another solid QB2 option is Tannehill who faces a Chargers defense that has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing QB’s. He still has offensive line issues to deal with, but for a part of last Monday’s game he showed some great progress connecting with multiple receivers and moving the team effectively. With the Dolphins ground game struggling, he’ll get plenty of opportunities to throw the ball and should have a solid week this week.

Scott Tolzien-Green Bay Packers

If you’re scraping the bottom of the QB barrel, check Tolzien who gets the start against the Giants who have struggled to contain opposing QB’s. Tolzien showed some promise in the game last week although some back-breaking interceptions cost the Packers the game. With a full week with the starters in practice, I think he’ll only be better this week and can be played if you need a long-shot option.

If you have any questions about who I’d start/sit for week 11, you can find me on twitter @ZT_Sports or drop the question in the comments at the bottom of the page. For information on other positions, starter rankings, waiver wire pickups, and plenty of fantasy football insight, check out our Fansided fantasy football page.

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