Every week unexpected performances from under-started commodities drive the bold to the winner's circle. Last week, supposed 'fringe' starters Pierre Thomas, Case Keenum and Riley Cooper were a treasure trove. What overlooked players will inch you closer to a playoff berth? Here are my top three Shocker Specials for Week 11:
Mike Glennon, TB, QB – The rookie has exceeded expectations in his inaugural campaign, compiling three multi-TD performances in six games. He isn't kicking down the door most weeks, but gifted a friendly matchup against Atlanta that could be the case this Sunday. Every QB the Falcons have faced this season has accounted for at least two touchdowns. Carson Palmer, Week 8, is the only signal caller not to surpass the 20 fantasy point threshold against them. Roughly 240-260 yards with 2-3 touchdowns are achievable.
Shane Vereen, NE, RB – Practicing in full for the past couple weeks, New England's 'Joker' should get the last laugh in Carolina. The Panthers are rather unyielding between the tackles, but they've surrendered the third-most receptions to RBs this year, Vereen's wheelhouse. Similar to Andre Brown last week, expect the rusher to get more run than advertised. On roughly 12-15 touches, he cranks out 70-80 total yards and a score.
DeAndre Hopkins, Hou, WR – The youngster has made little fantasy noise since bursting onto the scene Week 2 versus Tennessee, but he is a strong candidate to finish inside the WR top-20 this week. His opponent, Oakland, has allowed the fifth most fantasy points to wide receivers since Week 6. With a white-hot QB under center (Case Keenum), look for Hopkins to reel in his third TD and tally his second 100-yard game of the season.
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