Week 11 Fantasy Football Dark Horse Sleeper: Zach Miller
Seattle Seahawks tight end Zach Miller has not had a great season to this point (18 receptions for 179 yards and three touchdowns in eight games played), including a zero-catch game in Week 10 against the Atlanta Falcons. So fantasy football owners have been able to largely ignore him all season, and only the most desperate owner started him in Week 3 against the Jacksonville Jaguars when he had two touchdown catches, but does Miller have a chance to be a suitable option for Week 11?
The Minnesota Vikings will take on the Seahawks on Sunday, and they have allowed 17 receptions for 188 yards and three touchdowns to opposing tight ends over their last two games. Overall, Minnesota enters this week allowing the third-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends (10.6 per game, ESPN scoring), including nine touchdowns to the position (tied for most in the league). If not for a three-game stretch from Week 6-Week 8 when they allowed a total of seven catches for 51 yards to tight ends, including most notably a Week 8 matchup against the Green Bay Packers without Jermichael Finley, the Vikings would be even worse against the position.
Miller’s season-high for catches in a game (five) and third-highest yardage total (40) of the season came in Week 7 against the Arizona Cardinals, who have allowed the third-most receptions (58), the most yards (769) and nine touchdowns (tied for most) to tight ends so far this season. It’s difficult to expect a big catch total from Miller against the Vikings in Week 11, particularly if the Seahawks take control of the game and lead by a wide margin throughout, but owners in deep touchdown-heavy leagues could consider deploying him as a one-week plug-and-play.
Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.