By James Fotheringham (@nflhypetrain)
Week 11 sees the Seahawks, Packers, Titans and Giants on bye so there’s 2 QBs, 4 RBs and 2 WRs that will need replacing but in all honesty that’s not a lot.
For those struggling , here are a few ideas:
RB – Brian Hill (ATL @CAR) 0%
With Smith on IR and Freeman looking set to miss two weeks with a foot injury, Hill will take on the lead back duties on a team that has also lost it’s TE. Carolina are a so-so matchup, but the opportunity and potential volume is too hard to ignore if you need an RB.
Maybe he can get you over the Hill in the playoff race.
RB – JD McKissic (DET vsDAL) 20%
Ty Johnson left the game against the Bears with a concussion which creates a bit of clarity in the backfield. McKissic is now more than just a PPR play, he’s a fully playable option.
See if JD can deliver the goods.
RB – Derrius Guice (WAS vsNYJ) 40%
This is the time to pick up Guice if you feel he can be relevant. The Jets would be a good matchup to bring him in on and in many ways, this is a glory play which may fall flat on it’s face. However, someone is going to pick him up and if you have the room or need something drastic, maybe it should be you.
Just have to look at your FAAB and see if the Guice is right.
WR – Kendrick Bourne (SF vsARI) 0%
The 49ers passing attack is really confusing. Should Kittle miss this week, Bourne may be a decent option. Pettis is clearly not in their plans, Samuel is still not the finished product yet and there’s a still a lot of options in the supporting cast.
Bourne seems to be the identity of the 49ers in the right places on the field.
WR – Willie Snead (BAL vsHOU) 0%
The Texans are still a defence worth playing against. Lamar is having quite a season and the supporting WR’s outside of Hollywood Brown are even worth a look now. Snead has been handy on a number of occasions and this feels like another good one.
You could do a lot worse if you are in Snead of WR help.
WR – N’Keal Harry (NE @PHI) 10%
With Josh Gordon gone and Harry back from injury, this is an opportune time for the rookie. If he creates some rapport with Brady then it will give Edelman a break his owner some decent fantasy points.
Harry up and claim him before your leaguemates.
Just a reminder that all 3 WR I picked last week may still be out there and are all definitely relevant. It’s also worth mentioning that Marquise Brown, Josh Gordon and Dede Westbrook are around 60% owned and so there’s a chance they are out there.
QB – Derek Carr (OAK vsCIN) 40%
Carr was my pick last week, and I had an eye on this week when I did that as this train forms another service going to a nice place. The Bengals are doing what the Dolphins seem to have forgotten how to do, Lose.
The Carr is worth starting.
QB – Nick Foles (JAX @IND) 10%
Foles is back from injury after Minshew did a great caretaker job. There’s still plenty of weapons, an opponent who isn’t too scary, and a QB trying to prove that he should be the starter over the rookie.
You’d all be Foles to miss out on him.
QB – Kyle Allen (CAR vsATL) 10%
The Falcons did superbly against the Saints, but to me, that was an outlier because it was the Saints. It will be a crash back down to earth this week and Kyle Allen is playing well with the freedom of knowing it’s his job for the remainder of the season.
With Cam shafted, Kyle is the engine now.
TE – Jack Doyle (IND vsJAX) 50%
The Jags aren’t fantastic against Tight Ends and the Colts have 2. Ebron seems to be dropping passes like he used to do, although he still seems to get the looks in the endzone. Doyle seems a safer pair of hands and good for PPR leagues. Ebron may be better in standard leagues.
If you think he won’t be a top 12QB then you don’t know Jack.
TE – Kyle Rudolph (MIN vsDEN) 30%
Welcome back to relevance Kyle Rudolph, and just before the Christmas season too. 2 TD catches (one spectacular) and plenty of action. While Thielen is missing, he has a much bigger role.
He is back to being Rudolph the Redzone Reindeer, just in time for the holidays.
TE – Ryan Griffin (NYJ @WAS) 0%
If you are totally stuck, Griffin will be the lead TE for the Jets as Herndon is out again with injury. He had some decent games in his absence so I can’t see why Darnold wouldn’t go back to him.
It’s Herndon out, and Griff in.
D/ST – Jaguars (@IND) 50%
If Hoyer starts, this is a lock. If Brissett starts, it’s still not a horrible play. A lot of teams dropped the Jags on their bye week and it’s time to pick them right back up again.
Putting over this one, especially if they are against Hoyer.
D/ST – Steelers (@CLE) 60%
If they aren’t picked up, grab them and lock them into your starting spot as they are for real. Minkah Fitzpatrick has been immense and they will keep the Steelers in a lot of games. This week they play the Browns in a fantastic matchup.
Time for the Ironmen.
D/ST – Panthers (vs ATL) 50%
I may have backed Hill earlier at RB, but the Falcons still don’t score a lot and the Panthers have enough talent to hold them down.
Time to pounce.
If you’re unlucky and all 3 of these options are gone and there’s no obvious team then Oakland and Washington may be 2 of your better options and are both less than 10% owned.
Just a note that, much like in real life, the window for advanced tickets is closing quickly. After the week 12 byes that’s pretty much it. I’m just going to give out some general advice here this week.
QB: Daniel Jones might be an interesting option during the run-in but he is on bye this week.
RB: Reminder that returning players like Derrius Guice and handcuffs like Tony Pollard might be the only possible difference makers unless someone goes down. Jamaal Williams may get dropped a lot this week for pickups and he is more relevant than a lot of the waiver wire RBs so might be worth an advanced fare.
WR: Not a lot of WR are due off of IR so as players drop out due to injury you just want the next man up. It’s been a tricky year for fantasy WR. Darius Slayton seems to catch fire when Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard are out but he’s on bye this week so that would very much be an advanced purchase.
TE: You have to just play the matchups. With Austin Hooper now missing there are very few relevant TE so pick whoever is against Arizona if they are out there and any team missing other receivers. Jacob Hollister is on bye this week but again, as a long term investment, he’s cool.