So you’ve survived the bye-pocalypse. Thank goodness we won’t have to deal with that again this season. In the meantime, you may have to be concerned with the Giants, Packers, Seahawks and Titans all going into their bye week. Let’s see if we can’t alleviate some of that stress for you.
RB Brian Hill – Atlanta Falcons
Hill should be the first guy you look for when scanning through your league’s waiver wire. Without Devonta Freeman in the game, Hill had 21 touches for 71 yards and a score – those are bell-cow numbers. If Freeman misses multiple games, the 3rd year back will fill the void and see lots of carries with Kenjon Barner sprinkled in as a change-of-pace running back. Their Week 11 opponent in Carolina who just gave up 6 yards per carry to the Packers’ running backs.
Hill is averaging 5 yards per carry in his career. He is virtually unowned everywhere.
QB Kyle Allen – Carolina Panthers
With Cam Newton‘s season – and possibly his time with Carolina – coming to an unfortunate end, Allen knows he’ll be the starting signal-caller from here on out. The former Aggie notched his first 300-yard passing game of the season in Green Bay while completing just over 65% of his 43 attempts. Over the next four weeks, Carolina will see the Falcons twice – a juicy matchup for opposing quarterbacks – as well as the Saints who could force a shootout or pass-heavy game script.
Allen is a legit talent and now he has the added confidence knowing his role is secure. He’s still at least 85% unowned, which is borderline ridiculous.
WR Cole Beasley – Buffalo Bills
He may not have scored against the Browns but Beasley’s 4 catches for 74 receiving yards gave you a good day if you chose (or were forced) to start him. It was also the 3rd time in four games that he was targeted at least six times. This coming week, they take on the Dolphins – who are always good for some fantasy points. The week after, they get the Broncos who have surrendered a touchdown or at least 54 receiving yards to six different wide receivers in their last three games.
The 8th year veteran scored in his previous matchup with the Dolphins. You can still find him on the waiver wire in nearly 75% of leagues.
RB Kalen Ballage – Miami Dolphins
Ballage became a 3-down back in Week 10 after the suspension of Mark Walton. While he only gained 45 yards with his 24 touches, he did catch all four of his targets – that’s promising in points-per-reception formats. It’s not going to be pretty, but Ballage will be getting enough work to be worth a consideration every week, even with the tough upcoming schedule of Buffalo, Cleveland and Philadelphia.
If you’re in a larger league and in desperate need of a running back in Week 11, Ballage can be useful. He’s between 65-75% available.
TE Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals
Eifert caught his 2nd touchdown pass of the season in Week 10 from rookie Ryan Finley. In Week 8, the Bengal tight end caught 6 of 9 targets for 74 yards. What you should focus on is that in Week 11 the Bengals play the Raiders whose tight ends are averaging 4.25 receptions for 52.25 yards and a touchdown over the last 4 games.
Eifert may not be the most attractive choice for a streaming tight end, but he’s got a good chance to do very well. You can find him available in around 90% of leagues.
WR Dede Westbrook – Jacksonville Jaguars
If you had Westbrook in the last few weeks, he left you with a bad taste in your mouth – which is one of the reasons he may be available in your league. On the plus side, Westbrook has caught at least five balls in five of the seven full games he has played this year. He also has a very nice schedule at the end of the fantasy regular season and into the playoffs with games against the Bucs, Chargers, Raiders and Falcons.
The former 4th round draft pick was the roster victim of so many teams who needed to fill space last week that he is around 40-45% available. Westbrook could be the guy that wins people championships this year.
WR Demaryius Thomas – New York Jets
Thomas has seen a healthy share of targets since the team’s Week 4 bye – 9 in three of the six games. The Jets are also coming into a beautiful run in the schedule with games against Redskins, Raiders, Bengals and Dolphins – all teams that have given up multiple 80+ yard performances to wide outs in their last three games. Having a healthy Sam Darnold doesn’t hurt, either.
Thomas has put up huge games in the past and if there was ever a time he’d do it again, it’ll be over the next month of the season. He is available in well over 90% of leagues.
Because of that huge bye week, there’s are a few more players you should check your waiver wire for this week:
QB Nick Foles – Jacksonville Jaguars
QB Sam Darnold – New York Jets
WR Kenny Stills – Houston Texans
WR Auden Tate – Cincinnati Bengals
WR Nelson Agholor – Philadelphia Eagles
RB Tarik Cohen – Chicago Bears
RB Duke Johnson – Houston Texans
RB Alexander Mattison – Minnesota Vikings
TE Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings
TE Darren Fells – Houston Texans