Grab Bag Week 11
By Todd Colburn
Here are the recommended grabs for Week 11:
Tony Romo, DAL
Is your season on the brink? Dallas may not be saved by Romo coming back in Week 11, but your team just might. He’s still available in many leagues, and will immediately show two things: 1) The NFL is a QB-dependent league (you knew this already), and 2) The Cowboys are much better than 2-7, especially now that Romo is back. He draws Miami as his first matchup back which is great for fantasy. The Dolphins are allowing 2 TDs per game in the air.
Brock Osweiler, DEN
My first thought is that you take Osweiler so that you can trade him to the panicking Peyton Manning owner. There will definitely be a market for Osweiler in fantasy this week. I’m thinking that Manning inevitably announces a season-ending “injury” sometime soon. Gary Kubiak isn’t going to bench him, but he also can’t allow him to continue to sabotage the team to this magnitude. When this injury occurs, Osweiler will take over and it might be rough to start. However, few QBs have the tools that Osweiler will have at his disposal. That might be enough to allow you to sell high before he ever takes the field. And who knows, if you keep him, he could actually turn into a nice commodity before season’s end. But I like him much more for the speculative trade opportunity.
Shaun Draughn, SFO
I know, it’s hard to get excited about Draughn, who doesn’t have the awe-inspiring physical abilities that make you think he’ll be a world beater going forward. However, his greatest skill is opportunity. Running backs are killing you, because so few take 15+ carries per game. This is a guy who will. I can’t imagine that Carlos Hyde will play on the artificial turf in Seattle while nursing his stress fracture; in his absence, you can bank on Draughn getting 15+ touches.
Danny Amendola, NEP
With the news that Julian Edelman is out for the season, your attention should turn to Amendola, who was targeted a team-high 11 times and caught 10. I’m talking all your FAAB budget. This is what you’ve been saving those $ for. Toward the end of the Giants’ game, Tom Brady looked Amendola’s way early and often. Especially in PPR-leagues, snatch up Edelman for what will likely become a 7-8 catch per game receiver.
Davante Adams, GBP
Some of you might be rolling your eyes because this feels like a week too late. I know, I actually picked him up in a shallow league last week, and maybe someone in your league did too. But as crazy as it sounds, he’s still only 70% owned in ESPN standard leagues – he’s still out there for many of you. His workload is right where you expected in the preseason; he’s got an insane 32 targets in the last two weeks. If he is available, you have to grab him. The TD is coming.
Michael Floyd, ARI
Did you realize that Floyd has five touchdowns in his last four games?! 17 targets in his last two games? John Brown is out of the picture and has been relegated to the bench. Floyd’s matchup next week against the Bengals is not necessarily a good one, but I’m willing to bet that Floyd stays a WR2 for the rest of the season. Double check his hammy but he looks fine.
Zach Miller, CHI
Miller has always had talent, but injuries have held him back in recent years. He seems to have something going with QB Jay Cutler…at least in the red zone. He has 3 TDs in the last two weeks; that is not something to be ignored. To be clear, he is not dethroning Martellus Bennett as the TE1 in Chicago anytime soon (the 87-yard completion will not become the norm). He will, however, be cutting into Bennett’s production. I expect more red zone work going forward. Miller might be a nice add in non-PPR leagues for rest of season.