With some players returning from injury and other players staying on the sidelines for Week 11, fantasy owners will need to pay attention to practice reports and matchups. Often when one player is out, there is another one that should step up and take on a bigger role. Those are the guys to target on the waiver wire. Obviously, you know you are going to start your studs. It's the flex players and bye week fill-ins that can win or lose games for fantasy owners. Choose wisely.
Teams on bye: Buffalo, Chicago, New York Giants, San Francisco
START These RBs
Carlos Hyde, Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals(Thurs.)
The reports from Seattle indicate that Chris Carson is looking like he will miss another week. However, Hyde has returned to practice and is no longer on the injury report. DeeJay Dallas faded just as quickly as his Week 8 game was over. Alex Collins was the best running back in Week 10, but he should concede that job to Hyde if he's active. The Seahawks face the Arizona Cardinals on "Thursday Night Football" and this should be a high-scoring game. Hyde is an RB2.
D'Andre Swift, Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers
With Matthew Stafford dealing with an injured thumb, look for the running game to be the focus in Week 11. The Lions face the Panthers, who are among the top five team allowing the most fantasy points to opposing running backs. The Lions have essentially let Swift become their No. 1 back, and for good reason. He's had more than100 yards from scrimmage in each of the past two games. Expect him to reach that again in Week 11, especially in the passing game.
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Mark Ingram, Baltimore Ravens vs. Tennessee Titans
Ingram returned from his injury in Week 10 and had five carries for five yards. He added two receptions for 24 yards. While it is always risky to trust a player coming back after missing a chunk of time due to injury, Ingram's role has now been divided among Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins. Both were solid in Ingram's absence, and both will still likely stay involved. The fantasy value of all three takes a hit when all three are healthy.
Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts vs. Green Bay Packers
Taylor's carries and yards have essentially gone steadily down since the bye week. It's unclear why the Colts have decided to take work away from the rookie. Nyheim Hines has looked like the better back. Jordan Wilkins is usually the pass-catching back, although he shouldn't be started in fantasy leagues either. Fantasy owners still clinging to Taylor may find a good game between now and the end of the season, but predicting when that happens will be impossible.
START These WRs
Marquise Brown, Baltimore Ravens vs. Tennessee Titans
This has to be the week, right? Fantasy owners drafted Hollywood Brown in the early rounds, and so far this season, he has been disappointing. Brown is a boom-or-bust guy, but with Lamar Jackson struggling a bit, Brown hasn't had the type of games that fantasy owners have wanted. He has two touchdowns on the season and one game with more than 100 yards. He has five with fewer than 50. The Ravens face the Titans in Week 11, who allow the third-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Hopefully Brown can post WR1 numbers this week.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs at Las Vegas Raiders
Watkins injured his hamstring in Week 5 (against the same opponent as he faces in Week 11) and hasn't played since. However, he's now had four weeks off plus the bye and he's returned to practice. All signs point to him returning in Week 11 against the Raiders. Watkins is a WR2 when healthy, and he should be as close to healthy as possible this week. His presence will send Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson back to WR4 status, but Watkins should be back in fantasy lineups.
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Marvin Jones Jr., Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers
Jones missed practice on Wednesday (although he is expected to play on Sunday). Kenny Golladay is expected to return in Week 11. Matthew Stafford has a torn ligament in his throwing thumb. In the three weeks that Golladay has been out (including Week 8 when he got injured), Jones has scored four touchdowns. When Golladay was active, he had just one. It's going to be difficult to start Jones as anything more than a WR4 with Golladay active.
Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Los Angeles Rams (Mon.)
The Bucs face the Rams in Week 11. The Rams have been great about taking wide receivers out of the game (see: DK Metcalf in Week 10). The main reason is because Jalen Ramsey has been a shutdown corner. While he hasn't said who he will be covering, it will likely be Evans. When Evans was covered by Marshon Lattimore in Week 9, he had four receptions for 64 yards. Fantasy owners may struggle with sitting Evans, but if Ramsey is on him, don't expect a big game.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.