With Devonta Freeman expected to miss some time, Hill is a top add for Week 11
With the big bye week behind us, Week 11 looms on the horizon. For many fantasy owners, the end of the season is in sight. If playoffs start in Week 14 that leaves three more weeks before it's time to fight for a championship.
Odds are the fantasy owners that are already out of it are no longer reading this column or making add/drops. But those that are trying to make the playoffs, adds and drops at this point in the season can provide a much-needed win.
Teams on bye: Green Bay, New York Giants, Seattle, Tennessee
Nick Foles, Jacksonville Jaguars (21 percent owned)
The Jaguars already announced that Foles will be their starter following the Week 10 bye. The Jags do have some solid pass-catching options (Dede Westbrook, D.J. Chark Jr.). When Foles was the starter for eight pass attempts in Week 1 before he fractured his collarbone, he threw for 75 yards and a touchdown. While it's not possible to project a season from eight passes, Foles may have some upside as a QB2.
Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (45 percent owned)
Carr faces the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 11, which is why he's on this list. Since Week 1, the Bengals have allowed more than 200 yards to all opposing quarterbacks. They just allowed Lamar Jackson to throw for three touchdowns and run for another. While Carr is certainly not Jackson, he should fare well in this matchup.
Derrius Guice, Washington Redskins (37 percent owned)
Guice was activated from injured reserve last week, which would put him on track to play in Week 11. For fantasy owners, it's hard to trust Guice, who just hasn't been able to stay healthy. The Redskins face the Jets in Week 11, which is a tough matchup for Guice. He's worth adding to rosters, but maybe not starting just yet.
J.D. McKissic, Detroit Lions (21 percent owned)
Kerryon Johnson is on IR. Ty Johnson is in the concussion protocol. McKissic isn't a very good running back, but he will likely see the majority of the carries in Week 11, assuming Johnson is out. Matthew Stafford's (back) status also is unclear, but McKissic did see seven targets with Jeff Driskel at quarterback in Week 10. In PPR formats, McKissic is worth an add.
Brian Hill, Atlanta Falcons (5 percent owned)
With Devonta Freeman injured, Hill is the next man up for the Falcons. Ito Smith is on the IR., so Hill came in when Freeman left in Week 10. He had 61 yards on 20 carries and one reception for 10 yards. That one reception was for a touchdown. He also ran for a touchdown in Week 8, so he is definitely worth looking at in all fantasy leagues. There are some reports saying Freeman could miss a week or two, which would make Hill an RB2 against Carolina in Week 11.
Darius Slayton, New York Giants (10 percent owned)
In the past three games, Slayton has four touchdowns. The Giants are on a bye in Week 11, so fantasy owners with roster room can add him, but he will likely be in this column again next week. It's unclear how long tight end Evan Engram (foot) is going to be out and Sterling Shepard (concussion) may not see the field again this year. Slayton will probably be in the WR3 range for Week 12, but that is a ways away. A gamble would be to not put in a waiver claim and grab him after waivers run in free agency.
Josh Reynolds, Los Angeles Rams (10 percent owned)
With Brandin Cooks already ruled out for Week 11, Reynolds should have a role as the Rams return home to face the Bears. Jared Goff plays much better at home than he does on the road, so that bodes well for Reynolds. In Week 8 when Cooks first left the game, Reynolds had eight targets. He caught three of them for 73 yards and a touchdown. He'll be a low WR3 in Week 11.
James Washington, Pittsburgh Steelers (6 percent owned)
When Mason Rudolph returned in Week 8, he reconnected with JuJu Smith-Schuster. Then James Conner was injured and somehow the game script went to Washington. Washington had four receptions for 69 yards in Week 9 and six receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown in Week 10. While it does seem that Conner will be back in Week 11, it may be worth it to add Washington in deeper leagues.
Noah Fant, Denver Broncos (16 percent owned)
In Week 9 before the bye, Fant had three receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown. In Week 8, he had eight targets. With Emmanuel Sanders out of the picture, Fant does have a bigger role. Quarterback Brandon Allen is still getting used to the offense and will likely continue to rely on his tight end. Fant is a TE2 against the Vikings in Week 11.
Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins (40 percent owned)
After a great game in Week 9, it seemed that Gesicki would be a good add and a solid tight end option. Well, in Week 10, he had three receptions for 28 yards. He did have six targets, the same as he had in Week 9. He just couldn't capitalize as well as he could in Week 9. The Bills are tough against tight ends, and that is the Week 11 matchup. Gesicki is a TE2 for this week.
Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Oakland Raiders (3 percent owned)
The Raiders are not a good DST, let's be clear. However, they are facing the Cincinnati Bengals, who quietly are still winless. While the focus was on Miami tanking, the Bengals have their No. 1 receiver on the bench, likely for the rest of the season. Their quarterback has been benched. They haven't scored more than 23 points all season. Their quarterback, whoever it is, has been sacked in every game. The Raiders should be able to put in a decent fantasy day for those streaming DSTs.
— 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.
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