Week 11 brings another four teams on a bye (Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, New York Jets, San Diego Chargers) and another week of fantasy owners scrambling for players to fill in their rosters. With some injuries (Rob Gronkowski) and some unexpected suspensions (Alshon Jeffery), fantasy owners may need to turn to the waiver wire to either fill their Week 11 lineups or just look ahead to the fantasy playoffs.
Teams on bye: Atlanta, Denver, New York Jets, San Diego
Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs (25 percent owned)
In a week where a lot of quarterbacks that have tough matchups are not widely owned, Smith may be the best available option for those looking for a bye-week fill-in. Smith faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have allowed a touchdown pass in each of the past four games. Even in one of Jay Cutler's worst games, the Bucs yielded a TD to him (even if it was a desperation Hail Mary). The Bucs’ defense is beatable, although Smith may put up extremely gaudy numbers. He should be solid, but maybe not spectacular, in Week 11.
C.J. Prosise, RB, Seattle Seahawks (35 percent owned)
On Sunday night, Christine Michael played 11 snaps to Prosise's 54. He was the clear lead back, although that role is questionable once Thomas Rawls returns. However, Prosise did do enough to warrant more playing time, with 66 rushing yards and an additional seven receptions for 87 yards in the big win over New England. He should be owned in all PPR leagues, as he will likely retain that role even once Rawls returns. Michael can be dropped in redraft leagues, as Rawls and Prosise will lead the Seahawks offense. The balance between the two is unclear but both should be owned (Rawls is at 49 percent owned).
James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers (28 percent owned)
In his first game back from injury, Starks put up similar numbers to the last game he played (Week 5). He had 33 rushing yards and added three receptions for 11 yards. The difference, for fantasy owners, is he had a touchdown on Sunday, his first of the season. The Packers’ offense was entirely out of sync all game, so it's hard to say what kind of role Starks will have going forward. He wasn't overly effective, although he did play significantly more snaps than Ty Montgomery. The Packers face the Redskins in Week 11, and Starks should be owned, but only started as a low RB2.
Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore Ravens (19 percent owned)
The Ravens are slowly easing Dixon into their offense, which may be frustrating for fantasy owners. However, he has emerged as the guy on passing downs, catching five for 42 yards in Week 10. He turned six carries into 38 yards (compared to Terrance West's 21 carries for 65 yards). Dixon keeps being promised more work, and he slowly will get it. He's worth a stash to see if he can emerge as the lead back over West as the season goes on. In Week 11, Dixon is merely a RB3.
Cameron Meredith, WR, Chicago Bears (33 percent owned)
While Jay Cutler may not actually be aware that Meredith is on the team, he may be forced to find him in the coming weeks. Alshon Jeffery is out for the next four weeks because of a suspension. Meredith will jump to the top of the Bears’ depth chart. It's hard to trust him, however, given that he has one reception in each of the past three games (two of which were with Cutler). The one reception in Week 10 was a Hail Mary pass that he caught for a touchdown. He's a WR3 despite his position on the depth chart. Eddie Royal (14 percent owned) also is worth a waiver wire look. It's equally hard to trust him, but he's a WR4.
Robert Woods, WR, Buffalo Bills (16 percent owned)
The Bills had a bye in Week 10, so fantasy owners may have forgotten about Woods. In Week 9, he had 10 receptions for 162 yards. While that may be an outlier, he has been a viable part of the Bills’ offense with Sammy Watkins out. Woods has had at least four receptions in the past three games, and he has a touchdown in that span as well. Fantasy owners should keep in mind, however, that Watkins (37 percent owned) is eligible to return in Week 12. He reportedly is healthy, but until he returns to practice, won't be playing. Watkins is worth a stash for teams that will be in the fantasy playoffs.
Eli Rogers, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (10 percent owned)
With Sammie Coates struggling and Darius Heyward-Bey and Markus Wheaton injured, Rogers has emerged as the No. 2 receiver in Pittsburgh. He's had 10 receptions in the past two games for 145 yards and a touchdown. The Steelers face Cleveland in Week 11, which is a great matchup. The Browns have allowed a touchdown to a wide receiver in the past five games. If Antonio Brown sees a ton of coverage, Rogers may just be open for a touchdown. He's a WR4.
Ladarius Green, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers (10 percent owned)
Green made his 2016 debut in Week 10, and he caught three of his four targets for 30 yards. It was far from impressive, but the fact that he is back on the field is enough for fantasy owners to consider adding him. The Steelers do use their tight ends, and Green showed that he could be a solid TE2 when he was in San Diego. The Steelers face the Cleveland Browns in Week 11, who give up the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. He's on the TE2 radar this week.
Vance McDonald, TE, San Francisco 49ers (8 percent owned)
In each of the past three games, McDonald has had six targets. He's only caught eight of a total of 18, but he is clearly a part of the offense. He caught four of those six targets for 50 yards in Week 10 and he had a touchdown in Week 9. While he is not a must-add, he certainly is worth streaming in a week with four teams on bye. McDonald faces the Patriots in Week 11, and is a TE2 for that matchup.
Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Miami Dolphins (18 percent owned)
The Dolphins travel west to face the Los Angeles Rams, however, the Rams aren't exactly known for scoring points. The Dolphins’ defense has had three sacks and six interceptions in the past two games. The Rams give up the second-most fantasy points to opposing DSTs, so Miami is a solid streaming option for Week 11.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.
(Cameron Meredith photo courtesy of www.chicagobears.com)