Week 11 Fantasy Bye Week Replacements
The final week of NFL bye weeks has arrived. Week 11 is the last time in this fantasy football season where you have to live through a week where your top fantasy options are nowhere to be found. Yes, this is the final chance to play Alex Smith and know you won’t have to do it again next week.
This week fantasy owners are working without all those awesome Indianapolis Colts studs (ha!), while the New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Houston Texans all actually do take some solid fantasy options off the table.
Here are some quality options you should be able to find out on your waiver wire that could serve as stellar bye week replacements. Remember, we’re not necessarily vouching for these guys for the rest of the year, but for one week, they should be able to help get you by:
Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks
Bradford hasn’t been a major gamer in 2011, but with Brandon Lloyd in place and the team playing more competitive ball lately, I feel a change coming. Bradford has the potential to blow up in the second half in Josh McDaniels’ offense, and it could start this week against the weak Seattle pass defense.
Kendall Hunter, RB, San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals
Hunter’s week 10 fantasy value hinges largely on the health and role of Frank Gore (in photo). However, with the 49ers at 8-1 and holding the nicked-up Gore back last week, there’s a pretty good chance Gore gets the start but doesn’t have a big role. Hunter is a solid Flex play with that fact in mind, and could be a nice RB2 play if Gore is indeed limited.
Maurice Morris, RB, Detroit Lions vs. Carolina Panthers
Morris doesn’t pack the same punch Jahvid Best would and he still shares the rushing load, but he’s not a terrible option and he’s shown Flex value in recent weeks. He gets a terrible Panthers run defense this week, so he’s definitely worth the risk if you’re hurting at running back.
Earl Bennett, WR, Chicago Bears vs. San Diego Chargers
Bennett has been nothing but solid since returning from injury the past two weeks, and this is a game that could turn into a bit of a shootout. Jay Cutler connects with his former Venderbilt teammate often and easily, and I don’t think it stops this week.
Nate Burleson, WR, Detroit Lions vs. Carolina Panthers
Burleson caught eight passes last week with Megatron struggling, and you can probably bank on similar production with Calvin Johnson less than 100%. The matchup is solid and Burleson should have a quality role for the second week in a row.
Ed Dickson, TE, Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Dickson blew up for 10 catches and two scores last week and has a decent matchup this week, as the Bengals stop the run a lot better than the pass. Considering the weak tight end options there are out there, Dickson is your best bet, and he’s actually available in over 80% of leagues.
Lawrence Tynes, K, New York Giants
There aren’t a ton of attractive options at kicker on the waiver wire, but I like Tynes to produce this week. He’s already is a pretty stable offense, and he’ll be facing an Eagles team that is about on it’s last leg. He should get somewhere between 8-10 points in a Giants win.
Miami Dolphins Team Defense
It’s definitely a risk to bank on the 2-7 Dolphins to get your back with fantasy points, but you may have to. There aren’t many safe/reliable Def/ST units out there, and Miami has actually been pretty darn good for about four weeks in a row now. Plus, they face the Bills, who look like they’re falling apart. They’re worth a shot in the final week of bye weeks.