Fantasy football owners only have one more bye week to clear before their rosters are at full force for the rest of the NFL regular season.
Widely available candidates (available in more than 85 percent of ESPN.com leagues) to fill in during Week 11 are abound. Other players will be mentioned as serviceable bye-week replacements, but they are less likely to be on the waiver wire in your league.
Ownership Percentage: 0.5
ESPN.com reported that Michael Vick is unlikely to practice due to the effects of a concussion that he suffered on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Rookie Nick Foles will start against the Washington Redskins if Vick can’t go.
Washington has allowed more than 200 yards passing to every opposing quarterback this season. Furthermore, the Redskins have allowed 19 passing touchdowns and have not picked off a pass in two weeks. There aren’t many better matchups for the rookie to make his first start.
Also consider: Carson Palmer (Oakland Raiders) and Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco 49ers).
Ownership Percentage: 2.5
Darren Sproles is missing time for the New Orleans Saints after hand surgery (via ESPN.com), opening up playing time for Chris Ivory. Ivory has scored a touchdown in each of his last two games, totaling 17 carries for 120 yards and two touchdowns against the Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons at home.
In Week 11, Ivory and the Saints will take on the Oakland Raiders, the fourth-most favorable fantasy defense for opposing running backs to face (ESPN standard scoring).
Also consider: Andre Brown (New York Giants), Danny Woodhead (New England Patriots) and Marcel Reece (Oakland Raiders).
Ownership Percentage: 0.1
Danario Alexander is another big target (6’5”, 217 lbs) for San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers to chuck the football to. On Thursday night in Week 9, Alexander caught three passes for 61 yards. Ten days later against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 10, he came up with five balls for 134 yards and a touchdown.
DX can be a fantasy difference-maker down the stretch.
Also consider: Cecil Shorts (Jacksonville Jaguars), Golden Tate (Seattle Seahawks), Darrius Heyward-Bey (Oakland Raiders) and Danny Amendola (St. Louis Rams).
Ownership Percentage: 0.7
Tony Moeaki caught three passes for a season-high 68 yards on Monday Night Football against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 10. The Cincinnati Bengals, his Week 11 opponent, have allowed four touchdowns to tight ends in their last six games.
Also consider: Dennis Pitta (Baltimore Ravens) and Dustin Keller (New York Jets).
Ownership Percentage: 14.5
The Cincinnati Bengals got after Eli Manning, sacking the New York Giants quarterback four times in Week 10. Cincinnati gave up just 13 points to New York, forcing multiple turnovers (four in Week 10) for the fifth time in six weeks.
In Week 11, the Bengals will take on the Kansas City Chiefs, a team that played relatively clean football on Monday Night Football in Week 10. They turned the ball over just once for the first time all season.
Still, the Bengals D/ST should be a good play in Week 11—Kansas City has turned the ball over 3.3 times per game and given up five defensive touchdowns this year. The Chiefs have watched the opposing defense run one back every other week this season, and it didn’t happen last week.
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