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It’s not the doomsday six-team bye scenario we faced a week ago, but there is some major fantasy football star power unavailable for NFL Week 11. The Packers, Titans, Giants and Seahawks all get a rest, which means the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Davante Adams and Saquon Barkley are sidelined.
The return of Nick Foles and QB streaming options for Week 11
QB: Nick Foles, Jacksonville Jaguars (Owned in 21 per cent of Yahoo! leagues and Draft Kings salary of $5,600)
The return of Nick Foles to the Jaguars’ lineup and what to expect from him is the biggest quarterback-related fantasy news story. Listen below for some advice on Foles and chase/fade QBs you’ll want to consider.
RB: Brian Hill, Atlanta Falcons
Owned in 6 per cent of Yahoo! leagues
Draft Kings salary of $4,800
Brian Hill is going to be the most sought-after free agent on the waiver wire. And unlike Kalen Ballage a week ago, he’s worth it. This isn’t an under-the-radar take or a sleeper, but an impassioned plea to go get Hill.
If you’ve been saving that high priority waiver wire pick or auction dollars in your league now is the time to spend it. This is Week 11 people, there’s not going to be another explosive dual-threat, three-down RB walking through the door.
Devonta Freeman is listed as doubtful and expected to miss two weeks or more with a foot sprain. Previous backup Ito Smith is already on injured reserve, and head coach Dan Quinn gave Hill a vote of confidence on Monday. What makes the 24-year-old special is his size. At six-foot-one and 219 pounds, Hill is a sure-handed pass catcher that can bully through tacklers and in space possesses the speed and elusiveness of a much smaller back.
On top of volume share, this former Wyoming Cowboy gets to slice through the 28th-worst fantasy run defence of the Carolina Panthers. Star tight end Austin Hooper’s injury should also open more opportunities for Hill in the short passing game.
RB: Derrius Guice, Washington Redskins
Owned in 37 per cent of Yahoo! leagues
Draft Kings salary $4,700
If you failed to claim Falcons RB Brian Hill, a riskier consolation waiver prize is Derrius Guice. In last Tuesday’s article, I advised to grab and stash Guice while Washington was on the bye.
The sophomore bulldozer is still an unknown commodity, having played in only one regular-season game and coming off consecutive campaigns with serious knee injuries. A heavy workload would make sense versus the Jets’ middle-of-the-pack rushing defence to help ease the pressure on rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins.
There’s a backfield committee risk here with Adrian Peterson and possibly the banged-up Chris Thompson taking away touches. However, at this point it would make a ton of sense for the club to set Guice loose and see what they have.
The Redskins offence is terrible as a whole, but is running the ball over 50 per cent of the time since head coach Jay Gruden was fired.
More Tight End Injuries
Stud tight end Austin Hooper is looking at being shelved for multiple games, George Kittle’s status for Sunday is dicey, and Evan Engram is on bye. It’s another tough week for this razor-thin position group. However, there are some intriguing options.
● Houston’s Darren Fells returns from the bye coming off of three total touchdowns and nine targets in his previous two outings. Even against an aggressive Baltimore defence, Deshaun Watson’s been looking Fells’ way more often over the past month. He’s still available in 57 per cent of Yahoo! leagues and is a bargain on Draft Kings at $3,800.
● Jack Doyle shows up yet again in “Under the Wire” proving on Sunday that his high floor in PPR formats is quarterback proof. Averaging 11.57 fantasy points in his last three games for the Colts, Doyle has scored a TD in two straight and has clearly separated from Eric Ebron. 52 per cent Yahoo! ownership and a Draft Kings salary of $4,000.
● Buffalo’s Dawson Knox is a cross-your-fingers with a great matchup play. Despite winning back-to-back, the Dolphins are still awful and this AFC East battle lends itself to a sneaky Josh Allen/Knox DFS stack. The 33rd overall 2019 draft pick is dynamic in space and delivered 55 yards on six targets in the Bills loss to Cleveland. At 95 per cent availability and $3,000 Draft Kings salary, he’s worth a shot if your desperate or in the market for some contrarian points.
WR: Darius Slayton, New York Giants
Owned in 11 per cent of Yahoo! leagues
Draft Kings salary N/A
The Giants being on a bye is the perfect time to quietly roster Darius Slayton for some wide receiver depth. Sterling Shepard’s concussion issues put the remainder of his year in jeopardy and Evan Engram isn’t 100 per cent healthy.
Slayton hauled in an incredible 10 of 14 targets last weekend, but has also seen nine combined targets over the previous two games. The rookie’s rapport with Daniel Jones is growing as is his fantasy relevance having exploded for 34.10 fantasy points in Week 10 and 24.10 in Week 8. In each of those contests, he had two touchdown receptions as well.
K: Austin Seibert, Cleveland Browns
Owned in 4 per cent of Yahoo! leagues
The kicker roster slot on fantasy teams is often a frustrating one, so chances are you may be looking to upgrade. Without much fanfare, first-year Browns leg man Austin Seibert’s hit every one of his 16 field-goal attempts, five of which were from over 40 yards.
Cleveland’s red-zone scoring troubles combined with hosting a stout Steelers defence means it could be a busy Thursday night for Seibert.
Oakland Raiders, Defence
Owned in 5 per cent of Yahoo! leagues
Draft Kings salary $3,300
Follow the bad squads and take the opposing DST: a simple, yet effective fantasy football strategy. That’s what we have here, as the surprisingly hot Oakland Raiders welcome in the winless Bengals.
Cincinnati quarterback Ryan Finley’s first career start was predictably pedestrian and now they travel cross-country to the Black Hole. Oakland’s defence are far from world beaters, but they are coming off an outstanding 17.00 fantasy points against the Chargers. In their two prior games, the Raiders have amassed five sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery against very good Houston and Detroit offences.
As a readily available streaming opportunity and affordable DFS price, sign me up!