Fantasy Football: Week 11 bye week

Week 11 is the last bye week of the NFL season. There are four teams with byes this week: Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Indianapolis and Houston. If you have players on these teams get them out of your lineups and look at these players as possible replacements.


It appears that Matt Schaub and Matt Cassel may be out for the year. Here are a couple of replacements at quarterback to look at for the rest of the year if you were relying on them. Actually, if you were relying on Matt Cassel you probably do not have a great record. 

Carson Palmer – Oakland Raiders (41% Yahoo! owned): Carson Palmer looked absolutely atrocious in his first game with the Raiders against the Kansas City Chiefs. He threw three interceptions in a little over half of the game. But since then he has had two great games and looks to have his stuff back. He has a lot of speedy receivers in Oakland and a great running game to help him. I think he should continue to put up solid numbers. Oakland travels to play at Minnesota who just came off of a thumping on Monday Night Football to Green Bay. I like Carson Palmer in this matchup. Week 11 forecast: 20-for-32, 295 yards, three touchdowns, one interception.

Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals (39% Yahoo! owned): Andy Dalton has had a very respectable rookie season. He may be without rookie wideout A.J. Green this week as the Bengals travel to play the Baltimore Ravens. I like Dalton more as a replacement for the fantasy playoff weeks were he plays against Houston, St. Louis, and Arizona. He should be a solid play during the fantasy playoffs. Week 11 forecast: 18-for-32, 208 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.      

Running back

There are always injuries to running backs and here are a couple of backs that are not heavily owned that you may be able to pickup.

Kendall Hunter – San Francisco 49ers (23% Yahoo! owned): Frank Gore has been hobbled a bit the last several weeks and Hunter has had a chance to get more carries as the beneficiary. San Francisco’s head coach, Jim Harbaugh, may decide to rest Gore down the stretch so Kendall Hunter will surely get more opportunities as the featured back in the 49ers run oriented offense. Hunter looks to be in a good situation. Week 11 forecast: 12 carries, 48 yards, three receptions, 15 yards.

Lance Ball – Denver Broncos (11% Yahoo! owned): Knowshon Moreno and Willis McGahee both were injured last week. Lance Ball took over and ran the ball 30 times for 96 yards. The Broncos do not have a passing game at all so are looking to run the ball a lot on Thursday night as they at home against the New York Jets. I think Ball may get some touches if McGahee plays and obviously a lot of touches if McGahee is out. McGahee will be questionable to play this week because their game is on Thursday night. Week 11 forecast: 22 carries, 88 yards, one touchdown.

Wide Receiver

Here are some receivers that you may want to pickup and play in Week 11.

Earl Bennett – Chicago Bears (35% Yahoo! owned): Bennett has been the Bears most used receiver this year. Since coming off of injury several weeks ago he has 11 receptions for 176 yards and one touchdown. He has quickly become Jay Cutler’s favorite target down the field and should continue to put up big numbers. The Bears are at home this week to play the San Diego Chargers. Week 11 forecast: Six receptions, 92 yards, one touchdown.

Harry Douglas – Atlanta Falcons (4% Yahoo! owned): For those of you that are in deeper leagues or competitive leagues, Douglas may be worth a look. He had his best game of the season last week and with Julio Jones looking iffy to play this week Douglas could get plenty of targets. The Falcons play host to the Tennessee Titans so he may not put up huge numbers this week. Week 11 forecast: Five receptions, 59 yards.

Plug N’ Play Defense

Jacksonville Jaguars (16% Yahoo! owned): I wrote last week to pick up the Jaguars against the Indianapolis Colts and they did not disappoint. If they are still available in your league, pick them up now. Go…do not hesitate…do it. They forced three turnovers last week and picked up five sacks and they play at Cleveland this week. The Cleveland offense is not good and Jacksonville should put up solid defensive numbers. Week 11 forecast: Four sacks, two interceptions.