Week 11 means the final byes of the season, and from then on owners will have the full breadth of their roster available for the first time since Week 3. Cleveland, New Orleans, the New York Giants, and Pittsburgh are all off in Week 11, leaving some giant holes in lineups across all positions.
But owners have faced a ton of injuries this season and as a result many benches are probably pretty bare heading into the final bye week. Thus, hitting the waiver wire is a must.
Other targets will emerge in the last batch of Week 10‘s games, but for now here’s four players to consider adding once the waiver-wire period for Week 11 commences and several others to consider or monitor.
Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears
Despite the difficult matchup with Denver in Week 11, Cutler’s exceeded point-projections for the last five games with 11 touchdown passes to only three interceptions. In Week 10, he excelled against a Rams defense that was No. 2 against quarterbacks heading into the game.
No one is saying Cutler’s going to be a superstar, or that his turnover woes are completely behind him, but he’s a serviceable fill-in for Drew Brees or Eli Manning owners next week, and much of it has to do with defenses having no clue how to stop Alshon Jeffery. Cutler’s owned in just 39 percent of Yahoo and 26.7 percent of ESPN leagues.
Brent Celek, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
Much like how the Saints offense began to click against the Giants, the Eagles have clicked in spots and owners should capitalize on a number of their top targets like Celek going forward. He had a pair of long catches in the first-half against Miami, and can break those off against Tampa Bay in Week 11. Health has been an issue, and getting lost in a sea of options are the reasons Celek’s owned in just 1 percent of Yahoo and 0.6 percent in ESPN leagues.
Kamar Aiken, WR, Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens offense is extremely limited and likely going nowhere, but Aiken’s benefited from a lack of options since Steve Smith went down. Aiken exceeded his season-high with 10 targets before the end of the first half in Week 10, and with barely any other options for Joe Flacco he’s a solid fit as WR3 in full-point PPR formats. Even Ravens tight ends Crockett Gillmore and Maxx Williams should be on fantasy radars going forward. Aiken’s owned in just 47 percent of Yahoo and 44.8 percent of ESPN leagues.
Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Bears
With Matt Forte on the shelf, Carey and Langford have battled for the extra snaps and thus far the latter’s had the edge. But Chicago's showed a ton more versatility on offense with both in the backfield, and going forward Carey could vulture some touchdowns from Langford. Carey’s only worth a look in very deep 14-team leagues or if you’re desperate for more depth at running back, or even for dynasty league owners already looking toward to next season. He’s owned in just 1 percent of Yahoo and 0.6 percent of ESPN leagues.
Others to monitor/consider: Zach Miller, TE, Bears; Josh Huff, WR, Eagles; Devin Funchess, WR, Panthers; Jamison Crowder, WR, Redskins; Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins; Jay Ajayi, RB, Dolphins