There are six teams on a bye, in week eleven and some keys IDP’s will be unavailable. The teams that are off include the Patriots, Dolphins, Bills, Jets, 49ers, and Browns. A few of these teams have struggled offensively, which puts their defense on the field more than they would like. However in fantasy that’s not a bad thing. Here are a few players, I recommend you pick up, to help with your bye week issues.
DT, Maurice Hurst, Oakland Raiders
The Arizona Cardinals has allowed their quarterbacks to be sacked twenty-seven times this season, for an average of three per game. They made the switch to rookie QB Josh Rosen in hopes his mobility would be an improvement. It hasn’t and in fact over the last three games he has been sacked, fourteen times. That’s an average of almost five per game. With that putrid type of pass protection, rookie defensive tackle Maurice Hurst of the Oakland Raiders should have his way from the interior. He is coming off a four tackle, one sack performance versus the Los Angeles Chargers last week and has three total sacks on the year. He is available in a high number of leagues and is a great bye week fill in.
DE, Carl Nassib, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Looking for a cheap but effective defensive end to help your team during the bye weeks? Carl Nassib has a great matchup and is the perfect waiver add for week 11. He’ll face the New York Giants, who have allowed thirty-one sacks this season and over the last three games, Eli has been dropped fifteen times in last three games. That’s an average of five per game. Nassib has to be licking his chops, in anticipation. He has been a hot play in the last four games and had four sacks in that span. I expect Nassib to take full advantage of this opportunity and the Giants pass protection woes to continue.
LB, Jordan Evans, Cincinnati Bengals
The Baltimore Ravens could be without starting quarterback Joe Flacco for their week eleven matchup versus the Bengals. If that’s the case, then rookie Lamar Jackson is expected to get his first career start. He’s super athletic and slippery player, but how will he perform in his first start. Will the game be fast for him? How will he do under pressure? The Bengals fired their Defensive Coordinator Tyrel Austin, and Head Coach Marvin Lewis is expected to have more control of the defense. I expect him to dial up and put a lot of pressure on the rookie. Look for this defense to pin their ears back and get after Jackson. One such player is Evans, who has been playing extremely well the last couple of games. Over the last two, he has twenty tackles and one and a half sacks. With all the injuries the Bengals have suffered at linebacker, Evans has stepped up and eased the losses. These AFC North matchups are always beat em up type games, and Evans will be ready.
CB, Rasul Douglas, Philadelphia Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles cornerback group has been decimated by injuries this season. Their top options at the position, Ronald Darby, Jalen Mills, and Sidney Jones are all out with various issues, and Darby is out for the season with an ACL tear. So the next man up is Rasul Douglas, and in week ten against the Dallas Cowboys, he stepped in and helped provide some stability. He had eight tackles in that game and will be leaned on heavily, especially next week when they face the high powered New Orleans Saints. He’ll be targeted a lot, and that’s great for fantasy owners.
S, Kenny Vaccaro, Tennessee Titans
Injuries can destroy a fantasy season, but sometimes they can be just as helpful. A lot of times injured players will get dropped and forgotten about, but when they get healthy and return, they can be great additions, especially late in the season. One such player is Kenny Vacarro, for the Tennessee Titans. He missed four weeks, with an elbow injury and has been a solid play since his return. He has eleven total tackles in the last two games and has a great matchup versus a pass-heavy Indianapolis Colts team. He is available in most leagues and is a very good bye week replacement.
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