The NFL schedule returns for one last set of byes in week 11 as the New Orleans Saints, Houston Texans, Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts all sit out this week. The bye is big for the Texans because it will give Andre Johnson one more week to get healthy and also to figure out life with lefty quarterback Matt Leinart. Aside from that, week 11 byes mean no Marques Colston, Mike Wallace, or Pierre Garcon, among others.
Fantasy football playoffs are only a few weeks away at this point, which means teams on the playoff fringe need big performances this week. If you are missing out on quality receivers due to a bye or injury, there are some intriguing sleeper options at wide receiver.
Denarius Moore, Raiders: Given his monster performance against the Chargers last week, I'm not sure rookie Denarius Moore can be qualified as a sleeper. Nonetheless, if you're not sure whether to start him, consider that he seems to be developing a solid rapport with Carson Palmer, and Palmer will be without Jacoby Ford. Moore faces a Vikings secondary that is struggling and without Antoine Winfield. He's in line for a very solid game.
Damian Williams/Nate Washington, Titans: This is a tough play to figure out. Damian Williams was quite for much of the season and has turned into a very solid option the last few weeks with a pair of touchdowns the last two weeks and 107 yards last week. Does the Atlanta secondary focus on Williams? I think both Williams and Washington are solid plays.