The bye weeks are winding down, but the fantasy playoff races continue to heat up. The Cowboys and Rams are on bye this week, meaning that owners will need a replacement for Tony Romo (or Kellen Clemens, if they play in that elusive 32-team league).
Injury news hasn't been quite as bad this week, although owners will want to keep an eye on Peyton Manning's ankle. The Broncos have already confirmed that Manning will start in Week 11, but it's hard to tell with this kind of injury. Either way, don't waste your time with Brock Osweiler. Here are five other waiver wire quarterbacks you could look at instead:
Case Keenum, Houston Texans (owned in 29 percent of leagues)
Keenum had his worst performance this season against the Cardinals and it's clear he's still a project, but he has yet to throw an interception in three starts and is getting better matchups. One encouraging aspect of his play is that he's willing to fit the ball in tight windows, making Andre Johnson owners happy in Week 10. Keenum is decent QB2 material with the Raiders and Jaguars coming up next.
Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals (owned in 28 percent of leagues)
At this point, Palmer is what he is -- he has thrown an interception in every game this season and hasn't reached 300 yards since Week 1. Still, he's on pace for 4,000 yards and is facing the Jaguars next week. For two-quarterback leagues only.
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (owned in 25 percent of leagues)
Miami's dismal offensive line is going to keep Tannehill under duress, but he kept the mistakes down in an overtime win over the Bengals. The Dolphins get the Chargers defense next week, so this might be your last chance to get QB2 value out of Tannehill -- he faces the Panthers and Jets after that.
Josh McCown, Chicago Bears (owned in 7 percent of leagues)
Jay Cutler is out again with a high ankle sprain, so the Bears will be turning to McCown once more. He was highly effective against the Packers, throwing for 272 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. The Ravens will be a tougher test for the veteran, but he's worth starting if you have depth issues.
Scott Tolzien, Green Bay Packers (owned in less than 1 percent of leagues)
Now we're really scraping the bottom of the barrel here. Thrust into action against the Eagles, Tolzien did surprisingly well despite being signed off the practice squad last week. He completed 61 percent of his passes for 280 yards and a touchdown, but also threw two interceptions. With a full week of first-team practice reps and a friendly matchup in the Giants, Tolzien might just pay off for desperate fantasy gamblers.