Fantasy football is back! We bring you our weekly list of players who have some downside as potential waiver wire busts. Some of these players may appear in our waiver wire suggestions, but this list is designed to point out factors that could affect or limit their production.
TE Kyle Rudolph,(owned in 30 percent of all leagues): Rudolph returned to practice last week and the expectation is that he might return to action in Week 11. He has been out since Week 3 and had sports hernia surgery on Sept. 25. While Rudolph is likely to be eased back in, and will need to work on his chemistry with rookie quarterback , he could flourish in the Vikings' Norv Turner offense. The question is when he will be ready and how long it will take him to get back in game shape. Bridgewater is averaging over 200 passing yards per game and has three touchdowns to five interceptions since assuming the starting role.
QB Drew Stanton,(owned in 2 percent of all leagues): Stanton takes over for who is out for the year with another torn ACL. Stanton is a seven-year veteran who owns a career 53.6 completion percentage and 69.2 passer rating. He also has eight career touchdowns to nine interceptions and has started only seven games in those seven professional seasons. There is talent on the Cardinals offense but Stanton is a career backup replacing a veteran quarterback who was playing good football. He should be a streaming option only.
RB Ryan Mathews,(owned in 74 percent of all leagues): Mathews is practicing again and expected to return in Week 11 after being out since Week 2 with an MCL sprain. Before his injury, Mathews was averaging 3.1 yards per carry and had one touchdown on the year. The Chargers run game has stagnated without him and they only have three rushing touchdowns on the year. Upon his return, the Chargers have indicated he will be worked back into the game as he knocks the rust off. The Chargers run game is 30th in the league and they are averaging only 81.8 yards rushing per game.
RB Montee Ball,(owned in 67 percent of all leagues): Ball is another player scheduled to return in Week 11, and with good timing since the Broncos lost replacement to a foot sprain on Sunday. Recent indications are Hillman could miss a few weeks. Ball's numbers weren't Earth-shattering before his injury but the Broncos will want to run the ball down the stretch and into the playoffs. As our next selection shows, however, the Broncos backfield is going to be difficult to predict.
RBDenver Broncos (owned in 6 percent of all leagues): Ball will be back but it is difficult to predict how healthy he will be. Anderson was absolutely fantastic in Week 10, but with Ball returning and in the mix fantasy owners will need to keep an eye on the distribution. The good news is that Anderson is likely to see targets in the passing game, which might increase his value. Anderson has also been the best back in pass protection, which could bump his value up further. Head coach John Fox is also known to go with the hot hand as well.