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Fantasy football waiver wire, Week 11: Bye week replacements for Browns, Saints, Giants, Steelers

Only one more week of bye teams! Find out who to look for on the wire for one-week replacements.

Fantasy owners will breath a sigh of relief as we approach the final week of the bye schedule. After this week, rosters will be at full strength and it will be time for the stretch run to the fantasy playoffs.

But first, we have to get through one more week of byes. The Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers all have the week off. Therefore, fantasy superstars like Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham Jr. and Ben Roethlisberger won't be available, while owners will also miss solid contributors like Drew Brees, Travis Benjamin, Martavis Bryant and Brandin Cooks.

Those are some pretty big names to be missing this week, so to help you get through it, we picked out some potential plug-and-play replacements from the waiver wire. All players are owned in less than 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues.


Players on bye: Johnny Manziel, Josh McCown, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger

Waiver wire options

Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills: Escaped last Thursday's game with no setbacks on his knee. Now faces the New England Patriots' 22nd-ranked pass defense.

Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans: Has a good matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars defense this Thursday.

Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears: Carved up the St. Louis Rams defense. The Denver Broncos will be tougher, but Cutler is a borderline QB1 this year.

Brock Osweiler, Denver Broncos: Getting the start with Peyton Manning hurt. Can he move the ball better than Manning did? The matchup is right with the Bears.

Case Keenum, St. Louis Rams: Surely can't be any worse than Nick Foles was.

Running backs

Players on bye: Isaiah Crowell, Duke Johnson, Mark Ingram, C.J. Spiller, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Orleans Darkwa, DeAngelo Williams

Waiver wire options

Alfred Morris/Matt Jones, Washington: Finally resembled the strong 1-2 punch duo they were supposed to be all year, but that was against the New Orleans Saints. We'll see if they keep it up against the Carolina Panthers defense.

Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Had his lowest yardage total of the year in Week 10, but big-play ability should keep him on the flex radar.

Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles: Could see more work with Ryan Mathews concussed, but Sproles should only be considered in PPR leagues.

Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins: Had more rushing yards than Lamar Miller on 18 fewer touches. His production almost demands a larger role in the offense.

Shaun Draughn, San Francisco 49ers: Will start again if Carlos Hyde can't go after the bye. Your "break in case of emergency" stash of the week.

Wide receivers

Players on bye: Travis Benjamin, Brian Hartline, Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead, Marques Colston, Odell Beckham Jr., Rueben Randle, Dwayne Harris, Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, Markus Wheaton

Waiver wire options

Kamar Aiken, Baltimore Ravens: The new No. 1 guy in place of Steve Smith.

Danny Amendola, New England Patriots: Stepped up big when Julian Edelman went down with a foot injury. Has WR2 potential if he can stay healthy himself.

Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks: Week 10 will probably be his best game of the year, so be worried about him crashing back to earth.

Wes Welker, St. Louis Rams: Mostly a third-down specialist these days. Case Keenum might help him out better than Nick Foles did.

Dorial Green-Beckham, Tennessee Titans: Justin Hunter's injury creates an opening, but will DGB take advantage? Tennessee is keeping the training wheels on so far.

Tight ends

Players on bye: Gary Barnidge, Benjamin Watson, Larry Donnell, Will Tye, Heath Miller

Waiver wire options

Richard Rodgers, Green Bay Packers: Entirely possible he turns back into a pumpkin, but three touchdowns in the past two games during a Packers slump is hard to ignore.

Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions: Still struggling to put it all together, but has a dream matchup with the Oakland Raiders this week.

Jacob Tamme, Atlanta Falcons: Has emerged as a legitimate playmaker with 17 catches and 164 yards the past two games. His usage could drop when Leonard Hankerson comes back, though.

Crockett Gillmore, Baltimore Ravens: Found the end zone again last week and should be one of Joe Flacco's favorite red zone targets.

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