Week 11 of the regular NFL season is in the books and fantasy owners are looking for bye week and/or injury replacements. We bring you our weekly list of players who might be potential waiver wire busts or who have downside. Some of these players may appear in our waiver wire suggestions, but this list is designed to simply point out factors that could impact or limit their production.
RB Montee Ball, Denver Broncos (36 percent owned)
I like Broncos rookie running back Montee Ball, but his role in their offense is inconsistent based primarily on his issues in pass protection and ball security. Ball has fumbled twice this season, both times resulting in his benching. After a fumbled exchange with Peyton Manning against the Kansas City Chiefs, Ball was only out for a brief while and he did go on to score twice. He is emerging but Knowshon Moreno is still getting the bulk of the playing time and carries. On the year, Ball has 68 rushes for 222 yards (3.3 YPC) and three touchdowns. He does have some small value in the passing game with five receptions for 43 yards, but that role is largely Moreno's.
TE Garrett Graham, Houston Texans (25 percent owned)
Texans tight end Garrett Graham had a career game Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, catching seven passes for 136 yards and a touchdown. He also had a costly fumble, but he led all Texans in receiving yards. He also had the only offensive touchdown from quarterback Case Keenum, who was benched in the third quarter. Matt Schaub predictably did not throw a touchdown pass. It's hard to figure what's going on in Houston with the Texans announcing Monday that Keenum will start again. There is just too much uncertainty surrounding Graham and the Texans. On the year, Graham has 33 receptions for 404 yards and four touchdowns.
WR Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys (26 percent owned)
Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin is coming back from a hamstring injury and is rumored to be back in the mix across from Dez Bryant. The move would make little sense with rookie Terrance Williams really coming on lately. Williams has 29 receptions for 498 yards and five touchdowns. The more likely scenario is Austin rotates, or lines up at the same time, but Austin's return hurts Williams' value while marginally adding to his own. Cole Beasley is also in the mix and the Jason Witten factor can't be discounted either. Tony Romo is averaging 2.1 touchdown passes per game.
RB Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts (27 percent owned)
Colts running back Donald Brown is much more involved these days but Trent Richardson is still getting his carries as well. Brown is leading all Colts running backs in yards and yards per carry, but Richardson has the overwhelming number of carries. On the year, Brown has rushed 55 times for 323 yards (5.9 YPC) and three touchdowns. Richardson has carried the ball 96 times for 272 yards and two touchdowns. They are both contributing in the passing game with similar numbers, though Brown does have a touchdown. Expect the committee to continue until you see a clear change.
WR Marquise Goodwin, Buffalo Bills (2 percent owned)
Speedy Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin isn't terribly big at 5' 9, but he is fast, running a 4.27 40-yard dash at the NFL combine. With Stevie Johnson and fellow rookie Robert Woods out Sunday, Goodwin got a chance to play and, boy did he show out. Goodwin played 57 of 67 offensive snaps and caught six passes for 81 yards and a touchdown. I am a huge fan, but I just question where he fits when the Bills return from their Week 12 bye. If the Bills are smart, they will figure out how to add the speedster to the offense since he and rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel connected on six of nine targets, including a 43-yard touchdown pass. Also, standard disclaimer that a rookie quarterback inevitably causes skill players to have inconsistent numbers.