By Mark Ackerman, CBS4 Fantasy Football Pro
With Brock Osweiler taking over for Peyton Manning at quarterback, which Broncos can you trust to be productive in Week 11?
Brock Osweiler: He’s been one of the biggest waiver wire adds of the week. I’m optimistic, but the expectations have to be limited in his first start at Soldier Field. In addition, the Bears have won two in a row and are playing pretty tough defense lately.
Emmanuel Sanders: His outlook will be entirely dependent on his health. Be sure to check injury reports throughout the week.
Demaryius Thomas: I think DT will impress this week. If you own him – give him a start.
CJ Anderson/Ronnie Hillman: I think the Broncos will try to support Osweiler by establishing the run, but this backfield split, and history of inefficiency, scares me away from starting either back.
Broncos Defense: Despite a couple of tough weeks, they are a good start this week against a turnover prone Jay Cutler.
Matt Forte/Jeremy Langford: If Forte is healthy, he’s a must-play. If Forte sits and Langford starts, Langford is a must start after two productive weeks in a row. I don’t like Langford if Forte returns.
Andrew Luck, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees and both Mannings are out of action this week. Who else are viable options at QB?
Tony Romo: The Cowboys are hoping to right the ship after seven losses in a row in Romo’s absence. I’m expecting his connection with Dez Bryant will return immediately.
Matthew Stafford: The Lions could be in for a shootout with the high scoring Raiders. Stafford may have to air it out to play catch up and that could result in lots of garbage time fantasy points.
Tyrod Taylor: The Bills signal caller threw for 3 TDs the last time the Bills played the Patriots in Week 2. This could be another high scoring affair.
Blake Bortles: He’s throw multiple touchdowns in 7 of 9 games. You’ll have to act fast – because Bortles gets the Tennessee Titans on Thursday Night Football.
Who is hot on the Week 11 Waiver Wire?
Danny Amendola: The Patriots slot receiver will see an increased role after Julian Edelman broke his foot. The problem, he’s not Edelman. I think Amendola is a solid pickup, but won’t have the yards after catch upside that Edelman brings to the table.
Matt Jones: The Redskins backfield is crowded with Jones and Alfred Morris splitting time. But, it’s been productive. I see Jones getting more work as the year winds down.
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David Cobb: The Titans need help at running back and Cobb may be the guy to step up. Coming off Injured reserve, Cobb is expected to take over the bulk of the Titans carries moving forward.
Which big names should raise your concern?
Aaron Rodgers: Critics are even starting to point fingers at Rodgers celebrity girlfriend after a three game slide. In Rodgers own words, RELAX. The guy is still a top five quarterback. You’d need to have Tom Brady, Cam Newton, Derek Carr or Carson Palmer on your bench to even consider sitting him.
T.Y. Hilton: With Andrew Luck out, Hilton just doesn’t carry the same value. Matt Hasselbeck proved to be a competent replacement earlier this year, but Hilton will surely be a downgrade this week, even after a bye week to heal up.
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Todd Gurley: The Rams are a mess. QB Nick Foles has been benched for Case Keenum, giving defenses the go-ahead to stack the box and sell out to stop Gurley. He’s still an RB1, but don’t expect him to produce at the same rate.
Jeremy Hill: The Bengals back could be on this list every week. He’s not getting into the end zone, losing out to Gio Bernard and has a tough matchup against the Cardinals this week.
Mark Ackerman’s credentials: CBS4 Producer. AFC North Expert. Childhood ruined by Drive & Fumble. Drafted Adrian Peterson and still won it all last year.