Week 10 of the NFL is in the rearview mirror, and we’re speeding ahead to find the best quarterback pickups for Week 11 and on down the highway toward the fantasy football playoffs. This week we have four teams on bye and will be without the services of Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, Ryan Tannehill, and Daniel Jones. All four have had fantasy value this season, with Wilson causing the most heartache while on the bench.
We’ll take a look at players who are available in the majority of ESPN fantasy football leagues. There aren’t any high FAAB adds this week, but there’s a chance you’ll need a bye replacement for this week or next, so make sure you have your ducks in a row before waivers run.
Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (36.7 percent)
Carr hasn’t had many upside games, but his floor has been stable of late. He did have a down game in Week 10 against a good Chargers defense. Before that, he had three good games in a row, and this week he’s at home against a bad Bengals defense.
Nick Foles, Jacksonville Jaguars (9.6 percent)
Foles isn’t going to change your fantasy team into the ‘99 Rams, but he does have upside in the Jaguars offense. Gardner Minshew played well in his place, but the offensive scheme helped him put up fantasy numbers. OC John DeFilippo continues to give the offense chances to put up fantasy numbers, and I expect Foles will play better than Minshew, giving him good upside.
Sam Darnold, New York Jets (11.6 percent)
Darnold has had a few good games, but he’s mostly been awful behind a weak offensive line. The good news is that he’ll continue to see weak defenses, with Washington, Oakland, Cincinnati, and Miami coming up on the schedule. We can’t expect big numbers, but it is going to be hard work to not do something worthwhile for fantasy against this group of defenses.
Kyle Allen, Carolina Panthers (10.1 percent)
Allen hasn’t done much of anything for fantasy lately, but he did have his first 300 yard game of the year in Green Bay and has shown flashes against bad defenses. Against Arizona, he threw for four touchdowns, and against Tampa Bay, he had two touchdowns with no turnovers. This week he heads home to take on a weak Falcons defense with an excellent group of offensive stars to do the heavy lifting.
Jacoby Brissett, Indianapolis Colts (42 percent)
Brissett had a down game against a good Denver defense and then was injured the next game against Pittsburgh. But before that, he had his best fantasy game of the year against Houston with 326 passing yards and four touchdowns and had topped 20 fantasy points in three of his last four. After Brian Hoyer’s awful Week 10, Brissett should be able to get back to take on the Jaguars, then Houston again, Tennessee, and Tampa Bay.
Daniel Jones, New York Giants (42.3 percent)
Jones has put up two huge four-touchdown games in his last three matchups and now gets a bye then the Bears and Packers in Week’s 12 and 13. That doesn’t bode well for the next three fantasy matchups, but his fantasy playoff matchups are excellent, with games at Philadelphia, vs. Miami, and then at Washington. He’s not someone to pick up this week unless you have deep benches, but he is worth keeping an eye on if you end up needing someone for the playoffs.