November 14, 2023, 6:44 pm
Week 10 was an electrifying week for fantasy football, with points scored up and down the week’s slate of games. As we enter Week 11 of the 2023 season, the Colts, Falcons, Patriots and Saints are all on bye this week. Now, it’s time to scramble to the waiver wire to bid for this week’s hot talent and plug up holes on fantasy rosters. Inversely, it’s also time to cut players that disappointed in Week 10 to free up space for the next big thing. Sometimes an empty space on a fantasy team for waivers is more valuable than someone rostered in a majority of fantasy leagues. For this piece, I’m going to be referring to players rostered by at least 25 percent of teams in ESPN leagues, and I’ll list them in descending order of those ownership percentages.
Note: I will likely not be including any of the players I already mentioned in the previous week’s list. I suggest clicking the link below and making sure you don’t have some of those guys still hitching a ride on your roster.
RB Zack Moss – Indianapolis Colts (80% ESPN, 67% Yahoo!)
Over the last few weeks, fellow Colts RB Jonathan Taylor has usurped the workhorse role back from Zack Moss, who exceeded expectations with the reigns to the backfield early in the season. Unfortunately for Moss, he’s seen his snaps and opportunities shrink consistently over the last month of the season. In Week 10’s matchup with the Patriots in Germany, Moss saw a season-low of just nine snaps and had one carry for two yards in the entire game. Now, the Colts head into the bye and the outlook for Zack Moss is as low as it’s ever been. Try and trade him if you can, but if you need the roster spot, don’t feel bound to him through his bye week.
WR Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints (75% ESPN, 77% Yahoo!)
Michael Thomas has been a very solid PPR WR this season with Derek Carr under center in New Orleans for 2023. Thomas logged at least nine PPR fantasy points in every game for the first eight weeks of the season. Unfortunately, Thomas suffered a “fairly significant” knee injury early in Week 10’s matchup with the Vikings, according to head coach Dennis Allen. Thomas was seeing a down tick in snaps and volume over the last three weeks, but the injury and the Saints’ Week 11 bye makes Thomas a drop candidate ahead of the Week 11 waiver wire dash. Managers in leagues of 12 teams or fewer should feel comfortable moving on from Thomas if necessary.
RB Miles Sanders – Carolina Panthers (69% ESPN, 65% Yahoo!)
Miles Sanders has had a rough go in his debut season with the Carolina Panthers, battling injuries and inefficient running through most of the early 2023 fantasy football season. After missing a week with an injury, Sanders has been subsequently replaced as the Panthers’ starting RB by Chuba Hubbard, who has been much more efficient at times. Sanders hasn’t seen more than a 38% RB snap share since returning from injury in Week 8. While he had an increase in snaps this week, he was out-touched by Hubbard 11-4 in the contest vs. the Bears on TNF. Sanders was inefficient with the workhorse role, and hasn’t found fantasy success in the backup role either. On top of this, the Panthers have a brutal strength of schedule for RBs for the remainder of the season. Sanders is an easy fade at this time.
TE Jonnu Smith – Atlanta Falcons (34% ESPN, 42% Yahoo!)
Following in the trend of players entering byes in Week 11, Jonnu Smith is another fantasy asset on this list that isn’t entirely worth rostering through their bye weeks with fantasy playoffs rapidly approaching. Jonnu Smith, as all members of the Atlanta Falcons’ passing game, has been a surprisingly effective boom-or-bust fantasy option for most of the season. Excluding his eruption for 21 fantasy points in Week 9, Smith has recorded just 9.1 PPR fantasy points over the last month of the season. Smith is a streaming TE option, and you don’t roster streaming unless you can start them, which will be hard to do with Smith and the Falcons taking the week off in Week 11.
RB Jerick McKinnon – Kansas City Chiefs (32% ESPN, 27% Yahoo!)
Jerick McKinnon was not the type of player I would’ve held onto through their bye week, and chasing his touchdown from Week 9 isn’t something I would suggest doing either. McKinnon is coming off of a season-low of a 25% snap share in Week 9, and hasn’t seen more than five touches in a game this season, averaging 3.2 touches per game on the year. Yes, he sees high value targets in his miniscule opportunities, but still he should not be considered as any more than a glass-breaking emergency dart throw in deep leagues. This is clearly Isiah Pacheco’s backfield, and McKinnon should be quickly dropped in exchange for someone on the wire with higher upside.
TE Gerald Everett – Los Angeles Chargers (31% ESPN, 28% Yahoo!)
Considering the upside presented by QB Justin Herbert operating the Chargers’ passing game, Gerald Everett is an oft-considered streaming tight end. Unfortunately for those in need, he’s only recorded more than eight PPR fantasy points in a game twice this season, and is far from a consistent member of the game plan. He’s only once eclipsed three receptions in a game this season, and has even lost some red zone volume and four touchdowns to fellow Chargers TE Donald Parham Jr. Everett is a poor streaming tight end, and has a below-average matchup with the Packers in Week 11, making him very droppable.