The quarterback position will pose issues for many fantasy football owners in Week 11. One top starter is on a bye, while others will be on the sidelines with injury.
Whether via waiver-wire acquisition or by trade, some owners could be scrambling over the weekend to fill their quarterback slot.
Eli Manning owners are being given a break this weekend. With the Giants on a bye, they can bench the struggling starter without feeling guilty.
Three of the top waiver-wire possibilities are also on a bye, though. Russell Wilson, Christian Ponder and Jake Locker all get the weekend off.
The Bears announce Jay Cutler will not play against the 49ers on Monday Night Football. Jason Campbell will start at QB.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 16, 2012
That covers most of the options to avoid. If you'd like one more, may I offer Blaine Gabbert? He's had a few good weeks but will play the Houston Texans on Sunday.
Following are several workable options, via the waiver wire or a low-cost trade proposal, that can help you stay competitive this weekend.
1. Carson Palmer
Palmer can be snatched off the waiver wire in a third of ESPN.com's fantasy leagues. He's in the top 10 in average points for quarterbacks and he gets the New Orleans Saints' defense this weekend.
Palmer has been consistent this season. He's been held under 14 points just once, a Week 4 loss in Denver. New Orleans is dead-last in points allowed to opposing quarterbacks and Palmer could be on track for a 25-point game.
2. Josh Freeman
Right behind Palmer in average points is Freeman. While he's only available in 14 percent of leagues, take a look. He has a friendly matchup with Carolina this weekend.
If he's not available, his asking price shouldn't be too high.
3. Andy Dalton
Hard to believe, but Dalton is currently available in 28 percent of the leagues on ESPN.com. Owners tired of his poor performances and released the QB prior to the huge game against the New York Giants.
Dalton is now No. 12 in average fantasy points.
This weekend Dalton will be up against the Kansas City Chiefs' defense. That is a top-10 matchup; the secondary struggles making tackles, which has led to yards after catch and 18 touchdowns this season.
With Oakland and San Diego up the subsequent weeks, Dalton could even be more than a one-hit player.
If an owner in your league is still counting on Rivers as a starter, then someone has bigger issues than you. Rivers is in the bottom third of starting quarterbacks and is available in 10 percent of ESPN.com's leagues.
You'll likely need to offer a bit of a trade, but look and see what position the owner has issues with this week. Perhaps a flex receiver or a decent backup tight end will be enough to snake away an opponent's backup.
Rivers will be in Denver this weekend and is worthy of a start. Aside from the huge first half against the Broncos earlier in the season, Rivers loves to play in Denver.
San Diego has won three consecutive games in Denver. Rivers has a lifetime 5-1 record in Mile High with a passer rating over 100 and nine touchdown passes.
5. Matt Cassel
I know it isn't easy to get excited about Cassel, but he's available in every league where his owner didn't stop playing in Week 3. He will get the start this weekend at home against the Bengals.
Cassel to start at QB for Chiefs vs Bengals: Matt Cassel will start at quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs on... bit.ly/SoI1wS— KCTV5 - Kansas City (@KCTV5) November 14, 2012
Cincinnati allows 250 yards passing per game and if Dwayne Bowe decides to catch the ball this week, he could find the end zone. This game could turn into an air attack.
6. Sam Bradford
While normally forgotten about in fantasy football conversations, Bradford and Danny Amendola connected last week for over 100 yards.
Bradford threw a pair of touchdown passes and dropped 19.0 fantasy points on the road vs. the 49ers. The Rams host the struggling New York Jets on Sunday and Bradford could be in line for another big day.
7. Nick Foles
If all else fails, Nick Foles is available in 98 percent of the leagues on ESPN.com. He's a huge unknown, but the Eagles will come out fighting against their division rival.
Philadelphia also has a friendly matchup against the Washington Redskins on Sunday. The Redskins are 30th in passing yards allowed (302) and points allowed to opposing quarterbacks (19.0).
Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team and a Featured Columnist covering the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks.
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