Week 11 is in the books and fantasy players are combing the waiver wire looking for injury and bye week replacements. We bring you the list of top 5 players who could be waiver wire duds.
RB Montee Ball, Denver Broncos (37% owned)
Broncos running back Montee Ball was one of my number one rookie running backs this year but he has had an inconsistent year in Denver. Issues with pass protection and ball security have kept him off the field as the Broncos have relied more on veteran Knowshon Moreno. Having said that, Ball fumbled against the Kansas Chiefs and was briefly benched. He did return to rush for 2 touchdowns however. Still, Moreno touched the ball 27 times to Ball's 8 in Week 11. Moreno is getting the vast majority of the looks in the passing game too. It's hard to trust Ball's production right now with limited opportunities.
TE Garrett Graham, Houston Texans (26% owned)
Texans tight end Garrett Graham once made my hot list but that was before Matt Schaub and Gary Kubiak lost their collective minds. Schaub lost his job (or did he?) and got replaced by Case Keenum who then got inexplicably benched in Week 11. Before he got benched, Keenum found Garrett for his first touchdown reception since Week 4. It's difficult to trust Graham given his own inconsistency and the mess that is going on down in Houston with their handling of the quarterback situation.
RB Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts (27% owned)
Colts running back Donald Brown makes the list because two reasons. One the Colts have a running back committee and remain committed to Trent Richardson who they traded a first round pick to acquire. Brown saw his most rushing attempts in Week 11 against the Tennessee Titans who have largely forgotten how to defend the run. Brown has seen double digit touches only one other time this year and that was in Week 7 against the Denver Broncos.
WR Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys (27% owned)
Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin is ready to return from a hamstring injury that cost him games. The word is that he could supplant rookie Terrance Williams opposite Dez Bryant which is a move that would be surprising given his emergence in his first season. More likely you will see some sort of rotation with Austin, Williams and even Cole Beasley who has operated pretty well out of the slot. There are a lot of options in Big D and the Jason Witten factor cannot be ignored too. Tony Romo isn't Peyton Manning or Drew Brees who can make multiple skill players fantasy relevant.
WR Marquise Goodwin, Buffalo Bills (2 % owned)
Bills rookie wide receiver Marquise Goodwin had the game of his short career Sunday with six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the New York Jets. With fellow rookie Robert Woods and veteran wide receiver Stevie Johnson sidelined, Goodwin drew nine targets from rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel. The Bills enter Week 12 on a bye but Johnson and Woods are expected to return in Week 13. Goodwin's role in the offense remains unknown but you would think the Bills would be looking to find a way to get the ball into the hands of the speedster who ran a 4.27 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine last April.