There was no limit to the carnage NFL quarterback sustained in Week 10, with four starters going down and at least questionable for Week 11.
With Michael Vick, Ben Roethlisberger and Alex Smith suffering concussions and Ben Roethlisberger sustaining a shoulder and rib injury, fantasy owners may be scrambling to find a quarterback this week.
There will be some competition for quarterbacks on the wire this week, so it is important to target a quarterback you think is obtainable with your waiver-wire pick so you don’t end up missing out on all of them.
I wouldn’t suggest looking at any of the injured quarterbacks’ backups. Nick Foles will struggle behind an offensive line that can’t block anybody, Byron Leftwich has way too much rust, Jason Campbell looked sloppy in place of Cutler and Colin Kaepernick thinks better with his feet than his arm.
But there might not be any way around grabbing one of these guys with Jake Locker and Russell Wilson both heading into bye weeks.
In shallow leagues, players such as Ryan Fitzpatrick may even still be available, but for those of you in deep leagues, your best option this week may be Ryan Tannehill, Blaine Gabbert or Brandon Weeden.
Grabbing any of those three may make the situation feel dire. Face it, it is.
With only three weeks until the playoffs start in most leagues, you can’t afford
a let down. Gabbert, Tannehill and Weeden will all be better options that the previously listed backups.
With the New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings all on bye weeks, competition on the wire for a good running back may be fierce as well.
If New Orleans’ Chris Ivory is still on the market after last week, he should be the choice.
Can’t land Ivory? Then go with Dallas’ Lance Dunbar, who has the chance at a big week against Cleveland in relief of Felix Jones.
Atlanta’s Jacquizz Rodgers also remains an intriguing play. Though he never gets a goal line touch, Rodgers could make some big plays in the open field against Arizona this week.
Fantasy owners looking for a defense this week should either look at Tampa Bay visiting Carolina or Cincinnati visiting Kansas City.
There is limited time to make a trade with only one week left until standard leagues hit the trade deadline.
Look to sell high and buy low to add value to your lineup before the postseason begins. The moves you make now can win a championship.
Our survivor pool lock for Week 11 is Dallas at home against Cleveland. If you still haven’t used Houston, look at the Texans to win at home against Jacksonville.
That is all for this week. Feel free to keep sending your lineup questions to jLivingston@daily-times.com or on Twitter at twitter.com/jlivi2.
John Livingston is the sports editor of The Daily Times and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.