The Week 11 Waiver Wire
Byron Lambert, Rosterwatch.com
Bye Week Teams – Titans, Giants, Seahawks, Vikings
Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs MIA), QB Buffalo Bills
For fantasy purposes, he’s actually been pretty good this year. He was solid in Week 10 scoring 19 points against the Patriots. FitzPeePee has averaged 20 PPG against the AFC East this year and the Miami Dolphins are coming to town.
Sam Bradford (vs Jets), QB St. Louis Rams
He’s scored 10-23 points 5 games in a row now. That’s pretty good. He gets the Jets at home this week who just gave up 18 fantasy points to Russell Wilson in Seattle.
Nick Foles (@WAS), QB Philadelphia Eagles
This is a risk-reward play. I like it. An intelligent player, Foles has quickly adapted to the NFL while performing well in his limited game experience. Going to Washington to face RG3, Foles will want to prove there are two good rookie quarterbacks on the field. I predict 245 yards, 2 TDs and 2 turnovers. That would be about 15 points in most leagues. Very useful.
Ryan Tannehill (@ BUF), QB Miami Dolphins
He has been very up and down. The matchup against Buffalo is a great one and we’ve see Tannehill serve up multiple 15+ points games this year.
Colin Kaepernick (vs CHI), QB San Francisco 49ers
Sometimes you have to get creative. This move obviously only works if Alex Smith misses Week 11 with a concussion. Kaepernick had 17 points against the Rams in relief of Smith on Sunday. A dual threat, he should get you some rushing yards and might even score a 6 point rushing touchdown. The Bears won’t be easy, but hey- most of them aren’t.
Marcel Reece (vs NO), RB Oakland Raiders
Reece was a 10 point guy with McFadden and Goodson on the sidelines. They may both be out again this week. He is still only owned in 35% of leagues and the Raiders looked for him 22 times last week.
Danny Woodhead (vs IND), RB NE
It was a monster, 61 yards and 2 touchdowns. Woodhead has scored 5-18 points in the last 7 consecutive games.
Chris Ivory (@ OAK), RB New Orleans Saints
It makes me nervous to recommend him because the Saints backfield is so fickle. I have to put him on this list though, because the guy has looked like Beast Mode Jr. the last two weeks. Ivory’s snaps and touches were very limited on Sunday but he still produced a big 85 yards and a touchdown. 11 and 15 fantasy points the last 2 weeks.
James Starks (@ DET), RB Green Bay Packers
Starks was the subject of a lot of preseason hype, only to completely evaporate. He gets his chance again as the Packers have become disgusted with how pitiful Alex Green is. This is a gamble, but if Starks is even serviceable he will have solid value on such a prolific offense. He should be owned until we see how things shake out.
Joique Bell (vs GB), RB Detroit Lions
He’s been on this report for weeks. A good stop-gap flex play that should be owned in most 12+ team leagues. Bell had another 7 receptions on Sunday. He is the most useful in PPR leagues.
Jonathan Dwyer (vs BAL), RB Pittsburgh Steelers
Dwyer touched the ball twice as many times as the “starter” Isaac Redman on MNF. Dwyer is clearly the more talented of the two. In the absence of Rashard Mendenhall, Dwyer is the guy you want. I was convinced the Steelers were going to continue to keep Mendenhall fresh on the sidelines until the home stretch. The Big Ben injury probably changes that. Expect Mendenhall back sooner than later. Dwyer is worth a hold and a desperation play until all of this is sorted out.
Beanie Wells (IR), RB Arizona Cardinals
Granted, he has been an extremely unreliable commodity. I am still stunned that he is only rostered in 25% of leagues. Get on your game people. He should have been owned two weeks ago. When healthy, Wells has show big time talent. His physical style is exactly what the Cardinals need. Beanie has been talking like a caged animal and he is back in Week 12 to face the Rams. This guy could give your team a huge boost down the stretch.
Daryl Richardson (vs NYJ), RB St. Louis Rams
Steven Jackson is looking good and getting the lion’s share of the action. So, you wonder why Richardson is on here? Well, he looks good too. His 58 yards against a tough 49ers defense was solid and he has great matchup against the Jets this week.
Cecil Shorts (@ HOU), WR Jacksonville Jaguars
Why do I have to keep writing about him? You guys are just creating more work for me and I don’t appreciate it. Pick him up will ya? 13 more targets for 105 yards and a score in Week 10. Shorts has been really good all year and isn’t going anywhere.
Danario Alexander (@ DEN), WR San Diego Chargers
Robert Meachem stinks and Danario Alexander looks awesome. Another Malcom Floyd type receiver for Philip Rivers. I think Alexander takes the #2 job for good. A Rivers WR2 is a nice fantasy play as evidenced by his team leading 7 targets for 134 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. Alexander is one of the top pick ups of the week.
Laurent Robinson (@ HOU), WR Jacksonville Jaguars
A whopping 15 targets for a respectable 77 yards last Thursday night. Rookie Justin Blackmon has gone to the back of the line. Robinson is a hot play right now. Playing at Houston is my only hesitation for next week. He is in line for a lot of work, though.
Donald Jones (vs MIA), WR Buffalo Bills
10 targets for 74 yards and a touchdown in Week 10. Jones has been awesome lately averaging 10.5 PPG over his last three contests. I like him as a fringe flex play the rest of the way.
Pierre Garcon (vs PHI), WR Washington Redskins
Owned in less than half of leagues, there are rumors that Garcon is on the mend. If you can afford to roster him he is a great late season add.
Donnie Avery (@NE), WR Indianapolis Colts
6 targets for 65 yards on Sunday. Sometimes he lays an egg but typically Avery is the WR2 on a pass-happy offense. He is a reasonable waiver option every week.
Mohamed Sanu (@KC), WR Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals have involved the rookie in some very creative ways this year. The guy is a football player. As far as receivers are concerned, he is a possession receiver. He had 11 fantasy points on Sunday. When the snaps and targets are there Sanu produces. He was second on the team in targets in Week 10 and he played second fiddle to only A.J. Green when it came to wide receiver snaps.
Jeremy Kerley (@STL), WR New York Jets
Kerley is the undeniable Jets WR1. Take that for what it’s worth. Kerley’s 8 targets on Sunday led the team and he produced a useful 57 yards.
Brandon Stokely (vs SD), WR Denver Broncos
Old Reliable. I bet that’s what Peyton Manning calls him. 54 yards and another touchdown in Week 10. Stokely is averaging over 6 ppg on the season. You can live with that in a bind.
Brandon Myers (vs NO), TE Oakland Raiders
He literally scores 5 or 6 points every week. The one week he didn’t, he scored 18. He is concussed however, so monitor the situation closely if you plan on rolling him out in a great matchup against New Orleans in Week 11.
Dennis Pitta (vs PIT), TE Baltimore Ravens
He’s back on the radar. The very far edge of it, at least. 67 yards and a score, but only 5 targets in Week 10. His productivity versus the Raiders was predictable. Still, Pitta is a reasonable tight end option if you are in a pinch.
Scott Chandler (vs MIA), TE Buffalo Bills
Chandler got back to his touchdown scoring ways on Sunday. Chandler is always a threat to score. He’s strung together a couple of good games now. I expect Ryan Fitzpatrick throw it around quite a bit at home versus Miami.
Dwayne Allen (@ NE), TE Indianapolis Colts
His upside is limited but Allen has shown that he will at least contribute something. Most weeks we are seeing scoring in the 3-7 point range.
Cincinnati Bengals (@ KC)
The Chiefs have been giving up points to fantasy defenses. I think their MNF performance will keep the Bengals from overlooking them. Watch for some big plays from a defense that thrives on them.
New York Jets (@ STL)
The Jets defense had a nice fantasy performance Sunday at Seattle. The Seahawks and the Rams are kind of like cousins.
Dallas Cowboys (vs CLE)
Expect the Cowboys to lock down the Browns receivers, get a lead, and rush the heck out of Brandon Weeden. I am expecting some big mistakes out of the Browns rookie QB.
St. Louis Rams (vs Jets)
The Jets stink. Traveling West two weeks in a row could have an impact. The Rams are a better real defense than fantasy defense. I see some upside in this one though.