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Fantasy Football: Week 11 waiver wire

11.12.13 at 10:36 am ET
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Welcome to the Week 11 waiver wire! We have some serious work to do this week with a few significant byes and a ton of major injuries over the last few weeks. I’€™ve added the remaining schedules for a few players where I felt it was a significant factor in their value. I’€™ll be doing this the rest of the way because the schedule is huge at this point when evaluating a player’€™s remaining worth.

If you play in a deep format and need more options, head on over to Rotobahn, where we cater to the needs of those in huge leagues. I’€™ll be adding players to the wire all day long as I continue to work through the Week 10 game film.

QUARTERBACKS

Nick Foles, Eagles

You can still get him in 34 percent of Yahoo! leagues. He’€™s a good QB as we’€™ve been saying for a while now. It’€™s unlikely that we see Mike Vick under center unless Foles gets hurt or implodes. Add Foles and he can be your starter in most formats. Are you listening, Aaron Rodgers owners?

Carson Palmer, Cardinals

He’€™s a weekly adventure, and he’€™ll always throw a pick or two it seems, but he has a lot of high-end talent to throw to and he has a very favorable schedule on most weeks over the rest of 2013.

  • Week 11 – at Jaguars
  • Week 12 – Colts
  • Week 13 – at Eagles
  • Week 14 – Rams
  • Week 15 – at Titans
  • Week 16 – at Seahawks

Week 16 is really the only week you can’€™t play Palmer, who is available in 72 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Case Keenum, Texans

You can still get him in 71 percent of Yahoo! leagues, and he’€™s a guy who can help you if you are in a jam — and a lot of us are with all these injuries. Keenum has the job, and he has the weapons to be a fantasy option in 12-team leagues.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Titans

With Locker out for the season, the Titans offense will be scaled to fit Fitzpatrick’€™s strengths. That’€™s significant in that Fitz can make plays when things are going right, and the Titans do have some weaponry. Kendall Wright should be a weekly starter with Fitz at the helm and Chris Johnson could catch more balls. He’€™s also capable in the play-action game if the Titans can run effectively. I’€™d add him in a deep league if I needed a QB2, and he is available pretty much in all leagues.

Scott Tolzien or Matt Flynn, Packers

Tolzien is available in virtually all leagues, and he has scoring potential if he starts. The sticking point is newly signed Matt Flynn, who has experience in Green Bay’€™s offense. Either player would be a reasonable bridge-to-Rodgers move in large formats if you are stuck with no options. If a starter is named Tuesday for this weekend, you’€™ll have a player to add. Green Bay’€™s upcoming schedule is far from scary.

  • Week 11 – at Giants
  • Week 12 – Vikings
  • Week 13 – at Lions
  • Week 14 – Falcons
  • Week 15 – at Cowboys
  • Week 16 – Steelers

RUNNING BACKS

Andre Brown, Giants

Did you listen? This is obviously his last week in this space after his Week 10 bust-out. Brown is an RB2 with upside until he gets hurt. Ride that wave for as long as you can. He’€™s available in 51 percent of Yahoo! leagues, and his schedule is pretty solid except for Week 15.

  • Week 11 – Packers
  • Week 12 – Cowboys
  • Week 13 – at Redskins
  • Week 14 – at Chargers
  • Week 15 – Seahawks
  • Week 16 – at Lions

Shane Vereen, Patriots

Somehow he is still available in 51 percent of Yahoo! leagues and, as with Andre Brown, it’€™s a joke. Is it possible that there are fantasy footballers who don’€™t read Rotobahn? Really, though, you have to go get this guy unless you are simply loaded at RB. Even then, I’€™d pick him up and consider making a deal. Even with the recent resurgence of Stevan Ridley, Vereen’€™s upside is really high, especially in PPR formats.

Donald Brown, Colts

The Colts HAVE to be regretting the Trent Richardson deal. It was bad on many levels, but perhaps the biggest problem is that they didn’€™t seem to realize that Brown was capable. The Colts have Andrew Luck, and we like coach Chuck Pagano, but the rest of that organization is very much suspect. Brown is a legit flex option right now and actually has more value than Richardson until proven otherwise.

Mark Ingram, Saints

He’€™s becoming Mr. Second-Half Surge. Sunday night we saw the back who played down the stretch in 2012. The toe injury obviously has healed, and it was a great matchup Sunday once Dallas lost Sean Lee to a pretty bad-looking hamstring injury. Now for the bad news: the Saints’€™ schedule.

  • Week 11 – 49ers
  • Week 12 – at Falcons
  • Week 13 – at Seahawks
  • Week 14 – Panthers
  • Week 15 – at Rams
  • Week 16 – at Panthers

He could do some damage against the Falcons and Rams, but the rest of that is just nasty. He’€™s a decent add in big leagues for those in need, but the schedule is a limiter. You can still get him in 85 percent on Yahoo! leagues.

Bobby Rainey, Buccaneers

He scored Monday night and looked good in general. Rainey is the last true tailback on the Tampa roster after the injury to Mike James, which is reported to be a broken ankle and could keep him out a long while. Rainey is a player to add in large formats and perhaps smaller leagues, too, if you need a replacement for James. The other back in the Tampa backfield is Brian Leonard, who is more of a third-down back. I’d guess that Rainey has more value going forward.

Dennis Johnson, Texans

He’s a good little back, as we said this summer in our rookie rankings, and with Arian Foster out for the year, Johnson is a player to add for all Ben Tate owners at the bare minimum. Johnson is worth a stand-alone add in deeper leagues since Tate has a significant injury history himself and is nursing sore ribs. If things get worse for Tate, that could really open up things for Johnson. The only other back to watch in this backfield is Deji Karim.

Christine Michael, Seahawks

He played in Week 10 and was no disappointment. As I’€™ve been saying all year long, Michael has RB1 ability. He made some eye-popping cuts and showed off his speed in his brief eight-carry stint to close out the game. Marshawn Lynch owners need to take notice and add this guy if they can. He’€™ll probably be worth more than Robert Turbin if Lynch goes down, and he’€™ll certainly be a fantasy option. Read my pre-draft scouting report on Michael and check out his highlight reel.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Percy Harvin, Seahawks

He’€™s been activated and there is a good chance that he plays this weekend against his old mates from Minnesota. Harvin is a potential monster down the stretch with WR1 upside by the time we reach the fantasy playoffs. You can actually pick him up in one out of four Yahoo! leagues, so search him in your league to make sure he’€™s taken. The Seahawks’ schedule is nothing scary, but be aware of the Week 12 bye.

  • Week 11 – Vikings
  • Week 12 – BYE
  • Week 13 – Saints
  • Week 14 – at 49ers
  • Week 15 – at Giants
  • Week 16 – Cardinals

Riley Cooper, Eagles 

Excuse me for enjoying this one a bit.  I got some nasty emails for ranking Cooper so high over the summer and early on in the season. I think you can see why I did so now. Cooper is up to seven touchdowns on the season, and Foles, Cooper’€™s preferred QB, now is the guy for the foreseeable future. Go get Cooper if he is still available. This is no fluke, folks. The schedule is good, but be aware of the Week 12 bye.

  • Week 11 – Redskins
  • Week 12 – BYE
  • Week 13 – Cardinals
  • Week 14 – Lions
  • Week 15 – at Vikings
  • Week 16 – Bears

Aaron Dobson, Patriots

He’€™s a rookie that we’€™ve really liked from Day 1 back when we started scouting him. Dobson was one of our underrated guys last year and it wasn’€™t just because of ‘€œthe catch.’€  If he can hang on to the job at split end, he can be a WR3 the rest of the way in all formats. He’€™s a player to add in all leagues and he is actually available in 45 percent of Yahoo! leagues, which is a joke. New England’€™s schedule does have a few tough matchups for receivers.

  • Week 11 – at Panthers
  • Week 12 – Broncos
  • Week 13 – at Texans
  • Week 14 – Browns
  • Week 15 – at Dolphins
  • Week 16 – at Ravens

Kenny Stills, Saints 

He’€™s still out there in 60 percent of Yahoo! leagues, and he’€™s a guy you can play on any week and hope for the big play. He’€™ll disappoint some times, but he can be your WR3 in deeper leagues if you are in need. This is a player we really believe in over the long term.

Tavon Austin, Rams

He’€™s been dropped in over half of Yahoo! leagues, and he’€™s obviously a guy to pick up and stash while he’€™s on his bye. There’€™s no way to tell whether Week 10 was a random outburst or a taste of things to come, but he’€™s shown you his upside now — and it’€™s tantalizing.

Santonio Holmes, Jets

This is the time to go get him if he’€™s available. Holmes will try to finish strong because he is playing for his contract. Holmes wants to be able to NOT accept a pay cut, but he can only do that if he has value on the open market. A strong finish will achieve that goal. Holmes is motivated, and in his case that really matters. Add him in all leagues as a WR4 with some upside.

Michael Crabtree, 49ers

His return is coming some time on or before Week 13. Crabtree is a player to add now, as the Niners need him as soon as they can get him with all the issues they have on offense. He’€™s available in 80 percent of Yahoo! leagues and he has very solid WR3 potential during the fantasy playoffs.

Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings

Well, I had him here last week and he scored, so I have to bring him back, right?  He’€™s still available in 85 percent of Yahoo! leagues. As usual, Patterson was used less than we’€™d like from scrimmage, but they did let him do more this week in terms of getting downfield and out in the pattern vs. just using him on screens and such. I’€™m still waiting for a few reverses and a carry or two out of the backfield. Making Patterson a little more interesting are the continuing off-field escapades of Jerome Simpson, who was nabbed in an apparent DUI incident over the weekend. He’€™ll probably appeal his way to avoiding suspension, but he could lose snaps for sure, and we suspect he’€™d be losing most of them to the rookie. If you’€™ve never seen Patterson with the ball in his hands, do yourself a favor and watch his highlight reel from Tennessee. It’€™s right here in his scouting report.

Leonard Hankerson, Redskins

He’€™s slowly becoming the third option in the Washington passing game, and he should be owned in all 12-team leagues for his scoring potential. His value is about the same in standard or PPR. Hankerson can help you in Week 11 if you need a receiver.

Jericho Cotchery, Steelers

He’€™s a damn good player, and he’€™s been on a hot streak. You can use him this week in deeper leagues, but keep an eye on rookie Markus Wheaton, who should start eating into Cotchery’s value at some point.

Greg Little, Browns

Yes, he’€™s a serious fool. His legal issues alone are proof of this. Having said that, Little still is young enough to figure things out, and we like his ability after the catch enough to forgive his oft-shaky hands. The real question to us is, can Cleveland get the offense going consistently? If the Browns can, Little will have some value in large formats. You can still get him in 94 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Justin Hunter, Titans

Where you REALLY want this guy is in long-term formats, but he’€™s a player to watch in large redrafts formats, too. His upside as a playmaker is legit if he can stay healthy. As we said way back in our rookie rankings, Hunter is ‘€œan athletic freak.’€ He may start to come on down the stretch. He made an eye-popping grab in Week 10.

TIGHT ENDS

Tim Wright, Buccaneers

He’€™s been very effective, apart from Monday night, and he’€™s got incredibly little competition for snaps and targets in a Tampa offense that’€™s totally devoid of playmaking talent outside of Vincent Jackson. You can still add him in 62 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Rob Housler, Cardinals

Finally! Housler nabbed his first NFL touchdown in Week 10, and he could end up scoring a lot more if he can stay healthy and continue to progress as a route-runner. He’€™s a player to add in large formats as a TE2 with upside, and he’€™s available in 94 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Dennis Pitta, Ravens

The time is about right to add Pitta in deeper formats. If he returns healthy, he’€™ll be a TE1 quickly. That might help you, depending on your situation.

John Carlson, Vikings

He played like the guy who flashed bust-out potential back in 2009 before falling into obscurity. The injury to Kyle Rudolph has Carlson back on the map, and he can help you in large formats right now. He’€™s available in 98 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

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