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Fantasy Football 2012: Week 11 Waiver Wire

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Introduction

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Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

It always happens.

At first, the fantasy season kicks off and owners are thrilled with excitement and stress. But now, we are already just a few weeks away from the start of the fantasy playoffs, causing more excitement and more stress. It happens so fast every single year, the season just flies on by.

So, are you serious in your attempts to win your fantasy league?

Prove it.

The only way to have a legitimate shot at taking home the gold is to constantly surf the waiver wire, week in and week out. This week is no exception.

Regardless of their record, fantasy owners need to continue to stalk the waiver wire and build their team stronger. There are a few players out there that hold tremendous value down the stretch and need to be owned in majority of leagues. Some of these guys have very intriguing matchups toward the end of the fantasy season, making them the key to your fantasy success.

We saw a certain wide receiver come back from injury and make an immediate impact, a quarterback replace the team’s starter, showing owners a ton of fantasy upside and a running back carousel that seems to never end.

I cannot stress it enough how crucial it is to hit the waiver wire, early and often. Even if you don’t necessarily need certain players, it is always smart to block your opponents from improving their team.

Anyway, if you have already won your Week 10 matchups, congratulations. And if not, guess what? Hit the waiver wire!

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Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers

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Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

Sunday must have been the day of the concussion around the NFL.

Three starting quarterbacks had to leave their respective games, causing backups to fill the void. One backup has solid value from fantasy land.

Kaepernick replaced starter Alex Smith in the second half, throwing for 117 yards and ran a touchdown. His athleticism is evident, providing the mobility that fantasy owners love. However, if Smith was forced to miss any time, would Kaepernick be a legitimate fantasy quarterback?

It’s quite possible, but certainly not next Monday night, as he would face the Chicago Bears defense (if he even starts.) I wouldn’t rush out of my way to grab him, but I’d certainly keep my eye on the status of Alex Smith throughout the week.

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Carson Palmer, QB, Oakland Raiders

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Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE

Palmer has actually been reliable in fantasy land the past few weeks.

Far more reliable than guys like Michael Vick, Tony Romo and even Eli Manning. Palmer has thrown 6 touchdowns in the last two games, not to mention the whopping 782 passing yards he has managed to put up.

Next week, Palmer gets the New Orleans Saints, and he may put up those exact numbers in that game alone! Ok, not really, but that’s how bad the Saints defense has been. If you aren’t confident in your starting quarterback, or have one on a bye, Palmer is a terrific look for Week 11. I’d grab him now.

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Daniel Thomas, RB, Miami Dolphins

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Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

All of a sudden, there may be a running back carousel in Miami.

Prior to Sunday’s game, backup Daniel Thomas had already been cutting into the workload of Reggie Bush. Yesterday, after an early fumble, Bush was put in the dog-house, and didn’t see a ton of action. Rumblings have been that head coach Joe Philbin may have wanted to keep Bush fresh for their upcoming Thursday night game, however, owners should be concerned.

In that case, they should immediately grab Thomas. Bush will remain the starter, but Thomas will see a good amount of touches, especially at the goal line. Grab Thomas and handcuff him now.

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Marcel Reece, RB, Oakland Raiders

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Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

It appears that the debate between Reece and Taiwan Jones has been put to rest.

On Sunday, Reece was clearly the main back, getting 20 touches compared to Jones’ three. Reece will get the goal line work as well as always being the third down back. With both Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson still suffering from high ankle sprains, fantasy owners should monitor their status. If both manage to miss Sunday’s contest against the Saints, Reece is clearly the Oakland back you want to own.

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James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers

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Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

Will the backfield shenanigans in Lambeau ever end?

It appears that Alex Green's days as the featured back are numbered, as James Starks saw a team-high 17 carries last week. Starks displayed promise as the starting back last season and the Packers know exactly what he can do. Odds are, Starks is available in your league, so if you are in need of a running back, you could do a lot worse than him.

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Danny Amendola, WR, St. Louis Rams

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Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Now that he is back from injury, Amendola is without a doubt a must add in all leagues. In his first game back against a very physical San Francisco 49ers defense, Amendola grabbed 11 balls on 12 targets for 102 yards. As long as he can stay healthy, Amendola is an absolute PPR machine. While the Rams passing attack isn’t exactly elite, quarterback Sam Bradford has to throw the ball to someone, and Amendola is that guy. It is safe to say that, when on the field, Amendola is good for at least 10 targets per game.

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Danario Alexander, WR, San Diego Chargers

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Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Excuse me? Danario who?

Ok, maybe not one of the sexy names out there on the waiver wire, but his production on Sunday certainly was. Alexander had 5 catches for 134 yards and a score and was targeted 7 times. It appears that he has replaced Robert Meachem on the depth chart, which raises his value a bit. It is difficult to say whether or not Alexander can continue to put up solid fantasy numbers, but he is worth a look in larger leagues.