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Fantasy Football: Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

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Fantasy Football: Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 11

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Week 10 of the NFL season is nearly done, with only Monday night’s game against between the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers left on the slate.

By this point most fantasy football owners know where they are likely headed this year with the playoffs on the horizon, but regardless of the standings in your league making some well-reasoned waiver wire additions can still matter for most owners, even those who are resigned to making an effort to win a consolation bracket in a few weeks.

As I’ve done with each week’s waiver wire list, I have focused on players who are available in over half of Yahoo! leagues right now and also those that have not made an appearance on my list in previous weeks. Of course they are situations where an exception to each rule applies, but those are fairly rare cases.

At this point players who are one-week “plug and plays” have little value to fantasy owners in my opinion, so I have tried to hone in on players who have the best chance to at least remain roster-worthy in the majority of leagues beyond the coming week as the stretch run of the season gets rolling. Week 11 is the second-to-last week with byes on the schedule, and only two teams (Dallas Cowboys and St. Louis Rams) are idle, so a lot of fantasy owners may not be impacted at all by this particular bye week.

Here are my waiver wire recommendations as we head toward Week 11.

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Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals

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Palmer threw for 241 yards with two touchdowns and one interception against the Houston Texans on Sunday, and he now has multiple passing touchdowns in three of his last four games and at least 10 fantasy points (ESPN scoring) in all four of those games. A very favorable matchup is coming in Week 11 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, who came into Week 10 allowing 19.5 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks (tied for second-most in the league, ESPN scoring) and have allowed over 280 passing yards in three of their last four games. After that there is only one clearly favorable matchup on the schedule, in Week 13 against the Philadelphia Eagles, but Palmer is worth considering as a QB2 in 12 and 14-team leagues.

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Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Tennessee Titans

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Fitzpatrick came in for an injured Jake Locker (right foot) on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and threw for 264 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Locker may miss the rest of the season with a Lisfranc injury, so Fitzpatrick is in line to be Tennessee’s starting quarterback for the rest of the season. Two of the Titans’ next three games come against the Indianapolis Colts, who have allowed eight passing touchdowns in their last three games, and two more matchups (Week 12-Oakland Raiders, Week 14-Denver Broncos) come against teams that entered Week 10 in the bottom 10 of the league against opposing quarterbacks (ESPN scoring). Locker’s status one way or the other is the driver for Fitzpatrick’s fantasy value, but owners in deeper leagues looking to speculate on a QB2 can do a lot worse.

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Rashad Jennings, RB, Oakland Raiders

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Jennings had 20 carries for 88 yards and two catches for 19 yards on Sunday against the New York Giants, and he now has 190 yards on 35 carries along with nine receptions over the last two games with Darren McFadden (hamstring) sidelined. McFadden’s status for Week 11 against the Houston Texans is unclear right now, and if he returns Jennings’ fantasy stock would plummet. But right now, with the distinct possibility McFadden misses more time, Jennings is in line for 20-plus touches per game and is well worth adding in most leagues.

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Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers

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Stewart had 13 carries for 41 yards against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 10, and he now has 22 carries for 84 yards in two games since returning to action after offseason surgery on both ankles. The Panthers have a cluttered backfield with DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert in the mix, but any running back that is trending upward at all right now is rosterable in 12-team leagues and Stewart fits that bill.

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Jarrett Boykin, WR, Green Bay Packers

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Boykin had eight receptions (on 13 targets) for 112 yards on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, and he now has at least five catches for 89 yards in three of his last four games (two 100-yard games). Scott Tolzien is now slated to start under center for the Packers while Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) is out, and he and Boykin appear to have instant rapport. Each of Green Bay’s next five opponents came into Week 10 in the bottom half of the league against opposing wide receivers (ESPN scoring), so Boykin’s ownership percentage (43 percent in Yahoo! leagues) looks likely to rise again in the coming weeks.

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Nick Folk, K, New York Jets

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Folk went 4-for-4 on field goals and made both of his extra points in Week 9 against the New Orleans Saints, and went 10-for-10 on field goals with 42 fantasy points (ESPN scoring) in the three games prior to the Jets’ bye in Week 10. Each of New York’s next three opponents (Buffalo Bills-Week 11, Baltimore Ravens-Week 12, Miami Dolphins-Week 13) all came into Week 10 in the bottom half of the league against opposing kickers, so Folk is in line to continue to be an under the radar option for fantasy owners at a key time of the season.