Fantasy Football: 5 Waiver-Wire Pickups for Week 11
Fantasy Football: 5 Waiver-Wire Pickups for Week 11
Wow, is this season flying by or what? Thursday begins Week 11, which means the fantasy playoffs are right around the corner. At this point teams know whether they have a shot to make it to the postseason or not. There are teams that are breaking away from the pack at 7-3 or 8-2 while others have fell behind, sitting at 2-8. However, those teams in the middle of the road with a 4-6 or 6-4 record could still claim one of the last playoff spots.
This week is crucial if you want to make a late-season surge for the playoffs. Most, if not all, of the hot waiver wire players are gone, like a Julius Thomas or Zac Stacy. However, there are a few players that are widely available that could help you win and make it to the playoffs.
The Dallas Cowboys and St. Louis Rams are on a bye this week, leaving many teams without their star players (mostly from the Cowboys). Dez Bryant owners are looking for a high-scoring wide receiver. DeMarco Murray owners want a running back that will carry the ball 14-17 times in a game. The Rams defense is ranked fifth in fantasy, and their owners need a competent replacement; there are some out there.
Note: All percentages and statistics are based from ESPN standard leagues unless stated otherwise.
Now is the time to get a leg up on the competition and solidify your spot in the fantasy playoffs by dumping dead weight and adding productive players. With that being said, here are my top-five waiver wire pickups for Week 11.
Every week fantasy experts keep downplaying the success Riley Cooper has had. And every week he keeps proving them wrong. He's had the most success with Nick Foles at quarterback. Over the last two games, Cooper has 241 yards and five touchdowns. He averages 26.2 yards per reception from Foles.
Foles hasn't been named the starter for Week 11, but we expect it to come soon. The Philadelphia Eagles play division rival Washington Redskins, one of the worst passing defenses. They allow close to 26 points per game. He's now owned in 52.1 percent of leagues, but it should be more. There is a high risk with Cooper, but the reward is even higher.
So much for easing Andre Brown back into the offense. But I guess the New York Giants needed him bad. Brandon Jacobs and Peyton Hillis weren't getting it done. Brown came in and rushed the ball 30 times for 115 yards and a score. While 30 carries every game is unlikely, he is the lead back without question.
The New York Giants take on the Green Bay Packers this week. The Packers have been gashed by the run over the last two games, allowing 316 yards to running backs in that span. Expect Brown to to be an immediate RB2, and if he's available in your league, add him.
If the Indianapolis Colts could undo the trade for Trent Richardson, would they? I don't think so, but they might have thought about it a little longer. He's been terrible the last five games. He has not eclipsed 60 rushing yards or scored a touchdown, which is why Donald Brown is a nice pickup.
This is now clearly a running back-by-committee situation. Not counting Week 10 where the Colts had to abandon the run early, one back has 22 carries for 57 yards and the other has 17 for 72 in Weeks 7 and 9. If I told you the second one was Brown, would you be surprised? Didn't think so. Brown has also become a part of the passing game. He had five catches for 64 yards and a touchdown last week.
Brown is owned in just 7.2 percent of leagues and is worth rostering over guys like Darren McFadden, Bilal Powell and BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
Another starting quarterback went down in Week 10, and this time the Tennessee Titans fell victim to this plague. Jake Locker will be out for the year with an injured foot making Ryan Fitzpatrick the starter. When he entered the game Fitzpatrick played well. He finished the day with 23 fantasy points. The Titans play the Colts on Thursday, so you might be weary about starting any Tennessee players.
However, there is one you should look into and his name is Delanie Walker. He had the best game of the season in Week 10, 64 yards and a touchdown, and he's scored in two of the last three games. With Fitzpatrick starting off a short week and the receiving corps not producing, Walker could see a lot of passes thrown his way.
Arizona Cardinals Defense
The Arizona Cardinals defense is the seventh-best fantasy defense, yet they are owned in only 44 percent of leagues. They have at least 15 fantasy points in the last two games. This week, they play the Jacksonville Jaguars, a team that gives up the second-most points to opposing defenses.
The Cardinals' schedule is favorable leading up to the fantasy playoffs. After Jacksonville, they play the Colts, Eagles and Rams. The Cardinals have been getting pressure on the opposing quarterbacks, racking up seven sacks in the last two games. I expect to see multiple takeaways and a low point total in Week 11.
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