Week 11: Waiver Wire Pickups for the Playoffs

Uh oh. Week 10 was QB kryptonite for a few unlucky owners. With four heavily owned signal callers biting the dust, chances are there are more than a couple members of your league scavenging the waiver wire for temporary fixes (or more permanent ones for the cursed Vick owners). It’s important to keep remaining strength of schedule in mind while picking the trash heap. For example: Beanie Wells is projected to return to action in week 12, which many see as a light at the end of the tunnel for this injury plagued Cardinals backfield, leading them to pick him up and stash him. While he may dominate touches over the inconsistent LaRod Stephens-Howling, their schedule reads out: StL, NYJ, Sea, Det, Chi, SF. With only the Jets presenting a favorable matchup, there may be better options out there. Having said that, here are the top waiver wire pickups heading into week 11.

Russell Wilson (QB – Sea): As he is on bye this week, this is more of a recommendation for those looking for longer term replacements for guys like Mike Vick, or those who play in two-QB leagues. If you discount the defensive battle against San Francisco (fantasy stinker), Wilson has 890 yards, 10 touchdowns, and one interception in his last four games. Solid. The Seahawks offense seems to be getting better each week, and despite having to play Chicago and San Francisco in the remaining weeks of the season, he also will see Buffalo, Miami, and St. Louis, which could make for very promising spot starts if you have a non-elite starter with a tough matchup, or one who is potentially injured.

Nick Foles (QB – Phi): It’s apparently the year of the rookie QB according to the fantasy football zodiac, so why fight it. So what if he looks like that nerdy guy from Avatar?

Joel Moore/Nick Foles – One and the Same?

In all seriousness, I really wasn’t very impressed with Foles in his debut, but with little time to prepare, or even practice with the first team, its tough to expect a lot more. The upside? – Where do I begin. 1- The more you read, the more it seems like Michael Vick will miss the remainder of the season. 2- Philly’s schedule reads out: Was, Car, Dal, TB, Cin, Was, NYG. There are some serious points to be had here if Foles can merely play at an average level and not turn the ball over. That’s a BIG “if”, however.  3- We know what other waiver wire quarterbacks like Blaine Gabbert and Mark Sanchez can offer, and there isn’t much hope of them giving you anything more. Foles has better offensive weapons than any of them, and it’s tough to believe he was in the conversation to take a healthy-Vick’s starting job unless the Eagles think he is for real. Incredible upside.

Andre Brown (RB – NYG): The Giants are heading into their bye week, but Ahmad Bradshaw is nursing injury yet again. It’s clear that the Giants have been careful with Bradshaw recently, as he has seen a diminished goal line role, and has sat out a significant amount of reps. With the potential for a change here, if you have the room on the bench it is certainly worth adding Brown. Keep in mind, even with the timeshare he has scored a touchdown in each of the past four weeks.

Danario Alexander (WR – SD): With Robert Meachem failing to produce, Alexander has stepped up and developed a solid chemistry with Philip Rivers, putting up eight catches for 195 yards and a touchdown. The fact that he saw 55 more snaps than Meachem in Sunday’s loss to Tampa Bay seems to have cemented him in the #2 role in San Diego. Grab him before some one else does.

Donald Jones (WR – Buf): 16 catches for 186 yards and two touchdowns in his past three games (one of which was against Houston). Similar to Alexander, Jones has stepped up for this Buffalo team in desperate need of another pass catcher, earning himself praise from head coach, Chan Gailey. Based on recent production, Alexander looks to be the better add, but Donald Jones presents a very solid alternative if you are in need and miss out on the former.

Greg Olsen (TE – Car): Surprisingly, his ownership is under 50%. Cam loves throwing to him, and it’s only getting better. Olsen put up a monster game last week, catching nine balls for 102 yards and two TD’s. The week before was slightly tamer, but he still saw nine targets, making it 19 times he has been thrown to in the past two games. If you need a tight end, scoop him up now.


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