Targeting weekly waiver picks is a completely subjective business,
but this column hopes to point out some obvious and not-so-obvious
selections to help your team from week to week while you strive
to collect fantasy wins, reach your league playoffs, and win the
elusive title that your friends say is out of your grasp. While
I’m a big proponent of making trades to bolster your roster,
the waiver wire can be a limitless resource when it comes to discovering
fantasy value. Each week, I’ll target both offensive and defensive
players — sometimes breakout stars that eluded your team’s
draft — as well as players who can help your squad that may
be lurking in deeper leagues.
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Off the Top - Includes my premier
recommendations. These are sometimes players available only in more
shallow leagues, and occasionally guys who are more readily but
are thrust into the fantasy spotlight because of opportunity or
Digging Deeper - Covers the next
tier of quality waiver wire specimens, usually players available
in a majority of online leagues. There are a lot of gems in this
range who can be plucked rather easily.
Scouring the Barrel - Chronicles
the deepest of fantasy adds — and sometimes highlights players
being tacked onto fantasy squads who I don’t have much confidence
in. Make sure you read the fine print.
Each week, I’ll also provide a brief update on the 20-30 players
I covered the previous week. It’s the most accurate, comprehensive
one-stop waiver-wire column available on the Internet, and it’s
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Note: Each player’s
next four matchups are listed in parentheses ()
Off The Top
Fitzpatrick, BUF (MIA, @IND, JAC, STL) – The Bills run the
ball quite a bit but they also involve their RBs in the passing
game, which boosts Fitzpatrick’s numbers. He’s capable of stinkers
but with so many QBs nursing head injuries, he provides brilliant
Week 11 risk-reward filler. He’s owned in about 70 percent of
Bradford, STL (NYJ, @ARI, SF, @BUF) – Bradford (36 percent
owned) had an excellent game against the stingy San Fran defense
(275-2-0) and could be worth a look as a bye week replacement
in Week 11 facing the Jets. He involves a host of talented young
receivers and benefits greatly from the return of Danny Amendola.
Scouring The Barrel
Foles, PHI (@WAS, CAR, @DAL, @TB) – If Vick’s concussion isn’t
a minor one, we’ll probably see Foles get his first NFL start
against the Redskins in Week 11. It’s a desperation move for fantasy
owners, but he looked good in the pocket on Sunday, completing
22 of 32 passes for 219 yards and a TD.
Palmer, OAK (NO, @CIN, CLE, DEN) – Though his team got blown
out, Palmer mixed in some decent fantasy numbers (368-2-1) and
finished as a top-10 fantasy QB in Week 10 tossing a 55-yard TD
pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey and a 30-yard scoring strike to Denarius
Ryan Tannehill, MIA (@BUF, SEA, NE, @SF) – Only a handful
of Week 10 QBs had worse games than Tannehill (217-0-3), and most
of them were knocked from the game with concussions.
Gabbert, JAC (@HOU, TEN, @BUF, NYJ) – Gabbert had 209-0-1
and 10 rushing yards before being pulled for Chad Henne.
Off The Top
Thomas, MIA (@BUF, SEA, NE, @SF) – Reggie Bush got benched
after fumbling against the Titans and Thomas finished with five
carries for 21 yards and 5-34-0 receiving. Already the Dolphins
goal line back, he could be in for more touches in a favorable
Week 11 matchup.
Reece, OAK (NO, @CIN, CLE, DEN) – If Darren McFadden misses
any more time, Reece will likely reap the fantasy benefits, especially
since he’s a pass-catching and big-play threat even when Run-DMC
Ivory, NO (@OAK, SF, @ATL, @NYG) – Ivory was a huge part of
the Saints win over Atlanta in Week 10, rushing for 72 yards on
seven carries, highlighted by a 56-yard TD run. He’s owned in
about a quarter of fantasy leagues but he’s an explosive runner
who could be factor down the stretch.
Scouring The Barrel
Hillman, DEN (SD, @KC, TB, @OAK) – As the Broncos approach
the playoffs, it’d be wise to rest Willis McGahee and give their
change-of-pace back – the rookie Hillman – a few more carries.
On Sunday, Hillman (who I included in this column a couple weeks
ago) had just five carries for 5 yards, but included a score.
Jacquizz Rodgers, ATL (ARI, @TB, NO, @CAR) – While Michael
Turner struggled to gain positive yardage (just 15 yards on 13
carries), Rodgers had 29 rushing yards on three carries and 4-33-0
receiving. His value is steadily on the rise.
Vick Ballard, IND (@NE, BUF, @DET, TEN) – Ballard had 59
total yards (12 carries for 48 yards and 2-11-0 receiving) in
the win over the Jags.
Danny Woodhead, NE (IND, @NYJ, @MIA, HOU) – Woodhead was
the top fantasy producer for the Pats in Week 10, scoring twice
and tallying 61 total yards (15-yard TD run; 4-46-1 receiving).
Taiwan Jones, OAK (NO, @CIN, CLE, DEN) – After falling behind,
Jones was an afterthought, finishing with two carries for six
yards and one 7-yard reception.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Off The Top
WR Andre Roberts, ARI (@ATL, STL, @NYJ, @SEA) – The Cards
are coming off a bye and Roberts, while turning in a solid season,
might be available in some formats. He should be owned in all
12-team leagues but often gets overlooked because of the tenuous
QB situation – a pretty sorry state of affairs – in
Arizona. The bottom line is that Roberts gets open and knows how
to get into the end zone.
Amendola, STL (NYJ, @ARI, SF, @BUF) – Amendola (80 percent
owned) returned from a three-week hiatus (shoulder) and snagged
11-102-0 on Sunday, missing out on an additional 80-yard reception
in OT that was called back due to a non-reporting penalty. He
appears to be healthy and once again a favorite target for Bradford.
WR Cecil Shorts, JAC (@HOU, TEN, @BUF, NYJ) – Shorts has
a tough Week 11 matchup and his QB situation is not a desirable
one, but he’s compiled 561 receiving yards this season on
just 29 catches – good for a 19.34 average.
WR Brandon LaFell, CAR (TB, @PHI, @KC, ATL) – Lafell only
has a couple TD receptions on the season but one of them came
in Week 1 against the Bucs. He was targeted eight times in the
Week 10 loss to Denver, one more than Steve Smith, who caught
just 1-19-0, while LaFell had 4-29-0.
Scouring The Barrel
WR Mohamed Sanu, CIN (@KC, OAK, @SD, DAL) – Sanu scored
his first career TD in Week 10 against the Giants and hauled in
4-47-1 on the day. He’s got a favorable schedule on the
horizon and is worth a look in deeper formats.
Gresham, CIN (@KC, OAK, @SD, DAL) – Gresham caught three of
the four balls thrown his way (3-15-1), including a second half
TD that extended the Bengals’ lead.
Britt, TEN (BYE, @JAC, HOU, @IND) – The Titans didn’t need
much help from Britt (2-36-0) in the drubbing of Miami. There’s
a chance Britt becomes a waiver wire casualty in Week 11, the
last of the NFL bye weeks.
Myers, OAK (NO, @CIN, CLE, DEN) – Another solid performance
from Myers (5-57-0), although this one came without a score.
Tate, SEA (BYE, @MIA, @CHI, ARI) – The former Notre Dame wideout
had a huge fantasy day Sunday hauling in 2-51-1 and throwing a
23-yard TD pass to Sidney Rice on a trick play.
Jones, BUF (MIA, @IND, JAC, STL) – Another excellent spot
start call on my part, Jones was a consensus #45-50 WR according
to most site rankings (we had him at #45), and he finished as
a Top 15 WR with 6-74-1 on 10 targets.
Sanders, PIT (BAL, @CLE, @BAL, SD) –
Hilton, IND (@NE, BUF, @DET, TEN) – Hilton had 30 rushing
yards on two carries but only saw one target and didn’t catch
a pass with Donnie Avery back in action.
Alexander, SD (@DEN, BAL, CIN, @PIT) – While many sites didn’t
even include Alexander in their Top 50 rankings for Week 10, we
knew better. The 24-year-old receiver caught an 80-yard TD bomb
from Rivers and finished as the second best fantasy WR of Week
10 with 5-134-1.
Off The Top
DL Justin Smith, SF (CHI, @NO, @STL, MIA) – Smith is a
versatile veteran DL with a great Week 11 matchup, and he’s
still available in over a third of IDP leagues. Give him a shot
against the Bears.
Miller, DEN (SD, @KC, TB, @OAK) – While Wesley Woodyard has
garnered a lot of attention as the breakout IDP star of this defense,
Miller is a talented pass rusher who’s picking up a lot of steam.
He has 10.0 sacks on the season and could be in for another monster
game against the division rival Chargers.
DB Madieu Williams, WAS (PHI, @DAL, NYG, BAL) – A steady
contributor with 63 total tackles, an INT and five PD on the season,
Williams has a good matchup against the struggling Eagles in Week
LB Rey Maualuga, CIN (@KC, OAK, @SD, DAL) – With 77 total
tackles on the season, the former USC standout is having a career
year. He’s available in plenty of IDP leagues and has an
outstanding Week 11 matchup.
Scouring The Barrel
DL Stephen Bowen, WAS (PHI, @DAL, NYG, BAL) – He’s
been relatively quiet this season (just 18 total tackles and 0.5
sacks through nine games) but Bowen is my super-sleeper IDP pick
for Week 11.
DB Dunta Robinson, ATL (ARI, @TB, NO, @CAR) – Robinson is
coming off a decent game at New Orleans and is my sleeper DB pick
for Week 11. He’s a veteran DB with plenty of upside.
DL Terrell Suggs, BAL (@PIT, @SD, PIT,@WAS) – The Ravens
defense manhandled the Raiders and Suggs contributed two solos,
an assist and two PR. His value when he’s DL-eligible continues
LB Lavonte David, TB (@CAR, ATL, @DEN, PHI) – David followed
up a monster Week 9 with another big game racking up 14 total
tackles (13 solos) against the Chargers. He’s an LB1 moving
LB Bruce Carter, DAL (CLE, WAS, PHI, @CIN) – Carter also
impressed against Philly and while he didn’t get any garbage
points, he compiled 10 solo tackles and helped the Cowboys post
an important win.
DB Dawan Landry, JAC (@HOU, TEN, @BUF, NYJ) – My best IDP
call of the week, Landry had eight solos, a PD and INT. He’s
one of the better DL options in his division.
Smith, HOU (JAC, @DET, @TEN, @NE) – Smith managed just one
solo tackle Sunday night as the Bears offensive line did a decent
job keeping him and J.J. Watt in check. LB Tim Dobbbins did all
the damage that was needed to knock Jay Cutler (concussion) from
DB Josh Norman, CAR (TB, @PHI, @KC, ATL) – Norman had five
solos in the loss to Denver. He’s worth an occasional spot
start in deeper IDP formats.