Fantasy Football: Some Waiver-Wire Options Heading into Week 11
Every week, we compile a list of potential additions to your fantasy squad(s) that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in either the short- or long-term (or both).
For a player to appear on this list, he needs to satisfy two criteria: (1) he is owned in 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues or less and (2) he was not on last week's waiver-wire list.
Here's a new list of players to consider adding to your fantasy squad (sorted based on position and Yahoo! ownership):
QB - Case Keenum, Houston Texans (29 percent)
Keenum threw for a season-low 201 yards on Sunday, but he also threw three touchdowns in a second consecutive game. On the season, he is averaging 274 passing yards per game and has a seven-to-zero TD-to-INT ratio.
Even better, Keenum has two favorable matchups in his next two games against the Raiders and Jaguars, who have allowed the second- and third-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, respectively, going this past week.
QB - Josh McCown, Chicago Bears (seven percent)
Like with Keenum, McCown has stepped in and delivered, when needed. It was somewhat surprising that the Bears seemed to rush Jay Cutler (or vice versa) back into the starting lineup. Regardless, Cutler is out at least this week (and most likely more than that) with a high-ankle sprain.
McCown has completed 60 percent of his pass attempts this season and thrown four touchdowns and no interceptions. In addition, McCown has one of the league's best wide receiver duos of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery and one of the best receivers out of the backfield in Matt Forte as weapons.
QB - Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tennessee Titans (two percent)
In relief of Jake Locker, who will now miss the remainder of the season, Fitzpatrick came in and threw for 264 yards, two touchdowns with no interceptions and rushed for a score as well. Heading into Monday night's matchup, only three quarterbacks have more fantasy points this week than Fitzpatrick.
Of course, he won't have those performances on a weekly basis, but he has several favorable matchups down the stretch including a rematch against the Jaguars in Week 16 (Championship Week).
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RB - Andre Brown, New York Giants (49 percent)
Making his season debut, Brown picked up where he left off. By that, I mean Brown had a five-game scoring streak last year before his season was cut short and he scored a touchdown Sunday afternoon as well to extend the streak to six games.
With an enormous 30-carry workload, Brown rushed for 115 yards and the score as the Giants extended their winning streak to three games. Brown won't (or at least shouldn't) get that many carries on a weekly basis, but it wouldn't surprise me to see him get a top-10 workload from now through the end of the season.
RB - Shane Vereen, New England Patriots (49 percent)
Although he suffered a wrist injury in Week 1 that landed him on short-term injured reserve, Vereen rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown and caught seven passes for 58 yards in that game. Vereen is eligible (and expected) to be activated for Week 11.
Even though Stevan Ridley has been highly productive lately (six touchdowns in his past four games before the bye), Vereen still has RB2 upside the rest of the way.
RB - Rashad Jennings, Oakland Raiders (49 percent)
In the past two weeks, Jennings has scored double-digit fantasy points and has a total of 35 carries for 190 yards and a touchdown plus nine receptions for 93 yards as well. Until Darren McFadden (hamstring) returns, Jennings is a RB2/Flex option.
RB - Shonn Greene, Tennessee Titans (22 percent)
Coach Munchak had projected a workload in the "15-carry range moving forward" a few days before his Week 9 matchup. Since then, he has had nine carries each week and a total of four receptions in two games.
Ultimately, Greene's fantasy output will rely heavily on his goal-line opportunities, but he's a guy that should realistically get 10-12 touches per game going forward.
RB - Bernard Pierce, Baltimore Ravens (24 percent)
It's fair to say that more was expected of Pierce this season, but of course, the same is true of starter Ray Rice. It's also fair to say that Pierce outperforming Rice on Sunday isn't saying much, but Pierce could certainly see a larger share of the workload going forward. Pierce rushed eight times for 31 yards compared to Rice's 30 rushing yards on 18 carries.
On the season, Pierce is averaging 2.81 yards per carry and Rice is averaging 2.51 YPC.
RB - Dennis Johnson, Houston Texans (21 percent)
RB - Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts (16 percent)
If you told your friend a couple of months ago that you'd rather have Brown than Trent Richardson on your fantasy team, your friend would think you're insane. While the friend may still think you're insane, it wouldn't be for preferring Brown over Richardson.
As we continue to wait for TRich to have a solid performance, we continue to see Brown outperforming him. While neither ran the ball yesterday, Brown (63) once again had more yards from scrimmage than Richardson (35). Going back to Week 3 (when the Colts acquired Richardson), Brown leads the team's running backs in YFS (352).
* Update: Since I made this post, Bucs RB Mike James fractured his ankle, which makes both Brian Leonard (four percent) and Bobby Rainey (one percent) worth adding in fantasy leagues.
WR - Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles (50 percent)
Two weeks ago, Cooper had one of the better fantasy performances of the season with three touchdown receptions and 139 yards against the Raiders. More than likely, howerver, that performance was wasted on a fantasy player's bench (or league's waiver wire). Undoubtedly started in more leagues in Week 10 than Week 9, Cooper delivered again with 102 yards and two touchdowns.
Over the past five weeks, Cooper has three 100-yard games and Nick Foles started all three of those games. It would be unreasonable to expect five touchdowns every two games, but Cooper and Foles clearly have enough chemistry to make Cooper a WR3 the rest of the way.
WR - DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans (48 percent)
Unlikely to deliver huge performances for fantasy owners, Hopkins has been consistent with three consecutive games of 54-plus yards with Keenum under center. Against the Cardinals on Sunday, Hopkins had six receptions (on 11 targets) for 69 yards. Hopkins is on pace for 958 receiving yards this season.
WR - Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams (43 percent)
With only two receptions on Sunday, Austin managed two score three touchdowns as he added a 98-yard punt return as well. With the quarterback situation shaky at best, Austin is way too inconsistent to be counted on every week, but he has the explosiveness that makes him worth an addition for his upside.
WR - Jarrett Boykin, Green Bay Packers (43 percent)
Boykin had eight receptions, 13 targets and 112 yards, all of which were team highs, on Sunday. Boykin now has two 100-yard performances in the four games since Randall Cobb was lost to injury.
WR - Kenny Stills, New Orleans Saints (40 percent)
Like with any of the receivers in the Saints offense, Stills may lack weekly consistency but his potential reward is enormous in such a high-powered offense. The rookie out of Oklahoma now has three games with at least 64 yards and a touchdown in the team's past four games. During that stretch, Stills has just 12 receptions and 16 targets, but he has 303 yards and four touchdowns.
WR - Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers (20 percent)
With the expectation that he will be activated later this month, Crabtree has returned to the practice field after sustaining an Achilles injury in the offseason. Crabtree had a breakout season last year with 85 receptions for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns. Depending on health, Crabtree provides fantasy owners with a potential WR1/WR2 down the stretch.
WR - Mike Brown, Jacksonville Jaguars (nine percent)
In the team's past four games, Brown has at least 40 yards in each game and has compiled a total of 14 receptions for 252 yards and a touchdown. In most weeks, the Jaguars will trail early and often, which should lead to plenty of opportunities as the team's No. 2 receiver behind Cecil Shorts.
WR - Leonard Hankerson, Washington Redskins (seven percent)
Hankerson has five receptions and 55-plus yards in back-to-back games and at least five fantasy points in three consecutive games. With opposing defenses focusing on Pierre Garcon and Jordan Reed, Hankerson should have an opportunity for more solid, if not spectacular, performances down the stretch.
TE - Tim Wright, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (38 percent)
Going into Monday Night Football, Wright has a two-game scoring streak and has at least nine fantasy points in three of his past four games. During that span, he has 18 receptions for 212 yards and two touchdowns.
TE - John Carlson, Minnesota Vikings (two percent)
Considering how much Christian Ponder loves targeting his tight ends, Carlson has some fantasy value with Kyle Rudolph out. Carslon had seven catches for 98 yards and a score last Thursday. While that will likely be his best game this season, he is solid TE2 until Rudolph returns.
I will release my initial Week 11 rankings tonight and they can be found here on my weekly rankings page.