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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 11 Pickups

Tuesday 13th, November 2012 / 12:47 Written by

Fantasy Football week 11 presents an unusually quality week on the waiver wire at this point in the season. A rash of concussions to quarterbacks has opened up multiple opportunities for players looking for a quick boost at arguably the most productive position in fantasy football.

This is certainly an odd week to say the least. Week 11 is generally a week you won’t find a lot of quality pickups on the waiver wire. If you are lucky you may find one starter due to injury but to find multiple starting quarterbacks at this late stage of the game is truly unique. Now keep in mind that concussions are a funny thing so there is a shot that none of these backup QBs see the field Sunday or Monday. Yet with the new emphasis on player safety I’d be shocked if any of the injured starters are cleared for action in a week.

Quarterbacks

Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks – Wilson is your best bet of all available quarterbacks if you are looking for a QB you can ride the rest of the season. Pete Carroll is starting to open up the offense as Wilson has had multiple TDs now for three straight weeks. Unfortunately if you own Alex Smith, Michael Vick, or Jay Cutler you will have to look elsewhere as Wilson is on a bye week this week and those guys will likely be back in Week 12.

Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles – The good was that Foles threw a beautiful TD to Jeremy Maclin. The bad is that he turned over for a pick-six. As an Eagles fan I wasn’t impressed at all by Foles. He played like a backup behind a bad offensive line. However, the bright side is that he will be surrounded by some real weapons on offense. Additionally, he has a Washington Redskins defense that made Cam Newton look good two weeks ago. Of all backups he is probably your best bet on matchup alone.

Jason Campbell, Chicago Bears – Campbell is an intriguing QB. Before he suffered a season-ending injury last season he was playing pretty well in Oakland. He had a fairly average game Sunday night but he was playing an excellent defense. He’ll be playing another excellent defense on Sunday if he goes for Cutler. Like Foles he’ll still have some great weapons around him but the matchup should have you looking at Foles before Campbell.

Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers – Of all of the QBs that came off of the bench on Sunday, Kaepernick had the best fantasy day. What you have to love about Kaepernick is that he’ll be a goal line option if they get into the red zone. What you don’t like about Kaepernick is that he’ll be playing the best defense in the NFL on Sunday. Of everyone available I think Kaepernick’s running ability makes him the highest reward vs. high risk matchup.

Wide Receivers

Danario Alexander, San Diego Chargers – Alexander could be in for some big weeks as the season progresses. Alexander has firmly taken the starting spot once held by overrated free agent Robert Meachem. I am not as sold on Alexander as some. His numbers came on one big play. Was it a freak breakdown in the defense or is Alexander the real deal? The Broncos don’t give up those kinds of TDs but with Champ Bailey on Malcom Floyd, Alexander may be a sneaky play this week.

Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars – I have a real hard time putting anyone in my lineup that is receiving balls from Blaine Gabbert. There is some talk that Maurice Jones-Drew could be back this week which will certainly open up some passing opportunities. Even with Gabbert, Shorts has been productive up this past week. Unfortunately Shorts will have a terrible matchup against the Houston Texans on Sunday. Pick him up now otherwise look elsewhere if you are looking for Week 11 help.

Running Backs

Andre Brown, New York Giants – It’s time for stubborn Brown owners like me to face facts and start putting this kid in the lineup every week. Lucky for most of you Brown is readily available on the waiver wire although I am guessing that ends this week. Brown has been the only bright spot in a futile offense the last few weeks. He has a bye week this week so you won’t be able to use him right away. If you have the spot grab him now and start playing him every week when he returns to play the Packers.

Chris Ivory, New Orleans Saints – Sometimes you just have to wonder when you see breakout games like Ivory had as to why the Saints waited so long to involve him in the offense. I know he was hurt and I know he is an injury-risk but it was only an injury to Darren Sproles that pushed him back into the game plan. Sproles is expected back but I have to believe that Ivory earned himself sufficient playing time with his last two weeks of play. He’s a risky play because there are just way too many running backs to feed in New Orleans, but you may just have to take a shot and see where it goes over the next few weeks.

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Eric Gargiulo is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009.

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