You are probably in real trouble if you are looking at the waiver wire in Fantasy Football Week 11 for help. Unfortunately you won’t turn around your season with any pickups this week. However, if you need one more bye week filler, there are some prospects available.
Alex Smith, San Francisco 49ers – Smith is getting it done under the radar for the 49ers and is available on every waiver wire of my leagues. He has had at least one touchdown in every game going back to Week 4. He has some great matchups coming up against the Cardinals twice, the Rams,, and the Ravens (who are struggling badly on defense). If QB is your soft spot, Smith could be a fine improvement to your roster.
Vince Young, Philadelphia Eagles – Welcome back to the NFL Vince Young. I had Young in my waiver wire blog early in the season as a just-in-case but now it looks like he may be starting Sunday night. He may not have Jeremy Maclin which means that Young will have to make plays with his feet to get this one done. I think in an Andy Reid offense with more weapons than he has ever had in his career, he is good to give you at minimum low double digits this week if he plays.
Lance Ball, Denver Broncos – Running backs are dropping in Denver like flies and that has opened up an unexpected opportunity for Lance Ball. Willis McGahee is scheduled to start Thursday, but his status is worth monitoring. My hunch is that he will play one way or the other, which would probably hurt any goal-line opportunities that Ball would see. However, with Moreno gone and McGahee having a tough time staying healthy, Ball is certainly worth an add if you have room on your bench. I just wouldn’t start him unless McGahee is officially out.
Kendall Hunter, San Francisco 49ers – Frank Gore is hurting and sat out most of the second half of Sunday’s 49er’s game. The 49ers are rolling and could clinch with the right scenario at any time now. With Gore hurting, Hunter will probably see a lot of action once the team locks up home field advantage. Hunter could be a nice stash on your bench just in time for the playoffs if you have room for him.
Marion Barber, Chicago Bears – Barber was turning into an all out vulture this season up until Sunday. He did get double digit carries Sunday but no points. He isn’t a lock to steal Forte’s goal-line work but the threat is there. I suspect Barber will get more carries as the weather gets colder in Chicago and he could be a nice sneaky play in the playoffs. I wouldn’t start him unless you are desperate but he is great insurance if you are short on handcuffs.
David Nelson, Buffalo Bills – I had him here at the beginning of the season but he faded after a strong three weeks. I don’t know if he is back but he does have a touchdown in each of his last two games. He has some interesting matchups coming up, including a rematch in two weeks with the Jets who he did score a touchdown on. With Stevie Johnson’s health a question mark going into Week 11 against the Miami Dolphins, Nelson could be a nice play if you need bye week help in Week 11.
Damian Williams, Tennessee Titans – Here is a guy that is flying under a lot of radars in fantasy world and could turn into one of the best pickups of the week. Williams is slowly giving Nate Washington a run for the money for the top receiver spot in Tennessee. He has had a touchdown in each of his last two games and had over 100 yards this past Sunday against the Panthers. Even offensive coordinator Chris Palmer has talked openly about wanting to get Williams more involved in the second half of the season. He has a nice matchup this week against the Atlanta Falcons if you need help. Otherwise grab him, stash him, and play him if he remains consistent.
Vincent Brown, San Diego Chargers – Welcome to the NFL Vincent Brown. With Malcom Floyd on the bench, Brown has emerged in San Diego with two nice weeks. A bad call nullified what could have been a monster game last Thursday against the Oakland Raiders. The buzz out of San Diego is that Brown could replace Floyd as the #2 even when Floyd comes back. He is certainly worth a stash and wait if you have the room.
Harry Douglas, Atlanta Falcons – Douglas finally had the game on Sunday that most hoped he would have when Julius Jones went down earlier in the season. Douglas was Ryan’s go-to guy against the Saints and the two combined for 133 yards! Jones is hurt again and while it is important to point out that Douglas only averaged 3 catches and 59.5 yards a game in earlier games without Jones. Maybe that changes with new confidence from his quarterback? Proceed with caution.