Top 10 Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 11
An abundance of Week 10 quarterback injuries has a lot of fantasy free agents set to start next Sunday. Most of those quarterbacks, however, didn't make the cut on this list. Instead, we've got a couple backfields that look to be shaking up, and a couple receivers who have earned themselves increased targets. Here are the top ten guys who might be available in your fantasy league:
Carson Palmer (OAK): Palmer has been a regular on this list, but he's still owned in only 59% of Yahoo leagues. He's really only had one bad fantasy game all season, and is averaging 391 yards and three touchdowns over his past two games. He'll face New Orleans and their 32nd ranked defense at home next week in a dream fantasy matchup.
Nick Foles (PHI): With Michael Vick suffering a concussion that could sideline him for the rest of the season, Foles is the new man in Philadelphia. He put together a strong performance on Sunday, considering it was his first NFL action and he was facing the league's 7th ranked pass defense. The Eagles will travel to Washington next week, where Foles will face the league's 30th ranked pass defense and have a great shot at winning over both Eagles' fans and fantasy owners.
Marcel Reece (OAK): Reece topped my list of running backs last week, but is still only owned in 35% of Yahoo leagues. When Darren McFadden goes down, you have to grab his backup. Both McFadden and backup Mike Goodson are still in walking boots, and as of now you have to assume they'll both miss Sunday's game against the Saints and their 31st ranked run defense. Reece received 13 carries for 48 yards on Sunday against the Ravens (despite the Raiders being blown out for almost the entire game), along with nine targets (seven of which he caught). He's not just a must-own, but unless you're loaded at running back, he's a must-start this week against the Saints.
Mark Ingram/Chris Ivory (NO): It becomes kind of a toss up between these two runners. Ivory is the more effective of the two, but the Saints limit his carries due to his ball security and injury issues. Ingram, on the other hand, gets plenty more carries than Ivory, but is not as effective on a per carry basis. I'd go with Mark Ingram as the safer bet for decent fantasy production, but if you're more of the risk/reward type, Chris Ivory is your guy.
James Starks (GB): The Packers were hoping that Alex Green could carry the load for them at running back, but he struggled through his first few starts. In Week 9 (the Packers were on by this past weekend), James Starks was given the bulk of early down work, getting 17 carries to Green's 11. Starks should continue to get 12-18 carries per game, making him worth a pickup in deeper leagues.