Top 10 Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 11
Jacquizz Rodgers (ATL): I've been saying since the preseason that at some point this year, the Falcons would turn to Rodgers over starter Michael Turner. Thanks to the Falcons stubbornness, it hasn't happened yet, but if it's going to happen at all this season, it will be very soon. The Falcons are coming off of a game in which they faced the league's 31st ranked run defense and Michael Turner could only tally 15 yards. The Saints give up an astounding 5.1 yards per carry, and Turner only averaged 1.2. The Falcons had the ball 1st and goal from the Saints' one-yard line, and couldn't simply punch it in on the Saints' terrible defense to take the lead late in the game (which they eventually lost). Rodgers ran the ball three times for 29 yards and caught all four of his targets for 33 yards. The Falcons would be wise to make Rodgers their lead back, and if they do, he could be a fantasy monster.
Danario Alexander (SD): Alexander had some hype coming into last week after head coach Norv Turner stated that he has earned a big role. Alexander lived up to the hype on Sunday, catching five of his seven targets for 134 yards and a touchdown. He led all Charger wide receivers in snaps, and seems to have supplanted Robert Meachem for a starting role. The only things that may hold him back are his injury prone knees.
Cecil Shorts (JAX): Second on the team in targets with 13, Shorts easily led all Jaguar receivers with 105 yards last Thursday, and also scored the only Jaguars' touchdown of the game. Despite playing in a stagnant offense, Shorts now has gone over 100 yards in two of his past three games, and has 56+ yards in each of his past four. He's a little risky thanks two a shaky quarterback and a shoddy offensive line, but he's worth a pickup if you're in the market for a receiver.
Donnie Avery (IND): Despite his very mediocre production, Avery is one of the top-20 most targeted receivers in the league, allowing him to continually have chances to make fantasy owners happy. He showed no lingering effects from his apparent hip injury in his last game, and will have a long week to make sure it's 100 percent. He's caught 4+ passes in each of his past five games, over which he has averaged 64.2 yards per game. His biggest knock is that he hasn't found the end zone since opening weekend.
St. Louis Rams: You may have let out a little chuckle when you saw this suggestion, but the Rams' defense has become a fairly underrated unit. Their numbers have gotten worse over the past few weeks thanks to games against the Patriots and Packers, but they remain 15th in the league in total defense. Their defense has 26 sacks on the season thanks to emerging pass rush threats Robert Quinn (8.5 sacks) and Chris Long (5 sacks). They'll host the Jets next week, who failed to do anything that resembled offense with Mark Sanchez and company on Sunday against the Seahawks.