Top waiver wire pickups for Week 11
Note: This list includes only players who are owned in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues.
Case Keenum (HOU): The NCAA's all-time passing leader continues to impress. He posted an uncharacteristic 4.7 yards per pass attempt in Week 10 (he has been over ten yards per attempt in each of his previous games), but still managed three touchdowns against a stout Cardinals defense ranked 12th in scoring. The schedule is about to lighten up for Houston (OAK and JAX next two weeks, both home games), and Keenum should be able to post some fantasy-relevant numbers against the subpar competition. Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler owners may want to take a look here.
Josh McCown (CHI): McCown may have an unimpressive career passer rating of 73.1, but Bears head coach Marc Trestman has proven to be every bit of the quarterback-manipulating mastermind that he was rumored to be before coming to the NFL. Trestman has McCown enjoying the best stretch of his career with a 103.2 passer rating over the past three games. Jay Cutler has already been ruled out for Week 11, suggesting a multi-week absence. McCown can put up some solid numbers in this Bears offense when given the opportunity.
Carson Palmer (ARI): Despite having a 69.5 passer rating at the time, I said three weeks ago that Palmer was worth adding due to his upcoming schedule. Palmer has taken full advantage of his weak competition, posting a 4:2 touchdown to interception ratio over the past two weeks with a 93.0+ passer rating in each game. The upcoming schedule (JAX, IND, PHI, STL) is still full of plus matchups, so feel free to ride Palmer while he is playing well.
Running Backs (Owned in just over 50% of leagues, Andre Brown is the top guy if available)
Shane Vereen (NE): If you can't get your hands on Brown, Vereen is the next best option. He is expected to return this week, and if you have been reading my past waiver wire columns, you know the deal with this kid. I'll summarize: his role as the passing-down back will get him about 50% of the snaps, and he'll see additional looks on early downs as a receiver and change-of-pace back. He is a big, versatile part of a top-ten scoring offense.
Rashad Jennings (OAK): You never know how long it will take Darren McFadden to return from an injury, so his backup running back should pretty much always be owned in fantasy leagues. Jennings has played significantly better than McFadden this season, averaging a full yard more per carry on just 27 less attempts. Head coach Dennis Allen made it sound like Jennings will continue to see a notable workload even once McFadden returns, and no one knows when that will be. While McFadden remains sidelined, Jennings will see a full workload as the featured runner and passing-down back, making him worth starting in most fantasy leagues.
Brian Leonard (TB): You are probably aware that Doug Martin is on injured reserve, but if you opted not to watch Monday night's unappealing matchup between the Bucs and Dolphins, it may be news to you that Mike James will soon be on injured reserve as well with a fractured ankle. Leonard stepped in as the lead back on Monday night, out-touching Bobby Rainey 22 to nine, so he is the guy to own in fantasy leagues. Deep league owners could look into Rainey, who will get a handful of touches as the change-of-pace back.