Week 11 Waiver Wire
By Josh Trotta
Week 10 was an amazing one as big time football was played for what felt like the first time across the league. The pats barley survived in NY, the Lions beat the Packers in Lambeau for the first time since I was a kid, the Jaguars beat the Ravens on a last second field goal and the Broncos got destroyed at home to KC. Yup Manning was awful throwing 4 interceptions on only 20+ attempts and getting Emmanuel Sanders killed in the process (not literally). More injuries piled as fantasy owners across the globe are throwing their hands up saying “we’ve had enough”! I know I can’t take anymore injuries, my team looks like week 4 pre season team right now (All backups…get it?). In week 10 we lost Peyton Manning to being old, awful and having a partial tear of his plantar fasciitis, Sam Bradford to a shoulder and concussion, Julian Edelman to a broken foot which will keep him out the remainder of the fantasy season, Ryan Mathews to a concussion and Emmanuel Sanders was killed….ok he is actually fine but didn’t come back in after the hit. The biggest hit to your lineup is with Manning and Edelman. Edelman has been a WR1 all year long and was the Patriots top target. Hopefully you listened to us and picked up Amendola because he is going to get all those looks now. This week the Steelers, Browns, Saints and Giants all have bye’s.
Like always, we will rank three players at each position in order of who we think you should try and grab first. Look at the position you need the most help in and best of luck getting your player!
- Tony Romo – Coming off IR this week, Romo is a must add for anyone who has Brees, Rothesburger, Eli on bye week or has one of the many injured quarterbacks. Romo was on more teams that won it all last year and is coming back to a team that has to win out to have any shot of the playoffs.
- Brock Osweiler – The heir apparent to Peyton Manning is going to get his first start in the NFL this Sunday as Manning sits to rest his injured foot before the Broncos game of the season against the Pats week 12. Osweiler came in after manning threw his 4th interception and was serviceable in garbage time against the Chiefs. The Bears have been playing great of late and will be a good test at home for the young quarterback. Could be a great start with the weapons the Broncos have on offense.
- Marcus Mariota – After a career game against the Saints, Mariota fell right back to earth against the Panthers at home but who could blame him. The Panthers are a much better team and with out Wright the Titans had trouble moving the ball all game. A great matchup is on the horizon for this outstanding rookie as the Jaguars are up next on Thursday night. Look for a solid 20 points game in standard scoring leagues from Marcus this week.
- Matt Jones – The rookie Gator blew up against the awful Saints and is starting to look only a good start when the matchup is glaringly in his favor. Still a backfield by committee, Jones is sharing carries with Morris each and every game but as the Redskins creep into the NFC East discussion, look for Jones to become more and more involved. Should be ok agains the Panthers this week but more of a long term solution then a one week starter.
- Dexter McCluster – With Jacksonville up next McCluster has a great matchup to get targets in the passing game like Lewis did in New England and this could be his best shot at finding the endzone the rest of the season. Keep an eye out on Wright’s status for this game as the week moves on but McCluster should see the field often in this great matchup.
- Darren Sproles – Sproles is a specialist in the Eagles offense but with the concussion to Mathews, Sproles value skyrockets as he will see the field more. The Eagles get the surging Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home this weekend but if Mathews can’t go Sproles is a great plug and play option.
- Danny Amendola – JUST PICK HIM UP ALREADY!! Put in a waiver claim right now, i’ll wait…..ok good. Amendola is going to move right into Edelman’s spot in the Patriots offense and down the stretch the Pats really don’t have anyone who should challenge them once they get past the Broncos in week 12. Look for Amendola to see the same amount of targets and continue to work in punt return duties. He is the #1 waiver pick up this week!
- Doug Baldwin – He exploded on Sunday night with 7 catches for 134 yards and 1 touchdown. Seattle wideouts are almost the hardest things to predict but if the Seahawks want to see the playoffs this season they have to rely on Baldwin and Kearse to loosen up the defense so they can not just focus on Lynch. The 49’ers have been awful against everything this year and look for Seattle to come out swinging at home in what has turned into a must win.
- Golden Tate – Tate has had a disappointing 2015 season after posting a career year last year which saw him finish in the top 10 of fantasy at his position. Sunday the Lions looked different on offense and Tate and Stafford for the first time all season, looked to be on the same page. The Lions have great matchups the rest of the way and look for Tate to add onto his 4 for 52 yard performance at Lambeau. The Raiders travel east for an early game with a Lions team who look to have found something on offense.
- Jacob Tamme – Coming off the bye week look for Tamme to get right back on track as a target monster for this Falcons offense. The Colts provide an easy opponent at home to get the Falcons back on track. Look for Tamme to find the endzone in this one.
- Eric Ebron – Ebron has had great chemistry with Stafford all season before getting injured. Since the injury Ebron has not looked like the same player but Oakland has a way of fixing all of that. As the worst team against TE’s in fantasy Ebron is a no brainer start and should finally get back to guy we saw before the injury at home.
- Zach Ertz – It’s no secret that Sanchez loves throwing it to his TE’s. As the number one option in Chip Kelly’s offensive scheme look for Sanchez to lean heavily on his tight end Sunday at home against the Bucs. Tampa has been ok against tight ends this season but with the Eagles struggling to stay in the mix for the NFC East look for them to play this one as a do or die with the Giants on a bye.
- Tennessee – Thursday night against the Jaguars, the world will finally see how good the Titans defense has been all year. Bortles and the Jag’s offense has plenty of fire power and will score but he is still turnover prone and i’m sure they will get one or two to help give you a solid fantasy performance.
- Jacksonville – What can we say the AFC South is awful and the Titans offense gives up the most points to fantasy defenses this year. Look for Jacksonville to play with a lot of passion on there one and only primetime game of the season at home.
- Chicago – The Bears get Brock Osweiler at home for his first start of his career. Look for John Fox to create some exotic looks for his former team as the Bears look to inch one step closer to compete for the NFC North.
- Greg Zuerlein – Greg the leg has been inconsistent this season but the Rams have provided him plenty of opportunity’s to kick some FG’s. Up next for the Rams is the Ravens who have given up the most points to kickers this season. Even with a new QB under center look for the Rams to be able to move the ball between the 40’s.
- Cairo Santos – Converted 5 FG’s last week and up next are the Chargers who are giving up the 9th most fantasy points to kickers this season. The Chiefs are coming off an emotional win against the Broncos and it should allow them plenty of confidence as they head into this matchup on the road.
- Matt Prater – Prater much like Zuerlein has been very inconsistent this year but for Prater it’s been missed extra points. Not getting a ton of opportunties but with Oakland coming to town, Prater should finally see an increase in FG attempts. A great plug and play option for week 11.