Waiver Wire for Week 11


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Flavors of the Week

Shaun Hill (22% owned) Shaun Hill is back from injury while Matt Stafford is being examined by Dr. James Andrews. Hill quarterbacks the most pass-heavy team in football and has plenty of weapons, including one of the leagues most feared WR in Calvin Johnson. He gets Dallas and New England the next two weeks, I’ll be benching Tom Brady for him this coming week. FAAB $14-$18

Matt Cassel (47%) Cassel hadn’t thrown for 300 yards in any game this season before the 469-yard 4 TD explosion this past week against Denver. We can safely assume that won’t happen again, but he does have match-ups against Arizona and Seattle the next two weeks. He quarterbacks a run-first team so don’t expect a lot, but he’ll be useful. FAAB $7-$9

Troy Smith (9%) Troy Smith has been named the starter for San Francisco after throwing for 356 yards and a TD against St. Louis. He gets Tampa Bay this coming week, there will be fantasy points. He’ll be useful for those who are desperate. FAAB $1-$2

Keiland Williams (10%) 139 total yards and 3 TD in one week will get you noticed. Keiland has been more of a third down back until this week. The reason for his success was that Ryan Torain was unable to get loose aggravated his groin injury during pre-game warm ups and did not get into the game. Keiland’s value is obviously tied to Torain’s and Portis’ health. We don’t have any word about the severity of Torain’s set back and Clinton is rumored to be a 50-50 shot at returning this week. We have to assume neither will play at Tennessee. FAAB $15-$20

Jerome Harrison (13%) Harrison busted out for 124 total yards and a TD against the Skins. Much of it came from a 50-yard run and garbage time production so there won’t be much value to be had here in the immediate future. FAAB $0-$1

Mike Thomas (29%) Thomas had a great match-up against Houston last week and delivered for anyone who started him. His 8 catch, 149 yard, one TD performance was aided by the overtime Hail Mary tipped pass, which was pretty much more luck than anything else. He still had 99 yards without the bomb and he gets Cleveland this coming week who usually stuffs the run game, meaning Thomas should see more than a few targets. He’s not an every week starter, but he’s serviceable with the right match-up. FAAB $3-$5

Rob Gronkowski (18%) Gronko Nagurski was the first TE drafted by the Patriots this past off-season, but has been largely overshadowed by Aaron Hernandez. That changed on Sunday when Gronko caught 3 Touchdown passes from Tom Brady. He’s not going to get you a lot of yardage, but because the Patriots don’t have many redzone threats after the Randy Moss trade, Gronkowski should be a viable option for deep leaguers and anyone in desperate need of a TE. FAAB $2-$4

Kevin Boss (11%) The Big Bossman hasn’t done much this season, but with Steve Smith out against Dallas, Boss caught 5 passes for 81 yards and a score. With Smith out for at least one more week, Boss should find himself receiving a fair share of targets from Eli Manning. Boss did injure his lower back against the Cowboys, but it sounds like he’ll be fine for Sunday’s game at Philly. FAAB $3-$5

Anthony Fasano (17%) Fasano isn’t anything special, no matter what the Miami coaching staff says, but he had 107 yards and a TD this past week against Tennessee so he’s here. If you want 30-50 yards from your TE, look no further. FAAB $0

Free Agents of Interest

Vince Young (32% owned) It’s hard to recommend anyone who is benched in favor of Kerry Collins, but Vince has himself a nice upcoming schedule and a pair of quality WR. His upcoming schedule is actually better than nice, it’s the best remaining schedule for anyone in the league: WAS, HOU, JAC, IND, HOU and KC. FAAB $8-$12

Danny Amendola (40%) I’m surprised Danny isn’t owned in more leagues. He has the 15th most targets in the league (75) and has a TD in each of the past three games. He’s five foot, eleven inches (and white) so he isn’t much of a red zone threat, but he’s getting it done because the Rams don’t have a towering, jump ball WR. FAAB $12-$14

Nate Burleson (18%) Burleson should be owned in more leagues, it’s as simple as that. He’s caddies for Calvin Johnson in the league’s most pass-happy offense. On top of that, he gets Dallas this week and New England after that. Make the move you armchair quarterbacks. FAAB $10-$12

Anthony Armstrong (7%) Armstrong is a smaller wideout, but he is capable of making big plays. He had 83 yards on three catches against Philly this past week, his third 80-yard game of the season. If you’re in desperate need at WR, you could do worse. FAAB $1-$3

Michael Jenkins (4%) No, he’s not going to see a lot of targets with Roddy White on the field, but he can get you 40-50 yards a week and that’s useful in some deeper leagues. FAAB $1

Brandon Gibson (1%) Gibson has seen a steady diet of targets since Week 3 (6.3 per), but that hasn’t translated to much production until these past two games (139 yards). If you’re desperate, give Gibson a look. FAAB $1

Deon Butler (2%) Let’s face it; everyone wants to have their own personal butler. This may be your only chance at “the American Dream”, unless you want to draft that overrated first baseman in Kansas City. Deon is a speedy wideout who was finally a target of a Hasselbomb that connected for a 63-yard score. Butler’s value depends on how Seattle uses him. We can’t expect Coach Carroll to see the light, but this past week should have been an eye opener. FAAB $1

Antwaan Randle El (1%) Randle El had 66 yards against New England this past week, but that was mainly because Hines Ward was out after sustaining a concussion. Ward is expected to be back this week against Oakland so we can’t go crazy for Antwaan unless we hear some bad news about Hines. FAAB $0-$1

Justin Forsett (44%) He’s probably going to receive less carries than Marshawn Lynch, no matter how many times he outperforms him, but Forsett has proven he can be useful with limited touches. Forsett busted loose for 95 total yards and a TD on 12 touches against Arizona this past week. That was a great match-up so lower your expectations a tad. FAAB $5-$7

Mike Goodson (26%) Goodson had 100 yards rushing at Tampa Bay while filling in for the injured DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. We haven’t received any updates from John Fox regarding his injured backs, so it’s back to Miss Cleo we go. DWill was expected to be back this week, but his foot sprain was originally supposed to be a day-to-day thing and it’s been three weeks now. FAAB $7-$9

Chester Taylor (12%) Chester isn’t good. Let’s just get that out of the way. He’s only here because he gets a few carries and he’s the Bears goal line back. Not the best situation, but he can be useful once in awhile. FAAB $2-$4

Jermaine Gresham (22%) The most popular rookie at the TE position came up big at Indy this week (9-85-1). This was the first time he reached 60 yards and his third score of season. With Cincy trailing most of their games and offenses paying attention to T.O. and OchoCinco, Gresham can benefit from Carson Palmer’s garbage time stats. Just don’t expect much. FAAB $1-$2

Exploitable Match-ups for Week 11

Nate Washington (49% owned) As I mentioned before, Tennessee has a great upcoming schedule for their pass game. Randy Moss and Chris Johnson get all the attention and Nate Washington gets the one-on-one match-ups. He’s scored a TD in his past two games and the schedule gets easier from here on out. FAAB $7-$9

Jerricho Cotchery (18%) Cotchery is the fourth receiving option for a run-first team so he’s never a sexy play, but he did score in Week 10 against Cleveland and gets Houston this coming week. Cotchery will look to slap the Walls of Jerricho on the league’s 3rd most generous defense. You could do worse. Update: Jerricho Cotchery has a torn groin. He isn’t ruled out of Week 11, but it’d be a surprise if he was able to suit up. If you’re in a 20-team league, throw a bone at Brad Smith.

Mohamed Massaquoi (13%) Mohamed is back after being Debo’d by James Harrison. His situation isn’t ideal (Colt McCoy at QB, offense goes through Peyton Hillis), but he is the No.1 WR for Cleveland and he has a great match-up against Jacksonville this week. FAAB $4-$6

Arrelious Benn (4%) Tampa has been trying to get Benn more involved in the pass game and it’s starting to show. He’s caught a TD in back-to-back games now, but isn’t really seeing enough targets to be a viable fantasy option. However, the Bucs play San Fran this week who are more susceptible to the air attack than the ground. The 6’2, 220 lb WR has a decent shot for a third straight game with a score. Many people have probably already forgotten this, but Benn was drafted two rounds before Mike Williams. There’s potential here. This is really more of a Hail Mary play than a match-up to exploit. FA AB $0-$1

Marion Barber (43%) Marion Hairstylist’s ownership rate is dropping fast, with good reason. He’s more concerned with his long flowing locks than hitting the invisible holes the Dallas o-line creates. This week the Cowboys should be able to tame the Lions who allow the 2nd most points to opposing RB. This is about as good as it’ll get for MBIII. Someone should roll the dice here. FAAB $5-$7