An aspect of my blogs and advice that I truly value is giving my readers the straight scoop. If I don’t believe something, I won’t promote it. If I have an opinion about a certain player’s prospects, I will share it freely, even if it goes against the grain of conventional wisdom. And where possible, I try to explain the rationale behind my perspective.
That said, I will preface my waiver wire remarks this week by saying there are very few players I would chase after on the waiver wire going into Week 11. Yes, there are a number of voids to fill as injuries and poor performances inflict setbacks on our fantasy rosters. But there aren’t many replacement players at this point that merit a pursuit which costs you your spot on the waiver list.
One player worth pursuing is Giants RB Andre Brown. He has returned to the field in surprisingly fine fashion (30-115-1). Brown has a firm hold on the lead back position for his team, and has a good enough history of performance to make him reliable. Anyone in need of a solid RB2 option should grab him immediately. He could add a nice touch to your team going forward.
Another worthwhile waiver wire pickup this week is the Arizona Cardinals DST. They play the Jacksonville Jaguars this week, and they possess a defense that scores decent fantasy points on any given week. Expect them to cash in big against a weak offense this week. They could be a nice fit for many fantasy owners during a week when even the Kansas City and Carolina DST’s will be challenged to produce. And if you need a solid WR3, WR Tavon Austin is worth picking up if he is still available in your league.
QB Josh McCown might be a nice pickup for a week or two, but keep in mind that he is no better than a low-end QB2 and could be replaced by Jay Cutler in the near future. Houston’s Case Keenum is playing well, but there isn’t enough history on him to make him a QB you can count on. But if you need a bye week fill in Week 11, he’s a decent risk to take at home against the Raiders.
Finally, there is San Francisco WR Michael Crabtree. He is due to return sometime soon. If he were at 100%, I would encourage everyone to do what they can to obtain him. But initial reports have him at far less than full speed. So if you want him, keep your expectations in check. He may not be able to provide you with what you want until late in the fantasy playoffs.
Yes, there are many other players available that can contribute to your team. Donald Brown, Scott Tolzien, Jonathan Stewart, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Dennis Johnson are being touted in various fantasy forums early this week. But they are either plug-in flex choices or lower-tier options at their position. If that’s all you need to cover your roster, feel free to pluck them off the waiver wire after they clear waivers in your league. But they are not worth giving up your place in line on the waiver list. Be smart about it. Tread carefully, my friends….