It seems as though the amount of waiver-wire steals this NFL season has decreased, but like an angry bull, Week 11 is set to buck that trend.
And there isn't a better time for it.
Bye weeks are beginning to come to an end, but as is usually the case in the second half of the season, injuries are piling up and fantasy owners are getting desperate.
No worries, though. The waiver wire's got your back. Not only are there plenty of must-own players still widely available, but there are must-start players still unowned.
Let's take a look.
Danny Amendola, WR, St. Louis Rams
So, Danny Amendola is still owned in just 49.1 percent of ESPN leagues right now.
I realize that he's been injured, but we knew for a couple of weeks that he would be returning on Sunday. Shame on you, fantasy owners.
In his first game back from a clavicle injury, the Rock-n-Rolla of Amendola racked up 12 targets from Sam Bradford, pulling in 11 of those for 102 yards. It was a solid fantasy day in standard leagues, and an aren't-you-pissed-you-didn't-start-me day in PPR leagues.
Oh yeah, and it was against the 49ers, who boast one of the league's best defenses.
Pick up, start and repeat.
Marcel Reece, RB, Oakland Raiders
CB Michael Huff has a calf injury, SS Tyvon Branch has a sore neck. RBs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson still in walking boots.— Steve Corkran (@CorkOnTheNFL) November 12, 2012
That likely means more Marcel Reece.
The former Washington Husky wide receiver isn't the most intriguing fantasy option, as evidenced by his 12.2 percent ownership, but it's clear the Raiders like to get him involved in a variety of ways.
On Sunday, Reece got 20 touches. He carried the ball 13 times for a decent 48 yards, but also added seven catches (on nine targets) for 56 yards.
That was against a solid Baltimore defense in a blowout. Next week, the versatile back has the fortunate task of running through the colander that is known as the New Orleans Saints defense.
Pay attention to McFadden and Goodson's statuses. If they are out, Reece should be in your fantasy lineup.
Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
Foles is going to start (via ESPN's Adam Schefter):
No surprise considering Michael Vick's condition but Eagles plan to start Nick Foles vs. Washington on Sunday.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 12, 2012
That's the easy part.
Foles is going up against the Washington Redskins.
That's the easier part.
The 'Skins are giving up 7.9 yards per attempt (27th in the NFL) and despite the fact teams are always throwing against them, have just 14 sacks (30th).
Foles is far from proven, but his 219-yard, one-touchdown performance in Michael Vick's stead against the Dallas Cowboys more than proved he's capable of taking advantage of the soft Washington secondary.
I'd call the 0.5 percent-owned signal-caller a must-start in two-QB leagues. In standard leagues, he's still worth a roster add and serious consideration for the starting lineup.
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