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Week 11 Pickups: Fantasy Waiver Wire Options to Snag Before the Playoffs

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 11: Quarterback Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks to pass against the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field on November 11, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistNovember 14, 2012

With Week 11 of the regular season already upon us, it’s time for owners to scour the waiver wire for the remaining NFL stars that will make a difference in the fantasy playoffs.

There have been injuries and surprises this season, and the benefactors of the emergence of new fantasy stars will be the owners willing to make a late-season power move to acquire those potential studs.

There is little risk taking each of the following players considering the caliber of fantasy jobbers sitting on your bench.

Now is not the time to play it safe, though; now is the time to push all your chips in and win your league!

 

Beanie Wells, RB, Arizona Cardinals

After returning to practice for the Arizona Cardinals, star running back Beanie Wells—coming off the injured reserve with a turf toe injury (h/t AZCentral)—is available in 80 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy leagues.

If your league is one of them, take the risk on the injury-prone running back and watch as he leads you to a fantasy title. This kind of late-season pickup doesn’t come around very often.

With no back taking the No. 1 spot convincingly—both LaRod Stephens-Howling and William Powell have been mediocre at best—as soon as Wells is eligible to return to the lineup and the coaching staff feels he is ready, the team will promote the young back to starter.

 

Cecil Shorts, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

While young Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts isnt the sexiest pickup of the week, this is surprisingly one of the safest fantasy picks moving towards the playoffs.

Jacksonville is flat-out awful and will be down on the scoreboard early and often. With the team constantly coming from behind, the pass attack form the Jaguars will be forced to air it out; that’s where Shorts comes in.

Veteran Laurent Robinson sees most of the coverage from the No. 1 cornerback in the opposition's secondary, and it has become obvious over the last few weeks that Shorts’ role with the team is increasing every day.

Over the last four weeks, Shorts has amassed 21 catches for 356 yards and two touchdowns. This late in the year, those numbers are too good to pass up.

 

Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

After Michael Vick was forced from Philadelphia’s Week 10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys with a concussion, rookie Nick Foles was forced into action. While it wasn’t the most dominant performance, 219 yards on 22 completions isn’t terrible.

With a report from Jason Cole at Yahoo! Sports that the Eagles may be considering sitting Vick for the rest of the season, Foles is in line to become the starter for an offensive powerhouse. While the offensive line is still awful, there are enough weapons around Foles to make him a fantasy stud.

If you are a team with serious questions at quarterback—either because of Vick’s injury or the recent string of QB concussions—risking your fantasy season on a rookie is something that could pay off in the end.

Fantasy owners don’t win championships playing safe; the best take calculated risks.

 

Check back for more on the National Football League as it comes, and don’t miss Bleacher Report’s NFL page to get your fill of all things football.

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