We're barreling right along in the 2012 fantasy football season, and as the 11th week of games draws near the regular season has reached a critical juncture, where many teams will stake their claim to a playoff spot while others will see their last hopes for the postseason dashed by a backbreaking defeat.
At this point in the season every week is a must-win scenario for many fantasy squads, and to help those squads plug holes in their lineup heading into Week 11 here's a look at the top pickups available on many waiver wires.
It's been lost somewhat in the fantastic rookie seasons put up by quarterbacks Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts and Robert Griffin of the Washington Redskins, but they aren't the only first-year signal callers having strong inaugural seasons.
Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks hasn't been lighting up the scoreboard, but the former Wisconsin standout has been solid, with over 600 passing yards and seven touchdowns over his past three games.
That makes Wilson very much worth a look from fantasy owners who were swept up by the rash of quarterback injuries in Week 10, even if he can't help your team this week with the Seahawks on a bye.
Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones was a hot waiver wire pickup earlier this season when starter DeMarco Murray went down with a foot injury, but a string of lackluster performances and Murray's impending return have led to the fifth-year pro being thrown back in a number of leagues.
With that said, Jones has picked up his play of late to the tune of over 200 total yards with a touchdown over his past two games, and with a favorable matchup on tap against the Cleveland Browns, fantasy owners may be able to milk one more week of fantasy value from Jones.
With running back Darren Sproles nursing a broken hand, the backfield situation in New Orleans has become as muddy as the Mississippi River. At this point in the season, though, fantasy owners desperate for running back help may be forced to fish those waters anyway.
After being inactive for much of the season third-year running back Chris Ivory made the most of his limited carries last week, picking up 72 yards on seven carries and scoring a touchdown for the second straight week.
Granted, there's no telling how many touches Ivory will get in a given game, but beggars can't be choosers. Ivory's play of late would seem to have earned him a larger role in the offense moving forward, and this week's matchup with the Oakland Raiders is favorable from a fantasy perspective.
The departure of Vincent Jackson left a significant hole at wide receiver for the San Diego Chargers, and as Robert Meachem has faceplanted in rather spectacular fashion while trying to fill that hole, another player appears to be stepping into the void.
Third-year pro Danario Alexander has supplanted Meachem in the starting lineup for the Chargers, and after tallying eight receptions for 195 yards and a touchdown over the past two games Alexander is easily the top player at his position available on most waiver wires.
After a hot start to the season, Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta was scooped off the waiver wire in many fantasy football leagues. After four straight games with fewer than 35 receiving yards, though, the third-year pro was thrown right back onto the pile by disgruntled fantasy owners.
With that said, fantasy squads with a hole at the tight end spot may want to consider taking another chance on Pitta, who broke out of his funk last week with five catches for 67 yards and a score in a win over the Oakland Raiders.
Granted, one game does not a resurgence make, but Pitta has seen nearly five targets per game over the past four weeks, so he's trending in the right direction.