Week 11 Waiver Wire: Young Players Worth Adding to Roster

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistNovember 12, 2013

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 06:  Quarterback Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Oakland Raiders throws against the San Diego Chargers in the first quarter on October 06, 2013 at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California.   The Raiders lead 17-0 in the first half. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Most fantasy owners have their rosters set at this point, but injuries are forcing some to look for replacements. Not many impact players are still available on waiver wires, so take a chance on young players to fill a hole.

Young players are risky, given that they have not had much time to prove themselves.

Unless you have been fortunate enough to avoid the injury bug, take a look to see who is on the waiver wire. There are quite a few players who could be picked up and make an impact.

Let's take a look at some of the young options who are likely available on the waiver wire:


QB: Terrelle Pryor, Oakland Raiders (Owned in 34.5 percent of ESPN leagues)

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 23:  Quarterback Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Oakland Raiders in action against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on September 23, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

As his first season as a starter moves past the midway point, Terrelle Pryor continues to show promise. He makes some mistakes and doesn't have a ton to work with on offense, but he is the best fantasy option available on the waiver wire.

The 24-year-old has not completed more than 54 percent of his passes in any game since the first week of October. At that point, he had been completing 68.3 percent of his passes. His accuracy has gone down, and the turnovers have gone up.

Pryor hasn't thrown a touchdown pass since Week 5, and he has eight interceptions since the start of that game until now.

His accuracy is becoming an issue, but he is usually good for 200 passing yards a game. It's what he does with his legs that makes him a good option. The 6'4" quarterback has three games with at least 94 rushing yards, and he has two rushing touchdowns in the last two weeks.

Pryor has been dropped in many weeks over the last few weeks as his performance has declined. However, his schedule is favorable in terms of putting up fantasy numbers.

Oakland still has Dallas (32nd against pass and 28th against run), San Diego (28th against pass and 20th against run) and Denver (30th against pass) on its schedule. Pryor can be a good dual-threat option against those teams.


RB: Bernard Pierce, Baltimore Ravens (Owned in 58.8 percent of ESPN leagues)

BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 10: Running back Bernard Pierce #30 of the Baltimore Ravens rushes past cornerback Terence Newman #23 of the Cincinnati Bengals in the third quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on November 10, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Baltimore Ra

Bernard Pierce is still owned in the majority of leagues, but fantasy owners are beginning to drop him. However, it may be wise to grab him if he is available in your league.

Three-time Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice is struggling to move the football. He is averaging a league-worst 2.5 yards per carry. That's not good enough to keep getting carries for a team that is trying to defend its Super Bowl title.

Ryan Mink of the Ravens' team website wrote that coach John Harbaugh said whoever is playing better should get the majority of the carries. Based on Rice's performance this season, that could mean Pierce starts to get the ball more.

Pierce averaged nearly four yards per carry on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, which is a good sign for Baltimore. It helped raise his season average up to 2.8 yards per carry. It's still not a great average, but it's an improvement.

The Ravens will still face the Chicago Bears (31st against the run), the Pittsburgh Steelers (29th) and the New England Patriots (30th) this year. With those kind of matchups, Pierce should be able to take advantage of his touches.


WR: Kenny Stills, New Orleans Saints (Owned in 43.2 percent of ESPN leagues)

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 10:  Drew Brees #9 and Kenny Stills #84 of the New Orleans Saints celebrate a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 10, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Stacy Rev

Anyone in New Orleans' offense is worth adding. Kenny Stills' career got off to a slow start, but he has become a bigger part of the offense in recent weeks.

In the last four games, the rookie is averaging three catches for 75.8 yards per game and has four touchdowns. He exploded for 129 yards and two touchdowns in Week 8. Now that he is starting to see more throws his way, he could help a fantasy team.

Stills is averaging an incredible 23.0 yards per catch this season. When he touches the ball, he is picking up yards in bunches.

The fifth-round pick has good speed, which allows him to make big plays. Drew Brees does a good job of distributing the football, and the quarterback and receiver are developing good chemistry.

Stills is beginning to put up big numbers, and he is available in most leagues. Pick him up if you need a receiver.


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