Week 11 Pickups: Fantasy Options to Fill Gaping Holes in Your Lineup

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 14, 2013

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 20:  Quarterback Case Keenum #7 of the Houston Texans throws a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half on October 20, 2013 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
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At some point during the fantasy season, you get desperate to fill a spot. While the waiver wire gets short on guys to help long term, the good news is there are still players who can help you for one week.

Whether your squad has been destroyed by injuries, or you are still attempting to replace players on bye from the St. Louis Rams or Dallas Cowboys, it is important to find someone who can get you enough points to win. It is too late in the year to lose a game because you cannot find anyone.

By this point of the week, it is unlikely Andre Brown or Riley Cooper are still available. However, you can still probably grab one of these guys, who are available in over 80 percent of ESPN leagues


Case Keenum, QB, Houston Texans (14.7 percent owned)

Nov 3, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Case Keenum (7) looks for an open receiver during the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

While the Texans evaluate Case Keenum as a potential quarterback for the future, he has already secured himself as a solid fantasy player.

The undrafted player has made three starts and has totaled seven touchdowns and no interceptions in that time. In the last two games, he has fared well against quality defenses in the Arizona Cardinals and Indianapolis Colts, throwing three touchdown passes in each.

This week, the Texans face the Oakland Raiders, a squad that is only two weeks removed from allowing Nick Foles to match an NFL record with seven touchdowns. It is unlikely the squad has improved dramatically since then.

Keenum has gotten more leeway each game as the coaching staff continues to trust him, and he will turn that into a good amount of production in Week 11.


Bobby Rainey, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1.2 percent owned)

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 11: Bobby Rainey #43 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rushes during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Raymond James Stadium on November 11, 2013 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

An axiom in fantasy football is that when a starting running back goes down, you pick up the next guy on the depth chart. This worked out briefly when Mike James showcased some ability in relief of Doug Martin.

However, the Buccaneers now have to dig deeper after losing James as well due to an ankle injury.

While most people went toward Brian Leonard on waivers due to his 20 carries, it was Bobby Rainey who ended the game strong and scored the game's final touchdown. The former Cleveland Browns running back showed good explosiveness and came through when his team needed him most.

Considering last week's win only made Tampa Bay 1-8 on the year, it is likely the coaching staff continues to evaluate future talent. Rainey will have a chance to prove himself as a lead back with a good amount of touches on Sunday.


Aaron Dobson, WR, New England Patriots (13.1 percent owned)

It is surprising to see Aaron Dobson available in so many leagues after such a huge performance his last time out.

Before the Week 10 bye, the rookie receiver torched the Pittsburgh Steelers for 130 receiving yards and two touchdowns. The game before that he had 60 yards and a score.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has spent most of the season trying to get on the same page as Dobson. It seemed like the receiver could get himself open all game long, but either a poor throw or a drop would prevent a big play from happening.

However, these problems appear to be solved as the duo is set for a big second half. Considering Dobson is averaging 7.5 targets per game this year, he should be owned in all leagues.


Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals (7.0 percent owned)

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 29: Tight end Tyler Eifert #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals catches a pass from quarterback Andy Dalton #14 during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 29, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Bro
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With Jermaine Gresham out of the lineup last week, Tyler Eifert was finally able to become "the man" at the tight end spot for the Bengals. Although he did not put up huge numbers, he still finished with 55 yards and was targeted 10 times. 

He also had a huge catch-and-run that went for 40 yards. This type of big-play ability has been obvious since he played at Notre Dame.

Even if Gresham returns, it is clear that the Bengals finally want to get their rookie involved in the offense. If he can develop chemistry with quarterback Andy Dalton, it could lead to a lot of production.

More Week 11 Options
Mike GlennonQBTampa Bay BuccaneersAtlanta Falcons
Josh McCownQBChicago BearsBaltimore Ravens
Jonathan StewartRBCarolina PanthersNew England Patriots
Donald BrownRBIndianapolis ColtsTennessee Titans
Santonio HolmesWRNew York JetsBuffalo Bills
Rishard MatthewsWRMiami DolphinsSan Diego Chargers
Rob HouslerTEArizona CardinalsJacksonville Jaguars
John CarlsonTEMinnesota VikingsSeattle Seahawks


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