Week 11 Waiver Wire: Damian Williams and 10 Other Must-Haves
Waiver Wire Week 11 already? Damien Williams is going to be a hot pickup this week, unless of course you follow my articles and already own him!
If you do, or somebody else does, don't fret because there are plenty of red-hot picks on the Waiver Wire to cover your byes in Week 11, and we'll be looking at a lot of them.
Damian Williams, WR, Tennessee Titans
Williams is so important to look at because his function for Tennessee is fundamentally changing. He's moving from a late-look option to a big-play receiver.
I see this kid going the direction of Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown. He's a guy nobody really knows who comes out of nowhere for a reliable five receptions per game.
Williams has a lot of extra value in PPR leagues, but is a great Flex play in virtually all leagues and will likely just improve.
Laurent Robinson, WR, Dallas Cowboys
If he's somehow unowned in your leagues still, get him. I wrote an entire article on this guy before Sunday, and he exceeded even my, already high, expectations.
In the article, I said he certainly isn't Miles Austin's caliber of receiver. After today, though, I'm honestly not so sure.
The guy can break away from anyone, pull down ridiculous passes and has a solid QB throwing to him.
He's got 13 receptions for over 200 yards and four touchdowns in just three games.
I'm saying this guy is a good WR2 option in almost all formats.
Earl Bennett, WR, Chicago Bears
I was hesitant to mention this guy last week, despite picking him up.
But two weeks straight now, Bennett is Jay Cutler's go-to guy. He pulled down five for 95 yards and a touchdown in Week 9 and six for 81 yards last night.
In fact, last night, he had four more receptions than any of Cutler's other receivers. With the heat Chicago put on Detroit, don't doubt if Cutler doesn't move the rock in upcoming weeks.
Bennett is a good Flex play or WR3 in most formats, but could be used as a WR2 during the bye week in deeper PPR leagues.
Chris Ogbonnaya, RB, Cleveland Browns
Read this very carefully.
This guy is not a long-term pickup and he's worthless if Peyton Hillis returns.
That being said, if you're the proud owner of Arian Foster, this isn't a bad place to look to cover Week 11 and you must have a fill-in RB.
He broke out of his shell against St. Louis, rushing for 90 yards at over 4.5 yards per carry and caught two passes for another 19 yards.
He'll face Jacksonville in Week 11, so it's unlikely he'll run into much more trouble than he did in St. Louis.
Start him as a Flex or to cover a RB on bye. But again, don't think he's guaranteed to hold value moving forward.
Michael Bush, RB, Oakland Raiders
After he posted 243 yards in San Diego, it's a wonder I even need to mention his name at all. He was worth 33.2 points in PPR leagues this week.
I'll give you some fair warnings about picking up Bush though.
Once McFadden is back, Bush's value plummets. Despite his skill, McFadden is a Top Five RB in the NFL and is not losing his job.
Also, Bush had a great game, but that doesn't mean he's necessarily a great player. San Diego couldn't stop a JV high school team on Thursday, so temper your expectations.
That all said, if he's available, he's a great RB2 or Flex start, especially in PPR leagues—as long as McFadden doesn't come back.
Denarius Moore, WR, Oakland Raiders
So most of what I just said about Bush holds true here too.
Moore had four catches for 61 yards against Denver in Week 9 and blew up against San Diego. But San Diego, again, completely failed.
Nevertheless, five receptions, 132 yards and a pair of TDs makes me happy and it shows that Carson Palmer likes throwing to him.
I'd take any of the previously mentioned receivers above this guy, but if you're in bye-week hell and have no waiver priority, you're going to play Moore in a Flex or WR3 spot.
Vincent Brown, WR, San Diego Chargers
Usually I will not even mention the name of a player that is young, has just a couple of decent games and is filling in for an injury.
But Vincent Brown looked good.
I was probably one and alone in suggesting to start Philip Rivers this week in this article, but he's an elite quarterback, and the Chargers are a great team when they want to be.
Rivers seem to build a good rapport with Brown in Week 9, and this week seemed that much more comfortable. Going into Week 11 against Chicago will be difficult, but will likely result in the game going to the air.
Start Brown as a Flex or WR3 in most formats.
David Nelson, WR, Buffalo Bills
Ryan Fitzpatrick has had a rough time in his last couple of games against solid Jets and Cowboys defenses.
However, that hasn't stopped him from getting four passes to Nelson in every game since Week 6.
Nelson is more of a threat now that Jones is back, and despite seeing some double teams, he's caught the only touchdown passes Fitzpatrick has thrown in the last two weeks.
I'm not saying Nelson will magically overtake Stevie Johnson, but if you need a handful of points in a PPR league, Nelson will make a solid WR3 or Flex play that you can hold on to.
John Skelton, QB, Arizona Cardinals
Skelton, or Skeletor as I've popularized in my own group (you're welcome) has done a great job taking over for Kolb.
In Week 9, I thought it may be a fluke. St. Louis does have the 12th-ranked pass defense, allowing 221 yards per game, but you never know.
After Sunday against Philly, I'm sure now—Skeletor is a quarterback that likes to throw the ball, knows how to throw the ball and will continue to throw the ball.
Yes, he's got a couple interceptions, but anyone who can throw 19 for 315 yards and three touchdowns is worth a look.
If you've got Brees or Schaub, give a look to Skeletor for Week 11 against the 49ers pass defense, which is currently ranked 26th in the league.
Early Doucet, WR, Arizona Cardinals
While we're on Arizona, let's look at Doucet and the matchup.
Doucet did only pull down two passes for 24 yards but had a touchdown on Sunday. In Week 9 he posted 13.8 in PPR leagues, catching six passes for 78 yards.
What I like more than those numbers is that Skelton fires the ball. And against San Francisco, he'll be forced to air it out. Air it out to multiple targets against a horrible pass defense, that is.
While Doucet isn't my favorite receiver, he'll post decent numbers in a Flex or WR3 spot in Week 11.
Plaxico Burress, WR, New York Jets
I have no idea what happened in New York, but it happened in Plaxico's favor.
Sanchez went from looking at him once or twice in a game to looking at him every set of downs.
Plaxico's got the experience, he's got the talent and he's got the team. But most of all, he's got Week 11 against the Broncos, so you can bet New York will cash in on that.
Start him as a Flex or WR3, or if you're screwed in byes or in a deep league, you can start him at WR2.
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