The countdown is on as we have only three more weeks before the start of the (fantasy football) playoffs in most leagues. Making some tweaks now could firm up your playoff positioning and run to the title or revitalize your team in your push to get in to the playoffs.
For example, one of the guys mentioned on our waiver-wire list last week was Cowboys receiver Laurent Robinson.
Although Robinson had been producing with Miles Austin in the lineup, he was about to get an increased role with Austin out for a few weeks with a hamstring injury.
Not only did Robinson extend his touchdown-scoring streak to three games, he scored twice last week against the Bills. If it weren't for the team's sizable halftime lead, the Cowboys might have aired it out a bit more in the second half.
That said, Robinson still finished with 73 yards and two scores (or 19 fantasy points in standard-scoring leagues). While Robinson, who is available in half of Yahoo! leagues, should be added, if available in your league(s), he won't appear on this week's list due to our self-imposed rules.
To appear on our weekly waiver-wire list, we have two criteria in addition to providing value to fantasy owners: (1) the player is available in 50 percent or more of Yahoo! leagues and (2) they were not listed on the previous week's waiver-wire list.
Our goal is to give you a list of new players each week, but many of the players listed last week are still worthy of an add as well.
Here are some players you should consider adding this week:
QB - Carson Palmer, Raiders (owned in 39 percent of Yahoo! leagues): Since being acquired by the Raiders, quarterback Carson Palmer has thrown seven interceptions in less than three games. In his two starts, however, Palmer has thrown for 631 yards and five touchdowns. If you happen to have Drew Brees or Ben Roethlisberger on bye this week, Palmer makes a solid start as the Vikings have allowed 288-plus passing yards and three-plus passing touchdowns in each of their past three games and have lost cornerback Antoine Winfield for the season.
RB - Maurice Morris, Lions (31 percent): Speaking of bye-week replacements, Morris could be just that this week as well. Although the Lions are certainly a pass-first (and pass-second) team, they have the juiciest of matchups for running backs this week against the Panthers. Not only has Carolina allowed the most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, they have allowed a back to rush for 85-plus yards in every game except one this season.
RB - Kendall Hunter, 49ers (21 percent): Starting running back Frank Gore, who left last week's game at halftime with a knee injury, is expected to play this week. If he can't go, however, Hunter will be the back to pick up the slack. Should he fall into the role of the team's featured back due to injury, Hunter could put up big numbers. On the season, Hunter has 54 rush attempts for 257 yards (4.8 yards per carry) and two touchdowns in addition to five receptions for 78 yards.
RB - Lance Ball, Broncos (nine percent): With Knowshon Moreno placed on season-ending Injured Reserve, Ball becomes the team's backup running back to Willis McGahee. Although early indications are that McGahee, who left last week's game with a hamstring injury, will be able to play in Week 11, Ball should still see a reasonable amount of touches in the Broncos' run-heavy offense. With the injuries sustained by McGahee and Moreno last week, Ball finished with 30 carries for 96 yards. As long as Tim Tebow is the team's starting quarterback, Ball is one injury away from becoming a workhorse running back.
WR - Michael Crabtree, 49ers (49 percent): Crabtree had an off week against the Giants last week (one reception for 21 yards), however, he had five-plus receptions and 50-plus yards in his previous three games and in four of his previous five games. This week, Crabtree has a favorable matchup against the Cardinals, who have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers and Crabtree will be inside our top 30 receivers for Week 11.
WR - Early Doucet, Cardinals (35 percent): Doucet has now scored a touchdown in three of four games. Although he had 30 receiving yards or less in those games that he scored, he has five straight games with seven (or more) fantasy points. Against the 49ers, who have much stronger run defense than pass defense, Doucet is a low-end WR3 in deeper leagues (14 teams or more) this week.
WR - Damian Williams, Titans (eight percent): Williams is coming off a career game -- five receptions for 107 yards and a score. Over the span of the past three weeks, Williams has been the Titans' most productive receiver. During that span, he has 13 receptions for 201 yards and two touchdowns.
WR - Vincent Brown, Chargers (seven percent): Last Thursday night, it was Vincent Brown (not Jackson) that was the Chargers most productive wide receiver. Brown finished the game with five receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown, but he also had four receptions for 79 yards in Week 9. While Brown is better add for folks in keeper or dynasty leagues, if available, he should be a bigger part of the Chargers' offense going forward, especially if Malcom Floyd can't stay healthy.
TE - Jake Ballard, Giants (46 percent): Although Ballard had his worst game since Week 3, he should be owned in more than 46 percent of leagues and more than some of the players ahead of him like Dallas Clark, Kellen Winslow, etc. Before last week's 35-yard performance, Ballard had four straight games with 50-plus yards and and had scored in three of his previous five games.
Our full rankings including flex and point-per-reception (PPR) for Week 11 will be available Tuesday night and can be found in our fantasy section at TheTipDrill.com.
Good luck in Week 11!