Week 11 Waiver Wire: 4 Players to Pick Up After Injuries

Erick Fernandez@erickgfonsportsCorrespondent IINovember 17, 2011

Week 11 Waiver Wire: 4 Players to Pick Up After Injuries

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    Some big name players suffered some tough injuries in Week 10 of the NFL season.

    While head coaches are seeking replacements for their injured superstars, fantasy owners might be looking for some late-season pickups as the regular season is winding down.

    Although none of these four players will be lighting up the fantasy scoreboard, they could score some important points against a tough opponent.

    As owners know, every point counts, so that is why you should consider these four players to rack up some points for their injured counterpart.

Houston Texans Quarterback Matt Leinart

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    Who would have thought that Matt Leinart's name would appear on this list?

    Leinart's career has been a big disappointment. Coming out of USC, there was a lot of hype around Leinart as he made the transition to the pros. Let's just say he hasn't necessarily played up to expectations.

    Well, if Leinart truly wants to revive his career, it's now or never after Matt Schaub suffered a potential season ending foot injury.

    Leinart has landed himself in a good position to make a comeback considering all the talent that surrounds him. With running back Arian Foster in the back field and wide receiver Andre Johnson coming back for Week 12, Leinart shouldn't have a problem making some plays and getting his team on the board.

    Owners shouldn't necessarily be sold on him as a QB, but they should be sold on the weapons available on offense.

    Although he and Texans will have a bye Week 11, owners should pick him up as a safe back up.

Denver Broncos Running Back Lance Ball

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    Although no football player ever wants his teammates to get injured, Lance Ball should be exciting about possibly getting the starting for the Broncos' Week 11 matchup against the New York Jets.

    With starting running back Knowshon Moreno suffering a torn ACL and backup Willis McGaehee suffering a hamstring injury in the first quarter, Ball was given an opportunity.

    This will be good news for Ball considering that the Broncos only passed the ball eight times in their Week 10 victory against the Kansas City Chiefs.

    The more rushes Ball gets, the likelier he is to get in the end zone.

San Francisco 49ers Running Back Kendall Hunter

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    With the 49ers starting running back, Frank Gore, leaving their Week 10 victory early with a bruised knee, Kendall Hunter was given a chance to take some important carries late in the game.

    Fortunately for the Niners, he did not disappoint, because he had the game-winning score against the New York Giants early in the fourth quarter.

    With Gore not practicing on Wednesday, he is questionable for the Niners' Week 11 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals.

    Look for Hunter to take on more of the carries and possibly get some points on the board against a Cardinals defense that has been far from stellar.

Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Laurent Robinson

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    In the absence of starting wide out Miles Austin, Laurent Robinson sure had a big game against the Buffalo Bills in Week 10.

    He had 73 yards receiving and two TD's in the Cowboys' blowout win of the Bills.

    With Austin questionable again in Week 11, Robinson will have another opportunity to shine against the Washington Redskins.

    Although the Redskins pass defense is better than the Bills, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will be looking in Robinson's direction, especially after his performance in Week 10.