Fantasy Football Week 11: Waiver Wire Wonders at Wide Receiver
This week marks the end of the byes as New Orleans, Houston, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh will be resting.
Marques Colston, Andre Johnson (should be back after the bye at the latest), and Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown owners might be forced to the waiver wire this week. Pierre Garcon and Reggie Wayne should not be starting for your fantasy teams unless you are desperate as the Colts continue to position themselves closer to Andrew Luck.
There are a few bumps and bruises to monitor heading into Week 11.
The top two rookie WRs in this year's draft class are both listed as questionable—AJ Green is battling a hyper-extended knee (game time decision at Baltimore), and Julio Jones aggravated his hamstring injury that cost him two games earlier in the season (JJ is likely to sit out this week making Harry Douglas an option).
The Eagles season is in free fall and they could be without Jeremy Maclin for the Sunday Night matchup against the NY Giants. Maclin is battling shoulder and knee injuries, and has yet to practice (via SB Nation).
Dallas WR Miles Austin's hamstring injury will keep him at least one more week. Worst case, he should be back for the start of the fantasy playoffs in Week 14. Laurent Robinson hauled in two TDs in his starting debut last week and is a solid WR3 at Washington in Week 11.
Andre Johnson's surgically repaired hammy is expected to be healed enough for him to return after the bye week (unfortunately Matt Leinart will be under center).
This week we profile a few WRs that could provide adequate numbers if you are in need of an injury replacement or BYE week fill in.
Denarius Moore: (@MIN, CHI, @MIA, @GB, DET, @KC)
(The games in parenthesis are the next six games (Weeks 11-16) for each team.)
Last week we profiled Jacoby Ford and he delivered a 40-yard catch in the first quarter and then exited with a foot sprain. Ford owners loss is Denarius' owners gain, as the rookie from Tennessee finished with five catches for 123 yards and two TDs.
Moore had been missing in action since Week 2 (five catches for 146 yards and a TD against Buffalo), but his 17.2 YPC is a true testament to his dynamic talent. Carson Palmer has the Raiders offense back to respectability, and Moore will be his true go-to WR with Ford sidelined indefinitely and DHB in the coaches doghouse (still not sure what he did).
In Week 11, Moore has a dream matchup against Minnesota's floundering 30th-ranked pass defense that just lost CB Antoine Winfield for the season. The Vikings are allowing 273 YPG through the air and have yielded 18 passing TDs over nine games.
Damian Williams: (@ATL, TB, @BUF, NO, @IND, JAC)
The second year WR from USC had the best game of his brief career in Week 10 as he finished with five catches for 107 yards with a touchdown in a win over the Panthers. He has now amassed 13 catches for 201 yards over the past three weeks.
Over eight games he’s averaging just 38 YPG, but does have four TDs (scored in back to back weeks). Williams is emerging as the No. 1 option in the Titans' 13th-ranked passing game (ahead of Nate Washington).
For those looking for a Week 11 bye fill in, Williams faces Atlanta’s 23rd-ranked pass defense (254 YPG), and should be a solid WR3 as Matt Hasselbeck continues to increase his targets.
Vincent Brown: (@CHI, DEN, @JAC, BUF, BAL, @DET)
The rookie from San Diego State has been missing in action (battled a quad injury) for most of the season, but he started in place of Malcolm Floyd (hip) in Week 9 and finished with four catches for 79 yards.
In his second start against Oakland last Thursday night, Brown was impressive—finishing with five receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown (also had a 33 yard TD reversed). He is emerging as the Chargers every down WR as Malcolm Floyd continues to battle a hip injury (yet to practice this week).
The 5’11, 187 pounder from San Diego State was labeled as a sure-handed WR with above average route running, but with mediocre speed. He did improve his forty time to 4.56.
In his senior season, Brown caught 69 passes for 1,352 yards (six 100 yard games), and 10 touchdowns (First-team all-Mountain West Conference). In four seasons, he caught 209 passes for 3,110 yards (third in school history), and 23 touchdowns (fifth in school history).
He left college with a record-tying thirteen 100-yard receiving games. You can see our entire preseason analysis HERE.
In Week 11, Brown faces Chicago's 29th-ranked pass defense (allowing 270 YPG), and makes for a solid bye week fill in as the starting WR opposite Vincent Jackson in the Chargers fourth-ranked passing offense (289 YPG).
Laurent Robinson: (@WAS, MIA, @ARZ, NYG, @TB, PHI)
We doubt he's available, but if he is, sprint to the waiver and add Mr Robinson.
Miles Austin re-injured his hamstring in Week 9 and will miss 2-4 weeks. Robinson (now in his fifth NFL season), started opposite Dez Bryant in Week 10 and burst onto the fantasy scene with three catches (only three targets) for 73 yards and two TDs in a blowout win over a struggling Buffalo pass defense.
He should be solid WR3 (as long as Austin remains out), in a Cowboy offense that ranks seventh in passing yardage 280 YPG. The 26-year-old WR from Illinois State is averaging four catches for 73 yards, with four touchdowns over the past seven games.
It's worth noting that Dallas faces multiple soft pass defenses over the next month with matchups against Miami (26th) and Arizona (29th) on the horizon.
In Week 11, Robinson has somewhat of a tough matchup against Washington's ninth-ranked pass defense (217 YPG), having only allowed eight passing TDs over nine games.
Harry Douglas: (TEN, MIN, @HOU, @CAR, JAC, @NO)
The third-round pick in the 2008 from the University of Louisville has failed to emerge as a starter. Douglas was a non-factor over the first five weeks of the season, but thanks to ongoing hamstring problems for rookie Julio Jones, Douglas has topped 50 yards in three of the past four games and seems likely to start in Week 11 as Atlanta plays it safe with Jones.
Matt Ryan showed confidence in Douglas hitting him on numerous big pass plays in the fourth quarter against New Orleans. He finished with eight catches for 133 yards.
In Week 11, Douglas is expected to start opposite Roddy White against the Titans 15th-ranked pass defense. It's likely he will square off with CB Cortland Finnegan, allowing Douglas the potential to surprise again.
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