2011 Fantasy Football Waiver-Wire Advice: NFL Week 14

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IDecember 5, 2011

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 4:   Dan Orlovsky #6 of the Indianapolis Colts shouts instructions against the New England Patriots in the first half at Gillette Stadium on December 4, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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There were some unusual heroes on Sunday. There always are. Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worthy of your fantasy rosters.


Dan Orlovsky, QB, Indianapolis Colts

Orvlosky threw for 353 yards and two TDs with a pick. Excellent numbers, but they came against the league’s worst pass defense and the scores came in garbage time. Pierre Garcon could be viable again though.

Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.


Christian Ponder, QB, Minnesota Vikings

Ponder threw for 381 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He added a 12-yard run. Good game with some rookie mistakes. Not a fantasy option though, unless you are in a two-quarterback league.

Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.


Alex Smith, QB, San Francisco 49ers

Smith threw for 274 yards on 17-of-23 passing with a pair of scores. He’s a solid NFL QB, but not a good fantasy option.

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 04: Marion Barber #24 of the Chicago Bears shakes off a tackle attempt by Jon McGraw #47 of the Kansas City Chiefs at Soldier Field on December 4, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chiefs defeated the Bears 10-3. (Photo by Jonathan Dan
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Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.

Marion Barber, RB, Chicago Bears

Barber replaced the injured Matt Forte. He didn’t put up a huge game (44 yards), but he’s worth adding with Forte expected to miss a few games. As bad as it sounds, they should be on the horn with Donovan McNabb.

Ruling: Get ‘em.


Riley Cooper, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Cooper caught five passes (10 targets) for 94 yards last Thursday.  That’s three solid weeks in a row, though Maclin could be ready after the long layoff. Only add him in deep leagues or if Maclin will be out again.

Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.



Andre Roberts, WR, Arizona Cardinals


Roberts caught all six of his targets for 111 yards. He’s not a reliable fantasy option.


Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.


Chaz Schilens, WR, Oakland Raiders

Schilens caught six passes (seven targets) for 89 yards. It was his second solid game in a row. Given his talent and the injuries in the Oakland’s receiving corps, he’s worth a sleeper look, but the Raiders are tough to rely on.

Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.


Brad Smith, WR, Buffalo Bills

Smith caught seven passes (10 targets) for 72 yards. It was his second strong outing. He's a bit of a gamble, but he's a dynamic player. 

Ruling: Get ‘em.


Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos

Thomas caught four passes (seven targets) for 144 yards and two scores. It’s hard to rely on anyone in the Broncos’ passing game. Plus, I don’t think he’ll be able to wear his Harry Potter invisible cloak to get as wide open as he did against the Vikings’ pathetic secondary.

Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.


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