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“What if I say I’m not like the others?

What if I say I’m not just another one of your plays?

You’re the pretender.

What if I say I’ll never surrender?”  

–“The Pretender” by the Foo Fighters

We’ve got three weeks left in ESPN leagues and four to go in most others before the playoffs begin. It’s getting closer towards crunch time and every week on the waiver wire can be the difference between being a contender or a pretender.

Week 10 saw plenty of injuries to quarterbacks and it will make the waiver wire for week 11 one of the busiest ones for this season. We saw Michael Vick, Jay Cutler and Alex Smith were all felled by concussions while Ben Roethlisberger suffered a shoulder injury last night against Kansas City. To make the week even more unbelievable, we saw a tie game for the first time in four years.

The final teams on bye this week are the NY Giants, Seattle, Minnesota and Tennessee. Percentages are based on availability on ESPN leagues and FAAB are off of a $100 budget.

New Orleans RB Chris Ivory (97.5%; $8) is definitely worth an add this week. Ivory looked sharp on his 56-yard touchdown run against Atlanta. The reason you want Ivory is that he looks like the closest thing to a true running back on the Saints roster while guys like Darren Sproles are more of a hybrid back.  And did we mention the Saints play Oakland this week?  Mark Ingram had 16 carries last week but produced just 67 yards. Ivory is averaging 7 yards per carry. Advantage: Ivory

Jacksonville WR Cecil Shorts (84%, $4) has come on strong as of late and has emerged as the only receiving threat the Jaguars have. Shorts has seen his numbers climb with two 100-yard games in the last three weeks. In addition, his 21 catches in the last four weeks are more than any other Jacksonville wideout since their bye.

Temper your expectations for this week as the Jaguars take on a very stout Houston defense. And Jaguars still don’t have any real answers at the quarterback position but Shorts has the ability to make your team a few points.

San Diego WR Danario Alexander (99.9%; $2) has come up on the radar in the last two weeks. Alexander has 8-195-1 in his last two games and had an 80-yard bomb touchdown against Tampa Bay. QB Phillip Rivers looked his way several times and seemed to be comfortable with him. Alexander will have some tough matchups with Denver this week but has a promising end of the season. The Chargers close out with Carolina, the Jets and Oakland so he could be a late-season stud that puts you over the top.

St. Louis QB Sam Bradford (60%, $4) has come back into focus with the return of WR Danny Amendola. Bradford was able to guide the Rams’ offense to 24 points of production against San Francisco and only had a tie to show for it. With games against the Jets (this week) and Arizona upcoming, Bradford could be a serviceable bye week filler. He could also be a quarterback to keep in mind for your fantasy playoffs as the Rams take on Minnesota and Tampa in weeks 15-16.

Carolina TE Greg Olsen (55%; $3) came back on the radar with his two-touchdown game in the loss to Denver. Olsen has become the top receiving threat since Steve Smith has virtually melted into oblivion. Olsen has favorable matchups with Kansas City (week 13) and closes out with Oakland and New Orleans on weeks 16-17 so he could be a sneaky piece to pick up and stash on the bench should another TE get felled by injury.

Philadelphia QB Nick Foles (99.5%; $5) is someone we mentioned a couple weeks ago and now is the time to get Nick. With Vick being out for a while with his concussion, Foles is scheduled to start and walk into a peachy matchup with the Redskins. If Vick is out for any extended period of time, Foles would get tasty matchups with Carolina next week and then close the season with TB-CIN-WSH-NYG.

Dallas DST (56%, $5) was mentioned last week in this spot as a defense you could ride the rest of the way and it started last week with a three-touchdown performance against the Eagles. This week could be just as promising as they host Cleveland. With Washington, Philly and Cincy looming, Dallas is set up to have a run as a top-flight defense.

Cincinnati DST (86%; $3) also gets a look here since they take on woeful Kansas City this week. They also get Oakland and San Diego next so they could also be poised to put up some points as well. With the Seahawks, Giants and Vikings on bye they have the add luster of being a final bye week filler.

Avoid these guys…

San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick, Chicago QB Jason Campbell, Pittsburgh QB Byron Leftwich since they will all be playing this week against very tough defenses. These guys are more likely to be carted off hurt than have successful fantasy days in Week 11.

A name to watch…

FA QB David Garrard could be making his way back onto the scene in light of the spate of quarterback injuries. His phone should be ringing this week so see if anyone picks him up. As you may remember, Garrard was battling for the starting job in Miami in training camp before suffering a minor knee injury. Garrard has healed and could be back on a roster this week. It’s hard to predict which one at this time.

As always, leave your questions below and good luck in Week 11.

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  1. TYHiz says:
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    PPR league, please rank: C. Ivory / Laurent Robinson / Denario Alexander / Josh Morgan. Thanks!

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @TYHiz, Ivory (if no Sproles), Alexander, Morgan, Robinson.

  2. george says:
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    who would you pick up, ivory, ingram, starks, or wells? right now i have mcgahee, stewart, and dwyer.

    • Murph says:
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      @george,

      Highest upside is Ivory
      Ingram can make an imdeiate impact as a weekly flex option 5-10 PPG
      Starks is only a speculation add as there is no clarity in the Green Bay back field and as bad as Green has been Starks has been just as unimpressive
      Wells might take the lead roll in AZ but had a brutal schedule for a healthy RB much less a RB with limited upside and injury prone.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @george, Ivory for sure. Ingram will get lost in the same backfield with Sproles possibly coming back this week.

      Starks had an okay week but isn’t a dominant lead back. Wells is supposed to be coming back in a couple weeks but Arizona has shown they can’t run for anything.

  3. Steve Stevenson says:
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    I have a strong playoff team with excellent RB depth (Martin is my Flex), but Big Ben going down has thrown a wrench in things. That said, I think there’s enough on the wire for me to play matchups rather than trade some of that depth for a top-10 QB. So, like you, I’m looking at playoff QB matchups for pickups this week. Which two would you go with (playoff sked in parentheses)? 4 pt TDs, bonus @ 300 yds or for long TD passes.

    Wilson: ARI, @BUF, SF
    Foles: @TB, CIN, WAS
    Bradford: @BUF, MIN, @TB
    Locker: @IND, NYJ, @GB
    Weeden: KC, WAS, @DEN

    I’m thinking a Bradford-Wilson combo may take me to a championship, though Foles also has a couple nice matchups.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Steve Stevenson, Weeden has the best set and Cleveland will be passing a lot in those three games.

      Foles has some promise but I want to see how he does with a full week’s worth of reps before I go all in on him for a title run.

      Wilson will have some tough games there. Locker is just coming back after being hurt so I’d shy away from him.

      Bradford could be an interesting option but I’d look for him week-to-week as long as his wideouts don’t nearly kill themselves getting hurt or run the stairs right before the games.

  4. Purewater says:
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    Can you rank these 3 receivers who are on my waiver wire, for this week:

    Santana Moss, Danario, Avery.

    Thanks!

    • Murph says:
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      @Purewater,

      Depends on if Garçon can suit up this week. He is giving it one last shot to push through the pain if not he is going in for season ending surgery if he does Moss becomes the top pickup.
      We are still learning Denario’s roll in SD but he does have some upside becasue when rivers finds a receiver he likes he will force the targets
      Luck does throw a lot but there are too many mouths to feed in Indy (Hilton, Wayne, Allen, Fleener, Ballard) and Avery does have some lingering injury concerns.

  5. Murph says:
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    Drop Titus Young for Maclin?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Murph, Yeah I’d do that now since Megatron is back into form and the idea of Foles-Maclin sounds more promising now.

      • Murph says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier,

        Thanks Andrew good luck to all 49 of your teams this week.

  6. Vargo says:
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    Rothlisberger is my QB. Both Bradford and Foles are FA in my league (FA Auction style format). Which player should i go after more?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      We know Bradford will be the starter from here on out, barring injury. Can’t say the same about Foles so I’d have to say Sam.

      • Murph says:
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        @Sky,

        Sky the Marshawn Lynch of the Razzball writers. FFB advice “workhorse”

        Kenny Britts value ROS? Think he can bounce back with a week to recover? Lots a favorable matchups down the stretch. Don’t think Washington or Wright can handle WR job for the Titans

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ha! You should see my grillz. Just realized this was on Andrews post…sorry Andrew!

          Britt looks like a lost cause this year. If my league is deep enough I could see it but I’m not overly excited about him ROS

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Vargo, Foles for the matchups and the better WRs than Bradford has.

      @Murph Britt is worth about as much as a coupon that expired 19 days ago.

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