Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pick-Ups: Week 11 Waiver Wire Warriors
We were at it again with some solid advice last week. Arse and I both told you to run-get-Garrard, and he followed through with a nice performance against the always-beatable Houston Texan’s secondary. When we said “get him” the masses listened, doubling his percent owned in fantasy leagues. Garrard went for 28 fantasy points and owners everywhere sent us thank you cards. (Right…) Ryan listed Kitna as a Top 2 pick-up, and Jon ended up with one more point than DG. Josh Freeman had another nice day, and soon people will believe in him on a weekly basis, he’s about as consistent as it gets. Myself and Nate both liked Goodson, and he went for 100 yards on the ground in his first start. Brian Hartline also had a nice day. But guys are gong fast, so go get ‘em if you need ‘em. Here’s this week’s WWW!
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(Our WWW pick-ups are limited to guys owned in under 50%. Each writer ranks their Top 6. I’m also going to give you my “Pull The Trigger” area for guys that are obvious pick-ups and still owned in less than 70% of fantasy leagues. And there’s going to be an area called “End It Already” for guys that I consider drop-worthy, or try to trade now-worthy, regardless of their %-Owned.)
Top Waiver Wire Pick-Ups
Top Waiver Wire Pick-Ups (Week 11)
|Ryan Kauffman||Josh Arsenault||Papa Weimer||Lucky Lester||Nate B. Kuhns|
|Matt Cassel||Mike Goodson||Shaun Hill||Jon Kitna||Mike Thomas|
|Jon Kitna!!!||Rob Gronkowski||Jabar Gaffney||Mike Thomas||Keiland Williams|
|Danny Amendola||Jermaine Gresham||Mike Goodson||Sidney Rice||Jacoby Ford|
|James Jones||Tyler Thigpen||Sidney Rice||Jabar Gaffney||Nate Burleson|
|Jacoby Ford||Sidney Rice||Danny Amendola||Anthony Fasano||Jermaine Gresham|
|Kevin Smith||Troy Smith||Ben Watson||Tyler Thigpen||Sidney Rice|
Pull The Trigger
Jon Kitna - (53% owned): Kitna is good. The Cowboys are loaded with gamebreakers. The Jason Garret-infused Cowboys look to be playing harder and showing a little more confidence. There’s no reason to think the Cowboys can’t torture the Lions’ secondary next week. Go ahead and roll with Kitna if you need some help at QB.
Mike Thomas (7% Owned): If Mike Sims-Walker is tough to trust, Thomas is easy to believe in. He’s always been good, and I’ve loved his game since he was ruining Pac-10 corners for Arizona. Mike Thomas has at least 12 fantasy point in 5 of his last 6 games. His Hail-Mary catch was big, and lucky, but he still had 7 catches and 100 yards receiving before that. Don’t be shy here.
Jabar Gaffney (39% Owned): He’s basically the #2 in an extremely potent passing attack – and he’s consistent, which is just something you rarely get from the WR spot. He’s had at least 50 yards receiving in each of his last 7 games, and he’s had 9 or more fantasy points in 8 of his teams’ 9 games this season. Good enough for me. Use his points.
Mario Manningham (69% Owned): He jumped nearly 20% (give or take) and he made owners proud of their moves. Manningham took advantage of Steve Smith’s absence, and even in a Dallas beatdown of the Giants, the former Wolverine finished with 10 catches, 91 yards, and a touchdown. Pick him up, hurry.
Anthony Fasano (26% Owned): Nate has been doing work if you haven’t noticed. He had his best week as a Lion in Detroit’s tight loss to the Jets, doing work on that famed Jets secondary, going for 113 yards and a touchdown on 7 catches. That’s 24 catches for 210+ yards and 3 touchdowns over the last 4 games. He’s scored 15 or more fantasy points in 3 of those 4 games.
Tyler Thigpen (.02% Owned): The last time Thigpen got starter snaps, he was throwing for 2600 yards and 18 touchdowns in Kansas City, all while running for 386 yards and 3 touchdowns in the process. He seems like the perfect QB for the Dolphins scheme, and he’s always been good at recognizing the team’s best receiving options and giving them chances (bonus for you, Marshall owners). He also loved throwing to Tony Gonzalez in KC, so maybe he’ll aim for Fasano in Miami? All things considered, he makes a lot of plays. He had some big games in 2008, and I expect he’ll have a few this season. Fantasy owners will always thank him for his Fantasy Finals Week performance of 420 yards and 2 touchdowns through the air while rushing for 57 and another score on the ground. Don’t be scurrd…
Brian Hartline (1% Owned): I know white receivers are generally ignored (sorry Steve Largent) but Hartline has been as consistent as you can get from a completely ignored fantasy source. He’s had double digit fantasy points in 5 games this season, and at least 4 catches and 40+ yards in each of his last 5. He’s had 50+ in each of his last 4 and had a season high 98 yards last week. I’m guessing he’s more than 1% owned next week…
James Jones: If Driver is out, he’s a money pick. If not, he’s still a very good receiver and has a solid match-up against the Minnesota Favre’s. Danny Amendola: Touchdowns in 3 straight games, good enough to go on watch-list. Shaun Hill: Still like any quarterback that feels good about throwing it up for Calvin Johnson to grab – Hill has been good at that every time he gets the nod in Detroit.
End It Already
Nate Washington (38% Owned): The Titans aren’t like the Vikings, Moss’s arrival doesn’t help receivers on the other side. It might help the TE spot in Tennessee, but one more WR that demands touches probably just makes the other WRs in Tennessee un-ownable.
Laurent Robinson (40% Owned): He must just not be recovered from his health woes from last year – because I’ve always thought he was solid. He’s been nothing this year… He caught a Touchdown in Week 1, he had 10 points. Since then, the best he’s done is 5 grabs for 33 yards. There are probably 20 receivers less owned than Laurent that I’d rather have on my team.
Ricky Williams (82% Owned): There might not be many better options out there, or there might be 10 – Ricky has double digit fantasy points just twice this season, and one of those was an 11-pointer. Chicago next week, Cleveland and the Jets in 2 of their next 4, so it’s not like his match-ups are good, either.
Tony Romo (55% Owned): I don’t think Romo plays much this year, and holding on to him in case he plays in the playoffs seems ridiculous. Let it go, let it go…
Brent Celek (78% Owned): The dream’s dead. Celek hasn’t done anything with Vick at the Q-spot, and I don’t think Kolb will be winning the job back anytime soon. Do this, drop Celek, pick up one of Heap, Olsen, Petitgrew, Gresham, Scaife, Watson – and be better because of it. If Vick gets hurt, just pick up Celek, nobody else will even have him on the radar because he’s been so ghostly.
A couple guys WE think should be owned in ALL LEAGUES….
Josh Freeman (57%) Pierre Thomas (80%) LeGarrett Blount (78%) Vincent Jackson (56%) Sidney Rice (40%) Jacob Tamme (73%)
It’s very tough to garner double digit wins in a bye week – but this week, that’s just what I did. These picks were made for winning, and that’s just what they did, these picks were plucked for winning, and they’ll win all over you! It started with a loss, but boy-oh-boy, it sure ended with a win!
Baltimore Ravens (+1) @ Atlanta Falcons (Loss)
Oh, I wouldn’t have felt good about this one had I come out victorious. The Ravens got handled pretty much all night, but they fought back to go up with about a minute and change left. The Falcons made it right when Matty Ice slung a touchdown pass to Roddy White to win it. It’s a loss I earned – that’s for sure.
Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago Bears (+1) (WIN)
The Bears were the better team throughout, in an interception fest in Chicago. Brett had some bad cleats on his receivers and he wasn’t on point anyway. Weird, that OT win against Arizona didn’t translate to a win over a decent team… Hmm…
Tennessee Titans (-1) @ Miami Dolphins (Loss)
The Titans beat up on the Dolphins QB position, but in the end that just meant they had Tyler Thigpen to worry about, and he’s probably the best QB on Miami’s roster anyway. Look for the Fins to start picking up wins with the young QB running the show.
Houston Texans (+2) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (Loss)
A Hail-Mary did me in, but it is what it is. The Jaguars outplayed the Texans, and that surprised me. I thought I was going to sneak out of Jacksonville with an overtime win, but the right team walked away with a W and I hopped off with a loss.
Detroit Lions (+3) @ Buffalo Bills (WIN)
This is GREAT! The Bills finally get a win, and I still win betting against them. The Lions didn’t play well and the Bills ran all over them because of it. Detroit is back to being Detroit, maybe? I don’t know, after everyone kept giving them the “better than their record” treatment, they go and lose to the only win less team in football. Nice. Still, they were good enough to get me the cover.
New York Jets (-3) @ Cleveland Browns (WIN)
The Jets somehow managed to walk out of Cleveland with a win. Colt McCoy continues to impress me, and while he’s not winning like he did at Texas, he sure gives his Browns a chance to win every time he’s on the mound – if you get my baseball reference. But New York didn’t just get me the OT push that’s expected from a team that wins in OT, nope, Santonio Holmes took it the distance to get me the cover. Brilliant.
Cincinnati Bengals (+9) @ Indianapolis Colts (WIN)
The Bengals had a chance, even after sucking it up early and handing the Colts great field position and points. When he wasn’t sucking for a handful of throws, Carson Palmer was really throwing well. Still, is there any game where he doesn’t suck at least for a little while? Hopefully he’s turning it around – he played well enough for me to get the W – I’ll take it.
Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants (-14) (Loss)
Okay, so I was a little worried and not too excited about going against the Cowboys with 14 points on their side, and apparently that was justified. Still, just by 4th loss of the week – and my last. Plus, it’s always nice to see Tom Couglin and Eli’s squishy face when they’re losing.
Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos (+1) (WIN)
Oh, gotta feel good about this one. The Broncos straight dominated the Chiefs on Sunday, throwing the ball around like it was 8 man football. It was so bad that Todd Haley wouldn’t even shake McD’s hand at the end of the game – maybe Todd was po’d that he didn’t just run the ball 80% of the time and keep it close? Hmmm… Everyone had a good fantasy day in this one.
St. Louis Rams (+6.5) @ San Francisco 49ers (WIN)
The Rams didn’t win, but they covered. San Francisco didn’t play like a team that deserved damn close to a touchdown spread, as they haven’t all year. Sam Bradford is good, he doesn’t beat himself, and the Rams don’t make many mistakes anywhere. Give them a TD and watch them cover.
Seattle Seahawks (+3.5) @ Arizona Cardinals (WIN)
I can’t believe it, the Sea-Chickens got me a W. It’s usually Seattle just killing me either way, when I pick for or against them, but they trounced the Cardinals from the get-go. Now if Marshawn Lynch could just get going.
New England Patriots (+4.5) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (WIN)
Giving Tom Brady and his Patriots points is a scary thing. The Patriots didn’t just win, and the score doesn’t quite do it justice, because it makes it look closer than it was – the Patriots embarrassed the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Sunday Night Football. Really, Tom was awesome and made me remember why people have called him the best in the game. But there is this Mike Vick guy…
Philadelphia Eagles (-3) @ Washington Redskins (WIN)
Mike Vick beat the Redskins. Seriously. The Super-talented, and formerly embattled QB went nuts on the Redskins, throwing 4 TD passes and running for a couple more. The Eagles put up 59 points in Washington, and yeah, it’s was a good exclamation point for my 10-win week. 10-4 baby! Yeah!