For NFL teams, there’s only two weeks remaining for byes and in Week 11, two teams will enjoy theirs (the Dallas Cowboys and the St. Louis Rams) while four teams will take a break in Week 12: the Buffalo Bills, the Cincinnati Bengals, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Seattle Seahawks. In addition to these absences from your fantasy football rosters, there’s also a number of injured players. Holes need to be filled.
Here’s a look at the fantasy football waiver wire picks for Week 11.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Tennessee Titans): Starting quarterback Jake Locker is done for the season thanks to a Lisfranc injury. Enter backup Fitzgerald. This will be his second starting stint for his new team: he’s already played in four games as Locker was previously injured.
During this time, he averaged less than 200 passing yards each game with a total of four touchdowns. He’s not a dominant player but he is reliable and has some good offensive targets to help him get some wins.
Riley Cooper (Philadelphia Eagles): As long as quarterback Nick Foles remains as the signal caller, you’ll want Cooper playing on your fantasy team. In the last two weeks, he’s had five touchdowns and more than 75 yards a game with Foles as the team’s starter. Last week against the Green Bay Packers, he had three receptions from five targets but two were for scores. As a frequent Foles target, he has no problem finding the end zone.
This week the Eagles will host the Washington Redskins who give up the sixth greatest number of points a game to wide receivers in fantasy play.
Jarrett Boykin (Green Bay Packers): Last week against the Eagles, Boykin was the team’s leader for targets, catches, and yards under third-string quarterback Scott Tolzien. For the game, he had eight catches (13 targets) for 112 yards but zero trips to the end zone.
Boykin is serving as the team’s top receiver and Tozien will be back as the team’s starting quarterback against the New York Giants this week. He and Boykin will face a secondary that’s been inconsistent and has given up a lot of passing yards.
Tavon Austin (St. Louis Rams): The diminuitive wide receiver, who entered the league with high expectations but has admittedly been challenged playing in the NFL, had a breakout game last week against the Colts. He had two receptions, 138 yards, two touchdown receptions and a 98-yard punt return for touchdown No. 3.
Keep in mind he only had three touches on Sunday but with backup quarterback Kellen Clemens at the helm, look for Austin to get more targets in upcoming Rams games. He should be featured in the team’s offense but keep your eyes on him as a possible fantasy starter.
Mark Ingram (New Orleans Saints): It appears Ingram is back as he had a great game against the Dallas Cowboys last week. He rushed for a career-high 145 yards with one touchdown. He also had two receptions for 15 yards.
There’s been worries about Ingram finding success in the NFL but after last week’s game, this should end some of them but he will face a challenging San Francisco 49ers team this week.
Andre Brown (New York Giants): The Giants have won three consecutive games and in their most recent one against the Oakland Raiders, came the debut of Brown for the season. On 30 carries, he ran for 115 yards with one touchdown. The Giants have been using their running game more and should continue doing so with the return of Brown.
This week he will go against a Packers defense that that gives up more than 106 ground yards each game. Look for him to have a solid workload and visits to goal line as the Giants fight their way into the race for the NFC East postseason.
Donald Brown (Indianapolis Colts): O.k., so the Trent Richardson experiment isn’t working out well but it has enabled backup running back Donald Brown more playing time. He hasn’t done much in the passing game but in last week’s game against the St. Louis Rams, he did have five catches for 64 yards and one touchdown. Over the last two of three games, he’s grabbed more than 40 receiving yards.
With the absent wide receiver Reggie Wayne, quarterback Andrew Luck is having to make do without other weapons and has been targeting Brown.
John Carlson (Minnesota Vikings): In Week 10, Carlson had seven targets and each time, he caught the passes. He amassed 98 yards and one touchdown as the team’s leading receiver against the Washington Redskins. Looking for his production to increase as fellow tight end Kyle Rudolph could be out for a month.
Delanie Walker (Tennesee Titans): In their 29-27 loss to the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars, Walker still had a good day with his four receptions for 62 yards and one touchdown. He is having a career year now that he’s broken away from the shadow of San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis.
Walker has tied his 29 receptions career-high and is moving closer to new yardage highs. He is reliable in the redzone and his four touchdowns represent a career-high.
In their last four of six games, the Cardinals defense has given fantasy owners 13-plus points for ESPN scoring. In last week’s game against the Houston Texans, the defense incurred a return touchdown while sacking quarterback Case Keenum three times and limiting the Texans offense to 235 total yards.
This week the Cardinals defense has appeal as they will take on the Jaguars. This team has seen opposing defenses amass points from turnovers and sacks. The Cardinals secondary should feast on the Jaguars while also pressuring quarterback Chad Henne and his offensive weapons.