In this week’s Pick Six, we’ll look at our three RB selections from last week, as they all remain excellent waiver buys, as well as a couple QBs forced into duty and an injury-prone receiver making a name for himself in San Diego.
1. James Starks, RB, GB
2. Chris Ivory, RB, NO
3. Marcel Reece, RB, OAK
Conveniently, we can just add to our arguments that Starks, Ivory and Reece were the best backs on the wire last week. Starks didn’t play in Week 10, but his 17 carries before the bye were six more than previous top back Alex Green received. If Starks continues to get the majority of carries in Green Bay, he’s well worth owning. Ivory beastmoded his way to a long TD against the Falcons, giving him a score in each of his two games played this year. It’s hard to imagine the Saints keeping him off the field even when Darren Sproles is healthy. And Reece predictably saw most of the work at running back with Oakland in a big hole early, putting up 104 total yards. With Darren McFadden’s status still up in the air, Reece could be worth using for another week or two, especially with New Orleans on tap in Week 11.
4. Danario Alexander, WR, SD
The oft-injured Alexander walked into a situation in San Diego where the team was desperately looking for a consistent threat at WR. Once Alexander proved that, unlike Robert Meachem, he could get somewhat open and catch a football with regularity, he stayed on the field for much of the Chargers’ Week 10 loss to the Buccaneers. Alexander is only as valuable as his health permits; remember that before spending a good chunk of waiver wire change this week. However, there isn’t much time left to spend that budget or use that top waiver pick. Unless you need to replace a bum QB this week, what other commodity do you think is walking through that waiver door? Alexander should be a fine find for WR-needy fantasy teams.
5. Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF
Alex Smith was one of the 843 quarterbacks to suffer an injury this week, and it may keep him out for Week 11. That opens the door for the more dynamic Kaepernick to make his case to be the 49ers starter, maybe even over a healthy Smith. Kaepernick is a better-throwing fantasy version of Tim Tebow, and you likely recall the impact Tebow had last season upon taking the reins in Denver. Kaepernick could add 5-10 fantasy points each week via the ground to a solid passing game and give QB1 performances while under center. I’m very intrigued to see how he looks after a full week of practice as the starter.
6. Nick Foles, QB, PHI
Sure, he’s an overmatched rookie playing behind a terrible offensive line. But he’s being handed the keys to one of the most talent-rich offenses in the league (at least at the skill positions). In his brief audition in Week 10, Foles appeared to get rid of the ball much quicker than Vick had in his time under center this year. That’s half the battle: just get the ball in the hands of LeSean McCoy/Jeremy Maclin/DeSean Jackson/Brent Celek and let him do his thing. Foles has a favorable matchup against the Redskins this week and gets the Redskins again in Week 16. He could make waves in fantasy before the season is over. Remember, you don’t need him to win games, just to pile up yards and TDs.
Plenty of other potential claims emerged in what should be a surprisingly active Week 11 wire in your leagues. Consider: Cecil Shorts, Golden Tate and Donald Jones at WR; Mark Ingram, Daniel Thomas and Daryl Richardson at RB; Sam Bradford, Jake Locker and Byron Leftwich at QB; and Dennis Pitta, Scott Chandler and Tony Moeaki at TE.
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