Week 11 – Waiver Wire Pickups
Lance Ball -
After Willis McGahee injured his hamstring, and Knowshon Moreno went down with a knee injury (now done for the year), the Broncos relied on Lance Ball to run the football. Ball was productive when given an opportunity and should serve the Broncos well if McGahee can’t return for a Thursday night game against the Jets.
As you can see from the box score this week (Tebow’s two completions on the game), Denver will continue to be a run heavy offense for the rest of the season. Hey, when you can win playing this way, why change it, and that means a bunch of carries for Ball this week.
Kendall Hunter –
The 49ers will continue to pound the football, even if Frank Gore is a scratch after suffering a knee injury, to go with this ailing ankle. As of Sunday night, Coach Jim Harbaugh said that Gore will play against the Cardinals, but if he should prove to be ineffective, Kendall Hunter would see the majority of the touches.
This was the case in the second half against the Giants, as Gore was on the sidelines, and Hunter ran for 40 yards and a game-winning touchdown score. Not only is Hunter a reliable runner, he has respectable hands and does a decent job in pass protection, so if you’re in need of some flex help this week, Hunter could be a sneaky play.
Chris Ogbonnaya –
Veteran Peyton Hillis continues to have health problems, and backup Chris Ogbonnaya is clearly the main runner when he’s out of the lineup. Ogbonnaya struggled against the Texans but in reality, Houston has been good against the run most of the year. With Hillis already ruled out for this week, look to Ogbonnaya as the starter moving forward, and he should be owned in all leagues, after his 109 total yards (90 rushing) last week.
Earl Bennett -
After a strong performance in his return game on Monday night football, Earl Bennett followed it up with another respectable game against the Lions. Quickly becoming Jay Cutler’s top target in the offense, Bennett is emerging as a WR-3 play in standard leagues, and possible a low end WR-2 in PPR leagues going forward.
Damian Williams -
Not one of the more exciting names to think of when considering options for fantasy football, but Damian Williams is starting to look like a solid play as Matt Hasselbeck’s favorite big-play receiver. Someone has to catch the football in Tennessee, and with recent injury to Nate Washington, it is Williams that looks like the receiver to play. Give him a start this week against a shaky Falcon secondary, that has struggled with the vertical game this year.
Harry Douglas -
With Julio Jones suffering a setback to his hamstring injury, slot receiver Harry Douglas was clearly Matt Ryan’s favorite target in the second half against the Saints. For whatever reason, Ryan and Roddy White just haven’t connected well this year, as White has been more of a decoy at times, with others benefiting in single coverage. Douglas is a decent WR-3 play during the final bye week, and is clearly a must hold if you’re in PPR leagues.
Vincent Brown -
A solid young route runner, it was only a matter of time before Vincent Brown was ready to make an impact in the Chargers offense, and with Malcom Floyd out with a hamstring, he played well against the Raiders. As of Monday, Floyd wasn’t in practice, and it’s likely that Brown will get another opportunity to start against he Bears.
With Vincent Jackson’s sporadic play on the other side of the field, Brown could emerge as a steady weapon against single coverage for Philip Rivers going forward. Don’t be surprised if Brown beats out Floyd for the starting job at some point, as Floyd has never been a reliable route runner in his career, and Brown gives them what they need for a No.2 receiver.
Ed Dickson -
The Ravens second year tight end may not be available in your league, but take a look on the waiver wire. If so, Dickson is at least worth a stash on your depth chart, as he’s becoming a reliable target of Joe Flacco, especially after his ten reception performance against the Seahawks. Dickson is also an option around the goal line, so if you’re in need of some help, consider this former Oregon Duck as an option to help you out.
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