Trade note: Both DeMarco Murray and Maurice Jones-Drew are expected to miss another game this weekend. I’m willing to bet that the owners of both players are getting awfully frustrated hanging on to these guys. With trade deadlines approaching, now’s the time to make a move to land either guy at a discounted price for the upcoming playoff run.
Danario Alexander, WR, San Diego Chargers: If he somehow made it through waivers last week, now’s the time to strike. At 6-5, 217 pounds, Alexander fits the mold of what head coach Norv Turner and quarterback Philip Rivers look for in a wide receiver. Over his last two games, Alexander has been targeted ten times, resulting in eight receptions for 195 yards and a score. More importantly, he’s taken highly-priced free agent Robert Meachem’s spot in the starting lineup.
Chris Ivory, RB, New Orleans Saints: The Saints would be absolutely nuts not to make a concerted effort to get Ivory more playing time. Since making his first appearance of the season in Week 9, Ivory has touched the ball 19 times for 135 yards and two scores in two games that resulted in Saints wins. With the possible exception of the injured Darren Sproles, this guy is currently the best running back on the roster.
Jason Campbell, QB, Chicago Bears: With starting signal-caller Jay Cutler suffering a nasty concussion on Sunday night against Houston, there’s a good chance that Campbell will get the nod in Week 11 at San Francisco. We aren’t expecting a whole lot of production against the Niners defense, but remember, Campbell has plenty of starting experience and could be used by owners in very deep leagues who find themselves in a pinch.
Daniel Thomas, RB, Miami Dolphins: The upside here is limited, but from the looks of things, Reggie Bush’s role on the Miami offense has been shrinking as of late. Owners in leagues with 12 or more teams are advised to take a look at Thomas if you have some extra roster space available at the moment.
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St. Louis Rams, D/ST: The Rams rank just 23rd in fantasy scoring at the D/ST position this season, but Week 11 offers up a tasty home matchup in the form of Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets. Remember, this will be the second leg of back-to-back road games for the Jets, who just got their butts handed to them last Sunday in Seattle while generating exactly zero points on the offensive side of the football.
Marcel Reece, RB, Oakland Raiders: For everyone who asked us last week whether or not we were making a mistake touting Reece over Taiwan Jones, now do you believe us? Reece touched the ball 20 times in Oakland’s Week 10 loss at Baltimore while Jones was given just three opportunities to make something happen. With Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson still in walking boots due to high ankle sprains, Reece should continue to handle the bulk of the backfield workload. Over his last two games, the fullback has racked up 199 total yards and a score on 28 touches.
Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: It’s a long shot, but you have to remember that the Redskins are currently surrendering an average of 24.1 fantasy points per week to opposing quarterbacks this season (second-most in NFL). Foles didn’t look terrible for a guy who came off the bench cold to make his first regular season appearance. Now with a full week to work with the starting unit, he could roll up some decent numbers in a favorable matchup. OR…
Washington Redskins, D/ST: …you can go ahead and play the ‘Skins D/ST in anticipation of a disastrous performance by Foles. Your call.
Jairus Wright, WR, Minnesota Vikings: Jerome Simpson has been a bust, which opened the door for Wright to catch three passes for 65 yards and a score in his first NFL appearance this past Sunday. Minnesota will obviously look to see if they can get this guy more involved in the offense, but it’s still too early to tell how much upside Wright really possesses. Either way, he’s worth keeping an eye on.
Owen Daniels, TE, Houston Texans: Daniels currently ranks fifth in scoring at the TE position and could be sitting on waivers if his previous owner decided to jump ship when he heard Daniels wasn’t playing in Week 10. If that’s the case, feel free to make a move.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers: Kaepernick completed 64.7% of his passes in relief duty against the Rams this past Sunday, but take note that the former Nevada standout also accounted for 66 yards and a touchdown on the ground. If Alex Smith is unable to go on Monday night against the Bears, Kaepernick makes for a decent desperation play for owners in deeper fantasy leagues. It’s a tough matchup, but this kid has some upside.
Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers: We told you this guy would eventually come around. Hopefully Olsen can continue to build on last Sunday’s 9-catch effort that resulted in 102 yards and two scores.
Andre Brown, RB, New York Giants: Big Blue is on vacation this week, but starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw is now dealing with a neck injury to go along with constant pain in both feet. Brown has been doing the most with the opportunities he’s been given this season and with rookie David Wilson far from being ready to assume more responsibility, Brown would be the guy who gets the carries if Bradshaw has to miss any time. Keep this in mind.
Byron Leftwich, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers: It’s a desperation long shot based on how bad Leftwich looked in Monday night’s overtime win against the Chiefs, but with Big Ben possibly headed to the shelf for an extended period of time due to a shoulder injury, Leftwich could be in line for a lot of snaps in the very near future. Owners in leagues with 12 or fewer teams are free to take a pass here.
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