Week 11 Fantasy Football Waiver Claims

RB Marcel Reece (Oakland)

Percent owned (ESPN): 11.3%

With Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson both out with high ankle sprains, it was Marcel Reece, not Taiwan Jones, who carried the load. In fact, Jones saw just 2 carries behind some guy named Jeremy Stewart, who was 2nd on the team with 7. Reece rushed for just 48 yards, but also caught 7 passes for 56 yards. The Raiders were down for pretty much the whole game and could never get any rhythm in the running game, but Reece proved that he can produce no matter the situation. If the Raiders have to go pass heavy, Reece just picks up yards through the air. McFadden and Goodson are out indefinitely and Reece is a RB2/flex as long as he’s starting, so he should be owned universally.

WR Cecil Shorts (Jacksonville)

Percent owned (ESPN): 15.7%

I don’t know how he’s done it, but Shorts seems to have emerged as a productive receiver in the wasteland known as Jacksonville. Gabbert still isn’t any good, but Shorts has caught 21 passes for 356 yards and 2 touchdowns in his last 4 games, since he’s become a starter, so he’s gotten to the point where he’s worth starting him depending on the matchup. Next up, they get Houston, which isn’t promising, but they have some easier pass defenses on the schedule.

WR Danario Alexander (San Diego)

Percent owned (ESPN): 0.1%

Starting over free agent bust Robert Meachem, Alexander caught 5 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown and now has 8 catches for 195 yards and a score in 2 starts (he got the first one because Meachem was injured). On the year, Meachem has just 13 catches for 197 yards and 2 touchdowns, so Alexander will probably be the guy going forward and Rivers does seem to like throwing to him. He’s worth an add.

RB Chris Ivory (New Orleans)

Percent owned (ESPN): 2.3%

Ivory has taken advantage of Darren Sproles’ injury and now has 135 yards and 2 touchdowns in the last 2 games. Sproles isn’t expected back yet and while Ivory is still splitting carries with Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram, he’s also outperforming them so he could see his role expand in the coming weeks.

TE Brandon Myers (Oakland)

Percent owned (ESPN): 16.5%

Slow and steady, Brandon Myers has 44 catches for 499 yards and 2 touchdowns in 9 games and has only gone below 44 yards once. He’s borderline startable in standard leagues and has more value in a PPR league.

QB Nick Foles (Philadelphia)

Percent owned (ESPN): 0.5%

Nick Foles didn’t look great against Dallas, but he still threw for 212 yards and a touchdown in not even a full game. This week, he gets a full week of starters reps as he’s already been named the starter over a concussed Vick and he gets to face Washington’s 27th ranked pass defense. If you’re having quarterback problems or your quarterback is one a bye, consider Foles.

QB Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco)

Percent owned (ESPN): 0.5%

Alex Smith got hurt and it’s unknown how long he’ll be out. Colin Kaepernick is not going to do much through the air, but he does enough as a runner that he’s an intriguing fantasy option going forward. He rushed for 66 yards and a touchdown in not even a full game against St. Louis this week. Those would be good numbers for a running back, but Kaepernick did add another 117 yards through the air. He’s worth a stash and wait in deeper leagues.

RB Jacquizz Rodgers (Atlanta)

Percent owned (ESPN): 11.3%

Michael Turner’s effort was pathetic against the Saints, as he managed just 15 yards on 13 carries against one of the league’s worst run defenses and struggled to even pick up short yardage when they needed him to, including on the goal line for a potential game winner. Turner is now 3 of 17 in goal to go situations this year. Maybe the Falcons will give more work to Rodgers, who almost doubled Turner’s rushing yardage on 3 carries with 29 yards (and added 4 catches for 33 yards), going forward.




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