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Waiver Wire: Week 11

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

1. Riley Cooper, Eagles – Owned in 50 percent of Yahoo leagues
OK, this Nick Foles to Riley Cooper connection is officially for real. Foles and Michael Vick have attempted roughly the same number of snaps this season. But Cooper has an 8/93/1 line with Vick and an absurd 15/393/6 line with Foles. It’s not that Cooper suddenly became a great NFL receiver or gained some newfound speed. It’s that Foles is willing to chuck it up and hope for the best. That’s led to Cooper making some nice adjustments on balls and allowed him to use his 6-foot-3 frame to win some jump balls. Expect a regression, but Foles is here to stay and the matchup against the Redskins this week is right. Cooper is a WR3.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

2. Rishard Matthews, Dolphins – Owned in 4 percent of Yahoo leagues
In the six games before his injury, Brandon Gibson was averaging 4.8 catches for 53.6 yards with two touchdowns on 7.0 targets per game. After he blew out his knee in Week 8, the Dolphins turned to Rishard Matthews as their slot receiver. It’s a big role in this offense because the offensive line can’t block, leading to tons of short throws. Matthews, a second-year player who was Colin Kaepernick’s favorite target at Nevada, erupted for an 11/120/2 line on Monday night. A reasonable route-runner that now has gobs of Ryan Tannehill’s trust, there’s PPR appeal here.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team leagues

3. Nate Burleson, Lions – Owned in 8 percent of Yahoo leagues
Nate Burleson (arm) practiced last week as he attempts to return from his late September car accident. The thinking is that he’ll be back for this week’s game against the Steelers. Burleson may be eased in a little slowly at first, but he’s going to be an every-down No. 2 receiver down the stretch. It’s a role in which he averaged 6.3 catches for 79.6 yards before his injury.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team leagues

4. Andre Roberts, Cardinals – Owned in 5 percent of Yahoo leagues
Andre Roberts has played behind Michael Floyd on the outside and Rob Housler on the inside all year long. But when given opportunities, we know this guy is going to make plays. He showed it in Week 10, as Floyd left with a shoulder injury in the first quarter and Roberts responded with a 5/72/1 line on a team-leading eight targets. Floyd has been diagnosed with an AC sprain, and injury that players can sometimes play through. But if he sits, Roberts will be a solid WR3 against the Jags Sunday.
Recommendation: Should be owned as a potential plug-n-play

5. Jarrett Boykin, Packers – Owned in 43 percent of Yahoo leagues
Jarrett Boykin has repeatedly proven that he’s not just a fill-in, journeyman receiver. Even playing with Scott Tolzien in Week 10, he consistently won at the catch point on high balls and did well when targeted on screens. And despite not having Aaron Rodgers, the Packers are still using three-wide a ton (Boykin played 48-of-80 snaps, James Jones played 74-of-80). With Jermichael Finley (neck) done for the year and Randall Cobb not eligible to return until Week 15, there’s plenty of room here for Boykin.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team leagues

6. Mike Brown, Jaguars – Owned in 9 percent of Yahoo leagues
Let’s not overreact to Mike Brown’s disappointing 2/40/0 line on four targets from Week 10. We know that the majority of value in owning a Jaguars receiver is in garbage-time points. Of course, the Jags stunningly took a lead at Tennessee early on and ended up leading wire-to-wire. That left Brown without a real chance. Still, he played on 51-of-60 snaps, confirming that he’s the new Justin Blackmon. There will be plenty of garbage time over the final seven games for the 1-8 Jags.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team leagues

7. Mario Manningham, 49ers – Owned in 9 percent of Yahoo leagues
Here’s another guy that wasn’t eased in as he came off the PUP list. In his first game since a December 2012 ACL tear, Mario Manningham played on 45-of-57 snaps – immediately assuming No. 2 wideout duties from Kyle Williams. Manningham only produced three catches for 30 yards, but he was facing a dominant Panthers defense and led the team in targets with six. In potential shootouts – like the one at New Orleans next week – Manningham will be able to do more damage. He’ll get an extra big boost if Vernon Davis (concussion) can’t get cleared.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

Watch List: Santonio Holmes, Julian Edelman, Miles Austin, Marquise Goodwin, Jerricho Cotchery, Tavon Austin, Michael Crabtree – Holmes is expected to make his return as a WR3 candidate this week. … Edelman remains the clear-cut No. 3 WR in New England. … Miles Austin will likely return from his hammy pull after the bye. … With Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods banged up, Goodwin is getting a big chance. … Cotchery somehow keeps producing, but he’s going to lose snaps to Markus Wheaton soon. … Tavon only played 15 offensive snaps on Sunday. Don’t overreact. … Crabtree is practicing and should be back for Week 13, but is coming off a very serious injury and has a brutal schedule.

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Adam Levitan is in his sixth season covering football and basketball for Rotoworld. He won the Fantasy Sports Writers Association award for Best Series in 2011 and 2009, and ESPN's overall fantasy football title in 2000. Find him on Twitter.
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