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Waiver Wire: Week 11

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


TIGHT ENDS
1. Tyler Eifert, Bengals – Owned in 18 percent of Yahoo leagues
With Jermaine Gresham (groin) sidelined in Week 10, Eifert played on 91-of-91 snaps and saw a season-high 10 targets. In the nine games before that, he played on 62.3 percent of the snaps and averaged 4.3 targets per game. So we can see just how much Eifert’s role grows when Gresham doesn’t play. The groin injury doesn’t appear serious, but with the bye looming in Week 12 the Bengals could play it safe. It’s a situation to monitor as Cincy preps for the Browns.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team leagues

2. John Carlson, Vikings – Owned in 2 percent of Yahoo leagues
In the first game since Kyle Rudolph’s foot injury, John Carlson put a 7/98/1 line on the Redskins. It was more yards than Rudolph had in any game this year and more catches than the starter had in all but one game. Carlson may be a backup, but this is a guy that was the No. 38 overall pick in 2008 and got a five-year, $25 million contract from the Vikings in 2012. He has more upside than a standard second-stringer. Carlson will at least be a red-zone threat going forward, making him a TE2.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team leagues

3. Rob Housler, Cardinals – Owned in 6 percent of Yahoo leagues
We’ve always known Rob Housler had gobs of athleticism and is a strict pass-catching tight end. But his role in the offense is in constant flux. He’s starting to get more consistent looks now, averaging 4.0 catches for 39.0 yards with one touchdown over the last four weeks. Housler had something of a breakout game in Week 10, catching four passes for a season-high 57 yards with his first career touchdown. “It should be a great confidence boost for him,” coach Bruce Arians said. “Carson was looking for him a number of times.” And if Michael Floyd (AC sprain) sits in Week 11, there will be more chances to go around.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

4. Vance McDonald, 49ers – Owned in 0 percent of Yahoo leagues
After Vernon Davis left with a concussion in the first half of the Week 10 loss to the Panthers, Vance McDonald stepped in as an every-down player. He nearly had a deep catch down the seam, but Luke Kuechly made a great play to break it up late. McDonald, the No. 55 overall pick in this year’s draft, was an oversized slot receiver at Rice. He has pass-catching ability and drew some Jason Witten comparisons during the draft process.
Recommendation: Should be owned as a desperation Vernon Davis handcuff

5. Levine Toilolo, Falcons – Owned in 0 percent of Yahoo leagues
Tony Gonzalez is nursing a toe injury of unknown severity and is considered questionable for Week 11. If he sits, a fourth-round rookie by the name of Levine Toilolo will draw the start. He goes a massive 6’8/260 and isn’t very fleet of foot, but has been talked up as a red-zone option. Toilolo is a name for desperate Gonzalez owners to put in their brain.
Recommendation: Should be owned as a desperation Tony Gonzalez handcuff

Watch List: Brandon Pettigrew, Brandon Bostick, Dennis Pitta, Kellen Winslow, Ladarius Green – Tight ends torch the Bears every week, so don’t read too much into Pettigrew’s Week 10. … Bostick finally got going in Week 10. He’s a true pass-catcher unlike Andrew Quarless, who is a blocker. … No new news on Dennis Pitta (hip) yet. … Winslow is off suspension, but will likely play limited snaps behind Jeff Cumberland. … This is your weekly reminder that Ladarius Green is going to go off if Antonio Gates ever misses time.

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS
1. Texans – Owned in 56 percent of Yahoo leagues
In terms of yards allowed per game, the Texans are the No. 1 defense in the entire league. In terms of points allowed, they’re 28th. That has a lot to do with all those pick-sixes thrown by Matt Schaub earlier in the year. Now J.J. Watt and company get to face a Raiders team with a hobbled Terrelle Pryor (knee) and probably no Darren McFadden (hamstring). Over the last four games, Pryor has thrown eight interceptions against one touchdown.

2. Jets – Owned in 7 percent of Yahoo leagues
I normally hate going against the Bills in Buffalo, but this Jets defense is really excellent. Rex Ryan has had two weeks to scheme as they come out of a bye, and has some serious horses up front in Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson. With C.J. Spiller (ankle) still hobbled, Stevie Johnson (groin) in doubt and Robert Woods (ankle) questionable as well, E.J. Manuel is missing too many weapons.

3. Saints – Owned in 38 percent of Yahoo leagues
The 49ers will certainly be salty after they embarrassingly managed just nine points against the Panthers and Colin Kaepernick definitely projects to play better going forward. But going to the Superdome is not the place to turn things around. The Saints are 5-0 at home, and are giving up just 15.0 points per game during that span. Rob Ryan’s defense may give up some yards and points in this one, but they’ll make big plays as well.

4. Giants – Owned in 27 percent of Yahoo leagues
Given the circumstances, Scott Tolzien played reasonably well in relief of Seneca Wallace on Sunday. But he still threw a pair of bad interceptions, one of which was nearly returned for a touchdown. Now Tolzien has to go on the road for his first career start and face a Giants defense that appears to be rounding into form. They rewarded streamers last week by blocking a punt for a TD, forcing two turnovers and sacking Terrelle Pryor four times. Jason Pierre-Paul is back.

KICKERS  
1. Nick Folk, Jets – Owned in 24 percent of Yahoo leagues
Nobody is striking the ball better than Nick Folk this season. He’s 24-of-24 on field goals – including 11-of-11 from 40-49 yards out. He also has at least three makes in three straight games. Just keep an eye on the conditions in Buffalo ahead of Sunday’s game.

2. Shaun Suisham, Steelers – Owned in 7 percent of Yahoo leagues
The Steelers offense has sprung to life over the last couple weeks, averaging 27.0 points per game. Shaun Suisham has quietly gone 19-of-21 on the year and has at least three attempts in four of his last five games. Now he gets to kick at home again, this time against a Lions defense that gives up tons of yardage (376.2 per game).

3. Ryan Succop, Chiefs – Owned in 17 percent of Yahoo leagues
A reliable kicker in the thin air of Mile High? Sounds good. Ryan Succop is 18-of-21 on the year, including one make from 51 yards out. His range will be extended on Sunday night.

4. Alex Henery, Eagles – Owned in 27 percent of Yahoo leagues
With Nick Foles and the Eagles offense operating in high gear, Alex Henery’s floor is very low in this week’s game against the Redskins. He’s only 16-of-21 on the year, but kicking at home should be comforting.



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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