Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups
Andre Brown, RB, Giants- Week 10 Stats: 30 car, 115 rush yds, 1 rush TD, 1 rec, 4 rec yds
So much for easing Brown back into the rotation. The fifth year back out of N.C. State touched the ball over 30 times in the Giants 24-20 win over the Raiders on Sunday, and looked every bit as explosive as he did before his leg injury. In a season that's seen guys like Peyton Hillis, Michael Cox and Brandon Jacobs play substantial snaps in New York's backfield, getting Brown out there on the field must have been a breath of fresh air for an organization desperately trying to keep their head above water. Big Blue's upcoming schedule includes games versus Green Bay, Dallas, Washington and San Diego, making Brown a reliable RB2 the rest of the way provided he can stay healthy.
John Carlson, TE, Vikings- Week 10 Stats: 7 rec, 98 rec yds, 1 rec TD
Carlson caught all seven of his targets for 98 yards and a score while filling in for the injured Pro Bowl MVP, Kyle Rudolph, in the team's 34-27 win over Washington. It remains to be seen whether those numbers were a byproduct of the 'Skins non-existent pass defense, or a preview of whats to come. Regardless, I'd rather roll the dice with Carlson as a bye week TE fill-in than some of the other low-end TE2's likely available on your wire like Scott Chandler, Zach Miller or Jared Cook.
Tavon Austin, WR, Rams- Week 10 Stats: 2 rec, 138 rec yds, 2 rec TDs, 1 return TD
Austin stole the show in the Rams 38-8 beatdown of the Colts in Indy. The rookie out of West Virginia made the most of his limited (15) snaps and scored on both of his catches. With Kellen Clemons under center I personally wouldn't feel too comfortable starting any Rams receiver, but Austin has proved time and time again that he's capable of catching lightning in a bottle and going off like we saw this week. I'd look to add him this week and try to sell high to someone else in your league.
Rishard Matthews, WR, Dolphins- Week 10 Stats: 11 rec, 120 rec yds, 2 rec TDs
Matthews more than doubled his yearly production in Miami's embarrassing 22-19 loss to the previously winless Buccaneers. I know I've said this many times but its worth repeating- targets are the #1 indicator of future fantasy success and Matthews saw 14 balls come his way Monday night. Without Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito this offense line is looking like a shell of its former self, and the result has been lots of quick passes Rishard's way. Look for that to continue the rest of the way. Worth the add in 12+ team and PPR leagues.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Titans- Week 10 Stats: 22 of 33 for 264 pass yds, 2 pass TDs
With Jake Locker likely out for the year with a foot injury, the former $50 million man will get another chance to prove he can run the offense in Tennessee. With Kendall Wright, Nate Washington and Delanie Walker at his disposal, Fitzy should be able to put up solid, QB2 worthy numbers. At his juncture in the season its highly unlikely that you're going to find a fantasy worthy starting quarterback on the waiver wire, but its nice to know that serviceable backups are still out there.