Week 11: Pickups of the Week
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Week 11: Pickups of the Week

These players are worth considering adding to your roster if they're available. This week's picks include Profiled players include Case Keenum, Mark Ingram, Brian Leonard, Tavon Austin, and Jarrett Boykin.

(Initially posted on 11/12/13 at 1 p.m. ET, then updated)

QB

1) Case Keenum

2) Ryan Tannehill

3) Carson Palmer

4) Josh McCown

5) Mike Glennon

Notes: Ryan Tannehill has a sweet plus-matchup in Week 11 versus a Chargers defense allowing the sixth most points to fantasy QBs. ...If you can't trust Carson Palmer, then don't use him even though the matchup versus Jacksonville is tremendous, on paper...With Jay Cutler already ruled out for Week 11, Josh McCown moves back into the fantasy discussion. He'll remain there as long Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery are on the field. Solid QB2 versus the Ravens. ...Good news for Mike Glennon: He next faces a Falcons defense that has allowed at least two TDP in all but one game this season.

RB

1) Shane Vereen

2) Rashad Jennings

3) Brian Leonard

4) Bobby Rainey

5) Bernard Pierce

6) Donald Brown

7) Shonn Greene

Others: Dennis Johnson, Mark Ingram, Montee Ball

Notes: Andre Brown and Chris Ivory top all listed above if available. ...Shane Vereen could return this week, though no need to rush him back into your fantasy lineup against a fierce Panthers defense. Vereen should be owned in all formats. I'll admit to going back-and-forth between ranking Brian Leonard or Bobby Rainey higher. I always liked Rainey as a deep sleeper with the Ravens and Browns - and then both teams cut him. Basically this is a split backfield with Leonard the most experienced and therefore the safer option. Those in PPR hoping for 5-10 points per week, go with Leonard. Those willing to risk for more should consider the true tailback in Rainey. ...Bernard Pierce and Dennis Johnson are an injury away from being the lead back on their respective teams. Considering Ray Rice and Ben Tate are hardly 100 percent, the backups are certainly worth rostering.

WR

1) Rishard Matthews

2) Jarrett Boykin

3) Andre Roberts

4) Nate Burleson

5) Kenny Stills

6) Doug Baldwin

7) Mike Brown

8) Michael Crabtree

9) Mario Manningham

10) Tavon Austin

Others: Jerricho Cotchery, Nate Burleson, Leonard Hankerson, Cordarrelle Patterson

Notes: If available, Riley Cooper and Aaron Dobson trump all others on this list. Both are available in fewer than 30 percent of MyFantasyLeagues.com leagues....Perfect timing for those holding Andre Roberts. Michael Floyd goes down and the Cards next face Jacksonville. If Floyd sits, Roberts is a legit WR3. For those looking beyond Week 11, look past Roberts toward the returning Nate Burleson, who should quickly take over as the Lions No. 2 WR. ...For those thinking lottery ticket, ponder Michael Crabtree and Tavon Austin. Crabtree returned to practice last week, but reportedly looked tentative. Though he could help fantasy owners during the closing weeks, it will be difficult trusting him unless he returns to the field before then. San Francisco is expected to activate him later this month. Only owners with playoff berths locked up should go down the Crabtree route. ...Nice run here for Doug Baldwin, but now Percy Harvin returns. Not enough passes for those two and Golden Tate to remain fantasy viable, but all could have their moments over the final weeks.

TE

1) Tyler Eifert

2) John Carlson

3) Delanie Walker

4) Brandon Bostick

Notes: With Jermaine Gresham inactive, Tyler Eifert finished second on the Bengals with 10 targets in Week 10, though he caught just three of them for 55 yards against the Ravens. Gresham could return this week, which limits fantasy value for both, but Eifert has TE1 potential. ...Delanie Walker took advantage of a great matchup in Week 10 with 62 yards and a TD on four receptions against the Jags. Now he's back in low-end TE range against a Colts defense allowing the sixth fewest points. ...Brandon Bostick is a pure flyer call, but the athletic 6-foot-3 target went 3-42-1 last week for the Packers, catching his TD from new Green Bay starter Scott Tolzien. The fifth receiving option on Green Bay is not a good spot right now, but that could change especially when Aaron Rodgers returns.

Defense

1) Texans

2) Jets

3) Bills

MyFantasyLeague availability: 98%

Last week's mention of Keenum started with discussing different fantasy backup levels and where the Texans' starter fit. This week, he doesn't fit with those QB2 types at all. That's because throwing three touchdown passes in consecutive weeks and the upcoming matchup against Oakland puts Keenum into the QB1 range. Five of those scoring throws went to Andre Johnson, including two this past week against a fierce Arizona secondary. The rookie also has yet to throw an interception in 102 attempts. There is no reason to imagine the good times stop rolling as Oakland allows the fifth most points to fantasy wide outs and sixth to QBs. No Arian Foster makes it unlikely Houston goes with a run-dominant approach. Even those without a need this week should consider Keenum as he faces Jacksonville twice in the closing weeks.

MyFantasyLeague availability: 19%

Most of the time, this space is used to tout players that owners can grab off their league's waiver wire. This isn't one of those times, at least not in 10-12 team leagues. Let's give Ingram, who entered Week 10 with 50 rush yards, props for his 14-145-1 performance against the Cowboys. Let's also note the Saints crushed Dallas' injury-plagued defense from all angles, but especially on the ground as Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles also posted major fantasy numbers. That's the rub with adding Ingram. While it's worth noting that the Saints have indeed relied on Ingram when running late in games, they simply have other, better options out of the backfield. They also have a challenging upcoming schedule, starting with the 49ers in Week 11, the Seahawks in 13, and then the Panthers in 14 and 16. At this time in the season, every fantasy RB warrants consideration, but view Ingram more as a depth play than a starter.

Injury Status: Out - Hand
MyFantasyLeague availability: 100%

The same week they officially put Doug Marin on the season-ending IR, the Bucs reportedly lose Mike James to a fractured ankle. That left Brian Leonard and Bobby Rainey against the Dolphins and both produced. Well, Leonard didn't exactly pound the Dolphins with his 20 carries for 57 yards, but he also caugh two balls for another 16 yards. Rainey looked good on a 31-yard run, scored from one-yard out and had 56 yards on nine touches. Best guess is while Rainey sees more work on early downs, Leonard receives the most snaps in his role as pass-catcher and short yardage option. Tampa faces a Falcons defense that has allowed over 190 rushing yards to backs in two of the last three weeks and a rushing TD in each of those three games. The remaining schedule has some ugly matchups, but touches are touches and both Leonard and Rainey are poised for some going forward.

MyFantasyLeague availability: 45%

Crazy video game numbers from Tavon Austin as a receiver and returner in Week 10, including two receptions for 138 yards and two scores. While for many owners this epitomizes "too little, too late," we cannot deny the rookie's dynamic speed and open field ability. Whether the Rams can sustain the rookie's production is something else. Turns out Austin only played 15 snaps on offense. Obviously we love players with lots of snaps and touches, but with his game-breaking ability, Austin doesn't need many of either for massive yards. Every season there are players that go from zero to hero over the final stretches of the fantasy season. For those with roster spots to spare, take a flyer to see if Austin turns into one of those options once he returns from the Rams' Week 11 bye.

MyFantasyLeague availability: 57%

Completely understandable if owners sat Boykin in Week 10, if not cut him in 10-team leagues. All the Green Bay wide receivers took a fantasy value hit when Aaron Rodgers took a big hit to his collarbone, leaving Seneca Wallace and now Scott Tolzien at quarterback. The thing is, even with those lesser options Boykin rocked last week against the Eagles with eight receptions for a career-high 112 yards. As long as Jordy Nelson and James Jones are active, Boykin's upside is limited as Green Bay's WR3. However, we know that backups often throw routes and to players they feel most comfortable with and for Tolzien that's could be Boykin. Green Bay meets a Giants defense in Week 11 that has suddenly turned stingy, but Boykin has fantasy WR3 appeal for those in need this week and perhaps beyond.

 
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