Waiver Wire Watch: Week 11
By John Paulsen, Contributing Editor
There were several injuries in Week 11: Matt Schaub (foot), A.J. Green (knee), Jeremy Maclin (shoulder, hamstring), Julio Jones (hamstring), Willis McGahee (hamstring), Owen Daniels (knee), Frank Gore (knee), Steve Johnson (shoulder), Matt Cassel (shoulder, hand) and Calvin Johnson (head) all missed snaps due to their various injuries on Sunday. Luckily, there may be a few good waiver wire options out there to help soften the blow.
Also, Week 11 is the final week of byes; the Colts, Saints, Steelers and Texans are all off this week.
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Palmer has 631 passing yards and five TDs in two starts. His upcoming schedule is pretty sweet with the Vikings, Dolphins and Packers in the next four weeks.
Bradford is still available on almost 50% of ESPN league waiver wires and after a pedestrian 155-yard, one-TD performance in a tough matchup against the Browns, he has two nice matchups in the next two weeks when the Seahawks and Cardinals visit St. Louis.
Smith has averaged 221 yards and 1.0 TDs in his last two starts, and with the Cardinals coming to town, he's a decent spot start.
As long as Ponder doesn't regress significantly on Monday night against the Packers, he should be a solid fill-in due to his nice Week 11 matchup against the Raiders, who have given up the 6th-most Adjusted FP to opposing QBs this year.
Moore didn't do much against the Redskins, but he tossed three TDs against the Chiefs in Week 9. The Bills are coming to town -- they've been mediocre against QBs this season, but just got torched by Tony Romo and Co.
Skelton had a nice fantasy day against the Eagles (315 yards and three TDs), but keep in mind that one of his TDs was a tipped ball that landed in the hands of Larry Fitzgerald. If Kolb misses another week, Skelton is worth consideration for owners desperate for help at QB. The Cardinals will probably have to throw against the 49ers, because everyone has trouble running on San Francisco.
Slammed all week in fantasy circles, Ogbonnaya got a bad rap due to a tough matchup against a stingy Texans defense in Week 9. He bounced back with 21 touches for 109 yards against the Rams and is the Browns' clear RB1 with Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty both sidelined. Unfortunately, the upcoming schedule isn't pretty.