By Greg Larnerd
Fantasy football wise, there have been many players who haven’t yet lived up to their billing and fantasy owners have paid the price this season. Brandon Marshall, Allen Robinson, DeAndre Hopkins, Jeremy Maclin, any Packer running back and many more just to name a few.
Plus, there’s another player who had been having an uncharacteristically down year who was suspended four games by the NFL on Monday for a PED violation and that man is Alshon Jeffery of the Chicago Bears.
Therefore, there is plenty of waiver wire hunting to be done, so let’s dive straight into the Week 11 waiver wire pickups.
CJ Prosise (Seattle Seahawks, 59% Owned):
A converted WR turned RB, this kid has been super effective for Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks of late and as Russell Wilson gets healthier so does the Seahawks offense. Prosise has proven that he’s a dynamic running back who is equal parts able to hit the holes carrying the ball and very capable of catching the ball in the passing game. I’m not exactly sure what’s going to happen when Thomas Rawls comes back, but as it stands right now and the way Prosise is outperforming Christine Michael, it seems that he’s going to continue to see time on the field. I’m looking at Prosise as an extremely solid PPR option and until Rawls gets back, he’ll continue to be solid in standard leagues as well.
James Starks (Green Bay Packers, 68% Owned):
There’s a lot of bad, negative energy surrounding the Packers of late, but I think they’re going to try to run the ball a little bit moving forward so Aaron Rodgers’ arm doesn’t fall off. From what we saw in Week 10 when Starks returned to the lineup, he’s going to be the main running back for the Packers and they’d like to utilize him in the screen passing game. This makes him a decent add in PPR leagues. However, with so much turmoil associated with the Pack right now, it’s hard to tell exactly how the offense is going to operate from this point forward. Hopefully they’ll change something up and get a little bit more creative with their rushing attack, but time will tell.
Cameron Meredith (Chicago Bears, 26% Owned):
I had been off the Cam Meredith train for a few weeks now, basically since Jay Cutler took back the starting QB duties, and for good reason as he saw only two targets in the previous three weeks. Now, with the news of Jeffery being suspended for four games, I don’t think Jay Cutler will have much of a choice other than to turn to Meredith. I see him being instantly fantasy relevant once again in 2016 and he should get plenty of opportunity on a bad football team.
Pierre Garcon (Washington Redskins, 24% Owned):
I’ve got to start off by saying that I love his matchup this week against a Green Bay defense that is beaten and battered. The cornerback depth has not been there for the Packers who have lost all three of their top cornerbacks at times throughout the season and the pass rush hasn’t been there with an injured Clay Matthews. I see no reason why the Kirk Cousins-Pierre Garcon connection can’t have a nice week if you’re looking for WR help this week. Garcon was also the leading receiver this past weekend for the Redskins, hauling in 6 of his 10 targets for 81 yards receiving.
If you think I’m worried because he’s only got a single receiving touchdown this season, rest assured, I’m not. This could be a breakout game touchdown wise for Pierre.
Ladarius Green (Pittsburgh Steelers, 19% Owned):
I told you about Green two weeks ago and he didn’t go nuts in Week 10 but he’s working his way back into the Steelers offense. Last week he brought in three of his four targets for 30 yards and this week he’s got a dream matchup against a Cleveland Browns defense that’s already allowed nine touchdowns to opposing tight ends in the past seven weeks. This has the making of a, “welcome to the Steelers offense” type game for Green. If you’re in need of a tight end, look his way!
Greg Larnerd is the CBS Sports Radio Round-Up Midday Host on CBS Local Sports, 10am-2pm on RadioRoundup.com. Greg’s the resident fantasy football nut, constantly talking everyone’s ear off around the office about all things fantasy football and the glory that is this great game.
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