Offensive Deep League Gems: Week 11
We are getting perilously closer to fantasy football playoff time, which means finding those game-changing roster additions becomes even more important. For those GMs in deeper leagues, the inevitable increase in injuries to reliable starters as well as the widening gap between could-have-beens and rising stars means an ever-increasing feeling of desperation as roster depth dwindles.
There are still gems to be found on the waiver wire, however, especially for those in deeper leagues where risk-taking is more prevalent and even more highly rewarded. Here are my three go-to Week 11 waiver wire additions for you deep-league GMs.
Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (Yahoo! 3% Owned; ESPN .5% Owned)
Expect Philadelphia Eagles’ new starting quarterback Nick Foles’ ownership percentage rise dramatically as the week wears on; and if you’re in need of a quarterback—be it because of the bye week or because you were a Michael Vick owner—this is a move you must make immediately.
Unlike bye-week quarterbacks or those seemingly more temporarily injured (like Jay Cutler or Alex Smith), Foles appears poised to be under center for the Eagles for the remainder of the season. Yes, he’s a rookie, and yes, the Eagles have a terrible offensive line, but in deeper leagues, losing a starting quarterback doesn’t always have an easy fix, making Foles an attractive puckup this week.
When Foles came in for the injured Vick in Week 10, he didn’t fare too poorly considering the circumstances. He played 60 of the Eagles’ total 81 offensive snaps and threw 32 passes for 22 completions, 219 yards, one touchdown and an interception and he was sacked twice. His rookie status, however, likely means he’s in for a struggle this week against the Washington Redskins, but to his credit the Redskins also have a poor secondary he could manage to exploit. If you’re in a bad quarterback situation this week, there are worse decisions you can make than to add Foles.