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On Second Thought – Week 11

Most owners only have 3 weeks before their playoffs begin.  Some need all 3 of those to be wins in order to have a chance.  If that describes you, then that means you are still in it, good job, now it’s time to get to work.

As far as huge games go, this past week was relatively quiet.  Fantasy scores, and real scores seemed to be down, but don’t make the mistake of thinking that means that there are not as many waiver wire gems as normal, because you would be mistaken.

This week featured some interesting injuries and benchings.  Now, none of us wish for injury, but when they do happen it sometimes opens a very obvious door for owners, such as when Le’Veon Bell went down two weeks ago, it was a no-brainer to grab DeAngelo Williams.

Sometimes however, injuries to certain players, as well as benchings, do not necessarily open an obvious waiver wire pickup unless you are willing to give it a second thought.

As this article is exactly about giving pause to think about the moves you make this is what we are going to do.  So let’s start this week talking about some injuries and benchings at the QB position that may have you pausing to think.

Case Keenum was named the Rams’ starting quarterback Monday over Nick Foles.  This came after a 37-14 butt-kicking at the hands of the 4-5 Chicago Bears.  The Bears have been playing better football lately but not good enough for the Rams’ brass to take a loss like that lightly.  The person who would ultimately pay, Nick Foles.

Foles’ performance has been dismal at best for the Rams. He thrown only 7 touchdowns on the season and almost matched that number with 6 interceptions.  He only reached 200 yards passing twice in nine games and he only completed 56.6 percent of his passes.   This was poor enough for the powers that be to call in a reliever.  Keenum is that reliever.

The question is, can he bring relief to your fantasy roster and on second thought, even though he is available in 100% of leagues, I have to say no.  Keenum has a 2-8 record as a starter and his best offensive weapon is RB Todd Gurley.  Now some will point to the recent acquisition of Wes Welker as a positive sign and I believe it is.  I even, *spoiler alert*, suggest him as a WR later in this article, but I do not believe that will be enough of a difference to make Keenum viable in your starting lineup as the Rams offense overall is just too flat.

Brock Osweiler on the other hand, got the nod on Sunday to come in for the injured Peyton Manning.  Osweiler, who is available in 99% of leagues, then got a second nod and will be starting this Sunday in Chicago against the surging Bears. Coach Gary Kubiak, who most likely wants to give Manning a chance to heal up for the playoff run, announced this Monday.

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Denver QB Brock Osweiler.

Osweiler is a very low floor, very high ceiling player.  He won’t get many opportunities with Manning healing in the wings, in fact, this may be his one and only. Bears coach John Fox was Osweiler’s head coach for his entire career so he probably has a pretty good bead on how to aim his defense. But with all that being said, Osweiler inherits an offense that will be facing a gassed defense most the time due to the Broncos own incredible defense and their ability to keep the other teams offense off the field.  He is also inheriting a strong 1-2 punch in the backfield and a receiving corps that boasts Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.

If you are in need of a bye-week or injury fill-in there is a lot of upside here, so much so that it is worth the risk.

If you want a QB who is a little less risky then look Mark Sanchez‘s way.  He is available in 99% if leagues and after Sam Bradford went down to injury he stepped in and completed 14 of 23 passes for 156 yards and an interception.  It wasn’t the strongest outing, but we saw exactly what we needed to see.  Sanchez came in and handled the offense just fine.

His offense has many weapons and for those that remember the last time Sanchez played and how well Jordan Matthews did, then you should know that if Bradford can’t go next week and Sanchez has to step in you could do a lot worse in your lineup.  As always with a Chip Kelly offense, it comes down to volume and Sanchez will get so many opportunities that it is difficult to believe he won’t put up nice numbers.

Due to the Eagles’ struggles overall this year, I don’t think his ceiling is as high as Osweiler’s, but I guarantee his floor is way, way higher going against the Buccaneers in Week 11.

About Rick Olson

Rick joined FantasySharks,com as a staff writer in 2013, though he fell in love with fantasy football in 1988 with the first league he played in. In his articles he tries to feature players off the radar or deeper than most since, in his experience, by the time a player is a waiver wire "must have" they are not usually available in most leagues.