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Waiver Wire: Raiders RB Reece among top fantasy pickups

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Justin Boone, TSN.ca
11/6/2012 1:12:12 PM
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TSN.ca NFL Editor Justin Boone runs down the top waiver wire pickups with a focus on the coming week and the rest of the season.

QUARTERBACKS
 
Carson Palmer (at Ravens)
With bye weeks mostly over with, Palmer is exactly the kind of name you can find on the waiver wire at this time of year for a quick one-week start. The Raiders' quarterback is coming off a 414-yard, four-touchdown performance against Tampa Bay last week. Palmer will travel to Baltimore, in a matchup that is far less scary than it was at the beginning of the season. With the injuries to the Ravens' defence, and Darren McFadden likely sidelined for Oakland, Palmer is shaping up to have a nice week.
 
Ryan Fitzpatrick (at Patriots)
Fitzpatrick is not the Bills' quarterback of the future. He may not even deserve to be their quarterback of the present, but he will be the one taking snaps on Sunday against a Patriots' secondary that is generous against the pass. Fitzpatrick has had success against this group in the past, including earlier this season when he threw for 350 yards and four touchdowns in a losing effort. He may be the king of garbage time, but Fitzpatrick is worthy of a start this week.

Others to consider - Ryan Tannehill (vs. Titans), Russell Wilson (vs. Jets), Jake Locker (at Dolphins)

RUNNING BACKS
 
Marcel Reece (at Ravens)
With starter Darren McFadden going down with what seems like an inevitable injury, Mike Goodson was primed to step in and run away with the job. Unfortunately, Goodson was also hurt in last week's game. Now the options are getting thin in Oakland, but Reece is a sneaky pickup who has shown flashes of his talent. The fullback is a solid pass catcher, with 26 receptions for 272 yards and a touchdown this season. Reece will likely share carries with Taiwan Jones, but Reece is the more valuable back in Oakland if McFadden and Goodson are out. 

James Starks (Bye)
If you need help this week then Starks is not an option for you, but his 17 carries were eye-opening last week. Starks has served as Green Bay's lead rusher before and is able to carry the load for respectable numbers. The Packers don't score many rushing touchdowns, and Alex Green will still be in the picture, but Starks could be an interesting RB2/Flex option down the stretch.
 
Beanie Wells (Bye)
There's a good chance that Wells was dropped in your league(s). Now is the time to pick him back up. Wells is expected to return for Week 12 and he may be thrust right back into action for the Cardinals, who have yet to have a back step up in his absence. Stash Wells on your bench and he may come through for you in the fantasy playoffs. 

Others to consider - Bernard Pierce (vs. Raiders), Joique Bell (at Vikings), Mark Ingram/Chris Ivory (vs. Falcons)

WIDE RECEIVERS
 
Danny Amendola (at 49ers)
It's easy to forget how well Amendola was playing before he was injured in Week 5. The Rams' receiver had at least five catches in each game, averaging 87 yards per outing. Amendola also had found the end zone twice in those first four weeks. His first game back is against a 49ers' defence that is tough, especially when it comes to delivering punishment to receivers over the middle. Regardless, Amendola needs to be picked up, even though I wouldn't blame you for waiting a week to start him, just see if he's back to full health.
 
Danario Alexander (at Buccaneers)
In Robert Meachem's absence, Alexander took advantage with three catches for 61 yards. Meachem may miss another game this week, and even if he does play, head coach Norv Turner has said that Alexander has earned more playing time. Alexander is always an injury risk, but there is talent and opportunity here and that makes for a nice fantasy recipe. 

Others to consider - Emmanuel Sanders (vs. Chiefs), Ryan Broyles (at Vikings), T.Y. Hilton (at Jaguars), Golden Tate (vs. Jets)

TIGHT ENDS
 
Brandon Myers (at Ravens)
Prior to last week's game, the only issue with Myers was that he wasn't finding the end zone. The receptions and yardage were consistent, but his lack of touchdowns made him a TE2. Against the Buccaneers, he exploded for two scores and definitely won some people their weeks. Palmer has shown trust in Myers and that doesn't appear to be going away any time soon. Start Myers as a low-end TE1 in Baltimore. 

Others to consider - Dwayne Allen (at Jaguars), Dustin Keller (at Seahawks)

Marcel Reece (Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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