Waiver Wire: Alexander among top fantasy pickups

Justin Boone,

11/13/2012 12:47:23 PM NFL Editor Justin Boone runs down the top waiver wire pickups with a focus on the coming week and the rest of the season.


Carson Palmer (vs. Saints)
Palmer may not be the player he once was, but he still has the ability to be a dangerous fantasy spot start. In the last two weeks, Palmer has thrown for 782 yards with six touchdowns. Palmer has eclipsed 350 yards four times this season and will be poised to do it again against the Saints next week. New Orleans may be playing better recently, but their secondary can still be taken advantage of and Palmer should find himself in another shootout.
Sam Bradford (vs. Jets)
Even without deep threat Chris Givens, Bradford posted a respectable stat line in a rare tie with the 49ers. The Rams' QB threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns, with no interceptions, as he benefited from the return of wide receiver Danny Amendola. With Givens likely to step back into the lineup next week, Bradford will have a full arsenal against the Jets.
Others to consider - Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs. Dolphins), Nick Foles (at Redskins)

Chris Ivory (at Raiders)
Inactive for most of the season, Ivory was finally promoted to the active roster two weeks ago. Helping to fill the void left by Darren Sproles, Ivory has shown game-breaking skills rattling off long runs, including a 56-yard score this week. The Saints have plenty of talent in their backfield with Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram and Ivory, but the latter is making it hard for the team to keep him off the field. 
James Starks (at Lions)
Depending what you are looking for in a waiver wire running back, Starks could be a sneaky solution to your woes at RB2 or flex. Starks ceiling isn't as high as some other backs on this list, but he has earned himself playing time in Green Bay and he will get enough touches in the Packers' offence to guarantee you fantasy points. The problem with Starks is a lack of touchdowns, as the Packers normally take to the air to get into the end zone. Starks has a low ceiling, but high floor and should be rostered in all fantasy leagues.
Others to consider - Beanie Wells (at Falcons), Ronnie Hillman (vs. Chargers), Jacquizz Rodgers (vs. Cardinals), Joique Bell (vs. Packers)

Danario Alexander (at Broncos)
Even with Robert Meachem back in the lineup, Alexander played most of the snaps after an 80-yard catch and run that went for a touchdown early in the first quarter. That was all head coach Norv Turner needed to see, and Alexander dominated playing time from that point on, en route to five catches, for 134 yards and the score. Alexander has immense gifts as a pass catcher, but he carries a significant injury risk. Don't break the bank to get him, but if you are desperate for help at wide receiver, Alexander can give you the highest return for your investment out of this week's crop of wideouts.  
Cecil Shorts (vs. Texans)
Believe it or not, Shorts is on pace for 51 receptions, 997 yards and seven touchdowns, and he only recently became a starter. Shorts saved his fantasy day last Thursday with some garbage time points, but that doesn't take away from him cementing himself as the most explosive of Jacksonville's receivers. The matchup will be harder this week as the Jaguars draw Houston, however, Shorts is still the team's biggest threat to score through the air.
Donald Jones (vs. Dolphins)
Jones is averaging more targets in his last three games than the Bills' top option Steve Johnson, slightly edging his teammate 8.0 to 7.7 targets per game. Jones has been particularly productive during that time, with 16 receptions, 186 yards and two touchdowns during that three-game span. Now the Bills will have a short week before they host the Dolphins on Thursday night. Miami has let their opponents pass the ball at will this season and that could mean another nice game for Jones.
Others to consider - Laurent Robinson (vs. Texans), Donnie Avery (at Patriots), Golden Tate (Bye)
Greg Olsen (vs. Buccaneers)
Some of the names on this week's tight end list will be owned in your league, but some of them may have been dropped and now is the time to pounce. One thing Olsen, Gresham, Pitta, and Rudolph all have in common is that each had big games in Week 10, including all four scoring touchdowns. Olsen capitalized on a great matchup with the Broncos and has another lined up in Week 11 against the Buccaneers.
Others to consider - Jermaine Gresham (at Chiefs), Dennis Pitta (at Steelers), Kyle Rudolph (Bye)