FF Pickups WEEK 11


In most FF leagues, you have 3, maybe 4 weeks left to get your team into the playoffs, and from there it’s anyone’s game. Once the FF playoffs start, the hottest team will take the trophy. It’s getting there that should be your goal and you should live by the saying, “You have to been in it to win it”. Week 10 saw a bunch of starting QBs go down with injures, and there are quite a bit of stars hurting and returning.


Week 11 represents the last week of byes in the NFL with Minnesota, New York Giants, Seattle, and Tennessee all taking the break. Here are some players that can help your team fill the spots vacated by injures and the last week of byes, followed by a recipe for Pepper-Crusted Beef Tenderloin you can serve during the holidays.


Pickups of the Week (by position)




Carson Palmer

I have suggested adding him for weeks now and if he is on your waiver wire add him now if you have one of the QBs mentioned in my last post on your roster. The Raiders defense is not going to stop Drew Brees, and will be playing catch up all game. That and the fact that we all know by now how bad the Saints defense is, especially against the pass.



Nick Foles

If the Eagles can keep him on his feet, Slick Nick could be a nice fill in this week and going forward, as I predict he will have the starting gig the rest of the way. Don’t sleep on him, the Eagles brass is excited about him and he could be this year’s “Free-Man” if you can recall what Josh did for FF teams last year in the playoffs.





Chris Ivory/Mark Ingram

Darren Sproles is likely to miss at least another game or two. When he returns he will take away Ivory’s playing time, but pick him up until then. He might be that guy to get you into the post season in your league. He rushed seven times for 72 yards against the Falcons while scoring a touchdown for the second week in a row. With the team phasing Pierre Thomas out (6 touches), it appears the team is happy to rely on both Ingram and Ivory going forward until Darren Sproles is healthy enough to return.


Andre Brown

Brown ran for 65 yards and a score in the loss to the Bengals, also chipping in 5 catches. The G-men are on a bye this week so he may not be a priority for you now. New York has some favorable matchups going forward against the ‘Skins and the Saints making brown one to consider for your FLEX.


Chris Wells

While Beanie is not playing this week, he might be another player you consider going forward. He will be the starting RB in Week 12 through the rest of the season for the Cardinals. He will be fresher than nearly every starter in the NFL. He might just get you to the playoffs, but keep in mind they play the BEARS in week 16 (championship week).





Danario Alexander

Danario moves ahead of Robert Meachem after a game in which he finished the day with five catches good for 134 yards and a touchdown. Look for Alexander to continue to be an integral part of the San Diego passing game and he should be owned in all formats.


Laurent Robinson

What did the injury to Jones-Drew to the Jags offense? It made it clear Rashad Jennings is not the lead back they thought. It also made them go more and more three wide. This helps the value of Robinson, who is taking advantage of the increased playing time. A week after catching a half-dozen passes against the Detroit Lions, Robinson grabbed nine passes this past week, good for 77 yards against the Indianapolis Colts.


Golden Tate

Two games with TDs and some great acrobatic plays have made him one talked about in FF circles. Seattle has a bye this week and you can wait to grab him, but also consider him going forward as the ‘Hawks fight for a playoff spot.




Pepper-Crusted Beef Tenderloin Roast

It is important to use coarsely cracked (and not ground) pepper for this recipe. To ensure that you are using only coarsely cracked pepper, sift it through a fine-mesh strainer. You can crack the pepper by hand using the bottom of a skillet or saucepan. You can also use the coarsest setting on some pepper grinders to achieve the right texture.



2 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt
¾ teaspoon sugar
¼ teaspoon baking soda
4 ½ tablespoons olive oil
¼ cup cracked black peppercorns
1 ½ teaspoons grated orange zest
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 (2-pound) center-cut beef tenderloin roast, trimmed


Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 300 degrees. Combine salt, sugar, and baking soda together in bowl; set aside. Heat 3 tablespoons oil and peppercorns in small saucepan over low heat until faint bubbles appear. Continue to cook at bare simmer, swirling pan occasionally, until pepper is fragrant, 7 to 10 minutes. Using fine-mesh strainer, drain cooking oil from peppercorns. Discard cooking oil and mix peppercorns with remaining 1½ tablespoons oil, orange zest, and nutmeg.

Set tenderloin on sheet of plastic wrap. Sprinkle salt mixture evenly over surface of tenderloin and rub into tenderloin until surface is tacky. Rub top and side of tenderloin with peppercorn mixture, pressing to make sure peppercorns adhere.

Transfer prepared tenderloin to wire rack set in rimmed baking sheet. Roast until thickest part of meat registers about 120 degrees for rare and about 125 degrees for medium-rare (thinner parts of tenderloin will be slightly more done), 45 to 55 minutes.

Transfer to carving board and let rest for 30 minutes.

Cut meat into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Serve.




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