Ranks reax: Wallace, Marshall concerns? 

November, 14, 2012
There figure to be more than a few quarterback changes on fantasy rosters heading into Week 11, as concussions and other maladies (shoulders, bye weeks, etc.) are robbing fantasy owners of potential starters, but also potentially affecting their weapons negatively. People are scrambling for the likes of Nick Foles, Byron Leftwich and, gasp, perhaps even Mark Sanchez! No, not him! At least his teammates seem to like him. In general, none of these new quarterbacks are appealing in fantasy at this point, though I'd like to see what San Francisco 49ers runner Colin Kaepernick could do with a decent matchup (Week 11 isn't one).

The bigger picture for fantasy is not if the Chicago Bears' Jason Campbell is worth playing, but whether top wide receiver Brandon Marshall is. In Pittsburgh, Mike Wallace will have a new fellow at quarterback with Ben Roethlisberger out at least a week. Basically, when an injured quarterback needs replacing, fantasy owners overreact in judging their normally safe, reliable wide receivers. I certainly considered this angle while ranking players for Week 11, and it's clear from the staff rankings that we feel good wide receivers are still good wide receivers, even if the one slingin' them the football is not a good quarterback.

[+] EnlargeBen Roethlisberger and Mike Wallace
Charles LeClaire/US PresswireIs Eric concerned about Mike Wallace's production with QB Ben Roethlisberger out? Um, no.
Wallace is a fine example, especially going up against a Baltimore Ravens defense he sees twice a season. In 2012, the Ravens have not played defense at quite the elite level many of us expected, but does Leftwich have a chance? Of course he does! While there's little chance I would actually use the journeyman backup for fantasy in Week 11, I'm not sitting Wallace, who has touchdowns in six of his nine games. His No. 21 rank from me has Leftwich/Ravens implications built in, but that's not a huge drop for someone entering the week tied with Wes Welker as the No. 16 wide receiver for the season. Wallace is not on pace for 1,000 receiving yards. He's not a monster PPR choice. But why can't Leftwich find him for 5 catches, 60 yards and a score? I think he can.