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Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 11

Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 11The fantasy postseason is right around the corner! We are entering Week 11 and with just a few short weeks of the fantasy season left it is essential that you make the right moves on the waiver wire. It is time to get those lineups ready for a playoff push!

Hopefully, you read last week’s article that featured Marqise Lee, Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin, and Garrett Celek who all had nice fantasy performances. This week we have four teams on a bye, but thankfully this is the last week for the dreaded bye weeks. So whether you need a plugin play for a player on a bye or someone to stash for playoff time you have arrived at the right place.

  • Week 11 Byes: Carolina, Indianapolis, New York Jets, San Francisco

Key Tips:

  • Look ahead to the upcoming matchups especially in the playoffs. Grab guys weeks before their favorable matchups to get an edge. You will find many players in this article that may not have favorable matchups this week, but in weeks down the road.
  • Depth is not as important as the season comes to a close. Do not hold guys for depth purposes. If you cannot see yourself ever starting a player than it may be time to drop them for a second defense or a second quarterback. These players will help your team more when you play them based on the matchup.

Presenting your waiver wire pickups for Week 11!

Waiver Wire Quarterbacks

Andy Dalton

Quarterback | CIN

  • ESPN: Less than 44% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 54% owned

The Red Rifle is back on the waiver wire list this week for one reason. His Week 12 matchup against the Cleveland Browns. The Browns have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to the QB position so far this season and the only game Dalton scored more than 20 fantasy points this season was against the Cleveland Browns back in Week 4. However, for this week, I would leave Dalton on the bench against the Denver Broncos despite their struggles. Dalton has been too inconsistent to trust on the road.

Blaine Gabbert

Quarterback | ARI

  • ESPN: Less than 0% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 0% owned

Drew Stanton suffered a lower-body injury and is expected to miss time, so third-string QB Blaine Gabbert looks to be the starter in Week 11. Gabbert looked good in the preseason and is an interesting stream this week against the Houston Texans. The Texans have allowed the third most fantasy points to the QB position this season. Gabbert had some nice fantasy performances last year on a talent-deprived 49ers offense accumulating 19 fantasy points in two out of five starts in 2016. It is forgotten that he has running ability, so that could set him up with a solid baseline.

Case Keenum

Quarterback | MIN

  • ESPN: Less than 14% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 17% owned

Case Keenum had a career day in Week 1o throwing for over 300 yards and four touchdowns. In Week 11 a matchup against the Los Angeles Rams does not seem favorable as the Rams have allowed the 10th fewest fantasy points to the QB position. However, this has been due to the fact that they have faced the likes of Tom Savage, Eli Manning, Blake Bortles, and an injured Carson Palmer over the last four weeks. Also, throw in the fact that it is a #revengegame for Keenum against the Rams so he could be a solid stream for Week 11.

Waiver Wire Running Backs

Jamaal Williams

Running Back | GB

  • ESPN: Less than 3% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 7% owned

The Green Bay Packers backfield is a mess with injuries to both Aaron Jones and Ty Montgomery, so it appears that Williams will be the primary ball-carrier in Week 11. He had 20 carries for 67 yards in Week 10 and should be able to find running room against the Baltimore Ravens who have allowed the 16th most fantasy points to the RB position. Williams also has two better matchups coming in Weeks 12 and 13 when he faces the Steelers and Buccaneers who both rank in the top ten in fantasy points allowed to the RB position. In even deeper or dynasty formats, Packers RB Devante Mays is an interesting addition as well.

Latavius Murray

Running Back | MIN

  • ESPN: Less than 61% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 44% owned
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Murray has been on the list before and appears once again after another solid performance in Week 10 where he rushed for 68 yards and a touchdown. Murray has seen consistent carries every week, totaling at least 15 carries over the last four weeks. With a consistent volume, Murray can be trusted this week against the Los Angeles Rams defense that has allowed the second most fantasy points to the RB position. Then in Weeks 12 and 13 Murray faces the Lions and Falcons who have allowed the 11th and 9th most fantasy points to the RB position.

Samaje Perine

Running Back | WAS

  • ESPN: Less than 6% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 7% owned

Rob Kelley looks to be headed to injured reserve so Samaje Perine is going to be the main ball-carrier again for the Redskins. Perine has not done much in the past when he received the majority of the carries, but from a volume, standpoint can be a serviceable fantasy asset. I expect Chris Thompson to the majority of the damage against the Saints in Week 11, but Perine just needs a touchdown to be helpful in fantasy. The Saints have allowed the 14th most fantasy points to the RB position this season.

Rex Burkhead

Running Back |NE

  • ESPN: Less than 12% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 11% owned

A player that has scored 15 fantasy points in back to back weeks and at least 13 fantasy points in three out of his five games, Burkhead is a great add this week to the waiver wire. The Patriots love to utilize their RBs in the passing game and Burkhead seems to be fitting into that role alongside James White. As long as the Patriots lack depth at the WR position they will continue to find ways to get their dynamic running backs the ball. Burkhead also has a nice matchup against the Oakland Raiders this week who have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to the RB position.

Theo Riddick

Running Back | DET

  • ESPN: Less than 60% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 42% owned

Over the past three out of four games, Riddick has put up double-digit fantasy points in PPR formats. Riddick is a great addition to any type of PPR format if he was dropped by another owner. He is third in total targets on the Lions and has a nice matchup against the Chicago Bears in Week 11, who have allowed the 10th most receptions to the RB position over the last four weeks.

Andre Ellington

Running Back |ARI

  • ESPN: Less than 15% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 9% owned

A popular pickup in the beginning of the year Ellington was injured early and with the emergence of Adrian Peterson was quickly forgotten. However, fantasy owners in PPR formats should not forget about Ellington because he can thrive in the right game script. Ellington is almost exclusively on the field in passing situations and is targeted often with dump offs by the QBs. With Arizona losing another offensive lineman they may struggle to run the ball, so Ellington could be a nice option as a pass-catching back. Probably not against the Houston Texans however who have allowed the fewest passing targets to the RB position. But should the Cardinals find themselves in a hole against any future opponents, I expect Ellington to produce.


Waiver Wire Wide Receivers


Marquise Goodwin

Wide Receiver |SF

  • ESPN: Less than 10% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 15% owned

Goodwin only had one catch in Week 10, but he made it count against the Giants. Goodwin is always a threat to score on a long pass play and with Jimmy Garoppolo possibly taking the reigns after the bye week, Goodwin has some nice potential down the road. He will probably get dropped in a lot of leagues because of the bye, so keep an eye out for him. He is the number one receiving option on the 49ers so he has fantasy value.

Corey Davis

Wide Receiver |TEN

  • ESPN: Less than 35% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 48%owned

Davis led the Titans in targets on Sunday with ten targets. It was nice to see Davis more involved than in Week 9, but still, the targets did not result in much. However, the Titans offense seems to be improving in correlation to Marcus Mariota’s so get Davis if you can. Week 11 is a tough matchup against the Steelers, but after that, it is quite a juicy schedule. Colts, Texans, Cardinals, 49ers, and Rams to close it out. Except for the Rams, all of those teams rank in the top 15 in terms of fantasy points allowed to the WR position.

Curtis Samuel

Wide Receiver |CAR

  • ESPN: Less than 5% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 13%owned

Samuel’s performance on Monday night was not amazing, but still, it is worth monitoring because his usage has been increasing in the offense. He had seven total targets and had a career-high in receptions and yards again, so there is a chance he could continue to build on it after the Panthers bye week. His schedule after the bye week is also very favorable as three of the remaining five games are against teams that rank in the top ten in terms of fantasy points allowed to the WR.

Waiver Wire Tight Ends

Jermaine Gresham

Tight End | ARI

  • ESPN: Less than 2% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 1% owned

Jermaine Gresham has caught touchdowns in back to back games and that trend may continue with back-ups under center in Arizona. More often than not inferior quarterback rely on their safety nets in the tight end position. It also helps that Houston has allowed the eighth most fantasy points to the TE position so far in 2017 and the seventh most red-zone targets over the last four weeks.

Marcedes Lewis

Tight End | JAX

  • ESPN: Less than 3% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 3% owned

In Week 11, Marcedes Lewis takes on the Cleveland Browns. Yes, the same Browns that week in and week out allow the second most fantasy points to the TE position. If you need a streamer for this week Lewis could be your guy. The Browns cannot stop the TE.


Thanks for reading!

Andrew Erickson

Andrew is a Roger Williams University graduate where he majored in Marketing. While there he interned at a sports marketing agency where he had the opportunity to work with many professional athletes like Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman.

After college, Andrew started to write his own fantasy blogs via to show his friends why he calls himself the Fantasy Football Master. He calls himself this because back in '07 in his first ever fantasy football league he drafted the Bears defense in the 1st round. He then proceeded to win the entire league. #DefenseWinsChampionships

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