Waiver Wire Pickups Week 11
Last week we saw some big performances from some big names, but there were a few big outings from some players that could be available for chasing off the waiver wire. Let’s take a look at some of the hottest names on the market ahead of Week 11.
Minnesota Vikings (39% ESPN, 53% Yahoo)
I think it’s time I start taking Josh Dobbs seriously. I mean, numbers don’t lie and the numbers are sure on Dobbs’ side over the last three weeks. Since Week 8, the 28-year-old quarterback has thrown for a modest 634 yards and five touchdowns, but he has dominated a runner with 136 yards and three scores on the ground. His rushing numbers lead all QBs during that stretch and he’s shown this ability on two different teams. While he’s been productive with his feet, he hasn’t been too impressive throwing the ball. However, this could change as soon as this week. So far this season Dobbs has had Marquise Brown and Jordan Addison as his top two targets. Soon, he will get likely the biggest boost any quarterback in the league can get with the help of Justin Jefferson’s return. I was skeptical at first, but I’m all in Josh Dobbs now with Jefferson’s return looming.
- Jordan Love, Green Bay Packers
- Baker Mayfield, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Baltimore Ravens (23% ESPN, 48% Yahoo)
He was featured in the article last week, and here he is again after another solid performance. Keaton Mitchell is slowly emerging as a mainstay in the Baltimore offense and is, at the very least, a weekly FLEX play in PPR leagues. His snap percentage went from 18.4% in Week 9 to 24.1% in Week 10. His touches were down from the previous week, but he looks like the most explosive player in the Ravens’ backfield and passes the eye test with flying colors. Last week, he had a 39-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter to open up the offensive scoring for the Ravens. Gus Edwards will continue to get his, but I think Justice Hill will start to get phased in favor of Mitchell sooner rather than later. He has big-play ability and is on an upward trajectory. Go get Keaton Mitchell.
Minnesota Vikings (3% ESPN, 8% Yahoo)
Alexander Mattison had the RB1 role in Minnesota handed to him on a silver platter in Week 1. Then he disappointed as the workhorse and the Vikings went and traded for Cam Akers to split the workload in the backfield. Then, Akers ruptured his achilles, paving the way for Mattison to once again be the clear RB1. Now, the 25-year-old running back could take a step back once again after only seeing half of the workload in Week 10 before entering concussion protocol. This could mean that backfield mate Ty Chander might see a significant increase in opportunities in a flourishing Vikings offense. Last week, Chander carried the ball 15 times for 45 yards and found the endzone on a play in wildcat formation. While he didn’t see any targets in the passing game, he is sure to be a big part of the game plan in Week 11 if Mattison can’t go. I like Chandler as a streaming option this week against a Denver defense that has been one of the worst run defenses in the NFL.
Houston Texans (51% ESPN, 50% Yahoo)
While I don’t think he’ll average 150 rushing yards and a touchdown every week, I do think Devin Singletary will continue to be heavily involved in the Texans’ offense moving forward even with the eventual return of Dameon Pierce. In Week 9, he was only able to garner 26 rushing yards off of 13 carries in his first start of the season, so it’s not like he has been amazing all the time as the RB1 in Houston, but he did show what he’s capable of in this high-powered offense. As I mentioned before, I think there will still be plenty of opportunities for Singletary in this backfield even when Pierce returns. He should be the lead back in Houston for the rest of the season and should be added in all leagues.
- Ezekiel Elliott, New England Patriots
- Zach Charbonnet, Seattle Seahawks
Dallas Cowboys (49% ESPN, 38% Yahoo)
Dak Prescott and the Cowboys passing attack dominated against a lowly Giants team and Brandin Cooks finally made an impact in Dallas. For the first time since Week 3, Cooks saw at least seven targets and boy did he do something with them this time. The 30-year-old pass-catcher hauled in nine of his 10 targets for a season-high 173 yards and a touchdown in Week 10. It was by far the best game of the season for Cooks and it could be a sign of things to come as Dak Prescott continues to stay white hot for Dallas. Brandin Cooks is one of my favorite waiver wire adds this week. He’s talented, he’s the clear WR2 on an explosive offense and he has a nice schedule ahead of him. Cooks should be a solid FLEX play for the rest of the season in PPR leagues.
New England Patriots (27% ESPN, 36% Yahoo)
Speaking of PPR leagues, Demario Douglas wasn’t added in enough leagues last week and I’m disappointed. From Week 7 to Week 9, he saw at least six targets in every game and hauled in at least four passes. If that wasn’t enough, then his season-high six catches on nine targets for a season-high 84 yards in Week 10 should be. This type of production was the easiest thing to predict after that three-week stretch of constant usage and I don’t see any reason why this won’t continue. He has established himself as the clear WR1 for a New England team that is starving for offensive playmakers. Douglas should be a PPR monster for the remainder of the season and I see him being a weekly WR3 moving forward.
Green Bay Packers (40% ESPN, 53% Yahoo)
Jordan Love is still a talented quarterback and you shouldn’t be shying away from the Packers offense no matter how many analysts tell you to. There are fantasy points to be had in Green Bay and Romeo Doubs should be at the helm of things moving forward. He has a clear connection with Love as he’s seen five or more targets in six of his nine games this season and has found the endzone in three of his last four outings. Christian Watson seems to be the big-play guy for the Packers but hasn’t seen the consistency in opportunities Doubs has. I’m not fading the Green Bay offense and neither should you. Romeo Doubs is a solid streaming option at the FLEX in deeper leagues and should continue to see high-value targets in an offense that seems to be finding its footing.
- Rashid Shaheed, New Orleans Saints
- Elijah Moore, Cleveland Browns
- Noah Brown, Houston Texans
Arizona Cardinals (51% ESPN, 59% Yahoo)
I couldn’t resist adding Trey McBride to this article for the second and final time. Yes, he is already owned in more than half of the leagues on ESPN and Yahoo, but it’s not quite high enough for me to have to fully omit him just yet. Last week, McBride caught eight of his nine targets for a career-high 131 yards. This is elite usage for a tight end and should not go unnoticed (and it probably won’t). He already broke out in Week 8 with 10 catches for 95 yards and a touchdown and could already be added in your league. If he’s not, I would use the highest priority to pick him up ahead of Week 11. This is the season of young tight ends and McBride is the next one up.
- Michael Mayer, Las Vegas Raiders
- Luke Musgrave, Green Bay Packers
Will Holtz is a fantasy football analyst and contributes to GridironExperts.com. His goal: Help you win your fantasy football championship.