Waiver Wire Week 11
With Week 10 in the books, it’s now crunch time for fantasy owners as most leagues only have two to three more games in the fantasy regular season. The past two weeks I have hit big on a pair of receivers, recommending Jakobi Meyers in Week 9 and Michael Pittman Jr. in week 10. Meyers went on to have 169 yards that week and Pittman Jr. just posted 122 yards this week. In addition to those guys, Kalen Ballage, JD McKissic, Jordan Reed, Jalen Reagor, Allen Lazard, and Jakeem Grant are again worthwhile adds after being mentioned in last week’s article. Don’t forget about Breshad Perriman who I also mentioned last week and is returning fresh from his bye week.
Quarterback 0.6% rostered
If I was a betting man, I would say Drew Brees misses next week against the Falcons. That leaves the door open for Jameis to sling it with a fully healthy supporting cast against one of the league’s worst defenses. You should be salivating at this opportunity as Jameis has been a fantasy force throughout his career, even with the 8 interceptions he throws a game. Jameis reached 300 yards in all but five games last year and I think he is a shoo-in for those yards this week if Brees does indeed miss. Throw in a floor of at least two touchdowns with upside for more and you’re looking at a Top 12 Quarterback for week 11, maybe even higher.
Running Back 41.15 rostered
Hines was in my first article of the year but then fell off for a few weeks resulting in him getting dropped in a lot of leagues. Well with rookie Jonathan Taylor seriously struggling and Jordan Wilkins mainly a plodding early-down back, Hines has looked like the colts best back by far the past few weeks. He has four touchdowns in the past three weeks and reached a season-high in carries with 12 along with maintaining his steady involvement in the passing game. Head coach Frank Reich may be turning over a new leaf in the running back room and featuring Hines as a more all-around back as opposed to strictly his pass-catching back. Hines proved that he could handle it this week and looks like a solid weekly flex play in PPR leagues moving forward.
Running Back 7% rostered
With Myles Gaskin and Matt Breida out with injuries, Head coach Brian Flores chose to designate Jordan Howard a healthy scratch and roll with rookie Salvon Ahmed in Week 10 against the Chargers. Ahmed played 75% of the offensive snaps to the tune of a total of 90 yards and a touchdown on 22 touches. With Gaskin out at least one more week and Breida not being much of a factor even when he was healthy, I think Ahmed will serve as the workhorse back for the Dolphins until Gaskin’s return. The next two weeks bring very positive matchups against the Broncos and Jets and with Tua running this offense very efficiently, I can see Ahmed receiving this amount of volume consistently as they should be playing with a lead in both of these upcoming games.
Wide Receiver 3.4% rostered
Reynolds is coming off an 8-94-0 game against the Seahawks and their putrid defense. Things will be much tougher on the road against the Buccaneers in Week 11, but Reynolds has hovered around 79.5% offensive snaps in the past four games as opposed to the 65.4% he saw in the first five games of the season. With the spike in playing time came a spike in production with an average of 13.4 PPR points over the past four weeks. even with a tough matchup, Reynolds does have hope as fellow receivers Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp should receive most of the attention, leaving Reynolds with some opportunity to be successful. Add in the fact that it should be a high scoring game between these two good offenses and Reynolds should see plenty of volume. Only two games ago, Rams quarterback Jared Goff threw the ball 61 times.
Willie Snead IV
Wide Receiver 0.7% rostered
As with all Baltimore pass catchers, one must tread carefully when choosing to put one in your starting lineup. But Snead IV has looked like the guy to own out of them all as Marquise Brown is droppable in redraft leagues and no other Ravens receiver is probably even rostered. Snead IV has 14 catches in the past three games, leading all Ravens receivers, yes even Mark Andrews. With Lamar not looking deep nowadays, he has taken comfort in targeting Snead IV with those short to intermediate routes and it could be something that sticks moving forward. Not to mention the Ravens have arguably the easiest remaining schedule once they face the Steelers in Week 12. For the fantasy playoffs, they draw the Cowboys, Browns and Jaguars which are all dreamy matchups for all offensive players on the Ravens.
Tight End 20.2% rostered
On a team totally devoid of pass catchers outside of Terry McLaurin, Logan Thomas has carved out a decent role, earning him some mentions in some previous articles of mine. But with no tight end standing out that is available, he’s worth talking about one more time, especially with a matchup against the Bengals on deck. Thomas reached a season-high 66 yards on 4 catches and should stay involved in the passing game moving forward.
- Before two duds in the past two weeks, Cole Beasley was riding a hot streak of six straight double-digit PPR games and he reverted back to that Beasley in Week 10 against the Cardinals with an 11-109-1 line. Beasley was always worth hanging onto, so if an owner in your league gave up on him, it would be worth grabbing him with eyes towards the fantasy playoffs as the Bills are on a bye in Week 11.
- Another guy who will help you in the fantasy playoffs but not Week 11 is Giants running back Wayne Gallman. He has looked noticeably better than Devonta Freeman and should hang on to the starting job for the remainder of the season with Freeman next eligible for Week 13.
- Even with Damien Harris playing great, Rex Burkhead has maintained a role and been effective the past two weeks posting back-to-back games with 15+ points in PPR settings. He’s a nice flex play for next week’s matchup against the Texans.
- Other names to consider are Devontae Booker, Malcolm Brown, Lamical Perine, Sammy Watkins, Rashard Higgins, and Isaiah Wright.
Brandon aka @Doublehfantasy1 has been playing fantasy football (and winning championships) since 2002. He has a special place in his heart for larger leagues and lives by the motto, “If you’re in a 10 team league, first thing you should do as commissioner is add more people”. Brandon is dedicated to providing deeper analysis on players after years of seeing useless vanilla takes all over the mainstream fantasy world for years. Brandon is a life long South Jersey resident but the only thing he loves more than a good beer is the Buccaneers. Go Bucs!