Waiver Wire Pickups
This week brought about a few new injuries to some key players as well as the return of a former league MVP. Check it out below to see who I am highlighting for this week’s waiver wire.
*All rostered percentages are from ESPN and players must be less than 50% rostered to qualify (Except if you are Quadzilla).
Quarterback 12% rostered
While it’s important to remember Cam was not a very attractive fantasy option last year in New England, the weapons are better in Carolina than what he was working with last year and he showed that he still has added value in the ground game with a rushing touchdown this week. Cam is a goal-line vulture and is always a threat to score inside the ten-yard line, so consider him one of the better QB’s available thanks to his weekly rushing upside. He gets a Washington team that is now down Chase Young for the year in his first start of 2021.
Running Back 60% rostered
I am making an exception to my less than 50% rostered rule for Dillon just this once. With Aaron Jones expected to be out through their Week 13 bye, Dillon will be a rock-solid RB2 for the next two weeks at least. With not much else on the roster, Dillon should be a workhorse back for the next two weeks and is worth whatever FAAB you have remaining to aid you in your playoff run in these final weeks of the fantasy regular season.
Running Back 10% rostered
Damien Harris has been a stud when healthy so while Stevenson isn’t going to steal his job, I think he has earned an extended run as the backup to Harris. Stevenson rushed for 100 yards with an additional four receptions for 14 yards and should have surpassed his backfield mate Brandon Bolden with this week’s performance. He gets a cushy matchup against the Falcons next week before two negative matchups versus the Titans and Bills, followed by his bye week in Week 14. With this in mind, I wouldn’t break the bank for him, but if you can get him for a good price it’s worth a shot in leagues of 12+ teams.
Running Back 24% rostered
Murray should be back for Week 11 and I believe that he will regain his status as top dog for Baltimore. Devonta Freeman will be the 1b to Murrays 1a, but hasn’t exactly set the world on fire with his performances. Tyson Williams and Leveon Bell have been afterthoughts in this backfield and should revert to minuscule roles once Murray returns. Freeman is still worth a look just in case he remains the alpha, but neither of these guys are necessarily going to be big factors for your teams, but depending on league size could be useful flexes as you deal with the remaining bye weeks and injuries.
Running Back 1% rostered
Mike Davis has been atrocious and now Cordarrelle Patterson is set to miss a few weeks with an injury, leaving the door wide open to surpass Davis just as Patterson did. Gallman already out-touched Davis 16-5 in Week 10 and I firmly believe he will be the back to own for as long as Patterson is out. Davis reached 15 carries only once this year and it was in Week one, so the fact that Gallman received 15 and two targets already should be telling.
Running Back 2% rostered
With Adrian Peterson showing his age already, the Titans decided to go with Foreman as their primary ball carrier as he took 11 carries for 30 yards while adding two receptions for 48 yards. This is another guy who should only be considered in deeper leagues as he will still have to split time with Peterson and McNichols, but he finds himself in a nice spot against his former team the Texans in Week eleven who have been gashed by backs all year. He could be a sneaky flex in this revenge game, especially if he catches a few passes again, which I think he does.
Wide Receiver 16% rostered
While all the attention was on Desean Jackson, it was Edwards who looks to be the main beneficiary of the Henry Ruggs situation. Edwards played on 80% of the offensive snaps whereas Jackson only played on 17%. Edwards has always been intriguing to fantasy players ever since he came into the league and finally showed us why we were all excited. It wasn’t too long ago when Derek Carr compared Edwards to Davante Adams and we could finally see him turning the corner and being a nice piece on this offense that has strayed away from force-feeding Darren Waller as we all expected. The Raiders also have a fantastic schedule for fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers as they only have one negative matchup in that regard for the rest of the season in Week 12 against the Cowboys.
Wide Receiver 8% rostered
Agnew was featured in my article a few weeks ago but still sits at only 8% rostered despite putting up double-digit PPR games in four of the last five weeks. He is one of the Jaguars’ main weapons along with James Robinson and Dan Arnold and coach Urban Meyer is scheming ways to get the ball in his hands whether it be via the ground or air. Although he put up a goose egg through the air with zero catches on five targets, he got it done on the ground with 79 rushing yards and a touchdown. Most weeks a guy with five targets will at least catch a few so it’s encouraging to see that he is at least being consistently targeted, averaging seven targets through the last five games. He also put up a career-high snap percentage so Agnew is here to stay as a weapon for the Jags and a decent flex if you are in a bind.
Tight End 40% rostered
Conklin has been solid as the third option in the passing game for Minnesota and looks like a back-end TE1 moving forward. He rarely leaves the field and has been seeing steady targets for a few weeks now and the presence of the team’s other weapons on offense leaves him often forgotten about which has contributed to his recent success.
- While he hasn’t necessarily set the stat sheet on fire this year, Mac Jones has been pretty consistent and is coming off a three-touchdown performance to take on the stinky Falcons on Thursday night.
- If your a team looking in good shape for the playoffs, might be worth stashing those high upside handcuffs while they are free if you can afford to. Alexander Mattison, Tony Pollard, Devontae Booker, Khalil Herbert, and Sony Michel should all be rostered to name a few.
- Kendrick Bourne, Marcus Johnson, Deandre Carter, Trequan Smith, and Gabriel Davis are a few non-priority receivers worth looking into as we head into Week 11.
- I featured Adam Trautman in last week’s article and said to get him a week early and he delivered a third straight game with at least six targets and is once again worth an add if available.
- It could be a fluke but Gerald Everett had his best game of the season on Sunday catching eight passes for 63 yards. Just like Trautman last week, it could be worth stashing him in case this becomes a new normal.
- The Miami Dolphins DST has been ON FIRE the past two weeks and now get the Jets and whoever they are trotting out at Quarterback. Should be a top streaming defense for Week 11.
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!