Waiver Wire Week 11
Running Back 0.7% owned
Devonta Freeman was forced from Sunday’s game with an injury, leaving all running back duties to Brian Hill. Ito Smith was just placed on I.R. last week, so this injury couldn’t come at a worse time for the Falcons. Hill ended up finishing with 61 yards on 20 touches to go along with one catch for 10 yards and a touchdown. While Hill doesn’t have true breakaway speed, he plays rather fast and quick, looking shifty whenever the ball is in his hands. If Freeman’s injury is deemed serious, Hill would step into a near every-down role with only career journeyman Kenjon Barner behind him right now. In the short term, he gets a plus matchup against one of the worst run defenses in the league next week against Carolina. That should make him a solid flex play with upside for low-end RB2 production. Hill will most likely be your top waiver wire add for this week unless you’re in a smaller league with more available.
Running Back 20.1% owned
If it wasn’t for the jersey numbers, you would not be able to tell the difference between Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison. Between the dreads, hard-nosed running style, explosion, receiving chops and much more, these guys are both finding success every time they run the ball. Now is the time to start adding your high upside handcuffs in the event that their starter goes down with an injury. Mattison is my number one handcuff in the league right now, as he would immediately slide in as an RB1 if Cook were to go down with an injury. Drop that end of bench guy who has been riding your bench all year, and replace him with Mattison. Maybe that guy has more points than Mattison, but is he really a league winner? If he is at the end of your bench then that answer is no, who cares about bench points. Go secure Mattison while you can just in case Cook goes down.
Wide Receiver 12.9% owned
While the Giants are on a bye next week, making Slayton more of a Week 12 & 13 add if you’re in a deeper league and in need of a receiver, Slayton has impressed. Word is that Sterling Shepard may be placed on season-ending I.R. due to his concussion, making Slayton a near every-down player. His potential fantasy playoff schedule is tantalizing with matchups against the Eagles, Dolphins then Redskins in weeks 14-16. Just something to keep in mind moving ahead. Daniel Jones could also be a sneaky add for those teams with an eye towards the playoffs as well.
Wide Receiver 18.3% owned
The Oklahoma State University connection was alive and well this week as Mason Rudolph was consistently finding his former college teammate James Washington against the Rams. Washington finished with six catches for 90 yards and a touchdown, leading the team with a team-high 7 targets as well. With opposing teams keying in on JuJu Smith-Schuster, Washington is facing teams second or third cornerbacks and has now had two nice games in a row. His upcoming schedule is also desirable, facing the Browns twice, Bengals and Cardinals in the next four weeks. He is not much more than a WR4 in PPR leagues, but if you’re in a deeper league and he’s available, he could prove valuable as you look to secure your spot in the playoffs.
Tight End 35.2% owned
Rudolph has been on fire the past month, with four touchdowns in the last four weeks. While Irc Smith Jr. has the edge in targets over that span, it’s Rudolph who has been living in the endzone. If you missed his touchdown catch against the Cowboys this week, do yourself a favor and look it up, it was an incredible one-hander in the back of the endzone. As a Quarterback, when you see that, expect some more balls to come your way when I’m in a pinch. For as long as Thielen is out, Rudolph will arguably be the number one option when in the red zone. With another injury to the Tight End landscape with Austin Hooper expected to miss some time, Rudolph who is available in about 65% of leagues would make for a fine option at the thinnest position in fantasy football.
Tight End 3.4% owned
This is more of a one week fill-in if you’re in a pinch at tight end, whether it be due to injury, bye weeks or just the victim of drafting an underperformer. Knox has seen over 58% of the snaps for two weeks in a row now, and just recently caught four of six targets for 55 yards against the Browns this week. Next week is the lowly Dolphins defense, which could make Knox a sneaky top 15 option with upside going into Week 11.
- Keep an eye on the status of TY Johnson going into the week as he was forced from the game with a concussion. If he has to miss time, J.D. McKissic would only have Paul Perkins in his way from a three down role. Especially in PPR, McKissic could be a solid flex if he is given the keys to the backfield.
- The Oakland Raiders get the winless Bengals this week. That makes guys like Derek Carr, Hunter Renfrow, Oakland DST, and even Foster Moreau options. All should be available in most leagues.
- Devin Funchess is reportedly progressing well with his injury and could be activated as soon as this week. Worth a speculative add given the barren nature of the Colts receiving core right now.
- Those of you in Super-Flex leagues should look into grabbing Drew Lock. The second rounder should be good to go this week and could very well take the job from Allen in the near future.
- Get your handcuffs!
Thanks & Good Luck!