Waiver Wire: Week 11

We are here with our Week 11 waiver wire adds. We are now well on the way to the fantasy playoffs. I hope your team is in the hunt!

Each week I am going to look at players to use that have lower ownership percentages (lower than 50%). I’m going to be using the rostered percentages from Yahoo leagues, as it’s easily publically available. These are players that I’m looking to pick up from the waiver wire for Week 11.

As we now enter in the world of bye weeks, be aware you need to fill players that are going to miss action this week. That means waiver wire adds might be more short-term than usual, teams on bye for Week 11 are:

  • Buffalo Bills
  • Chicago Bears
  • New York Giants
  • San Fransisco 49ers

Each of my adds are ordered by their rostered percentages, rather than their priority.

Tua Tagovailoa (MIA, 45% rostered)

Tagovailoa has done what he has needed to do so far in his rookie season. The team has stepped up across the board since Tagovailoa was given the reigns of the offense. Next up is a Denver defense that can be beaten through the air.

Andy Dalton (DAL, 5% rostered)

Dalton is likely to get the starting job back for Week 11, despite his struggles on offense. The team are set to face a Minnesota defense that has enabled QBs to do whatever they want on offense. Coming off the back of the bye week, Dallas should be much improved.

Jameis Winston (NO, 1% rostered)

Winston could be the most valuable pickup this week, depending on how bad the injury that Drew Brees suffered. If Winston steps in as a starter then he has immediate value against the Atlanta Falcons, who have struggled to stop offenses all season. Winston might have moments of madness, but should still have great fantasy value when the dust settles.

Honorable Mentions

  • Baker Mayfield (CLE, 34% rostered)
  • Kirk Cousins (MIN, 28% rostered)
  • Sam Darnold (NYJ, 7% rostered)
  • Alex Smith (WAS, 5% rostered)

Gus Edwards (BAL, 37% rostered)

Edwards has been effective in each of his past two games (Colts and Patriots). The consideration that needs to be made is that each of those two games have been against tough opposition. Edwards should really be rostered in far more leagues than he is, if he is out there you should really change that.

Rex Burkhead (NE, 24% rostered)

The Patriots backfield is one that can be difficult to navigate, because each of the players they use has a specific role. Burkhead is the guy that they use to plug any gap, or if a player starts to struggle. The Patriots face up against Houston, who have struggled all season in stopping production on the ground.

Kalen Ballage (LAC, 19% rostered)

I will admit it, if you asked me on Sunday if you should start Ballage I said that I was worried on how the team were going to split carries, and that I didn’t want to start him. The team went out and gave him 18 attempts on the ground and threw him the ball six times. That could all change next week, but you have to at least try to obtain that type of opportunity for your roster.

Honorable Mentions

  • La’Mical Perine (NYJ, 24% rostered)
  • Matt Breida (MIA, 23% rostered)
  • Jordan Wilkins (IND, 18% rostered)
  • Salvon Ahmed (MIA, 5% rostered)

Ahmed will be a popular player to spend FAAB on this week, but I’m worried about his long term value. Miles Gaskin should walk straight back into the team when he returns from IR, but in the short term I’d expect Matt Breida to return to a decent workload.

Jakobi Meyers (NE, 48% rostered)

Meyers sneaks just under the wire for consideration for this article, so he is most likely owned in your league. But you never know, so check! Meyers has become important to the team while a number of the team’s other starters are out with injury.

Allen Lazard (GB, 42% rostered)

So the early reports I saw last week said that Lazard was going to be activated from IR, but he wasn’t. So let’s double down and say he will be available this week. The matchup is rough against the Colts, but Lazard should have value down the stretch.

Jalen Reagor (PHI, 26% rostered)

The whole Eagles offense stalled in what should have been a good matchup for the team. However, despite that, there was hope for Reagor. The rookie led the team in targets, catching four for 47 yards. With a matchup against Cleveland, Reagor should have an opportunity to bounce back.

Michael Pittman Jr. (IND, 9% rostered)

I was really high on Pittman entering the league, as a big-bodied receiver for Philip Rivers. However, injury derailed the early part of his rookie season, but has now returned from IR. In his last game he leapt off with seven receptions for 101 yards (as well as a 21 yard rush). There is worry for the next matchup against the Packers, but he is worth adding to see what happens over the coming weeks.

Jakeem Grant (MIA, 5% rostered)

I tipped Mack Hollins as the guy to pick up last week, because I thought it would be him to step up with the team missing Preston Williams. However, instead, it was Jakeem Grant who led the team in receptions and yards (as well as catching a TD). At the moment at least, Grant is worth picking up.

Willie Snead (BAL, 1% rostered)

Snead stepped up as the Ravens lead receiver against the Patriots, and has started getting for involved in the offense the past few weeks. In his past three games, he has caught 14 passes for 207 yards and 2 TDs. You likely have far better options on your bench, but if you have nothing you could do worse.

Honorable Mentions

  • Randall Cobb (HOU, 18% rostered)
  • Michael Pittman Jr (IND, 9% rostered) I like him, but I’m worried about the consistency of this Colts offense
  • Greg Ward (PHI, 5% rostered)
  • Josh Reynolds (LAR, 5% rostered) I don’t believe that his 94 yard game will be repeated with the other mouths on offense.

Logan Thomas (WAS, 35% rostered)

Thomas has to be one of the most added/ dropped players in the leagues I play in. Washington involve the tight end in their offense, but he hasn’t typcially done too much with those opportunities. However, it’s hard to look past an option that isn’t TD or bust each week at the positon.

Irv Smith Jr (MIN, 7% rostered)

Smith has been ruled out of action for Week 10. However, as I mentioned last week, Smith has been getting more and more involved in the offense in Minnesota. The tight end has been running more routes recently, and could be worth a stash.

Honorable Mentions

  • Trey Burton (IND, 18% rostered)
  • Greg Olsen (SEA, 11% rostered)
  • Richard Rodgers (PHI, 5% rostered)

Los Angeles Chargers (41% rostered)

The Chargers are going to be the most popular option to pick up this week. The blue team in New York aren’t going to play this week, as the team are on bye. But, luckily the team in Green are on the road this week. Pick up the Chargers if you can!

Washington Football Team (31% rostered)

Washington’s defense is decent for fantasy if you need a streaming option. Their defensive line are always able to get pressure on the opposition, and now face the Bengals offensive line.

Honorable Mentions

  • Cleveland Browns (18% rostered)

Younghoe Koo (ATL, 49% rostered)

It’s time for our game of pick up the kicker who just went on bye. Koo has been great all season, as part of an Atlanta offense that needs to score points (given their struggles on defense). If Koo is available in your league, he is almost an automatic pickup.

Rodrigo Blankenship (IND, 45% rostered)

Blankenship really should be massively owned. The rookie has been accurate all season and the team have often looked to him when they need to keep the scoreboard ticking over. The Packers defense can get stops at crucial times, meaning the Colts could be looking to their kicker more than they would like.

Honorable Mentions

  • Greg Zuerlein (DAL, 37% rostered)
  • Ka’imi Fairbairn (HOU, 28% rostered)
  • Michael Badgley (LAC, 22% rostered)

So those are our waiver wire adds for Week 11. I’d certainly expect a number of them to end up in my start/ sit article later this week, and in my weekly rankings, which will be as soon as I take in the action tonight.

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