Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 11 (Fantasy Football)

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It’s getting close to crunch time as we plow our way into Week 11. Not only do we have another bout of injuries to deal with, but the Jaguars, Dolphins, Seahawks, and Buccaneers are on a bye. Here are some options you can pick up from the waiver wire to help fill in the gaps in Week 11.

Wide Receivers

Team Player Roster % Matchups
KC Kadarius Toney 60% @LAC / LAR / @CIN
GB Christian Watson 17% TEN / @PHI / @CHI
IND Parris Campbell 27% PHI / PIT / @DAL
CLE Donovan Peoples-Jones 49% @BUF / TB / @HOU
WAS Jahan Dotson 43% @HOU / ATL / @NYG
TEN Treylon Burks 44% @GB / CIN / @PHI
NYG Darius Slayton 9% DET / @DAL / WAS
LAR Ben Skowronek 5% @NO / @KC / SEA
HOU Nico Collins 19% WAS / @MIA / CLE
FA Odell Beckham Jr. 55%
LAR Van Jefferson 15% @NO / @KC / SEA
LV Mack Hollins 37% @DEN / @SEA / LAC
LAC DeAndre Carter 42% KC / @ARI / @LV
KC Marquez Valdes-Scantling 55% @LAC / LAR / @CIN
BAL Devin Duvernay 56% CAR / @JAX / DEN

Luckily, we have quite a few options available at the wide receiver position to help cover for players like Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle (among others). Let’s start with the Ballers’ consensus number two in Christian Watson.

Watson had quite a game in Week 10, although he was slow to start against the Dallas Cowboys.  He saw a season-high eight targets, four receptions, 107 yards, and three touchdowns after being abysmal up until that point. QB Aaron Rodgers was not deterred by Watson’s earlier drop and kept targeting the rookie until he finally figured it out. That was with Allen Lazard on the field and healthy. The Packers will face the Titans in Week 11 who are 29th worst against wide receivers so far this season with 1636 yards and 10 touchdowns allowed. At only 17% rostered in sleeper leagues, Watson should be available to snag off the wire.

Apparently, interim head coach Jeff Saturday has it all figured out. Step one: lie to the media about who you’re starting quarterback is going to be. Step two: let the boys play some ball. That’s exactly what happened in the Colts’ victory last week against the beleaguered Raiders. Jonathan Taylor finally scored a touchdown thanks to an improved run game, but it was the switcharoo at QB that threw us for a loop. With Matt Ryan back at the helm, Parris Campbell becomes extremely relevant moving forward. He had nine targets, seven receptions, 76 yards, and a touchdown, which was his third-best game so far this season. He is rostered in just 27% of sleeper leagues, so if you miss out on Watson, Campbell is a great option.

Darius Slayton, Ben Skowronek, and Van Jefferson are also options you can check out in deeper leagues or to add some WR depth. Slayton has been quietly benefitting from Sterling Shepards’ absence and scored a touchdown in Week 10 against Houston. Skowronek and Jefferson should see an uptick in targets with Cooper Kupp sidelined for the foreseeable future with a high ankle sprain.

Running Backs

Team Player Roster % Matchups
MIA Jeff Wilson Jr. 75% BYE / HOU / @SF
TB Rachaad White 55% BYE / @CLE / NO
KC Isiah Pacheco 33% @LAC / LAR / @CIN
BAL Gus Edwards 52% CAR / @JAX / DEN
WAS Brian Robinson 62% @HOU / ATL / @NYG
SF Elijah Mitchell 60% @ARI / NO / MIA
PIT Jaylen Warren 36% CIN / @IND / @ATL
KC Jerick McKinnon 25% @LAC / LAR / @CIN
LAR Darrell Henderson Jr. 70% @NO / @KC / SEA
LAR Kyren Williams 40% @NO / @KC / SEA
MIN Alexander Mattison 47% DAL / NE / NYJ
LAC Isaiah Spiller 15% KC / @ARI / @LV
PHI Kenneth Gainwell 23% @IND / GB / TEN
CIN Samaje Perine 9% @PIT / @TEN / KC

Unlike the WR position, the options at running back are predictably thin. If either Jeff Wilson,  Rachaad White, or Gus Edwards are available (75%, 55%, and 52% rostered respectively), scoop them up immediately.

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The best candidate that has the opportunity to be available is Alexander Mattison of the Minnesota Vikings. He has been splitting work with Dalvin Cook and is a valuable insurance policy in case things go south with Cook.

If not, you may need to rely on the anemic run game of the Kansas City Chiefs and pick up Isiah Pacheco who is only 33% rostered. They will face the Los Angeles Chargers who are significantly weak against the running back position. The other problem is that he has to contend with Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Jerick McKinnon in an offense that primarily runs through the air.

Tight Ends

Team Player Roster % Matchups
LAR Tyler Higbee 82% @NO / @KC / SEA
CHI Cole Kmet 53% @ATL / @NYJ / GB
LV Foster Moreau 31% @DEN / @SEA / LAC
NO Juwan Johnson 17% LAR / @SF / @TB
BAL Isaiah Likely 32% CAR / @JAX / DEN

Losing Zach Ertz…well…hurts. It’s incredibly difficult to replace a player of his caliber in a position that is a dumpster fire. The best options that are under 82% rostered (Tyler Higbee) are Cole Kmet and Foster Moreau.

Kmet and Justin Fields have been connecting more and more each week, which finally culminated in back-to-back TE1 performances in Weeks 9 and 10. He had two touchdowns in each game with 115 yards combined. The Bears will face the Falcons who can be exploited through the air and in the red zone. He is rostered in 53% of Sleeper leagues so he may already be taken. However, if he is not, he is a smash grab if you are in need of a tight end.

Moreau is the next choice for the Raiders behind Darren Waller who is on IR. He had nearly identical performances in Weeks 9 and 10 in Waller’s absence with four targets, three receptions, and 75 yards. However, in Week 10, he was able to convert one of those receptions into a touchdown. He is 35% rostered so he should also be available behind Kmet.

Team DEF/ST

Team Roster % Matchups
New England Patriots 57% NYJ / @MIN / BUF
Cincinnati Bengals 19% @PIT / @TEN / KC
Los Angeles Rams 53% @NO / @KC / SEA
Washington Commanders 4% @HOU / ATL / @NYG

Quarterbacks

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Team Player Roster % Matchups
NYG Daniel Jones 64% DET / @DAL / WAS
GB Aaron Rodgers 75% TEN / @PHI / @CHI
CLE Deshaun Watson 44% SUSP till Week 13
DEN Russell Wilson 68% LV / @CAR / @BAL
SF Jimmy Garoppolo 62% @ARI / NO / MIA
WAS Taylor Heinicke 18% @HOU / ATL / @NYG
IND Matt Ryan 14% PHI / PIT / @DAL

Good luck with your waiver claims!

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