Fantasy Football: Week 11 Waiver Wire

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
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We’re headed into Week 11, so it’s time to make that playoff push and get that #FootclanTitle! Check out today’s podcast or for the full Week 11 Waiver Wire breakdown or jump straight to it on YouTube. Here are the top waiver adds for Week 11.

Wide Receivers

Widely Owned (but worth checking):
NYJ Robby Anderson (79% owned) *Week 11 Bye
NYG Sterling Shepard (79% owned)
LAR Robert Woods (71% owned)
JAX Marqise Lee (59% owned)
BAL Jeremy Maclin (58% owned)
GB Randall Cobb (56% owned)

WAS Jamison Crowder (54% owned)
Week 10: 4/76/0 on 11 targets
Remaining Schedule: @NO, NYG, @Dal, @LAC, Ari, Den, @NYG

Jamison Crowder was off to a slow start in the first half of the season but has been heavily targeted as of late. In his last two games played, Crowder has 13 receptions for 199 yards on 24 targets. With that kind of volume, he’ll provide your fantasy team with a safe floor. Josh Doctson hasn’t been targeted as much but has grown in this offense. With Ryan Grant in the concussion protocol and the decline in Terrelle Pryor‘s production, Doctson could be an interesting add in deeper leagues.

WAS Josh Doctson (29% owned)
Week 10: 4/30/0 on 7 targets
Remaining Schedule @NO, NYG, @Dal, @LAC, Ari, Den, @NYG

See Jamison Crowder above.

TEN Corey Davis (48% owned)
Week 10: 4/48/0 on 10 targets — 1 fumble lost
Remaining Schedule: @Pit, @Ind, Hou, @Ari, @SF, LAR, Jax

It didn’t take long for Corey Davis to have another game with double-digit targets. Just his second game back since Week 2, Davis earned himself 10 targets. As Mariota gets more comfortable with Davis, there is no reason why he can’t be the number one receiver on the Titans offense. It’s worth noting, Corey Davis has great matchups down the stretch. So although you may want to keep him on the bench the next two weeks, you’ll want him in your starting lineups every week in the fantasy playoffs.

SF Marquise Goodwin (15% owned)
Week 10: 1/83/1 on 2 targets — 1/18/0 rushing
Remaining Schedule: Bye, Sea, @Chi, @Hou, Ten, Jax, @LAR

Marquise Goodwin has stepped up since Pierre Garcon went down. He has at least 68 receiving yards in three of his last four games. CJ Beathard seems to be finding his rhythm in this offense and had his best game of the season last week. Beathard has not been consistent with his targets to Goodwin which lowers Goodwin’s value. Goodwin is the only receiver on the 49ers worth owning. If Jimmy Garoppolo takes over at QB, it could provide a boost to Marquise Goodwin moving forward.

HOU Bruce Ellington (0% owned)
Week 10: 4/41/1 on 8 targets
Remaining Schedule: Ari, @Bal, @Ten, SF, @Jax, Pit, @Ind

Bruce Ellington has been one of Tom Savage‘s favorite targets, earning 16 in his past two games. With Will Fuller likely out next week or longer, Ellington could be the benefactor. Ellington has yet to reach 60 yards receiving this season and has only passed 50 yards in 1 game. Although he should get more opportunities without Fuller in the lineup, Bruce Ellington’s ceiling is capped.

JAX Dede Westbrook (0% owned)
Week 10: Did not play
Remaining Schedule: @Cle, @Ari, Ind, Sea, Hou, @SF, @Ten

Dede Westbrook is finally coming off of IR and it could not have come at a better time. Allen Hurns appeared to suffer an injury last week and was seen using crutches post game. This is the time of the fantasy season where you need to assess your bench players and dump those who have no value to your team. If you have the availability, Westbrook could be worth a stash and wait and see. It’s hard to say if he will be utilized right away or not and to what extent if he is.

CLE Corey Coleman (22% owned)
Week 10: Did not play
Remaining Schedule: Jax, @Cin, @LAC, GB, Bal, @Chi, @Pit

Corey Coleman has not seen the field since Week 2 when he broke a bone in his hand. He had 13 targets in his first two games and should take over as the number one option in the Cleveland offense this week. There hasn’t been a consistent option in the passing game for the Browns this season. Coleman can provide that if he remains healthy. A talented wide receiver on a team that should see plenty of negative game scripts is a good recipe for fantasy production. Only owned in 22% of leagues, Coleman could be a weapon for your fantasy teams in the home stretch.

Josh Gordon is owned more than Corey Coleman. Besides his WR1 performance in 2013, Josh Gordon has not done much. He has proven time and time again that he isn’t reliable. There is no denying the talent we have seen from Gordon but he has not been on a football field in over 3 years. I wouldn’t recommend taking up a bench spot in the hopes that the 2013 Josh Gordon reappears.

CLE Josh Gordon (33% owned)
Week 10: Did not play
Remaining Schedule: Jax, @Cin, @LAC, GB, Bal, @Chi, @Pit

See Corey Coleman above.

Running Backs

Widely Owned (but worth checking)
NYG Orleans Darkwa (73% owned)
DAL Alfred Morris (73% owned)
BAL Alex Collins (66% owned)
BAL Javorius Allen (57% owned)
NE Dion Lewis (57% owned)

GB Jamaal Williams (6% owned)
Week 10: 20/67/0 — 1/7/0 on 1 target
Remaining Schedule: Bal, @Pit, TB, @Cle, @Car, Min, @Det

The Green Bay Packer offense has been devastated by injuries. They have lost Aaron Rodgers which has had a negative impact on everyone in this offense. The latest to get hit by the injury bug is Aaron Jones who could miss up to 6 weeks with a knee injury. Ty Montgomery also hurt his ribs last week and will undergo testing to see if he will be available Week 11. Jamaal Williams took over as the only back with 67 yards on 20 carries. The Packers do not have the easiest schedule ahead and given the state of their offense, it may be wise to leave this backfield alone.

WSH Samaje Perine (7% owned)
Week 10: 9/35/0 — 1/25/0 on 1 target
Remaining Schedule: @NO, NYG, @Dal, @LAC, Ari, Den, @NYG

Here we go again. Rob Kelley hurt himself again, and again, Samaje Perine is expected to get the start this week. The problem with Perine is that he has not done anything when given the opportunity this season. The injury to Rob Kelley helps Chris Thompson more than it helps Perine. There is a reason he is only 7% owned. Let someone else pick him up and deal with his performance issues.

MIN Latavius Murray (43% owned)
Week 10: 17/68/1
Remaining Schedule: LAR, @Det, @Atl, @Car, Cin, @GB, Chi

Latavius Murray has been hot and cold this season. The one thing he hasn’t lacked is opportunity. Murray has double-digit carries in his last 5 games. In those 5 weeks, he has averaged just 3.38 yards per carry. That number is even inflated given his one game in which he had 6.3 yards per carry. Murray is completely touchdown reliant to have fantasy relevance. He shouldn’t be in your starting rosters unless you are desperate at the position.

BAL Danny Woodhead (35% owned)
Has not played since Week 1
Remaining Schedule: @GB, Hou, Det, @Pit, @Cle, Ind, Cin

Danny Woodhead will practice this week but his status for Week 11 is uncertain. Woodhead can be a league winner for your team, especially in PPR formats if he is fully healthy. He is a 32-year-old who is coming back from an injury this late in the season, however,  so it’s fair to assume he may not have a tremendous impact on your team. If he is available on your league’s waivers, you should get him while you can.

NE Rex Burkhead (11% owned)
Week 10: 10/36/0 — 3/27/1 on 3 targets
@Oak, Mia, @Buf, @Mia, @Pit, Buf, NYJ

The New England Patriots backfield is a tough situation to predict. Since Rex Burkhead returned to action in Week 7, he, Dion Lewis, and James White have been taking shifts. Burkhead has double-digit touches the past two weeks which, in an offense like this, can easily lead to fantasy production. Rex Burkhead is only 11% owned. For someone who is being utilized in the run and passing game in the Patriots offense, he should see a huge bump in ownership this week.

SF Matt Breida (6% owned)
Week 10: 9/55/1 — 1/3/0 on 2 targets
Remaining Schedule: Bye, Sea, @Chi, @Hou, Ten, Jax, @LAR

Matt Breida found the end zone last week against an awful defense. I wouldn’t read too much into that performance. He doesn’t belong in your starting lineups but should be owned by Carlos Hyde owners.

LAC Austin Ekeler (4% owned)
Week 10: 10/42/0 — 5/77/2 on 5 targets
Remaining Schedule: Buf, @Dal, Cle, Was, @KC, @NYJ, Oak

There is no doubt, Austin Ekeler had himself a great game last week. That performance could lead to more opportunities in this offense but we’ve seen this story before with him. Ekeler is too risky to throw into your lineups on any given week. Besides last week, he has been a touchdown-reliant option and when he doesn’t score he does next to nothing for fantasy purposes. If you are thinking about picking Ekeler up, I would keep him on your bench and see if he sees an increase in workload moving forward before starting him.

SEA Eddie Lacy (17% owned)
Week 10: Did not play
Remaining Schedule: Atl, @SF, Phi, @Jax, LAR, @Dal, Ari

The Seahawks backfield has done nothing to excite fantasy owners and should be avoided in all formats. There is no running back that is stepping up enough to earn the lion’s share.

SEA Thomas Rawls (29% owned)
Week 10: 10/27/0 — 2/12/0 on 2 targets
Remaining Schedule: Atl, @SF, Phi, @Jax, LAR, @Dal, Ari

See Eddie Lacy above.

MIA Kenyan Drake (57% owned)
Week 10: 7/82/1 — 2/10/0 on 2 targets
Remaining Schedule: TB, @NE, Den, NE, @Buf, @KC, Buf

I felt that Kenyan Drake was the better running back before last week’s game. I still felt that way after the game and this past week, Kenyan Drake did not disappoint. He only had 7 carries due to the game script but was able to show off his speed as he took full advantage of the limited touches with a huge 82-yard rush for a touchdown. Expect Drake to be more involved in the weeks to come as he provides a much higher ceiling than his teammate, Damien Williams. Williams only managed 19 yards on 9 carries and just 20 yards on 2 receptions in this game. He certainly didn’t do anything to warrant more touches than Drake. It will be interesting to see the usage ratio of these two moving forward. My money remains on Kenyan Drake.

MIA Damien Williams (34% owned)
Week 10: 9/19/0 — 2/20/0 on 3 targets
Remaining Schedule: TB, @NE, Den, NE, @Buf, @KC, Buf

See Kenyan Drake above.

PHI Corey Clement (8% owned)
Week 10 Bye, Week 9: 12/51/2 — 1/15/1 on 1 target
Remaining Schedule: @Dal, Chi, @Sea, @LAR, @NYG, Oak, Dal

With double-digit carries in back to back weeks, Corey Clement should be owned in all leagues as depth for your running back position or a flex option. Anytime a player gets 10+ touches in a high scoring offense, it can often lead to fantasy points. Given the scarcity of the position this year, Clement is worth owning. Pick him up, play the matchup game, and use him in the flex with favorable opponents.

DAL Rod Smith (27% owned)
Week 10: 3/14/0 — 4/15/0 on 6 targets
Remaining Schedule: Phi, LAC, Was, @NYG, @Oak, Sea, @Phi

I have been talking Rod Smith up since word of Ezekiel Elliott‘s possible suspension. The game script last week for the Cowboys was not a friendly one for running backs. Alfred Morris showed some flash but was held in check with his 11 carries. Rod Smith, given the opportunity, can take over this backfield and I expect him to do so. There is no “lock” for the bulk of the carries right now so it’s anyone’s game. Rod Smith did play more snaps which could be a foreshadowing of the weeks ahead.

Tight Ends

Widely Owned (but worth checking)
OAK Jared Cook (71% owned)
WSH Vernon Davis (64% owned)
CAR Greg Olsen (59% owned)
CIN Tyler Kroft (53% owned)

BUF Charles Clay (12% owned)
Week 10: 2/13/0 on 3 targets
Remaining Schedule: @LAC, @KC, NE, Ind, Mia, @NE, @Mia

Charles Clay was finally back on the field last week but disappointed his owners with 13 yards on just 2 receptions. This was to be expected as he needed this game to shake the rust off. I would expect Clay’s targets to increase next week vs the Chargers defense. Kelvin Benjamin will help to open the field for Clay, so the addition of Benjamin should be a benefit, not a hindrance to Clay’s fantasy value.

ARI Jermaine Gresham (1% owned)
Week 10: 5/64/1 on 7 targets
Remaining Schedule: @Hou, Jax, LAR, Ten, @Was, NYG, @Sea

Jermaine Gresham saw his most targets since Week 2 and had his best game of the season. He is only 1% owned and with good reason. Gresham hasn’t really been a factor in this offense. There could be some hope for him with Drew Stanton at the helm. Typically, quarterbacks that are uncomfortable tend to lean on the tight end position as a security blanket. I would place Stanton in that category of “uncomfortable” quarterbacks. It is worth noting that Gresham has now scored in each of his last two games.

NE Martellus Bennett (33% owned)
Week 10: 3/38/0 on 3 targets
Remaining Schedule: @Oak, Mia, @Buf, @Mia, @Pit, Buf, NYJ

Martellus Bennett is more valuable in a Tom Brady led offense than a Brett Hundley led offense. With that said, he can be a volatile option as he could go off for 80 yards and 2 touchdowns any given game day or he could put up a zero. He’s still worth a pickup. I suggest playing the matchups with Bennett as starting him every week could hurt you.

BAL Benjamin Watson (11% owned)
Week 10 Bye
Remaining Schedule: @GB, Hou, Det, @Pit, @Cle, Ind, Cin

I’m not sure why we keep going back to Benjamin Watson. Yes, he had 10 targets last week but it only equated to 4.1 fantasy points (Standard). Just a few weeks ago, Watson had 8 targets that converted to just 28 receiving yards. He has yet to reach double-digit fantasy points in standard scoring this season. Watson to too risky to insert into your lineups and should be left on waivers.

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