Fantasy Football: Week 11 Watch List Candidates
Scouring the waiver wire can be a daunting and time-consuming task due to the sheer amount of talent that is usually available in a league each and every week. The purpose of this article is to identify players who should be put on watch lists so that fantasy owners can be proactive and aware of potential free agent gems over the course of the 2018 regular season. Keep in mind that the names listed below are owned in a small percentage of leagues, but nonetheless offer statistical upside and therefore warrant our attention. The Week 10 edition of this article included names like Maurice Harris and Elijah McGuire. Now, let’s look ahead to Week 11 and players to watch for.
Gerald Everett (2% Owned)
Over the past two weeks, Gerald Everett has scored at least 9.5 points in PPR formats. While that level of production is not stellar, it places the Rams tight end on the fantasy radar at a thin skill position. This is especially true now that Cooper Kupp is out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. On the 2018 campaign, Everett has a 15-161-1 receiving line across 23 targets. Josh Reynolds figures to benefit the most from Kupp’s absence moving forward, but Gerald belongs on watch lists since he should earn a more prominent role on offense from here on out as a former second-round draft pick in the organization.
Spencer Ware (9% Owned)
With the fantasy playoffs fast approaching, premier handcuffs are popular commodities on the waiver wire. Spencer Ware fits that label behind Kareem Hunt in Kansas City and should be rostered as such by savvy owners. The former LSU product has played sparingly behind Hunt this year, with a mere 289 yards from scrimmage on 36 total offensive touches. Even so, his upside is undeniable on the Chiefs offense in the event that Kareem is forced to miss time or even rested down the stretch of the regular season. That possibility alone makes Ware a watch list candidate in virtually all formats.
Brandon Marshall (18% Owned)
The Dez Bryant experiment was a failure for New Orleans as the wide receiver sustained a torn Achilles in practice before last week’s game. The Saints appear set on adding a veteran at wideout on offense since Brandon Marshall has now been signed to the team’s roster. His stint with Seattle did not fare well so far in 2018 based on his pedestrian 11 receptions for 136 yards and one touchdown. It is possible that Marshall carves out a weekly role with Drew Brees, but do not feel the need to rush and add the 34-year-old as a free agent because his ceiling is capped at this point of his career as a complimentary piece at best.
Josh Doctson (14% Owned)
Despite leading the NFC East at 6-3, the Washington Redskins sport one thinnest wide receiver groups in the entire league. The team has also been decimated with injuries on offense in the form of Derrius Guice, Paul Richardson and even Jamison Crowder as of late. As a result, Josh Doctson has managed to emerge recently with two receiving touchdowns over his past two games. The former TCU star deserves to be rostered and potentially even started since he has seen at least 5 targets in five of his past seven appearances dating back to Week 2.
Jaylen Samuels (11% Owned)
The Le’Veon Bell saga has officially come to an end in Pittsburgh for the 2018 season. James Conner is the unquestioned starter and remains an elite RB1 in fantasy, but Jaylen Samuels is also in the mix for touches in the Steelers backfield rotation. The fifth-round selection out of North Carolina State only has 13 combined rushes and receptions this year, but his eligibility as a running back and tight end on certain platforms like Yahoo makes him an appealing roster stash.