Thank goodness the bye-pocalypse is over, but unfortunately, so are most of your trade deadlines.  That means the waiver wire will be your one-stop-shop for help getting to and making it through the playoffs.  As always, the NFL suffered some devastating injuries you should be familiar with as we move toward the end of the fantasy year. Check out Week 10 Injury Recap by our fantasy PT Matthew Betz for the full list of injuries and their fantasy implications.

For the full breakdown of the players listed below, listen to the Week 11 Waiver Wire episode by The Fantasy Footballers to hear Andy, Mike, and Jason’s opinion on who to target for Week 11 and the rest of the season.

All percentages owned are based on Yahoo!

WR

Giants WR Darius Slayton is one of those late waiver wire gems that may get you that extra push to make the playoffs and win your league.  Between Weeks 3 through 9, Slayton has been targeted 31 times, for 17 receptions, over 270 yards and 3 TDs.  Week 10 ushered in 10 receptions on 14 targets for 121 yards 2 TDs, solidifying the burgeoning chemistry between he and QB Daniel Jones.  He does have a bye this coming week then faces Chicago and Green Bay.  However, his playoff matchups are so juicy, it’s hard to believe he’s still only 10% owned.  In Weeks 14, 15, and 16, Slayton faces Philadelphia, Miami, and then Washington.  With Sterling Shepard‘s status up in the air, Slayton has the opportunity to feature in the Giants’ offense.  I will add a word of caution. When Evan Engram returns from injury, Slayton may take a step back in volume, but he has proven himself a reliable, downfield threat for Jones.

Speaking of chemistry, Pittsburgh Steelers’ James Washington is finally starting to play WR.  As defenses focus on JuJu Smith-Schuster, it forces Diontae Johnson and Washington to step up to the plate for QB Mason Rudolph.  Johnson is still only 18% owned and Washington is at 6% so it’s likely that one of these WRs is available on the wire in your league.  Since Week 1, Johnson has totaled 30 receptions on 46 targets for 363 yards, and 3 TDs while averaging 12.1 yards per reception and a 65.2% catch percentage.  Washington has vastly improved since his rookie year receiving 20 receptions on 38 targets for 320 yards and a TD.  His yards per reception increased from 13.56 to 16 and his catch percentage has likewise increased from 42.1% in 2018 to 52.6%.  The Steelers will face Cleveland this Thursday night, Cincinnati and Cleveland again then face Arizona, Buffalo, and the New York Jets for the playoffs.

MIA DeVante Parker (59% owned)
BUF, CLE, PHI /, @NYJ, @NYG, CIN

JAX Dede Westbrook (56% owned)
@IND,@TEN, TB, / LAC, @OAK, @ATL

SF Deebo Samuel (14% owned)
ARI, GB, @BAL, / @NO, ATL, LAR

IND Zach Pascal (58% owned)
JAX, @HOU, TEN, /@TB, @NO, CAR

NYG Darius Slayton (10% owned)
BYE, @CHI, GB, / @PHI, MIA, @WAS

DAL Randall Cobb (10% owned)
@DET, @NE, BUF, / @CHI, LAR, @PHI

PIT James Washington (6% owned)
@CLE (Thurs), @CIN, CLE, / @ARI, BUF, @NYJ

NYJ Demaryius Thomas (8% owned)
@WAS, OAK, @CIN, MIA, @BAL, PIT

KC Mecole Hardman (27% owned) (desperation flex)
@LAC, BYE, OAK, / @NE, DEN, @CHI

RB

Being a Lions’ fan is hard.  It’s even harder when your starting QB has a fractured back and your main RBs, Kerryon Johnson and Tra Carson, are on IR then the last gasp hope in Ty Johnson is in concussion protocol.  While the Lions fall apart in terms of real football, fantasy owners may want to take a look at J.D. McKissic.  There isn’t anyone left.  With the possible return of backup QB Jeff Driskel and practically no one else left to run the football, McKissic should be seeing volume.  Volume is king in fantasy football.  If you’re desperate, he may be worth a shot on your roster.

The juiciest option among available RBs is Atlanta’s Brian HillDevonta Freeman may miss a few weeks with a foot sprain and Ito Smith is on IR.  Hill has built trust among the coaching staff, out snapping Smith in the preseason, and QB Matt Ryan will need someone to run the ball.  Again, fantasy football is about volume.  Whether you are the Freeman owner or not, snagging Brian Hill will be the most popular waiver pick up for Week 11.

Probably Owned (but worth checking)

TB Ronald Jones (74% owned)
NO, @ATL, @JAX, / IND, @DET, HOU

CLE Kareem Hunt (72% owned)
PIT (Thurs), MIA, @PIT,/ CIN, @ARI, BAL

DEN Royce Freeman (71% owned)
@MIN, @BUF, LAC, / @HOU, @KC, DET

Main Waiver Wire Pickups

ATL Brian Hill (3% owned)
@CAR, TB, NO, / CAR, @SF, JAX

DET J.D. McKissic (21% owned)
10/36/0 — 6/19/0 on 7 targets @CHI

HOU Duke Johnson (58% owned)
@BAL, IND, NE, / DEN, @TEN, @TB

SF Raheem Mostert  (4% owned)
ARI, GB, @BAL, / @NO, ATL, LAR

NYG Wayne Gallman (5% owned)
BYE, @CHI, GB, / @PHI, MIA, @WAS

WAS Adrian Peterson (53% owned) & Derrius Guice (37% owned)
NYJ, DET, @CAR, / @GB, PHI, NYG

MIA Kalen Ballage (37% owned)
BUF, CLE, PHI /, @NYJ, @NYG, CIN

Handcuff watch
MIN Alexander Mattison (29% owned)
DAL Tony Pollard (13% owned)
LAR Darrell Henderson Jr. (29% owned)
BAL Gus Edwards (9% owned)
OAK DeAndre Washington (1% owned)
SEA Rashaad Penny (25% owned)
TEN Dion Lewis (10% owned)
JAX Ryquell Armstead (1% owned)

TE

It won’t surprise you in the slightest to read that the TE landscape is garbage.  We all know this.  However, Week 10 brought an extra layer of trash with healthy dose of gasoline to the burning dumpster fire that is the TE position.  Unless you were the lucky owner of a handful of TEs like Mark Andrews or O.J. Howard, you may have shed a tear as you watched your TE points go practically nowhere.  Add breaking news of Falcons’ Austin Hooper out with a knee injury and George Kittle out for Monday Night Football and it might just make you throw your hands up in frustration at the outlook for the playoffs.

After Monday night’s game featuring the Seahawks and 49ers, fantasy owners have a very real question to ask themselves if the position is giving you heartburn.  Is it time to start trusting Jacob Hollister?  Russell Wilson targeted the TE a career-high 10 times for 8 receptions, 62 yards, and a TD after his explosive game last week against Tampa Bay.  With Will Dissly out for the year and Luke Willson suffering a rib injury, this may be Hollister’s position to exploit for the remainder of the year.  His schedule isn’t amazing, but he has the front-runner MVP candidate in Russell Wilson and was unphased by the 2nd best San Francisco defense versus the TE on Monday night.

Probably Owned (but worth checking)

CAR Greg Olsen (87% owned)
ATL, @NO, WAS, / @ATL, SEA, @IND

IND Eric Ebron (78% owned)
JAX, @HOU, TEN, /@TB, @NO, CAR

LAR Gerald Everett (72% owned)
CHI, BAL, @ARI, / SEA, @DAL, @SF

Main Waiver Wire Pickups

TB O.J. Howard (40% owned)
NO, @ATL, @JAX, / IND, @DET, HOU

HOU Darren Fells (43% owned)
@BAL, IND, NE, / DEN, @TEN, @TB

PHI Dallas Goedert (17% owned)
NE, SEA, @MIA, NYG, @WAS, DAL

SEA Jacob Hollister (7% owned)
BYE, @PHI, MIN, @LAR, @CAR, ARI

IND Jack Doyle (52% owned)
JAX, @HOU, TEN, /@TB, @NO, CAR

Need help deciding on who you should target on the waiver wire?  Listen to the Week 11 Waiver Wire episode for a full breakdown as well as Andy, Mike, and Jason’s QB and DST streamers.



Comments 3

  1. Dont you think that if they gave miles sanders as much action as they give O.J. howard, they would have a dalvin cook? What am i missing and why haven’t they passed the torch. O.J. howard is serviceable – sanders is a stud!

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