So, as you all know (or hopefully are learning), I write The Fantasy Authority waiver wire rankings that publish each Tuesday. Well, I figured it couldn’t hurt to also help you out before some juicy Free Agents become coveted Week 11 waiver options. If you have a bench spot to burn, let’s take a look ahead to help you beat your league mates to the punch at a discounted price. This article is meant to be pretty quick ‘n dirty since it is Sunday morning, of course. This is Waiver Wire Fire : Sunday Edition.
Do you have key positions on these teams: Carolina, Indianapolis, New York Jets, or San Francisco? All on bye in week 11. Look ahead–it might get you into your playoffs!
Eli Manning vs Kansas City (50% owned)
This is a two-for-one deal of the best kind. Manning draws two juicy match-ups in a row and makes your life a little easier to round out the bye weeks of 10 AND 11. This week, he faces San Francisco and next week, Kansas City. SF is 31st in points allowed (26.6 per game) and KC is 19th (23.1). The Chiefs hand over 259 yards and 1.8 TDs passing each week on average. Kansas City also gives up 6.5 more points on the road vs at home. Guess who is away in week 11? That’s right. Manning is only 50% owned right now and I would grab him myself if I could.
Jay Cutler vs Tampa Bay (week 11) and then New England (week 12)
I feel like I’m writing an article that should be called “The Least Sexy Fantasy QB Picks for Desperate Owners”. Has a ring to it, right? Anyways, Jay Cutler has to make this list because of his upcoming two matchups. This week vs Carolina is a no-go, but you can snag him for weeks 11 and 12. Tampa Bay is falling apart lately. On top of that, they give up the 8th most points to opposing teams. Also, listen to this home vs away stat. At home, they give away 16.5 points and away 33. Now, I’m not usually one to split hairs about home/away games but that is pretty staggering. Miami, at home, with good matchup…Cutler could help get you through.
The New England Patriots give up THE MOST passing yards per game in the league (295) and two TDs to boot. This will be the first week all the byes are complete so perhaps you won’t need to capitalize on this one, but it’s there for the taking.
Blake Bortles vs Cleveland (31% owned)
Blake Bortles certainly isn’t the most popular crayon in the box. However, he’s done decently his last two games (24-259-1 with 0 INT in week 9; 18-330-1 with 0 INT in week 7) and draws the Browns in week 11. The Browns defense is not the dumpster fire some assume them to be, but they do give up the 5th most points per game. With QBs Keenum, Watson, Dalton, and Brissett all having big fantasy games against Cleveland, I’m confident Bortles can give you an option if you need it in week 11. Week 11 could also finally be the week the Jags feel Dede Westbrook can suit up, which I’ve been waiting to see and gives Bortles a playmaker.
Latavius Murray vs LA Rams (43% owned)
Clearly, Jerick McKinnon is the more reliable fantasy back to own for Minnesota; however, Latavius Murray is owned in just 43% of leagues and gets the LA Rams in week 11. The Rams give up 121.6 rushing yards and one rushing TD per game on average. Murray received 16-20 touches the past four weeks, even with McKinnon also having success. He received the most opportunities on red zone rushing attempts (13) compared to McKinnon (8), but had difficulty converting. We saw Murray’s ceiling in week 8 vs Baltimore (118 yards and 1 TD). We can’t hope for that but could be a good flex play.
Danny Woodhead vs Green Bay (35% owned)
I’m beating a dead horse a little here, but he’s still widely available. Here, I’m more highlighting his matchup with GB in week 11. News out of Baltimore has been non-committal about Woodhead’s return so he’s definitely risky. Those of you who might have the luxury to swing for the fences might want to target this guy. Alex Collins is a great play in week 11 too, but he’s highly owned and so falls outside the highlights of this article. Pass catching backs Tevin Coleman, Jerick McKinnon, Alvin Kamara and Theo Riddick performed well vs GB this season.
Jeremy Maclin vs Green Bay (58% owned)
Jeremy Maclin is the most targeted Baltimore Ravens wide receiver. He’s been a disappointment, fantasy-wise, so far this season. However, the past two weeks, Maclin showed signs of life. He caught 5-53-1 in week 8 and 9-98-0 in week 9. Giving fantasy owners (who most likely dropped or benched him) some hope.
In week 11, the Ravens come off their bye to face the Packers. As mentioned above, the Packers should give up some yards in week 11 to both RB and WR positions. GB gives up 239 yards and 1.4 TDs passing each game on average. Though TE Ben Watson typically hogs most of the red zone targets for the Ravens, GB is actually pretty good at guarding the TE. They have yet to give up a TD pass to a tight end and have yielded a ceiling of 61 yards to the position. Flacco will need to look elsewhere and my money is on Maclin (and Woodhead, if he plays).
Tyler Kroft vs Denver (53% owned)
Owners may be discouraged by Tyler Kroft’s targets dropping to two in week 9, after getting 4-7 the previous five weeks. The targets will rebound and he’s a great target for next week’s tilt against Denver. Denver ranks fourth in yards allowed to tight ends this season (563 yards) and gave up five TDs to TEs this season. Three of those five TDs came over the last four weeks. Kroft is third in overall target share, but Dalton should rely on him next week since TE is a soft spot for the Broncos.
Thanks for reading Waiver Wire Fire : Sunday Edition. Please check out my waiver wire rankings each week (release on Tuesday morning, or earliest possible)! I hope that this helps you make your fantasy playoffs during this crucial stretch of games! You will most likely be seeing these names again on Tuesday if they still are so lowly owned. Snag them while they are free agents and cost you NOTHING. #WaiverWireFire