We’re moving right along, guys and gals. Week 11 of the NFL season is here and so brings us to the Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups. Let’s jump right into things with some quick-hit news and notes before getting to the top waiver adds for week 11.
- Week 11 Bye Weeks: Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans
- Emmanuel Sanders left MNF with a rib injury and did not return.
- Devonta Freeman suffered a foot sprain against the Saints and is expected to miss at least two weeks.
- Another Falcon who went down Sunday was fantasy football’s top tight end, Austin Hooper. Hooper went down with a knee injury and is expected to miss time but how much is not yet known.
- Detroit Lions running back Ty Johnson is in the concussion protocol.
- Saquon Barkley disappointed fantasy owners Sunday and then gave them a scare as he had X-Rays taken on his ankle. Thankfully, those came back negative and now Barkley gets the bye week to hopefully return close to full health.
- Notable offensive line injuries:
- Nate Solder, left tackle, NYG – concussion
- Martinas Rankin, KC – suffered a knee injury and was placed on IR.
- Rick Wagner, right tackle, DET – carted off with concussion
- Josh Kline, guard, MIN – concussion
- Brian Allen, center, LAR – knee injury (IR)
- Notable defensive injuries:
- Danny Trevathan, LB, CHI – elbow
- Marshon Lattimore, CB, NO – hamstring, week-to-week
- Janoris Jenkins, CB, NYG – concussion
Quick reminder for the waiver adds: I’m basing the ownership percentages from Yahoo! leagues, which you’ll see in parentheses below. This will give you an idea of who may be available depending on your league size.
- Derek Carr vs CIN (44%)
- Kyle Allen vs ATL (15%)
- Nick Foles at IND (20%)
- Baker Mayfield vs PIT (53%)
- Jacoby Brissett vs JAX (23%)
- Sam Darnold at WAS (22%)
- Dwayne Haskins vs NYJ (2%)
#DerekCarrStreamingSZN continues in Week 11 with a matchup against Cincinnati. The Bengals have PFF’s 24th-ranked pass rush and 29th-ranked coverage grades. The Falcons somehow shut down the Saints offense but I’m not reading much into that. Kyle Allen and the Panthers get a home date with the Atlanta secondary that had previously been torched by everyone else. I said it on the waiver wire podcast, but if you would have told me at the beginning of the season Baker Mayfield would be available in nearly 50% of leagues in week 11, there’s not a chance I’d believe you. Here we are, however, and that’s what we’re dealing with. Mayfield hasn’t dealt with pressure well and the Steelers front seven is legit. If you’re in a deeper league or a superflex format, you can look to the same matchup with Sam Darnold traveling to Washington to face Dwayne Haskins. You’re gonna feel gross starting them, but both quarterbacks have favorable matchups against weak defenses. Both defenses rank in the top half of the league in Passer Rating allowed.
- Brian Hill at CAR (5%)
- Duke Johnson at BAL (58%)
- Derrius Guice vs NYJ (37%)
- J.D. McKissic vs DAL (21%)
- Tarik Cohen at LAR (57%)
- Alexander Mattison vs DEN (29%)
- Tony Pollard at DET (13%)
- Nyheim Hines vs JAX (18%)
- Rashaad Penny BYE (25%)
- Gus Edwards vs HOU (9%)
- Darrel Williams at LAC (5%)
- Wayne Gallman BYE (5%)
As mentioned above, Devonta Freeman is looking at missing the next two games with his foot sprain. In his place, Brian Hill posted 71 total yards and a receiving touchdown against the previously stingy Saints defense. Because of his three-down potential, he’s easily the top waiver add for week 11. Looking at every other running back on the list, they’re either waiting for an injury, in a murky committee, or relegated to handcuff status. Duke Johnson and the Texans should be in a shootout situation which typically favors Johnson over Carlos Hyde. If you’re in a PPR league and desperate times are upon you, J.D. McKissic could provide some value to an RB-needy team. Alexander Mattison and Tony Pollard are my favorite handcuffs while Wayne Gallman is more of a playoff stash. I hate to break this news to Giants fans, but your team isn’t going too far this year. Because of this earth-shattering news I just dropped, adding Wayne Gallman as a deeper playoff stash makes sense. With Barkley banged up, the G-Men of New York should at least consider sitting Barkley for the remainder of the year.
- Dede Westbrook at IND (54%)
- Deebo Samuel vs ARI (15%)
- Josh Reynolds vs CHI (10%)
- Cole Beasley at MIA (32%)
- Demaryius Thomas at WAS (9%)
- Zach Pascal vs JAX (55%)
- Kenny Stills at BAL (26%)
- James Washington at CLE (6%)
- DeVante Parker vs BUF (59%)
- Diontae Johnson at CLE (18%)
- Mecole Hardman at LAC (27%)
- Auden Tate at OAK (18%)
For the Week 11 Waivers, there isn’t a wide receiver I’d be running out to drop a bunch of my remaining FAAB on or use up a top waiver priority. The top three options are dependent on health – either their own or a teammate’s. Dede Westbrook is expected to return to practice this week with Nick Foles back as the Jaguars’ starter. We have to go all the way back to July, but don’t forget Westbrook was the receiver making consistent noise seemingly every practice. Deebo Samuel is in a great spot against the Cardinals, but George Kittle seems likely to return and Emmanuel Sanders has been deemed day-to-day with a rib injury and appears to be a game-time decision. If both are active, Samuel’s outlook nosedives. Similar to Samuel, Josh Reynolds’ outlook depends on the health of Brandin Cooks. DeVante Parker has a date with Tre’Davious White lined up in Week 11, but after he gets past him, the Dolphins have Cleveland, Philadelphia, the Jets, Giants, and Cincinnati on tap. As mentioned by Kevin on the waiver podcast, Sammy Watkins is never a sure-bet to remain healthy, so Mecole Hardman becomes an interesting high-upside stash.
- Noah Fant at MIN (16%)
- T.J. Hockensen vs DAL (52%)
- O.J. Howard vs NO (40%)
- Ryan Griffin at WAS (3%)
- Tyler Eifert at OAK (8%)
Per usual, this gross position group stays gross. Noah Fant is my favorite add of the group because of the opportunity he has over the other tight ends. We’ve seen Fant’s snaps and routes run increase with the departure of Emmanuel Sanders two weeks ago. Chris Herndon has been put on IR which opens the door (again) for Ryan Griffin. Both T.J. Hockensen and Tyler Eifert have great matchups and that’s about the best thing I can say about them.
There you have it! I hope this article has been helping you guys throughout the year and you’re getting value from it. The end of the fantasy season is closer than we think, so enjoy the madness while you can! Don’t forget to jump into our free Slack community where you can get more in-depth with your waiver questions and anything else on your mind.