Week 10 is officially on the books and that means it’s time for Week 11 Waiver Wire Rankings, of course! I hope you filled your benches/rosters with my picks from last week. I may be mentioning a couple of the guys from my Waiver Wire Fire: Sunday Edition, but I only mention players that are under 60% owned. If it’s close to 60%, I mention the percentage. I want you to at least have a shot at these guys, so mentioning any highly owned players just doesn’t make sense. Let’s get to it!
As far as big news and injuries, Jacoby Brissett and Devonta Freeman entered the NFL concussion protocol this week. Brissett lucks out as the Colts now enter their bye week, giving him time to recover. If he would be unable to suit up in Week 12, Scott Tolzien takes over and no one wants to see that. Tevin Coleman took over in Freeman’s stead and did a decent job, gaining 83 yards and a TD on 20 carries. He added one catch for five yards. Should Freeman be unable to pass the protocol (which is looking likely), Coleman would lead the backfield against Seattle in Week 12 with Terron Ward getting some carries. Ward played 17 snaps to Coleman’s 44 after Freeman exited the game.
Green Bay lost both their top running backs, as Aaron Jones and Ty Montgomery left the game with injuries. Aaron Jones reported a sprained MCL and will miss three to six weeks. Montgomery then took over and looked strong, running for 54 yards and one touchdown on just six carries and catching both of his targets for 14 yards. However, he then left the game due to a rib injury — the same one that has plagued him since Week 4. Jamaal Williams, who I predict to be one of the top waiver wire targets this week, took the reigns. He ran decently, gaining 67 yards on 20 carries and adding one catch for seven yards.
Rob Kelley suffered an ankle/knee injury that resulted in him leaving the stadium on crutches. It is safe to say he will at least miss Week 11, giving Samaje Perine an opportunity to lead the backfield. He ran for 35 yards on nine carries and caught one 25 yard pass. Allen Hurns also suffered a knee injury late in the game versus the Chargers, potentially opening the door to Keelan Cole or Dede Westbrook. Marqise Lee is most likely the direct beneficiary, as I think his target share will get a bump.
As if Houston needed more injuries, Will Fuller cracked his ribs during Week 10 and will most likely miss at least one week. Bruce Ellington benefited from his absence, catching four passes for 41 yards and a TD. This is most likely a flash in the pan, even if Fuller misses time. Tom Savage is their quarterback and I don’t trust any receiver besides Hopkins to have consistent fantasy production.
Deshone Kizer briefly exited the game this Sunday with a rib injury. He returned and put in a good fantasy performance, as he threw for 232 yards and one TD and gained 57 yards and a TD rushing. His running ability keeps his floor high for owners, but I would steer clear as he draws the ominous Jags defense in Week 11. Arizona QB Drew Stanton sprained his knee in Week 10. If he is not able to go, Blaine Gabbert would face Houston. News came out Monday that Philip Rivers is in the concussion protocol, though no one is sure when it happened. The Bills DST would be a great streaming option if he misses Week 11.
Washington wide receiver Ryan Grant also entered the concussion protocol on Sunday. Josh Doctson received his most touches to date, which was most likely due to this injury. If Grant misses time, we could see Terrelle Pryor getting more snaps, though his fantasy relevance remains minimal. Believe it or not, Green Bay quarterback Brett Hundley also revealed a hamstring injury after Sunday’s contest. He played through it and didn’t miss a snap, but the only depth behind him is Joe Callahan. Callahan has never snapped a ball in an NFL game so … keep an eye on this as the week progresses. The Baltimore Ravens defense could be in for a treat.
Week 11 Waiver Wire Rankings
Green = Top Waiver Option
Red = Players to who are currently out/injured
Gold = Streaming Target
Blue = Bench Stash
Purple = Deep League Stash
Bye Weeks: Carolina, Indianapolis, New York Jets, San Francisco
- Eli Manning vs Kansas City
- Jay Cutler vs Tampa Bay
- Andy Dalton vs Denver
- Drew Stanton/Blaine Gabbert vs Houston
- Blake Bortles vs Cleveland
Eli Manning thankfully didn’t make me regret encouraging owners to stream him in Week 10. He threw for 273 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions versus San Francisco. Fire him up again this week versus a Kansas City defense that gives up 259 yards and 1.8 TDs passing on average. Kansas City also gives up 6.5 more points on the road compared to at home and travels to MetLife Stadium to play the Giants. Manning is hanging out on 49% of waiver wires as we speak. Great streaming option if you’re in a pinch.
I’m not saying have no fear of the Denver defense, but the last two weeks, they’ve allowed seven passing touchdowns and 465 yards to opposing QBs. Those QBs were Carson Wentz and Tom Brady, but Andy Dalton put up a respectable 20 for 265 and two TDs (zero INT) against TEN in Week 10. He’s thrown for two TDs in three out of the last four games, so if you’re in need, he’s available in over 50% of leagues.
If you’re wondering what I’m thinking telling you to stream Jay Cutler and Blake Bortles this week, check out my explanation here. I don’t want to just repeat myself, that’s just boring for all of us.
Drew Stanton (if he plays) or Blaine Gabbert face off against a Houston defense that has given up 300+ yards and at least two TDs to quarterbacks the past three weeks. Even with their lackluster talent, Standon/Gabbert should be able to use the weapons around them to squeeze out a decent streaming option for you. Be brave. Be bold.
- Dion Lewis (57% owned)
- Kenyan Drake (57% owned)
- Danny Woodhead
- Latavius Murray
- Samaje Perine
- Jamaal Williams
- Rex Burkhead
- Austin Ekeler
- Marlon Mack
- Rod Smith
- Damian Williams
- Elijah McGuire
- J.D. McKissic
- Thomas Rawls
- TJ Yeldon
- Gio Bernard
- Charcandrick West
- Devontae Booker
- Andre Ellington
- D’onta Foreman
- Matt Breida
- James Conner
- Eddie Lacy
- Jamaal Charles
- Benny Cunningham
- Lance Dunbar
Danny Woodhead is 35% owned in Yahoo leagues and should return this week against Green Bay. He resumed practicing and we hope to see him activated from the IR soon. He will immediately negate any Buck Allen shares you have and take over as the passing down back. I don’t see him bumping Alex Collins’ value much, as he should remain the early-down RB for the Ravens.
I already wrote about Latavius Murray in my Sunday Edition, trying to get owners to snag him before he cost a waiver claim. His percent ownership remained at 43%, so he should still be available in most leagues. Murray ran for 68 yards and a TD on 17 carries against Washington in Week 10. While their snap count was even (McKinnon 31, Murray 30), Murray out-touched McKinnon 17-10 in this one. This pick is less about McKinnon, though he had trended downwards the past two weeks. It is more about Murray, who is guaranteed 17-20 touches per game, and this week’s matchup.
Minnesota faces an LA Rams run defense that gives up 118 yards and 0.9 TDs to running backs each game. Though they’ve been doing better against the run the past several weeks, Murray is still a good flex play. He received the opportunities on red zone rushing attempts (13) compared to McKinnon (8), and Minnesota’s offense will have to be on point to keep up with the Rams. The Rams lead the NFL in points per game (32.9) while Minnesota stands 10th (24.1). Their average points per game has been even higher the past three weeks (31.7) and if you watched yesterday, you saw that their chemistry and ability to move the ball has improved as a unit overall.
This should be a good matchup of two balanced teams duking it out. McKinnon will definitely have a role, but the Rams pass defense is no joke. Case Keenum has his work cut out for him and the Vikings will need to utilize their running game.
Here’s one I didn’t see coming. Austin Ekeler took over for a not-injured, yet highly ineffective Melvin Gordon in their bout with the Jags in Week 10. He rushed 10 times for 42 yards and caught all five targets for 77 yards and two touchdowns. Gordon still out-touched Ekeler 21 to 15, but the rookie just flat out played better. The Chargers even used him to kill the clock, but he lost a fumble with under two minutes left and Gordon finished out the game.
Do I think this all of a sudden becomes an RBBC? No. But Ekeler showed he has some standalone value, pending his usage moving forward and Gordon’s ability to bounce back. At the very least, he’s a rosterable handcuff and represents a solid flex play in Week 11 against a Buffalo defense that just gave up 285 yards and five touchdowns on the ground in week 10. Look at it this way: we’ve seen Ekeler’s floor (zero to minimal usage) and his ceiling (Week 10). He will come down to earth this week but is definitely worth a pick up for the Week 11 matchup alone.
After losing their starter and his backup, Green Bay passed the rock to their rookie Jamaal Williams on Sunday. As I wrote in the introduction, Williams performed decently (3.4 YPC) for his team. He ran hard and pulled men along with him at times, always keeping his legs moving. Williams looks like a good early down back, with Ty Montgomery getting both carries and handling the passes out of the backfield. That is if Ty Montgomery plays. Statements from head coach Mike McCarthy indicate that TyMo has a chance to suit up, but we have to wonder how much his lingering rib injury will continue to impact his play. Just something to keep in mind — Green Bay is 22nd in rushing yards on the season and ranks 25th overall in rushing attempts per game. They face Baltimore this week, who have done fairly well limiting RBs the past two weeks, but they have given up three 100+ rushing yards games to opposing RBs.
Though I usually steer clear of the New England backfield, Rex Burkhead‘s usage has me considering it. His touches increase each week and he nabbed 36 yards on 10 rushes and 37 yards and a TD receiving in Week 10. Burkhead does most of his damage through the air, but Dion Lewis isn’t going away (and should be owned in more leagues, by the way). James White’s usage decreased over the past three weeks as Burkhead heated up. Burkhead out-snapped all other running backs in week 10 (36) with Lewis getting 21 snaps and White 11.
It’s true that they could come out next week and pull a “Belichick” and screw us all. But, the healthy scratch of Mike Gillislee in Week 10 and the juicy matchup versus Oakland are enough to convince me he should be rostered. Owned in a mere 11% of leagues, Burkhead could be the zig to your league-mates zag, since they’ll most likely go for the more popular waiver adds.
Important to note that Rod Smith (38) out-snapped Alfred Morris (22) and Darren McFadden (1) in Cowboys huge loss to the Atlanta Falcons in week 10. Game script definitely played a role in this, as Dallas was playing from behind all game and had limited success in the run game. The offensive line struggled considerably to block for the RBs or protect Dak Prescott, which really prevented them from getting much going on offense. Smith gets an admittedly tough matchup vs Philly this week, but I think the passing down back could play a big role in the game plan. If you look back at Philly’s games against opposing RBs, the last three touchdowns they gave up to RBs were through the air in weeks 6,7, and 8. Past successful RBs against Philly: Chris Thompson, Matt Breida, Andre Ellington, and Christian McCaffrey. See a pattern here?
If some of you are wondering what the hell happened to Tarik Cohen, I’m with you. It looks like Benny Cunningham will get some passing down work instead of Cohen, whose usage dropped after Mitchell Trubinsky took over in Week 5. Over the last three weeks, Cohen saw just five total rushes and three passes. He definitely possesses playmaking ability in catching passes out of the backfield, but the Bears seem content giving Cunningham a chance which cuts into Cohen’s already limited touches. Cunningham had one good run on Sunday, but he fumbled the ball as he crossed into the end zone. I don’t know how you’d play either one confidently, but one (leaning Cunningham due to usage trend) could be worth a stash in deeper leagues.
- Marquise Lee (59% owned)
- Jamison Crowder
- Corey Davis
- Cooper Kupp
- Josh Doctson
- Marquise Goodwin
- Corey Coleman
- Dontrelle Inman
- Randall Cobb
- Dede Westbrook
- Kenny Golladay
- Danny Amendola
- Martavis Bryant
- Brandon LaFell
- Curtis Samuel
- Bruce Ellington
- Kenny Stills
- Tyler Lockett
- Tavarres King
- Keelan Cole
- Jordan Matthews
- Demarcus Robinson
- Mike Wallace
- Eric Decker
- Russell Shepard (if Samuel out)
- Zay Jones
- Roger Lewis
- Travis Benjamin
- TJ Jones
- Josh Gordon
- John Brown
Marquise Lee has scored double-digit PPR fantasy points the last four weeks. He’s received 23 targets for 130 yards and caught two touchdowns (one each week) over the last two games. With Allen Hurns missing at least Week 11 with an injury, Lee could see even more targets. The Jags also play Cleveland. Don’t worry, if even 1% of you add him this week, I won’t be able to harp on you anymore because he’ll hit 60+% ownership. Did I mention he gets Houston and San Francisco in the fantasy playoffs, Weeks 15 and 16? Yup. Ok, moving on.
I’m guessing since Corey Davis‘ return to action did not happen with a splash, fantasy owners are hesitant to invest a roster spot. True, he’s caught six passes for 76 yards and no TDs over the past two weeks. What those stats don’t tell you is that he was targeted a team-high 10 times in Week 10 and barely missed a big TD catch but couldn’t hang on. Mariota will continue to target Davis in his extremely favorable schedule over the next five weeks (PIT, IND, HOU, ARI, and SF). It is perhaps the easiest WR schedule that I’ve seen. Available in over 50% of leagues, he could be the WR stash that helps you make it to playoffs.
Dontrelle Inman played his first game as a Chicago Bear in Week 10, gaining 88 yards on six receptions. He received the same amount of targets as Kendall Wright (8) and led the team in receiving yards. He’s not a Grade A talent by any means, but this offense is desperate for weapons, so he could do the job in PPR leagues. The Bears take on Detroit in Week 11, who have proven they can be beaten through the air, giving up eight receiving TDs so far this season.
Don’t forget about Kenny Golladay. Golladay exploded in Week 1, snagging 69 yards and two TDs on four catches and then cooled his next two games. A hamstring injury halted his rookie season in its tracks and he just got healthy enough to return. He played 21 percent of the snaps in Week 10, but caught two passes for 64 yards. T.J. Jones played more snaps than him, but Golladay could see his playing time increase as the weeks go on.
I see Bruce Ellington as mostly a desperate streaming option for fantasy owners since Will Fuller will miss Week 11 and Arizona gives up lots of points to wide receivers (fourth most). You can’t really feel good about either Tom Savage or T.J. Yates being the key to your receiver’s fantasy production, but, beggars can’t be choosers. I try to find you some deeper options when I can, and this is one of them. I know it’s ugly.
It looks like all systems go for the return of Corey Coleman and (most likely) Dede Westbrook. These both represent snag-and-stashes for me this week. Coleman should take over as the No. 1 receiver for Cleveland, but they face the Jags this week and I want no part of that. His schedule softens some after that against Cincinnati in Week 12 then LAC (Week 13) and GB (Week 14). The Jags have yet to activate Westbrook from the IR and with Hurns missing time, I’m not sure what they’re waiting for. They face CLE this week, who had difficulty guarding the slot (Golden Tate) last week to the tune of 97 and a TD. Same thing with Adam Thielen in Week 8. Hurns typically plays slot, so it could be either Westbrook or Keelan Cole who takes these snaps. It is something to keep an eye on as the week moves forward.
Brandon LaFell is a super unsexy pick, but I have to at least point out that he received 10 targets in Week 10, catching six for 95 yards and a TD. He is owned in 3% of leagues. You probably can’t trust him this week versus Denver, but he draws Cleveland and Pittsburgh in Weeks 12 and 13, both of which have beatable secondaries. They most likely will try to shut down A.J. Green, leaving LaFell and Tyler Kroft with some opportunity to step up.
- Tyler Kroft
- Charles Clay
- Ben Watson
- CJ Fiedorowicz
- Mercedes Lewis
- Jermaine Gresham
- Jonnu Smith (if Walker out or limited)
- Julius Thomas
- Coby Fleener
- Seth DeValve
- Eric Ebron
- Vance McDonald
82, 73, 133, 80, and 74. That is the number of yards that Denver has given up to TEs over the past six weeks. Add on three TDs and you start to get the idea. Denver is fourth overall in yards allowed to tight ends this season. Tyler Kroft draws this juicy matchup in Week 11 and at 53% ownership, he’s one of my must-adds this week. Do you know who is even worse at covering the TE position? Cleveland. Guess who Kroft plays in Week 12. Now you’re catching on!
Why the No. 10 overall fantasy TE, who sits sixth in targets to the position, is only 11% owned baffles me. The only reason I can think of is due to his bye in Week 10. Many of you might have been hard-up on roster spots and had to drop your TE. Whatever the case, add Ben Watson [back] to your rosters. Watson represents a high floor in a position hard to predict game to game. He scored eight or more PPR fantasy points in every game this season except two. Watson hit pay dirt twice and received 10 targets in Week 9 before the Ravens went on bye.
I’m not going to lie to you, Watson has a tough matchup versus GB this week, who held all opposing TEs to under 61 yards and have yet to give up a TD to the position this season. However, taking a look at the bare waiver wire … a TE getting at least four catches a game with TD upside might be your best option. Oh, Watson also faces Houston (green light gooooooo) in Week 12. So, there’s that to sweeten the pot. I would say wait a week, but I don’t think he will still be there.
C.J. Fiedorowicz returned to the field in Week 10 after being out since Week 2 with a concussion. It was nothing to write home about, as he snagged two receptions for 10 yards. However, he received six targets and faces an Arizona defense in Week 11 that just gave up two TDs to Jimmy Graham last week. Since Will Fuller will miss this week due to his rib injury, Tom Savage may rely more on Fiedorowicz.
Mercedes Lewis has received four to five targets per game over the past two weeks and faces Cleveland in Week 11. With Hurns out this week, Lewis may see a bump in targets.
Jermaine Gresham burst onto everyone’s fantasy radar this week, catching five passes for 64 yards and a touchdown for Arizona. He scored a touchdown in both Weeks 9 and 10. Gresham draws Houston this week, who give up the sixth-most fantasy points to TEs. That includes a monster week with two TDs by Jimmy Graham in Week 8. I can’t say I have much confidence in Gresham moving forward as a consistent fantasy TE, but he is streamable in Week 11.
In a TD drought since Week 2, Eric Ebron hit paydirt in week 10. Many might be tempted to jump on this bandwagon, but don’t let him tempt you. The most consistency you can expect from Ebron is that he will consistently let you down. The two TDs that he scored this season were against the NY Giants (who we now know give a TD to every TE every week, literally) and Cleveland last week, another weak team against the TE. Ebron was targeted just three times last week and with Darren Fells also in the mix, you can chalk this up as a fluke.
- Arizona @ Houston
- New Orleans vs Washington
- Cincinnati @ Denver
- Miami vs Tampa Bay
- Buffalo vs LA Chargers (if without Rivers especially)
I hope you’ve enjoyed the Week 11 Waiver Wire Rankings and I look forward to helping you rock the second half of your fantasy season!