Pick ‘Em Up: Week 11 Fantasy Football Waiver Claims

Ten weeks down, at least six more to go. The stretch run is upon us. Hopefully, you’re sitting with at least five wins right now. Hopefully, this article has helped that total. With just a few weeks left and the trade deadline fast approaching, waivers will soon be your last hope to improve and make the playoffs.

Before we hit that trade deadline, be sure to listen to our writer Zach, who gave you his favorite players to go after before the deadline passes.

As always, everyone mentioned today will be available in 50% or more Yahoo leagues. Last week, Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, and the NY Giants were on a bye, so be sure to check if any of their better players were dropped out of desperation. On that same note, this week, watch the drop list for any players from the Broncos and the Rams, as they are both on bye in Week 10.

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Quarterbacks

Justin Fields (75% Available)
Fields is a bit of a post-hype sleeper all in one rookie season. He was a hot name to start, his early play turned people off, but he is coming around. The crowd has not caught up yet, and his Week 10 bye helped his availability. Over his last two games, he’s been a top-10 fantasy QB and started doing work with his legs. If he is finally showing his rushing ability, he will be a viable option down the stretch.

Cam Newton (84% Available)
Speaking of rushing ability. Look, I have no idea what Cam we are getting here, but waivers are thin, and fantasy QBs are pretty bad right now. Shooters shoot. Cam at least presents rushing TD upside every week if your current QB is not getting it done.

Running Backs

Rhamondre Stevenson (68% Available)
Yes, Damien Harris was out last week, but Stevenson was starting to show flashes before that injury. He’s scored 12+ fantasy points in three of his previous four games and is getting more involved in the passing game. If he can secure the role vacated by James White, it won’t matter if Harris is the primary runner. Both can be good in Belichick’s offense.

Ty Johnson (81% Available)
While it’s never ideal rostering a Jets’ RB, and even less so when it’s the 2nd-best Jets RB, Johnson has been serviceable. He’s scored eight or more fantasy points in each of his last five games, all while ceding work to Michael Carter. The schedule is actually about to open up for the Jets, and Johnson should see an increase in volume for the next month or so.

Devonta Freeman (50% Available)
The Ravens backfield is hard to decipher this season. First, we thought it was Ty’Son Williams, then Latavius Murray, and now it appears to be Devonta Freeman leading the charge. Murray is missing time, so this could be temporary, but Freeman has made the most of the opportunity. Over the last four games, he’s touched the ball 44 times and scored at least eight fantasy points in all of them. More importantly, if you’ve seen him play, he looks good. If the coaches are seeing the same thing, this could remain his job even after Murray returns.

Wide Receivers

Darnell Mooney (50% Available)
I talked a bit about Mooney last week. He’s only this available because the Bears were on bye. As Fields has started to heat up, Mooney has followed. He scored two TDs in Week 9 before the bye and will likely come out hot against a pretty favorable schedule. Add him now or lose him forever.

Rashod Bateman and Elijah Moore (50% Available)
The rookies are getting hot at the right time and won’t be available after this week. If you need help at WR, they are worth waiver priority. Bateman was leading the team in receiving in Week 9 until garbage time kicked in and Lamar Jackson leaned on Marquise Brown. He led the team in Week 10. Moore has been scoring TDs at will lately on a team that will be throwing plenty.

Jamal Agnew (91% Available)
If Jamal Agnew were not named Jamal Agnew, he wouldn’t even be on waivers in your league. Over his last five games, Trevor Lawrence has targeted Agnew 35 times, and Agnew has scored two touchdowns, one rushing, one receiving. Add to his value that he is a threat for a return-TD every week, and you have a valuable weapon that is, at the very least, worth a stash on your bench.

Bryan Edwards (82% Available)
Voids need to be filled in Vegas, and Edwards may just be the guy to do it. Our writer Dominick Petrillo was on Edwards early in the season, but it took time to develop. Edwards has seen exactly four targets in each of his last four games with wildly varying results. Most recently, he turned those targets into 88 yards and a TD. He’s more of a stash-play than someone you’re throwing in your flex, but if you have the spot, he’s worth the add.

Tight Ends

Logan Thomas (50% Available)
Another week, another wait and see with Logan Thomas. He almost came off of IR last week but was sore after Monday’s practice, so they held him back. To make matters worse for Washington, backup tight end Ricky Seals-Jones was hurt in their Week 10 game. They need Thomas back, and he would be a welcome addition on most fantasy rosters too. He was the TE7 before going down to injury.

Dan Arnold and Tyler Conklin (70% Available)
You all finally caught on with Pat Freiermuth, so this list has dwindled to two names. Unless you play in a 4-team league, both of these players should be on rosters. Since Week 8, you know, two weeks after I told you to add them, Arnold has been the TE3 and Conklin the TE4. Nobody wants to hear “I told you so”…but…