Four. More. Games. For the most part, that’s what you have left to make your playoff push. If you’re out of the running, and still reading this article, kudos to you. Go play spoiler. Steal these good players and ruin someone else’s playoff hopes. If you can’t be happy, at least try to make everyone else sad. Who knew I’d be giving sage life advice in a Week 11 waiver wire article? But here we are.
Your first step should always be to check for good players from last week’s bye teams. Managers may have players that they shouldn’t have from the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, and New York Jets, as they all had Week 10 off. This week, watch the cut list for players from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers that could be dropped out of desperation due to their team’s Week 11 bye.
With the trade deadline fast approaching, be sure to check out Zach’s Trade Deadline Targets!
Quick Note: All players listed are available in around 50% of ESPN leagues. While not everyone plays on ESPN, studies show most do. So, if they’re available there, they’re likely available on your platform. Pick ‘Em Up!
Week 11 Waiver Wire
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Putting it bluntly, I would not blow a dime of FAAB or any waivers on a QB this week. Daniel Jones and Russell Wilson are early front-runners for my Stream of the Week, released every Thursday after waivers have run. As of now, I would wait and see who is free after waivers.
Rachaad White (76% Available)
There were already rumbles of White taking this job before Leonard Fournette was hurt this week, so I’m not convinced a bye week will help Fournette much. In Germany, White turned 22 carries in 105 yards and scored 10 fantasy points. He had a good day with absolutely no passing game work, and that is one of the better aspects of his game. If he adds three or four targets each week, his floor is relatively safe. You do have to wait out his Week 11 bye, though.
Kenyan Drake (55% Available)
If not for a Week 10 bye, Drake likely would not be this available. He has scored 60 fantasy points over his last four games, and that includes a sub-one-point dud against Cleveland in Week 7. With JK Dobbins set to miss at least two more weeks and Gus Edwards still not 100%, Drake is likely the lead-back on a run-first team until December.
Elijah Mitchell (50% Available)
The 49ers backfield has always been puzzling, but we expected stability with the addition of Christian McCaffrey. We were wrong. Instead, Mitchell led the team in carries and yards this past week, his first back from the IR. Will this trend continue? Probably not, but with McCaffrey’s injury history, Mitchell should be 100% rostered.
Jerick McKinnon (79% Available)
The Kansas City backfield is a mess for fantasy, but if you’ve read my work for any amount of time, you know I’m going to chase the targets. McKinnon has hit 3+ targets in each of his last five games and has 16 total over his previous two. Since Week 5, he has been the RB36 in fantasy without scoring a TD. He’s more of a Flex play, but if you’re in bye-week trouble, McKinnon is worth an add.
Darrell Henderson (50% Available) / Kyren Williams (84% Available)
Like Kansas City, the Rams’ backfield is clear as mud. Henderson is splitting carries with Cam Akers but is getting the redzone carries. He scored a TD in Week 10. Williams just returned from IR but seems to have immediately won the pass-catching role. He caught three balls for 30 yards in his first game.
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Christian Watson (94% Available)
There will be no hotter waiver commodity this week than Watson. He just scored three TDs against the Cowboys as a rookie. That’s Randy Moss energy. Of course, Watson is not Moss, but he could be the Packers’ WR1. As such, WR-needy teams should pursue him with a heavy hand.
Kadarius Toney (52% Available) / Marquez Valdes-Scantling (52% Available) / Van Jefferson (93% Available) / Ben Skowronek (99% Available)
Got a big list here, and the caliber of the player is wildly different, but the reasoning for each is similar. Both the Kansas City WR group and the LA Rams WR group have suffered some injuries that open things up for their bench. Juju Smith-Schuster and Mecole Hardman have missed time, and Cooper Kupp will likely miss at least the next month. This is the order I would go after these players.
Toney is by far in the best spot to succeed, even with Juju and Hardman returning. They want to use him like Tyreek Hill, and you want a piece of this offense. Both he and MVS scored a TD last week. Van Jefferson scored his first TD last week, but Skowronek was targeted seven times. I won’t be the least bit surprised if Skowronek, a discount version of Cooper Kupp, takes on most of his workload.
Parris Campbell (77% Available)
As long as Matt Ryan is the QB for the Colts, you want Parris Campbell. Over Ryan’s last three games, Campbell sits at 32 targets and a 24/203/3 stat line. Those are fantasy WR1 numbers. There are plenty of questions surrounding the Colts, but Campbell is a decent Flex play.
Darius Slayton (95% Available)
It has been a turbulent year for the Giants’ WR corps, but over the last five games, Slayton has returned to the deep-threat role we saw him occupy over the last few years. Over that span, he has 318 yards on 18 receptions, a 17.6 YPC. He has also added two TDs and is the WR32 over that in those games. Of course, trusting Slayton, or Daniel Jones, or even the Giants is risky, but he is a high-upside WR3 as it stands.
Donovan Peoples-Jones (78% Available)
Since Week 5, DPJ has had 40 targets and is the WR35 in fantasy. He’s also hit at least 50 yards in each of those games. The Browns are a bad team, but it has worked out in Peoples-Jones’ favor. With the return of Deshaun Watson looming, we could even see improvement on a pretty decent WR3 season for DPJ.
Cole Kmet (61% Available)
When you start to succeed, there are always those people who latch on and try to make themselves look better by being around you. That’s Cole Kmet and Justin Fields. Kmet is the fantasy TE12 on 33 targets. In 10 games. Three targets per game. What is happening? He has scored five TDs in three weeks. Not sure that will continue but as long as Fields is hot, you can ride with Kmet. Typically, I get mad when a player is on this list for multiple weeks, but with Kmet, I get it.
Foster Moreau (87% Available)
Moreau is more of a streaming option than an every-week starter, but with Darren Waller on IR, the job is Moreau’s. Last week that resulted in three catches for 43 yards and a TD. The Raiders are awful but should be throwing a lot. With Hunter Renfrow also on IR, that should mean 4-6 targets per week for Moreau. You just need him to find the endzone.
Trey McBride (99% Available)
Ready to take a flyer on a rookie TE? I have no great stats to support McBride, but with Zach Ertz done for the year, McBride will get his chance to prove he deserved to be the 1st TE drafted last April. Ertz was averaging seven targets per game and is the current TE3 in fantasy, so the upside is there.
If you’re looking for Week 11 Rankings, Ryan and Austin have you covered! We do our first upload early on Tuesday and update them throughout the week!