The Waiver Wire: Week 11
Week 10 had it all! The coming out parties for Aaron Jones & Corey Davis, Tom Brady continuing to be a shell of his former fantasy dominate self in a beatdown loss to the Titans, The Bills behind Matt Barkley destroying the Jets in MetLife, the return to dominate LeSean McCoy (for at least a week) & David Johnson, and Fitzmagic somehow passed for over 400 yards but not didn’t throw a single touchdown.
With a late-season byeeclipse waiting for us, this week maximizing your waiver claims is going to be mission critical especially when you factor in that we only have three weeks remaining in the regular season. This week 6 teams are on bye; New England, Buffalo, Miami, Jets, Browns, and 49ers. On top of a diminished pool of players to choose from we saw some key players go down with serious injuries in week 10.
- Cooper Kupp: MRI revealed Kupp tore his ACL in the Rams week 10 win over the Seahawks. He will miss the rest of the season.
- Jakeem Grant: Carted off the field and was seen in a walking boot after a non-contact injury. Grant looks to have suffered an aggravation to his Achilles.
- Martavis Bryant: Injured his knee and did not return to the game. Right now Bryant is looked at as week to week.
- Marvin Jones Jr.: MRI confirmed no ligament damage but Jones suffered a knee bruise. His timetable to return is week to week.
Now onto the top Waiver Wire pickups of Week 11!
As a disclaimer, all players must be owned by less than 60% of ESPN or Yahoo leagues. Ownership percentages are in parenthesizes. Below I have ranked the top 3 adds at each position with a bonus player or two sprinkled in throughout.
Marcus Mariota (ESPN 15% / Yahoo 30%)
Mariota has been amazing since coming out of the Titans week 8 bye. Mariota is averaging 234 yds/g and has 4 TDs to Zero Interceptions. With Indy on deck who just gave up 320 yds & 2 TDs to Blake Bortles, Mariota is the top QB to grab. He is a great streaming option yet again but has season-long appeal as well.
Dak Prescott (ESPN 30% / Yahoo 35%)
This is Dak’s 2nd time on the Waiver Wire and Dak looked great in the Boys HUGE win on the road over the Eagles on Sunday. With a schedule of wk 11 @ATL, wk 12 WAS, wk 13 NO, wk 14 Phi, wk 15 @Ind, wk 16 TB, Dak may carry you to the promise land with those soft secondaries.
Lamar Jackson (ESPN 6% / Yahoo 8%)
It may be Lamar Jackson time in Baltimore in week 11. Flacco hasn’t been ruled out but he is dealing with a hip injury. It’s not a guarantee that Jackson will start even if Flacco sits this week. Ryan Griffin III could start over Jackson. I still feel Jackson’s legs make him the ultimate cheat code QB the likes we haven’t seen since Michael Vick. It’s smart to grab and stash LJ as the Ravens playoff schedule is one of the best.
Rashaad Penny (ESPN 13% / Yahoo 15%)
A Penny for your thoughts sir? Ok, bad penny joke but come on I had to do something. So he biggest draft bust of the 2018 1st round class FINALLY broke out! Penny finally saw 40% of the snap share. The most he had seen since week 1 (47%) and his 108 rushing yards were the most of the season. He also found the end zone for the first time as well. Penny’s volume was a byproduct of Chris Carson’s absence from the lineup. Penny’s long-term value is capped majorly as his role at the moment is to be the 3rd and at times 2nd RB on the depth chart.
Josh Adams (ESPN 6% / Yahoo 13%)
I wrote about Josh Adams a few columns ago prior the Eagles bye week and now this week Doug Pederson said they are going to get Adams more volume. The spot atop the Eagles backfield is still there to be won and I think Adams is going to be the RB to own down the stretch. Adams is seeing 30% of the snap share at the moment but he and Smallwood have been moving in different directions since Adam’s emergence back in week 8. It wouldn’t shock me to see Adams handle 50% snap share and 12 to 15 touches a game from here on out.
Derrick Henry (ESPN 52% / Yahoo 48%)
The Iron Hammer of the Titans backfield, Henry has now scored a touchdown in three straight weeks and his two touchdowns on Sunday were the most he had scored in a game all year long. Henry isn’t seeing the weekly volume to be an every week RB2 but his goalline work is keeping him in the flex conversation in plus matchups. The Titans look like they have figured it out on the offensive side of the ball. Henry is a must-own in standard leagues and a low waiver claim / 2% to 3% FAAB claim in PPR leagues.
Anthony Miller (ESPN 13% / Yahoo 14%)
It’s Miller time in Chicago! What I liked most about Miller’s performance Sunday is it came when Allen Robinson was in the lineup. Miller who is the #3 WR on the Bears roster is seeing favorable matchups in the slot. He is seeing between 6 & 8 targets a game and over 70% of the offensive snaps. With Robinson dinged up (left Sunday’s game for a few series) Miller offers bye week relief with playoff roster contribution potential.
Zay Jones (ESPN 1% / Yahoo 1%)
The Bills might have found their QB of the future and it’s Matt Barkley. Barkley and the Bills destroyed a bad Jets team on the road Sunday and Zay Jones saw a team-high 11 targets, catching 8 of them for 98 yards and a touchdown. Jones has seen consistent volume even while playing on the worst offense in the NFL.
Keke Coutee (ESPN 13% / Yahoo 19%)
Houston lost their deep vertical threat when Will Fuller tore his ACL a few weeks back. The Texans didn’t replace Fuller’s spot before the trade deadline. Instead, they traded for Demaryius Thomas a possession receiver at this stage of his career. Look for Coutee to slide into the Fuller role once he is able to return from his hamstring injury. Coutee’s best game of the season was back in week 4 (15/11/109) a game in which Fuller exited early due to a hamstring. Coutee is a great depth addition for a deep playoff run.
BONUS: Josh Reynolds (ESPN 1% / Yahoo 2%)
Welcome back to the Waiver Wire Josh Reynolds. Unfortunately, one of my favorite players to watch Cooper Kupp is going to miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. The last time Kupp missed two games, Reynolds saw 80%+ snap shares in each of those games but it, unfortunately, didn’t add up to Kupp like production. Reynolds is worthy of a pickup because of the offense he plays on and the offensive snap volume he will see the rest of the way.
Vance McDonald (ESPN 47% / Yahoo 52%)
Vance will make them dance! Vance is the number 1 TE on an offense that just put up 52 points!! McDonald’s volume is middle of the pack but every week the offense he plays in gives him touchdown upside. At this stage of the season, Vance is the best TE option still available.
Ricky Seals-Jones (ESPN 13% / Yahoo 17%)
The Cardinals offense has taken steps in the right direction under new OC Byron Leftwich and this week RSJ saw a season-high in targets (9). The Cardinals are not lighting the scoreboards on fire but the Cardinals get to face the AWFUL Oakland Raiders who have given up 4 TDs to TEs over their past 5 games. RSJ is a solid bye week plug-in option.
Jonnu Smith (ESPN 1% / Yahoo 1%)
Don’t look now but Jonnu Smith is finally starting to click with Mariota as he has scored a touchdown in back to back weeks. The issue here like most TEs is that weekly target volume is extremely low. Smith is only seeing 3 targets per game. I wouldn’t waste a waiver claim on Smith but he is a useful FA pickup in deeper leagues.
That will do it for Week 11! Don’t forget to get those waiver claims in and thank you for reading I hope you enjoyed it. You can find me on Twitter @Trotta23. If you need EVEN more fantasy advice, you can follow The Gurus @TFFGurus & you can find all our season-long advice at www.tffgurus.com. I will see you all next Tuesday for another edition of The Waiver Wire. Until then may the health gods be forever in your favor.