Waiver Wire Week 11: Five Players to Add under 50% Rostered

Week 11 byes present a lot of empty spots to fill. There are wide receivers aplenty, so make sure you get the running back you need for the final push to the playoffs.

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Week 10 Review

 

Here’s a look back on my Top 5 picks from this week. Check out last week’s waiver wire article to see how the “Other Adds” panned out:

  • Jeff Wilson Jr.blew up for 119 yards and a touchdown in his second game with the Dolphins. He’s a must-hold through Miami’s Week 11 bye, as are most Dolphin skill players.
  • Michael Gallup looked like a goose egg when he limped off the field early in Week 10, but returned soon after and delivered a pedestrian four catches for 37 yards. Not great, but it could’ve been worse.
  • Jaylen Warren saw his playing time increase to a 43% snap share in Week 10. Najee Harris had his best rushing performance of the season but wasn’t targeted in the receiving game. It’s not happening as quickly as fantasy managers would like, but Warren’s role continues to grow in Pittsburgh.
  •  Wan’Dale Robinson wasn’t needed in a week where Daniel Jones only attempted 17 passes. The talent is there, but the (understandable) reliance on Saquon Barkley means the game script could veer away from the pass for Robinson. The Lions present a favorable matchup for Week 11, but the floor is almost zero.
  • Greg Dulcich failed to replicate his recent success in Week 10, but he was one missed connection with Russell Wilson away from a good fantasy day. He’s still a top-3 waiver target at tight end.

 

Top Players to Add in Week 11

 

Teams on Bye: Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 11 should be a busy waiver wire. All four teams on bye present multiple elite-sized holes in fantasy rosters. And if your team looks anything like my home league team, you need some wins to punch your ticket to the playoffs. This is a week to clear some roster spots if you can, make several tiered bids, and hope to land a player or two at WR and RB. There are more viable options at the wide receiver position, so prioritize landing a running back.

Note: Kadarius Toney (51% Yahoo, 60% Sleeper) barely misses out on qualifying for this list, but he’s still available in a large number of leagues and should be rostered everywhere books are sold.

 

Top-5 Waiver Adds for Week 11

 

1. Gus Edwards (49% Yahoo, 52% Sleeper) –Edwards was immediately the preferred backfield option in Baltimore when he came off injured reserve in Week 7. If he’s past the hamstring issue that caused him to miss Week 9, I expect Edwards to slot back into the starting role ahead of Kenyan Drake. And it’s about as friendly a spot one could hope for: Carolina is giving up the second-most points to the running back position this season. Note: J.K. Dobbins is eligible to return from IR in Week 12, but I don’t know how much relevance Dobbins will have in 2022. His return is not enough to make me avoid Edwards.

 

2. Isiah Pacheco (24% Yahoo, 33% Sleeper)  Pacheco got the start, and this time it mattered. Kansas City’s backfield to avoid became a friendlier place for all but Clyde Edwards-Helaire truthers. CEH didn’t record a single carry in Week 11, and Pacheco got 16 of the Chiefs’ 17 rushing attempts. Jerick McKinnon is also worth a look as the pass-catching back, but I prefer Pacheco in Week 11 against the Chargers’ run funnel defense.

 

3. Christian Watson (9% Yahoo, 17% Sleeper) – Watson is going to be a very popular name this week because of his three-touchdown, breakout performance. He’s not going to do that every week, and his limited availability this season has made for some cringe rookie moments. The possibility that Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers might figure this whole “offense” thing out is too tantalizing to miss, so Watson makes this list as the potential No. 1 in a depleted receiver room.

 

4. Rachad White (45% Yahoo, 55% Sleeper) – Normally I’d put a bye-week stash in the “Other Players to Consider” section below, but I’d get Rachaad White now while you still can. White has looked like the better back in Tampa Bay this season, and he continues to earn more playing time. Leonard Fournette shouldn’t miss any time after the Week 11 bye, but we might be seeing a changing of the guard for the Buccaneers.

 

5. Donovan Peoples-Jones (35% Yahoo, 49% Sleeper) – DPJ has quietly put together some solid fantasy performances in a row and grabbed nine receptions for 99 yards in Week 10. With Amari Cooper and Nick Chubb likely to receive most of the attention from Buffalo’s defense, Peoples-Jones is a decent bet to turn in another double-digit fantasy performance in Week 11.

 

Drops: Clyde Edwards-Helaire (90%), Romeo Doubs (31%), Hunter Renfrow (34%), Robert Woods (44%)

 

Other Players to Consider

 

Wide Receiver


DeAndre Carter (30%) – As long as Mike Williams and Keenan Allen remain sidelined, Carter is a solid streaming option if you’re looking for upside.


Treylon Burks (20%) – Burks saw six targets in his return from IR and will have plenty of opportunity to shine on a Titans receiving corps in desperate need of a number one.


Parris Campbell (18%) – The return of Matt Ryan and the arrival of #supercoach Jeff Saturday put Campbell back on the radar, but Philadelphia is a tough matchup.


Nico Collins (13%) – Someone has to catch passes in a plus matchup against the Commanders, right? Right?! And it doesn’t seem like it’s going to be Brandin Cooks.


Zay Jones (22%) – The Jaguars are on bye in Week 11, so Jones is a luxury stash. I love Jones as a WR3 with Baltimore, Detroit, and Tennessee on the docket.


Odell Beckham Jr. (47%) – Another luxury stash if you can afford to wait on OBJ to get in shape, sign with a team, get acclimated to a new offense, and play.

Michael Gallup (42%) – Gallup hasn’t exactly knocked your socks off yet, but Minnesota presents an excellent opportunity to have a ceiling game in Week 11.

 

Running Back


Jerick McKinnon (16%)
– See above; I prefer Isiah Pacheco, but a Patrick Mahomes-led offense will always have abundant opportunities for pass catchers.

Jaylen Warren (27%) – I picked up Warren last week and am holding onto him. He’s secured the third-down role in Pittsburgh and is beginning to see short-yardage work. A change in the pecking order or an injury to Najee Harris would vault Warren into RB2 territory.

 

Streaming Positions

 

Tight End


Foster Moreau (16%) might be the starting tight end in Las Vegas for the rest of the season. Unfortunately, Zach Ertz looks like he’s done for the season after suffering a bad knee injury. With that news, take a flyer on second-round pick Trey McBride (0%). He was drafted as the heir apparent for Ertz and should see plenty of playing time down the stretch. Hayden Hurst (48%) was dropped by a lot of teams for Cincinnati’s bye week, so pick him up if you can. He’s emerged as a solid option at the position while Ja’Marr Chase is out. If Mark Andrews remains sidelined, Isaiah Likely (22%) is worth another spot start in Baltimore despite only recording one reception in Week 9. Finally, Greg Dulcich (66%) will probably be dropped in several leagues after a dud in Week 10, but he should bounce back against the Raiders and remain a solid option for the remainder of the season.

 

Quarterback


I don’t like it any more than you do, but Russell Wilson (68%) has a prime Week 11 matchup against Las Vegas, who are giving up the second-most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Marcus Mariota (33%) remains on the streaming radar as the Falcons will try to keep up with Justin Fields and the Chicago Bears. Daniel Jones (64%) has a plus matchup against Detroit and could do damage on the ground or through the air.

 

Defense


There aren’t as many low-rostered options I love in Week 11. The Cincinnati Bengals (27%) haven’t been anything special on defense, but they are coming off their bye to take on the Steelers. Rivalry games can get messy quickly, and the Bengals will be looking for revenge for a Week 1 overtime loss to Pittsburgh. Elsewhere, the New York Jets (20%) have been a solid option, and the matchup against New England has the lowest over/under on the slate at 38.5 points. We can’t expect too many fireworks from Texans (1%) vs. Commanders (4%), but neither team should give you a goose egg if you plug them into your lineup.

 

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