Fantasy Football: Who to add on Week 11 waiver wire

Pete Davidson
November 12, 2019 - 9:28 am
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Welcome to Week Eleven!  I hope you are arriving here in good shape.  I suppose the fact that you are reading this means you still have something to play for.  That's good!  I have some ideas for how to attack Week 11 and beyond, so let's get to work!

For you deep leaguers, I’m just scratching the surface in this space.  If you are in a big format or just want a deeper dive into the free agent market, go to rotobahn.com and check out my expanded Week 11 waiver wire and podcast.  It’s completely free.  No registration.  No signing in.  Just follow the link and enjoy.

The Packers, Titans, Giants and Seahawks are on their byes this week.

Unless specified, all players in this article are owned at a less than 50 percent rate on Yahoo.

QUARTERBACKS

Daniel Jones, Giants

As I've been saying for weeks, he has some very good matchups remaining on his schedule.  In fact, Jones' playoff matchups alone are worth rostering, if you are a team that looks like a playoff squad.  He's not an option this week, because New York is on its bye, but Jones makes a great QB2 for your playoff run.

Derek Carr, Raiders

He's far from sexy and he lacks high-end weaponry, but what he does have is a very strong schedule over the next three weeks, including the hapless Bengals in Oakland this weekend.  Carr can help you if you are in need.

Sam Darnold, Jets

It may not be pretty but we saw that Darnold is capable last week when he beat the Giants.  He's a functional starter every week for the next month, when he'll face Washington, Oakland, Cincinnati and Miami.  

Nick Foles, Jaguars

He's back and he's available.  The schedule is not good or bad and neither is Foles, to be honest.  He's a backup option for depth purposes.

RUNNING BACKS 

Brian Hill, Falcons

Devonta Freeman went down with a foot issue and in typical NFL fashion, we are left to chase the exact details.  It's being put forth as a two week injury or thereabouts, but I would not be at all surprised if it cost Freeman the season.  In fairness, he could also return after one missed game.  We just don't know, but here's the calculus from where I sit.  Freeman is not very good right now.  The cumulation of NFL carries has taken a toll on the veteran.  Why would Atlanta force him back until he is ready?  It feels like Hill could be the guy the rest of the way, so I'd go after him pretty hard.  Even if you have no use for RB depth, you can market him at the trade deadline, which is this week in most leagues.

Derrius Guice, Washington

Washington is now past their bye week, and Guice will return for Week 11.  He should emerge and become their starter at some point soon.  As well as old man Adrian Peterson has played, Washington wants to get their future established, and that future is, hopefully, Guice.  Unlike Peterson, Guice can make contributions as a receiver, which will help their quarterbacks.  He's been a great stash option in deeper leagues, but he's a guy to add everywhere now.

Kalen Ballage, Dolphins

As I said last week, "they dealt away Kenyan Drake and now Mark Walton is suspended for four games (personal conduct policy), so whatever it is that Kalen Ballage is, we're about to find out.  As of now, he has effectively zero competition for touches.  They say opportunity is everything for running backs.  The Dolphins and Ballage are about to put that theory to the test."  So yeah, as I was saying, this is a volume meets incompetence situation.  Ballage just lacks lead NFL RB instincts.  As I said on the show last week, if there was a fire hydrant on the field, Ballage would run right into it.  All that said, he received 24 touches in Week 10, and that kind of workload has value--even if we're talking about a stiff like Ballage.  And, don't forget that Ito Smith (neck/IR) is also out of the picture.

J.D. McKissic, Lions

Kerryon Johnson is done.  C.J. Anderson was cut long ago.  Ty Johnson was concussed in Week 10 and could miss Week 11.  This makes McKissic a nice player to add and play this week--particularly in full PPR leagues.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Daruis Slayton, Giants

This one is a bit tricky because there's a chance that Sterling Shepard returns from his concussion (at some point) and throws a money wrench in the Giants target distribution.  As long as that doesn't happen, Slayton is nearing must-start status as a high-ceiling WR3.  And, for what it's worth, and it's a lot, the Giants have to-die-for playoff matchups.  Slayton is a great pickup no matter what your team's current station is.

Demaryius Thomas, Jets

It's about the usage and the upcoming matchups.  Thomas is nothing special at this stage and you could make an argument that the Jets are wasting their time with him.  Regardless, he's a favorite of the head coach and his role is not going anywhere.  As I said, it's about the usage and the matchups.  The Jets closing schedule, as I've said a zillion times, is excellent.  Meanwhile, Thomas, with 40 targets over the last six weeks, is seeing the kind of usage that many lead receivers get, and, with their plus schedule, that kind of diet could start paying dividends soon.  Yeah, it's ugly, but it all counts the same in the box score.

Deebo Samuel, 49ers

Emmanuel Sanders suffered a rib injury vs. the Seahawks on Monday Night Football.  I'm not sure when we'll learn about the severity of that injury.  Deebo is, without question, the 49ers receiver to add for those looking to either cover their tails (Sanders teams) or for those looking to capitalize by getting Samuel into their Week 11 lineup.  He'll be a flex option if Sanders can play but he's a solid WR3 if Sanders is out.  By the way, with Sanders out last night, Samuel caught 8 balls for 112 yards.

Cole Beasley, Bills

He's been a mainstay in this space and while he hasn't achieved the volume I expected, he's been a viable play almost every week.  Somehow he is still available in about 70 percent of Yahoo formats.  While his remaining schedule is mediocre, his best remaining matchup is this week at Miami, so he's a great plug-and-play guy.

Diontae Johnson, Steelers

As I have been saying Diontae is "the clear number two weapon in the Steelers' pass game."  The Steelers have very good playoff matchups in Weeks 14 & 16, though they do have the Bills in Week 15.  I'd be rostering him for the plus matchups.  He's seeing 7-8 targets in most games at this stage.  

N'Keal Harry, Patriots

As I said back before the Patriots' bye, "In deep formats, he's a player to add just in case he establishes a role with fantasy value.  He could do it, because he has the ability to be a red zone force--winning in contested catch situations like Gronk used to do.  In 12-team leagues with adequate bench space or better yet, in 14-team leagues, Harry is a solid guy to stash.  I'd stay away in smaller leagues or leagues with short benches."  Well, that all still stands.  Harry is a player to monitor this week and next, but in deep formats, he may be worth stashing right now.

TIGHT ENDS

Noah Fant, Broncos

As I said last week, "He's their prized rookie tight end, and they have been shedding quality vets, like Manny Sanders.  After Courtland Sutton, it appears that Fant is the next priority in terms of development, and again, make no mistake that this team is in full developmental mode.  Fant had three catches last week (Week 9) and one went for a 75-yard touchdown.  He's on the verge of becoming a legit fantasy option.  Roster the man."  Now, with Fant past his bye week, he can be a weekly option for those who play in deeper formats.  For others, he's a guy who has enough upside to stash on your bench, in case the snaps and targets continue to rise.  He can be used as a bye week replacement in all leagues.

O.J. Howard, Bucs

Last week was really his last chance to show that he was relevant for the rest of 2019.  And, the game resulted in a bit of a hung jury.  OJ did have a solid day but it was really about the touchdown, because he failed to post even 50 yards.  He did receive a season-high 7 targets and he did play a season-high 99 percent of the offensive snaps.  Those two details are actually more exciting that a decent game against thebest tight end matchup in the known Universe.  The position is a bit of a dustbin, so I'd add O.J. where you can, but it's a roster-and-hope thing versus a locked-in starter kind of thing.