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Waiver Wire Rankings (Week 11)

Nov 14, 2016

Jeremy Langford wasn't flying high as a starter, but he may get a second chance

Jeremy Langford wasn’t flying high as a starter, but he may get a second chance

Well for many Alshon Jeffery owners out there, this is not news you wanted to hear heading into the final weeks of the fantasy season. He is suspended for four games effective immediately due to violating the league’s P.E.D. policy. In other news James Starks had a successful return and Rishard Matthews kept up his production this past weekend making both of them quality waiver pickups for both weekly and long-term help. They were under-owned as of last week, but things change quickly. With a new week of football ahead, it’s time to start looking at who else can help you out. Week 11 is also the last week with more than two teams on bye, so if you’re in need of a filler, our featured experts are here to help.

Below you’ll find their rankings and thoughts on the top readily-available players based on Yahoo and ESPN ownership percentages. If you’re streaming defenses, they’ve chimed in on that as well. There may be some other available players specific to your league that aren’t on this list that seem like must-adds. To get advice custom to your league, check out our premium waiver wire assistant.

Featured Experts:
Justin BoonetheScore
Ken ZalisPressbox
Jon CollinsFantasy Sports LR
Bobby Sylvester – FantasyPros

*Teams w/ Week 11 Bye: Atlanta, Denver, NY Jets, San Diego

*Ownership % derived from a consensus of Yahoo & ESPN leagues

Q1. Give us your thoughts on a waiver wire target (or two) you especially like as a pickup.

“At this point in the season, you should be looking for upside and no one on this list has more of it than Kenneth Dixon and Bilal Powell. Dixon has a chance to take over the Ravens’ backfield on talent alone, while Powell could be a league-winner if Matt Forte goes down. With conflicting reports on the severity of Jordan Howard’s injury, Jeremy Langford is worth grabbing, but let’s not forget that he failed as the starter early in the year.”
Justin Boone (theScore)

“I was really impressed with Kenneth Dixon on Thursday Night Football in his first extended action of the year. Sure, his performance came against a dismal Browns defense, but it came while Terrance West drew 21 carries and languished against that same group. Dixon finished with six carries for 38 yards, adding five catches on seven targets for an additional 42. While Baltimore has gotten back on the right track in recent weeks, Dixon looks like the spark they need to keep moving in the right direction. It will take a few weeks and he’ll have to keep performing, but I’d expect Dixon to lead this committee before long.”
Jon Collins (Fantasy Sports LR)

“The top 2 for me are Eli Rogers and Hunter Henry. Both were dropped because of injuries and roster constructions/bye weeks. Now both are back and playing in high powered offenses. Rodgers is the WR2 for the Steelers and Henry has been used often with or without Gates in the lineup. They should be added in all formats.”
Ken Zalis (Pressbox)

“In Week 1, Eli Rogers pulled in 6 passes for 59 yards and 1 TD, but he has been kind of banged up until recently. His last two games: 6/103/0TDs and 4/42/1TD. He easily has strong fantasy WR4-type value, if not higher, moving forward.”
Smitty (SleeperU)

Dwayne Washington was eased back into the lineup during Week 9 against the Vikings. He was given 10 carries and didn’t perform well, but in the coming weeks, the Lions schedule consists of JAC, NO, CHI and NYG. There is a lot of unknown here, but if Washington is given a chance to touch the ball 15 times per game, he could end up a tremendous fantasy value. I’m not expecting that to happen, but in a weak waiver wire week, I have no problem buying the lottery ticket.”
Bobby Sylvester (FantasyPros)

Q2. For owners renting a D/ST in Week 10, what readily available option should they target and why?

“Coming off a four-interception performance against San Diego, you’ve got to like the Miami Dolphins against the Rams this week. That unit should come with a solid floor given that LA has scored a combined 29 points over their last three games. It looks like they’ll be rolling with Case Keenum for yet another week, so no ‘first-start bump’ against Jared Goff, but Sunday’s QB performance against the Jets should give you all the evidence you need to target Miami on the wire this week.”
Jon Collins (Fantasy Sports LR)

“Well I guess with some rules of thumb at this point in the season you have to like the Miami Dolphins versus an offensively challenged L.A. Rams team. Miami has been very up and down but the Rams… well, enough said. A close second for me is Detroit this week as they host the turnover machine that is Blake Bortles and the Jags.”
Ken Zalis (Pressbox)

“The last time we saw the Oakland Raiders, they were dominating the division-rival Broncos. Now fresh off their bye week, the Raiders have a Monday night matchup with Brock Osweiler. The Texans offense continues to be held back by their mislabeled franchise quarterback, and with Oakland’s entire team rounding into form, it’s going to be an ugly night for Osweiler. Khalil Mack will shine in primetime with his third straight multi-sack game.”
Justin Boone (theScore)

“I love Dallas in Week 11. They are owned in only 48% of all leagues, and they face Joe Flacco and the Ravens. This game is in Dallas, where they’re on fire right now, and Flacco has 5 INTs over the last three games and has clearly been awful in spots all season long. I love this matchup.”
Smitty (SleeperU)

“I’m taking the New York Giants‘ defense this week at home against Jay Cutler. Last week, Cutler had every opportunity to put up a gob of points, considering the Bucs’ defense has been torched all season. Instead, he only completed 53% of his passes and allowed the Bucs’ defense to score 24 fantasy points. The Giants’ defense is twice as talented as the Bucs’ defense.”
Bobby Sylvester (FantasyPros)

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