Fantasy Football: Waiver Wire Rankings (Week 11)

Nov 13, 2017

Injuries will put Jamaal Williams back in the starting role in Green Bay

This is it. We’ve made it to the final week of byes and for the most part, not many players will be missed. Carlos Hyde and Christian McCaffrey will need their spots filled, but when it comes to some of the other players getting the week off, surely T.Y. Hilton owners weren’t looking forward to plugging him in with Scott Tolzien potentially back at the helm (Jacoby Brissett is in the concussion protocol). Shockingly, Robby Anderson might be the one player owners will miss the most, but considering he was a waiver add, there’s a chance you could fill his shoes through the waiver wire this week.

To identify who you should put a priority on to pick up, we put together a list of players with <50% ownership based on Yahoo! and ESPN leagues. We then asked the experts to rank that list to help with your decision making. See which free agents the experts like and get insight on their favorite targets including defenses to stream in Week 11.

Week 11 Byes: Carolina, Indianapolis, New York Jets, San Francisco

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Featured Experts:
Mike Tagliere – FantasyPros
Dan Harris – FantasyPros
Andy Holloway – The Fantasy Footballers
Bobby Sylvester – FantasyPros
Greg Smith – TwoQBs
Chet Gresham – WalterFootball

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

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

“At this point, I’d probably be willing to spend 40-50% of my remaining FAAB on Jamaal Williams. Williams has done absolutely nothing to make fantasy owners believe he’s a talented running back. But opportunity is more than half the battle at the position, and it looks like Williams will get just that. With Aaron Jones set to miss some time and Ty Montgomery banged up, Williams should get a heavy workload in the coming weeks, especially with Brett Hundley also nursing an injury. At this point, it will take a major injury somewhere for any one player to have as much value as Williams looks to have, and if I’ve hoarded FAAB dollars this long, I’m willing to spend it here.”
– Dan Harris (FantasyPros)

“With Ty Montgomery re-injuring his ribs and Aaron Jones expected to miss several weeks, we should see Jamaal Williams turn into a workhorse running back. Those types of opportunities don’t come around often late in the season so don’t hesitate to spend every dollar of your remaining FAAB for him. Josh Gordon is my #2 pickup because he reportedly is faster than ever before and was once the top receiver in football. Even if there is just a 5% chance he plays a snap this year (it is far higher than that), adding him would be well worth the upside.”
– Bobby Sylvester (FantasyPros)

“My favorite pick up of the week is the more heavily involved Josh Doctson. He looks the part on a roster that has tossed Pryor aside. Cousins and Doctson missed on multiple end zone opportunities this week — they should connect in future weeks. I would spend 20% of my FAAB to grab him.”
– Andy Holloway (The Fantasy Footballers)

“While I like Danny Woodhead as an addition, I’m going to mention someone who has a bit higher of a ceiling and that’s the Cowboys running back Rod Smith. We’d heard rumblings about him from those behind the scenes, but we hadn’t seen him take the field over veteran Darren McFadden. That all changed in Week 10 when he played 39 snaps and McFadden played just one snap. Oddly enough, he out-snapped Alfred Morris 39-to-21, though that was likely due to game-flow. But understand that the Cowboys defense isn’t going to put them in a great position very often and that they’ll need a running back who can catch passes. Smith is worth 10-15 percent of your budget and could potentially be a league-winner.”
– Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)

DeDe Westbrook is an intriguing waiver candidate after Allen Hurns was seen on crutches with a walking boot after his Week 10 game, but I wouldn’t spend a ton of FAAB on Westbrook. Keelan Cole (not listed in the waiver rankings) could just as easily slide into Jacksonville’s WR2 role if Hurns misses games. Cole played alongside Hurns in Week 10, and posted 3 catches for 61 yards while Westbrook was inactive. We don’t know exactly how the receiver pecking order will shake out for the Jaguars, so both Westbrook and Cole are worth speculative bids of up to 25% or 30% of your remaining FAAB, and I give a slight edge to Cole based on established usage.”
– Greg Smith (TwoQBs)

“At this point in the season, I’m willing to push my FAAB up higher than earlier in the season and I really like Austin Ekeler’s possibilities in this Chargers offense. I wish he hadn’t fumbled in such a crucial spot, but he outplayed Gordon so thoroughly that we’ll see a fairly even split in work and this offense is made for running back production. I’d throw half my FAAB at him.”
– Chet Gresham (WalterFootball)

Q2. For owners renting a D/ST in Week 10, what readily available option (under 40%) should they target and why?

“It’s not a great weekend for D/ST streamers, but of the readily available options, I’d go with Cincinnati. The Bengals defense played well overall against the Titans on Sunday, despite being without both Vontaze Burfict and Adam Jones for much of the game. They’ll now take on a Denver team that has allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing D/STs. Either Brock Osweiler or Paxton Lynch should be under center, so the opportunity for big plays should be there. In a week with less than great options, Cincinnati is the most appealing.”
– Dan Harris (FantasyPros)

“While Vontaze Burfict is likely to be suspended (again), the Bengals defense is not just the top streamer, but ought to be considered a top 5 overall defense next week. The Broncos’ offense has been just that bad under Osweiler, plus the Bengals have been on a roll with 8 sacks and 4 forced turnovers over their previous two games.”
– Bobby Sylvester (FantasyPros)

“There are some good options for streaming D/ST’s this week, but I think I’ll lean toward the Cincinnati Bengals, who get to take on Brock Osweiler, who just gave up 13 fantasy points to the Patriots defense at home, which was their best score of the season.”
– Chet Gresham (WalterFootball)

“The Chargers defense is available in most leagues and will be able to get after Tyrod Taylor in Week 11. The combination of Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram should be able to demolish the quarterback who has been sacked on almost 10 percent of his dropbacks this year, the second-highest total in the league. They are a solid high-floor option for a one-week solution.”
– Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)

“If I don’t have an established defense to play in Week 11, I want to stream the Los Angeles Chargers. The Bolts have performed well of late, averaging 11.4 standard fantasy points per game since Week 5, thanks in large part to their mark of 3.4 sacks per game in that span. On the season, the Chargers are tied for the second-most sacks overall (29), while their Week 11 opponent, the Buffalo Bills, have allowed the 7th-most sacks (28). Look for L.A. to keep their defense rolling at home as 4-point favorites.”
– Greg Smith (TwoQBs)

Houston’s defense has upside against a struggling Arizona offense that may have Gabbert behind center. I also expect Cincinnati to have a great performance against Denver this week.”
– Andy Holloway (The Fantasy Footballers)

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