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Early Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 11 (Fantasy Football)

by Zachary Hanshew | @ZaktheMonster | Featured Writer
Nov 11, 2018

The bulk of Week 10 action is in the books and already we have some early waiver wire pickups for fantasy owners to check out to get a jump on the competition for Week 10. Injuries and big games have made some players far more valuable after this week. The options are once again lean this week but there are still some players to get onto your team.

Week 10 saw some absolute beatdowns in the early window and some monster performances from fantasy mainstays Tyreek Hill, Julio Jones, and Michael Thomas. Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson both had quality games against the Falcons, and the Chicago offense had a pair of 100-yard receivers. And… welcome back, David Johnson! It was a week that wasn’t filled with tight games, but the fantasy performances were awesome once again.

Let’s take a look at some early suggestions for your waiver wire, including the player’s Yahoo! ownership and upcoming schedule. Players listed here typically have under 30% ownership.

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Running Backs

Derrick Henry (RB – TEN): 48% owned
Ok, he’s a little more widely owned than most in this article, but he’s available in more than half of leagues. This one makes me a little queasy to recommend, but Tennessee has won back-to-back games by double digits over Dallas and New England, and this offense looks good once again. Henry has scored four times in three weeks. He’s TD-dependent, but he’s flex-worthy moving forward at the rate he’s been scoring.
Next three weeks: @IND, @HOU, NYJ

Elijah McGuire (RB – NYJ): 18% owned
He was highlighted last week as one of the top adds, and he had another solid performance. He’s been back from IR for two games and has outgained Isaiah Crowell in both of them. If his workload increases or Crowell misses any time, McGuire could be a valuable home-run addition for the fantasy playoffs.
Next three weeks: BYE, NE, @TEN

Other RBs to consider: Jacquizz Rodgers (RB – TB): 0% owned, Nyheim Hines (RB – IND) 27% owned 

Jaylen Samuels (RB – PIT): 1% owned
He racked up a modest 29 yards on eight touches on Thursday Night, but he did score a receiving TD. Samuels will be a strong play in Week 11 if James Conner doesn’t clear the concussion protocol. With Le’Veon Bell reportedly missing the rest of the season, Samuels is a clear add as a handcuff and potential flex for next week. The most beautiful part of adding Samuels is that he is designated as a RB/TE in Yahoo! leagues. It’s an incredible value (especially given the state of the TE position) to be able to play a talented Pittsburgh RB in the TE spot of your roster.
Next three weeks: @JAX, @DEN, LAC

Wide Receivers

John Ross (WR – CIN): 17% owned
Ross went 2-39-1 in the Bengals blowout loss to the Saints. The offense didn’t get going in any way, but Ross paced the Bengals in targets with six, and A.J. Green won’t be back for at least one more week and maybe more. A tough matchup against Baltimore is next, but Ross should stay involved as the team’s number two wideout. It’s his first game since Week 4, so he should be able to shake the rust off moving forward. One of the fastest receivers in football and likely to get volume, he needs to be added everywhere.
Next three weeks: @BAL, CLE, DEN

Anthony Miller (WR – CHI): 13% owned
Miller caught five of six targets for a buck twenty-two and a score in the Bears’ beatdown of the Lions on Sunday afternoon. That’s his second score in three weeks and the fourth game in a row with at least six targets. With Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears’ offense humming, Miller is an excellent add this week.
Next three weeks: MIN, @DET, @NYG

Maurice Harris (WR – WAS): 37% owned
He had a quiet 5-52 day with no TD, but he still led the Redskins in receiving yards for the second straight week. This passing attack isn’t pretty, but someone’s got to catch passes for Washington, and Harris looks like the guy – at least while Jamison Crowder is sidelined. He has a decent floor and makes for a good pickup.
Next three weeks: HOU, @DAL, @PHI

Other WRs to consider: Donte Moncrief (WR – JAX) 10% owned, Zay Jones (WR – BUF) 1% owned, Rashard Higgins (WR – CLE) 1% owned 

Tight Ends

Chris Herndon (TE – NYJ): 13% owned
Herndon led the team in receiving two weeks in a row, this time with Josh McCown rather than Sam Darnold at QB. He’s clearly a big part of the passing offense, no matter how mediocre it may be. There’s nothing to get excited about at this position, but Herndon is still worth picking up if you need help at TE.
Next three weeks: BYE, NE, @TEN

Tyler Higbee/Gerald Everett (TE – LAR): 0% owned, 1% owned
Pick your poison here, as both TEs scored in Week 10’s victory over the Seahawks. Cooper Kupp appears to have seriously injured his knee, and it’s become evident that Josh Reynolds won’t pick up any slack consistently at WR. Kupp’s targets should get spread to the TEs, and if I had to pick one, I’d say Higbee is the best bet for production after going for at least 40 yards or a score in consecutive weeks. It may sound like a bit of a stretch, but you could do worse than a pass-catcher in the Rams’ offense.
Next three weeks: KC, BYE, @DET

Ricky Seals-Jones (TE – ARI): 17% owned
The Cards look like a new team under OC Byron Leftwich, and Seals-Jones had a solid game in Week 10, going 5-51 on nine targets. He has some streaming appeal moving forward.
Next three weeks: OAK, @LAC, @GB

Other TEs to consider: Jeff Heuerman (TE – DEN) 5% owned, Nick Vannett (TE – SEA) 5% owned, James O’Shaughnessy (TE – JAX) 0% owned

Quarterbacks

Marcus Mariota (QB – TEN): 30% owned
That’s two solid outings in a row for the Titans and for Mariota. After struggling for most of the season, he’s averaged 230 passing yards and thrown four TDs with no picks over the last two weeks. Next up is a giving Colts defense in Week 11.
Next three weeks: IND, @HOU, NYJ

Blake Bortles (QB – JAX): 22% owned
Derrick Henry and Blake Bortles recommended in the same article? No, I haven’t lost all sanity (yet), and Bortles makes a nice pickup this week. He threw for over 300 yards, two TDs, and no picks in Week 10. He seems to be back to form after some mid-season miscues. He’ll continue to roll next week against Pittsburgh who he shredded in last year’s divisional playoffs.
Next three weeks: PIT, @BUF, IND

Other QBs to consider: Baker Mayfield (QB – CLE) 45% owned, Joe Flacco (QB – BAL) 24% owned

D/STs

Tennessee Titans: 9% owned
Next three weeks: @IND, @HOU, NYJ

Washington Redskins: 37% owned
Next three weeks: HOU, @DAL, @PHI

Arizona Cardinals: 13% owned
Next three weeks: OAK, @LAC, @GB


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Zachary Hanshew is a correspondent at FantasyPros. For more from Zachary, check out his archive and follow him @zakthemonster.

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