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Early Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 11 (2019 Fantasy Football)

by Zachary Hanshew | @ZaktheMonster | Featured Writer
Nov 10, 2019

With Devonta Freeman’s health in question, Falcons running back Brian Hill is worth an add.

It’s another slow week for waiver wire claims, but with four teams on bye in each of the next two weeks, you’ll likely have to comb over some less-than-ideal adds. Even among those adds, you’ll be able to find some value that can help you through the bye weeks and land a spot in the fantasy playoffs. This week’s recommended pickups are highlighted by a pair of running backs who might be in for some more work moving forward due to injury and a handful of Jets.

Each Sunday night during the season, I’ll be bringing you early waiver wire suggestions to help you get a jump on the competition! Thanks for joining me as we hit the wire looking for players who can help you out for Week 11 and beyond. Let’s get to it!

Note: All players have less than 30% ownership in Yahoo leagues.

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Running Back

Brian Hill (ATL): 1% owned
Ito Smith landed on IR earlier this week, and Devonta Freeman exited Atlanta’s matchup with the Saints with a foot injury. Hill took over as the leader of the backfield, rushing 20 times and snagging a short receiving touchdown. If Freeman can’t go next week, Hill and Kenjon Barner would be the top two backs in the rotation, making the former a weekly flex option against an exploitable Carolina defense. If Freeman misses time beyond that, Hill would likely see a healthy dose of touches every week, making him a priority add heading into Week 11.

Next three weeks: @CAR, TB, NO

J.D. McKissic (DET): 21% owned
If you’re looking for some bye-week help in a PPR league, you could certainly do worse than McKissic. Over the past two weeks, he’s recorded 23 total touches for 127 scrimmage yards and a score. Ty Johnson left Week 10 early with a concussion, leaving McKissic the lead back, and unless another running back is brought in ahead of Week 11, expect McKissic to handle a hefty workload. He’s a great addition this week.

Next three weeks: DAL, @WAS, CHI

Wide Receiver

Darius Slayton (NYG): 9% owned
Slayton has been a solid play for fantasy owners this season in the right situations, and he’s shown the ability to post some big numbers on any given week. He popped off for a huge 10/121/2 line in Week 10, and he’s been a regular part of the Giants’ receiving game, which gives him plenty of upside. Sterling Shepard isn’t a sure thing to return to the receiving corps following the Giant’s Week 11 bye, and if you have room on your bench, Slayton could be a sneaky add during the fantasy playoff push.

Next three weeks: BYE, @CHI, GB

Hunter Renfrow (OAK): 10% owned
Renfrow hasn’t exactly lit the world on fire in his rookie season, but he has a clearly established role in Oakland’s offense. Over the last three weeks, he’s caught 14 passes on 16 targets, and he’s scored touchdowns in two of those three games. He’s not a sexy pick, but his receptions give him a decent floor in PPR formats.

Next three weeks: CIN, @NYJ, @KC

Demaryius Thomas (NYJ): 8% owned
DT led the Jets in receiving Week 10, and he has a nice schedule to finish out the year. With Sam Darnold rounding into form, the veteran could provide some value for receiver-needy teams given his quality matchups.

Next three weeks: @WAS, OAK, @CIN

Quarterback

Sam Darnold (NYJ): 22% owned
Darnold was solid in Week 10, compiling 255 total yards and two total touchdowns, and the Jets’ schedule lightens up the rest of the way. Following a Week 11 tilt with Washington, Gang Green sees Oakland, Cincinnati, and Miami from Weeks 12-14. Darnold is likely hanging around on waivers and could help you out if you’re hurting at the position.

Next three weeks: @WAS, OAK, @CIN

Nick Foles (JAC): 19% owned
Foles was activated from the IR and will resume starting duties in Week 11 against the Colts. He’s got a great schedule to finish out the year, especially in Weeks 15 and 16 against Oakland and Atlanta, respectively. Foles has been a reliable fantasy quarterback in the past, and as long as he can stay healthy, he could be a solid option to close out the year.

Next three weeks: @IND, @TEN, TB

Kyle Allen (CAR): 15% owned
Allen has been a serviceable fantasy quarterback this season, mostly in the right matchup. If you need a Week 11 fill-in or some help at the position, Allen’s rest-of-season schedule lines up nicely. He gets a home matchup with the Falcons next week, and he faces the Saints and Redskins in Weeks 12 and 13 before facing Atlanta again in Week 14.

Next three weeks: ATL, @NO, WAS

Tight End

Tyler Eifert (CIN): 8% owned
Eifert has scored double-digit PPR points in back-to-back weeks, and he has a couple of nice matchups in Weeks 12-13 against Oakland and Pittsburgh. Eifert is still a boom-or-bust guy, but he’s been known to get hot for stretches, and he may be in the middle of one such stretch. Tight end is a tough position, so the add makes sense if you’re in need of one.

Next three weeks: @OAK, PIT, NYJ

Nick Boyle (BAL): 0% owned
Sure, Mark Andrews has been huge this year, but Boyle hasn’t been too bad himself over the last two weeks. He’s managed a 9/105/1 receiving line in those two contests, and it looks like there should be enough work for both him and Andrews to be fantasy relevant. This isn’t a huge upside add, but given the volatility of the position, you could do worse.

Next three weeks: HOU, @LAR, SF

D/ST

New York Jets D/ST: 22% owned
The ‘Skins have been a mess this season. They have given Miami a run for its money for the title of “worst team in football” for the 2019-20 season. New York faces Washington in Week 11 and Cincinnati in Week 13, making then an attractive addition.

Next three weeks: @WAS, OAK, @CIN

Oakland Raiders D/ST: 2% owned
The Raiders defense has gotten better as the season goes on, and a matchup with the Bengals and Ryan Finley makes this defensive unit a solid streaming option in Week 11. At only two percent ownership, you should be able to scoop them up.

Next three weeks: CIN, @NYJ, @KC

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

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