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Top Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 11 (Fantasy Football)

Nov 12, 2019

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We asked our writers to name their top waiver-wire targets at running back and wide receiver for the week. Here’s what they said.

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Who’s your top running back pickup of the week?

Brian Hill (ATL)
Devonta Freeman was diagnosed with a foot sprain and is expected to miss at least two weeks. With Freeman out and Ito Smith placed on the injured reserve, this leaves Brian Hill as the last man standing. Hill logged 20 carries for 61 yards and posted a 1-10-1 line on two targets in Sundays’ Week 10 win over the Saints. Hill should be in line for 20-plus carries and gets to face the Panthers and Buccaneers in the next two weeks. If you need a replacement for Freema or simply running back help, Hill is the number one priority at running back this week.
– Brad Camara (@beerad30)

Brian Hill is the next man up in Atlanta for the Falcons at running back. Ito Smith is now on IR, and Devonta Freeman is likely out a few weeks as a result of his injury on Sunday. In the event Freeman misses time Hill is worth adding for three of the final seven games. The remaining schedule for Hill isn’t favorable as he will face the Saints once, the Buccaneers twice, and San Francisco over the final seven weeks. If owners are in a pinch at running back, Hill draws the Panthers in Week 11 and Week 14. Carolina just allowed Aaron Jones 93 yards rushing and three touchdowns in Week 10.
– Andrew Liang (@whenpigskinfly)

It sounds like Devnota Freeman will be out at least two weeks with a sprained foot. That gives Hill the chance to be a starting back for the next two weeks. In Week 10, the lead back role gave Hill 20 carries for 61 yards. He also had one reception for 10 yards and a touchdown. The Falcons have not been great at running the ball this year, but a starting running back that sees 20 carries in a game always has fantasy value. The Falcons are at Carolina and they host Tampa Bay the next two weeks, so there is an opportunity for Hill to be at least a flex those weeks with RB2 upside in an offense that is loaded with playmakers.
– Derek Lofland (@DerekLofland)

Who’s your top wide receiver pickup of the week?

Darius Slayton (NYG)
I was skeptical of Slayton when he had two receptions for 50 yards and two touchdowns in Week 8, and he proved me right when he stumbled to one reception for six yards in Week 9. Then Week 10 happened. Slayton had 14 targets, 10 receptions, 121 yards, and two touchdowns. It is hard to ignore the role he has carved out in recent weeks, and 14 targets is a ton for even the best players in the league. The only downside is that he has a bye this week, but he has a great fantasy football playoff schedule with a road game at Philadelphia, a home game against Miami, and a road game at Washington in Weeks 14-16. I do not think you will be able to claim Slatyon in a week after he scored four touchdowns in his last three games. He is going to be at least a flex with WR2 upside the rest of the way.
– Derek Lofland (@DerekLofland)

Sterling Shepard is in concussion protocol and suffered a setback last week, and although he’s recently practiced, it might be a while before he returns. Enter Darius Slayton, who hauled in 10 of 14 targets for 121 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday’s loss to the Giants. He has come on lately as the second option behind Golden Tate. With all the injuries the Giants have had recently (Evan Engram, Shepard), Slayton should see additional targets and is starting to build a rapport with rookie starting quarterback Daniel Jones. If you need help at wide receiver, you could do worse than Slayton.
– Brad Camara (@beerad30)

A.J. Brown (TEN)
A.J. Brown is more of a rest of season stash than a Week 11 pickup, especially since Tennessee has in on bye this week. Once Brown and the Titans return, they face one of the easier schedules in the entire NFL. During the fantasy playoffs, Brown will face Oakland, Houston twice, and New Orleans. On top of the easy slate of games, if Corey Davis (hip) were to miss any more time Brown would be elevated to the Titans’ top target.
– Andrew Liang (@whenpigskinfly)

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