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Early Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 11 (2020 Fantasy Football)

by Zachary Hanshew | @ZaktheMonster | Featured Writer
Nov 15, 2020

After a big TNF performance, Michael Pittman is a priority add off the waiver wire ahead of Week 11

Good evening, folks! We’ve made it through the bulk of Week 10 action, and it’s that most wonderful time of the evening once again. Sunday night gives fantasy owners time to reflect on the week’s triumphs or losses and take stock of their roster heading into the new week. It’s a time for reflection and a time to assess potential waiver wire options. Each week, I’ll be highlighting a handful of low-rostered options you should consider when making waiver wire claims. Each player’s upcoming three-game schedule will be noted, including strength of matchup. This is particularly helpful if you need a streaming option or a temporary replacement to get you through the tough times.

Yet again, we have an uninspiring group of waiver-wire adds, and though you’re unlikely to find a league winner among this group, there are still some options that can help you navigate the remaining three weeks of the fantasy regular season.

Best of luck in all of your leagues moving forward! If you’ve got any questions about the week’s waiver wire options or anything fantasy football, hit me up on Twitter @ZaktheMonster.

Note: Most players are less than 30% rostered in Yahoo leagues.

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Running Back

* Nyheim Hines is 40% rostered, but if he’s available on your waiver wire, he’s the top add of the week

Salvon Ahmed (MIA): 4% rostered

WEEK 11 WEEK 12 WEEK 13
@DEN @NYJ CIN

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With Jordan Howard and Matt Breida both out of action Sunday against the Chargers, Ahmed took the lead in Miami’s backfield and took full advantage of the opportunity. He carried 21 times for 85 yards and a touchdown and added a five-yard reception. It’s possible he continues to see his role grow as the weeks go on, and Ahmed is one of the best running back adds of the week.

Kalen Ballage (LAC): 19% rostered

WEEK 11 WEEK 12 WEEK 13
NYJ @BUF NE

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Ballage led the Chargers’ three-headed backfield for the second week in a row, racking up 102 total yards on 23 touches. As long as Austin Ekeler remains out, it looks like Ballage is here to stay, and he’s the back to roster in the Chargers’ backfield.

Wide Receiver

Michael Pittman (IND): 9% rostered

WEEK 11 WEEK 12 WEEK 13
GB TEN @HOU

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After a 4/56 line on seven targets in Week 9, Pittman broke out with a 7/101 performance on eight targets on TNF. He’s clearly Indy’s best playmaker who should be involved down the final stretch of the season. The Week 11 matchup with Green Bay isn’t the easiest, but Pittman will face Tennessee and Houston in Weeks 12-13, two defenses which have allowed a lot of production to opposing wideouts this season. Pittman is one of the top adds off the waiver wire this week.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling (GB): 17% rostered

WEEK 11 WEEK 12 WEEK 13
@IND CHI PHI

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As Steven Tyler once sang, “It’s the same old story, same old song and dance, my friend.” That seems to be the way we’re headed with MVS, as the boom-or-bust receiver has absolutely boomed across his last two contests. Including Week 10’s monstrous 4/149/1 effort, he’s compiled six receptions for 202 yards and three touchdowns in his last two games. He has just as much potential to fall swiftly back to earth in next week’s tough matchup with Indy, but with those kind of recent numbers, he’s worth an add.

Josh Reynolds (LAR): 5% rostered

WEEK 11 WEEK 12 WEEK 13
@TB SF @ARI

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Reynolds makes his second appearance in this article, as he continues to ascend in the Rams’ offense. Reynolds has become the clear No. 3 option for Jared Goff, and he erupted in a prime matchup with Seattle in Week 10. Reynolds led the Rams in all receiving categories Sunday, going 8/94 on 10 targets. He’ll have a more difficult matchup with Tampa Bay in Week 11, but Reynolds needs to be picked up.

Jalen Reagor (PHI): 26% rostered

WEEK 11 WEEK 12 WEEK 13
@CLE SEA @GB

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Reagor caught four passes for just 47 yards in Sunday’s loss to the Giants, though he drew seven targets and has now seen at least six targets in back-to-back contests since returning to the lineup. Over the next two weeks, Reagor and the Eagles will face the Browns and Seahawks, two of the best matchups possible for wide receivers. If he’s still available on your waiver wire, Reagor is worth an add.

Keelan Cole (JAX): 23% rostered

WEEK 11 WEEK 12 WEEK 13
PIT CLE @MIN

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Cole did it all Sunday, posting a 5/47/1 receiving line on seven targets against Green Bay and running back a 91-yard punt return for a second touchdown. Those scores were Cole’s fourth and fifth of the season, and he’s proven to be a consistent contributor in Jacksonville’s offense no matter who’s under center. Cole gets back-to-back-to-back green-light matchups in Weeks 11-13 and is once again a waiver-wire darling ahead of Week 11.

Quarterback

Jameis Winston (NO): 1% rostered

WEEK 11 WEEK 12 WEEK 13
ATL @DEN @ATL

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Drew Brees left the Saints’ Week 10 matchup with San Francisco early due to a ribs injury, and Jameis Winston saw the majority of work at quarterback after that. If Brees is unable to go in any of the next three weeks, Winston would be an immediate streaming option with three prime matchups on tap. He needs to be a priority on the waiver wire.

Daniel Jones (NYG): 30% rostered

WEEK 11 WEEK 12 WEEK 13
BYE @CIN @SEA

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Danny Dimes is on a bye in Week 11, but if you’re looking for help at quarterback down the stretch, he could prove productive. He hasn’t instilled a ton of confidence in fantasy managers this season, but he’s shown off his athletic abilities with more than one explosive run, including a 34-yard scamper in Sunday’s win. He’ll be a worthy streamer in Week 12 against Cincy and especially in Week 13 against Seattle.

Kirk Cousins (MIN): 28% rostered

WEEK 11 WEEK 12 WEEK 13
DAL CAR JAX

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Cousins has been featured in this article multiple times throughout the season, and he’ll make his way back thanks to a great upcoming tilt with the Cowboys in Week 11. Captain Kirk makes a fine streaming option for quarterback-needy teams in that one, and at only 28% rostered, he’s likely available on your waiver wire.

Tight End

Logan Thomas (WAS): 35% rostered

WEEK 11 WEEK 12 WEEK 13
CIN @DAL @PIT

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He’s over 30% owned, but Thomas is the best tight end add of the week. Thomas has seen at least six targets in back-t0-back weeks, after scoring in Weeks 6-7 before the Football Team’s Week 8 bye. In Week 11, he’ll face a Cincinnati defense that has allowed the second-most points to opposing TEs this season, and this may be your last chance to snag Thomas if you need help at the position.

Jordan Reed (SF): 19% rostered

WEEK 11 WEEK 12 WEEK 13
BYE @LAR BUF

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After a one-catch showing in Week 9, Reed bounced back against the Saints with a 5/62 receiving line. Though he’s on bye in Week 11, tight end-needy teams should add him if they have an open bench spot.

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