Early Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 11 (2021 Fantasy Football)
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Note: Most players are less than 30% rostered in Yahoo leagues.
Rhamondre Stevenson (RB – NE): 31% rostered
Arguably the top fantasy story from the early games today was Stevenson. The rookie rumbled for 99 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries on the ground. He also hauled in 4-of-5 targets for an additional 15 yards through the air. It was an impressive performance, though game script certainly played into his favor. Damien Harris didn’t play in this one due to a concussion, and it quickly became evident that Stevenson was the superior runner to Brandon Bolden. It’s unclear how much of the backfield Stevenson earned once Harris is back, so moving forward Stevenson should just be considered an exciting bench stash. He absolutely needs to be rostered everywhere.
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Sony Michel (RB – LAR): 32% rostered
The Rams haven’t played as of this writing, but Michel is a high-end handcuff who should be rostered in every league. Similar to the likes of Tony Pollard, Alexander Mattison, and A.J. Dillon, Michel should be rostered regardless of whether or not you already roster Darrell Henderson.
Eno Benjamin (RB – ARI): 19% rostered
Arizona’s offense was a disaster in Week 10, so James Conner didn’t have the week-winning performance many of us thought he might. He still performed better than Benjamin, but the latter was at least somewhat involved one week after Chase Edmonds landed on IR with a high-ankle sprain. Benjamin received six carries and one target in Week 10. He’s next in line if anything happens to Conner.
Jamal Agnew (WR – JAC): 9% rostered
There isn’t a lot to recommend at wide receiver this week, but Agnew at least continues to be used in creative ways in Urban Meyer’s offense. He failed to catch any of his five targets in the passing game, but he received three end-arounds to rush for 79 yards and a score. It’s the third time in four weeks that he has totaled either 70 yards or found the end zone. Agnew’s usage is up while Jacksonville has been without D.J. Chark. It’s enough to make him worthy of FLEX consideration in deeper leagues.
Dan Arnold (TE – JAC): 26% rostered
Arnold has 7+ targets in four of his last five games. In the Jaguars’ three contests since their bye week, Arnold has a superb 24 targets. It was another serviceable, low-end TE1 performance in Week 10. Arnold hauled in five receptions for 67 yards and a two-point conversion. He isn’t a league-winner, but he simply needs to be rostered in most leagues.
Justin Fields (QB – CHI): 25% rostered
Had the rookie had his Weeks 8-9 performances earlier this season, the collective fantasy world would be in an uproar. The 22-year-old has gotten better the more he has played, and Monday’s Week 9 game against the Steelers continued to display his promise. Fields completed 17-of-29 passes for 291 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He also ran eight times for 45 yards. This was one game after he went 10-103-1 on the ground. Chicago had a bye in Week 10 but Fields draws a struggling Baltimore defense next weekend.