Week 11 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups | Streaming Quarterbacks
After two straight weeks of yawns for the waiver wire, we have some interesting names this week. If you need an upside quarterback, we have you covered. Do you need a RB2 with the potential for RB1 status? We have you covered. Receiver help? Well, thanks to a PED suspension and some injuries, we have you covered there too. The Week 11 Fantasy Football waiver wire even has great tight end options. Dig in and enjoy!
As a reminder, these waiver wire players aim for the 50 percent or less ownership on average across the major sites and have Yahoo! ownership listed. They're also good for DFS too, as they will often have a lower cost and present values.
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Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups QBs (Streaming Quarterbacks)
Tyrod Taylor, BUF (60%) – As with quarterbacks, we normally extend the 50 percent ownership threshold a bit given the position, but in Taylor's case, I also wanted to give him special mention. Taylor is not a quarterback streamer. He's an every-week starter and QB1. After a rough Week 1, Taylor has at least 15.8 points in every game with four 20-plus point performances. In fact, he has five QB1 performances in those eight games and never finished lower than QB15. If he's available, you can trust Taylor in more than just this week.
Colin Kaepernick, SF (12%) – Kaepernick has much more appeal than the Joe Flacco-Carson Palmer-Andy Dalton tier of quarterbacks. Why try to play the matchups with those options when you can start a quarterback with a high floor and an extremely high ceiling. Kaepernick is matchup independent, as he can put up points with his legs or his arm and had a big game against the Cardinals.
Brock Osweiler, HOU (10%) – I hope you don't need to turn to Osweiler, but if you do, it's not the end of the world. Osweiler has four games with 14-plus points with many of his down games coming against stiff competition (KC, NE, MIN, DEN). The Raiders have been better than late, but they are still weak against the pass. If you're digging deep, Osweiler is serviceable.
Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups RBs
Should Have Picked Them Up: Chris Ivory, JAX; Dion Lewis, NE; Tim Hightower, NO
Robert Kelley, WSH (48%) – I saw a terrific stat on Twitter about Kelley: just two of his 60 runs have been for a loss. He's extremely impressive after contact and is the starter for the Redskins' foreseeable future. The only downside with Kelley is his lack of effectiveness in the passing game (will still be Chris Thompson's role), but Kelley is still a RB2 as the lead option in Washington.
C.J. Prosise and Thomas Rawls, SEA (35%, 49%) – As with David Johnson last year, it took some time, but Prosise has arrived. As with Johnson too, Prosise is an exceptional pass-catcher (converted receiver at Notre Dame). Even if Thomas Rawls returns and takes the lead work from Christine Michael, Prosise's role will remain, and he has RB1 potential if Rawls were to falter and Michael continues his decline. As for Rawls, you have to grab him given the chance that he looks as good as last year, which was better than Marshawn Lynch if you recall. Even sharing touches with Prosise wouldn’t keep Rawls from RB2 value if he performs as he did in 2015.
Kenneth Dixon, BAL (19%) – Dixon was impressive in college with a terrific 3.6 yards after contact playing with one of the worst offensive lines in college. If you watched last Thursday night, you saw how explosive and talented he is, and that Dixon is a real threat to take over the lead role in Baltimore. It may take little while for Dixon to seize complete control of the backfield, and Terrance West might always have a share of the touches, but Dixon has high-end RB2 upside.
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James Starks, GB (28%) – Starks knows the Packers offense and the Packers are comfortable with Starks as their lead option. He found the end zone last week, and while he's merely a JAG (just another guy) talent wise, the Packers offense will give him scoring opportunities, especially as the top option near the goal line (rushing wise).
Jeremy Langford, CHI (26%) – If you're a Jordan Howard owner, you have to make the move in case he misses time (rumors of Achilles and/or ankle injury). Langford saw the majority of the work when Howard exited the game, and he was the top option to start the year. However, if you are a Howard owner and can find two free spots on your team, pick up Ka'Deem Carey as well. John Fox likely won't give us a clear picture of what to expect if Howard misses time, but maybe… just maybe… there is an off chance we know who the starter is before Sunday, and you don't want to pick the wrong one.
Bilal Powell, NYJ (43%) – Powell showed up the potential he has last week, and while Matt Forte will remain the Jets top option as long as he's healthy, Powell would have top-end RB2 value if Forte missed time. In PPR leagues, Powell could even provide deep-league flex value for RB-needy owners.
Deep Leagues/Handcuffs: Paul Perkins, Damien Williams, Alfred Morris, DeAngelo Williams, Antonio Andrews
Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups WRs
Should Have Picked Them Up: Sterling Shepard, NYG; Tyrell Williams, SD; Cole Beasley, DAL; Jamison Crowder, WSH; Corey Coleman, CLE; Kenny Britt, LA; Rishard Matthews, TEN; DeVante Parker, MIA
Sammy Watkins, BUF (37%) – Watkins could return to practice this week, and he's eligible to play in Week 12, so you need to stash him now if available. If Watkins is anywhere near 100 percent upon his return, you're getting a WR2 receiver with the potential for WR1 status.
Cameron Meredith, CHI (33%) – Alshon Jeffery is suspended for four games due to a PED suspension, which puts Meredith and Eddie Royal as the Bears top two options. Royal needs to be picked up as well, but Meredith has the higher ceiling, as seen earlier this year when he had 27 targets, 20 receptions, 243 yards and a touchdown in Weeks 5-6. If course, Meredith isn't the next Julio Jones, but it will be hard for him not to see double-digit targets each week.
Eli Rogers, PIT (10%) – We don't have word on why Sammie Coates saw two snaps last week, but it puts the focus back on Rogers as Ben Roethlisberger's No. 2 option behind Antonio Brown. Remember the excitement for Rogers after Week 1? Well, it's back after 15 targets, 10 receptions, 145 yards and a touchdown the last two games. Rogers is start-worthy in most leagues, especially in PPR formats.
Kendall Wright, TEN (13%) – A touchdown saved Wright's day this past week, but he has a touchdown in three of the last five games with two double-digit games and two solid scores in that stretch. It also just happens to coincide with Marcus Mariota catching fire, and the Titans head to Indianapolis this week. The Titans schedule is about to get tough, but Wright can help you in Week 11.
Tyreek Hill, KC (16%) – As long as Jeremy Maclin is out, Hill has value in most leagues and especially in PPR formats. Think of Hill as a poor man's Julian Edelman, and he's not even that poor in comparison. The Chiefs offense limits Hill's upside, as the yards per reception will be low, and again, know that Hill's value drops even more when Maclin returns.
Tyler Lockett, SEA (40%) – There was heavy hype around Lockett heading into this season, but the problem always was his snap count and place as the team's No. 3 receiver. In Week 10, Lockett saw the most targets since Week 1 with six and caught three for 72 yards. He's an extremely explosive player, and part of the reason for his quiet season to date was his health. With Russell Wilson also back to 100 percent, Lockett could surprise many down the stretch.
Deep Leagues/Watch List: Eddie Royal, Phillip Dorsett, Sammie Coates, Tajae Sharpe, Marqise Lee
Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups TEs
Should Have Picked Them Up: Eric Ebron, DET; Zach Miller, CHI
Cameron Brate, TB (52%) – Brate has ripped off three straight games with a touchdown and is now TE6 on the season despite barely playing the first two weeks when Austin Seferian-Jenkins was still around. The appeal is obviously in the touchdowns with Brate, and you might be worried of his touchdown reliance. However, Brate leads the Buccaneers targets (12), receptions (8) and touchdowns in the red zone (6). Yes, all of those are higher than Mike Evans' totals, and again, in two less "real" games.
C.J. Fiedorowicz, HOU (21%) – Fiedorowicz is definitely up and down in his performance: 10.8, 6.1, 14.5, 3.5, 10.3 and 2.6 the last six weeks as the team's lead tight end. The down games are when he failed to score and some pretty difficult matchups: at Vikings, at Broncos, at Jaguars. The Jaguars have actually held all tight ends except for two under six points with the Chargers posting seven thanks to a touchdown and the Titans having 10.5… just in case you didn't realize that it was a tough matchup. The Texans have the Raiders as mentioned, which points to an "up" week for Fiedorowicz.
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