The Waiver Wire: Week 11

 

 

This week and every week going forward we’ll bring you several recommendations for players you should look to add to your fantasy squad. We’ll mainly be targeting lower-owned guys who should be available in all but the deepest leagues. We also have IDP recommendations if that’s your thing right here. Although we’ll be primarily focusing on guys who can help you this week and the rest of this season, as mainly a dynasty site, on occasion we will mention guys that you should consider stashing as long-term dynasty options as well.

Good luck with your waiver claims and good luck the rest of the season. Hopefully, some of these players can not only lead you to a win this week but a championship and the end of the season! Be sure to check out all of our in-season content right here.

John D. Recommends:

Jermaine Gresham, TE, Arizona Cardinals (1% owned)

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but lesser QBs tend to lean on their tight ends more than others. Well, with Carson Palmer out, we’ve seen back to back games with a touchdown for Gresham and more importantly double-digit fantasy points. With tight ends being a minefield this year, Gresham might provide some late-season stability down the stretch as the playoffs loom.

Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions (10%)

I’m admittedly totally biased as the self-appointed head of the Kenny Golladay man crush fan club. In his return to game action after nearly two months, he tied for 2nd in targets and was 2nd on the team with 64 yards. He’s probably going to be a boom or bust play going forward, but is a deep ball and red zone threat, and guess what? Those are the two types of plays that get you fantasy points in bunches.

Elijah McGuire, RB, New York Jets (15%)

McGuire might lose a little of his worth if/when Matt Forte returns from injury, but the rookie back has been decent when given the snaps. With Forte out, he had 8 carries (to Bilal Powell’s 10) and saw 7 targets in the passing game as well. McGuire turned those touches into 58 yards from scrimmage. While not world-beating numbers, with bye weeks and a rash of injuries, in PPR he’s definitely in play as a flex option.

Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4%)

I was the first person on the Sims bandwagon and the last one off, and he’s has been nothing short of awful this season. That said, this past week, we saw him get his most carries in a game (3) and score his first touchdown of the season as well albeit via the air, giving him his first double-digit fantasy game of the year. Worth noting, last week we saw the Bucs give extra work to Peyton Barber over Doug Martin, so they might be kicking the tires on their RB depth chart as this waste of a season draws to a close. That could be a good thing for Sims in PPR leagues.

Shane recommends:

Blaine Gabbert, QB, Arizona Cardinals (0% Yahoo ownership)

The Cardinal’s most recent starting QB Drew Stanton is dealing with a sprained knee and likely to miss Sunday’s game against the Texans. Giving further credence to Stanton being out this week the Cardinal’s signed Matt Barkley on Monday. For this week at least, Blaine Gabbert will get the starting nod. Gabbert is good at two things. Gabbert is a mobile QB who will use his legs to pick up yards. In 5 starts last season Gabbert averaged 34.4 rushing yards per game and ran for 2 scores. Mobility is an important trait to possess when playing QB for the 2017 Cardinals as they have given up the 10th most sacks this season. Another skill of Gabbert’s is throwing to his slot receiver. As an example look at Jeremy Kerley’s splits with Gabbert starting last season.

 

 

 

 

 

Kerley’s targets, receptions, yards, points per game were all significantly better with Gabbert under center. Why does this matter? Kerley ran 55.7% of his routes from the slot last season. Larry Fitzgerald runs 55.5% of his routes out of the slot this season. Expect Gabbert to feed Fitzgerald and run for 30+ yards per game as long as he has the starting role in Arizona.

T.J. Yates, QB, Houston Texans (0%)

Is T.J. Yates a good Quarterback? No, not really. But the Texans are looking at 3-6 record. With their season quickly going down the drain Bill O’Brien may be forced to see if Yates can play better than Tom Savage. It is near impossible for Yates to play worse.

Stephen Anderson, TE, Houston Texans (0%)

I know that C.J. Fiedorowicz just returned from his stint on the I.R. dealing with a concussion. This was the second concussion for Fiedorowicz in less than a year and was so severe that he was on the I.R. for two months. The Texans just last week placed Ryan Griffin on I.R. for concussions as well. No one wants Fiedorowicz to get injured, but we would be foolish to think it can’t happen again. Stephen Anderson was an undrafted free agent last year who caught the eye of many dynasty players. Though he didn’t see much action, he did suit for 13 games pulling in 11 receptions for 93 yards. This season Anderson is averaging 4.8 fantasy points per game, and that number could increase significantly if anything were to happen to Fiedorowicz.

KJ  recommends:

Dontrelle Inman, WR, Chicago Bears (2% Ownership)

I have to admit; I owned Inman multiple times when he was with San Diego. He can catch, can get open and in a passing offense, can be useful. Now in Chicago on a rushing first team, this may sound counter-productive, however, in his Chicago debut, Inman led the team in catches (6), yards (88) and tied for the lead in overall targets (8). He may become rookie Mitchell Trubisky’s top receiver which, well, isn’t too bad if you are in a deep PPR league.

Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers (6% Ownership)

Both Aaron Jones (knee) and Ty Montgomery (ribs) left Week 10’s game due to injuries, Jones looking the worst of the two. Williams took the reins and ran for 67 yards on 20 carries. The Packers offense has sputtered, to say the least since Rodgers went down, but Williams could be in line for a big workload in Week 11 vs. Baltimore. Can’t find many starting RBs on your wire this late in the game, snag him immediately.

Terron Ward, RB, Atlanta Falcons (0% Ownership)

Ok, only 14+ deep leaguers need to apply here. Freeman left the game with a concussion and could miss multiple weeks. Tevin Coleman will take over as the primary back in Atlanta. However, as Sunday showed, Ward will also be in the mix. Ward is not flashy nor all that athletic, yet, he will get anywhere from 10-12 carries in Freeman’s absence. Ward went 9/23 with 0 receptions in Week 10 but once again, opportunity knocks.

New John

Case Keenum, QB, Minnesota Vikings (Yahoo Ownership 16%)

The narrative in Minnesota all season has been, what happens at the quarterback position after 2017? Sam Bradford was poised for a career season in a contract year. Teddy Bridgewater was on the road to an incredible recovery from a devastating knee injury that nearly resulted in amputation, but his comeback would be late in the final year of his rookie contract. Then Bradford was injured in Week 1, and Bridgewater wouldn’t be ready until after the Week 9 bye. Enter career backup Case Keenum… and expectations for the Vikings’ drastically lowered. Here’s the problem, though. Keenum has been surprisingly good. He’s 6-1 as the starter, and with all of his weapons finally healthy, completed 21 of 29 passes on Sunday, for 304 yards and four touchdowns against a tough Washington defense.

It’s hard enough to put that type of production on the bench, but couple that with the fact that the Vikings are two games up in the NFC North, over the surging Detroit Lions and the recovering Green Bay Packers. Detroit is the biggest threat, with a soft schedule to finish the season and a roster that gets healthier with each passing day. Minnesota won’t have the luxury of getting Bridgewater reps if they want to hang on to the division lead. Keenum is here to stay as long as he’s healthy and running the offense with such mastery.

Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots (11%)

Jonathan Smith recommended Burkhead as a stash going into the Patriots’ Week 9 bye, and he nailed it. Burkhead is the most complete back in New England, so he is on the field more than any other back (36 snaps out of 70 on Sunday night). Mike Gillislee was a healthy scratch, leaving short yardage and goal line work exclusively for Burkhead, who was also heavily used in the passing game. He led Patriots’ backs with 3 catches on 3 targets for 27 yards. The bad news is, the price tag on Burkhead just went up significantly in all formats; the good news is, he’s still available in 89% of leagues.

Bruce Ellington, WR, Houston Texans (0%)

This is likely a one-week streamer, but Ellington has an amazing opportunity in Week 11. After leaving early in Week 1 and missing Week 2 with a concussion, Ellington caught four of his seven targets for 59 yards and a touchdown in Week 3, the last week before Will Fuller returned and went on a touchdown-scoring tear. With Fuller healthy, Ellington was largely ignored by both quarterbacks – Deshaun Watson and Tom Savage. When Fuller left Sunday’s game against the Rams with cracked ribs, Ellington stepped back into the WR2 role and collected four catches on eight targets for 41 yards and a touchdown.

Fuller will miss Week 11, in a juicy matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, who have allowed the 4th most fantasy points to wide receivers. Furthermore, the Cardinals secondary lost safety Tyvon Branch (torn ACL) in the Thursday night game against Seattle, making it that much easier for opposing passing attacks to produce.

The one Cardinals defender who has been remotely competent against the pass is shutdown corner Patrick Peterson. Peterson typically shadows the number one receiver, meaning he will focus his attention on to DeAndre Hopkins. That leaves Justin Bethel – ranked as cornerback #92 by Pro Football Focus – to cover Ellington. Arizona is decent against the run, and middle of the pack against tight ends, but the one thing they cannot do is stop number two receivers. So pick up Ellington and start him with confidence in Week 11.

DeAngelo Henderson, RB, Denver Broncos (0%)

While this is certainly more of a deep dynasty stash, there could be some fantasy playoffs magic in the Denver Broncos backfield again. Just like C.J. Anderson in 2014, 6th round pick De’Angelo Henderson showed tremendous potential in the preseason and may be on the verge of carving out a role on the active roster that leads to a late-season breakout and fantasy championship winner. Devontae Booker continues to be the most impressive of Denver’s committee of running backs, but part of his appeal was the fresh set of legs and extra energy that he brought after missing the first month of the season with a wrist injury. As the season starts to catch up to Booker, he finds himself losing out on the workload he’s had.

Meanwhile, the Broncos continue to tailspin into oblivion, and the reality that the season has been lost is starting to set in. Veteran Jamaal Charles becomes a luxury the Broncos simply cannot afford, and Anderson himself could see his workload decrease as the Broncos begin looking at younger players and saving the veterans for “next year.” Henderson was electric in the preseason, leading the Broncos with 129 yards on 28 carries, including a long game-winning touchdown against Chicago. Simply put, he is the best, most electric running back on the Broncos’ roster, and will challenge for the starting job in 2018. So stash him in dynasty for sure, and you might just get a pleasant surprise late in the 2017 season if he starts getting some in-game experience once Denver is mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.


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