“Big Rigg” Waiver Wire Pickups for Week #11
The Panthers, Colts, Jets and 49ers are on bye this week, so if you have been relying on Cam Newton or Josh McCown as your starting QB, you may be looking for a fill-in this week. A few other fantasy relevant QB’s status is currently up in the air with Philip Rivers in the concussion protocol and Tyrod Taylor fresh off a week 10 benching.
Blake Bortles – QB Jacksonville Jaguars – Bortles plays @ the Cleveland Browns this week and is only 31% owned in Yahoo leagues. Bortles has more fantasy points on the year than Derek Carr and Ben Roethlisberger, both of which were drafted as fantasy starters this summer and he’s only owned in 31% of Yahoo leagues. Bortles is a solid spot starter this week as the Jaguars play @ the Browns who have given up the 9th most fantasy points to quarterbacks and give up a league best 3.1 yards per rush. The Jaguars may need to rely on Bortles arm this week more than Fournette’s legs making him a viable option.
Eli Manning – QB NY Giants – Eli is only owned in 51% Yahoo leagues and has a decent matchup against the Chiefs this weekend. The Giants don’t have any sort of running game to lean on and with the current state of their defense, they will be playing catchup, meaning Eli is likely to throw the ball a ton. I don’t have a ton of confidence in Eli but the fact is that the Chiefs are giving up the 6th most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season.
This week, a few wide receivers who don’t normally come through had some big performances. Donte Moncrief had 60 yards and a touchdown but he did so on one catch off his lone target. Marquise Goodwin had 83 yards and a touchdown for the 49ers this week, but he did so off 1 catch on just 2 targets. The fantasy points might look good from their week 10 performances, but I would hesitate running out and adding these guys.
Robert Woods – WR LA Rams – Woods is owned in 71% of Yahoo leagues so it’s likely he’s not available in your league. However, it’s worth your time to go out and look to see if he’s there. Woods currently has 39 catches off 59 targets for 622 yards and 4 TD’s. Similarly, Tyreek Hill has 40 grabs off 59 targets for 4 TD’s.. Robert Woods currently sits at WR8 and has more fantasy points than Brandin Cooks. Although Woods has been the hot hand for the Rams lately, don’t sleep on Watkins or Kupp. The Rams have shown that they will throw the ball to the open receiver regardless of who that is and won’t force feed any one player. Therefore, if teams start to pay more attention to Woods moving forward, his pace may slow down just a little bit. Sammy Watkins is likely to draw Xavier Rhodes this week @ Minnesota so he should be ok, but the Vikings defense is an overall good unit so expectations should be tempered.
Jamison Crowder – WR Washington Redskins – Crowder plays @ the New Orleans Saints this week and is only owned in 54% of Yahoo leagues. Crowder has re-emerged as of late as Kurt Cousin’s favorite pass target, and he should avoid Marshon Lattimore so the matchup isn’t terrible. Crowder must be owned in all formats, but especially PPR.
Marqise Lee – WR Jacksonville Jaguars – Lee is owned in 59% of Yahoo leagues and plays @ the Cleveland Browns this week making him an extremely viable option in a spot where the Jaguars will need to throw in order to move the ball down the field.
Kenny Stills – WR Miami Dolphins – I am not the biggest Kenny Stills fan, but he does play vs the Bucs who have gotten consistently burned by big play wide receivers this year making him extremely viable. Stills is owned in only 37% of Yahoo leagues, so if you are having wide receiver problems, he may be a one week band-aide.
John Ross – WR Cincinnati Bengals – Ross has no catches on 2 targets so far this year. Ross actually has negative fantasy points because he fumbled back in week 2 against the Texans. Ross is worth an add in leagues with deeper benches because if the Bengals continue to struggle, they will likely go into evaluation mode to see what they have in the rookie and play him over LaFell. Ross is only owned in 2% of Yahoo leagues.
This week, there weren’t too many injuries at the running back position. At this point in the season, roles are defined, we know who the backups are, and if you are in a position of strength, you may want to consider locking up some of your handcuffs to make sure your roster is protected from injury. Additionally, there are a few young ascending players out there who may start to see an increased role if their teams go into evaluation mode.
Derrick Henry – RB Tennessee Titans – Henry is owned in 72% of Yahoo leagues so I understand he’s likely owned in your league, but give your waiver wire a cursory look, because if he happens to be out there and DeMarco Murray goes down, he will be a stud for you down the stretch. I saw Henry hit waivers in one of my leagues last week and couldn’t believe it. You never know, somebody’s roster may dictate the move and you may benefit from it.
Austin Ekeler – RB LA Chargers – If you are a Melvin Gordon owner, I think it’s time to consider adding Austin Ekeler who is only owned in 3% of Yahoo leagues. The Chargers struggled to run on Sunday against the Jaguars and the Chargers responded by giving Ekeler 10 carries and 5 targets in the passing game as a change of pace. It’s too early to tell if this was a one game deal or a sign of things to come moving forward, so at this time, I think it’s safe to say you should add him as Gordon’s handcuff.
Matt Breida – RB San Francisco 49ers – Breida looked good in action against the Giants this Sunday and with the regular season winding down, it’s important to have your studs handcuffed. Carlos Hyde is a fantasy stud this year and if he were to get hurt, it would be devastating to any playoff run. Breida is owned in only 6% of Yahoo leagues and should be owned, at a minimum, by Hyde owners.
Jamaal Williams – RB Green Bay Packers – I am not the biggest Jamaal Williams fan in the world but the fact is that Aaron Jones is going to miss extended time with an MCL injury and Ty Montgomery has hurt ribs. Williams is only owned in 4% of Yahoo leagues and he may get a ton of volume over the next few weeks.
Terron Ward – RB Atlanta Falcons – Ward is owned in 0% of Yahoo leagues and got some playing time after Devonta Freeman went down on Sunday. This was a sign that Ward is the next man up if Freeman or Coleman were to go down, and if you are an owner of either, it may be smart to go out and get Ward now. Freeman may miss this week and if he does, and something were to happen to Coleman, Ward would be one of the hottest names on the waiver wire next week.
Samaje Perine – RB Washington Redskins – The Redskins aren’t running the ball terribly well and it’s still the Chris Thompson show in Washington, but somebody needs to run the ball between the tackles. With Rob Kelley on the shift, Perine, who is owned in only 7% of Yahoo leagues is the Redskins back who will run it between the tackles. Although he hasn’t looked great, all he needs to do is break one run to come through and if you are down at the position, he could help you.
Charcandrick West – RB Kansas City Chiefs – If you are a Kareem Hunt owner, you should get out and snag Charcandrick West now to protect yourself for your playoff run. West is only owned in only 3% of Yahoo leagues and if Hunt were to go down, West would be an immediate RB2 for you moving forward.
Elijah McGuire – RB NY Jets – Matt Forte had to miss week 10 with swelling in his knee and it’s unclear exactly how much time he will miss. The fact is that Forte turns 32 in December, he has over 2,800 career touches to his name, and his injured knee is the same one he had cleaned up this offseason. Powell was supposed to be the man this past weekend, but instead McGuire touched the ball more than he did. The Jets are now 4-6 on the year and if the Jets don’t turn it around they may go into evaluation mode and see if McGuire can carry a full load. He’s owned in only 8% of Yahoo leagues and may be a league winner if things fall into place for him down the stretch.
Gio Bernard – RB Cincinnati Bengals – Jeremy Hill was sent to IR over the weekend leaving Gio Bernard as the clear backup and handcuff to Joe Mixon. Bernard is owned in only 12% of Yahoo leagues and Mixon owners should pick him up.
David Morgan scored his first ever NFL touchdown for the Vikings this weekend, but the fact is that David Morgan is irrelevant, and that may be the only touchdown of his career. On a side note, I just don’t like that name – David Morgan – nah, can’t do it, I cannot add him. Garrett Celek came through on Sunday, but he only played because George Kittle was out. Celek is a blocking tight end and came through because he had a plus matchup, don’t run out there and add him. There aren’t many new names to this list, but there are a few tight ends you should check for on your waiver wires.
Jared Cook – TE Oakland Raiders – There aren’t many viable options at the tight end position with low ownership percentages. Cook is owned in 70% of Yahoo leagues faces off against the Patriots this week coming off the Raiders bye. There is a chance that Cook was dropped during the Raiders bye and it’s worth your time to take a quick look at your waiver wire.
Austin Hooper – TE Atlanta Falcons – Don’t look now but Austin Hooper is now the #7 tight end in fantasy football on the season. In a year where you are likely pulling your hair out unless you have Travis Kelce, Gronk, Zach Ertz or Evan Engram, there are worse options than Hooper.
CJ Fiedorowicz – TE Houston Texans – Only owned in 13% of Yahoo leagues, Fiedorowicz saw his first action since week 1 this past weekend and he didn’t come through. Given the current landscape at the tight end position, he may be viable, but only add him if you are in trouble at the position.
Tyler Kroft – TE Cincinnati Bengals – Kroft is only owned in 53% of Yahoo leagues and he has the Broncos this week who have given up serious production to tight ends as of late. Kroft did not come through for us last week, only reeling in one ball for 4 yards, but he was targeted 6 times. The Broncos have solid perimeter corners, so Dalton should look to feed Kroft early and often in the week 11 matchup.
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