Week 11 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire

What a week we had in week 10!

Thursday night kicked us off with the Dolphins/Ravens where the Dolphins starter was the backup to the backup because the starter was injured and the backup who was starting got injured, so then the starter who played backup, came into the game and won it, 22-16. How can you lose a game like that, Baltimore? Can we agree that Robert Hunt is the best running back on the Dolphins?

Titans/Saints kept it close but the final score was actually farther away and the Saints won, but you know… refs. What happened to AJ Brown? This can’t be it going forward, he needs to do more.

The Buffalo Bills got back on track against the New York Jets and Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs had a hell of a game. Elijah Moore had another nice game and can we all agree that Michael Carter is the second-best rookie running back now… in fantasy?

Speaking of fantasy, the Dallas Cowboys destroyed the Atlanta Falcons as Dak Prescott had three total touchdowns as this offense is clicking. Outside of Cordarrelle Patterson or Kyle Pitts, there are no other players on the Falcons I feel safe starting.

Jonathan Taylor once again is proving to us that he should be the 1.01 in drafts come 2022, am I right? I feel like I am. Trevor Lawrence being the 1.01 in the 2021 NFL draft isn’t looking so good right now. Being a rookie, I’m willing to give him another year to get it right.

Poor Tom Brady losing to the WFT, but hey Antonio Gibson scored two touchdowns with a 2.7 ypc average for the game. The New England Patriots just gave it to the Cleveland Browns and Jakobi Meyers scored his first NFL touchdown. It only took 39 games, 39 receptions and 1,522 receiving yards, but he did it. Mac Jones is starting to look like a viable NFL quarterback as a rookie, Rhamondre Stevenson saw about 66% of the carries in the backfield… yep a Bill Belichick type of game. The Browns on the other hand, eww. Baker Mayfield hurt his knee early in the game but D’Ernest Johnson did pretty well from a fantasy perspective. Everyone else on the Browns… not so much.

How about that Lions/Steelers game? D’Andre Swift was awesome as he had 33 carries for 130 yards. The first half looked better than the second half but this game was a laugh through the 4th quarter and overtime as both teams played hot potato. Neither of them wanted to win and it ended as a 16-16 embarrassing tie. I do know one thing though, the Detroit Lions won’t be the first team to go 0-17, but may be the first to go 0-16-1.

One nice thing was that the late games were better…Justin Herbert is coming down fast and being just a matchup-based quarterback. Easy starts are Austin Ekeler, Keenan Allen and still, Mike Williams… Maybe the first few weeks mojo will come back for this team. It’s there, it’s just the stat line isn’t showing up. Look at Dalvin Cook and his 24 carries. This kid is easily top-5 no matter the matchup the rest of the way and it’s about time Justin Jefferson shows up. Keep it up man, we need your last year games to carry over in your mini sophomore slump.

The Eagles handled the Denver Broncos in Denver. Just imagine if Jalen Hurts was a good quarterback how good he could be along with DeVonta Smith. That kid is a ridiculous talent and deserves a better quarterback. Like Jerry Jeudy and the rest of the wide receiver core in Denver… why stop throwing the ball so much, Teddy Bridgewater? What did you throw in the second half? Like five passes. The running back duo of Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon is a stupid 50/50 split and it was Gordon with the touchdown. Just like every week, we will keep saying it’s a “Javonte week”, except this week as the Broncos are on bye.

Speaking of bye, it looked like Russell Wilson should have taken another week off as he was shut out for the first time in his NFL career. The only real bright side of this offense was… Gerald Everett. Aaron Rodgers on the other hand was cleared the day before from the COVID-19 list and was able to throw for 292 yards and no touchdowns. All the touchdowns went to AJ Dillon as he was the fantasy superstar in this game. Aaron Jones went down with a knee injury. He’s out 1-2 weeks with a “mild” MCL sprain. We avoided something that could have been big and long term, but a sprain is a sprain.

Sam Darnold is on injured reserve and it was P.J. Walker who got the start. He managed the game well, but next week it’s Cam Newton‘s team… again. Christian McCaffrey is just awesome, even if he doesn’t score touchdowns, but Robby Anderson finally got one. DJ Moore on the other hand, I have no clue. Maybe it’s him? No Kyler Murray, Chase Edmonds or DeAndre Hopkins and the Arizona Cardinals don’t look like a capable 8-2 team, could be 8-3 going into their week 12 bye.

Welcome back Patrick Mahomes and company. Wow what a game, and what if I told you Mahomes could have had a better game if he just didn’t overthrow his wide receivers by a step or three. Can’t complain too much though when Mahomes completed 35/50 for 406 yards and 5 touchdowns. Like you, I also want more fantasy points. Hunter Renfrow continues to look like that WR1 and what is happening to Darren Waller? He’s really falling down the rankings if you ask me.

What a hell of a game it was… If you were a San Francisco 49ers fan. The Rams were down 14 after the first quarter and the 49ers just couldn’t be stopped. Deebo Samuel is a beast, Elijah Mitchell looks like a waiver wire steal and way to run the ball over 40 times against the Rams… What is happening with the Rams? Cooper Kupp did his thing and is a PPR machine.. Matt Stafford? Is it the prime time games? That’s two losses in a row! Plus with the game so out of reach why did Sean McVay keep all his starters out there? Whatever, nice win 9ers fans!

Alright, enough of the week 10 recap, let’s get to what you really came here for, waiver wire!

All my waiver-wire targets are taken from CBS and are owned in 60% or less of leagues.

Mac Jones, QB, New England Patriots (45% Owned)

Mac Jones finished 19-of-23 for 198 yards and three touchdowns against the Cleveland Browns Sunday. The game for one sided quickly, making you wonder could there be more in Jones? Funny you ask because the Patriots take on the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night whose defense is worse than the Browns. Could be another good-to-great game for Jones.

Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers (20% Owned)

Some of us may be looking for a viable quarterback if we whiffed on our starter, or are looking for a bye week replacement with the possibility of playing matchups. His running ability is still there and Robby Anderson actually did something. With other playmakers in Christian McCaffrey and D.J. Moore around him, this is better than the offense he had in New England last year. I’m adding Newton in 1QB leagues for my bye week of Patrick Mahomes.

Rhamondre  Stevenson, RB, New England Patriots (55% Owned)

No Damien Harris, no problem! Rhamondre Stevenson ran the ball 20 times for 99 yards and 2 rushing touchdowns along with catching four of his five targets for another 15 yards. Most of us thought it would be Brandon Bolden with the uptick. Instead it was the rookie who came in and made a name for himself. Will this backfield turn into a 50/50 split when Harris comes back? Who knows with Bill Belichick. Stevenson should be added to all benches for now though.

D’Onta Foreman, RB, Tennessee Titans (8% Owned)

This week it was Foreman who led the Titans backfield with 11 carries for 30 yards and 2 receptions for another 48 yards for 78 total yards. Even with Derrick Henry out, the Titans want to continue to run the ball and Foreman looks like the lead back of this 3-way committee. If you lost Aaron Jones, I would look to add Foreman everywhere as the Titans get Houston Texans in week 11.

Wayne Gallman, RB, Atlanta Falcons (3% Owned)

What an interesting Sunday afternoon as Wayne Gallman led the Atlanta Falcons backfield with 15 carries for 55 yards. It blew my mind because there was no injury to Cordarrelle Patterson or Mike Davis. Patterson’s role looks to be safe, but is this the beginning of the end of Mike Davis? Possibly, and we could start seeing Gallman more going forward with Patterson. 

*Wait, I see it now, so Cordarrelle Patterson sprained his ankle and doesn’t look optimistic for week 11. Gallman should be added wherever possible. I would take Gallman then Foreman, especially if I’m the Aaron Jones owner.*

Michael Gallup, WR, Dallas Cowboys (55% Owned)

Returning from a seven-week absence Michael Gallup was able to turn five targets into three catches for 52 yards in a massive blow-out win against the Atlanta Falcons. Gallup is nice bench depth in this high-power offense. If anything is to happen to Amari Cooper or CeeDee Lamb, Gallup could be plugged into lineups as a WR2.

Dan Arnold, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars (51% Owned)

Week after week since their bye, Dan Arnold has had 7 or more catches and between 60-70 receiving yards. The thing that’s killing him is the touchdowns. If you’ve been streaming, he’s the perfect plug-and-play wherever available.

Tyler Conklin, TE, Minnesota Vikings (38% Owned)

One of my favorite TE’s that I’ve been streaming here. Conklin has been the true third option for this passing offense and had 2 red zone touchdowns against the Chargers. Conklin can go into lineups as they take on the Green Bay Packers next who gave up catches and yards to Gerald Everett.

Gerald Everett, TE, Seattle Seahawks (11% Owned)

Speaking of Gerald Everett, it looks like Russell Wilson came back too soon as Everett caught all eight of his targets for 63 yards. Not saying much here other than a dart throw, but with Wilson not at game strength, maybe he will dink and dunk with Gerald Everett against the Arizona Cardinals.

If you are curious about your league in Yahoo, MFL, Sleeper, ESPN or any other platform just let me know in the comments below or hit me up on Twitter.

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