Fantasy Football Pickups Week 11 Waiver Wire


 
With the wire wearing thin, injuries piling up, and 3 games left in the fantasy season, these are this week's pickups.  BYE the way, the Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, and Pittsburgh Steelers are off this week.

Quarterback (QB)
Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 35.5% of all ESPN leagues): Washington's struggle to run the ball is well-documented, so the only way they'll win is through the air.  The good news is he's connected consistently with Jordan Reed, and Jackson is slowly coming back online.  The Redskins see some softer secondaries for the home stretch, so Cousins may be a decent pickup if you lost Manning or Luck.
 
Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 43.1% of all ESPN leagues): This is purely a matchup play.  Tennessee has had some spotty success through the air, but they face the Jaguars (24th in pass defense) in week 11 and 13, and the Raiders (31st in pass defense) in week 12.  If you owned Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck and you're in a league of 12 teams or more, Mariota might be worth a dart throw.  He still has some decent receiving options in Walker, Douglas, and McCluster.
 
Runningback (RB), Wide Receiver (WR), FLEX
Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals (currently owned in 51.1% of all ESPN leagues): If Ellington was dropped due to lack of usage, he may be worth snagging.  The rest of the teams on Arizona's schedule struggle against the run or they struggle against receiving backs.  Ellington does a decent job of filling in for both of these roles.
 
Denard Robinson, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 4.1% of all ESPN leagues): the Jags will see the Titans, who rank 21st against the run, twice in the next 3 weeks.  Yeldon was spotted sporting a boot on his injured foot.  If Yeldon sits this short week, Robinson would be next in line to get carries.
 
Danny Amendola, WR, New England Patriots (currntly owned in 21.6% of all ESPN leagues): Wes Welker and Julian Edelman have turned themselves into household names and made their living as the Pats' slot receivers.  Amendola will be the next in line for this opportunity.  With Edelman out possibly for the rest of the season with a foot injury, Amendola could see some, if not all of Edelman's old targets.  He plays in a high-powered pass-first offense, and should be picked up in all leagues immediately. 
 
Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 9.3% of all ESPN leagues): Crowder continues to see consistent targets even though Desean Jackson is back.  If anything, Jamison has been consistent this season and has seen his share of targets.  However, it will be tough for him to find the endzone with Jordan Reed seeing most of the scoring targets.  Nevertheless, pick him up in deep leagues.
 
Harry Douglas, WR, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 2.2% of all ESPN leagues): Green-Beckham's lack of usage last week mat mean that the Titans are still uncomfortable throwing the ball to the rookie.  With Kendall Wright's status still uncertain for Thursday's game and Justin Hunter on IR, Harry Douglas could be a hidden gem on this week's wire.  Like his qb, Douglas is also a matchup play given the soft secondaries the Titans will face these next 3 weeks.  If Wright can't go, he'll likely see additional targets taking Wright's place working from the slot. 
 
Tight End (TE)
Zach Miller, Chicago Bears: With Chicago's wideouts struggling to get healthy or get open in coverage, the Bears have been forced to look elsewhere to get production through the air.  Cutler connected with Miller 5 times for 107 yards and 2 scores.  Whatever the situation, Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gayes has found ways to throw the ball downfield.  He may look to Miller again as Denver comes to down, and the likes of Chris Harris Jr. and Aqib Talib cover Martellus Bennett Alshon Jeffery, and the inexperienced Bears wideouts. 

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