2016 NFL Week 11 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups

2016 NFL Week 11 Injury and Bye-Week Subs!

These teams DO NOT play week 11 (bye week):
Atlanta Falcons
Denver Broncos
New York Jets
San Diego Chargers

Running Back (RB)

Ryan Mathews, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 76.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Coach Pederson said that Sproles is now the Dirty Birds' lead back.  He lied.  While Sproles caught 8 targets for 57 yards, he rushed the ball 2 times to Mathews' 19.  Yes, the Falcons have one of the worst defenses in the league.  However, the touches tell the story.  If someone was foolish enough to drop him in your league, grab him NOW.

Rob Kelley, RB, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 45.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Matt Jones was a healthy scratch from the Redskins' roster, meaning the team is ready to turn lead back duties to the 6'0", 225 lb rookie.    He rushed 22 times for 97 yards against a stout Vikings front.  Although the Redskins have searched for answers all season, Kelley might provide enough magic to make something out of nothing.

C.J. Prosise, RB, Seattle Seahawks (currently owned in 30.7% of all ESPN leagues):
This big, do-it-all back out of Notre Dame is the Seahawks' new utility weapon.  He gashed the Pats' defense for 66 yards on 17 carries on the ground, and caught another 7 passes for 87 yards.  At 6'0", 220 lbs, he's a physical specimen that should provide some much-needed punch to a stagnant Seahawks offense.  Grab him now, but monitor Thomas Rawls' health/status.  Prosise's production should depend largely on Rawls' health.  I say "should," because Rawls may not get the starting job back if Prosise continues to perform at such a high level.  For more on C.J. Prosise, check out our rookie running backs article here.

James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 29.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Starks ran 7 times for 33 yards, and caught another 3 passes for 11 yards and a score in Sunday's home loss to the Titans.  Although Mike McCarthy claims to view Ty Montgomery as a 3-down back, this backfield situation is a timeshare.  However, look for Starks to get more involved as the season goes on.  With Eddie Lacy still on IR, Starks could still get plenty of opportunities.

Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 10.5% of all ESPN leagues):
The rookie and former Louisiana Tech Bulldog got heavily involved in the Ravens' air attack, catching 5 passes for 42 yards, while rushing another 6 times for 38 yards.  He wowed during training camp as the best receiver out of the backfield.  At 5'10", 215 lbs, this stocky runner is a physical, dual-threat player out of the backfield.  He's currently a flex add in ppr leagues, but could be worth more if he sees more touches.  For more on Kenneth Dixon, check out our Rookie Running Backs article here.

Jeremy Langford, RB, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 32.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Langford is an injury pickup this week.  Bears' starting back Jordan Howard may have suffered an injury leading to inflamation in his Achilles tendon (ankle).  If Howard can't go, Langford could become fantasy relevant again, sharing a backfield with only Ka'Deem Carey.  Monitor Howard's status this week.

Wide Receiver (WR)

Eli Rogers, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 20.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Rogers has become one of Big Ben's best receiving targets since Eli Rogers went down with a shoulder injury earlier this season.  He has caught 10 targets for 145 yards and a score over the past 2 weeks, and should continue his role as slot receiver as long as Marcus Wheaton can't go.  He also has 2 tasty matchups coming up against Cleveland and Indy.

Rishard Matthews, WR, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 35.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Every touchdown is worth 60 yards, or 6 fantasy points.  Matthews has caught 4 of them in the last 6 weeks.  He should continue the streak against Indy and Chicago in the next couple of weeks, followed by a week 13 bye.

Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 58.0% of all ESPN leagues):
Crowder continues to see plenty of work, catching a touchdown, or more than 100 receiving yards, or both in his last 3 games.  He's been relatively consistent this season so, if you're looking for decent week-to-week production but you can live without eye-popping numbers, Crowder is your guy.

Eddie Royal, WR, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 13.6% of all ESPN leagues):
With Alshon Jeffery suspended for 4 games for Performance Enhancing Drugs, Royal could reprise his role as one of Cutler's more consistent targets dating back to their days on the Broncos.  Royal had his best year in 2008, where he caught 91 passes for 980 yards and 5 touchdowns.  This is a speculative pick up, as their ability to rekindle their connection from once upon a time remains tbd.

Tight End (TE)

Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (currently owned in 36.7% of all ESPN leagues):
As predicted, Brate got more involved in the Bucs' passing attack.  What's more shocking is that he remained a key part of the offense even after Mike Evans returned.  He's caught 15 targets for 149 yards in the last 3 games, and has a touchdown in each of his last 3 games.  He'll look to keep things going against Kansas City this week.  Grab him this week if he's available.

Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 33.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Doyle has proven he can remain an integral part of the offense even with Dwayne Allen healthy.  Grab him if you can. The Colts take on the division-rival Titans this week, at home.  Last time Doyle matched up against the Titans, he caught 9 passes for 78 yards and a score.  He could repeat again this week, if the Colts need to chase points.

Quarterback (QB)

Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 31.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Average Joe looked more comfortable in new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg's system this week than in previous weeks.  He has a couple of things going for him at the moment: 1. The emergence of Kenneth Dixon as a dual-threat backfield receiver, 2. the decision to go hurry-up offense moving forward.  Flacco should be able to run more plays per game and use play-action with the development of a running game.  Look for Flacco's production to continue getting a bump, as he squares off against the Cowboys, division-rival Bengals, and the Dolphins.

Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 14.2% of all ESPN leagues):
The Kaeptain might actually be back for good.  He managed to throw for 210 yards and a score, while rushing for another 55 and another score.  He kept it close against one of the league's elite defenses.  He plays the same brand of schoolyard ball as Russell Wilson, who threw for 348 yards and 3 scores against the Pats.  Kaep will face the same Pats defense this week.  He could be a sneaky streamer this week, and is the best of a bad, bad bunch.

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