2018 NFL Fantasy Football Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

2018 NFL Fantasy Football Free Agent Finds, Waiver Wire Pickups, and Bye Week Subs

The following teams have BYE WEEKS and DO NOT PLAY this week:
Buffalo Bills
Cleveland Browns
Miami Dolphins
New England Patriots
New York Jets
San Francisco 49ers

RUNNING BACKS: Royce Freeman, Mike Davis, Rashaad Penny, Jalen Richard, Theo Riddick, Kapri Bibbs, Jacquizz Rodgers

WIDE RECEIVERS: Marquez Valdez-Scantling, Anthony Miller, Josh Reynolds, Danny Amendola, Tyrell Williams, Willie Snead, Chris Godwin, Maurice Harris

TIGHT ENDS: Vance McDonald, C.J. Uzomah

QUARTERBACKS: Dak Prescott, Eli Manning

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS: Arizona Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts


RUNNING BACKS:

Royce Freeman, RB, Denver Broncos (currently owned in 49.8% of all ESPN leagues):
In sports, the best ability is availability.  If a player can't play, they can't produce.  This is the case for Freeman, who has seen his fantasy ownership drop to just under 50%.  It shouldn't be forgotten that Denver's backfield is still a timeshare, with Freeman playing the role of power back.  He's had 3 weeks off (including a bye week) and is expected to return this week against the Chargers.

Mike Davis, RB, Seattle Seahawks (currently owned in 45.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Davis generator just 58 yards on 11 carries as he split carries with Rashaad Penny.  Davis was mostly ineffective early in the game so head coach Pete Carroll decided to switch things up. This may not be a sign of things to come, has Davis may still maintain the lead back role.  Prospective owners can pick Davis up, but maybe not start him, especially after Chris Carson comes back.  The Seahawks to have some run-friendly matchups coming up.

Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle Seahawks (currently owned in 13% of all ESPN leagues):
Penny is on and just 13% of all ESPN leagues, and with good reason. He didn't do much with the opportunity that he was given earlier in the year, which yielded an opportunity for Mike Davis and Chris Carson to step up. However thanks to the injury to Carson, Penny split time of the backfield this past week with Mike Davis taking 12 totes for 108 yards and a touchdown, while Mike Davis generator just 58 yards on 11 carries. At the stage, Penny remains a dart throw because his role is to be determined when Carson returns to the lineup. However, those in deeper leagues should roll the dice on Penny, especially in PPR leagues.

Jalen Richard, RB, Oakland Raiders (currently owned in 49.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Richard is owned in just under half of all fantasy leagues and has carved out a role for himself as the Raiders received back. Seeing as how Oakland is unable to stop most teams from scoring points, Richard figures to see a consistent role.  The Raiders will need to move the chains and will be playing from behind in most cases so they'll need to dump it off for short gains.  Richard has averaged more than 5 catches and just under 50 yards a carry in the last 3 weeks.

Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions (currently owned in 19.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Riddick is back on fantasy radars, especially in PPR leagues.  He snagged six targets for 60 yards in a loss to the Bears last Sunday at Soldier Field.  The lions got behind early so they decided to throw the ball a little more to try and move it up field. It's tough to roster Riddick and anything more than PPR leagues because kerryon Johnson is the lead back with LeGarrette Blount getting the majority of the goal-line work. This means Riddick is reduced to a receiving role and may not get many touches if the Lions have a lead and are trying to eat up the clock.  However the Lions secondary is banged up and Detroit could be playing from behind often.  The should open up more opportunities for Riddick.

Kapri Bibbs, RB, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 3.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Bibbs has an opportunity to get on the field as long as Chris Thompson remains out. Thompson has struggled with injuries in the past and has played just one of Washington's last five games. Bibbs should be on the field more often to fill Thompson's role as the past catching back, especially since the Redskins offensive line is dinged up and Alex Smith needs to dump it off more quickly.  Deb's is more of a speculative add at this point but those in PPR leagues can stash Bibbs as a Chris Thompson handcuff.  Buyer beware: Bibbs' production can be touchdown dependent, making him a boom or bust prospect.

Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (currently owned in 0.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Rogers is owned in less than 1% of all ESPN leads, and with good reason.  He's clearly not the lead back in the Buccaneers backfield, so his touches could be few and far in between.  However, it should be noted that he caught 8 passes for 102 yards.  Potential owners should know that this may not always be the case, so they should proceed with caution.  Nevertheless, it looks like he's finally carving a receiving roll out for himself so he's worth a speculative add and deeper PPR leagues.

WIDE RECEIVERS:

Marquez Valdez-Scantling, WR, Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 64.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Valdez-Scantling is on this list even though he is rostered in over half of all ESPN leagues because he deserves to be rostered in all leagues in all formats.  Injuries to both Allison and Cobb have opened up a door of opportunity for the young wide receiver who should get additional looks for the rest of the season.  He has either had 100 receiving yards or a touchdown in four of his last five games and the production should continue as he will draw the weaker matchup of defensive backs.  Grab him immediately if he's available.

Anthony Miller, WR, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 13.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Miller and his quarterback finally look like they're on the same page.  Trubisky has over thrown him week after week, but Miller should be more open and in a better position to catch passes now with the return of Allen Robinson.  That connection was on display this week as Miller snagged 5 of his 6 targets for 122 yards and a touchdown.  They'll need to continue to connect this week in order to win a divisional matchup against a high-flying Vikings offense.

Josh Reynolds, WR, Los Angeles Rams (currently owned in 1.1% of all ESPN leagues):
The Rams lost a key piece of their offense for the season when Cooper Kupp tore his ACL against the Seahawks.  Kupp opened things up for Cooks and Woods when he was on the field.  To find a replacement, potential owners need to look back to week 8's matchup against the Packers.  Reynolds was targeted a season high five times, snagging in 3 of those targets for 42 yards.  Most importantly, 2 of those receptions resulted in touchdowns.  He could have a similar role in Sean McVay's high-flying offense.  The Rams will need to post a lot of points to win until Talking comes back to solidify their defense, and Reynolds should be part of that formula.

Danny Amendola, WR, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 44.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Amendola has caught at least 5 passes in his last 5 games, giving him a decent PPR floor.  He's been arguably the most consistent pass catcher in the Dolphins' receiving corps, and should continue to be targeted given all of the injuries to said receiving corps.  He's worth adding in deeper PPR leagues.

Tyrell Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers (currently owned in 35.8% of all ESPN leagues):
There's a saying that three of the same occurrences is a trend.  In Williams' case he has scored either a touchdown or had over 100 receiving yards or both in three of his last five games and this trend should continue.  Unfortunately, there have been times in his career where his fantasy production has been touchdown dependent.  This both drops his floor as well as raises his ceiling.  While he doesn't have the most favorable schedule, Keenan Allen should draw an of coverage away from Williams to allow him to get open.  Melvin Gordon has also struggled with some injuries this season which could also open a door of opportunity that could give Williams additional touches. He could be a speculative add or a deep league stash, but the prospects of his production are looking good either way.

Willie Snead, WR, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 22.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Willie Snead has quietly averaged 9 targets per game in his last 4 games.  Even though he hasn't reached paydirt since week 1, he has a high floor in PPR leagues with such a steady volume.  He's available in roughly 3/4 of all ESPN leagues and could be a good bye week sub in deeper leagues.

Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (currently owned in 42.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Godwin got back on fantasy Radars this week by snagging seven targets for 103 yards.  Sure, he failed to reach the end zone, but he has been one of Ryan Fitzpatrick's more trusted targets and is one of the better wideouts on the team.  He's still worth a look in leagues of 12 teams or more.

Maurice Harris, WR, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 9.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Harris was once again heavily involved in the Redskins' passing attack, as expected.  While he didn't have as many looks as he did last week, he reeled in all 5 of his targets for 52 yards.  He's a great PPR add at the moment, but should continue to be involved even after Jamison Crowder returns thanks to his versatility. 

TIGHT END:

Vance McDonald, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 47% of all ESPN leagues):
McDonald faces off against Jacksonville this week and will likely be a part of the game plan to try and help neutralize the Jaguars pass rush.  In addition, the Jaguars have been relatively generous to good opposing tight ends, like Eric Ebron who had a hat trick against Jacksonville last week.  This increases the fantasy upside for the Steelers blocker and pass catcher.  McDonald caught 4 passes for 44 yards and a touchdown last week against the Panthers, and will try to keep things rolling in a matchup with playoff implications this week.

C.J. Uzomah, TE, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 24.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Uzomah has filled in admirably with Eifert and Kroft being out.  This week won't be any different.  The Bengals face one of the top defenses in the league and Dalton will need to dump it off as quickly as possible.  This could put him in line for a larger role than usual, adding to his upside.  He's been up and down as far as his targets are concerned, but that could change this week since the Bengals are without A.J. Green.

QUARTERBACK:

Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys (currently owned in 30.2% of all ESPN leagues):
While Prescott doesn't consistently post elite fantasy passing numbers, he can move the ball on the ground hurt opponents with his legs.  He's scored rushing touchdowns in 3 of his last 4 games.  Amari Cooper is slowly coming online and should boost Prescott's numbers significantly, especially this week against Atlanta's porous pass defense.  He creeps into the QB1 conversation this week and beyond.

Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants (currently owned in 11.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Manning is certainly worth rostering this week at least as a streaming option.  He'll have a full complement of receiving options at his disposal, including the elite Odell Beckham Jr., and he'll face off against the worst pass defense in the league.  For once, it's completely fair to expect great things from the Giants' tenured quarterback.  Manning is poised to have a big week this week.

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS:

Arizona Cardinals (currently owned in 15.7% of all ESPN leagues):
The Cardinals managed to hold the normally explosive Kansas City Chiefs to just 26 points last week.  With Pat Mahomes at the helm and multiple weapons in use, it was tough for the Cardinals to force turnovers.  They get a much easier matchup this week against a struggling Raiders offense.

Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 24.8% of all ESPN leagues):
The Colts have quietly been one of the better defenses this year.  They'll face off against a Titans offense that has struggled for most of this season.

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