2019 NFL Fantasy Football Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

NFL Week 11 Fantasy Football waiver wire, injury, and bye-week help is here!

The following teams have bye weeks and WILL NOT be playing this week:

Green Bay Packers
New York Giants
Seattle Seahawks
Tennessee Titans


RUNNING BACK (RB)

Brian Hill, RB, Atlanta Falcons (currently owned in 0.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Freeman left last week’s game with a foot injury first half and did not return.  Ito Smith was placed on injured reserve which leaves Hill as the next man up.  Tevin Coleman signed with the 49ers this past offseason which leaves a role in the Falcons backfield to be filled.  At 6’1”, 210lbs, Coleman was the Falcons power back who also caught passes out of the backfield.  At 6’1”, 219lbs, Hill plays with a very similar style.  He rushed for just 61 yards on 20 carries, but he also caught a pass for 10 yards and a touchdown against a tough Saints defense.  It’s anyone’s guess when Freeman will be back so Hill will try to keep things rolling against a formidable Panthers front this week.

Derrius Guice, RB, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 38.4% of all ESPN leagues):
The Redskins’ quarterback position is in flux, although Haskins has been named the starter.  However, just because Haskins has the title doesn’t mean he’s any good.  Guice is eligible to return from injured reserve this week, although it remains to be determined how involved he’ll be with the offense or if his workload will be managed.  Still, he’s easily the most talented back in Washington’s offensive backfield and he’s worth rostering in most leagues.

Kalen Ballage, RB, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 25% of all ESPN leagues):
Mark Walton served the first organs of a four game suspension last week which allowed Kalen Ballage to take snaps at lead back.  There’s very little competition for the team’s offensive backfield touches with Drake now in Arizona and Walton sidelined.  He doesn’t play behind the best offensive line, but Fitzmagic has been playing just well enough to force opposing defenses to respect the pass.  This has helped open things up for Ballage underneath.

JD McKissic, RB, Detroit Lions (currently owned in 16.2% of all ESPN leagues):
The Lions are on to their third string running back.  Kerryon has been shut down for the year and Ty Johnson left with a concussion in first half against the Bears.  McKissic was actually a wideout in college so he’s the Lions’ pass catcher who should’ve filled Theo Riddick’s role.  However, he’ll now have a chance to take as many totes as he can. He rushed ten times for just 36 yards last week, but he also caught six passes for 19 yards.  This makes him an asset in PPR leagues.  His next opportunity comes against a tough Vikings front, but he could shine as a pass catcher again.  Keep an eye on Ty Johnson’s status though.  McKissic’s opportunities will be limited by Johnson’s status.

WIDE RECEIVER (WR)

Demaryius Thomas, WR, New York Jets (currently owned in 4.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Thomas was targeted nine times last week which tied his season high.  He caught six of those targets for 84 yards which were also season highs.  In contrast, Robby Anderson has been targeted just seven times in the last two contests and he. caught just three of those targets for 44 yards during that time.  His target share has also declined for the fourth week in a row and his targets tied a season low of just three last week.  It’s becoming clear that Gase might prefer throwing shorter passes to Thomas, the savvy veteran route runner, instead of Anderson, the tall outside threat that can take the top off of defenses.  While Crowder is still the top target, Thomas is emerging as a close second and could continue to get looks in the coming weeks.  The Jets have one of the softest schedules through week 14.

Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 9.8% of all ESPN leagues):
It looks like the South Carolina speedster has climbed above both Goodwin and Pettis on the depth chart.  He looks like a good fit in Shanahan’s offense and provides a desperately needed speed element.  He led the team in targets (11), receptions (8) and receiving yards (112) after Emmanuel Sanders was ruled out for the remainder of the Seahawks game.  Deebo should be a big part of the 49ers passing attack moving forward and should be rostered in all leagues.

DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 44.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Parker was targeted ten times last week which ties his highest mark this year.  He caught five of those targets for 69 yards but failed to reach the end zone.  Fitzmagic has brought some stability to Miami’s QB position which helps Parker’s production.  Parker should continue to see a rise in targets with Preston Williams out for the season and few other viable receiving options.  He’s worth adding and stashing in most leagues and he’ll get the Jets, Giants, and Bengals in weeks 14 through 16 which is arguably the softest fantasy playoff schedule.

James Washington, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 18.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Washington saw logged his highest target share of the season with seven.  He caught six of those seven targets for 90 yards and a touchdown to log 21 fantasy points in PPR leagues.  This type of production wasn’t entirely unexpected given that Washington and Mason Rudolph were teammates at Oklahoma State.  Washington now has ten catches for 159 yards and a touchdown in his last two games.  Maybe it just took time for Rudolph and Washington to click in the Steelers offense and maybe this type of production is a one-time thing, but it’s looking pretty good so far.  The Steelers have one of the easiest fantasy playoff schedules with the Browns twice, Bengals, Cardinals, and Jets all on the docket.

Darius Slayton, WR, New York Giants (currently owned in 12.9% of all ESPN leagues):
***PLEASE NOTE: the New York Giants have a BYE WEEK this week and DO JOT PLAY***
The Giants’ receiving options continue to dwindle due to injury, but young guys like Darius Slayton have continued to step up.  The young wideout has a career day snagging 10 of his 14 targets for 121 yards and a couple of touchdowns.  If Shepard and Engram both remain sidelined, Slayton could see a healthy target share again during week 12 when the Giants travel to Chicago to take on the Bears.

TIGHT END (TE)

Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings (currently owned in 32.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Kyle Rudolph is quietly having one of the best few weeks in fantasy football.  He’s logged five targets or more in three of his last four games with Adam Thielen sidelined with a hamstring injury.  More importantly, most of his targets come in the red zone where he’s converted four of those targets to touchdowns.  Yes, Rudolph is averaging one touchdown per game in his last four games.  He caught two of them last week against the Cowboys and even caught a two point conversion.  Buyer beware: Rudolph’s production does depend on him getting in the endzone as well as Thielen’s availability.  Sure, the Vikings have asked Rudolph to block a lot more this season, but he’s still a solid red zone target that could help fantasy owners out as long as Thielen can’t go.

Mike Gesicki, TE, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 12.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Gesicki’s production is similar to Rudolph’s in that it depended on Preston Williams’ availability, except Preston Williams is out for the year.  With that said, the athletic Penn State product was targeted six times for the second week in a row and should continue to get plenty of looks if DeVante Parker draws most of the coverage.  The Dolphins don’t have many other viable receiving threats and Ryan Fitzpatrick prefers throwing to big, athletic targets who can get open like his tight ends (check Cameron Brate and OJ Howard).  Gesicki is worth stashing.

Ryan Griffin, TE, New York Jets (currently owned in 1% of all ESPN leagues):
With Chris Herndon now out for the season, Ryan Griffin can now secure the position to be his own.  Although he caught just one pass for -2 yards against the Giants, he saw his targets climb steadily from week 5 against the Eagles until week 8 against the Dolphins.  He caught 14 of his 18 targets for 147 yards and two touchdowns during that time and his target share should rise given the way Gase uses his tight ends.  He’s a bit of a dart throw at this point, but his production has been trending upward.  He’s worth stashing at a position where there isn’t much depth.

Jacob Hollister, TE, Seattle Seahawks (currently owned in 3.9% of all ESPN leagues):
***PLEASE NOTE: the Seattle Seahawks have a BYE WEEK this week and DO NOT PLAY***
Will Dissly is out for the Season and Luke Wilson left the 49ers game with a hamstring injury.  Hollister stepped up again and caught 8 passes for 62 yards and a score.  It’s hard to argue with 16 targets, 12 catches, 99 yards, and three touchdowns over his last two games.  Hollister is quickly becoming a reliable target for Wilson, especially during scramble drills where Wilson is being chased around and the pocket collapses.  Hollister could continue to thrive with Lockett and Metcalf drawing most of the coverage.

QUARTERBACK (QB)

Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders (currently owned in 36.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Carr has been playing some of his best football these past four weeks.  He’s been averaging over 270 yards and two touchdowns per game while committing just two turnovers during that time.  He has some nice matchups coming up with the Jets, Chiefs, and Bengals and he could help his owners make a push for the playoffs.  Buyer beware: the Raiders could go run heavy and put the game in Josh Jacobs’ hands which means Carr could end up with a dud like he did last week.  Nevertheless, he has some of the best receiving options in the league in Waller, Williams, Renfrow and Moreau.  Although his floor is low, his ceiling is high.

Kyle Allen, QB, Carolina Panthers (currently owned in 10.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Allen will take on the division rival Falcons this week and face one of the softest secondaries in the league.  Allen has been the beneficiary of a great system.  He’s thrown just 4 picks to 9 touchdowns and is averaging an 87.8 passer rating through six starts this season.  Cam was placed on injured reserve so it’s Allen’s show to run for the rest of the season.  He has the Falcons twice, the Redskins, and a Seahawks secondary that can also be thrown on.

STREAMING OPTIONS

Sam Darnold, QB, New York Jets (currently owned in 11.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Darnold is the recipient of a very soft matchup this week.  The Redskins have clearly phoned it in and their secondary has struggled to gel or cover anyone all season.  Darnold could have a sneaky big game this week.

Dwayne Haskins, QB, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 1.2% of all ESPN leagues):
On the other side of the game nobody will be watching this week is Dwayne Haskins.  The rookie Redskin has struggled to get any offense going and has drawn criticism about readiness and playmaking ability.  The Redskins defense isn’t much good either so they might need to sling it to keep up with all of the weapons the Jets have on offense.  If Haskins can get on the same page as his former Buckeye teammate and fellow rookie Terry McLaurin, Haskins could have a decent game.  This is option is only for the very desperate, but it does have potential.

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST)

Dallas Cowboys (currently owned in 53.4% of all ESPN leagues):
The Dallas Cowboys surrendered 28 points to the Minnesota Vikings last week without generating a single turnover. However, this week for a much softer matchup against the Detroit Lions. Their leaky offensive line and their back up at quarterback combine for a pretty good matchup.  Moreover, the lions are down to their third string running back ounce opposing defenses couldn’t simply collect pocket and hopefully pressure Jeff Driscoll into making a mistake.  Moreover, the lions are down to their third string running back and opposing defenses can simply collapse the pocket and hopefully pressure backup QB Jeff Driskel into making a mistake.

STREAMING OPTIONS

New York Jets (currently owned in 21.8% of all ESPN leagues):
The Jets proved they could stop Saquon Barkley and still generate fantasy points from turnovers and returns for touchdowns.  Their matchup this week doesn’t have much of a running game or offensive line, and their quarterback has been a turnover machine.  The Jets defense is worth streaming against the Redskins this week.

Washington Redskins (currently owned in 8.5% of all ESPN leagues):
On the flip side of a really bad matchup is a Refskins defense that could be a sneaky start this week.  Rookie Montez Sweat and Brian Kerrigan could give a banged up Jets offensive line a hard time this week.  Darnold has been a turnover machine which could pay dividends for fantasy managers desperate enough to take a chance with this Redskins defense.

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