2020 NFL Fantasy Football Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

 NFL Week 11 Fantasy Football BYE WEEK, waiver wire and injury help is here!

The following teams have BYE WEEKS in week 11 (this week):
Buffalo Bills
Chicago Bears
New York Giants
San Francisco 49ers

RUNNING BACKS (RB): Damien Harris, Devontae Booker, Nyheim Hines, Salvon Ahmed

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR): Michael Pittman, Jakobi Meyers, Allen Lazard, Marvin Hall, Denzel Mims, Cole Beasley

TIGHT ENDS (TE): Dallas Goedert, Logan Thomas, Mike Gesicki

QUARTERBACK (QB): Tua Tagovailoa, Teddy Bridgewater, Phillip Rivers, Alex Smith

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST): Los Angeles Rams, Dallas Cowboys 
RUNNING BACKS (RB): 

Damien Harris, RB, New England Patriots (currently owned in 44.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Harris continues to handle the bulk of the Patriots carries but he’s owned in just 44.4% of all leagues.  He should continue to see his usage increase as he continues to get healthy.  He’ll also have some decent matchups against the Texans, Cardinals, and Chargers coming up, who are all average at best when defending opposing backfields.  He’ll try to get in the endzone for the second time this season against a Texans rush defense that’s surrendered the second most yards to opposing backfields this season.  

Devontae Booker, RB, Oakland Raiders (currently owned in 1.4% of all ESPN leagues):
The former Denver Bronco exacted his revenge on the team that drafted and then cut him.  Booker carried the ball 16 times for 81 yards and a pair of scores last week.  It looks like the Raiders have decided to go run heavy which has made Booker fantasy-relevant once again.  He’s carried the ball 24 times for 149 yards and 3 touchdowns in his last two games.  He’s averaged an efficient 6.2 yards per carry during that stretch.  Although Booker hasn’t been the lead back for the Raiders backfield, such efficient touches mean two running backs could have good fantasy production.  He’s definitely worth adding in deeper leagues and he’ll have some decent matchups against the Jets, Falcons and division rival Chiefs in the coming weeks.  

Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 41.2% of all ESPN leagues):
In true timeshare fashion, coach Frank Reich decided to roll with the hot hand.  For the second time in 3 games, Hines found the endzone twice in one game.  That’s right, Hines scores twice against the Lions, posted a dud against the Ravens, and scored twice last week against the Titans.  It’s tough to know who coach Reich will roll with for the duration of the game, since he uses Taylor, Wilkins, and Hines in the first quarter and then goes with whoever is doing well.  Hines is only worth getting in the lineup for truly desperate, but a lot of owners are desperate with Covid and injuries ravaging the league.  He’ll have an average Packers run defense this week, followed by a home rematch against the Titans at home, and then he’ll have the Texans, Raiders, and Texans again to finish the fantasy season. 

Salvon Ahmed, RB, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 0.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Filled in well for a Dolphins backfield that was without Gaskins and Breida due to injury.  He logged 21 carries for 85 yards and a touchdown and added another 5 yards on a catch.  This wasn’t much of a surprise since Jordan Howard has struggled running behind the Dolphins offensive line.  With Gaskin out at least one more week and Breida hobbled with a hamstring injury, Ahmed will probably lead the ‘Fins backfield for at least one more game against a Broncos front that just gave up 193 yards, four touchdowns, and an average of 5.2 yards per carry to the Raiders running backs last week.  Ahmed is a great streaming option this week. 

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR): 

Michael Pittman, WR, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 5% of all ESPN leagues):
Pittman easily had the best game of his young career.  The rookie pulled in 7 of his 8 targets for 101 yards even though he failed to find the endzone.  Like other NFL quarterbacks and speed receivers this year, Rivers did not have a preseason to develop his timing with speedster T.Y. Hilton at in-game speeds.  Therefore, the 6’4”, 223lb rookie should continue to have an expanded role in Frank Reich’s offense and should easily be Rivers’ top target moving forward.  He’ll have the Packers’ middling pass defense, a home rematch against the Titans, then 2 games against a porous Texans defense with the Raiders in between to finish the fantasy season.  He could help fantasy teams get into the playoffs and beyond.  For more on what the rookie did during his college career at USC, check out our Rookies and Redshirts entry here.

Jakobi Meyers, WR, New England Patriots (currently owned in 22.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Meyers had a bit of a tough outing in a rainy, windy matchup in Foxborough where he posted an otherwise average stat line, but managed to salvage his fantasy outing by throwing a dime to Rex Burkhead for a touchdown.  Yes, Meyers played quarterback in high school.  He should still be a reliable source of fantasy production especially this week against a soft Texans secondary.  

Allen Lazard, WR, Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 31.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Although Lazard wasn’t activated from injured reserve in an easy matchup vs the Jaguars, he could come back this week against the Colts.  It would be his first action since a 6 catch, 146 yard, 1 touchdown outing against the Saints in week 3.  The Packers need a reliable deep threat since Adams gets most of the attention in coverage, and Lazard provides just that.  He’ll line up against a tough Colts coverage unit this week but he’ll be catching passes from potential MVP candidate Aaron Rodgers who can deliver dimes.

Marvin Hall, WR, Detroit Lions (currently owned in 0.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Hall proved he could be a deep threat for a Lions offense that’s needed one since Golladay was sidelined.  The Lions don’t have much of a defense which means Stafford will need to sling it if the Lions need to try to keep up with opposing offenses.  Hall brought in 2 passes for 61 yards and a touchdown last week against a decent Washington coverage unit.  He should have at least a couple of good games as he’ll travel to Carolina to take on the Panthers suspect secondary, and he should be able to take advantage of a soft Texans coverage unit.  Of note, the contracts for Marvin Jones and Danny Amendola are both up at the end of the year. Marvin Hall has proven he can be a big play down field threat, so he’s worth stashing in dynasty leagues since he’ll be third in Stafford’s progression if the Lions don’t draft another wideout.

Denzel Mims, WR, New York Jets (currently owned in 4.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Now that Mims is healthy, he’s flying up the depth chart.  He was targeted 8 times in his prime time debut and brought in 4 of those passes for 62 yards.  The 6’3”, 203lb wideout posted a 4.38 40 and is a great pairing with Joe Flacco’s arm.  He can get downfield, track the ball, go up and get it, and he’s arguably the most talented wideout on the Jets’ receiving corps.  The second round rookie will have the suspect secondaries of the Chargers, Dolphins, Raiders, and Seahawks in the coming weeks, so he could be a sneaky sleeper that will help his fantasy teams into the playoffs.  For more on what the rookie did during his college career at Baylor, check out our Rookies and Redshirts entry here.

Cole Beasley, WR, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 46.7% of all ESPN leagues):
**PLEASE NOTE: The Buffalo Bills have a BYE WEEK this week and they DO NOT PLAY.
Beasley had a big day, especially in PPR leagues.  The Bills’ possession receiver was heavily targeted thanks to constant pressure from the Cardinals pass rush and an injury to John Brown.  He reeled in 11 of his targets for 109 yards and a touchdown in a heartbreaking loss in the desert.  He’ll be a PPR maven as long as John Brown remains sidelined. 

TIGHT ENDS (TE): 

Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 52.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Although Goedert was held to just 4 catches for 33 yards by an underrated Giants coverage unit last week, Goedert is still worth rostering.  He’s still one of Wentz’s favorite targets and should get a bump in production when Ertz returns.  

Logan Thomas, TE, Washington Football Team (currently owned in 20.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Thomas has been targeted 12 times in his last 2 games, and he’s caught 7 of those targets for 94 yards.  He’s easily one of the biggest targets on the field and, while he’s not an elite tight end, he’s certainly serviceable.  Alex Smith came out throwing last week against a soft Lions coverage unit and Thomas was second on the team in catches and receiving yards.  He has a fairly easy schedule for the rest of the season Including the Cowboys, Bengals, Seahawks, 49ers, and Panthers.  Don’t be fooled by the Steelers coverage unit.  They’ve only been average against good passing attacks this season.

Mike Gesicki, TE, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 55.2% of all ESPN leagues):
The ‘Fins have certainly gone run-heavy to help Tua get acclimated to the pro level.  The rookie signal callers attempted just 15 of his 25 attempts.  Like Logan Thomas, Gesicki presents a big target for his quarterback and he’ll be second in the progression after Parker.  He pulled in just 2 of his targets for 40 yards, but his numbers should trend upward with a favorable schedule that includes the Broncos, Jets, and Bengals.  

QUARTERBACK (QB): 

Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 32.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Tua has been a serviceable option through his first 2 starts.  He’s shown decent mobility on the ground and he’s thrown for 4 touchdowns and just one pick in his last 2 games.  His stats should continue to trend up as he gets more comfortable with his receiving options at game speed, and he has 3 decent matchups coming up including the Broncos, Jets, and Bengals who have all been average at best covering the pass.  He should be rostered in all 2QB leagues and he’s worth a look in all formats.  

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Carolina Panthers (currently owned in 37.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Bridgewater was limited by an aggressive Buccaneers pass rush to just 136 yards and 2 touchdowns through the air, but he also rushed for another touchdown.  He was forced out of the game in the 4th quarter due to a sprained MCL.  Thankfully, head coach Matt Rhule says he’s day to day.  He’ll have a great matchup against the Lions who just surrendered 390 passing yards to Alex Smith and Washington.  He’ll have Minnesota after that, followed by a bye.

Phillip Rivers, QB, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 12.3% of all ESPN leagues):
While Rivers has struggled at times this season, he might finally have a full compliment of receiving options to throw to this week that includes rising rookie Michael Pittman, a healthy T.Y. Hilton, and most of his tight ends.  He’ll face a Packers defense that’s held opposing signal callers to roughly 241 yards and just 1.5 touchdowns, but has struggled against good quarterbacks.  He’ll need to sling it to keep up with a high powered Packers offense and he has some decent upside this week. 

Alex Smith, QB, Washington Football Team (currently owned in 5.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Smith appeared to be in mid-season form as he posted 390 yards through the air on a porous Lions secondary.  Although he failed to find the endzone, the fact that he posted such a high yardage total is a great sign for Washington and its pass catchers as he continues to get acclimated to his new receivers at game speed.  He’ll have a couple more high upside matchups coming up against the Bengals and the division rival Cowboys.  At the very least, he’s worth streaming this week against a Bengals defense that’s given up an average of 269 yards, over 2 touchdowns, and a 96.4 rating to opposing signal callers.

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST): 

Los Angeles Rams (currently owned in 54.3% of all ESPN leagues):
The Rams picked off Russell Wilson twice last week and effectively shut down high flying Seahawks offense last week.  They’ll have another challenging matchup this week against the Buccaneers in what could be an NFC Championship preview.  The Buccaneers could also be without newly acquired wideout Antonio Brown, but Aaron Donald and company should be able to get plenty of pressure against a young, average offensive line.  In addition, they’ll face a backup quarterback in Nick Mullens, a struggling Patriots offense, followed by the Buccaneers and Seahawks to finish the fantasy season.  This defensive unit should be rostered for the rest of the season.

Dallas Cowboys (currently owned in 8.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Although this defensive unit is one of the worst in the NFL, this is at least a unit to keep an eye on.  They held a normally explosive Steelers offense to just 9 points before surrendering 15 in the 4th quarter.  Randy Gregory, Aldon Smith, and DeMarcus Lawrence are getting it done up front, and Vander Esch’s return gives this defensive unit a big boost in the middle.  They’ll face some subpar offenses in the coming weeks which offer additional upside. Finally, Andy Dalton could return this week which will help with time of possession and give the defense more rest between series.  This defense could be sneaky good for the rest of the season.  

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