2021 NFL Fantasy Football Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

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

Teams ON BYE this week, week 11: 
Denver Broncos
Los Angeles Rams

RUNNING BACKS (RB): AJ Dillon, Mark Ingram, Rhamondre Stevenson, D’onta Foreman, Jordan Howard, Ty Johnson

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR): Rashod Bateman, Marcus Johnson, Robby Anderson, Jamal Agnew, Elijah Moore, Van Jefferson, 

TIGHT ENDS (TE): Pat Freiermuth, Dan Arnold, Hunter Henry

QUARTERBACKS (QB): Cam Newton, Jimmy Garoppolo, Mac Jones, Case Keenum 

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST): Tennessee Titans (vs Houston), Green Bay Packers (at Vikings), Seattle Seahawks (vs Cardinals), San Francisco 49ers (at Jaguars), Kansas City Chiefs (vs Dallas)

RUNNING BACKS (RB): 

AJ Dillon, RB, Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 59.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Dillon is a priority pickup this week after Aaron Jones left last week with a sprained MCL.  He could be sidelined for at least the next couple of games.  Dillon will be asked to carry the load for a team that doesn’t have much depth at running back.  Teams still need to respect Rodgers’ ability to throw the ball which means Dillon should face plenty of light boxes.  He’ll take on the Vikings and Rams before a week 13 bye. Then he’ll take on the Bears, Ravens and Browns during fantasy playoffs. He carried the ball 21 times for 66 yards and 2 touchdowns and he brought in a pair of passes for 62 yards.

Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints (currently owned in 66.8% of all ESPN leagues): 
Ingram is still available in roughly 35% of all ESPN leagues which means he is underowned and undervalued. Given the lack of the Saints’ receiving options, Ingram should continue to have a big role in the offense and he’s one of the most valuable handcuffs in fantasy football. With Alvin Kamara being a late scratch last week, Ingram stepped in admirably and cored his first touchdown since rejoining the Saints.  He took 14 totes for 47 yards and a touchdown and brought in 4 of his 7 targets for another 61 yards.  He’ll try to keep things rolling this week against the Eagles and he should continue getting plenty of work if Kamara remains sidelined.  

Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, New England Patriots (currently owned in 9.9% of all ESPN leagues): 
Damien Harris was ultimately ruled out with a concussion this week which ultimately opened the door for Stevenson to start.  The rookie responded by carrying the ball 20 times for 100 yards, a pair of touchdowns and a healthy 5.0 yards per carry average in a blowout of the Browns.  Stevenson is a one cut downhill power back who can pound it between the tackles.  The 6’0”, 246 pound rookie will have more opportunities against a soft Falcons front this week.  For more on what he did during his time as a Sooner, check out our running back rookies and redshirts section here!

D’onta Foreman, RB, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 1.5% of all ESPN leagues): 
Foreman was drafted by the Texans the same year as Alvin Kamara, but was ultimately cast out as a bust who dealt with off field issues.  However, it was Foreman who ultimately led the Titans with 11 carries this week.  Peterson will be a hall of famer, but the Titans’ backfield is shaping up to be a timeshare with a 3 way split because Peterson might not be able to handle the full load himself.  Foreman carried the ball 11 times for just 30 yards and brought in both of his targets for 48 yards against a stingy Saints front.  He’ll have more opportunities and a potential revenge game next week against his division rival Texans.

Jordan Howard, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 37.2% of all ESPN leagues): 
Howard was a volume runner 2 weeks ago who led the Eagles backfield with 17 carries and a touchdown 2 weeks ago against the Chargers.  However, the load was more evenly split last week against the Broncos.  Howard has still scored 3 touchdowns in his last 3 games and he could get most of the goal line work as he is the bigger back.  He’ll face a stout Saints front this week before the schedule eases up with the Giants and Jets.  He has a week 14 bye.  

Ty Johnson, RB, New York Jets (currently owned in 17.6% of all ESPN leagues): 
Johnson remains heavily involved in the Jets passing game.  He’s become a quality safety valve for his young signal callers over the last 4 weeks.  He’s been targeted 6 times or more in 3 of his last 4 games and he’s scored touchdowns in 2 of his last 4.  He was targeted a season high 8 times in a blowout loss to the Bills.  He has some fantasy friendly matchups against the Dolphins, Texans and Eagles leading into the fantasy playoffs.  

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR): 

Rashod Bateman, WR, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 32.5% of all ESPN leagues): 
Bateman was targeted 8 times this week for the second week in a row.  He’s averaged 7 targets per game in his last 4 games since making his NFL debut.  He’s a quality receiving option who has volume and a growing rapport with Lamar Jackson.  He logged a season high 6 catches for 80 yards against the Dolphins last week.  He’ll face an injured Bears secondary this week and he could find the endzone for his first NFL touchdown.

Jamal Agnew, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 8.1% of all ESPN leagues): 
Analysts initially thought Laviska Shenault would become Urban Meyer’s gadget and big play guy, but it’s actually Agnew who has filled that role.  Agnew’s horrendous catch rate continues as he was targeted 5 times and didn’t bring in a single target.  However, he produced on manufactured touches.  He took 3 carries for 79 yards and a touchdown against a tough Colts defense.  He’s now scored touchdowns in 2 of his last 3 games and he’ll try to build on his success against the 49ers and Falcons.  

Robby Anderson, WR, Carolina Panthers (currently owned in 51.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Robby Anderson is back!  Well, sort of.  Anderson saw his fantasy ownership decline as Sam Darnold struggled under center and eventually got hurt.  He averaged 9.5 targets per game through a 4 game stretch, and then it dropped off to just 2 targets in the following 2 games.  However, it looks like Cam is back, per Cam Newton, and Carolina finally has someone who can deliver touchdowns again because Anderson pulled in 4 of his 6 targets for 37 yards and a touchdown.  He’ll have Washington, the Dolphins and Falcons next with a week 13 bye mixed in.  

Marcus Johnson, WR, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 0% of all ESPN leagues): 
Marcus Johnson is owned in exactly zero ESPN leagues.  That’s right, the 6’1”, 207lb target who brought in 5 of his 6 targets to hit the century mark is available literally in every league.  Jonnu Smith’s departure and Julio Jones’ hamstring injury have left the Titans starved for quality receiving options.  Johnson will try to build on his success at home against the Texans next week.  He’s a deep league dart throw that should be rostered, but not started until he posts consistent numbers.  

Van Jefferson, WR, Los Angeles Rams (currently owned in 55.1% of all ESPN leagues): 
*****The Rams have a BYE WEEK this week, week 11. Therefore they DO NOT PLAY this week*****
The loss of Robert Woods for the season was a big blow to the Rams offense that now finds itself leaning almost exclusively on Cooper Kupp and Tyler Higbee for production in the passing game.  OBJ just joined the team and will need time to get up to speed.  In the meantime, Jefferson brought in 3 of his 7 targets for 54 yards in a losing effort to the 49ers on Monday night.  He’s averaged nearly 7 yards per target so the  volume has been there.  He has a bye this week but he’ll take on the Packers, Jaguars, Cardinals, Seahawks and Vikings for the remainder of the fantasy season.  

TIGHT ENDS (TE): 

Pat Freiermuth, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 46.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Freiermuth posted an absolute dud on a miserable day at Heinz Field after Big Ben was ruled out due to Covid-19 protocol.  There wasn’t much the rookie tight end could do with Mason Rudolph delivering passes and the soggy conditions making handling the football all but impossible.  He brought in 5 of his 9 targets for just 31 yards and fumbled on the last play of the game to seal the tie for the Steelers.  The volume and target share should continue to be there for “Muth” moving forward though.  Juju will be out for the year, Claypool could stay sidelined with a toe injury, and Big Ben rarely heaves the ball downfield anymore.  The Steelers receiving options will also face some of the softest secondaries in the coming weeks which could mean some big games for the young pass catcher.  

Dan Arnold, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 26.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Arnold continues to deliver especially in PPR leagues.  Inexperienced quarterbacks love big, athletic targets who can catch the ball and that’s exactly what Dan Arnold is.  He’s been targeted 7 times or more in 4 of his last 5 games and his season has really gotten going especially after he was traded to Jacksonville.  The rest of his fantasy schedule is a bit of a mixed bag, but Arnold’s target share makes him a viable streaming option in all formats.  

Hunter Henry, TE, New England Patriots (currently owned in 53.5% of all ESPN leagues): 
Henry might be the epitome of the boom or bust redzone target.  He brought in another 2 touchdowns yesterday and he’s found the endzone in 6 of his last 7 contests.  Again, young, inexperienced signal callers like big athletic targets especially down near the goal line.  Henry and the Pats will face the Falcons, Bills and Titans before their week 14 bye.  

QUARTERBACKS (QB): 

Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers (currently owned in 12.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Cam is “baaaaaaack,” as he so eloquently put it last week.  He’s reported to prep as the starter and take most of the practice snaps with the first unit.  He brings swagger to a Panthers team that desperately needed some.  He completed his only pass attempt to Robby Anderson for a touchdown and he carried the ball 3 times for 14 yards and another touchdown.  Cam will have plenty of opportunities whether it’s from manufactured or conventional touches.  He’ll take on a Washington defense this week that’s been one of the worst in the league and just lost Chase Young for the season to a torn ACL.  He’ll also have fantasy friendly matchups against the soft secondaries of the Falcons and Dolphins. 

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 10% of all ESPN leagues):
Jimmy G did enough to help his team to a victory against a typically dominant Rams defense.  He completed 15 of his 19 touchdowns for 182 yards and a pair of touchdowns.  His ceiling is raised with the return of a full compliment of receiving options in Deebo, Aiyuk, and Kittle’s return.  He’s a high floor, low ceiling option that has some soft matchups coming up against the Jaguars, Vikings, Seahawks, Bengals, Falcons and Titans to finish the year.  

Mac Jones, QB, New England Patriots (currently owned in 14% of all ESPN leagues):
Mac Jones looks better and better every week and this week was no exception.  He took care of the ball this week and completed 19 of his 23 attempts for 198 yards and a career high 3 scores against a stingy Browns pass defense.  He can be rostered and started this week against a Falcons pass defense that’s among the worst in the league, and he’ll face the Titans and Bills before a week 14 bye.  All 3 games have playoff implications so Jones will need to bring his A game to help his team to better playoff seeding.

STREAMING OPTION: 

Case Keenum, QB, Cleveland Browns (currently owned in 0.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Keenum is traditionally known as a game manager and he proved he was in a dink and dunk offense last week after Baker left a blowout game with an injury.  Keenum connected 8 times on 12 tosses for 81 yards.  If Baker can’t go this week, Keenum is a decent streaming option against a Lions defense that’s been average, but lost pass rusher Trey Flowers and potentially Tracy Walker. 

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST):

Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 45.5%of all ESPN leagues):
Jeffery Simmons, Harold Landry, Bud Dupree and Janoris “Jackrabbit” Jenkins lead a formidable Titans defensive unit in a home matchup against the Texans this week.  They did hold the Chiefs and Rams to 3 points and 16 points, respectively, and they’ve scored defensive touchdowns in 2 of their last 3 games.  This defense is a solid streaming option this week and beyond, with the Patriots, Jaguars, and struggling Steelers all in the lineup.  Buyer beware - the Titans still have a week 13 bye ahead of them.

Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 33.9% of all ESPN leagues):
The Packers blanked a normally high powered Seahawks offense last week and held them to under 250 total yards.  They also picked off Russ twice.  They did it without Za’Darius Smith, Jaire Alexander and they lost Whitney Mercilus during the game.  They’ll face a more competent Vikings offense this week, but the Packers could lean on the run more to control time of possession and keep Minnesota’s offense off the field.  They’ll also take on Matt Stafford in week 12.  Stafford has thrown pick sixes in his games against the Titans and 49ers, so there’s a decent chance the Packers could pressure him into some mistakes.

Seattle Seahawks (currently owned in 5.8% of all ESPN leagues): 
The Cardinals head north to visit the home of the 12th Man this week.  The Seahawks managed to hold Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to just 3 points until the 4th quarter.  Seattle’s defense should have another decent day if both Kyler Murray and Colt McCoy are both ruled out this week.  

San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 47.9% of all ESPN leagues):
The 49ers defense is coming off of a dominating Monday Night performance when they limited the Rams to just 10 points and ran a Stafford pick back for a touchdown.  They have some decent matchups against the Jaguars, Seahawks, Falcons and Titans who have all struggled offensively.  The 49ers are getting healthier on the offensive side of the ball which means they can control time of possession and allow the defense to rest more during games.  This top 10 defensive unit is available in just over half of all ESPN and they could continue getting better.  

Kansas City Chiefs (currently owned in 9.2% of all ESPN leagues):
The return of Anthony Hitchens and the acquisition of Melvin Ingram might have been the shot in the arm the Chiefs defense needed.  Hitchens is a versatile linebacker who can do it all and Ingram helps pressure a quarterback.  They’ll have to contain Zeke and the Cowboys this weekend and then they’re off week 12, but they’ll face the Broncos, Raiders, Chargers and Steelers who have all struggled offensively recently.  This defensive unit has held their previous opponents to 17 points or less in their last 3 games and could be a sneaky add to help managers into fantasy playoffs. 

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