Rob Kelley, CJ Prosise and James Starks are all must adds off the week 11 waiver wire. As we draw closer to the end of the NFL season this list will continue to grow shorter as most players have cemented their roles on offense. If you have any questions you would like to have answered please post them in the comments section below!
All players listed are owned in 50% or fewer of Yahoo leagues. Suggested FAAB bids appear in green
Rob Kelley – RB – Redskins (47% owned) | 31% FAAB
Rob Kelley should already be owned in all competitive leagues, but since he is under 50% ownership; he headlines this week’s article. Matt Jones was a healthy scratch this past Sunday, as the Redskins named Kelley their first string running back heading into a tough matchup with the Minnesota Vikings. For the second consecutive game, Rob Kelley handled 20+ carries as he finished with 22 carries for 97 yards. This will likely be the last time this year you can pick up a running back guaranteed this sort of volume. While the remaining strength of schedule is relatively tough, Rob Kelley will continue to see around 20 carries per week including goal line work making him an absolute MUST add.
C.J. Prosise – RB – Seahawks (34% owned) | 6% FAAB
Week 10 signaled the changing of the guard for the Seahawks, as C.J. Prosise dominated the snaps, carries and touches out of the backfield. While Christine Michael owners are no doubt lamenting this news, Prosise looked positively electric against the Patriots handling 17 carries for 66 yards while adding another 7 receptions for 87 yards. It appears the only major question mark remaining is whether Thomas Rawls will eventually take over as the feature back. The schedule isn’t ideal (PHI, TB, CAR, GB), but as we know the workhorse in the Seattle offense is a high end RB2 regardless of matchup. If we knew for sure CJ was going to take over, Prosise would actually headline this week’s article.
NOTE: Worth noting, CMike was dealing with a hamstring injury heading into the Sunday Night Football game. He was declared healthy and saw 5 carries, but there is a chance Seattle was simply playing it safe with his injury. I’ll keep an eye out for press reports from Pete Carroll, but I think Prosise’s performance was impressive enough that he should maintain the lead back role.
James Starks – RB – Packers (27% owned) | 6% FAAB
For the second straight week, James Starks is a must add. I’m shocked to see his ownership barely over 25%, but apparently I was one of the few who considered him a must add heading in to week 10. This may be attributed to people believing in Ty Montgomery as the supposed 3 down back, and also to the lack of a run game in Green Bay. While the lack of a run game was still apparent (just 10 handoffs against the Titans), it was James Starks clearly leading this backfield as opposed to Ty Montgomery (55 snaps to 22). Getting a starting RB off the waiver wire at this late point in the season is VERY rare. If for some reason Starks wasn’t picked up in your league last week, and Rob Kelley is gone, make sure you prioritize James Starks off the week 11 waiver wire. James final week 10 line was 7 carries for 33 yards and 3 receptions for 11 yards and a TD.
Cameron Meredith – WR – Bears (31% owned) | 3% FAAB
Cameron Meredith has shown little to no chemistry with Jay Cutler so far. However, news broke Monday that Alshon Jeffery has been suspended 4 games, meaning Meredith has now ascended to the role of WR1 for the Bears. Eddie Royal should continue to man the slot, and Zach Miller will see his fair share of targets at TE, but Jay has no reason not to target the 6’3″ Meredith going forward. The Bears schedule looks good the next 4 weeks (@NYG, vsTEN, vsSF, @DET) meaning Cameron should hold solid WR3 value heading in to the fantasy football playoffs. If you need wide receiver help, Meredith is likely to be the best receiver sitting on waivers.
Must adds who have been written up before, situation didn’t change, still worth a look
- Thomas Rawls – RB – Seahawks (48% owned) | 6% FAAB
Eddie Royal – WR – Bears (14% owned) | 3% FAAB
The loss of Alshon Jeffery to the Bears offense can’t be stated enough. The suspension opens up around 9 targets per game that should be spread among the remaining receiving options, and slot man Eddie Royal should now be locked in to 7-8 targets per game. While he isn’t typically a big play threat, Royal should be a solid option in PPR leagues for the next 4 weeks. If Meredith is already gone, and you can grab Royal, I’d make the move this week.
Eli Rogers – WR – Steelers (10% owned) | 3% FAAB
The Steelers have seen injuries to Markus Wheaton, Sammie Coates and Darrius Heyward-Bey over the past month cripple their WR corps. Sammie Coates (2 snaps) is supposedly healthy, but Antonio Brown(71), Cobi Hamilton(67) and Eli Rogers(62) saw most of the snaps at wide receiver for Pittsburgh this past Sunday. Eli Rogers typically mans the slot for the Steelers, and is more valuable in PPR formats as he isn’t likely to find the end zone often (just 2 TDs on the season). The real news here is the matchup the next 2 weeks, as Eli Rogers gets CLE and IND who feature 2 of the worst secondaries in the NFL. Consider Rogers a WR3/4 for the next two weeks as we make that push to the fantasy football playoffs.
Tyreek Hill – WR – Chiefs (16% owned) | 2% FAAB
If anyone had predicted that Tyreek Hill would outscore Jeremy Maclin this season, they would have been the laughing stock of the fantasy football community. Yet here we are gearing up for week 11, and in 0.5 PPR Tyreek Hill has 78 fantasy points to Jeremy Maclin’s 64.5. Maclin missed week 10 with a groin injury, which opened the door for a Tyreek Hill explosion. 13 targets, 10 receptions and 89 yards as KC overcame a 17 point deficit in dramatic fashion. The score undoubtedly played a role in the insane number of targets Tyreek saw, but when you compare to the other WRs (Wilson – 7 targets, Conley 3 targets) it becomes obvious who the preferred option is on offense. Once Maclin returns Tyreek will be a boom or bust WR3/flex play in 12 team formats. If Maclin remains out you can fire up Tyreek as a solid option against a poor Tampa Bay passing defense.
Players who have been written up before, situation didn’t change, still worth a look
- Alfred Morris – RB – Cowboys (13% owned) | 1% FAAB
- Kenneth Dixon – RB – Ravens (19% owned) | 1% FAAB
- Dontrelle Inman – WR – Chargers (7% owned) | 1% FAAB
- Adam Humphries – WR – Bucs (27% owned) | 0% FAAB
- Marqise Lee – WR – Jaguars (5% owned) | 0% FAAB
- Ladarius Green – TE – Steelers (10% owned) | 0% FAAB
Deep League Waiver Wire Pickups
Kapri Bibbs – RB – Broncos (31% owned) | 1% FAAB
As a Broncos fan I was a little confused to be fielding Kapri Bibbs questions last week. I’m now even more confused to find that Bibbs is higher owned that James Starks. In week 9, Bibbs saw just 3 total touches (2 carries and 1 reception). The lone reception was an absolutely electric 69 yard TD play that saw Bibbs avoiding defenders while waiting for blocks down the length of the field. Coach Kubiak came out and said that Bibbs had earned more work, and indeed that was the case as his touches increased from 3 to 7 in week 10. Devontae Booker was still the clear cut lead back handling 26 touches against the Saints. Best case scenario here you have Booker’s handcuff here, and if you can make the switch to Rob Kelley or James Starks you should do so.
Albert Wilson – WR – Chiefs (2% owned) | 0% FAAB
With Jeremy Maclin out, Albert Wilson is seeing a decent number of weekly targets that are worth noting in deeper formats. Over the Chiefs past two games while Maclin has been out, Wilson has 15 targets for 7 receptions, 67 yards and 1 TD. Spencer Ware, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill are most likely ahead of Albert in red zone targets pecking order, however he should be rostered in deeper 14+ team leagues if you are struggling to find a WR seeing a solid amount of volume each week. Once Jeremy Maclin returns Albert Wilson will most likely fade back into fantasy obscurity.
Joshua Bellamy – WR – Bears (0% owned) | 0% FAAB
As mentioned above, Alshon Jeffery is out for the next 4 games for Chicago. Cameron Meredith should be the WR1 and Eddie Royal the slot receiver which leaves Josh Bellamy as the likely starter at WR2. The 6’0″ 205 lb Bellamy is now in his 5th NFL season, and hasn’t had much impact to this point (19 receptions for 224 yards and 2 TDs in 2015), but the Bears are out of options and someone has to step up. Deep league owners in 16+ team formats may take a shot on Bellamy as he could see an jump in targets to the 3-4 per game level.
Kenneth Farrow – RB – Chargers (0% owned) | 0% FAAB
Farrow is currently the backup to workhorse Melvin Gordon in San Diego. In the event of an injury to Gordon, Farrow would like step in and see major touches from the get go. If you play in a deeper league where all the handcuffs are gone, consider acquiring Kenneth Farrow just in case. You could beat the rush to the waiver wire as he would likely become the top pickup if something were to happen to Melvin.
Cobi Hamilton – WR – Steelers (0% owned) | 0% FAAB
Are you in a 16 team deep league with NO options left on waivers? Rob Kelley been rostered since the preseason? Cobi Hamilton could be the guy for you, as he lined up for 67 offensive snaps for the Steelers in week 10. While this didn’t translate into targets (just 1), you have to figure with Ben’s returning health and two juicy matchups on deck (CLE, IND), Cobi could be a serious sleeper. Obviously a HUGE gamble if you decide to risk acquiring him, but we call this the deep league waiver wire section for a reason.
Monday Night Special
If you play in a Yahoo default league, you can drop a bench player (even if they already played) for someone in tonights MNF game.
Paul Perkins – RB – Giants (24% owned)
While Perkins is still behind Rashad Jennings on the depth chart, Paul has slowly been carving out a larger role in the offense. As I mentioned last week, the final snap count in week 9 was Rashad 37, Perkins 22. These MNF waiver adds are basically a free shot, and if it doesn’t pan out you can always drop Perkins when waivers unlock later in the week. You never know when injury or depth chart changes may occur in the NFL, and Perkins appears to have the best shot to be a sleeper that can contribute to our rosters if the chips fall his way.