Winning on the Waiver Wire Week 11 | Fantasy Football 2017

Jamaal Williams Green Bay Packers running back #30

With the fantasy playoffs just around the corner you’ll want to prioritize your week 11 waiver wire pickups based on your individual team needs.  If you have any questions we have an awesome community on our fantasy football discord server where you can discuss any and all waiver wire related queries.

All players appearing in my week 11 winning on the waiver wire article are owned in 40% or fewer of Yahoo leagues. Suggested FAAB bids are included for must adds and suggested adds.

Winning on the Waiver Wire | Week 11 2017

Must Adds

Jamaal Williams – RB – Green Bay Packers (3% owned) | 16% FAAB

Green Bay Packers png logoAnother tough week for the Packers offense as Aaron Jones left with what is believed to be a sprained MCL while Aaron Jones departed with a rib injury.  Even Brett Hundley apparently suffered a hamstring injury, though the severity is unknown at this time.  Rookie Jamaal Williams took over racking up 20 carries for 67 yards and appears to be in line to start week 11 against the Baltimore Ravens.  Simply based on volume Jamaal Williams is a must add and worthy of your top waiver priority.  If he can retain the starting RB job for the Packers he’ll be a low end RB2 week 11 vs BAL / week 12 @PIT, and a terrific start in week 13 vs the Tampa Bay Bucs / week 14 at the Cleveland Browns.

UPDATE: Ty Montgomery “has a chance to play” this week.  Lowering suggested FAAB bid to 16% to account for the risk.

Allen Hurns – WR – Jacksonville Jaguars (36% owned) | 11% FAAB

Orange and white Jaguars logo on a grey backgroundI was a little surprised to see Hurns ownership this far under 50%, but with the Cleveland Browns coming up for the Jaguars in week 11 you’ll want to be sure to check your waiver wire and see if Hurns is still available.  Over his last 3 games Hurns has 21 targets, 15 receptions and 202 yards including a solid 7 reception 70 yard game against the Chargers this past Sunday.  While everyone else is worried about Dede Westbrook and his impact on the offense pick up a solid WR in Hurns with tremendous upside against the Browns.

UPDATE: Allen Hurns now doubtful for week 11 with injury.  Not expected to play.

Suggested Adds

Josh Gordon – WR – Cleveland Browns (33% owned) | 6% FAAB

Josh Gordon was conditionally reinstated by the NFL last week and is eligible to return week 13 for a Cleveland Browns team in desperate need of receiving options.  Whether Gordon can recapture his 2014 form remains to be seen, but given his upside he is an absolute must stash in 12+ team leagues.  If you’re still holding on to a guy like Terrelle Pryor or Willie Snead, make the move.  Drop them, stash Gordon for the fantasy playoffs and see if you can strike gold.

Rod Smith – RB – Dallas Cowboys (27% owned) | 5% FAAB

Dallas Cowboys blue star logo on grey backgroundI was really hoping to gain some clarity about the Cowboys running back situation with Zeke suspended however the exact opposite happened as all 3 backs saw work, and none of the three did anything to distance themselves from the competition.  Alfred Morris opened up as the early workhorse finishing with 11 carries for 53 yards while Rod Smith seemed to be the preferred passing game option seeing the most snaps of the Cowboys RBs as Dallas played from behind throughout the 2nd half.  Rod finished with 3 carries for 14 yards while adding another 4 receptions for 15 yards.  Thanks to his superior snap count Rod Smith looks to be the guy to target behind Alfred Morris who should still open up week 11 as the “starter”.

Samaje Perine – RB – Washington Redskins (9% owned) | 3% FAAB

Washington Redskins yellow circle logo with white feathers pngRob Kelley departed with a leg injury and is scheduled for an MRI (hopefully an update to follow).  Assuming Kelley is out, Perine will once again take over as the early down back for the Redskins which gives him low end flex value with a likely 11-13 carries per game.  Chris Thompson dominates passing downs meaning Perine would need to break a long run or see goal line work to return value but if you can’t find any other help at RB off the week 11 waiver wire Perine should be your target.

Kenny Golladay – WR – Detroit Lions (7% owned) | 3% FAAB

Blue Detroit Lions logo on a gray backgroundOdds are the other WRs listed above are long gone in your competitive league, leaving few options on waivers at this point in the season.  Kenny Golladay returned from injury and immediately resumed his WR3 role for the Lions catching 2 passes for 64 yards (on 3 targets).  We saw Golladay’s big play ability earlier in the season giving him weekly flex appeal with the upside for more depending on matchup making him the most likely target still sitting on waivers if you’re in need of a WR.

C.J. Fiedorowicz – TE – Houston Texans (13% owned) | 1% FAAB

Blue and red Houston Texans logo on a grey backgroundCJ returned from a week 1 concussion for the Texans this past Sunday against the Rams, drawing 6 targets which he was only able to turn into 2 receptions for 10 yards.  The Texans figure to be playing from behind plenty over the 2nd half of the season thanks to their poor play on both sides of the ball.  While it may be difficult for Tom Savage to sustain more than one fantasy relevant option (Hopkins) CJ figures to draw 6-8 targets per week making him a solid pickup for owners looking for some tight end help.

Dontrelle Inman – WR – Chicago Bears (2% owned) | 1% FAAB

Orange Chicago Bears C logo on a gray backgroundInman was traded midseason from the Chargers to the Bears as Chicago looked to improve their WR depth, and while on the surface it probably appeared to be a negative move for Inman’s fantasy value going from Rivers to Trubisky it may actually be a positive move based on the lack of receiving options in Chicago.  Zach Miller suffered a gruesome injury before the bye leaving Kendall Wright to work primarily out of the slot, then a hodgepodge of other receivers including Josh Bellamy, Tre McBride and Tanner Gentry on the outside.  Inman recorded 6 receptions on 8 targets for 88 yards against the Green Bay Packers in week 10, tying for the team high in targets with Kendall Wright.  The passing game will likely be a question for the remainder of the season, but Dontrelle should see steady volume and is worth an add as a viable flex play due to bye or injury going forward.

Kendall Wright – WR – Chicago Bears (4% owned) | 1% FAAB

Orange Chicago Bears C logo on a gray backgroundKendall Wright’s connection with Mitch Trubisky appears to be improving as he has now turned in back to back 8 target games.  While the reception numbers haven’t been overly impressive (7 receptions for 69 yards over 2 weeks) the target numbers are there meaning Kendall can be added by teams that are in desperate need of WR depth.  The upcoming schedule for the Bears will be relatively favorable for the passing game (either against high scoring teams, or poor pass defenses) with DET, PHI, SF coming up the next 3 weeks.

Deep League Waiver Pickups

  • Brandon LaFell – WR – Cincinnati Bengals (3% owned)
    • Monster 10 target, 6 reception, 1 TD game against TEN.  Lacks any consistency in targets / yardage but does draw the Cleveland Browns in week 12 so worth considering.
  • Austin Ekeler – RB – San Diego Chargers (2% owned)
    • Saw 15 touches week 10 (Melvin Gordon had 15).  Ekeler a decent target in PPR leagues, but is simply a solid handcuff behind Melvin Gordon in standard.
  • Chester Rogers – WR – Indianapolis Colts (0% owned)
    • 6 targets, 6 receptions, 104 yards, 1 TD.  BYE week 11, low targets only worth looking at in really deep formats.

Monday Night Special

If you can make a pickup by dropping a bench player:

Curtis Samuel – WR – Carolina Panthers (13% owned)

Saw 5 targets in his first game after Kelvin Benjamin departs.  Makes for an interesting speculative add ahead of the Monday Night game.

Damien Williams – RB – Miami Dolphins (34% owned)

While he will likely operate mostly as the pass catching back behind Kenyan Drake, you can pickup Damien in case of injury.

 

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15 Comments

  1. A team in my league dropped Ajayi and G. Olsen. I probably don’t have enough $ left ($16) to pick them both up and want to keep a couple bucks in case of injuries. I have Ty Montgomery, James Conner and Char. West on my bench. (Hunt is on my team). Who would you drop first and who would you pick up first? Thanks.

    1. I’d drop Conner first and go after Ajayi as I expect him to win the starting job in Philly. You didn’t mention who your TE is, if you have a scrub TE starting for your team right now then I would prioritize Olsen over Ajayi, otherwise go for the RB first

      1. My TE is Gronk, but I wanted to try and block others from getting Olsen and Gronk isn’t usually the healthiest TE so it would be nice to have a back up like Olsen. My other RB’s are Hunt, Freeman, Coleman, D. Johnson and Mack. Thanks for the feedback and quick reply.

  2. Lost Arod and palmer, should I trade Funchess for Tyrod ? Im currently sitting with mccown. Does the whole situation in carolina give funchess a boost?

    1. I wouldn’t do that deal, no. The situation in in Carolina gives Funchess a massive boost and Tyrod isn’t that much better than McCown in my book

  3. Do you think S. Shepard could sneakily put up Beckham like stats? Volume is there and he’s got some real talent. Would you trade a guy like Mike Evans for him?

    1. Beckham like stats probably not, but the Giants will be playing from behind often enough that I think Sterling will be in the high end WR2 discussion. Evans is a bit too much for him I think, maybe a Keenan Allen type

  4. Hey KJ! Been following you all year and need some advice. I’m 4-6 and will need to win at least 2 games and hit a high point total these last 3 weeks. 10 Team STD scoring. Team is: Cousins, Fournette, McKinnon, Alf, T. Coleman, D. Henry, Julio, Evans, Juju, R. Anderson, Engram, Ravens D. Team looks great but I play the top 3 teams the last 3 weeks and I’m constantly underperforming. Have one offer of Julio and Fournette for Hunt and Sterling Shepard. Not doing that, but want to counteroffer. Thinking 1) Julio + McKinnon for Hunt + Shepard or 2) Julio + Fournette for Hunt and A. Brown. Other offer I have is 3) Julio + Fournette for Baldwin and Bell. What do you think? 1, 2, or 3 or stand pat and ride it out?

  5. How do you feel about Rex Burkhead vs James White? White has been decent for me all year, but seems to be fading with Dion Lewis and Burkhead getting more work.

    Thanks!

    1. I’m always hesitant on the Patriots running backs. We never know what Bill is thinking week to week, and while Burkhead saw solid action this past Sunday, James White could easily explode next week. I have a hard time rostering any of them due to the extreme volatility in the Patriots offense

    1. If he ends up out we’ll have to wait on word and see if Dede is activated. If Dede actually gets activated then I’d grab him, but without any news I’d have to take Cole as he’s the one actually playing

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