Week 11 was thin on waiver wire options, so everyone was trying to get the same guy. If you were out of FAAB, as you should be at this point in the season, you probably didn’t get who you needed. What now? Read on to get some Week 11 post-waiver wire pickups!
Week 11 Post-Waiver Wire Quarterbacks
Cam Newton (Rostered in 25.9% of ESPN leagues/32% of Yahoo leagues)
Cam Newton didn’t start Sunday against the Cardinals, but “he’s baaaaaack.” He had a rushing touchdown and a passing touchdown on only 12% of the offensive snaps. This week, the Panthers face a Washington Football Team who just lost another critical piece of their pass rush in Chase Young. Washington has also allowed the seventh-most rushing yards to the quarterback position—Cam’s bread and butter.
Tua Tagovailoa (Rostered in 40.3% of ESPN leagues/26% of Yahoo leagues)
Tua Tagovailoa looked good in his return against the Ravens in Week 10, throwing for 158 yards in less than a half of action and scoring a touchdown on his only carry. The Week 11 matchup against the Jets has ‘blow-up’ written all over it, as their defense has allowed 22.56 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. It will be interesting going forward to watch how the Dolphins handle him, as the front office has been non-committal to using him as a franchise quarterback, but he’s a safe bet this week if you need a streaming option.
Week 11 Post-Waiver Wire Wide Receiver
Darnell Mooney (Rostered in 49.8% of ESPN leagues/49% of Yahoo leagues)
Darnell Mooney has seen five targets or more in all but one game this season, and he has been the primary beneficiary of Justin Fields’ improved play. He has replaced Allen Robinson as the WR1 in this offense, and the upcoming schedule is hashtag nice. They have Baltimore at home in Week 11, followed by a road game in Detroit, then Arizona, Green Bay, Minnesota, Seattle, and the New York Giants. He could be a league winner.
Rashod Bateman (Rostered in 40.2% of ESPN leagues/54% of Yahoo leagues)
How is Rashod Bateman still out there? He’s seen eight targets in each of the past two games, and he’s eclipsed 80 yards in two of the past three. Like Mooney, Bateman also has a favorable upcoming schedule against Chicago, two meetings with Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Green Bay, Cincinnati, and the Rams. With heavy bye weeks coming up in Weeks 13 and 14, think ahead and get Bateman on your rosters now.
Week 11 Post-Waiver Wire Running Back
Rhamondre Stevenson (Rostered in 45.4% of ESPN leagues/57% of Yahoo leagues)
Running back is always gross at this point in the season, but one of the most reliable running back handcuffs is somehow still available in over half of ESPN leagues. The concern lies with the health of Damien Harris, but even if he returns this week against the Atlanta Falcons, Stevenson’s pass-catching ability makes him a worthy flex option.
Devonta Freeman (Rostered in 39.9% of ESPN leagues/61% of Yahoo leagues)
With Le’Veon Bell off the Ravens’ roster and Ty’Son Williams still invisible to John Harbaugh, Devonta Freeman is a worthwhile pickup on this post-waiver wire Wednesday. Freeman was already taking the bulk of the snaps with Latavius Murray out, and now that Bell is gone, I think it could be a 65/35 split with Murray. As I mentioned with Bateman, Baltimore’s schedule is favorable going into the tail end of the season, so don’t let Freeman dangle on waivers.
Week 11 Post-Waiver Wire Tight End
Cole Kmet (Rostered in 11.3% of ESPN leagues/21% of Yahoo leagues)
Every week, it seems like Cole Kmet is included in the post-waiver wire pickups, but he just keeps getting overlooked. It appears many teams dropped him during his Week 10 bye, allowing you to swoop in and reap the benefits. In his last three games, Kmet has seen six or more targets while racking up a season-high 87 yards in Week 9 against Pittsburgh.
Hunter Henry (Rostered in 57.4% of ESPN leagues/80% of Yahoo leagues)
The fact Hunter Henry is still available in this many leagues blows my mind. He’s the TE5 on the year. Sure, some may say that he’s too touchdown dependant, but with touchdowns in seven of the last eight games, I think it’s safe to say that he’s a go-to for Mac Jones.
Good luck in getting your Week 11 post-waiver pickups, and be sure to follow me on Twitter @Britt_Flinn!