Well Rush Nation, it’s the home stretch. This Waiver Wire Week 11 article could be critical to you make the playoffs or not. The weeks are running out, with just a month left until the fantasy playoffs. If you need to make your moves, this is the time. Especially as most leagues will have a trade deadline this week also.
So, without further ado, here is my picks for Waiver Wire Week 11.
Two Touchdowns upon returning and he didn’t start. Matt Rhule has already said Newton will get starter reps this week. And for the money they are paying him, this is not a shock. Also, his next three games (there is a bye week sandwiched in there in Week 13) are very favourable. He has Washington next, who will be without Chase Young. Following that he has Miami, and then Atlanta after the bye. If you need cover, Newton is your best bet off of Waiver Wire Week 11.
Coming off the bye, most people will have forgotten what happened the previous two weeks. Fields recorded back to back top 10 QB finishes. He also averaged 64 yards per game on the ground each. Against Baltimore, he will have the opportunity to exceed this average, and will probably need to to keep Chicago in the game. Based on this alone, he’s worth a bye week cover start if you need him.
Of all the crazy things to have happened at the Running Back position this season, Foreman being a lead back might be up there as one of the most strange. However, Foreman led the Titans in carries, snaps and receptions in Week 10 vs. The Saints. He carries low end RB2 upside against Houston in Week 11.
For those of you that read the Waiver Wire column last week and picked up Rhamondre Stevenson, and then started him, you are welcome. This performance was coming. I know Harris being out accelerated it. But Stevenson has been getting more and more work every week. Now, it looks like Stevenson will be getting the workload we expected back in August. He will have a solid, low RB2/High RB3 role moving forward, with top 10 upside if Harris stays sidelined. 100 yards rushing, 2 Touchdowns and 4 receptions won’t happen every week. But there is likely to be solid production moving forward. A must add off Waiver Wire Week 11.
Gabriel Davis balled out in Week 10. He went for 105 yards off 3 catches on Sunday. However, what caught my eye more than anything was that he played ahead of Cole Beasley in this offense. According to PFF, Davis was 3rd in snaps played and 3rd in routes run. Could this be a long term pivot to Davis over Beasley? Or, is this just a one week outlier? I’ll be gaining some ownership on Davis to find out and I hope you do also. He could be a very useful flex play for the rest of the season if he keeps up his Week 10 performance.
Until a week or so ago, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine was not on my radar. And, judging by his ownership numbers, he wasn’t on anyone else’s either. Yet, in Week 10, he led the Titans receivers in Targets, Receptions and Yards. In addition to this, Julio Jones is now on IR. Therefore, we can expect Nick Westbrook-Ikhine to be the number 2 receiver on this team moving forward, at least until Jones returns.
In four of the last 5 weeks, Arnold has had a minimum of 4 catches and 60 yards. Those 10 PPR points per game are crucial at the Tight End position and makes him a starter every week.
Whilst this won’t excite many owners, the Trautman breakout is coming. Since Trevor Siemian took over the offense for the injured Jameis Winston, Trautman has seen 6 targets, 7 targets and now 6 targets again this past Sunday. In Week 11, the Saints play the Eagles, who, through 9 weeks, are the worst defense in the NFL at giving up fantasy points to Tight Ends. He’s a strong play off the Waiver Wire Week 11.
Do I need to say more. I’ve put him in every week for the last 3 or 4 weeks. And he still delivers. Sunday saw him score a season high 11 Fantasy Points. He’s not scored under 7 fantasy points in the five weeks he has been on the Colts. He’s a set and forget kicker, and he’s still basically free in most leagues.
The Saints offense is struggling. And, despite the fact Siemian has looked ok as a starter for the Saints, he’s still capable of a turnover or two. With the cold weather settling in, and an almost fully healthy defense, expect the Eagles to pressure Siemian into mistakes, and a turnover or two this week.
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