Wednesday’s Waiver Warriors – Week 11
For the majority of fantasy football leagues, waivers run on Wednesdays. AEE Fantasy is here to help you prioritize the guys you need to be picking up to help improve your fantasy football team.
Sam Darnold – Is Sam Darnold about to have a breakout second half of the season for fantasy purposes? One would think so with the schedule he has lined up. The Jets will face in succession the Redskins, Raiders, Bengals and Dolphins, all teams that give it up to the quarterback. If you’re looking for a bye week replacement or injury filler, see about picking up Sam Darnold.
Derek Carr – Also in line for a nice stretch of games is Derek Carr. I’ve been very impressed with Carr and the Raiders this season, and their next three games will be against the Bengals, the Jets, and the Chiefs. Carr is still widely available in far too many leagues and with the sudden injury to Matthew Stafford and bye weeks limiting your options, you could do much worse than starting Derek Carr.
Baker Mayfield – This is the time of year you need to start looking ahead a little bit, so you Patrick Mahomes owners out there need to be aware of his upcoming bye week. You can protect yourself by scooping up Baker Mayfield who’s been one of the most dropped quarterbacks this year. This week is ugly against the surging Pittsburgh Steelers defense, but next week he gets the Dolphins at home.
Brian Hill – It’s rare to find a potential starting running back this late in the season, but that’s what Brian Hill might be. Hill got 21 touches after Devonta Freeman left the game with a foot sprain. The latter is now set to miss approximately 2 weeks of action and Ito Smith is already out for the year, thrusting Brian Hill into the starting role for the Falcons. He’ll be one of the hottest adds this week.
JD McKissic – I may have been a week early, but JD McKissic is emerging as the fantasy running back to own in Detroit as I had predicted. It’s not like he’s wildly producing for your lineup, but compared to Ty Johnson and Paul Perkins, McKissic is heavily involved in the passing game. He had 6 catches on 7 targets and if that volume continues, than McKissic could be a nice addition for down the stretch.
Tarik Cohen – It’s tough to trust the Chicago Bears offense right now, but if you’re hurting at running back, I’d rather take a chance starting Tarik Cohen over a starter like Kalen Ballage. Cohen’s production is going to come from the passing game so it was encouraging to see him get more involved with 4 receptions and a touchdown. It’s still not great, but hopefully, he gets more receiving work down the last stretch of the season.
Darius Slayton – I’ve been on the Darius Slayton hype train longer than most, but even I didn’t expect a monster game like the one he put up against the Jets. Slayton finished as the number one receiver for fantasy this week with 10 receptions for 121 yards and 2 touchdowns. Slayton is going to be one of the more popular adds this week, but if you need immediate help, you should look elsewhere as he will be on a bye week.
Randall Cobb – Since week 1, Randall Cobb hasn’t done much of anything for fantasy football owners. This week though, the Cowboys had to air out the ball and Cobb suddenly found himself catching 6 of 8 targets for 106 yards and a touchdown. I don’t know if you can count on that week to week, but I do think the Cowboys will find themselves in passing game scripts for the next two weeks, so Cobb is a nice little addition as a flex option.
Deebo Samuel – With George Kittle already out and Emmanuel Sanders exiting the game with a rib injury, Deebo Samuel started snatching targets like they were grandma’s chain. Samuel finished with 8 receptions on 11 targets for 112 yards. If Kittle and Sanders are forced to miss more time, Deebo Samuel could feasibly continue to lead the team in targets, making him worth an add in shallower leagues.
Ryan Griffin – It’s unfortunate that Chris Herndon was injured, but it’s good for Ryan Griffin. Griffin was a virtual non-factor while the two tight ends were splitting snaps, but with Herndon projected to be out, Griffin could quickly return to the target share he had seen the previous two weeks. Griffin had previously been targeted heavily in the red zone as well, making him a valuable end at a wafer thin position.
Kyle Rudolph – It’s touchdown or bust when it comes to starting Kyle Rudolph, so pick him up, start him and pray.
Brandon Allen – I think Brandon Allen is an excellent streaming option this week. Allen had just under 200 yards and 2 touchdowns in his first outing, guiding the Broncos to a win. The Vikings have a pretty tough run defense, but the pass defense has been giving it up as of late. If you’re looking for a sneaky streaming option this week, I think Allen could be it.
Nick Foles – I’m actually kind of annoyed that the Jaguars decided so quickly to pivot away from Minshew Mania, but Nick Foles is a former SuperBowl MVP for a reason. Foles has never been able to succeed outside of Philadelphia, but he did look good in the one touchdown pass he threw while breaking his collarbone. He’s a nice stash to see how things play out in Jacksonville.
Mason Rudolph – I’m not really a fan of Mason Rudolph, but even I have to admit that he played well against the Los Angeles Rams. I don’t know that I’m playing Rudolph this week in a division matchup on a Thursday night, but the next week he will be facing the Bengals so if you’re streaming quarterbacks week to week, you could stash him for that game
Alexander Mattison – For the fifth time this season, Alexander Mattison has surpassed 50 yards exclusively in a backup role. If you’re a Dalvin Cook owner, you need to make sure that Mattison is stashed on your bench as a clear handcuff. If anything should happen to Dalvin Cook, Mattison would become an RB2 with RB1 upside overnight.
Wayne Gallman – I’m beginning to think that Saquon Barkley is hurt more than the Giants are telling us and as someone who has Saquon in a league, I protected myself with Wayne Gallman. Gallman was a hot pickup who was dropped after getting injured himself, so he should be available as a handcuff.
Kalen Ballage – The volume is there, but literally everything else about playing Kalen Ballage is gross. The efficiency is terrible, as he rushed for only 43 yards on 20 carries. The matchup is rough as they’ll be on the road against a divisional opponent in the Bills and though the Bills have looked bad against the run, they’ve looked good in goal line work, so it’s tough to count on a touchdown here. But you can’t ignore that volume, so if you’re desperate, pick up and start Ballage.
James Washington/Diontae Johnson – It finally happened! James Washington had a small breakout game as he posted 90 yards and a touchdown on 6 catches. Diontae Johnson also had 4 catches for 64 yards and both players surpassed JuJu Smith-Schuster on the day. James Washington is the priority, but Diontae Johnson is worth an add as well.
Hunter Renfrow – The Raiders rookie receiver has put together three good weeks and will have an excellent matchup coming up against the Cincinnati Bengals. I think Hunter Renfrow is a nice dynasty stash especially, but he’s startable this week even in shallower leagues. If you miss out on the priority pickups, Hunter Renfrow would be my top target on the waiver wire.
Andy Isabella – For the second straight week, Andy Isabella has capitalized on being the Cardinals’ deep threat. Even though Christian Kirk caught all the touchdowns, Isabella still managed 78 yards on 3 targets. He’s a bit like Mecole Hardman in that he’s only going to catch a few passes, but they’re also similar in that they’re a threat to take it to the house. Isabella is a nice dynasty stash and flex option.
Tyler Eifert – After putting together two back to back serviceable games sandwiching the bye week, Tyler Eifert is a consideration for a tight end streamer, especially this week. The Oakland Raiders might be playing above themselves, but the defense still has a tendency to give it up to opposing passing games, so I like Eifert this week.
Nick Boyle – The Ravens are one of the few teams capable of running a tight end rotation where multiple tight ends can be fantasy relevant. Nick Boyle seems to be the true number two tight end over Hayden Hurst and has been a better receiver as well. I think Nick Boyle can be a serviceable spot start for tight end needy teams.
Jeff Driskel – These next two entries are exclusively for two-quarterback leagues. I think Jeff Driskel is a competent starter and if he’s going to be playing for an injured Matthew Stafford, he’s going to have some value for your fantasy team. If you’re deciding between Mason Rudolph or Jeff Driskel as your streamer, I’d side with Driskel.
Ryan Finley – It’s still completely ridiculous to me that the Bengals insist on sticking with Ryan Finley to “see what they have”, but as long as they’re going to do so, I’m going to be streaming defenses against them. With that said, Finley actually played slightly better than I would have thought and the Browns’ defense certainly aren’t world-beaters, so technically he’s playable.
Peyton Barber – Even after Ronald Jones was named the starter, Mr. Robitussin Peyton Barber still maintained an active role in this offense. Barber saw 11 carries for 43 yards and ran in the game-winning touchdown. It’s possible Barber was dropped with the news of Ronald Jones taking over as the starter, so see if you can pick him up as a flex option.
Nyheim Hines – Specifically in full-point PPR leagues, I think Nyheim Hines is a good pickup. Jordan Wilkins hurt his ankle in the game and could potentially miss time. If he does, that means Hines could see some extra snaps and therefore extra targets in the passing game. It’s not an inspired pickup, but it could be a necessary one.
Malcolm Brown – Though he only saw five carries in the game, Malcolm Brown is worth stashing as a handcuff for Todd Gurley owners. Brown saw one more carry than fellow rookie Darrell Henderson but didn’t do much with the opportunity. Unfortunately, Brown’s presence has capped Darrell Henderson’s potential as a flex option.
Allen Lazard/Jake Kumerow – The Packers new pair of rookies, Allen Lazard and Jake Kumerow, are being talked up by Aaron Rodgers but it hasn’t translated to fantasy points as of yet. I like Lazard more than Kumerow, but they’re both worth low level stashes in very deep leagues.
Josh Reynolds – With Brandin Cooks out of the lineup, Josh Reynolds is seeing added work in the passing game. It seems to be coming at the expense of the other pass-catchers though, as Reynolds’ targets are pulling away from Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods. Reynolds actually had 1 more target than Cooper Kupp in this game, so Reynolds is worth stashing and might even be a viable flex option.
Keelan Cole – Before the bye week, Keelan Cole led the team in receiving yards in their loss to the Houston Texans. It’s going to be really tough to gauge the passing attack with Nick Foles back under center, but Cole is at least seeing viable targets compared to someone like Adam Humphries for example.
Mike Gesicki – It was a real struggle for Mike Gesicki against the Jets, even with Preston Williams now out of the lineup. Gesicki was second on the team in targets, but only caught 3 passes for 28 yards. He also fumbled the ball away and allowed Darius Leonard to rip an interception out of his hands. Even still, he’s a starting tight end seeing around 6 targets per game, so he’s at least a bench stash.
OJ Howard – Congratulations to OJ Howard owners who held out this long, because he finally had a good game. Howard’s best game of the season was 4 catches for 47 yards and a touchdown. That’s not something I’m going to be counting on going forward, but the 7 targets were encouraging at least.