Fantasy Football Week 11: Waiver Wire
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Last week’s Adrian Peterson alert is starting to look like a false alarm at least for the Vikings upcoming game in Chicago. That’s a relief for the Bears as they really need to hold the Vikings to under 50 this week to salvage whatever pride they have left. My other top picks fared pretty well in week 10… Tre Mason solidified his lock on the #1 job for the Rams, Martavis Bryant scored his 6th TD in just in his 4th game, Terrance West looks like the RB to own in Cleveland, rookies Jarvis Landry and Allen Robinson led their teams in target, and Jordan Matthews finally broke out for 7 catches, 138 yards and 2 TDs.
Justin Hunter was a dud and probably the last time I roll the dice with a Titan WR as long as Zach Mettenberger is under center. Bobby Rainey’s reign as the #1 RB in Tampa was short-lived as that looks like an RBBC that doesn’t help anyone in fantasy.
On the injury front, Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman suffered a foot injury that could cause him to miss as much as 2-3 weeks or as little as a couple days of practice. Reports were favoring the former on Monday, but today Broncos HC John Fox said Hillman is day-to-day. The Broncos are notoriously secretive about who their primary RB will be week-to-week, but RB C.J. Anderson is my #1 recommendation this week just in case Hillman is out for an extended period of time. Hillman was the only injury with a potentially major fantasy impact, but a few other fringe fantasy players went down in week 10 as well. Cardinals QB Carson Palmer, who was a bye week replacement at best in most leagues, tore his ACL and is out for the season. Jags rookie WR Allen Robinson, who was emerging as their #1 WR but no more than a Flex play in fantasy, broke his foot and is also out for the year. Injury-prone RB Reggie Bush re-aggravated an ankle injury that could keep him on sidelines for a few more weeks. With no new relevant fantasy starters and only 6 teams left with bye weeks, the waiver wire action should be slowing down a bit but there are still a few players out there, besides the previously mentioned Anderson, that can help your squad for the stretch run.
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Every week on Tuesday, I will be posting my top waiver pick ups for the week. Only players owned in under 50% of Yahoo leagues will qualify. There are all sorts of leagues out there with different levels of competition and varying player pool depths, so I will have a few picks with under 50% ownership, a few under 30%, 15%, and at least one super sleeper under 5%. Most weeks I also be listing a few players that may be popular waiver adds that I think you should pass on (the Kevin Ogletrees) and I’ll give you my reasons why of course. If there are any players you have a specific question about feel free to hit me up in the comments or on Twitter.
Week 11 Waiver Wire:
RB CJ Anderson, Broncos (3%) – Ronnie Hillman is projected to miss anywhere from a couple days to a couple weeks, but Anderson showed what he could do when given a chance last week (163 total yards, 1 TD) and is worth whatever you have left in your waiver budget. Anderson is a solid RB2 as long as Hillman is out.
RB Tre Mason, Rams (46%) – That is two weeks in a row that Mason was the Rams primary ball carrier and he again looked like the best RB on the roster. With their playoff hopes dashed, Mason should get 15-20 touches per game the rest of the way and is a borderline RB2.
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WR Jordan Matthews, Eagles (22%) – Finally. I have had Matthews on this list just about every week this season and this will probably be the last time his ownership is under 50% after his breakout 7 catch, 138 yard, 2 TD game. I hope you took my advice and stashed him last week because he’s going to be expensive now.
TE Mychal Rivera, Raiders (33%) – Averaging 9 targets per game over the last three weeks and has three TDs over the last two. Rivera has become Derek Carr’s safety-valve target and he has the size (6’3, 245) to be a weapon in the red zone. I’m debating dropping Travis Kelce for him this week.
RB Bryce Brown, Bills (16%) – Had a pretty solid game (6 catches, 100 total yards) in C.J. Spiller’s old role, but should have been better if not for a fumble and a drop on a sure-thing 18-yard TD. With Fred Jackson not 100% and Boobie Dixon not good, Brown could have a couple of big games down the stretch.