2017 Fantasy Football Week 11 Waiver Wire

by Kevin Huo

Hard to believe it, but we're four weeks away from the start of the fantasy playoffs in many leagues. It's been a pretty up-and-down season between the usual number of young breakout players and the unusual amount of injuries to star players.

But let's take this time to give it up to the young coaches who are doing their thing too. Specifically, Sean McVay of the Rams and Doug Pederson of the Eagles.

McVay has turned Jared Goff into a bonafide star. He's unleashed every aspect of Goff's game that made him the number one overall pick in 2016. Todd Gurley is back to being the no-brainer superstar we all thought he would be after his rookie season. The 2017 Rams are on pace to score as many points as the legendary "Greatest Show on Turf" Rams of the early 2000's.

On the other side of the country, Pederson and Carson Wentz are arguably the front-runners for Coach of the Year and Rookie of the year. Wentz already has 23 (!) touchdowns to only 5 interceptions and they just added Jay Ajayi. The Eagles are the current Super Bowl favorites and Pederson deserves a ton of credit.

Now on the flippity-flip, boo Ben McAdoo, Marvin Lewis, Hue Jackson and Chuck Pagano. Y'all stink.

At this point in the season, it's important to know where your roster stands. If you are undefeated and already have a strong roster, you should be looking to add players with high potential to help you out down the line. If you have a losing record and can't afford to lose again, you need to look for players that will contribute immediately, even if their upside isn't as high.

We're going to look at every standout player on the Week 11 Waiver Wire with less than 35% ownership in ESPN leagues.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 11 Waiver Wire

Players are listed in order of priority of pickup.

Jamaal Williams, Green Bay Packers (2.3%)

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Funny how things work out huh? Just a few weeks ago, Williams had a chance to win the starting job but was left on the scrap heap as Aaron Jones won the job in front of him. Now, Williams will be thrust onto the big stage again, as Jones will miss multiple weeks with an MCL sprain and Ty Montgomery is struggling with broken ribs again.

In their relief in Week 10, Williams totaled 67 yards on 20 carries. With only a few weeks left until the fantasy playoffs start, I'd spend big on Williams here.

Rex Burkhead, New England Patriots (11.7%)

Burkhead has been on my watch-list for multiple weeks now with some impressive performances with limited touches. In Week 10, he added to his resume with 53 total yards and a touchdown.

More importantly, he led the team with a 52% snap share. If he will continue playing over 50% of the snaps for the high-powered Patriots' offense, it will pay for you to pick up Burkhead.

Rod Smith, Dallas Cowboys (14.5%)

To be honest, it seems like the Ezekiel Elliot-saga is going to end with a whimper rather than a bang.

Neither Alfred Morris, Smith or Darren McFadden looked particularly impressive in lieu of Zeke in Week 10. However, Smith did lead the team in snaps, logging 39 to Morris' 21. While that may have been a product of game flow, Smith offers pass-catching ability that Morris does not.

I'm not particularly high on any of the Cowboys' backs anymore as it looks like this will be a full-blown committee. But, Smith does seem to have the highest upside.

Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers (1.4%)

With Melvin Gordon unable to get anything going, the Chargers turned to Ekeler and were rewarded handsomely. Ekeler carried the ball 10 times for 42 yards and added 5 catches for 77 yards and two touchdowns.

Ekeler is a perfect complementary satellite back to Gordon and will be someone to keep an eye on going forward. It's hard to imagine that he outright beats Gordon for the starting position, but if he can carve out a more consistent role, he could be a PPR asset.

Semaje Perine, Washington Redskins (6.0%)

Here we go again. Rob Kelley was again knocked out with an injury, leaving Perine as the "main" back in Washington. In reality, Chris Thompson is the best back there, but he's too small to carry the load completely.

So Perine will get another chance. Behind a downtrodden offensive line, Perine carried the ball 9 times for 35 yards while adding a 25-yard catch. He's averaging 3.2 YPC on the season.

Wide Receivers

Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans (34.4%)

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The breakout is coming. Davis didn't excel in Week 10, but led the team with 10 targets and came within a foot of a touchdown. He draws a tough Pittsburgh defense in Week 11 but then gets the Colts, Texans, Cardinals, and Niners before Week 16 against the Rams.

Get him while you can, he's going to be a force down the stretch.

Josh Doctson, Washington Redskins (26.4%)

Doctson continues to see the majority of the outside targets with Terrelle Pryor seemingly cut from the game plan. It hasn't quite come together for the former first-round pick yet, but optimism remains.

He is Cousins' favorite red-zone target, as well as the obvious candidate for deep passes on this team that lacks downfield playmakers.

Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns (25.2%)

? Gordon is eligible to play in Week 13.

Corey Coleman, Cleveland Browns (11.0%)

Hue Jackson said today that Coleman is "all systems go" for Week 11. His return is great news for a receiving core and a rookie quarterback that desperately could use an infusion of talent.

The 2016 first-round pick probably won't make much of an impact in his first week back against the Jaguars, but he's worth a stash.

Chester Rodgers, Indianapolis Colts (0.1%)

After all the summer hype as the Colts' third wide receiver, Rodgers is finally healthy and he showed it. He caught all six of his targets for 104 yards and a touchdown in Week 10 against the Steelers who allow the second-fewest fantasy points to wideouts.

With T.Y. Hilton dealing with a groin injury and Kamar Aiken sidelined, Rodgers could see more run in the coming weeks.

Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville Jaguars (3.7%)

They gave Westbrook another week to recover in Week 10 since the coaching staff doesn't want to rush him back. However, he might be pressed into action in Week 11, as Allen Hurns was spotted in a walking boot.

The former Biletnikoff winner will draw a favorable matchup against the Browns in Week 11 and hopefully can get off to a good start.

Deep Dives

Dontrelle Inman, Chicago Bears (0.7%) - Mitchell Trubisky had a career day in Week 10, throwing for nearly 300 yards. Inman was a big-time beneficiary, catching 6 of 8 targets for 88 yards. Inman was buried on the depth chart in Los Angeles (Chargers) but could be a contributor on this Bears team that lacks playmakers.

Keenan Cole, Jacksonville Jaguars (0.1%) - If Westbrook can't go or limited, Cole may be a sneaky option. In relief of Hurns in Week 10, he caught 3 of 8 targets for 61 yards.

Curtis Samuel, Carolina Panthers (3.6%) - Cam Newton reverted back to 2015 MVP form in Week 10 and looked to Samuel a lot before Samuel left with an ankle injury. He finished the day catching 5 of 7 targets for 45 yards. He could be decent in PPR leagues pending his injury status.

Tight Ends

C.J. Fiedorowicz, Houston Texans (4.9%)

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In his first game back from a concussion, Fiedorowicz played 63 of 70 snaps and was third on the team in targets with six. He only caught two of them for 10 yards, but the playing time is noticeable for a guy who was a legitimate fantasy tight end in 2016.

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