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2018 Fantasy Football Week 11 Waiver Wire: Last Chance

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It happened! The end of an era! Former Bills QB Nathan Peterman was released on Monday, after Matt Barkley was able to get off the couch and lead the Bills to 41 points and a win. The move comes as no shock, as Peterman did not give the Bills any reason to believe he could improve. He finishes his Bills career with a 3:12 TD: INT ratio and a 32.5 passer rating.

The news really puts a damper on the strategy of streaming defenses against the Bills. Don’t get me wrong, they’re still a bad offense that you should stream against, but it’s no longer safe to pencil in a pick-6 or two every game.

One whipping boy gets released and the other one gets hired. Former Browns coach Hue Jackson has returned to Cincinnati and will join the Bengals staff in an unknown capacity. How any team can legitimately say Hue can help their team after his tenure with the Browns is beyond me. Here’s hoping he doesn’t ruin another franchise.


As always, I’ll focus my discussion on players that are owned in less than 35 percent of Yahoo! leagues with mentions of other players less than 50 percent owned.

2018 Fantasy Football Week 11 Waiver Wire

Quarterbacks

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (35% Owned)


Prescott hasn’t been amazing, but his performance over the last four weeks has been very serviceable. Only once in his last four games has he scored fewer than 20 Fantasy points. That one game was against the Titans, who allow the fewest points per game (16.8) in the league. Outside of that one game, Dak has been a startable QB over the last month of the season. His next matchup should make him the league’s top streamer in Week 11.

The Atlanta defense has been hemorrhaging points to opposing quarterbacks, allowing the third most points to the QB position. If Eli Manning and Alex Smith can pass for 300 yards against the Falcons, so can Prescott. The Falcons have also allowed a league-high 84 receptions to running backs. With Ezekiel Elliott emerging as a dangerous receiving threat, Prescott should have lots of success at what he does best, checking down.

Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (22% Owned)

Bortles has come back strong since his disastrous performance in London. After getting benched in Week 7, Bortles has thrown for 606 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. Leonard Fournette is back in the mix, and much of the pressure to carry the offense is off Bortles’ shoulders.

A matchup against the Steelers should help Bortles continue his run of useful Fantasy performances. Pittsburgh is allowing the sixth-most Fantasy points to QBs, the seventh most passing TDs, and seventh most passing attempts against. Whether or not the Jags will continue their losing streak is irrelevant. The Steelers play a style that forces opposing QBs to throw, and Bortles should put up enough passing attempts to be a decent streamer this week.

Other Options: Marcus Mariota (30% owned), Eli Manning (17% owned), Lamar Jackson (8% owned)

Running Backs

Josh Adams, Philadelphia Eagles (13% Owned)

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Yes, the Philadelphia backfield is a mess. Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood haven’t been able to carve a starting role, and Adams may have taken it from under them. Adams has averaged over 6.5 YPC over the last two games on limited carries. However, his performance has prompted Doug Pederson to give him an extended look.

Without Jay Ajayi, the Eagles need someone to handle the early-down work. At the moment, Adams is first in line and needs to be added in all formats. With New Orleans next on the schedule, Adams could find himself with an uptick in red-zone opportunities in a possible shootout.

Rashaad Penny, Seattle Seahawks (16% Owned)

Finally! After an extremely disappointing start to the season, Penny finally showed signs of life in Seattle’s shootout loss to the Rams. Penny set a season-high in carries (12) and was able to turn the opportunity into 108 yards and a touchdown.

Pete Carroll heaped praise on Penny post-game, saying he “looked just like the guy we thought he would look like when we drafted him.” The Seahawks backfield is still a jumbled mess with Chris Carson and Mike Davis. However, Carson has been injury prone, which may prompt Carroll to ease up on his carries moving forward.

Seattle will continue with their run heavy-offense and I would assume they’ll continue working in their first-round RB. This is just the type of performance that could kick-start his season. Penny is a high-risk, high-reward add because he could end up with five carries next week and fade fall into a three-way RBBC. At this point in the season, someone with Penny’s upside is difficult to find. If you can stomach the risk-factor, Penny should be added.



Other Options: Frank Gore (27% owned), Derrick Henry (48% owned), Elijah McGuire (18% owned)

Wide Receivers

John Ross, Cincinnati Bengals (17% Owned)

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I’m still not sold on Ross as an everyday receiver, but you can’t deny the opportunity he’s getting without A.J. Green on the field. Ross saw six targets in Green’s absence, catching two of those passes for 39 yards and a touchdown. Ross led the team in targets and scored the only non-garbage time touchdown for the Bengals.

The whole Bengals offense looked rough against the Saints but should look better against the Ravens. Realistically, they can’t look any worse. Green is expected to miss at least Week 11, giving Ross another week as the Bengals No. 2 receiver.

Anthony Miller, Chicago Bears (14% Owned)

I had Miller as an “other option” before Week 10 but I now realize I should have piled on the hype early. After catching five passes for 122 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s win against the Lions, Miller will be one of this weeks hottest waiver wire targets.

My worry with Miller was that his target share and role in the offense would decrease significantly with Allen Robinson returning from injury. Clearly, the two receivers are able to co-exist, as Robinson was able to hang 133 yards and two touchdowns on the Lions secondary.

Miller has passed Taylor Gabriel on the depth chart and should continue to see a solid number of targets every week.

Other Options: Danny Amendola (44% owned), DeVante Parker (20% owned), Brandon Marshall (8% owned)

Tight Ends

Ricky Seals-Jones, Arizona Cardinals (17% Owned)

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RSJ has been stymied by the horrid Arizona offense this season but could be on his way to breaking out under new OC Byron Leftwich. Seals-Jones came out of the BYE week and performed well against the Chiefs, catching 5-of-9 passes for 51 yards.

The nine targets tied RSJ for second on the team behind Larry Fitzgerald. With Chad Williams expected to miss another week with an ankle injury, RSJ should once again be a big part of the offense. With the Raiders and their “defense” on tap for Week 11, RSJ is looking like a prime TE option this week.

Nick Vannett, Seattle Seahawks (5% Owned)

The Seahawks offense can’t support too many consistent Fantasy players. However, I don’t want to talk about Chris Herndon again (seriously, how is he still only 13% owned?) so Vannett gets the spotlight this week.

Vannett has taken over the majority of the TE snaps for the Seahawks after losing Will Dissly for the season. His offensive numbers did not receive an immediate boost, but he has picked it up recently, scoring a touchdown in two consecutive games. He even led the team in targets (with eight) in Week 9.

His floor will be low, thanks to the Seahawks run-heavy offense. However, he is one of Russell Wilson‘s most targeted players in the red-zone. Owners in need of a TE streaming option can grab Vannett and hope for a more pass-oriented game script against the Packers.

Other Options: Chris Herndon (13% owned), Jeff Heuerman (6% owned), Jonnu Smith (1% owned)

Deep League Special

Josh Doctson, Washington Redskins (10% Owned)

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You know what Doctson has going for him? His health. With Jamison Crowder and Paul Richardson on the shelf, Doctson has finally begun to reap the rewards. Maurice Harris has stolen the spotlight from the former 1st round pick, but Doctson has carved himself a role as Alex Amith’s red-zone weapon of choice.

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Doctson currently leads Washington in RZ targets and has caught a touchdown in two straight games. He doesn’t get a ton of volume (10 targets in two games) but he will continue to see plenty of scoring chances if Crowder stays sidelined.


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Winning fantasy leagues since 2004. Losing them for much longer. Follow Jonathan on twitter @jchan_811 and he'll be ready for all your questions!

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