10 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Targets Heading Into Week 11
The fantasy football grind doesn't stop. So whether you're fighting for a playoff spot, looking to clinch a bye, or trying to play spoiler, here are some waiver-wire players worth taking a look at ahead of Week 11.
I'll stick to players rostered on 60% or fewer of Yahoo teams and also list some other viable pickups who may be available in shallower leagues or relevant in only deeper leagues.
Teddy Bridgewater, Panthers
Roster Percentage: 46%
Among the quarterbacks on the waiver wire in more than half leagues, Teddy Bridgewater stands out as a good streaming option in Week 11 thanks to a sweet matchup with the Detroit Lions. Detroit just allowed Alex Smith to throw for 390 yards, and the Lions came into Week 10 giving up 19.9 fantasy points per game to signal callers, the 13th-most. Bridgewater did leave Week 10 early with an injury, but it's not believed to be serious. Sidenote: Cam Newton is out there on the wire in 38% of leagues. If he's available in your league, Newton is a quality play versus the Houston Texans in Week 11.
Jameis Winston, Saints
Roster Percentage: 1%
One of the big storylines in Week 10 was Drew Brees' injury. It's early, but it sounds like Brees is fighting an uphill battle to be ready for Week 11. That will thrust some combination of Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill under center for the Saints in a cushy matchup versus the Atlanta Falcons, a defense surrendering the second-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks (26.0). Winston didn't look so hot in relief on Sunday, but we know what he's capable of fantasy-wise. All of this will be wasted digital ink if Brees is fine, but Winston -- and Hill to a lesser extent -- is well worth an add in any two-quarterback format until we get some clarity on Brees' status.
Others to Consider:
Cam Newton (62%), Andy Dalton (4%), Taysom Hill (1%)
Nyheim Hines, Colts
Roster Percentage: 41%
Nyheim Hines had himself a game this past Thursday, going off for 26.0 half-PPR points thanks to 115 total yards and 2 scores. He did his usual thing through the air (5 catches and 45 yards), and he added 12 carries for 70 yards on the ground -- both of which were season-high clips. He played more than twice as many snaps as Jonathan Taylor and Jordan Wilkins did. Will the rushing volume last? I don't know. But for what it's worth, Hines has looked like the Indianapolis Colts' best back all year long, and his pass-game role is set in stone. Oh, and the upcoming schedule -- Green Bay Packers, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans (twice) and Las Vegas Raiders -- is pretty dope. Hines is a top add going into Week 11.
Kalen Ballage, Chargers
Roster Percentage: 19%
So I guess Kalen Ballage is going to be a thing. After surprisingly getting 15 carries in Week 9, Ballage followed it up by accounting for 18 of 25 running-back carries for the Los Angeles Chargers. He also paced the team with five catches on six targets. Ballage is the Bolts' clear top back for as long as Justin Jackson is out, and he may still see a meaningful role even when Jackson returns. Ballage has a superb Week 11 matchup at home against the New York Jets.
La'Mical Perine, Jets
Roster Percentage: 24%
Speaking of the Jets, they're reportedly planning to make La'Mical Perine their lead back for the rest of the season. Volume is volume, so even though Perine is on one of the worst offenses in the league, he's worth adding. Perine has made exactly two grabs in four straight games, which should come in handy given the Jets' propensity to see negative game scripts.
Salvon Ahmed, Dolphins
Roster Percentage: 5%
With Myles Gaskin on the shelf, Salvon Ahmed has emerged in the Miami Dolphins' backfield, taking 21 of 26 running-back carries in Week 10. He turned the 21 attempts into 85 yards and a tud, tacking on 1 catch for 5 yards. Gaskin, who is on injured reserve, will be out at least one more week, and Matt Breida could return as soon as Week 11. So Ahmed's volume could be short-lived, but it's not crazy to think Ahmed could maintain a decent role once those guys get healthy. The Dolphins are at the Denver Broncos next.
Michael Pittman Jr., Colts
Roster Percentage: 9%
Hines wasn't the only guy to have a big game for the Indianapolis Colts this past week, as rookie Michael Pittman Jr. is playing his way into the role of Indy's number-one receiver. Pittman has been in on 87% and 81% of the snaps the last two weeks, logging a team-best snap rate in that time while also leading the Colts in targets and catches in that span. He posted 7 receptions for 101 yards on 8 targets in Week 10, and he gets the same favorable upcoming schedule we mentioned with Hines. The arrow is pointing straight up on Pittman.
Jakobi Meyers, Patriots
Roster Percentage: 48%
I'm not sure how Jakobi Meyers is on the waiver wire in nearly half of leagues, especially with the huge outing he had in an island game on Monday night in Week 10. Coming into Week 11, Meyers had been targeted 10 and 14 times the last two games, going for 12 catches and 169 yards against the Jets a week ago. He was a key cog yet again in Week 11, leading the team in targets (7 on 17 pass attempts) once more while chipping in with a touchdown pass. No other Pats wideouts saw a single target. Meyers obviously has a good thing going with Cam Newton, and not only should you pick up Meyers, but you can start him with confidence against the Texans in Week 11.
Logan Thomas, Washington
Roster Percentage: 35%
Tight end is tight end. You know the drill. The streaming options are pretty blah, but you don't have to work too hard to make a case for Logan Thomas. He's taking on the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 11, and Cincy came into Week 10 permitting the second-most half-PPR points per game to tight ends (14.7). Thomas has seen six targets apiece in each of the past two games, and he's gotten at least four targets in every contest this year.
Los Angeles Chargers
Roster Percentage: 40%
The Chargers host the Jets in Week 11. I shouldn't have to sell you too hard on this one, but it's kind of my job to give you at least some info. Per our schedule-adjusted numbers, Gang Green sports the worst offense in the league by a wiiiiide margin, and they're averaging more than a turnover per game. Don't overthink it.