10 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Targets Heading Into Week 11
That being said, we do have injury news from Week 10's slate that opens up waiver-wire opportunities for Week 11 and beyond.
Which waiver-wire players stand out above the rest?
(I'll stick to players rostered on 50% of Yahoo teams or fewer and also list some other viable pickups who may be available in shallower leagues or relevant only in deeper leagues.)
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Roster Percentage: 16%
Newton's goal-line role was still very evident: he ran for a touchdown on his first touch and threw for a short touchdown on his second offensive snap.
In total, Newton threw just 4 times for 8 yards and a score and ran 3 times for 14 yards and the score.
This is a speculative addition thus far, but it's not out of the picture for Newton to be named the starter by the middle of the week. Sam Darnold is on injured reserve, and P.J. Walker has generated just 4.5 yards per attempt on 44 passes with very subpar efficiency, per numberFire's metrics.
Newton's path to fantasy upside is very evident the rest of the season as a result.
Others to Consider:
Tua Tagovailoa (23%; at New York Jets), Baker Mayfield (39%; vs Detroit Lions), Jimmy Garoppolo (25%; at Jacksonville Jaguars), Taylor Heinicke (17%; at Carolina Panthers), Mac Jones (28%; at Atlanta Falcons)
Rhamondre Stevenson, New England Patriots
Roster Percentage: 31%
Ideally, you were part of the 25% of Yahoo! users who added Rhamondre Stevenson to your lineups within 24 hours of Week 10 starting. And even more ideally, you played him in Week 10 when he sauntered for 100 yards and 2 touchdowns on 20 carries and generated 5 targets on 9 pass routes, via NextGenStats.
Ultimately, Stevenson played on 56.5% of the New England Patriots' snaps, so it's still a slight majority role, and it remains to be seen what his role will look like when Damien Harris does return from his concussion.
Stevenson is worth an add, which should be classifiable as a tinge more than just "speculative" after his Week 10 outburst.
D'Onta Foreman, Tennessee Titans
Roster Percentage: 3%
D'Onta Foreman is likely to be a pretty hot waiver wire recommendation, and I mean, I'm featuring him myself. Before I talk about the positives, I do want to set the stage.
In two games without Derrick Henry, Foreman has played on just 28.9% of the Tennessee Titans' snaps. That trails Jeremy McNichols (35.1%) and Adrian Peterson (32.5%). He's also last in route rate (11.9%) compared to McNichols (32.2%) and Peterson (22.0%).
Here's the better case: in Week 10, Foreman did lead the team with 11 of 23 running back carries and 3 of 4 red zone carries but only barely carved out a snap lead (36.2%).
Though he's not shaping up to be a weekly start just yet, he could be taking over the 1A role in this three-man committee.
Jordan Howard, Philadelphia Eagles
Roster Percentage: 49%
The running back landscape is quite barren on the wire this week, but we do have a name still under 50% who could be a worthwhile addition.
Jordan Howard led the Philadelphia Eagles' backfield with 37.5% of the snaps in Week 10, and in three games without Miles Sanders, he's up to a 33.3% snap share. The real reason to target Howard isn't the target share (0.0%) but the red zone rushing share of 51.6%. That's equaled 5.3 red zone carries per game over his past three.
If you're going to be forced into a committee back, elite red zone rushing or receiving work is very helpful. Howard has one of those.
Patrick Taylor, Green Bay Packers
Roster Percentage: 3%
Make no mistake: A.J. Dillon (71% rostered) would be the top priority if you're in the 29% of leagues where he's out there. That's just not bankable.
But with Aaron Jones assumed to have sprained his MCL, there is potential in the Green Bay Packers' backfield for the undrafted Patrick Taylor. Taylor's athleticism metrics and production profile while at Memphis don't really stand out, yet we can't write off the opportunity to be a bit back within the Packers' offense.
Taylor saw two red zone carries on his only two snaps in Week 10.
Rashod Bateman, Baltimore Ravens
Roster Percentage: 50%
There were a few standout performances from virtually unrostered players (such as Marcus Johnson, Kendrick Bourne), but the real standouts available on the waiver wire look to be options with better workloads and paths to relevancy. (Performances such as Johnson and Bourne historically don't stick.)
Anyway, Rashod Bateman is still right around our cutoff of 50%.
With Sammy Watkins back in Week 10, Bateman was the Baltimore Ravens' WR2 for fantasy purpose. He had a 19.5% target share (8 targets) and a 21.9% air yards share (70) while seeing some leverage on his looks, including a downfield target and an end zone target.
Bryan Edwards, Las Vegas Raiders
Roster Percentage: 18%
Though the Las Vegas Raiders lost in Week 10 in primetime, we saw great usage for Bryan Edwards. He played on 78.4% of the team's snaps (trailing only Zay Jones' 84.3% rate among receivers on the team), but Edwards tied for a team high with 31 routes (83.8%).
He drew only four targets but had a ton of leverage on them. His average depth of target was 23.1 yards, and 3 of his 4 targets traveled at least 16 air yards from the line of scrimmage.
Giving proper weight to the targets, he really earned closer to 6.5 targets than the 4 -- given that downfield targets are money targets for receivers from a fantasy standpoint.
In two games without Henry Ruggs, Edwards' target share is just 10.0%, but he leads the team with a 30.7% air yards share.
T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
Roster Percentage: 43%
T.Y. Hilton isn't the sexiest name anymore, but the role is actually pretty strong when he's been out there.
Keep in mind that he has played just 50.0%, 48.6%, and 62.9% of the Indianapolis Colts' snaps in his active games. Despite that, he still has a solid 14.1% target share and a 23.8% air yards share.
In Week 10, he led the team with a 35.8% air yards share and drew 2 of 3 downfield targets.
Among 86 receivers with at least 4.0 targets per game, Hilton ranks 18th in air yards per route (3.11).
James Washington, Pittsburgh Steelers
Roster Percentage: 3%
While we need an overtime caveat warning with James Washington's role, the rate stats were promising for him in Week 10 with the Pittsburgh Steelers without Chase Claypool, who did not practice last week.
Washington ran a route on 96.0% of the Steelers' drop backs and had a mediocre target share of 12.2%. Yes, Ray-Ray McCloud carved out 12 targets (24.5%), but Washington ran 7 more routes (48 to 41). Washington also profiles as a better downfield thread (12.8-yard average depth of target to 6.8 for McCloud).
Keep an eye on the updates for Claypool; we could get some receiver options within this offense, which should fare better with Ben Roethlisberger back under center.
Dan Arnold, Jacksonville Jaguars
Roster Percentage: 26%
This is an easy one. Dan Arnold is the top waiver wire tight end out there.
Since a role expansion with the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 5, Arnold has a 19.8% target share (7.4 targets per game). Unfortunately, that's tied to minimal juice (0.8 downfield targets and 0.6 red zone targets per game).
His average depth of target is only 6.3 yards, and the tight end has seen only 18.2% of the team's red zone work in this role.
Either way, yardage upside and consistency are hard to find at tight end, so we can't nitpick Arnold too much here. He's the top tight end add of the week.