Best fantasy football waiver wire pickups for Week 11

Lying is bad, and in the interests of avoiding that, so is the Week 11 waiver wire. Maybe Brian Hill gets you excited and could have a role in Atlanta, depending on the status of Devonta Freeman’s ankle injury. But when Hill is your main source of excitement in a week, that’s not too fun. It’s really been a generally lame year on the waiver wire, and this week, the quantity of options is down, too.

The guy that’s here for one final week that has some excitement behind him is Derrius Guice, who is expected to return to the Redskins’ backfield in Week 11. And Hill actually looked good in relief of Freeman, so if he’s starting in Week 11 against the Panthers, he’s definitely worth picking up in every league. Beyond them, it’s less fun.

Darius Slayton would have a lot of waiver-wire helium after catching two touchdowns, except the Giants are on Week 11 bye. That also hurts any possible value Wayne Gallman could’ve had after Saquon Barkley struggled with a shoulder injury in Week 10. The same goes for Bilal Powell after Le’Veon Bell didn’t finish todtay’s game because of a ribs injury. 

Darrel Williams had promise when LeSean McCoy was ruled out as a healthy scratch, but then Williams did almost nothing. Auden Tate continues to tantalize us with A.J. Green out, but more often than not, he underwhelms, too. And then there’s Chris Herndon, who was finally active and played snaps in Week 10, but he only caught one pass and is still more of a mystery than anyone can possibly be happy about.

At least Nick Foles makes a return to the starting Jaguars’ QB job in Week 11. We didn’t even get a full game out of Foles before he was injured, but considering the relative success Gardner Minshew had through the air and the emergence of DJ Chark, Foles should be a passable bye week fill-in or Superflex option. It’s also worth noting that Jacksonville has one of the easiest fantasy playoff schedules in the league.

There aren’t even a ton of viable defense, QB, and TE streamers, but we have a few. Hopefully you’ve made good moves the past couple of weeks or have a high enough waiver spot to pick up Guice or Hill. Otherwise, good luck.

Hill was already getting a lot of run as Devonta Freeman’s backup in Week 10, but after Freeman exited in the third quarter because of an ankle injury, Hill took over. He finished the day with 20 carries for 63 yards and one catch (two targets) for 10 yards and a score. The numbers aren’t eye-popping, but clearly the Falcons re comfortable leaning on Hill if Freeman misses time. The 6-1, 219-pound third-year back certainly has the size to handle a full complement of touches, and with a matchup against a Panthers defense that entered Week 10 allowing the fifth-most fantasy points per game to RBs on deck, Hill will likely be a priority pickup in most leagues.– Matt Lutovsky

Guice (knee) is eligible to return from IR in Week 11 and is expected to be healthy enough to do so. He won’t reclaim the whole workload from Adrian Peterson right away, but Guice is the more talented back at this point and could be crucial in the fantasy playoffs. Washington plays the Jets in Week 11, which sounds good, but New York just held Saquon Barkley to one yard on 13 carries. It’s just not often that this late in the season you can get a possible starting fantasy RB for the rest of the season.

Slayton has already had some big games this year, including a two-touchdown game in Week 8. He equaled that touchdown total in Week 10, and he also set career highs in catches (10), targets (14), and yards (123). With Sterling Shepard (concussion) likely out for the foreseeable future and Evan Engram (foot) possibly out for a while, too, Slayton will continue to function as a top-two receiving option in the Giants offense. That could yield some nice results for fantasy owners, be it in garbage time or when games are close. New York has a bye next week, so you might not need to use a waiver claim on Slayton, but he’s still work picking up.– ML

Ty Johnson suffered a concussion in Week 10, so McKissic should step in as the top back for the Lions. He’ll split time with Paul Perkins, as he did Sunday, but McKissic is the better pass-catcher and should also see at least half the carries (McKissic had 10 carries compared to Perkins’ seven in Week 10). A Week 11 matchup with the Cowboys isn’t great, but especially in PPR leagues, McKissic is a pickup you should make.

Shield your eyes: Ballage ran 20 times for 43 yards on Sunday. It’s not going to be pretty, but as long as he gets that much work, he should at the very least be on fantasy benches. Ballage was also targeted four times, caught all four, and gained two yards through the air. Ballage and inefficiency are best friends.

Foles will reclaim his Jacksonville starting job in Week 11 after Jacksonville’s bye. We barely saw any Foles before he was injured in Week 1, although he threw an impressive touchdown to DJ Chark on the play he was injured. Foles is at least worth grabbing in two-QB and Superflex leagues, and the Jags have an easy stretch of games in the fantasy playoffs (Chargers, Raiders, Falcons).

The extent of George Kittle’s knee injury is unknown, but if he’s forced to miss a second straight game in Week 11 (possible, if not probable), Dwelley would be a top TE sleeper going up against a Cardinals defense that’s allowed a TE touchdown in all but one game this year. Get in early and grab Dwelley while the rest of your league plays waits-and-see. If he’s available ahead of Monday night’s game — which he should be on most sites — you can nab him as a free agent right now. —ML

Buffalo travels to Miami for Week 11, and Beasley should get a chance to continue his somewhat surprising consistency. In PPR leagues especially, he remains a viable pickup off waivers. Beasley caught four-of-six targets for 74 yards against Cleveland in Week 10.

Thomas had six catches for 84 yards on nine targets in Week 10. That sends him into a tantalizing Week 11 matchup with the Redskins on a high note. He outproduced Robby Anderson, although Anderson did miss some time with injury before returning. Thomas is at least an interesting pickup for next week.

Tate had six targets Sunday and remains in fantasy consideration while A.J. Green remains out. Cincinnati plays at Oakland in Week 11, a great chance for Tate to put up a good receiving day.

Renfrow caught four-of-five targets on Thursday Night Football a week after catching six-of-seven targets. It seemed like basically every Oakland pass play Thursday had Renfrow on the field. He’s a solid pickup for PPR owners, especially with the Bengals up next in Week 11.

After exiting Sunday’s game briefly because of a sore right shoulder, Saquon Barkley was sent for X-rays after the game. It’s likely just precautionary, and with New York on bye next week, Barkley probably won’t miss any games, but just to be safe, owners should pick up Gallman, who we already know will see 15-plus touches if Barkley is out. —ML

Le’Veon Bell didn’t finish Week 10 due to sore ribs. Bell said postgame he’ll be fine for Week 11 against the Redskins, but you never know how injuries like this can get worse throughout the week. Powell would start if Bell was out, and it’s a good matchup in Week 11 against the Redskins.

LeSean McCoy was a healthy scratch in Week 10, and if that continues, Williams should get touches in an explosive offense behind starter Damien Williams. He disappointed Sunday, though, catching one pass and rushing just twice.

Perkins is less appealing than McKissic, but if Ty Johnson misses time with concussion, he’ll get some work. Perkins had seven carries for nine yards Sunday, so he’s nothing more than a deep-league addition at this point.

Allen is only here for the juicy matchup with the Falcons in Week 11. With Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson on bye, maybe you need him.

Ryan Finley’s first NFL touchdown pass went to Eifert, and the Bengals have a TE-friendly matchup in Week 11 against the Raiders. If you need a fill-in for Evan Engram, maybe the mantra about rookie QBs trusting their tight end will continue to be true.

Fells has caught six touchdowns this season and should see an ownership boost upon his return from bye. The Ravens aren’t a great Week 11 matchup, but if you were using Fells before, you can use him again.

Hockenson will face off against a Dallas defense that struggles against tight ends in Week 11. Especially if Matthew Stafford is back, Hockenson should get added back in more leagues.

Hockenson is 53-percent owned in Yahoo leagues.

The Jets travel to Washington in Week 11 to take on a Dwayne Haskins-led Redskins offense, and there are more good matchups to come for New York, too. It just stinks that their actual defense isn’t better, because there’s only so much upside for a mediocre unit.

It seems fair to continue attacking Sam Darnold, who Washington hosts in Week 11. This is another case of a bad defense in a favorable matchup, so proceed with caution.

It’s a bad week for defense streamers, but getting a rookie QB in his first road (Ryan Finley) — which the Raiders do when they host the Bengals in Week 11 — is a good spot for anyone.

If they get to face Jeff Driskel instead of Matthew Stafford in Week 11, the Cowboys are a defense worth streaming.

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