Waiver Wire - Week 11
Week 10 was full of excitement from the Patriots pulling off an upset victory in the sideways rain to DeAndre Hopkins pulling down a game winning catch between three defenders for the win. As great as the action was you may be looking for help still with your fantasy roster. Perhaps injuries have been piling up for you or the studs you that were studs are really duds. With only three weeks until the fantasy football playoffs the time is now to make your move for playoff position. But fear not, WhisperNation! I have your back! This is my Weekly Waiver Wire Whisper column in which I will give you my take on some stash/start worthy players that are rostered in 50% or less of Yahoo leagues. That is the cutoff, so please don’t slide all in my mentions on Twitter about how I could possibly leave off some of the popular names out there. But that shouldn’t keep you from checking your league to see if they are available. Here is a list of names you might see on other lists but are rostered in more than 50% of Yahoo leagues: Ben Roethlisberger (85%), Duke Johnson (83%), Jerrick McKinnon (77%), Marvin Jones (74%), J.D. McKissic (69%), Austin Hooper (67%), Damien Harris (59%), and Wayne Gallman Jr. (51%). As always you can find us on Twitter or Instagram and DM your waiver wire questions to us there as well. If you are curious about my preference or priority between a player in the particular positional groups, I will rank them from top to bottom priority in this article. If you are curious about my priority or preference between positions, you will need to make that decision based on your roster construction. Typically in most formats running backs are the top priority but maybe you have a deep RB corps and need WR or TE help. Make good decisions, folks.
Note: Teams on BYE include: San Francisco, New York Giants, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears
Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts, Rostered in 41% of Yahoo leagues
Can you remember all the way back to week one where Nyheim Hines scored 2 touchdowns? What about just two weeks ago when he did it again against the Detroit Lions? Well Hines was at it again this past Thursday night when he had his third two touchdown game. The difference this time around was Hines was used in many facets of the game and seemed to earn the coaching staff’s trust as a featured back against the Titans. Hines ran for his season high 12 carries and 70 yards on the ground and caught 5 catches on 6 targets for 45 yards. Hines finds himself at the top of this list and will be a risky add and play going forward but we cannot deny the impact he had for the Colts in that important divisional battle last Thursday and with 5 straight exploitable matchups up next, he is a priority add.
Salvon Ahmed, Miami Dolphins, Rostered in 6% of Yahoo leagues
Put some respect on Salvon Ahmed’s name! This dude went from a complete nobody last week who carried the ball only 7 times against Arizona, to the featured Dolphins back this past Sunday against the Chargers. We featured Ahmed in this column last week citing that this scenario could just happen where Ahmed would be given the keys to the rushing offense. Ahemd ran for 21 times, gained 85 yards and scored a touchdown. All of this while Jordan Howard was made inactive Sunday and then released on Monday morning. As Myles Gaskin is healing on IR, it seems that the Dolphins have great faith in Ahmed to carry the load for this team and at the very least against a Broncos team that just gave up nearly 200 total yards and 4 rushing touchdowns to the Raiders.
Cam Akers, Los Angeles Rams, Rostered in 26% of Yahoo leagues
This is the part of the RB section that gets really tricky this week. I don’t necessarily love Cam Akers and I am not sure you will be able to start him right away but after the Rams had their bye it was Akers who led the team in carries with 10. This backfield may be headed for more headaches than points but Akers should be added should injury befall either Henderson or Brown and it should be noted that in the fantasy playoffs Akers and the Rams running backs face the Patriots, Jets, and Seahawks.
Kalen Ballage, Los Angeles Chargers, Rostered in 19% of Yahoo leagues
If you would have told me in the offseason that I would have been writing about Kalen Ballage two weeks in a row for the waiver wire column in weeks 10 and 11 I would have said you are crazy! But here we are. Ballage now has back to back games with 15 or more carries and 3 or more targets. With Ekeler on the mend Ballage’s days are likely numbered with this kind of production but with matchups against the Jets and Bills up next, Ballage will be a nice plug and play in your FLEX over the next couple weeks.
Carlos Hyde, Seattle Seahawks, Rostered in 10% of Yahoo leagues
It is hard to take Pete Carroll at his word with injury updates as he is ever the optimist but this week he stated that he believed Carlos Hyde was not only further along than Chris Carson but that he would play on Thursday night. I feel like I say this every week but: this will be a rental! But Hyde against an underperforming Cardinals defense on Thursday night in what is likely to be one of the highest scoring contests in week 11? Sign me up.
Devontae Booker, Las Vegas Raiders, Rostered in 3% of Yahoo leagues
At the very least, Booker appears to be Josh Jacobs’ handcuff. Best case scenario, in desperate situations, you can FLEX him in positive game script games like this past week against Denver.
Rodney Smith, Carolina Panthers, Rostered in less than 1% of Yahoo leagues
Desperate add in deeper leagues with CMC likely out through the BYE and Mike Davis nursing a thumb injury.
Alex Collins, Seattle Seahawks, Rostered in less than 1% of Yahoo leagues
Should Hyde not make it back in time for Thursday it was Collins who scored and led this team in carries last week. Buyer beware.
Jakobi Meyers, New England Patriots, Rostered in 48% of Yahoo leagues
It was just as I planned it. I called that Jakobi Meyers would throw a touchdown pass against the Ravens and you know it!. Ok, so I didn’t but you could imagine if I did, right? Either way, Meyers now seems fully involved as the main playmaker for the Patriots passing attack with 31 targets over his last 3 games and over 50 yards receiving in four straight games. Meyers has taken over the Edelman role in this offense and is the best wide receiver add this week.
Cole Beasley, Buffalo Bills, Rostered in 50% of Yahoo leagues
Adding Beasley this week comes with a big caveat as the Bills will head into their BYE week this week and Beasley’s best production this year has come in the games that Buffalo was missing John Brown. I have Beasley this high because in his last two games without Brown he has 20 targets, 15 catches and nearly 160 yards receiving yards. This past week with Brown leaving early, Beasley garnered 13 targets, caught 11 of them for 109 yards and a touchdown. We have seen this new look. The Bills team will air it out and if Brown misses time, Beasley will be a major beneficiary..
Michael Pittman Jr., Indianapolis Colts, Rosteredin 11% of Yahoo leagues
Given how inconsistent Philip Rivers has been throwing the football this year, it has been hard to project who will be the main vein of the Colts passing attack. Michael Pittman Jr. finds himself in our cross hairs this week after he was highly effective in his game against the Titans last Thursday as he caught 7 of 8 targets and led the team in receiving yards with 101. He also added a nice 21 yard run on a tricky end around play. That makes it 15 targets over his last two games and with games against Green Bay, Tennessee, and Houston up next Pittman could be heating up just in time to make a difference for your fantasy squad.
Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles, Rostered in 26% of Yahoo leagues
The entire Eagles offense save for maybe Miles Sanders was highly unimpressive last week against the Giants but Jalen Reagor deserves your consideration on the waiver this week after leading the team in targets in that game. Reagor now has back to back games with 73% or more of the team snaps and 6 or more targets. The increase in usage is there and the next two secondaries he will face have given up a combined 25 touchdowns to wide receivers over the course of this year.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers, Rostered in 17% of Yahoo leagues
I really don’t like doing this to you. I really don’t. MVS is a trap but it is hard to ignore a WR in a Aaron Rodgers led offense that has back to back games with 15 or more PPR fantasy points. Over his last two games MVS has amassed 202 receiving yards and three touchdowns. He has always had the talent but over the last two weeks he seems to have shaken off a lot of his mental woes. Will it last? Your guess is as good as mine.
K.J. Hamler, Denver Broncos, Rostered in 4% of Yahoo leagues
Hard to trust much on the Broncos offense these days especially with Drew Lock potentially injuring his ribs in last week’s contest against the Raiders. K.J. Hamler piques my interest slightly given that he has at least 10 targets, 4 catches, and 50 yards receiving in back to back games. Should Drew Lock miss more time however Hamler would not be a trustworthy option in fantasy.
Breshad Perrimen, New York Jets, Rostered in 8% of Yahoo leagues
If MVS is a trap, Breshad Perrimen is the Trojan Horse. The poor man’s version of MVS plays for the Jets and you will likely never start him but he had a nice game prior to the Jets BYE in which he caught 5 of 7 targets for 101 yards for two touchdowns. He will not be a world beater playing for the Jets but we know how Joe Flacco loves deep threat wide receivers and Perrimen is that.
Not to cop out here but most Tight Ends this year have just been so hard to predict. Outside of Kelce you have not been consistently happy. Keep streaming matchups and paying attention to the snap percentages and routes run.
Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints, Rostered in 2% of Yahoo leagues
This is pretty simple to me. Jameis has been a top 12 fantasy QB in most games in his career and now he will be filling in for Drew Brees who is dealing with fractured ribs and a collapsed lung. He will be taking over as signal caller for the Saints when their pass catchers are maybe the healthiest they have ever been and Winston’s next two opponents are Denver and Atlanta. Enough said.
Alex Smith, Washington Football Team, Rostered in 5% of Yahoo leagues
In deeper and super FLEX leagues, Alex Smith deserves a look on the waiver as he has amassed over 700 yards passing in his last two games. He has a date with Cincy this week who just gave up 4 touchdowns and over 300 yards to Big Ben.