Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Watchlist for Week 11: Streaming targets, free agent sleepers include Cam Newton, Alex Collins, Rashod Bateman

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Watchlist for Week 11: Streaming targets, free agent sleepers include Cam Newton, Alex Collins, Rashod Bateman

Week 10 is a mild one for byes, and Week 11 is much the same. Just two teams, the Broncos and Rams, are off in Week 11, so only a handful of key players will be completely off limits in fantasy football. However, because of injuries and unfavorable matchups, we still need to look ahead at possible waiver wire pickups, free agents, and streamers, such as Cam Newton, Alex Collins, and Rashod Bateman before they potentially become hot adds on waivers. Since the fantasy playoffs are right around the corner, we’re not just looking at one-week options in our Week 11 waiver wire watchlist, but also sneaky value for late in the season.

The waiver wire might be getting thin, but as injuries mount and bye weeks remove your fantasy studs from action, we have to prepare for all scenarios. Again, this is a mild week for byes, but other factors will inevitably leave you scrambling for alternate options.

WEEK 10 FANTASY: Sleepers | Busts | Start ’em, sit ’em

We know not all leagues have enough roster spots to really take advantage of “stashing players,” but for those in deeper leagues (or those who have players on IR or busts worth cutting), our week-ahead watchlist will be useful. Stashing a player or two on your bench when they’re still free agents can really pay off if those players have good games. If they don’t, they’re easy drops. Your spot in the waiver order is valuable, and you want to hold it as long as possible.

At the very least, it’s good to have a list of names of players to watch on Sunday so you can monitor snap share and targets/touches, and it’s always smart to claim matchup-based streamers at positions like TE or D/ST before there’s competition for them.

WEEK 10 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback Running back Wide receiver Tight end D/ST Kicker

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Watchlist

Reminder: This list was put together in the lead-in to Week 10, looking forward to the players who could be popular waiver-wire targets ahead of Week 11. If you have a roster spot to play with, these are free-agent options you could grab early to beat the waiver buzz.

All these players are below 50-percent ownership on Yahoo unless otherwise specified. 

Week 11 Waiver Wire Watchlist: QB

Teams on a Week 11 bye: Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Rams

Baker Mayfield, Browns (39) vs. DET in Week 11

Mayfield looked good in his first game without the OBJ drama, and even though he might struggle against New England in Week 10, a matchup with Detroit in Week 11 is a great one for fantasy points.

Daniel Jones, Giants (39) @ TB

Jones has tailed off in terms of fantasy scoring, but even though Tampa Bay has looked somewhat improved in the secondary, this game calls for a pass-happy game script and perhaps some rushing upside from Danny Dimes.

Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins (28) @ NYJ

Tagovailoa’s health is always a concern, but a matchup with the Jets on 10 days rest could be just what the doctor ordered. New York has been statistically decent against QBs, but that’s partly because so many teams have stopped passing late in games. We don’t think the Dolphins are a good enough team to blow out New York, so we’re not worried about Tua’s volume.

Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers (26) @ JAX

The Jaguars might have shut down Josh Allen, but they still rank as the ninth-worst defense against fantasy QBs. Outside of the Bills’ game, they’ve allowed fewer than 19 fantasy points to a QB just once. There’s a chance the Niners will simply ground and pound the Jags in this game, but with Brandon Aiyuk’s emergence, George Kittle’s return, and Deebo Samuel’s excellence, Jimmy G has the opportunity for a career game.

Mac Jones, Patriots (28) @ ATL

Jones has only put up more than 20 fantasy points once, but Atlanta gives up the fifth-most fantasy points per game to QBs heading into Week 10. Like Jimmy G, his fantasy prospects could be hindered by a run-heavy game script, but the Falcons might try to force Jones to beat them with his arm.

Cam Newton, Panthers (3); P.J. Walker, Panthers (2)

P.J. Walker season may come to an end before it could take off, as Cam Newton has reportedly signed a one-year deal to return to Carolina. You have to think he’ll take over the starting QB job as soon as Week 11, so he’s worth monitoring. He may not bring a lot to the table as a passer at this point in his career, but he’ll have rushing upside, and will likely dominate goalline carries as we’ve seen in the past. If you have an extra spot on your bench, he’s certainly worth grabbing. It’s worth noting there’s a chance Walker plays well in Week 10 and keeps the job, though.

WEEK 10 DFS LINEUPS: FanDuel | DraftKings | Yahoo

Week 11 Waiver Wire Watchlist: RB

Teams on a Week 11 bye: Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Rams

Devonta Freeman (50); Lavavius Murray (32), Ravens

Freeman impressed against Minnesota and looks to have more juice than we expected. Murray (ankle) should be back in the near future, but who’s to say Freeman doesn’t continue to be the most valuable piece of this backfield? In one of the league’s best rushing attacks, they’re both worth watching. Le’Veon Bell will probably be the odd man out.

Jamaal Williams, Lions (46)

Williams (thigh) was inactive prior to the Lions’ Week 10 bye, so it’s understandable his ownership fell, but he’ll continue to be a handcuff RB with  some  standalone value. If something were to happen to D’Andre Swift, Williams would get fed targets much like Swift does.

Mark Ingram, Saints (40)

Since being traded to New Orleans, Ingram has 15 carries and seven receptions for 116 total yards in two games. He has the standalone value if you’re in a tough spot at RB, but now there are rumors Alvin Kamara (knee) is banged up. Keep an eye on Ingram.

Jordan Howard, Eagles (39)

We’ll see what happens with Howard when Miles Sanders (ankle) comes back, but his production has been strong since he took over the “between-the-tackles” runner, so it’s not difficult to imagine him keeping a role for the rest of the season. If nothing else, he’ll be a goal-line touchdown vulture.

David Johnson (27); Phillip Lindsay (11), Texans

This offense is awful, but they’re at least getting some touches, right? Houston’s post-bye schedule is very favorable for RBs, with matchups against the Jets (Week 12), Seahawks (14), Jaguars (15), and Chargers (16), so one of these backs could be legit contributor down the stretch.

Brandon Bolden, Patriots (26)

Bolden has flashed as a satellite back at times this year, but we’re mainly keeping an eye on him because Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson suffered head injuries in Week 9.

Ty Johnson, Jets (16)

Johnson has posted double-digit fantasy points in four straight games, and he and Michael Carter are being peppered with targets. In PPR leagues, he has a place on fantasy rosters.

Eno Benjamin, Cardinals (10)

Chase Edmonds (ankle) could miss the next four-to-six week, so we’ll see if Benjamin takes on the 1B role as a change-of-pack back and pass-catcher next to James Conner.

Key handcuffs down the stretch:  Alex Collins, Seahawks (40); Sony Michel, Rams (33); Samaje Perine, Bengals (9)

WEEK 10 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Week 11 Waiver Wire Watchlist: WR

Teams on a Week 11 bye: Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Rams

A.J. Green, Cardinals (46)

Green was dropped in many leagues after being placed on the reserve/COVID list, but he’s still a decent option in one of the best offenses in football. If nothing else, he has to be considered as a streaming option against a struggling Seattle secondary in Week 11.

Darnell Mooney, Bears (45)

Mooney came to life against Pittsburgh, scoring two TDs. Justin Fields looked good in that game, and maybe he’s finally turning the corner. If that’s the case, Mooney will thrive. It seems he’s supplanted Allen Robinson as the No. 1 WR for the Bears.

Rashod Bateman, Ravens (44)

Bateman has 20 targets in the first three games of his career, and since Lamar Jackson appears to have improved tremendously as a passer, Bateman has sneaky late-season value. We’re not worried about Sammy Watkins’ return affecting this value.

Elijah Moore, Jets (43)

Moore broke out in Week 9, scoring twice and putting up 84 yards on eight targets. He’s also drawn 20 targets over the past three weeks, so he may become an integral part of the Jets’ game plan. Corey Davis (hip) is expected to be back soon, so we’ll have to monitor how that affects Moore.

Tim Patrick, Broncos (32)

Patrick might not get a ton of targets, but he’s efficient with the ones he gets. Evidently, Jerry Jeudy’s arrival back into the lineup hasn’t affected his value.

Donovan Peoples-Jones, Browns (24)

DPJ only has eight targets in his past two games, but he’s scored three touchdowns and put up over 180 receiving yards on six catches. That said, he’ll be a fine boom-or-bust option down the stretch.

Russell Gage, Falcons (18)

Gage received zero targets game in Week 8, but in Weeks 7 and 9, he scored double-digit fantasy points. It turns out he was dealing with some sort of lower-body injury during his down week, so we’ll give him a pass. He’ll have flex value so long as Calvin Ridley (personal) is out.

Randall Cobb (17); Marquez Valdes-Scantling (8); Allen Lazard (6), Packers

None of these guys may ever pan out, (especially if Odell Beckham Jr. joins the Packers), but we still have to keep our eye on them. With Robert Tonyan (knee) out for the season, someone has to get targets other than Davante Adams, right? We view Lazard as a streaming option against Minnesota in Week 11.

Injury Returns: Michael Gallup, Cowboys (50); Sterling Shepard, Giants (36); T.Y Hilton, Colts (31); Will Fuller, Dolphins (26); Curtis Samuel, Washington (11)

All of these guys have missed several games this season but are nearing returns to their team’s respective lineups. All but Gallup would immediately be at least the WR2 in their offenses, but Dallas can support three WRs. With Blake Jarwin (hip) on IR, expect the Cowboys to run a lot more 11-personnel (three wideouts).

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Week 11 Waiver Wire Watchlist: TE

Teams on a Week 11 bye: Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Rams

Tyler Conklin, Vikings (34) vs. GB in Week 11

Conklin has been mildly productive over the past few weeks, and he’s drawing his fourth-straight favorable matchup in Week 11. Green Bay has been strong on defense over the past few weeks, but we like Conklin here as the No. 3 option in the Minnesota offense.

C.J. Uzomah, Bengals (29) @ LV

Las Vegas allows the fourth-most fantasy points per game to tight end heading into Week 10, and we’ve already seen Uzomah produce two overall TE1 weeks. Las Vegas has actually been strong against WRs, so if Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins are limited at all, this is another time for Uzomah to shine.

Dan Arnold, Jaguars (26) vs. SF

The 49ers are strong against TEs, however, we view Arnold as a strong season-long option who’s somewhat matchup-proof after drawing 23 targets over the past three games. He’s essentially Trevor Lawrence’s No. 1 option in the passing game.

Cole Kmet, Bears (19) vs. BAL

Kmet finally shined in Week 9 against Pittsburgh, and Justin Fields looks to be improving every week. Maybe Kmet will break out in the second half of the season, but even if he doesn’t, we like in this matchup against the most generous to fantasy TEs.

Week 11 defense streamers and sleepers

Teams on a Week 11 bye: Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Rams

San Francisco 49ers DST (51) @ JAX in Week 11

Jacksonville gives up the third-most points to fantasy D/STs this season, and although the Niners have struggled on defense, they’re a talented enough unit to trust against a bottom-dweller offense led by a rookie QB.

Tennessee Titans DST (43) vs. HOU

Tennessee leads the league in total pressures (100) heading into Week 10 and has scored three defensive touchdowns on the year. Harold Landry is top five in the NFL in sacks (9), and Kevin Byard is in the top three in interceptions (5). Against arguably the worst offense in the NFL, Tennessee will likely be ranked as a top-five defense in Week 11.

Miami Dolphins DST (35) @ NYJ

Whether it’s Mike White or Zach Wilson (knee) at QB, we like Miami’s chances to force a few turnovers against a Jets offense that has surrendered the second-most fantasy points to D/STs.

Carolina Panthers DST (34) vs. WAS

Carolina’s offense is a disaster, but their defense is still strong. Washington’s offense led by Taylor Heinicke has averaged just 11 points per game over its past three contests, so expect the Panthers to have another solid fantasy day.

Washington DST (26) @ CAR

A lot of people had Washington as their No. 1 fantasy defense heading into the season, and despite being a disappointment, it’s still loaded with talent. Cam Newton will likely get the start for Carolina, and surely he’ll be rusty in his first action in some time.





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