Fantasy Football: Week 11 Waiver Wire Watch

Dr. Roto discusses the top waiver wire options at each of the four core skill positions heading into Week 11 of the Fantasy Football season.

Detroit Lions running back J.D. McKissic

Daily Dr. Roto—November 12, 2019

Waiver Wire for Week 11


Ryan Finley, Bengals

Finley is far from special, but he looks to be the starter for the Bengals for the rest of the season (barring injury) as they take a closer look at their younger players. Playing the Ravens in his first game was a bit of a mess, but he did show a solid pocket presence and decent mobility. The Raiders are soft against the pass, so Finley could surprise.

Kyle Allen, Panthers

With Cam Newton done for the season with the Panthers, Allen steps in as the starter. Allen performed admirably against the Packers on the road in the snow in Week 10. In fact, he had his best day as a professional throwing for over 300 yards passing. Allen has tons of weapons and you could do worse than adding him for the stretch run.

Nick Foles, Jaguars

Foles will be back as starter come Week 11 on the road against the Colts and he should be picked up immediately. Foles has a multitude of weapons at his disposal and although it might take him a week or two to get back into the groove, I like his late season upside.

Derek Carr, Raiders

There’s probably a small chance that Carr is available in your league. He is at home against Cincy this week, so if there ever was a week that you should start him, this would be it.

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Running Backs

Brian Hill, Falcons

With Freeman out with an injury and Ito Smith placed on the IR, Hill has the job all to himself in Week 11. The Panthers have been awful at stopping the run in recent weeks, so this could be a great week to use Hill. With only three weeks left in waivers in most leagues, he might be the best player who comes available. Spend up and get him if you need.

Ryquell Armstead, Jaguars

Smart Fantasy owners won’t overlook the fact that Armstead had five receptions for 65 yards in the Jaguars last game. I think the team will start using him more to give Fournette a breather during games, so look for Armstead to have about 8-10 touches a week moving forward. If I owned Fournette he would be a must get for me at this point.

J.D. McKissic, Lions

With Ty Johnson now injured, McKissic might be the new Lions starter by default. I still don’t think that he is built for 20 touches per week, but I like his upside in PPR leagues. 

Mike Davis, Panthers

The Panthers picked Davis up off waivers after the Bears dropped him. If I owned McCaffrey, I would make sure I added him as a backup. Reggie Bonnafon has flashed in spots, but Davis would be the heavy duty backup if CMC should get injured.

Wide Receivers

Darius Slayton, Giants

At this point it makes no sense for the Giants to bring back Sterling Shepard and I think he will go onto the IR at some point in the coming weeks. Slayton has been a revelation for the team and has earned the right to be the best WR waiver pickup of the week. The Giants have a relatively easy schedule the rest of the season, so if you need Slayton, pay the money and get him.

DeVante Parker, Dolphins

With Preston Williams out, Parker has become the de facto WR1 for the Dolphins. I still don’t trust him on a consistent basis, but after Week 11 he has one of the best schedules in the league.

James Washington, Steelers

James Washington

Rudolph appears comfortable throwing to his old Oklahoma State buddy as Washington has 10 receptions on 11 targets in the past two games. Fantasy owners were high on Washington prior to the season, and Rudolph obviously trusts him, so I might take a closer look his way if I was desperate for a wideout.

Hunter Renfrow, Raiders

Renfrow has earned the complete trust of Jon Gruden and the Raiders coaching staff. He’s had 14 receptions on 16 targets in the past three weeks, including two TDs. The Raiders face the toothless Bengals this week, so look for another good game from Renfrow.

Josh Reynolds, Rams

Brandin Cooks has been ruled out for Week 11 so Reynolds will be once again be starting. His matchup against the Bears is far less scary than most people think, and Jared Goff always plays better at home than he does on the road, so if you need Reynolds he is useable. 

Tight Ends

Noah Fant, Broncos

With Brandon Allen being the new starter at QB, he might lean more on Fant in the coming weeks. Fant is a superior athlete who can run and catch and has Pro Bowl upside. Tight ends usually take some time to mature, but it appears that Fant’s a lot closer to being ready than most. 

Luke Stocker, Falcons

Austin Hooper is out with a knee injury and might miss the next couple of games. Stocker is more blocker than receiver, but he could see some red zone looks from Matt Ryan.

Irv Smith/Kyle Rudolph, Vikings

With Adam Thielen out most likely through the Vikings BYE week, look for them to continue using two tight ends as their primary offensive set. This puts both Rudolph and Smith in play on a weekly basis. I see Rudolph as the better target in standard leagues, while I like Smith more in PPR formats.

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