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Through The Wire - Week 11
11/11/19; Updated: 11/12/19

Targeting weekly waiver picks is a completely subjective business, but this column hopes to point out some obvious and not-so-obvious selections to help your team from week to week while you strive to collect fantasy wins, reach your league playoffs and win the elusive title that your friends say is out of your grasp. While I’m a big proponent of making trades to bolster your roster, the waiver wire can be an almost limitless resource when it comes to discovering fantasy value in strange places. Each week, I’ll highlight some of the popular (and not-so-popular) players who can help your squad and may still be available in your league.

Feedback is always welcome, appreciated and encouraged. I’ll get to as many e-mails as I can.


Kyle Allen, CAR – I know Atlanta looked tough on Sunday, but they still offer a favorable matchup, and Allen (10-20 percent owned) gets them in Week 11. He’s the starter in Carolina now and he’s coming off a 307-1-1, lost fumble game that could have been better. Expect big things (and some big fantasy days) for him moving forward.

Jimmy Garoppolo, SF – I’ll update again after the MNF game, but for now he’s just 50-60 percent owned in fantasy leagues and has a great matchup vs. the Cards in Week 11. Jimmy G makes for a fine bye week replacement for the likes of Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson.

UPDATE: Garoppolo struggled on Monday night, completing just 24-of-46 passes for 248-1-1 in the overtime loss to the Seahawks – and his numbers could have been much worse as several would-be interceptions were dropped by Seattle defenders. He’s got a much better matchup this week since the Cards defense could open things for the running game and give Garoppolo more time to throw, which he didn’t have on Monday.

Daniel Jones, NYG – He didn’t have a perfect passer rating like Lamar Jackson did yesterday, but Jones (40-50 percent owned) did throw for 308-4-0 with his only blemish being the “L” against the Jets and a lost fumble. He’s not an option for Week 11 (bye) but there’s obviously some upside here.

Dwayne Haskins, WAS – UPDATE: Haskins has been named the starter for Week 11 and gets a favorable matchup against the Jets. He’s far from viable in standard fantasy leagues and there are likely better options out there, but deeper formats that require two QBs may force someone to play him this week, and it’s not going to get much better for Haskins.

Drew Lock, DEN – UPDATE: Lock returns to practice from IR this week after missing the first 10 weeks with a sprained thumb he suffered during an August preseason game. He’s no “lock” to draw the start over Brandon Allen on Sunday against the Vikings, but the Broncos would like to get him under center ASAP. They drafted Lock in the second round of the 2019 draft, and while his preseason performance was somewhat pedestrian, he’s their future at QB. He’s worth adding in dynasty leagues if he was dropped earlier in the season and there’s an outside chance he makes in DFS and two-QB redrafts.

Other QBs to consider: Mason Rudolph, Sam Darnold


Ryan Fitzpatrick, MIA – Fitzpatrick completed 21-of-33 passes for 169-0-1 in the Dolphins’ 16-12, Week 10 win over the Colts, adding an 11-yard touchdown on the ground. He briefly left the game in the fourth quarter to go through the concussion protocol and later returned – but isn’t much of a fantasy option ahead of the Week 11 matchup with the Bills.

Philip Rivers, LAC – The Chargers offense was dealt a tough blow when they lost LT Russell Okung to a groin injury on the opening drive, and Rivers didn’t have much time to throw after that. He completed 17-of-31 passes for 207-2-3 and his stock goes down despite a favorable matchup with the Chiefs in Week 11.

Derek Carr, OAK – Carr did enough to win a bizarre game on Thursday night, completing 21-of-31 passes for 218-1-0, and got some extra time to rest ahead of his dream matchup with the Bengals in Week 11 – where he’ll be on the QB1 radar.

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Running Backs

Brian Hill, ATL – Likely one of the most coveted adds of this week, Hill rushed 20 times for 61 yards in the Falcons’ Week 10 upset win over the Saints, adding one reception for 10 additional yards and a touchdown. He’s worth adding in all formats due to Devonta Freeman’s foot injury and the fact that Ito Smith (neck) is already on IR.

Kareem Hunt, CLE – Hunt (70-80 percent owned) rushed four times for 30 yards and hauled in 7-44-0 as the pass-catching back in the Browns offense on Sunday. He could see lots of involvement moving forward, making him relevant to mention for those leagues (especially PPR) where he hasn’t already been scooped up.

Tarik Cohen, CHI – The waiver wire pickings are slim at RB, so we’ll have to unearth Cohen (owned in just 2/3 of ESPN leagues), who compiled 14 yards on three carries Sunday and added 4-23-1 in the win over Detroit. He could see some usage next week against the Rams.

Raheem Mostert, SF – UPDATE: Mostert (5-10 percent owned) rushed six times for 28 yards and caught one pass on one target for 7 yards on Monday night, when he was forced into action after Matt Breida’s ankle injury. If Breida is forced to miss Week 11, we could see Mostert’s usage increase against significantly against the Cards.

Derrius Guice, WAS – He was included here two weeks ago, and his ownership is about 35-40 percent – so he’s still out there. He should be ready to play when the Redskins face the Jets in Week 11, and he’s got some upside in that matchup if he gets a workhorse role.

Other RBs to consider: Rex Burkhead, Nyheim Hines, Patrick Laird, Wayne Gallman


Damien Williams, KC – LeSean McCoy was a healthy scratch, and Williams rushed 19 times for 77 yards, adding 5-32-0 in the Week 10 loss to the Titans. Damien also out-carried Darrel Williams 19 to 2 and caught four more balls than rookie Darwin Thompson. He remains a low-end RB2 with Mahomes healthy for the second half of the season.

Ronald Jones, TB – Jones rushed 11 times for 29 yards and a TD in a Week 10 win over the Cardinals, catching 8-77-0 in what became one of the top days for value RBs. He’ll be worth exploring as a FLEX option against the Saints in Week 11.

J.D. McKissic, DET – McKissic rushed for 36 yards on 10 carries, adding 6-19-0 on seven targets Sunday in the loss to Chicago. He was thrust into a much larger role than expected (a season-high 57 snaps), after Ty Johnson left the game due to a concussion. McKissic's role in Week 11 hinges on Johnson's availability, though he will remain a fixture in the passing game.

Kalen Ballage, MIA – Ballage rushed 20 times for 43 yards on Sunday, adding four receptions for just 2 additional yards. He was not effective, but remains locked into a three-down role in Week 11 against the Bills, since they don’t really have anybody better, except maybe Patrick Laird.

Ryquell Armstead, JAC – The Jaguars were on a Week 10 bye.

Gus Edwards, BAL – Edwards rushed four times for 17 yards in the Ravens’ Week 10 win over the Bengals, but didn’t see as much “quality” garbage time as we expected. Still – he’s a TD vulture and worthy handcuff to Mark Ingram.

Wide Receivers / Tight Ends

Marquise Brown, BAL - UPDATE: It's amazing to me how many leagues have Brown available, though his injured stretch is an easy thing to blame that on. He's just 60 percent owned in ESPN leagues (crazy, right?) and should be rostered in every format moving forward. The Ravens offense makes Brown a high-upside play, he's coming off a 4-80-1 game in the win over the Bengals, and his matchup against the Texans in Week 11 is favorable. Get him before it's too late.

Darius Slayton, NYG – We got another two-TD effort from Slayton (10-121-2), who made his way into some of my DFS lineups after the news that both Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard would miss Sunday’s contest. He’s a solid add in all formats but his reliability depends on the health factors of the entire group.

Christian Kirk, ARI – He went for 6-138-3 this week but is still under 80 percent owned in ESPN leagues. I don’t need to tell you to pick him up, but this is your reminder to check the waiver wire and see if he’s available.

TE Greg Olsen, CAR – Maybe it was just the opponent, since GB gives up a bunch of points to TEs, but Olsen looked amazing on Sunday, catching 8-98-0 in the loss to the Packers. He’s another option who’s about 80 percent owned in ESPN leagues and may be available following the bye week crunch – when backup TEs and defenses often head to the wire.

James Washington, PIT – Washington caught 6-90-1 on seven targets in Sunday’s 17-12 win over the Rams and was easily Mason Rudolph's most trusted option among his receivers, leading the Steelers in catches and yards and hauling in the only non-defensive TD of the game for either team. He should get 5-7 more targets in Week 11 against the Browns.

Cole Beasley, BUF – Beasley hauled in 4-74-0 on six targets for 74 yards during Sunday’s 19-16 loss to the Browns, finishing second on the team in catches and receiving yards and generating the team's longest play from scrimmage on the day. I really like his chances of finding paydirt in Week 11 against the Dolphins.

Other WRs/TEs to consider: Dede Westbrook, Auden Tate, Josh Gordon, TE O.J. Howard, Andy Isabella, Hunter Renfrow, TE Nick Boyle


Jamison Crowder, NYJ – Crowder finished with 5-81-1 in Week 10 against the Giants and has a nice revenge narrative going in Week 11 with a matchup against the Redskins.

Mohamed Sanu, NE – On a bye in Week 10, Sanu will face some competition for targets when N’Keal Harry gets acclimated, but he’s been playing just about all the snaps for the Patriots and will be on the WR2 radar for a matchup with the Eagles in Week 11.

TE Vance McDonald, PIT – McDonald was quiet in a game lacking much offensive output. He should in 3-11-0 on seven targets and should continue to see targets come his way against the Browns in Week 1.

TE Noah Fant, DEN – The Broncos were on a Week 10 bye, but Fant has taken on a larger role in the wake of Emmanuel Sanders heading to San Fran.

DeVante Parker, MIA – Parker caught 5-of-10 targets for 69 yards in the Dolphins’ Week 10 win over the Colts and looks like he’s becoming a solid WR3 option.

TE Kyle Rudolph, MIN – I had him in my players to consider because of the good matchup against the Cowboys, and he responded with 4-14-2 on Sunday night. He’s got a tough Week 11 matchup with Denver but he’s back on my radar after his most recent performance.