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Through The Wire - Week 11

By Antonio D'Arcangelis | 11/15/22 |

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 for that elusive title that your friends say is out of your grasp.

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 that might be available in 12-team PPR leagues. I’ll also provide a brief update on the players I covered the previous week.

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

Week 11 Byes: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa Bay, Seattle


Matt Ryan, IND vs. Philadelphia – Despite all the criticism of the Jeff Saturday hire, the Colts looked to Jonathan Taylor and their running game, also getting a decent game from Ryan in a game management role. While the veteran QB completed 21 of 28 passes for 222 yards and a TD, he also did work with his legs, adding 38 rushing yards and another score on four carries in Sunday’s 25-20 win over the Raiders. Next week could require more throwing, but with the paradigm shift in Indy, Ryan could have rejuvenated his fantasy relevancy.

Kenny Pickett, PIT vs. CIN - Pickett was somewhat sloppy in the win over the Saints, completing 18 of 30 pass attempts for 199 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions while rushing eight times for 51 yards and a TD. Week 11 offers a more palatable matchup and the chance for a shootout with Cincy.

UPDATE: Deshaun Watson, CLE at Buffalo – He’s not starting in Week 11, but if you have faith in him, some roster space and you need an impact QB for the fantasy playoffs, Watson could be the man. This is not a ringing endorsement, but we’ve seen him post ungodly numbers before, even while he was (allegedly) committing ungodly acts.

Other QBs to consider (Week 11 opponents in parentheses): Marcus Mariota, ATL (vs. CHI); Russell Wilson, DEN (vs. LV)

UPDATE (players recommended last week):

Justin Fields, CHI – Fields (12 of 20 passes for 167-2-1 and 147 rushing yards with two more TDs on 13 carries) was electric in Sunday’s 31-30 loss to the Lions. Those who got him in his final possible gasp of fantasy free agency are happy.

Daniel Jones, NYG – Jones had an efficient day against Houston in a hard-fought win, completing 13 of 17 passes for 197-2-0 adding five rushing attempts for 24 yards. Detroit offers a much tastier matchup in Week 11.

Andy Dalton, NO – Dalton completed just 17 of his 27 throws for 174-1-2 in Sunday’s 20-10 loss to the Steelers. It was his worst fantasy performance of the season among his seven games played.

Running Backs

Elijah Mitchell, SF at Arizona – Mitchell (knee) was activated from IR and immediately jumped into the fray as the ideal change of pace for CMC, rushing 18 times for 89 yards in Sunday’s 22-16 win over the Chargers. He’s a good pickup and could be worth a flex start moving forward, even in a complementary role.

Jaylen Warren, PIT vs. CIN – Warren outplayed Najee Harris and rushed nine times for 37 yards while securing all three of his targets for 40 yards during the Steelers’ win over the Saints on Sunday. I’d anticipate more usage moving forward as the Steelers tire of the ineffectiveness Harris has shown in his sophomore campaign.

Rachaad White, TB (BYE) – White rushed 22 times for 105 yards in Sunday’s 21-16 win over the Seahawks. Leonard Fournette is expected to return from the Week 11 bye against Cleveland in Week 12, but White has carved a role for himself in his rookie season.

Other RBs to consider (Week 11 opponents in parentheses): Isiah Pacheco, KC (@LAC); Latavius Murray, DEN (vs. LV); Jerick McKinnon, KC (@LAC); Keaontay Ingram, ARI (vs. SF); Kyren Williams, LAR (@NO); Kenneth Gainwell, PHI (@IND)

UPDATE (players recommended last week):

Jeff Wilson, MIA – Wilson looked sharp in the Dolphins’ 39-17 win over the Browns on Sunday. rushing 17 times for 119 yards and a TD and bringing in two of five targets for 24 yards. He’s a must-start in all formats from here on out, though he’s on a Week 11 bye.

Deon Jackson, IND – Jackson (knee) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Raiders and Taylor was back in his usual role. Skip him.

Kylin Hill, GB – With Aaron Jones healthy, Hill didn’t get a carry on Sunday.

Kadarius Toney

Wide Receivers / Tight Ends

Christian Watson, GB vs. Tennessee – Watson overcame a chest injury to star in the Packers offense on Sunday. He hauled in four of eight targets for 107 yards and three enormous touchdowns in the 31-28 overtime win over Dallas. He should be rostered in all formats ahead of Thursday's matchup against the Titans, even though he’s just under 6% owned right now in ESPN leagues.

Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, TEN @ Green Bay – Westbrook-Ikhine had 5-119-2 on eight targets in Sunday’s 17-10 win over the Broncos, and his fantasy stock is looking up. Next week could be a high-scoring game.

Kadarius Toney, KC @ Los Angeles Chargers – Toney finally got used the way he wants and had 4-57-1 on five targets in the win over Jacksonville. He should be owned in all deeper formats and could be a solid WR3/flex if JuJu Smith-Schuster misses time.

Darius Slayton, NYG vs. Detroit – Once again we forget about Slayton and he shows up. The Giants WR had 3-95-1 on four targets and remains a risk-reward fantasy play.

Other WRs/TEs to consider (Week 11 opponents in parentheses): Parris Campbell, IND (vs. PHI); Jalen Virgil, DEN (@CAR); TE Foster Moreau, LV (@DEN); Treylon Burks, TEN (@GB); Jahan Dotson, WAS (@HOU); TE Cade Otton, TB (BYE)

UPDATE (players recommended last week):

Odell Beckham Jr., FA – According to the sage commentary of Adam Schefter, Beckham is desperately hoping to narrow the list of teams he is considering and sign a contract by the end of this month. We’ll see.

George Pickens, PIT – Pickens caught three of four targets for 32 yards, rushing twice for 23 yards and a TD on Sunday. He’s a solid contributor in 12-team formats.

Terrace Marshall Jr., CAR – Marshall hauled in just one of two targets for 43 yards in the Panthers’ 25-15 win over the Falcons on Thursday night. Meh.

TE Cole Kmet, CHI – Kmet was the play of the week at TE!! He caught four of seven targets for 74 yards and two touchdowns in the loss to the Lions and continues his burgeoning rapport with Fields. Of the QB’s seven passing TDs over the last three games, the third-year TE has been the recipient of five of them. While most of his yardage came on a 50-yard touchdown in the third quarter on a busted coverage by the Detroit secondary, the 74 receiving yards were also a season high.

Defense/ Special Teams

  • Los Angeles Rams @ NO
  • Baltimore vs. CAR
  • New Orleans vs. LAR
  • New York Jets @ NE
  • Washington @ HOU
  • Denver vs. LV