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Working the Wire: Week 11

By Josh Tinelli | 11/13/23 |

Each week I’ll provide you with a rundown by position of key waiver wire adds. We’ll evaluate not just breakouts based on past performance, but also who could deliver this week based on a soft matchup. Stats will be provided based on a 12-team PPR league, with players less than 75% (preferably less than 50%) ownership being considered.

Note: This column will be updated tomorrow at the conclusion of Week 10.

Week 11 Byes: Atlanta, New Orleans, New England, Indianapolis


Joshua Dobbs, MIN @ DEN

Dobbs has stepped into the Vikings starting QB role and flourished in less than two games, passing for 268-1-0 (completing 67% of his passes) and rushing for 8-44-1 against a tough New Orleans defense. Up next is the much more forgiving Broncos pass defense that has allowed the 5th-most passing TDs. This will be the last week to pick him up off waivers.

Jordan Love, GB vs LAC

Love delivered a 289-2-2 passing line on 40 attempts against a tough Steelers secondary. In Week 11, he faces a Chargers pass defense that has allowed the most passing yards and 8th-most passing TDs.

Other QBs to consider: Aidan O’Connell LV (@ MIA), Tommy DeVito NYG (@ WAS)

Last week’s waiver adds:

Will Levis, TEN @ TB: Levis struggled to re-create the magic of his first game against Atlanta, as he threw 199-0-1 and completing less than 50% of his passes against a weak Bucs secondary. He’ll face another struggling defense in Week 11 (Jacksonville), but with accuracy issues plaguing him the last two weeks, he’ll be difficult to trust.

Joshua Dobbs, MIN vs NO: See above. Dobbs sits as the QB4 heading into Monday night.

Running Backs

Ty Chandler

Ty Chandler, MIN @ DEN

With Alexander Mattison leaving in the first half with a concussion, Chandler saw 15 carries for 45 yards and a TD against a tough Saints rush defense. Although he wasn’t targeted, he may have some streaming appeal in Week 11 if Mattison can’t get cleared in time against the lowly Broncos, who have allowed the most fantasy points to RBs.

Devin Singletary, HOU vs ARI

With Dameon Pierce out with an ankle injury, Singletary balled out with a 30-150-1 rushing line paired with 2-1-11-0 receiving in a victory over the surging Bengals. He may force Pierce into a secondary role (if he plays) against an Arizona team that has allowed the 3rd-most fantasy points to RBs.

Darrell Henderson, LAR vs SEA

The Rams were on bye Week 10, but in Week 11 Henderson will face a Seahawks rush defense that hasn’t allowed a lot of rushing yards, but have allowed the 5th-most rushing TDs and receiving yards to RBs. With Kyren Williams set to return off IR in Week 12, this could be the last usable week for Henderson.

Rico Dowdle, DAL @ CAR

Dowdle handled 12 carries and scored a TD in mop-up duty as the Cowboys jumped out to an early lead and then rested starter Tony Pollard. Although he takes a clear backseat to Pollard, Dowdle could see increased touches again if the Cowboys run up the score against a woeful Panthers rush defense that has allowed the 4th-most rushing yards and the most rushing TDs.

Tyjae Spears, TEN @ JAX

Spears has 15 targets and 11 receptions in the last three games with Will Levis as the Titans’ starting QB. The Jaguars boast a stingy rushing defense, but have allowed the most receptions and 2nd-most receiving yards to RBs, so Spears should find some success as the backup to Derrick Henry.

Other RBs to consider: Antonio Gibson WAS (vs NYG)

Last week’s waiver adds:

D’Onta Foreman, CHI vs. CAR: Foreman had a nice day against one of the league’s most forgiving defenses against RBs, going 21-80-1 on the ground and 2-2-12-0 receiving. Up next are two stingy defenses (Detroit and Minnesota) before a week 13 bye. With Khalil Herbert likely to return, Foreman’s days in your starting lineup are probably over.

Ty Chandler, MIN vs NO: See above. Chandler sits as the RB22 in Half-PPR leagues heading into Monday night.

Keaton Mitchell, BAL vs. CLE: Gus Edwards still handles the bulk of the workload, but Mitchell is starting to carve out a role with his explosiveness. Going 3-34-1 on the ground and 2-1-32-0 through the air has started to push Justice Hill out of the RB2 position for the Ravens.

Zach Charbonnet, SEA vs. WAS: Charbonnet is the clear backup to Kenneth Walker, but he’s getting opportunities to showcase his three-down skillset and would become a potential league winner if Walker ever went down with injury. Charbonnet delivered a 6-44-0 rushing line to go with 5-4-18-0 receiving against the middle-of-the-pack Commanders defense.

Wide Receivers / Tight Ends

Rashee Rice, KC vs PHI

The Chiefs were on bye week 10, but Rice has seen his rapport with Patrick Mahomes grow, as he’s either caught a TD or had at least 50 yards receiving in the last five games. Up next, he gets the Eagles and their league-worst defense against WRs.

Jahan Dotson, WAS vs NYG

Dotson was quiet against the Seahawks in Week 10, but the two previous weeks he combined for 18-12-177-2. In Week 11 he faces the Giants’ 3rd-worst defense against WRs, who just allowed CeeDee Lamb and Brandin Cooks both to go over 150 yards receiving and a TD.

Brandin Cooks, DAL @ CAR

Cooks had his best game of the season in a 10-9-173-1 blowup against the Giants. Week 11’s opponent, Carolina, is tough on WRs, but thereafter he faces three bottom-10 defenses against WRs (Washington, Seattle, Pittsburgh), so he will be a popular stash this week.

Noah Brown, HOU vs ARI

Brown had another monster game after Nico Collins was ruled out. He has delivered a combined 14-13-325-1 over the last two weeks, placing him squarely into flex consideration against a soft Cardinals defense.

TE Trey McBride, ARI @ HOU

McBride had another huge day, going 9-8-131-0 against the Falcons in Week 10. Since Zach Ertz went to IR, McBride has averaged 9 targets, 3 receptions and 83 yards receiving, while scoring a TD (3 games). He looks to continue the strong results this week against a Texans defense that is league-worst against the position. With Kyler Murray back and looking fresh, start McBride with confidence.

Other WRs/TEs to consider: Elijah Moore CLE (vs PIT), Jayden Reed GB (vs LAC), Luke Musgrave GB (vs LAC)

Last week’s waiver adds:

Quentin Johnston, LAC vs. DET: With Josh Palmer going on IR (as well as Mike Williams earlier in the year), Johnston has stepped into the No.2 WR role. While he saved his day with a TD, his overall 4-4-34 receiving line meant he was fourth on the team in targets (behind even Jalen Guyton). His long-awaited breakout may still be yet to come.

TE Jonnu Smith, ATL @ ARI: Smith faced a tough Cardinals defense (against TEs) energized by the return of Kyler Murray, and with starting QB Taylor Heinicke going down with a hamstring injury, Smith only saw 2 targets and caught 1 for a yard. Kyle Pitts didn’t fare much better, going 5-3-30-0. If Heinicke can’t go after the Week 11 bye, Desmond Ridder could step in and utilize Smith more.

Defense/ Special Teams

Dolphins vs LV

The Raiders have given up the most INTs and are in the bottom 10 of scoring. With new rookie starter Aidan O’Connell having passed for a combined 362 yards over the past two games, look for the Dolphins-D to feast if their offense can break out to an early lead.

Lions vs CHI

The Lions look to defend their home turf against a Bears team starting rookie QB Tyson Bagent. The Bears have allowed the most defensive TDs and tied for 2nd-most INTs (as well as a kick return TD) so look for the Lions defense to power them back into the win column.

Vikings @ DEN

Minnesota is starting to find their stride as they ride a five-game winning streak, having created 8 INTs and 3 fumble recoveries while averaging only 17 points allowed during the streak. In Week 11, they face the Broncos, who rank in the bottom 10 in sacks, fumbles and points scored.

Last week’s waiver adds:

Seahawks vs WAS: Seattle nabbed 3 sacks and a fumble recovery against the Commanders, earning a victory at home.

Steelers vs GB: The Steelers had one of their better days, with 1 sack and 2 turnovers while holding the Packers to 19 points in a home victory.

Saints @ MIN: The Saints defense struggled to contain new Vikings starter Joshua Dobbs, only getting 1 sack and 0 turnovers at home while giving up 27 points. They’re on bye Week 11 but have a favorable matchup against the Falcons Week 12.