At this point in the season, we really aren’t going to see many true breakouts. You might see some under-the-radar guys have a second or third big game (Darrius Slayton), but as far as the out-of-nowhere big performances (think DJ Chark or Hollywood Brown) that will continue the rest of the year — you’re really only going to find those in the early weeks (unless Derrius Guice finally makes good on all that promise after returning next week). What you’ll find now is important injury replacements (Brian Hill, filling in for Devonta Freeman or J.D. McKissic filling in for Ty Johnson), random big games (Demaryius Thomas), and streamers. And sure enough, that’s who makes up the top Week 11 fantasy waiver wire pickups and free agent adds.
Streamers are probably the most important part of our full free agent list. There are four teams on bye next week (Giants, Packers, Seahawks, Titans), and they feature some key fantasy contributors at a variety of positions. There aren’t many worthwhile QB streamers, but we have several WR, TE, and D/ST options, which you can find at the end of the list.
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Given Hill’s matchup next week (see below), he might be worth using a waiver claim on. You could also argue that Guice, set to return after getting injured in Week 1, is worth a claim, but given Adrian Peterson’s presence, it might be wishful thinking to imagine Guice having a big impact down the stretch (still worth nabbing though). Most owners in your league will likely be saving their waiver spot in the hopes something big happening next week. (Or later this week, as both Saquon Barkley and Le’Veon Bell were checked for injuries after their respective games.)
Top fantasy football waiver wire pickups for Week 11
Unless otherwise noted, only players owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues considered.
Brian Hill, RB, Falcons. Hill was already getting a lot of run as Devonta Freeman’s backup in Week 10, but after Freeman exited in the third quarter because of an ankle injury, Hill took over. He finished the day with 20 carries for 63 yards and one catch (two targets) for 10 yards and a score. The numbers aren’t eye-popping, but clearly the Falcons re comfortable leaning on Hill if Freeman misses time. The 6-1, 219-pound third-year back certainly has the size to handle a full complement of touches, and with a matchup against a Panthers defense that entered Week 10 allowing the fifth-most fantasy points per game to RBs on deck, Hill will likely be a priority pickup in most leagues.
Darius Slayton, WR, Giants. Slayton has already had some big games this year, including a two-touchdown game in Week 8. He equaled that touchdown total in Week 10, and he also set career highs in catches (10), targets (14), and yards (123). With Sterling Shepard (concussion) likely out for the foreseeable future and Evan Engram (foot) possibly out for a while, too, Slayton will continue to function as a top-two receiving option in the Giants offense. That could yield some nice results for fantasy owners, be it in garbage time or when games are close. New York has a bye next week, so you might not need to use a waiver claim on Slayton, but he’s still work picking up.
WEEK 11: Full waiver wire
Derrius Guice, RB, Redskins. Guice (knee) is eligible to return from IR in Week 11 and is expected to be healthy enough to do so. He won’t reclaim the whole workload from Adrian Peterson right away, but Guice is likely the more talented back at this point and could be crucial in the fantasy playoffs, particularly Weeks 14 (@ Packers) and 16 (vs. Giants). Washington plays the Jets in Week 11, which sounds good, but New York just held Saquon Barkley to one yard on 13 carries. It’s just not often that this late in the season you can get a possible starting fantasy RB for the rest of the season, though, so Guice is worth adding.
J.D. McKissic, RB, Lions. Ty Johnson suffered a concussion in Week 10, so McKissic should step in as the top back for the Lions. He’ll split time with Paul Perkins, as he did Sunday, but McKissic is the better pass-catcher and should also see at least half the carries (McKissic had 10 carries compared to Perkins’ seven in Week 10). A Week 11 matchup with the Cowboys isn’t great, but especially in PPR leagues, McKissic is a pickup you should make.
Ross Dwelley, TE, 49ers. The extent of George Kittle’s knee injury is unknown, but if he’s forced to miss a second straight game in Week 11 (possible, if not probable), Dwelley would be a top TE sleeper going up against a Cardinals defense that’s allowed a TE touchdown in all but one game this year. Get in early and grab Dwelley while the rest of your league plays waits-and-see. If he’s available ahead of Monday night’s game — which he should be on most sites — you can nab him as a free agent right now.
For more waiver wire/free agent suggestions, including WR fliers, TE fill-ins, and D/ST streamers, check out our full Week 11 list.
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