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The Waiver Wire 11/14

The Waiver Wire 11/14

A look at the Week 11 pickups (updated 7:30pm)
By: Pete Davidson : November 14, 2017 1:49pm

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Welcome to Week 11. This is the final bye week, with the Colts, Jets, 49ers and Panthers all taking a break. The season of the injury marches on. In Week 10, Seattle lost Richard Sherman. It’s just the latest in a string of injuries that have had a huge effect on teams. Seattle is now in new territory as Sherman has been a rock throughout his career. Alshon Jeffery, Julio Jones, Sammy Watkins and Dez Bryant all get schedule upgrades as they will now avoid their matchup with Sherman.

I'll be adding a few more players throughout the day.

The ownership rates listed below were sourced from Yahoo! They reflect a player’s ownership, not their availability.

QUARTERBACKS

Blake Bortles, Jaguars, 31 percent

It feels wrong. I get that. The thing is, he’s grinding out reasonable fantasy numbers and his schedule is friendly the rest of the way. Even the matchup with Seattle is less daunting now that Richard Sherman is done for 2017. Bortles is spectacularly bad at times, but he gives you a guy you can depend on for mediocre fantasy output. He should be owned in all leagues right now.

Jay Cutler, Dolphins, 18 percent

He’s had two or more touchdown passes in four straight games. As with Bortles, it may not feel good or right, but you should get production here. Miami is no longer run-centric now that Jay Ajayi has moved to Philadelphia. This week, Cutler has a plus matchup with the Bucs. His overall schedule is favorable.

Case Keenum (17 percent) and Teddy Bridgewater (8 percent), Vikings

Unless Keenum starts playing even better, this job should go to Bridgewater soon, but it’s Keenum who gets the start versus the Rams this week. After that, it’s a tossup as to who plays. The fantasy applications are significant. Based on the remaining schedule, you can play the Vikings’ starter every week. There are no bad matchups. In deep leagues, both of Minnesota’s quarterbacks have merit as pickups—Keenum for now and Bridgewater for later. With so many dysfunctional offenses out there, you want to be involved with the functioning ones.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bucs, 12 percent

The Bucs’ season is toast and Jameis Winton has a significant shoulder injury—specifically in the AC joint. This situation screams “shutdown.” It seems very likely that the Bucs keep their young franchise quarterback under wraps while Fitzpatrick plays out the string. That makes the fuzzy little veteran an appealing fantasy asset. The schedule is very good for fantasy purposes and that includes this week’s trip to Miami.

RUNNING BACKS

Rex Burkhead, Patriots, 14 percent

Rex was an oversight on this morning’s wire. He’s a great add and seems to have taken over the lead role—playing over 50 percent of the snaps in Week 10. He’s owned in all of my leagues, but the stats say that he could be available in some of your leagues, so check his status. You never know what’s going to happen with the Patriots running backs, but as I have been saying since they signed him, Burkhead is a great fit for what the Patriots do. A unique fit in that he’s fundamentally sound at absolutely everything—including breaking formation and playing as a true receiver. He has a weekly flex floor, but his ceiling could really grow if they continue to increase his workload. Add Rex in all formats.

Danny Woodhead, Ravens, 36 percent

If you are playing in a PPR league, Woodhead is a great option who I’d go after aggressively. Now, I do need to throw in a “shame on you” if you’ve waited this long. I’ve been telling you all to stash this guy for over a month now. Still, if you’ve gone in different directions, you may still have a chance here. They are not committing to his return this week, but there’s a good chance it will happen, and if not this week, then probably next week. This guy will catch a ton of passes from Joe Flacco as soon as he’s in the lineup. He’ll form a 1-2 combo with Alex Collins.

Samaje Perine, Washington, 8 percent

Perine’s season has been that of a rookie—marred by mistakes that have overshadowed the good things. Still, he’s a solid power runner with a broad skill set if he can just settle down a bit. With the season-ending injury to Rob Kelley, Perine is going to be the early down back for Washington and he should get plenty of goal line chances. If he picks up his game he could be a big factor the rest of the way. Perine needs to be owned in all leagues now.

Rod Smith, Cowboys, 26 percent

He’s worth a roster spot after playing ahead of RUN-DMC. He’s the guy I really like in this backfield and it would not shock me if he ended up outlaying Morris as well. He’s a good add in all leagues and can be used in PPR leagues until Zeke returns at some point.

Jamaal Williams, Packers, 8 percent

With Aaron Jones out multiple weeks and with Ty Montgomery’s rib injury (questionable for Week 11), Williams is a good short term add. He will have some kind of role this week and he could potentially be a bell cow if Montgomery sits out. Williams can play on all downs, so he’s a great pickup for this week’s home game versus the Ravens. By Week 12, Montgomery should be back leading the way. Still, Williams should be added anywhere that he is available.

David Johnson, Cardinals, 61 percent

I’m throwing him out there because he’s a huge chip if he plays. You need to read your own situation when weighing Johnson as an option. If he returns it will be around playoff time. While that sounds great if you are in a strong position, it’s important to understand that Arizona may just shut him down rather than risk him in meaningless games. The Cardinals are still technically in the race, but their hopes are fading fast with their starting quarterback and stud runner both out. So there’s no doubt that Johnson could be a great payoff, just understand that in the end, he could be a dud and it’s all about what the Cardinals decide to do. I like the idea of snagging him just to keep him away from my competition.

Latavius Murray, Vikings, 44 percent

He’s been valuable when the Vikings are playing with a lead and that makes him a solid guy to have on your bench. He’s a guy you can throw into your lineup and hope … or even start him in great matchups. He also has some applications as a handcuff for Jerick McKinnon owners.

Theo Riddick, Lions, 42 percent

His role could grow a bit if Ameer Abdullah keeps fumbling. Either way, Riddick is out there in some leagues and he gives you a few grabs each week and is involved in the red zone as a receiver.

Damien Williams, Dolphins, 34 percent

He’s clearly getting outproduced on the ground. Kenyan Drake has been far more effective. Still, Williams is going to have a passing down role because he has the trust of the coaching staff. If you are hurting for an option, he could help you this week against a mediocre Tampa defense.

Elijah McGuire, Jets, 8 percent

The Jets like to split their backfield and until Matt Forte gets back, McGuire will have a solid role as he did last week—splitting with Bilal Powell. The Jets are off this week, so add McGuire if you have some space. It sounds like he could be useful for a few games. We should know more on Forte in the coming days.

Austin Ekeler, Chargers, 5 percent

He’s clearly earned himself a role and needs to be owned in large formats. I’d add him this week if you are struggling for options. Ekeler is getting weekly touches and has flashed enough big play potential where he’s viable even without a huge workload.

J.D. McKissic, Seahawks, 3 percent

He’s the passing down back now with C.J. Prosise hurt again. The little back is making a lot of big plays and should continue to play a lot of snaps and catch some passes every game. He’s worth an add in bigger PPR formats.

Marlon Mack, Colts, 38 percent

He hasn’t taken over for Gore as we’d hoped, but as the Colts near the end of the year his role could expand. He’s still a good stash for teams looking develop another RB. He is on the bye this week. 

WIDE RECEIVERS

Corey Davis, Titans, 48 percent

I hope you got him last week, but if you didn’t, you may have one last chance. Davis played 78 snaps and looks like he’s going to be the number one receiver going forward. He can be a league winner for you if you can land him. This guy is a huge talent and he has some very good matchups left on his schedule. He can help you in the playoffs as he has solid matchups. Go get him.

Josh Doctson, Washington, 29 percent

Another player I missed this morning. I thought he was over 50 percent and didn’t include him, but he’s here again—just like the last few weeks. For some reason, nobody wants to get this guy. He should already be on most rosters. Go get him if you can. He could be a weekly starter going forward. It’s always been about getting healthy, and Doctson’s snap totals have been high over the last four games. It’s just a matter of time before the big games come. He’s close to breaking out. His value is right there with Davis.

Kenny Golladay, Lions, 7 percent

He’s back. They worked him in slowly, but even in limited action (11 offensive snaps), Golladay made a few big plays. His role should grow going forward and he needs to be owned in all leagues. If he stays healthy, he is a weekly threat to score touchdowns.

Martavis Bryant, Steelers, 43 percent

Martavis is working his way back into the mix. He’s going to start making big plays if they continue to expand his role. I’d lock him up if I had a roster spot. He is way too talented to be on the waiver wire. Even if you don’t have a use for him in your lineup, keep him away from your competition.

Corey Coleman, Browns, 22 percent

He’s a great guy to add right now, but he’s a poor option for this week due to his matchup with the Jaguars. Once he is settled in, he figures to be a heavily targeted option and a dangerous deep threat. Coleman projects as a potential weekly starter from Week 12 through Week 16.

Dontrelle Inman, Bears, 2 percent

He was the Bears number one receiver in Week 10—leading the way with 57 snaps. That bodes well going forward as the Bears have a lot of good matchups for the pass. Of course they are coached by John Fox, who would run every down if he could. In deep leagues, Inman is definitely worth a pickup.

Dede Westbrook, Jaguars, 20 percent

He will return this week and he should see plenty of action with Allen Hurns out due to an ankle injury. Westbrook could see a lot of targets and has a chance to be a major force down the stretch. Add him now if you can, especially in PPR formats.

Josh Gordon, Browns, 32 percent

Gordon is a guy to consider if you fit a few criteria. First, you need have a good shot at playing post-season games as Gordon can’t be active until Week 13, and at that point, he would not be startable because we have not seen him play at all. Second, you have to have need at receiver. There’s a chance that he returns, hits the ground running, and is playable during the playoff weeks. The only other reason to roster him is to keep him away from your competition. I don’t hold out much hope for a huge impact as Gordon has been in mothballs for years now. A good scenario would be that he is in shape and plays well enough to be wanted in 2018. Still, if you have a roster spot that you don’t know what to do with, he’s worth a shot.

TIGHT ENDS

Greg Olsen, Panthers, 59 percent

The Panthers are on their bye this week and they will be getting Olsen back on the practice field during that time. If all goes according to plan, he will be their starter for Week 12. He’s already been added in a lot of leagues but you may be able to add him this week, so see if he’s available. He’s obviously a weekly starter as soon as he returns.

Charles Clay, Bills, 43 percent

Clay returned in Week 10 and only played 29 snaps, but he should return to his normal workload in Week 11 and he’s a solid starting option as we move forward. If tight end is a need for your squad, go get him.

C.J. Fiedorowicz, Texans, 13 percent

He returned and played starter’s snaps. He only caught two passes on six targets but he should have a solid role going forward. If tight end is a problem for you, Fiedorowicz can help. 

Jermaine Gresham, Cardinals, 2 percent

Gresham has been involved the last few games and has scored in both. Gresham can help you if you have a need, but the Cardinals tend to not support TEs over time under Bruce Arians.

Adam Shaheen, Bears, 0 percent

He’s a guy to consider taking a flier on. He played a season high 31 snaps last week and he caught both of his targets for 39 yards. This could be a precursor to increased usage down the stretch. He’s a nice add in deep formats if you have a roster spot to play with.