The Waiver Wire 11/17
Updated at 8pm
Welcome to Week 11! The waiver wire is not as stocked with talent as it was a few weeks back, so I hope you have done most of your shopping already. That being said, there are a few nuggets out there for the taking and a few talented players showed flashes in Week 10. I've already added a few players to the wire I posted over at WEEI this morning.
As always, I will be watching game film throughout the day and I will be adding more players.
The ownership rates listed for each player were obtained at Yahoo!
Tony Romo, Cowboys, 65 percent
He could return this week and he's a QB1 the moment he is back on the field. Add him in any league where you can, unless you are fully loaded at quarterback.
Jay Cutler, Bears, 40 percent
Cutler has really stepped up his game in recent weeks and I was shocked by how easily he sliced up the Rams defense on their home field. This week's game against the Broncos is the last time this year where I am sitting Cutler. He could be your starter the rest of the way, starting in Week 12 at Green Bay. Add him in all leagues if you need a quarterback.
Tyrod Taylor, Bills, 46 percent
He has QB1 appeal every week as long as he has healthy weapons and right now he does. He'll give you the big play with his arm and with his feet, which helps his floor. He can be your starter on most weeks in all leagues.
Marcus Mariota, Titans, 42 percent
He has a very nice closing schedule and they are starting to let him use his athleticism more as a runner, which could lead to some big weeks in fantasy. In deeper leagues, Mariota could be a helpful addition.
Kirk Cousins, Washington, 33 percent
I had him as a start in my starts and sits column last week, but it was more for folks who were in emergency situations. Boy did I undersell his upside. Cousins went off for 30-plus points and was in control all day long. I'm not liking him at all this week against Carolina, but he has some good matchups down the stretch so he can help you as a QB2 or QB3 in deeper leagues.
Mark Sanchez, Eagles, 1 percent
He will start for a few games and he has shown an ability to post decent fantasy numbers in Chip Kelly's offense, so add him if you need a quarterback. He's got beatable matchups the next two weeks.
Brock Osweiler, Broncos, 2 percent
He's going to start this week, so if you play in a deep format, he could be a life raft of sorts. Osweiler is not a quarterback I have a lot of faith in but he has a strong arm and a nice cache of weapons to work with. He may be able to help you in 14-team leagues or in a 2QB format.
Johnny Manziel, Browns, 3 percent
The Browns are on their bye, but keep an eye on Manziel this week in big formats because it sounds like they may opt to let him start the rest of the way. It makes sense. Manziel has looked calm, cool and collected this season and last week against the Steelers was no different. If he can stay out of trouble, he still has a bright future and he plays the Ravens coming out of the bye. He could be useful down the stretch if you play in a big enough league or a two-QB format.
Matt Jones, Washington, 48 percent
He'll be the big name on all waiver wires this week and he should be, but there is plenty of reason for skepticism as well. I have no doubt that Jones is the back of the future in Washington, but he is still giving up too many snaps to Alfred Morris and Chris Thompson to be a consistent RB2 option. Could that change? Absolutely. That's why he's a player to own right now in all leagues. Jones is the new regime's guy, and they may flip the switch soon to see how he handles a bigger workload. Get Jones now and see what happens. He's one of the few genuine lottery tickets still available.
Alfred Blue, Texans, 48 percent
He's an underrated power runner, but he plays for a team that has trouble getting leads and is often forced to pass throughout the second half of games. That said, he has a few good matchups left and can help you if need options in a standard league. His PPR value is decidedly lower.
Shaun Draughn, 49ers, 4 percent
He's worth a flier in deep leagues or if you are in a tough spot at running back. Draughn has always been a decent back and he has some ability as a receiver as well. Now that Pierre Thomas has been released, I am liking Draughn's value even more than I did going into the 49ers bye week. There are a few plus matchups left of the 49ers schedule, so he's worth a stash in 12-team leagues even if you aren't totally desperate. Things change fast in 2015, if you haven't noticed.
David Cobb, Titans, 15 percent
New head coach Mike Mularkey says Cobb could play this Thursday, so he is a good player to add in 12-team leagues and even in smaller formats if you are in running back hell as many are these days. Cobb has had his issues, but he may finally be ready to contribute and he's the best back on the roster when fully healthy.
Jay Ajayi, Dolphins, 18 percent
He looked very good in Week 9 and he followed it up with an equally impressive Week 10. Lamar Miller is still the lead dog, but Ajayi is giving the coaching staff something to think about and he's a very good receiver and we haven't even seen him catch a ball yet. I like him as a stash in deep leagues but his real value is as a handcuff for Miller owners.
Tevin Coleman, Falcons, 25 percent
Coleman has been relegated to strict backup duty by a surging Devonta Freeman, but don't forget about him. He could replace a large portion of Freeman's numbers if given the chance. Freeman owners should add him as a handcuff now. Don't wait.
Denard Robinson, Jaguars, 1 percent
He will get the start Thursday night if TJ Yeldon can’t go and he’s got plenty of upside due to his explosiveness and big play ability. He is a priority add for Yeldon owners and anybody else who is short at RB this week. ***UPDATE*** It appears that Yeldon will play, but it's still a good idea to have Robinson rostered as a handcuff. Running backs go down, if you haven't noticed.
#Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon (foot) out of the boot, said for Thursday, "I'll be fine."— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) November 17, 2015
James White, Patriots, 39 percent
He was a disappointment in his first game since the injury to Dion Lewis, but White is a solid back who can grind out some stats in New England’s offense. He still has some upside in PPR leagues given the overall shoddy state of the running back position.
Michael Floyd, Cardinals, 61 percent
His Week 11 status is cloudy due to a hamstring strain, but he's on fire having scored five times over his last four games. Get him on your team if you can. His rest of the year schedule is outstanding.
Danny Amendola, Patriots, 31 percent
He is the guy to go after this week as his weekly role is going to change significantly going forward due to the injury to Julian Edelman. Amendola should see ten plus targets every week down the stretch and that makes him a WR2 candidate in PPR formats while giving him strong WR3 appeal in standard scoring. Go get this guy.
Kamar Aiken, Ravens, 47 percent
He was targeted 14 times in Week 10 and that's not a fluke with all the injuries in Baltimore. Aiken has strong WR3 appeal in PPR leagues and he's a viable WR3 in most leagues. Nobody is taking his gig until next season, so enjoy the stats.
Marvin Jones, Bengals, 53 percent
He's a viable WR3 option in 12-team standard leagues and looks like a nice matchup option down the stretch. He should be rostered in most leagues.
Chris Givens, Ravens, 10 percent
I'm a fan of Givens going back to his days at Wake Forest. I never understood why he was used so little in St. Louis. He was Sam Bradford's favorite deep threat when things were going well, and he's an even better fit with Joe Flacco. Givens has WR3 appeal down the stretch and he has a lot of big play ability, so he's a very interesting tournament play in daily fantasy leagues.
Kendall Wright, Titans, 51 percent
He's getting close to a return, and he'll have significant PPR appeal down the stretch, so go get him now while he is so widely available.
Jamison Crowder, Washington, 9 percent
He made the big play last week and he's been consistently involved since Week 3. Crowder has definite appeal in large PPR formats and it seems like his role could continue to grow. He's stashable in 12-team PPR formats.
Dorial Green-Beckham, Titans, 26 percent
Kendall Wright is banged up and Justin Hunter is now out for the year. It's time for Green-Beckham to step up and he should get an opportunity to do so. I'd be adding him in all 12-team leagues this week. He has some very good matchups down the stretch.
Devin Funchess, Panthers, 23 percent
He did not repeat his big performance from Week 9, but he caught a few balls and is one of the few true breakout candidates remaining. If your team is past the bye weeks and has some roster space, Funchess is a guy to stash.
Nelson Agholor, Eagles, 23 percent
He finally got back on the field after missing a month with a high ankle sprain. While the results were not eye-popping, he was active and was targeted four times resulting in three receptions for 32 yards. I expect his numbers to increase going forward. Agholor is a stash option with plenty of upside in 12-team PPR leagues.
Doug Baldwin, Seahawks,
In deep leagues he makes some sense as he is capable of putting a good game together, but he’s only for big leagues. He has a nice closing schedule.
Brian Quick, Rams, 8 percent
He was finally active in Week 10 with eight targets and one big catch for 37 yards. The Rams are switching from Nick Foles to Case Keenum at quarterback, and in my opinion, that makes Quick potentially more valuable. Keenum is a good deep ball passer while Foles has looked bad most of the year. With Todd Gurley drawing extra defenders in the box, this is a situation I like. Add Quick in deep leagues as a stash who could really pay off during the season's final weeks.
Dontrelle Inman, Chargers, 4 percent
San Diego is quickly running out of receivers and Inman is the the third option. And, he’s playing behind an old already-injured Malcom Floyd (labrum) and a oft-dinged Stevie Johnson. Inman should be owned in most larger formats including 12-team leagues.
Charles Clay, Bills, 41 percent
He's been light the last few games but he's looked good when called upon and he could start making big plays as teams are forced to lean on a healthy Sammy Watkins and a potent Bills running game. Clay should be owned in most 10-team leagues and all 12-team leagues.
Heath Miller, Steelers, 36 percent
The return of Ben Roethlisberger means that Miller is a viable option in 12-team leagues and in PPR formats. He will see consistent targets with target hog Le'Veon Bell done for the year. Add Miller in any league where you need tight end help.
Eric Ebron, Lions, 31 percent
He was targeted eight times last week but he never got the big play. Still, I would be adding Ebron where you can, because he has as much upside as any free agent tight end you will find.
Jacob Tamme, Falcons, 19 percent
He's been seeing a ton of targets since Week 5 and I see that trend continuing down the stretch as Matt Ryan looks for options outside of Julio Jones. Tamme has TE1 appeal in PPR formats and he is a solid bench option in standard leagues. The more he plays, the more in sync he will be with Ryan, and that should lead to more touchdown production.
Crockett Gillmore, Ravens, 12 percent
He's getting a consistent five targets or so per game but his real appeal is as a red zone weapon and I see no reason why his scoring ability will diminish this season--with so few quality options available to Joe Flacco.
Clive Walford, Raiders, 1 percent
The impressive rookie has scored in three out of the last four games. While he is not seeing a ton of targets, it's clear that his time is coming. You could do worse in big leagues if you are looking for a TE2 with some upside down the stretch of the fantasy season. I just added Walford in a dynasty league. That's a no brainer if you have a chance to do the same. This kid is a future TE1.
Garrett Celek, 49ers, 1 percent
He's a stash option in really big leagues and a player to monitor in all leagues now that Vernon Davis is a Bronco. Celek has NFL bloodlines. In fact, his brother Brent had a big game against Miami on Sunday. Keep an eye on little brother.
Maxx Williams, Ravens, 1 percent
Williams has been getting more involved lately. He caught all four of his targets last week and one of them went for a touchdown. Could it be the start of a trend? Yes, it certainly could, because Williams has the talent and Joe Flacco needs weapons in a big way. Williams is a stash in really deep leagues and a player to monitor in 12-team leagues.
Zach Miller, Bears, 1 percent
Three touchdowns over the last two games is nothing to sneeze at. With Jay Cutler smoking hot, it could be worth using Miller in deep formats this week if you are in need. He's always been a good player when healthy.
New York Jets, 71 percent
They have been dumped in some leagues coming off of a few uninspiring performances, but I like them plenty against Brian Hoyer (or TJ Yates) and company this week in Houston. The Jets have weekly value the rest of the way.
Kansas City Chiefs, 42 percent
They travel to san Diego to battle the undermanned Chargers this week and you should add them if you can. The Chiefs are on a roll and made a battered Peyton Manning look older than I’ve ever seen him look. They are a good bet to give you a return on your investment this week, and they can help you the rest of the way.
Houston Texans, 47 percent
They get the Jets this week at home and I like that a lot if Geno Smith is the quarterback, so this is one to watch this week. If Geno is announced, it’s time to pounce. Ryan Fitzpatrick also provides some fantasy opportunity, but Geno on the road is a potentially great matchup. Fitzpatrick had surgery just a few days ago on his ailing wrist and this one could go either way.
Baltimore Ravens, 43 percent
They get Case Keenum at quarterback on their home field. That reeks of opportunity. QB switches always provide some of that, as the offense adapts. If the Ravens can contain Todd Gurley at all, they have a chance to do some damage.
Tampa Bay Bucs, 9 percent
They are on the road at Philadelphia and that means they get 60 minutes of Marky Mark Sanchez, who will fumble and who will throw to the wrong team. If you are hurting for a defense, this could work.
Tennessee Titans, 9 percent
They travel to Jacksonville this week and the Jaguars will turn the ball over. It’s not the greatest play ever, but it’s not a bad move if you are in need.
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