Waiver Favors™: 2019 Week 11 Fantasy Football Pickups
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Twitter: @FBGarbageTimeAs I do every year over the last 7 years, I’m back to help with some waiver wire adds via my weekly Waiver Favors™ article! I’m assuming if you’re a returning reader, you won your fantasy football championship last year, so congratulations!
But it’s a new year, so I’ll make a couple suggestions after Week 11 of the 2019 fantasy football season. You’re welcome. Again.
As usual, all pickups are available in at least 50% of Yahoo standard fantasy football leagues (with some minor exceptions) as of Sunday evening.
Matt Stafford’s back injury could sideline him for up to 6 weeks. So that leaves Jeff Driskel in the driver’s seat for the foreseeable future, and he did well in his second start completing 15 of 26 passes for 209 passing yards and two passing TDs, plus 51 rush yards and a rushing TD against the Cowboys. And this after a 269 pass yard, 37 rush yard and one TD performance the week before. His rushing ability gives him a nice floor, so if you’re desperate for a bye week fill in, or need a QB3 in a two QB league, you could do worse.
RB – Philadelphia Eagles – 23%
So Jordan Howard has a shoulder injury and the Eagles decided to re-sign Jay Ajayi. He was “active” for Week 11, but did get any touches, but who knows how this shakes out. It was his first active game since tearing his ACL in October 2018. Miles Sanders actually looked OK, but not great with just 47 yards on 13 touches, so who knows? If you feel like grabbing a lottery ticket, feel free to stash Ajayi.
RB – Indianapolis Colts – 2% Owned
Poor Marlon Mack was on his way to a big game when he broke his hand early in the 3rd quarter. In stepped Jonathan Williams to lead the team in in touches with 13 carries for 116 rush yards and a reception for 31 receiving yards. Although Nyheim Hines got the TD, it looks like Williams will carry the backfield early down work for the Colts while Mack heals up, so he’s worth a pickup in all 12-team leagues and deeper.
RB – Detroit Lions – 1% Owned
I just can’t figure out what’s happening in the Detroit Lions backfield, but Bo Scarbrough was literally promoted from the practice squad on Saturday, and then rushed on Sunday 14 times for 55 yards and a TD. He out-snapped both Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic individually, almost had the same number of snaps of both of them combined (31 to 32). Driskel does plenty of running himself, but I guess I’m on Scarbrough for the early down work, which should be worth your attention is you’re looking for an RB3/Flex in 14-team leagues or deeper, albeit an unpredictable one.
WR – San Francisco 49ers – 53% Owned
With George Kittle out, and Emmanuel Sanders out half the game with a rib injury, Deebo Samuels caught 8 of 10 targets for 134 yards in Week 11 against the Cardinals. This is second 100+ yard performance in a row, catching 8 of 11 last week for 112 yards. As long as either Sanders or Kittle is out, Samuel looks to be a decent pet as a WR3/Flex in 12-team leagues or deeper.
WR – Dallas Cowboys – 14% Owned
Randall Cobb might be significant again, having a nice 6 reception for 106 yards and a TD performance in Week 10, and another big performance catching 4 of 7 targets for 115 yards and a TD in Week 11. He has a chance to give you some bye week support as a WR4/Flex in 14-team leagues and deeper.
WR – Denver Broncos – 0%
OK, now for the hail mary. The Broncos actually look decent with Brandon Allen under center, and there still isn’t a clear WR2 after Courtland Sutton yet. But Tim Patrick made a case for it after catching 4 of 8 targets for 77 yards in Week 11. It’s unclear if he’ll repeat, but if you’re looking for a WR5/Flex with some upside in 16-team leagues or deeper, he’s worth a look.
TE – Minnesota Vikings – 55% Owned
Well, after starting off the first 7 games of the year with essentially nothing, Kyle Rudolph has come back to put up 3 strong performances in a row: 3 of 5 for 23 yards and a TD in Week 9, 4 of 5 for 14 yards and 2 TDs and a 2 Point conversion in Week 10 and catching all 5 targets for 67 yards and a TD in Week 11. Of course, Adam Thielen is sidelined, so it may change after the Week 12 bye, but he’s worth the speculation if you’re desperate in a weak TE position.
TE – New York Jets – 3% Owned
He’s not going to be consistent, as he had top end performances in Weeks 8 and 9 with 4 for 66 and 2 TDs and 2 Point conversion and 6 for 50, before crashing down in Week 10 with just one reception for -2 yards. But he was back up in Week 11 catching all 5 targets for 109 yards and a TD. He has essentially no floor, but if you want to gamble at TE during the bye week, Chris Herndon is on IR so Griffin should get the majority of TE looks going forward.
TE – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 2% Owned
Well, I thought that perhaps O.J. Howard was back, but after one bad bobbled catch that led to an INT, he was benched. And when he was off the field, Cameron Brate snagged 10 of his team high 14 targets for 73 yards. So if Howard remains benched, Brate becomes an interesting TE in all 12-team leagues and deeper.
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And here’s who I’ve recommended in previous weeks that I still think deserve a look (I’ve identified in RED the ones I want to highlight again for Week 9):
QBs – Jimmy Garoppolo
RBs – Kalen Ballage, Derrius Guice, Brian Hill, Carlos Hyde, Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Williams
WRs – Cole Beasley (PPR), John Brown, Marquise Brown, DJ Chark Jr., Terry McClaurin, DK Metcalf, DeVante Parker, Mohamed Sanu, Darius Slayton, Kenny Stills, Golden Tate
TE – Jared Cook, Jacob Hollister, Gerald Everett
QBs – Kyle Allen, Sam Darnold, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Nick Foles, Daniel Jones, Ryan Tannehill
RBs – Ronald Jones II, J.D. McKissic (PPR), Jaylen Samuels
WRs – A.J. Brown, Jamison Crowder (PPR), Alex Erickson, Allen Lazard, Diontae Johnson, Hunter Renfrow (PPR), Auden Tate, Demaryius Thomas
TE – Noah Fant, Darren Fells, Jonnu Smith (as long as Delanie Walker is out)
QB – Brandon Allen
RB – Ty Johnson, Raheem Mostert, Darrel Williams
WR – Corey Davis, Phillip Dorsett, Russell Gage, Mecole Hardman, N’Keal Harry, Zach Pascal, Josh Reynolds, Demarcus Robinson
TE – Mike Gesicki, Dawson Knox
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