With the 49ers pulling off the dominating upset win over the Rams Monday night, Week 10 is officially in the books. Now is that glorious time of the week when we turn our attention to Week 11 and attack the fantasy football waiver wire.
The Broncos and Rams are the only teams on bye this week. If you’v been relying on Cooper Kupp to carry you this far in fantasy, this is the week to find a replacement. In order to offer the most help to readers, I’ve also spiced up this week’s waiver wire article to include players over 50% rostered (via Sleeper) to help everyone no matter your league size.
Over 50% Rostered
AJ Dillon, Green Bay Packers
With Aaron Jones out likely the next two weeks with a MCL sprain, Dillon rockets into elite RB1 territory. Dillon’s play as of late has already turned Green Bay’s backfield into a committee. Now he has the backfield to himself and he’ll see an elite workload, if his Week 10 performance is any indication. Against the Seahawks, Dillon had 23 touches for over 120 yards and 2 rushing touchdowns. With games against the Vikings and Rams next—both rank bottom-15 in run defense NEFF rating—Dillon is the top add this week if he’s available in your leagues.
Rashod Bateman, Baltimore Ravens
I am going to include Bateman on this list until he’s over 75% rostered. So if you want me to shut up about him, go roster him. Bateman has had 80 yards in two of his last three games and has seen at least 6 targets in every game he’s played. Against the Dolphins Thursday night, he was targeted on 25% of his routes, which was second only to Mark Andrews. The rookie is clearly a vital part of the Ravens passing attack and should be widely rostered and started.
Van Jefferson, Los Angeles Rams
There was a lot of hype surrounding Jefferson when he was set to be the Rams WR3 after DeSean Jackson’s release. Then the Rams added Odell Beckham and that crushed the Jefferson hype. Then, very sadly, Robert Woods tore his ACL, pushing Jefferson back into the WR3 hype. Since Week 7, Jefferson is averaging 6.75 targets per game and has played over 90% of snaps in three of the four. The Rams are heading into their bye and then play a TOUGH Packers’ secondary in Week 12. But after that the Rams face the Jaguars, Cardinals, and Seahawks—all secondaries that can be taken advantage of. Jefferson has WR3/4 value moving forward.
Over 30% Rostered
Rhamondre Stevenson, New England Patriots
Stevenson was on last week’s waiver wire article and he finished as the RB2 this week behind just AJ Dillon. Round of applause for those who added and started him. Now that breakout performance was buoyed by Damien Harris not playing with a concussion. Stevenson will share the backfield with Harris once he returns. However, the rookie back has done enough to warrant a consistent role in this offense. I would expect Stevenson to see 8-10 touches per game with Harris back, with a portion of that coming in the passing game. He’s a solid flex moving forward with RB2 upside.
Dan Arnold, Jacksonville Jaguars
For those who’ve been streaming at tight end or, like me, have possibly lost their tight end to injury (get better soon Dallas Goedert), Dan Arnold is your man. I know it’s hard to place any faith in the Jaguars’ offense, but Arnold has consistently proven to be the real deal there. Since Week 8, Arnold is tied with Travis Kelce for most targets and receptions among tight ends. That’s elite of the elite workload. He’s also finished with over 60 yards receiving in all those games. The Jaguars’ offense is bad, but it’s clear they’re force-feeding the ball to Arnold and fantasy managers should take advantage.
Under 30% Rostered
D’Onta Foreman, Tennessee Titans
For the second week in a row, Foreman looked like the best running back in Tennessee. The Titans loaded him up with 11 carries against the Saints’ No. 1 run defense. That’s a sign of confidence to me from the coaching staff. Foreman is a risky add what with sharing a backfield with Adrian Peterson and Jeremy McNichols, but if he continues to emerge as the clear RB1 there, he will have weekly starting value.
Wayne Gallman, Atlanta Falcons
Cordarrelle Patterson left Sunday’s game with an ankle injury which will likely keep him out Thursday night against the Patriots. In his stead Sunday, Gallman was the Falcons’ lead back, amassing 16 touches for 76 yards against the Cowboys. The Falcons’ offense is a mess without two of their star players in Patterson and Calvin Ridley, but a high workload is nothing to scoff at in fantasy. The Patriots have also been had vs running backs the last four weeks, giving up the 6th-most RB PPG.
Marcus Johnson, Titans
With Julio Jones on IR, Johnson was the receiver to step into his boundary role Sunday. Against the Saints, Johnson tallied 5 catches on 6 targets for 100 yards. Jones will be out for the next three weeks minimum, meaning Johnson has WR4/flex value for that period of time. In deeper leagues, if you’re looking for a solid contributor with potential upside, Johnson is a great target.
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
It was a glorious return for Newton in Carolina Sunday. Despite playing just 12% of the team’s snaps Sunday, Cam still managed to score two touchdowns—one through the air, one on the ground. Newton is expected to take over the starting quarterback role for Week 11 and with that becomes a weekly fringe QB1. His rushing floor is still elite, and the Panthers’ offense is healthy, giving him a full arsenal of weapons to throw the ball to. If you’re in a Superflex league and have been getting by streaming your QB2, Cam is a perfect waiver add.