Waiver Wire Adds, Week 11
Marquez Vales-Scantling, WR, Green Bay Packers — There probably aren’t many leagues where MVS even remains available, but if he is available don’t let his less-than-stellar Week 10 performance keep you from making him your top priority. Key Statistic: In the Past 5 Games MVS has 21 Receptions, 361 Yards, 2 TDs. That is a 16 Game Pace of 67 Receptions, 1155 Yards, 6.4 TDs.
Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos — Coming off a Bye and just over 50% owned in ESPN leagues, there is a chance Courtland Sutton is available in a few active leagues. While Sutton didn’t have a big game in his first opportunity without Demaryius Thomas, there was a reason that trade happened. Sutton has made big plays and gotten some TDs already this season, and with DT out of the equation he should have more consistent looks. Key Statistic: Courtland Sutton had a 41 Yard Reception or a TD in the last 5 Games he played with Demaryius Thomas. Demaryius Thomas’ 56 Targets through the first 8 Games (7 per Game) are up for grabs.
Royce Freeman, RB, Denver Broncos — A limited role and an injury have reduced Royce Freeman from a presumed every week RB2 to someone that most would not want to start, but he’s still scored TDs in a good number of his healthy games and he gets a decent number of carries. He’s worth a waiver add, though the expectations are unlikely to return to anywhere near where they were in the preseason.
Mike Davis, Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle Seahawks — Could this be the beginning of something new for Rashaad Penny? The Seahawks entered the 2018 NFL Draft, a deep RB draft, with a lot of needs. They exited the first round with Rashaad Penny, presumably signaling to the rest of the league that they believed they had a special talent. Penny’s NFL career has gotten off to a slow first 9 Weeks, but it wouldn’t be completely surprising to see him break out down the stretch. Mike Davis may not have had as explosive of a Week 10 performance, but as of right now I still believe Mike Davis has a role on this team. Between the two though, I do prefer Penny right now.
Frank Gore, RB, Miami Dolphins — Frank Gore became the first RB ever this past week to have at least 500 Rushing Yards in 14 Straight Seasons. He doesn’t have the biggest role on the best team, but he does have a big enough role that he deserves to be owned in a higher percentage of leagues. Key Statistic: In his last 7 Games, Frank Gore has 73 Carries and 430 Yards. That is a pace of about 212 Carries and 983 Rushing Yards.
Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals — Another disappointing performer in Week 10, but one who has proven to me since weeks 2 and 3 that he has a large enough role to remain a borderline WR3. Yes, there is a bit of a new playcalling direction with Byron Leftwich, but I believe that what is good for the offense and Rosen overall will inevitably aid Kirk’s fantasy value.
Elijah McGuire, RB, New York Jets — McGuire finds himself in a bit of a curious situation, as his role has not yet expanded and his bye week is up next in Week 11. Despite these two factors, I will continue to put McGuire nearer to the top of my priorities list. He’s a talented player and a young one who can help Darnold out in the passing game. 3 Receptions isn’t enough to carry his value, but it is a decent number through his first two games. I’m expecting a larger role after the bye.
Anthony Miller, WR, Chicago Bears — Unlike many players on this list who are here consistently like fellow rookies MVS and Kirk, Anthony Miller is making his first real appearance in this article. Until this week, I did not believe that Anthony Miller would become the #2 WR option for the Bears this season. I do now. This offense will function with quite a bit of variability, but the three players at this point I believe will be the most successful are WRs Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller and RB Tarik Cohen. Key Statistic: Miller has had at least 6 Targets in 4 Straight Weeks. QB Mitchell Trubisky’s last 6 Games have been rather impressive, with 1713 Yards, 17 TDs, and 4 INTs. That’s a pace of 4,571 Yards and 45 TDs with only 11 INTs.
Zay Jones, WR, Buffalo Bills — This hinges on who remains the QB for the Buffalo Bills. While I don’t want to go out on a limb and support Matt Barkley, I do believe he brings a level of competence that is not there with either Josh Allen or Nathan Peterman. If Barkley continues to get starts, I believe there’s a chance he produces a consistent fantasy WR, and so far Jones has been his premiere target. Key Statistic: Matt Barkley’s Career 10 TDs, 18 INTs, and 68.3 Passer Rating are not good. But he is still a better QB right now than Josh Allen. I’d prefer Barkley start.
Josh Reynolds, WR, Los Angeles Rams — Perhaps the most notable injury of Week 10 was the serious Knee injury suffered by Rams WR Cooper Kupp. The most likely player to fill the void and receive targets due to this injury is Josh Reynolds. While not as talented as Kupp, Reynolds is entering an offense coached by Sean McVay that is very dangerous and high scoring. There’s a clear path here for Reynolds to develop a consistent and lucrative fantasy role.
Jonnu Smith, TE, Tennessee Titans — Not a huge target share yet, but I wanted to make a small note that Smith has caught TDs in each game since the Titans’ bye. There was some hype in Smith filling Delanie Walker’s role earlier in the season, but that quickly faded. Perhaps the young, promising TE will continue to pick it up throughout the remainder of the season.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling — Prioritize If: Solid floor, high upside receiver with true ceiling.
Rashaad Penny — Prioritize If: Need RB. Can sacrifice some risk for a potential high-upside outcome.
Elijah McGuire — Prioritize If: PPR Focused. More of a flex play.
Courtland Sutton — Prioritize If: WR with a potential payoff.
Frank Gore — Prioritize If: Lower upside RB, but consistent performance.
Anthony Miller — Prioritize If: Miller v. Kirk is close, and comes down to aiming for an offense with upside.
Christian Kirk — Prioritize If: Seeking consistency at the backend of your WRs.
Royce Freeman — Prioritize If: Standard Leagues. Royce’s limitations continue to hold him back, but his talent while running is still notable.
Mike Davis — Prioritize If: Looking for a back with a short term role.
Josh Reynolds — Prioritize If: Hoping to capture some cheap lightning in the bottle.
Zay Jones — Prioritize If: Jones is a flier and mostly a risk dealing with inconsistent play and inconsistent QB Play.