Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups for Fantasy Football

Jason Schandl
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Heading into Week 11 of the 2019 fantasy football season, things haven't become much more predictable than they were earlier in the year. With trades, injuries and depth chart changes causing huge shifts in fantasy value every week, there's always value that can be had off the waiver wire.

Waiver Wire Week 11 Fantasy Football

With that in mind, these 10 players are owned in less than 50 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues and are worth targeting on the waiver wire heading in Week 11.

Top Waiver Wire Pickups

1. Brian Hill, RB, Atlanta Falcons (3% Owned)

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With Devonta Freeman nursing an injury, Brian Hill becomes a virtual must-add. Freeman made an early exit on Sunday, and Brian Hill took over as the clear-cut lead back for the Atlanta Falcons, playing 38 snaps to Kenjon Barner's 10. Hill also ran the ball 20 times and added two targets, while Barner had just one carry. It remains to be seen how long Freeman will be on the shelf, but with some serious volume upside as a potential bell-cow, Hill will likely be worth starting in every game that Freeman misses.

2. Derrius Guice, RB, Washington Redskins (37% Owned)

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Derrius Guice has been activated from the IR, giving his fantasy outlook a huge boost the rest of the way. He should have no trouble supplanting Adrian Peterson as the Washington Redskins' lead back, considering AP was a healthy scratch when Guice played in Week 1. The Washington RB1 role already carried some fantasy value with AP getting a ton of carries, and Guice should take over that volume while also offering more receiving upside than Peterson.

3. A.J. Brown, WR, Tennessee Titans (31% Owned)

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A.J. Brown didn't produce much in Week 10, but with Corey Davis on the shelf Brown stepped up and played a season-high 94 percent of the Tennessee Titans' offensive snaps. He's now set season-highs in two consecutive games, and he's seen seven-plus targets in two of the last four. The Titans' offense is suddenly clicking with Ryan Tannehill at the helm, and even when Davis returns, Browns' ever-increasing workload is going to give him some nice upside.

4. J.D. McKissic, RB, Detroit Lions (21% Owned)

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Ty Johnson suffered a concussion on Sunday, meaning the Detroit Lions' backfield could be even more thin in Week 11. Already down Kerryon Johnson and Tra Carson, a Ty Johnson absence would leave J.D. McKissic and Paul Perkins as the only RB options in Detroit. McKissic generally offers most of his value as a receiving option, but the Lions showed a willingness to get him going on the ground on Sunday, with 10 carries and seven targets to Perkins' seven carries and one target.

5. Darius Slayton, WR, New York Giants (10% Owned)

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Sterling Shepard doesn't look like he's going to return any time soon, leaving Darius Slayton offering plenty of fantasy value as the New York Giants' No. 2 WR. He had already shown some flashes in the last few weeks, notching eight targets in Week 6 and catching two TDs in Week 8, but Sunday was really his coming out party. He hauled in 10 of 14 targets for 121 yards and two TDs, while seeing a snap share north of 90 percent for the fourth time in the last five games. His matchup won't always be as easy as it was against the New York Jets, but that kind of volume should mean big things for his production down the stretch.

6. O.J. Howard, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (40% Owned)

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We need to take O.J. Howard's big Week 10 return with a bit of a grain of salt, because tight ends have absolutely shredded the Arizona Cardinals this season. Still, he saw a season-high seven targets and played 99 percent of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' offensive snaps. A lack of volume had held his fantasy value back before he was injured early in the year, but the potential that Sunday's increase becomes a trend gives him some nice upside at a tight end position that is growing very thin with fantasy options late in the season.

7. Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders (45% Owned)

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Derek Carr has quietly become a solid fantasy producer over the last few weeks, averaging 18.0 fantasy points per game over his last four, compared to 12.3 per game over his first five. He has benefited from some softer matchups, but that string of soft matchups continues in Week 11 against a Cincinnati Bengals team that has allowed the NFL's third-most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs. Carr is a top streaming QB option in Week 11, and he should prove fantasy viable again in Week 12 against the Jets.

8. Kalen Ballage, RB, Miami Dolphins (37% Owned)

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As always, efficiency is a huge concern for anyone in the Miami Dolphins' offense. Kalen Ballage proved that by averaging just 2.2 yards per carry and 0.5 yards per reception in his first start on Sunday. It wasn't all bad though, as he racked up 24 opportunities (20 carries plus four targets) in the win, playing 82 percent of the Dolphins' snaps. With Kenyan Drake and Mark Walton out of the way, that's the most opportunities any Miami back has seen in a single game this year. Yes, the offense is terrible and Ballage isn't going to have many efficient games, but 20-plus opportunities is enough to make any RB a viable fantasy option.

9. Cole Beasley, WR, Buffalo Bills (32% Owned)

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Cole Beasley has seen at least six targets in three of his last four games, and he's averaging 6.7 per game on the season. His upside is limited by a lack of usage in the deep passing game, but he's averaging 11.1 PPR fantasy points per game. He also gets a prime matchup in Week 11 against a Dolphins team that has allowed the NFL's second-most points per game (29.8).

10. Phillip Dorsett, WR, New England Patriots (28% Owned)

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Phillip Dorsett only saw four targets in his last game, but his role in the New England Patriots' offense was clear, as he played 99 percent of the offensive snaps, giving him three straight games with a snap share of at least 88 percent. He's also seen six-plus targets in three of his last five games. While the addition of Mohamed Sanu and return of N'Keal Harry will cut into his volume, a huge snap share in one of the league's highest-scoring passing attacks will continue to give Dorsett a solid ceiling on a weekly basis. He also draws a plus matchup in Week 11 against a Philadelphia Eagles team that has allowed the eighth-most PPR points per game to opposing WRs.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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