Waiver Wire: Week 11

Cody Wagner @CwagsFantasy

Waiver Wire: Week 11

Bye week teams: Buffalo, Cleveland, Miami, New England, New York, San Francisco

For this on-going waiver wire article I will be breaking skill players down into 3 categories and then conclude by recommending some likely free-agent Defenses to stream.

  • Game Changers: Game changers are exactly what they sound like. Players that through injury or opportunity rise up and become real impact players immediately. They may not be the best or most well-known players, but they are in a position to impact fantasy scores on a weekly basis.
  • Depth with upside: Again, the name is fairly self-explanatory. These are players that are just waiting for that opportunity to excel. Often they possess a solid talent and elite measurables, but they just have not had the opportunity to “break out” yet. This often includes handcuffs of underwhelming players or players that have started slow at deep positionsi.e. a QB or TE, that still have you believing in their talent.
  • Hail Mary’s: This section is easily going to be the highest turnover section of your roster. And in some cases, the players will literally change from day-to-day. They are often role players that flash or deeper roster players that may have moved up due to injury, trade, or just plain old ineffectiveness.

Game Changers:

Anthony Miller – WR | Chicago Bears

Miller got loose in the game this weekend against the Lions with 5 catches for 122 yards. Most of this came on a 55 yard TD. The Bears match up against at rested Minnesota Vikings team next week and will need all hands on deck for what should be a vicious fight for who belongs at the top of the division. Miller will likely see Tray Waynes lined up against him for most of the day. Waynes isn’t a shutdown corner, but he’s above average. I believe the Bears will need to utilize short passes over the middle and outside to take advantage of a defensive unit that thrives on blitzing. Miller is 14% owned

Chris Godwin – WR | Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Godwin has been up and down this season and somewhat hard to gauge as to when he will see consistent usage. Part of this is because the Buc’s have some many valuable weapons, any of which can be showcased on any given weekend. Tampa travels to New York next week to face off with the Giants. With Janoris Jenkins likely shadowing Mike Evans all over the field and Eli Apple leaving for the big easy, that would likely leave B.W. Webb covering Godwin. This is a coverage that Godwin can take advantage of and, with the Giants looking like a Tank sinking in mud for a high draft pick, but also the potential for them to score willingly against a Tampa defense that is not good. This could either be an ass whooping or a shootout. Either way, good things could happen for Godwin who is only 44% owned.

Rashaad Penny – RB | Seattle Seahawks

Could this be the turning point in the season for Rashaad Penny? Is this the when he takes the majority of the snaps, even with a Chris Carson coming back from injury? Man, I have no fuckin idea, but he sure looked good against the Rams on Sunday, and with the way, things are going, and the draft capital they spent on him, I could see this carousel turn around in his favor. The Seahawks come home to play the Packers next week, who have a below average defense against the run. Penny is only 14% owned.

Josh Reynolds – WR | Los Angeles Rams

You have to see injuries happen at all in the NFL, but you really hate to see them happen to great teams with Super Bowl aspirations. Cooper Kupp went down on Sunday and was later diagnosed that he tore his ACL and will miss the remainder of the season. Really crappy news for Kupp owners who was an auto-start every week when healthy, but also could boost the value of Cook, Woods, and Gurley if that’s even possible. However, there is also a man named Josh Reynolds who will step into Kupp’s vacated role. Reynolds is a big target like Kupp and could be mostly utilized in the red zone, but could be a valuable flex add in a week with six teams on bye. Reynolds is only 2% owned.

Depth With Upside:

Theo Riddick – RB | Detroit Lions

Marvin Jones didn’t finish the game against the Bears on Sunday. Further tests revealed that his ACL and MCL were still intact and that he, in fact, had a bone bruise. This is not a good sign for Jones lining up next week against the Carolina Panthers. Theo Riddick was targeted 7 times in this game and if Jones isn’t able to go, I Riddick would be the likely player to receive more targets. Riddick is only 12% owned

Cameron Artis-Payne – RB | Carolina Panthers

C.J. Anderson was released today. The Panthers surely had thoughts of higher usage when they signed him in the offseason. Either way, that now allows Artis-Payne to slide into the backup role for McCaffrey. This isn’t a priority by any means, as he will likely hardly see the field, but if McCaffrey were to get injured, he would become an every-down back. If you are a McCaffrey owner and have bench space available, it couldn’t hurt to add Artis-Payne as a handcuff going into the playoffs. Artis-Payne is basically unowned as you would expect.

Hail Mary’s:

Lamar Jackson – QB | Baltimore Ravens

Joe Flacco was having tests on his hip injury that if he needed surgery or was shut down for an extended period of time, that would essentially start the Lamar Jackson era. The Ravens are being quite secretive about who they might start at QB week 11. This would be a must-win game against their division rivals the Cincinnati Bengals. Only time will tell this week, but even so, Jackson might not be a must-start at all, except for maybe in two QB leagues, or if he shows a great aptitude for the NFL pace in his first start. There’s certainly a lot of talent with Jackson, but he may need some more time to coach up his game before he becomes a threat and an every week starter. Jackson is 8% owned.

T.J. Jones – WR | Detroit Lions

With the potential for Marvin Jones to miss the next game, T.J. Jones could see an increase in targets.  How many that would be is hard to determine. The Lions like to use Theo Riddick as a primary pass catcher as well, so this add would only be out of pure desperation. T.J. Jones is not owned

Marcell Ateman – WR | Oakland Raiders

Both Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant both left this game with injuries. The Raiders have heavily leaned on Nelson, Richard, and Bryant since the departure of Amari Cooper. Ateman appears to be the next man up, but Seth Roberts would likely have the most increase in targets. This would also be a very temporary desperation move. Ateman is also unowned.

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