Week 11 of the NFL season is here and we are another step closer to the fantasy football playoffs. That means that the moves on the waiver wire will become even more important in the next coming weeks.
The teams that usually win fantasy championships have surprise players that make big contributions.
Last year for me, it was Ravens’ running back Alex Collins, who I picked off the waiver wire a few weeks before my league playoffs started. In the NFL, you never know when a big injury is going to happen, so it’s a good thing to be prepared, especially those of us heavily invested in fantasy football.
The goal of this article is to provide you with solid, yet sneaky waiver wire pickups that will not only make your friends, family, co-workers look silly, but may even help you take home your league’s championship.
Let’s get into it.
Josh Reynolds, WR, Los Angeles Rams
This is one of the most obvious waiver wire adds for not only week 11, but for the rest of the season as well.
Cooper Kupp was diagnosed with a torn ACL meaning that the Rams are another injury at the wide receiver position away from Josh Reynolds being the No. 2 target for Jared Goff. For that reason alone, Reynolds deserves to be rostered.
He caught two touchdown passes in the last game Kupp missed. Sean McVay is clearly going to use Reynolds in the red zone going forward. Again, making him an intriguing add on the waiver wire.
Jalen Richard, RB, Oakland Raiders
The Raiders stink.
No surprises there, but it is important to note for fantasy purposes. When bad teams are down, they are going to throw the football more often. Common sense right? Common sense will also tell us that Jalen Richard will then see more playing time than Doug Martin.
Over the last four weeks, Richard has 24 catches. He could be a valuable asset for the fantasy playoffs, especially in PPR formats.
Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants
I know what you’re thinking. “Eli Manning? Eli freaking Manning?!” Yes, Eli Manning.
Look, he threw three touchdowns against the 49ers and has another great matchup against the Buccaneers, at home this week. If your team desperately needs a win and a QB, look no further than Eli.
The Giants should have a big day against the Bucs’ weak and inexperienced secondary. This game also has the second highest total of any game on the Sunday slate with 52.0 points. Vegas thinks the Giants will score a lot of points, and so do I.
Defense to Stream
In week 10, the Packers’ defense didn’t let us down. This week my favorite defense to pick up is the Arizona Cardinals.
The Cardinals will take on the Oakland Raiders at home. I just mentioned above that the Raiders are bad, that’s no surprise. The Cardinals’ defense isn’t bad. In fact, they have actually been underrated in 2018.
In terms of DVOA, the Cardinals rank seventh in the NFL through the first 10 weeks on the season. Derrick Carr is a turnover machine and the Cardinals are at home, which gives them somewhat of an advantage. I’m all in on the Cardinals defense this week in all formats, including season long and DFS.
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