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Waiver Wire Week 11: Cam Newton, Rhamondre Stevenson, Darnell Mooney

Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton is back, and he's scoring

In Week 10, fantasy managers cringed when Aaron Jones went down with a knee injury. Top-tier running backs are slowly dropping like flies. While it seems that Jones avoided a season-ending injury, he may still be placed on short-term injured reserve. In the interim, AJ Dillon needs to be rostered in all leagues (if he isn't already). He’s currently about 70 percent rostered, so he's not eligible for this column, but check your waiver wire. If he's there, he should be picked up immediately.

Teams on bye: Denver, Los Angeles Rams


Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (16 percent rostered)

It seems odd to write that Newton is the quarterback for the Panthers again. Once he signed with New England, it seemed that his time in Carolina was over. Never say goodbye, someone wise once said, and Newton is back with the Panthers. He didn't get the start in Week 10 after just being signed, but most likely he will get the nod for Week 11. He showed that he can still vulture touchdowns from Christian McCaffrey and he can still check down to him as well. Newton will be a QB2 with upside.

Justin Fields, Chicago Bears (25 percent rostered)

Another mobile quarterback is Fields. The Bears are starting to figure out how to use him, if you go by the fourth quarter of Week 9. They had a bye in Week 10 so hopefully the team figured out that Fields is different than Mitchell Trubisky (spoiler alert). He had 291 yards and a touchdown and 45 rushing yards in Week 9. Fields faces the Ravens in Week 10, which may be a tough matchup, but he is showing improvement. He's a QB2 moving forward.

Running Backs

Rhamondre Stevenson, New England Patriots (32 percent rostered)

Stevenson has been in the doghouse all season after being a preseason favorite for fantasy leagues. He finally showed a bit of what he could do in Week 9 when he was given 10 carries for 62 yards and he caught two passes for 44 yards. In Week 10, Damien Harris was inactive because of a concussion and Stevenson rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns. He added four receptions for 14 yards. When Harris is cleared, the backfield is still his, but Stevenson may have earned himself a bigger role.

Ty Johnson, New York Jets (19 percent rostered)

The Jets' backfield is messy with Michael Carter as the lead back and Tevin Coleman now healthy. Johnson is in the mix in PPR formats, however. He had eight targets in Week 10. He caught five of them for 36 yards. He caught a touchdown pass in Week 9. Johnson isn't going to win his fantasy managers a week, but he is someone that can fill in during bye weeks in PPR formats.

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Jordan Howard, Philadelphia Eagles (48 percent rostered)

Miles Sanders is expected to return for Week 11, so it's unclear where Howard will fit into the Eagles' offense. Boston Scott will likely be replaced by Sanders, but Howard may still have a role at the goal line. The team has said Howard should continue to have a role, but it remains to be seen what that looks like. Howard isn't a must-add, but someone to keep an eye on in deeper leagues.

Wide Receivers

Darnell Mooney, Chicago Bears (48 percent rostered)

Mooney was on a bye in Week 10, but he had a great Week 9 (at least the second half). He is starting to emerge as Justin Fields' favorite target and that should continue in Week 11. Mooney has had a few games where he's only had about 35 yards, but he's also had games where he has 100 yards or a touchdown. He is being used in a variety of ways (he scored a rushing touchdown in Week 9) and is a WR3/4 for fantasy.

James Washington, Pittsburgh Steelers (3 percent rostered)

While tight end Pat Freiermuth will likely be the biggest beneficiary from Chase Claypool's injury, Washington is someone to keep an eye on in deeper leagues. Playing with Mason Rudolph on Sunday, Washington had six targets. He caught two of them for 15 yards and a touchdown. Hopefully, Ben Roethlisberger will return in Week 11 for "Sunday Night Football" against the Chargers. Washington is someone who can have a big game… or he can put up a stinker. In deep leagues, he's worth adding as a WR4/5.

Marcus Johnson, Tennessee Titans (0 percent rostered)

Julio Jones went on IR ahead of Week 10 and fantasy managers weren't sure who would replace him. A.J. Brown is still the clear No. 1, but when he is taken out of the game by the defense, someone else needs to step up. In Week 10, it was Johnson. He had five receptions for 100 yards. It should be noted that Nick Westbrook-Ikhine seemed to be the next man up but only had one catch for 10 yards in Week 10. Grab Johnson as a WR3 for Week 11 against Houston.

Tight Ends

Gerald Everett, Seattle Seahawks (20 percent rostered)

If fantasy managers are staring at their waiver wire and both Dan Arnold and Everett are available, go with Arnold. However, if fantasy managers need a streaming option for Week 11, Everett is one. With Russell Wilson back, he had eight targets. He caught all of them for 63 yards. The targets, receptions and yards are the most he's had this season. It's hard to trust that will continue, but it was promising in Week 10.

Dan Arnold, Jacksonville Jaguars (26 percent rostered)

Arnold has been a staple in this column for weeks, but he is still only rostered in about a quarter of leagues. In the past three weeks, he's had at least seven targets in each game. He's had at least 60 yards in each of those games as well. The only knock against Arnold is that he hasn't scored a touchdown this year. However, when looking at the tight end landscape, he's had double-digit fantasy points in PPR formats over the past three weeks. That makes him a TE1.

Defense/Special Teams (DST)

Miami Dolphins (26 percent rostered)

The Dolphins face the Jets in Week 10 and they just can’t get their offense together. They have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing DSTs this season. Opposing DSTs have recorded a sack and an interception in every game so far this season. There have only been two games where the Jets have put up over 30 points. The Dolphins DST has struggled at times, but should be just fine in Week 11 against the Jets.

— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.