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Waiver Wire Week 11: Philip Rivers, Sammy Watkins, Logan Thomas

Watkins hasn't played since Week 5, but he should return this Sunday and be a WR2

Fantasy owners may be looking to the waiver wire ahead of Week 11. It's nearing the fantasy playoffs (already?) and teams need to try to have the best players on their roster.

 

Week 11 also resulted in a number of injuries, particularly to quarterbacks, so fantasy owners may be searching for replacements. It's time to seriously look at your roster. If there is a player on there that you aren't starting, drop him for someone better.

 

Teams on bye in Week 11: Buffalo, Chicago, New York Giants, San Francisco

 

Quarterbacks

 

Philip Rivers, Indianapolis Colts (22 percent owned)

The Colts face the Packers in Week 11, and for fantasy owners that may have lost Drew Brees (or are unsure about Teddy Bridgewater's Week 11 status), Rivers is a decent fantasy quarterback. He has seven touchdown passes in the past four games. The Packers can be a tough matchup, but the Colts running game has stalled (Nyheim Hines has done a good job as a pass-catching back which helps as well). Rivers is the best QB option on the waiver wire for Week 11.

 

Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints (2 percent owned)

Drew Brees is dealing with multiple fractured ribs and a collapsed lung. While the team has not announced a timeline for him to be out, it is almost a guarantee that Brees will miss Week 11. The team also has not officially named a starting quarterback, but it is assumed that Winston will be given the opportunity. Taysom Hill (1 percent owned) will likely get his opportunities under center, but Winston figures to see be the one to get the majority of the snaps. The Saints face the Falcons, who allow the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.

 

Running Backs

 

Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts (41 percent owned)

If Hines is available in your league, he should be the top waiver priority. The Colts face the Packers in Week 11, who allow the second-most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Hines has been the best running back in Indianapolis' crowded backfield, outplaying Jonathan Taylor and Jordan Wilkins over the past few weeks and that streak should continue. Since the bye in Week 7, Hines has four touchdowns (three of them receiving). He should be an RB3 in Week 11 (slightly higher in PPR formats).

 

Kalen Ballage, Los Angeles Chargers (19 percent owned)

Even though Joshua Kelley is on the roster and should be used by the Chargers, the team insists on giving the bulk of the touches to Ballage with Justin Jackson injured (and Austin Ekeler remains on injured reserve). In each of the past two weeks, Ballage has had 69 and 68 rushing yards, respectively. He's added a handful of receptions and found the end zone in Week 10. Jackson joins Ekeler on IR, so Ballage should have plenty of opportunity as an RB3 moving forward. The Chargers face the Jets in Week 11.

 

Salvon Ahmed, Miami Dolphins (7 percent owned)

The Dolphins waived Jordan Howard, paving the way for Ahmed, the young undrafted rookie to be Miami's lead back. He had his first NFL carry in Week 9, where he had seven carries for 38 yards. He was in the waiver wire column last week, but this week he's a more trustworthy option. In Week 10, he had 21 carries for 85 yards and a touchdown. The matchup against Denver in Week 11 is tougher, but at this point of the season, how likely is it that you can find a starting running back on the waiver wire?

 

Wide Receivers

 

Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs (38 percent owned)

Watkins was injured in Week 5, and he hasn't played since. Fantasy owners likely dropped him and he's still hanging out on many waiver wires. He was able to put in limited practices prior to their bye week and was listed as questionable heading into Week 9. This should mean that he should return in Week 11 when the Chiefs face the Raiders. When healthy and active in the Chiefs offense, Watkins is a solid WR2. Pick him up now and he may be able to help in the fantasy playoff stretch.

 

Jakeem Grant, Miami Dolphins (5 percent owned)

Preston Williams is on IR and Grant has been the one to step up. In Week 10, Grant had five targets. He caught four of them for 43 yards and a touchdown. Grant had the most receptions and yards on the team, but this also was on a day where Tua Tagovailoa only threw for 169 yards. Grant isn't a must-add, but someone to look at in deeper leagues.

 

Steven Sims and Cam Sims, Washington Football Team (0 and 2 percent owned)

In Week 9, Cam Sims had three receptions for 110 yards. It seemed like it might have been a fluke, but it was also hard to tell what Alex Smith would do. In Week 10, he had four receptions for 54 yards. Steven Sims didn't have a Week 9 role, but in Week 10, he had five receptions for 46 yards. Neither Sims are players that need to be added in 12-team leagues, but for those in deep leagues or leagues that start more than three wide receivers, they can be considered for Week 11 against Cincinnati.

 

Tight Ends

 

Logan Thomas, Washington Football Team (35 percent owned)

Thomas has been fairly consistent as a TE2 this season. In the past four games, he has three or four receptions for an average of 49 yards in that span. He's also scored twice in the past four games. Thomas faces the Bengals in Week 11, who allow the second-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Fantasy owners certainly can do worse at a brutal position this year.

 

Jordan Reed, San Francisco 49ers (19 percent owned)

With George Kittle out, both Ross Dwelley and Reed have assumed the tight end role. In Week 10, Reed was the better option with five receptions for 62 yards. Dwelley only had one reception for 22 yards. The team likely will prefer using Reed, as long as he's healthy. He's had a history of injuries, but as long as he can stay on the field, Reed is a TE2.

 

Defense/Special Teams (DST)

 

Los Angeles Chargers (42 percent owned)

The Chargers face the Jets in Week 11. The game is in Los Angeles, and even though the Jets are coming off a bye, it looks like Joe Flacco will continue to start in place of an injured Sam Darnold. The Jets allow the most fantasy points to opposing DSTs. The quarterback, whoever it is, has been sacked at least once in every game. In Flacco's last start in Week 9, he threw three interceptions. Grab the Chargers if they are available to start in Week 11.

 

— 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.

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