Penny steps up to join an already-crowded Seattle backfield
By Week 11, the waiver wire is pretty thin much to the chagrin of many fantasy owners. Some players are still getting injured (Cooper Kupp, torn ACL), and with injuries comes opportunity for other players. Fantasy owners also are nearly through the bye weeks. Six teams are on bye for Week 11, although not a lot of those teams have fantasy-relevant players.
Following the last “bloated bye,” just the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams have Week 12 off to enjoy turkey with their families after playing next Monday night in Mexico. Be sure to check your rosters to make sure all positions (kicker and defense included) are covered with teams on bye.
Teams on bye: Buffalo, Cleveland, Miami, New England, New York Jets, San Francisco
Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (35 percent owned)
Prescott quietly has had four weeks of at least 20 fantasy points (depending on league scoring). He’s had either two touchdowns or 270 passing yards in each of those four games. In Week 11, the Cowboys face the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Prescott is a decent fantasy streamer for Week 11.
Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans (30 percent owned)
With two touchdowns in the past two games, Mariota finally is looking healthy. He’s been finding Corey Davis (75 percent owned) and starting to move the offense. The Titans won both games coming out of their Week 8 bye and a large part of that is because of Mariota. They face the Indianapolis Colts in Week 11, which has the possibility of becoming a shootout. Mariota is on the QB1 radar for Week 11.
Rashaad Penny, Seattle Seahawks (16 percent owned)
In the first nine games of the season, Penny had 146 rushing yards — total. In Week 10, he had 12 carries for 108 yards. He also added his first touchdown of the season. Chris Carson was out, and Mike Davis had 11 carries. Prior to Week 10, Davis was a waiver wire must-add. Now the Seattle backfield is a mess. The team says that Carson will be back for the Thursday night game. This means there will be three healthy running backs and it’s anyone’s guess to see who gets the work. Penny is a speculative add, but a risky start for Week 11.
Josh Adams, Philadelphia Eagles (13 percent owned)
In Week 10, Adams was only given seven carries. However, he managed 47 yards on those carries. For two weeks in a row, he’s averaged at least 6.7 yards per carry. He’s not involved in the passing game, but for now at least, he’s the best Philadelphia back to own for fantasy purposes. The team has said that they are trying to get him more carries. The Eagles face New Orleans in Week 11, which is a tough matchup for running backs. Add Adams now, keep him on the bench next week and see how his usage increases ahead of a Week 12 matchup against the Giants.
Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions (12 percent owned)
In his second game back, Riddick still earned double-digit fantasy points in PPR leagues. He has yet to get a carry, but he had seven receptions in Week 10 and six in Week 11. When the Lions are trailing, he’ll be more involved. The way that the Lions have been playing, the odds that they are trailing will be high. In PPR leagues, Riddick is a RB3. He’s not worth owning in non-PPR formats.
Danny Amendola, Miami Dolphins (44 percent owned)
Miami is on bye in Week 11, so Amendola isn’t a must-add, however, he is someone to keep an eye on. Amendola had seven receptions for 72 yards in Week 10 on 10 targets. Keep an eye on both DeVante Parker and Jakeem Grant, as both were injured in Week 10. If they are limited or miss time, Amendola’s value grows.
Maurice Harris, Washington Redskins (37 percent owned)
Jamison Crowder has been banged up and it doesn’t seem that he’s going to be back any time soon. In his absence, Harris has stepped up as a fantasy WR3. In Week 9, he had 10 receptions for 124 yards. In Week 10, he had five receptions for 52 yards (on five targets). Harris has been a favorite target for Alex Smith. Harris should be picked up in deeper leagues as a WR3.
Josh Reynolds, Los Angeles Rams (2 percent owned)
Reynolds is on the list only because Cooper Kupp is out for the season. In Week 8 when Kupp was out, Reynolds had three receptions for 42 yards. It wasn’t a great outing, and he may not end up with a bigger role, but he’s worth looking at in deeper leagues.
Jonnu Smith, Tennessee Titans (1 percent owned)
Since coming out of the bye, Smith has scored a touchdown in each of the past two games. He had two targets in Week 9 and caught them both. He caught all three of his targets in Week 10. While the targets and yardage are low, he has found the end zone. Smith is going to be a touchdown-dependent tight end, but the Colts have allowed tight ends to score touchdowns in two of the past three games.
Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett, TE, Los Angeles Rams (0 and 1 percent owned)
With Cooper Kupp out, it is possible that one of the tight ends may step up instead of Josh Reynolds. Both Rams tight ends are widely available, but picking the one to start may be a challenge. In Week 10, Higbee caught all three of his targets for 25 yards and a touchdown. Everett had two targets and he caught both for 15 yards and a touchdown. Both tight ends are desperation adds.
Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Arizona Cardinals (15 percent owned)
It’s the time of year where fantasy owners can start streaming DSTs against teams that have given up on the season. One of those teams: the Oakland Raiders. The offense is banged up and a mess and opposing defenses have had plenty of success. Next up for the Raiders? The Arizona Cardinals. (Baltimore plays the Raiders in Week 12 for those looking ahead).
— 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.
(Top photo by Rod Mar, courtesy of www.seahawks.com)