15 Nov Fantasy Football Week 11 Waiver Wire: Moving on Without Jeffery
Week 11 Byes: Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, New York Jets, San Diego Chargers
Colin Kaepernick (SF) vs. New England- If you are an owner of Matt Ryan or Phillip Rivers, Kaepernick can be a viable streaming option while the Falcons and Chargers have their byes. He has scored 25 Fantasy points in consecutive games against New Orleans and Arizona, and he should have the chance to rack up stats if he’s chasing points this week as expected against New England. Since Kaep took over the starting QB duties in Week 6, he has been 12th in points per game among quarterbacks. To save you from doing math, that puts him as a fringe QB1 option in a 12-team league. The caveat here is that he has rushed for at least 55 yards in three out of his four starts, akin to all dual-threat QB, which creates a solid weekly floor of production.
Alex Smith (KC) vs. Tampa Bay- It’s hard to trust Smith since he’s never been a dynamic Fantasy quarterback, but he could be serviceable this week against Tampa Bay at home. Last week, Cutler was recommended in this advantageous match-up, but the Buccaneers corralled him to seven Fantasy points while turning him over three times. We are going back to the well here though as five quarterbacks have scored at least 21 points against Tampa Bay this year. In deeper two-quarterback leagues, Smith can be a starter this week.
C.J Prosise (SEA) vs. Philadelphia- If Week 10 was any indication of who has the hold on the starting RB job in Seattle, Prosise may be the leader of the pack. He totaled 66 yards off of 17 carries to go along with seven receptions and another 87 yards. It’s hard to expect that type of workload if Rawls is able to return in Week 11 as expected. Still, Prosise has two games with at least four catches in his past three outings, eluding to the notion that he will still have a role on passing downs. On a week where there aren’t a lot of great running backs to add off waivers, it’s worth speculating on Prosise in all leagues where he’s available.
Robert Kelley (WAS) vs. Green Bay- Surprisingly he is still only owned in 42% of ESPN leagues, which is asinine considering the fact that Matt Jones was a healthy scratch, furthering the idea that HC Jay Gruden has given the keys to the car (starting job) to Kelley. He carried the ball 22 times for 97 yards, and while he did not find the end zone or have a significant role in the passing game, with the volatile and injured landscape at the RB position, he remains a must-add.
Kenneth Dixon (BAL) @ Dallas- A player that I have touted all season as a stash-and-hold prospect, dating all the way back to the preseason, where it looked like he had a significant role in this offense before injuring his knee prior to Week 1. Fast forward all the way to Week 10, where he had his best game of the season against Cleveland with six carries for 38 yards and five catches for 42 yards. Hopeful that he remains involved sharing the backfield with Terrance West, Week 11 at Dallas proves to be a better match-up for Dixon based on his receiving ability.
If you did not catch last week’s edition of the waiver wire additions, guys like James Starks and Dion Lewis remain MUST adds, especially Starks who is the only conventional running-back that the Packers have at the moment and scored in double-digits (11) in his first week back in Week 10.
Rishard Matthews (TEN) @ Indianapolis- Matthews is somewhat hard to trust because he’s touchdown dependent, but he’s scoring a lot of touchdowns lately. He has a touchdown in five of his past six games, with six touchdowns over that span, and he’s scored at least eight Fantasy points in a standard league in six of his past seven outings. His worst game over that span was against the Colts in Week 7 when he had just four catches for 37 yards on four targets, but his recent production makes him worth the risk as a low-end starting option in all leagues.
Cameron Meredith (CHI) @ New York Giants- With devastating news to Alshon Jeffery owners, as he has been suspended for four games, this now opens up an assemblage of targets. While I believe Jeffery took a banned substance so he could have four weeks free of Jay Cutler, jokes aside, this opens the door for Meredith to become the No.1 WR for Chicago. It remains to be seen if he can build the same rapport with Cutler that he had with Hoyer, as he had two marvelous games of at least nine receptions and 113 yards. Cutler may lean on Zach Miller and Eddie Royal more, so Meredith is nothing more than a WR3/flex start this week against a stingy Giants secondary.
Tyreek Hill (KC) vs. Tampa Bay- If Maclin remains out, Hill should once again operate as the No. 1 receiver for the Chiefs, and he played well in Week 10 at Carolina with 10 catches for 89 yards on 13 targets and one carry for 12 yards. He has a good matchup against Tampa Bay at home, and Hill has at least nine Fantasy points in a standard league in three of his past four games. If you are in a league that awards points for return yardage, than Hill is an absolute must-add as he is the main returner for the Chiefs.
Sammy Watkins (BUF) @ Cincinnati- In hopes that Watkins is able to return from injured reserve in Week 12, and if you can just stash any player on this list, he might have the most upside if he can return from his foot injury at 100 percent. Watkins could be a tremendous difference maker in all leagues if he can get healthy this year.
Last week if you took the advice to pick up Steve Smith Sr., and/or Eli Rogers it surely paid dividends as they both had solid games getting in the end-zone.
Jack Doyle (IND) vs. Tennessee- Obviously, he would only be available if one of your league-mates dropped him in fear of Dwayne Allen returning from injury. Nevertheless, Tennessee has allowed a tight end to score in three of the past four games, including Week 7 when Doyle had nine catches for 78 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets. Allen was out that week with an ankle injury, and his return dampens the value for Doyle a little. But based on the matchup, and he also had nine targets in Week 9 at Green Bay when Allen was active, he is worth a flier this week at home.
Julius Thomas (JAX) @ Detroit- Each week you can chalk Thomas up for about 24 receiving yards and a touchdown, which he’s done in three of the past four games, including last week against Houston (six catches, 24 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets). The once dominating tight-end has suffered from the erratic play of Blake Bortles and some injuries of his own during his time with the Jags, but this glistening match-up with Detroit, who is tied with Cleveland with the most touchdowns allowed to tight ends (nine), makes Thomas a great streaming option this week.
Also listed on last week’s article Zach Miller should definitely be owned and played over both of the aforementioned options as his usage should see an uptick with Jeffery suspended for four games. Eric Ebron who I advised to pick up during Detroit’s bye in Week 10, should also be started over Doyle or Thomas as his two games before the bye he was peppered with 18 targets, reeling in 14 catches for 171 yards. You could argue that he has surpassed Marvin Jones on Stafford’s radar, only under Golden Tate in the pecking order.
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