Waiver Wire Targets Week 11

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Week 11 Waiver Wire Targets

So really we had no injuries to speak of this week, so it’s time to start looking ahead to fantasy playoffs.  Obviously, there are still a few weeks before those start, so if you need to win to get in, it’s time to dump your FAAB.

There are a few players this week you probably could justify dropping a ton of FAAB for, and they should be your first targets.  After that, it’s about finding handcuffs and up-and-coming rookies who might see more work as their teams are eliminated.

If you happen to be coasting along nicely, it is time to start considering fantasy playoff schedules and injury risks.  Grabbing handcuffs and QBs/Defenses/Wide Receivers with great playoff matchups is a great way to get a leg up on your league mates as well.

Let’s dive into some players worth looking at this week.

Keaton Mitchell

Running Back – Baltimore Ravens (23% rostered)

Keaton Mitchell received just one second-half carry, but finished the game with 12 points in Standard leagues.

That’s thanks to two huge plays, one 39-yard touchdown run, and one 32-yard catch.  He finished the day with only four touches, which is both surprising and alarming as fantasy players.

Still, you can’t argue the explosiveness from Mitchell, and he probably has pushed himself into a backup role over the likes of Justice Hill.  At least I would think so (but who am I?)

The game against the Browns was a wacky one, with it looking like a blowout early for it to turn into a Ravens’ loss.  The Browns have been decent at stopping the run this season, so Mitchell should see more work against the Bengals and Chargers the next two weeks.

FAAB: $20

Ty Chandler

Running Back – Minnesota Vikings (3% rostered)

Ty Chandler rushed 15 times for 45 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s victory over the Saints.

The Vikings are humming along even without their star Wide Receiver or their starting Quarterback, which bodes well for the entire offense.  Joshua Dobbs has blown away all expectations, to the point where Justin Jefferson may return for a potential playoff push. 

As for the run game, Alexander Mattison has disappointed, and also exited late with a concussion.  Figuring he misses a week, Chandler gets all the work against Denver, a team who hasn’t defended the run well. 

Chandler may not win leagues, but he has an opportunity to help your fantasy team the next few weeks, especially when Jefferson returns.

FAAB: $7

Rico Dowdle

Running Back – Dallas Cowboys (4% rostered)

Rico Dowdle isn’t threatening Tony Pollard’s job, but he saw some decent usage in Week 10 against the Giants, thanks mostly to garbage time in the fourth quarter.

Dowdle rushed 12 times for 79 yards and a touchdown. 

Now normally I wouldn’t rush to pick him up, but this late in the season you may want to jump on a potential big-time handcuff in a powerful offense.

The Dallas run game hasn’t been great, but the upcoming schedule looks real nice for more Dowdle spottings.  The Cowboys face the Panthers, Commanders, and Seahawks the next three weeks, so we may see Dowdle in the fourth quarter a bunch.

Long story short, if you have space or already roster Pollard, Dowdle should be picked up and held for both his upcoming schedule and handcuff purposes.

FAAB: $3

Tyjae Spears

Running Back – Tennessee Titans (33% rostered)

Well I didn’t think this would be the year, but either Derrick Henry is finally “old” or the Titans have just gotten way worst this past summer, because Henry is almost unstartable in fantasy.

On the other hand, we have a rookie in Tyjae Spears who hasn’t taken any starting role per say, but he has seen the field a ton.  He also appears to be a much better pass catcher, because he at least sees targets.

I’m not sure what is going on with Henry, or if the Titans finally move on and give their rookie an even bigger shot, but for now, Spears should be rostered figuring he sees more and more work.

FAAB: $4

Noah Brown

Wide Receiver – Houston Texans (24% rostered)

Wide Receivers are normally a dime-a-dozen in fantasy, but this guy you may want to spend up on.

Noah Brown continued his breakout, following a six catch, 153 yard and one touchdown performance with a seven catch, 172-yard performance.

For you math wizards out there, that’s 325 yards in just two games.  Now of course that won’t last, but with how CJ Stroud and the Texans are playing, he should be an auto-start moving forward.

Add to that the Texans get the following teams to finish out the year: Arizona, Jacksonville, Denver, and Tennessee twice (amongst a game against the Jets and Browns, which will be tougher matchups).

FAAB: $20

Johan Dotson

Wide Receiver – Washington Commanders (63% rostered)

Johan Dotson is still highly rostered, but I think it’s worth a shot to see if someone in your league got impatient and dropped him after a bad start to the season.

In true fantasy fashion, Dotson suddenly started producing right when everyone started dropping him.  He caught eight passes for 108 yards and a touchdown last week against Philly, and followed that up with four catches for 69 yards and another touchdown against New England.

Could this be a second half breakout?  Maybe.  It could also just be an outlier that goes right back to suckfest…which let’s be honest, would be very fantasy football.

FAAB: $8

Demario Douglas

Wide Receiver – New England Patriots (27% rostered)

Third week in a row for Douglas, but there really aren’t too many other Wide Receivers I’d rather have.

Douglas led the Patriots again against the Colts in Berlin this weekend, catching six passes for 84 yards.  The Patriots’ schedule does open up even more the rest of the year.  They get a Bye this week to figure out their QB issues, but then follow it up with a game against the Giants, who just gave up a billion yards/TDs to the Cowboys.

Then the Pats face the Chargers, Steelers, Chiefs and Broncos, all teams they should be able to pass the ball on.

FAAB: $6

Trey McBride

Tight End – Arizona Cardinals (51% rostered)

A bit highly rostered, but Trey McBride would be the first Tight End I’d look for this week on Waivers.  McBride has blown up since Zach Ertz was put on IR, and it continued even with the return of Kyler Murray.

McBride caught eight passes for 131 yards against the Falcons, which is great to see since no one was sure how Murray would play.

The Cardinals should continue to get back on track with Murray back from injury, and face some easier opponents the next few weeks. 

It’s a bit early to say he is a consistent fantasy player, but with his usage and upcoming schedule, he is worth a shot for a Tight End needy team.

FAAB: $11

Joshua Dobbs

Quarterback – Minnesota Vikings (39% rostered)

Another player I just couldn’t move off here (because there are no other QBs worth mentioning this week), but Joshua Dobbs looked great again this weekend, throwing for 268 yards and a touchdown in a win over the Saints.  He also rushed eight times for 44 yards and a touchdown.

Dobbs now has thrown three touchdowns and rushed for two more in 1.5 games with the Vikings.  And that was against Atlanta and New Orleans, two tough defenses.

Now he gets Denver and Chicago, two much easier defenses to pass on.  And if JJ comes back in the next week or two, that will bump Dobbs’ stock even further.

FAAB: $10


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