Here are this week’s top Waiver Wire options that are owned in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues. I’ll list any players at the top who are above the 50% threshold (or are household names) but are still somewhat widely available for those who might be in smaller leagues.
WEEK 11 BYES: Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans
Best Options if Available: Derek Carr (Oak, 46%)
Nick Foles (Jax, 18%) — The Jags activated Foles (clavicle) from the injured reserve last week and they announced that he’ll be their starter out of their Week 10 bye. The cupboard won’t be bare for Foles when he steps back into the lineup this week against the Colts as D.J. Chark has developed into a dangerous perimeter WR and Foles did have some chemistry with slot WR Dede Westbrook in the preseason. Foles should have a little bit of a leash but he’ll need to have some success in some key divisional road games right out of the shoot (@Ind, @Ten, vs. TB, vs. LAC) or the Gardner Minshew talk will start to heat up.
Kyle Allen (Car, 8%) — The Panthers will be rolling with the second-year pro Allen for the rest of the season after the team placed Cam Newton on the injured reserve with his Lisfranc injury. He completed 28/43 passes for 307 yards (7.1 YPA), one touchdown, and one interception against the Packers in snowy conditions in Week 10. Allen has thrown for multiple TD passes in just three of his seven starts and he’s eclipsed 265+ passing yards just once so he doesn’t have a whole lot of upside despite playing with dynamic receivers. Allen is mostly a game manager who needs to get the rock to Christian McCaffrey but he does have some exploitable matchups the next four weeks (vs. Atl, @NO, vs. Was, @Atl), including a juicy home date with the Falcons this week.
Jacoby Brissett (Ind, 39%) — Brissett could potentially return this week for a critical AFC South showdown with the Jaguars. He sprained his MCL against the Steelers in Week 9 and he at least got some limited practices in before Week 10, which gives him a chance to return this week. Boy, do they need him after Brian Hoyer averaged just 5.2 YPA against a lowly Dolphins defense in Week 10. Brissett did cool off a bit in his last three completed games, failing to throw for a TD in two of those contests, but he does have some attackable matchups over the next four weeks (vs. Jax, @Hou, vs. Ten, @TB).
Sam Darnold (NYJ, 26%) — Darnold infamously saw ghosts against the Patriots on Monday Night Football, and he still looks like a second-year player who has very little confidence right now. Darnold has been miserable under pressure and that is bad news since their O-line is a disaster right now. He wasn’t great in Week 10 against a bad Giants defense but he played better and, more importantly, he didn’t turn it over after losing the ball eight times in Weeks 7-9. He completed 19/30 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown and he added 3/25/1 rushing. Darnold does have four juicy spots in a row (@Was, vs. Oak, @Cin, vs. Mia) but his shaky performances in his second season don’t give me a lot of confidence that he’ll be able to take advantage of them.
Ryan Tannehill (Ten, 33%) — Tannehill has given this once-anemic passing game under Marcus Mariota some life since he stepped into the lineup the last five weeks. He thrust the Titans back into the playoff picture with a comeback victory against the Chiefs, completing 13/19 passes for 181 yards (9.5 YPA) and two touchdowns. He also added 3/37 rushing to give himself 75 rushing yards and a rushing TD in the last two games. Tannehill has now accounted for multiple touchdowns in each of his four starts and he’s averaging a healthy 8.5 YPA this season. Tannehill’s schedule isn’t too bad in the upcoming weeks but he’s unfortunately on bye this week (bye, vs. Jax, @Ind, @Oak).
Daniel Jones (NYG, 37%) — The rookie Jones has had a very mixed-bag of results this season but, at the very least, he’s proven to be very resilient and pretty good for fantasy. He lost another fumble against the Jets in Week 10 but he completed 26/40 passes for 308 yards and four touchdowns in a loss while adding 20 rushing yards. In just nine appearances this season, Jones has 17 turnovers but he continues to show a lot of fight and a lot of promise each week. The Giants’ defense is going to force Jones to throw it quite a bit most weeks since they can’t slow down many offenses, but he’s not easy to trust even with a tougher stretch coming (bye, @Chi, vs. GB, @Phi). Jones is certainly better for fantasy formats that don’t deduct major points for turnovers.
Best Options if Available: Adrian Peterson (Was, 53%), Duke Johnson (Hou, 58%), Tarik Cohen (Chi, 57%)
Brian Hill (Atl, 2%) — Devonta Freeman left Week 10 early with ankle/foot injury and the Falcons placed Ito Smith (neck) on the injured reserve last week, which potentially leaves Hill as the potential top back. Stepping in for Freeman, Hill posted 20/61 rushing and 1/10/1 receiving while playing 51% of the snaps in a stunning victory over the Saints. It looks like Freeman could miss at least two weeks and Hill could potentially be a three-down back here with just Kenjon Barner and Quadree Ollison currently with him in this backfield. If he is the lead runner this week, he gets a juicy first matchup against the Panthers before brutal matchups against the Buccaneers and Saints. We can’t expect big things from Hill as a runner since Freeman was averaging just 41.2 rushing yards/game but Freeman was averaging 4.2 catches/game for 31.3 receiving yards/game to give Hill some hope in PPR formats.
Derrius Guice (Was, 32%) — Guice has been on the IR since Week 1 with a torn meniscus but he’s on track to return after their Week 10 bye after being activated from the injured reserve last week. The Redskins should give Guice a chance to be the lead runner ahead of Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson when he returns since their season is going nowhere. However, nothing is guaranteed with this joke of an organization so we can’t take anything for granted. Compared to the rest of this team, Peterson and Thompson, when healthy, are playing pretty well so Guice is unlikely to see 60% or more snaps when he gets back. Still, he should carve out a fantasy-relevant role as a potential RB3 but the presence of rookie QB Dwayne Haskins is going to drag down the ceiling of this already pathetic offense.
J.D. McKissic (Det, 21%) — This Lions backfield continues to be a hot mess after Ty Johnson left early Week 10 early with a concussion. Johnson’s injury left just McKissic and Paul Perkins to finish the game out against the Bears. McKissic finished with 10/36 rushing and 6/19 receiving on seven targets while playing 70% of the snaps and Perkins had just 18 scrimmage yards on eight opportunities on 18% of the snaps. McKissic could be the top option in this backfield for as long as Johnson is out of the lineup and there’s a chance he could remain their best option if he does well in the role. Then again, the Lions could sign a free agent off the streets like Jay Ajayi and he could make the backfield even more complicated. McKissic is worth a speculative add but just don’t expect him to be a difference-maker because Matt Patricia and Darrell Bevell have been toying with this backfield all year.
Raheem Mostert (SF, 4%) — I feel like I’ve typed this a few times over the last two years…Matt Breida left early with an ankle injury in Week 10. Mostert was the next man beside Tevin Coleman, posting 6/28 rushing and 1/7 receiving against the Seahawks. Since the 49ers played on Monday Night Football, Breida will have just six days to get ready for their showdown against the Cardinals in Week 11. If Breida is unable to play, Mostert will be a plug-and-play option, especially in non-PPR formats since he has just five catches in nine games.
Chase Edmonds (Ari, 18%) — HC Kliff Kingsbury admitted to what anyone with eyes can see right now: David Johnson isn’t healthy right now trying to play through back and ankle injuries. The Cardinals aren’t going anywhere this season and they could shut down DJ at any point to preserve his health. Edmonds is dealing with his own hamstring injury but he could potentially return to the lineup in the next week or two. It wouldn’t be surprising if it is Keyan Drake and Edmonds splitting work down the stretch if DJ’s health doesn’t improve.
Kalen Ballage (Mia, 37%) — Ballage has proven to be pretty bad at football in his first year and a half but maybe something will click for him down the stretch since he’s going to get some extra playing time. Or not. The Dolphins traded away Kenyan Drake to the Cardinals before Week 9 and the NFL suspended Mark Walton through Week 13 because of three off-season arrests that led to his release from the Bengals. Ballage is going to be the guy in this backfield for the next three weeks (vs. Buf, @Cle, vs. Phi) but I’m not expecting anything more than RB3 performances. In his first game as the lead back, Ballage posted 20/43 rushing (2.2 YPC) and 4/2 receiving (.5 YPR) while playing 82% of the snaps against the Colts in Week 10. Yes, you read that right, he needed 24 touches to gain 45 yards. Ballage is averaging just 2.1 YPC (55/113/2 rushing) and he’s yet to top 45 rushing yards in a game. It's best to avoid this Miami backfield but at least Ballage should get double-digit touches while Walton is out, which gives him a chance at fantasy relevance.
Alexander Mattison (Min, 29%) — Starting RB Dalvin Cook is having a huge season, but he has had some injury issues throughout his career dating back to his days at Florida State. The Vikings have just Ameer Abdullah behind Mattison and I’d expect Mattison to see a heavy workload if Cook missed time. He’s the best handcuff in fantasy right now and he’s close to having standalone value with how much work he’s getting each week.
Mike Davis (Car, 2%) — The Panthers claimed Davis off waivers after the Bears released him before Week 10 and he should immediately challenge Reggie Bonnafon for the handcuff role in this backfield. Christian McCaffrey owners may want to scoop up Davis as an insurance plan for the RB1 in all of fantasy football.
Rashaad Penny (Sea, 25%) — Penny is simply a handcuff for Chris Carson at this stage of the season with Carson dominating snaps in this backfield. Penny would see most of the work if Carson is out with C.J. Prosise likely mixing in, as well.
Tony Pollard (Dal, 13%) — Pollard’s complementary role has evaporated a bit with Zeke back to dominating the work in this backfield. Elliott owners would be wise to scoop up Pollard if he’s thrown to the scrapheap if you want to handcuff your top-five pick.
Darrell Henderson (LAR, 25%) — Henderson brings much more explosiveness to this backfield than Malcolm Brown and HC Sean McVay would be wise to work him in more with Todd Gurley mostly disappointing. It’s worth stashing Henderson because he’d have a ton of value if Gurley’s knees start acting up down the stretch.
Ryquell Armstead (Jax, 1%) — It might be wise to scoop up Armstead if you’re a Leonard Fournette owner as he’s the clear #2 RB on this depth chart. Fournette doesn’t have the best history of staying healthy for too long.
Ty Montgomery (NYJ, 3%) — Montgomery has done little playing behind Le’Veon Bell — he was a little more active as a receiver in Week 6, though — but Montgomery would have RB2 potential as the lead back in New York.
Giovani Bernard (Cin, 4%) — Gio is a must-own in any week that Mixon is out of the lineup. Bernard is a capable runner and receiver who can take on a big role as we’ve seen in the past when Mixon has missed time. Gio is a good handcuff and it looks like he could have some low-end standalone value playing next to Mixon. He did suffer a sprained knee in Week 10 so he could miss some time, though.
Best Options if Available: DeVante Parker (Mia, 59%), Will Fuller (Hou, 53%), Dede Westbrook (Jax, 58%), Zach Pascal (Ind, 59%)
Deebo Samuel (SF, 15%) — Samuel has been emerging a bit from these other young 49ers WRs in recent weeks, and he had the second-highest snap rate (66%) at the position for the 49ers behind Emmanuel Sanders in Week 9. Then in Week 10, Sanders left early with a rib injury and he never returned, elevating Samuel to go-to receiver status. The second-round WR posted career-highs across the board with 8/112 receiving on 11 targets while playing a position-high 83% of the snaps in a loss to the Seahawks. Samuel is a punishing runner after the catch but he has had a couple brutal drops in recent weeks. One of the big problems for this 49ers passing attack has been a lack of volume since they’ve been dominating on defense and with their rushing attack. Including Week 10 when they threw it 46 times, the 49ers schedule gets tougher in the second half of the season, which is good news for Samuels and this passing attack because Jimmy Garoppolo will have to sling the rock more often in closer games. Sanders could be the go-to receiver against the Cardinals this week if Sanders and/or George Kittle can’t play. And even if Sanders and Kittle are back soon, Samuel is a good player to invest in down the stretch since Jimmy G is starting to give him more chances.
Darius Slayton (NYG, 10%) — Slayton has some fantasy juice as the top outside WR for as long as Sterling Shepard is out of the lineup. Shepard is dealing with his second concussion of the season and he had a setback in his latest recovery, with concussion symptoms returning. The rookie speedster out of Auburn finally broke out in his big role in Week 10 against the Jets, torching them for 10/121/2 receiving on 14 targets while playing 93% of the snaps. He used his long, wiry frame to haul in a five-yard touchdown before using his speed for a 39-yard score. Slayton now has multiple scores in two of his last three games but, unfortunately, he’ll be on bye this week. Slayton has a lot of similarities to another breakout youngster in D.J. Chark with his speed and long frame and Slayton definitely has a strong connection with his fellow rookie Daniel Jones.
Cole Beasley (Buf, 29%) — Josh Allen is going to chuck it deep to John Brown or he’s going throw it underneath to his safety-valve Beasley. He’s never been a prolific scorer in the past but he remarkably ran off TDs in three straight in Weeks 7-9. He didn’t find the end zone in Week 10 against the Browns but he did have 4/74 receiving on six targets while playing 67% of the snaps. Beasley has scored 9+ FP in eight of his nine games this season if you’re looking for a PPR option with a solid floor.
Devin Funchess (Ind, 5%) — We finally got some news about Funchess (clavicle, IR) this week. HC Frank Reich said there’s a chance Funchess could return this week if he checks some boxes in practice this week. The Colts could certainly use him with T.Y. Hilton (calf) probably another week or two away from returning and with Parris Campbell (hand) out another couple of weeks.
Andy Isabella (Ari, 1%) — Hey Kliff, let the kid play! Isabella has finally started to see the field a little bit the last two weeks and all he’s done is turned four targets into four catches for 166 yards and a touchdown. He’s also seen season-highs in snap rate each of the last two weeks — 23% in Week 9 and 37% in Week 10 — so Kliff could be close to fully unleashing him. With his 4.31 speed, Isabella is capable of being a big-play machine if he’s given a chance to play. With his performance the last two weeks, hopefully Kliff got the message to start playing his second-round pick over the likes of all-time greats Pharoah Cooper, Trent Sherfield, KeeSean Johnson, and Damiere Byrd. It’s not like the Cardinals are making the playoffs so Isabella should be given more rope to play down the stretch. Like seriously, let the kid play!
Russell Gage (Atl, 2%) — Gage has stepped into Mohamed Sanu’s old role out of the slot with 11 catches on 14 targets in their last two games. He’s averaging just 7.4 YPR (81 yards) but he’s at least viable if you’re dying in PPR formats. The Falcons also suffered a big injury in the middle of the field to TE Austin Hooper, who could be looking at multi-week absence for a sprained MCL. RB Devonta Freeman (foot) could be looking at some missed time, as well, so Gage could be an important receiver in the short areas of the field and/or he could be Matt Ryan’s checkdown receiver. Gage is widely available and he might be worth a look in PPR formats if Hooper and Freeman are going to miss some time.
Josh Reynolds (LAR, 10%) — It’s unclear if Brandin Cooks will play again anytime soon as they’ve already ruled him out for Week 11 against the Bears. Cooks has an ugly history of concussions since he’s been in the league, and the Rams were concerned enough to send him to see a specialist in Pittsburgh over their bye week so they’re going to make sure Cooks is completely healthy before he steps onto the field again this season. Reynolds has recorded 6/122/1 receiving on 13 targets filling in for Cooks in their last two games. Reynolds has been the handcuff for these top three WRs in Los Angeles for the last two seasons. He averaged 3.7/50.7/.5 receiving per game on 6.8 targets per game as a starter in the final six contests last season when Cooper Kupp missed time. Reynolds will be a viable high-end WR4 for as long as Cooks is out of the lineup.
James Washington (Pit, 6%) and Diontae Johnson (Pit, 18%) — If you’re forced to reach for these Steelers WRs, you’ll be putting your trust in quarterback Mason Rudolph, which is a scary proposition. Still, these young WRs have been making some plays since they’ve been elevated into more prominent roles. Washington has posted his two best games in consecutive weeks, recording 10/159/1 receiving on 11 targets — he played 50% of the snaps in Week 10. Outside of a dud against the Colts in Week 9, Johnson has posted 10+ FP in four of his five full games with Rudolph at quarterback — he played 72% of the snaps in Week 10. Rudolph is one of the worst starting QBs in the league and these young WRs could disappoint at any time, but they’re at least stepping up and making plays so they can be considered WR4s with JuJu Smith-Schuster really struggling with Rudolph.
Mecole Hardman (KC, 27%) — It’s tough to give Hardman a full endorsement off the waiver wire but he should at least be considered in deeper non-PPR formats. Hardman’s playing time has drastically dipped since Tyreek Hill came back and he’s seen just six targets in his last four games, but he’s made the most of his opportunities by scoring on half of his targets in the last four weeks. Hardman showed off his electric speed on a 63-yard, catch-and-run score against the Titans on his only target in Week 10 — he played just 22% of the snaps. Hardman doesn’t need a lot of work to make an impact but he could put up a goose egg at any time like he did against the Vikings in Week 9 so beware if you’re using him.
Danny Amendola (Det, 39%) — Amendola has 23 catches over his last four games but he’s managed just 29 yards in each of his last two games. He’ll always be better for PPR formats, including in Week 10 when he posted 4/29 receiving on eight targets while playing 67% of the snaps playing with Jeff Driskel. We need to see about Matthew Stafford’s availability going forward as he deals with a fractured back as Amendola is only a deep PPR option if Stafford can play in the future.
Randall Cobb (Dal, 10%) — Cobb has shown a little bit of a pulse the last two weeks with six catches on eight targets in each of his last two games. He had just 35 receiving yards in Week 9 against the Giants (5.8 YPR) but he lit up the Vikings in Week 10, posting 6/106/1 receiving. He scored on a 22-yard, free-play throw from Dak Prescott and he played on 80% of the snaps. Cobb could be a plug-and-play option against the Lions this week but his schedule does get more difficult after that (@NE, vs. Buf, @Chi, vs. LAR).
Demaryius Thomas (NYJ, 8%) — With Robby Anderson and Chris Herndon apparently deceased, Thomas has stepped up for his struggling young quarterback Sam Darnold. DT had his best game of the season with 6/84 receiving on a team-high nine targets while playing 74% of the snaps against the Giants in Week 10. Thomas has seen nine targets in three of his last six games and he’s averaging 4.0 catches/game and 52.8 receiving yards/game if you’re looking for some low-end help with a decent floor.
Hunter Renfrow (Oak, 11%) — Renfrow has been developing into the #2 WR for Derek Carr as he’s topped 4+ catches and 40+ yards in three straight games. He led the Raiders in Week 10 with 4/42 receiving on five targets in a victory over the Chargers while playing 53% of the snaps. The Raiders offense is going to revolve around Josh Jacobs, Tyrell Williams, and Darren Waller every week, but Renfrow is working his way into fantasy consideration with his play the last three weeks.
Best Options if Available: Jared Cook (NO, 65%), T.J. Hockenson (Det, 53%), Jason Witten (Dal, 61%), Jack Doyle (Ind, 52%)
O.J. Howard (TB, 40%) — Week 10 was the ultimate litmus test for Howard going against the Cardinals, who bleed production to opposing tight ends. And Howard passed the test as he scored his first touchdown of the season, posting 4/47/1 receiving on a season-high seven targets while playing all but one snap. Howard is certainly going to be difficult to trust going forward since he was averaging just 2.2 catches/game and 29.3 yards/game before Week 10. Hopefully, his performance in Week 10 will remind Jameis Winston and Bruce Arians to get him the damn ball with some regularity going forward.
Jacob Hollister (Sea, 6%) — Russell Wilson loves his tight ends, especially in the red zone. Seattle TEs have scored 32.6% of Wilson’s TD passes since the 2017 season (30-of-92), including 30.4% this season (7-of-23). After scoring two touchdowns in Week 9, including the game winner, Hollister scored Seattle’s only passing TD against the 49ers in Week 10 on his way 8/62/1 receiving on 10 targets while playing 78% of the snaps. Hollister hadn’t scored in his first 26 games between the Patriots and Seahawks but he’s now scored three times in an eight-day span. He now has 17/137/2 receiving on 24 targets in the four games since Will Dissly (ACL, IR) left the lineup. Hollister should be considered as a TE1 down the stretch with his usage of late but, unfortunately, the Seahawks are on a bye this week so he can’t give you immediate help.
Noah Fant (Den, 13%) — The Broncos traded Emmanuel Sanders away before Week 8 and it’s been Fant who has stepped into the #2 receiver role behind Courtland Sutton. He saw eight targets and had five catches in his last game with Joe Flacco in Week 8 and he exploded for 3/115/1 receiving on four targets in his first game with Brandon Allen in Week 9 against the Browns. Fant showcased his rare speed and physicality for the tight end position on a 75-yard touchdown catch, turning a crossing route into a score by running through and then away from the defense. Allen’s presence at quarterback does lower Fant’s floor a bit, but the rookie TE does offer some potential for a breakout in the second half if he stays in his current #2 receiver role.
Mike Gesicki (Mia, 41%) — Gesicki has been emerging a bit since their Week 5 bye and he had his first true blow-up game against the Jets in Week 9, catching all six of his targets for 95 yards. With Preston Williams (knee) done for the season, Gesicki is the team’s #2 receiver for Ryan Fitzpatrick. He finished with 3/28 receiving on six targets against the Colts in Week 10 but he did lose a fumble while playing 61% of the snaps. Fitz also just overthrew him for a 25-yard touchdown, which would’ve been taken off the board by an offensive holding penalty anyway. Gesicki blew up the Combine two years ago and he could be coming into his own as we head down the stretch. It’s worth adding Gesicki to see if he really is in the midst of a breakout and since his role in this passing game is on the rise.
Darren Fells (Hou, 45%) — Fells has already doubled his career-high for TDs in a season with six scores through nine games, which leads the NFL heading into Week 10. He saw just three targets against the Jaguars in Week 9 but he did score a one-yard TD to come through for his fantasy owners. He’s a bit of a boom-or-bust option depending on if he finds the end zone or not, but he’s clearly become a preferred red-zone target for Deshaun Watson.
Dallas Goedert (Phi, 27%) — Goedert is tough to completely trust in a fantasy lineup since he’s playing next to one of the better fantasy TEs in Zach Ertz but he’s now topped 9+ FP in four of his last six games. Goedert finished second in receiving for the Eagles in Week 9 against the Bears with 4/39 on five targets, but he was a distant second to his fellow TE Zach Ertz who had 9/103/1 receiving. With the Eagles hurting at WR and DeSean Jackson (hernia) on the IR, Goedert is a high-end TE2 going forward.
Kyle Rudolph (Min, 34%) — Rudolph is a TD-or-bust option but he has scored in three of his last four games for those in non-PPR formats. He finished with just 14 yards on five targets against the Cowboys in Week 10, but he did score on a pair of one-yard passes and he added a two-point conversion to go along with his four catches. He has a little better chance of staying fantasy relevant this week if WR Adam Thielen is unable to play through his hamstring injury against the Broncos. Rookie TE Irv Smith has been the more important receiver for Kirk Cousins with 17 catches the last four weeks but Rudolph keeps vulturing touchdowns.
Ryan Griffin (NYJ, 3%) — Chris Herndon’s season from hell continued in Week 10 when he fractured his ribs in his first game action of the season. Brutal. That means Griffin will once again be the top option at TE for the next couple weeks. Before Week 10, Griffin did have 11+ fantasy points in three of his four games between Weeks 6-9. He’ll once again be a low-end streaming option for as long as Herndon is out of the lineup.
Dawson Knox (Buf, 5%) — The Bills need to get Knox more involved down the stretch because he gives them some juice in the middle of the field. He saw a season-high six targets against the Browns in Week 10 on his way to 4/55 receiving while playing 58% of the snaps. Knox is, unfortunately, linked to Josh Allen who is going to be a sporadic passer most weeks, but Knox clearly has the ability to be fantasy-relevant player if he starts to see 5+ targets a week.
Dallas Cowboys (@Det, 44%), Oakland Raiders (vs. Cin, 3%), Carolina Panthers (vs. Atl, 54%), New York Jets (@Was, 22%), Cleveland Browns (vs. Pit, 57%), Washington Redskins (vs. NYJ, 3%)
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