Welcome to Working the Wire for Week 11 of the 2018 season! We’ll list off the best adds for your waiver period to bolster your fantasy squad, or replace your injured players! Week 11 had some weird outcomes, some injury replacements (Cooper Kupp we hardly knew ye) and as always, a couple notes:
– Players will not be listed that have over 50% of ownership in ESPN leagues.
– Players are listed by highest priority to low, not by position.
WR Anthony Miller, CHI (13.4% owned in ESPN leagues)
With 6 targets in each game since Week 7, Anthony Miller should be owned in way more than 13.4% of leagues. This matchup against Minnesota is not a great one, but Chicago does have a pretty soft schedule in the 2nd half of the season with games against the Rams/Packers at home and the Lions, Giants, and 49ers on the road. Miller also has 3 touchdowns in his last 5 games and has been working well even with Allen Robinson back in the lineup, posting a 5-122-1 line last week vs. Detroit. Add him for your bench in the 2nd half.
RB Rashaad Penny, SEA (13.1%)
Rashaad Penny and Mike Davis divvied up the rushing attack for the Seahawks on Sunday, with Penny notching a 12-108-1 line. Penny could earn some more rushes going forward, especially this week if Chris Carson remains out with his hip issue. They face a Green Bay defense that’s very susceptible to the run, so for now he’s a speculative add, but he’s a 1st rounder that wasn’t drafted to sit on the bench.
WR Keke Coutee, HOU (13.6%)
Keke Coutee could FINALLY return this week, citing a “strong possibility” according to coach Bill O’Brien, so if he does, he’ll likely line up in the slot with DeAndre Hopkins and Demaryius Thomas on the outside. Coutee would likely see a large share of the inside targets. Out since Week 7, Coutee is being carefully managed with his hamstring injury, but in that offense, could see some usable WR3/flex numbers going forward. Health concerns have been the name of the game for Coutee this season, but he’s a bench claim until we see him on the field.
WR Josh Reynolds, LAR (1.1%)
With Cooper Kupp now out for the rest of the season, Josh Reynolds could assume more targets in the Rams’ offense as the WR3. He’d likely see time on the outside as when Kupp was previously hurt, Robert Woods dipped into the slot and worked a large chunk of his routes inside. Reynolds won’t get ALL of Kupp’s targets, but he should receive a portion of them and could earn more with quality performances for the Rams’ playoff push. A speculative add, as you want pieces of the Rams’ offense.
QB Marcus Mariota, TEN (15.5%)
Seemingly over the numbness in his hand that hampered him over the first half of the season, Marcus Mariota has posted two straight 21.8 or better performances against 2 solid defenses. He now faces an Indianapolis defense that has been up and down. The Titans offense is back to rolling with Dion Lewis and Corey Davis on the upswing, and with Mariota putting the ball in their hands, good things happen. Tossing in the rushing yards he accrues, Mariota is a streamable option for Week 11.
RB Josh Adams, PHI (5.9%)
Josh Adams has turned in some quality performances while in a heavy running back committee, and Doug Pederson has alluded to giving more work to Adams going forward. Keep in mind, he is still in a deep split and in his last two games, has 16 carries for 108 yards while averaging 6.25 yards per carry in his last 3 games. If he gets more work, he could be a potential flier come playoff time.
QB Dak Prescott, DAL (30.2%)
It took a slow start to get him to where he is now, but Dak Prescott has at least 21.7 FPTS in 3 of his last 4 starts and goes on the road this week to face a woeful Atlanta Falcons defense. It’s starting to become a pattern to start the quarterback going against Atlanta. The Falcons’ defense has given up at least 300 yards or 3 passing touchdowns to all quarterbacks they’ve faced except for Nick Foles in Week 1. Add in Dak’s rushing prowess, and you’ve got a legit QB1 to stream this week if you have Tom Brady on bye.
TE Jeff Heuerman, DEN (7.9%)
Jeff Heuerman is involved. No, not like that… I mean he MAY be… anyway, he’s involved at the tight end position in fantasy, and that’s what you’re looking for. Before his bye, Heuerman exploded for a 10-83-1 line. Could that be an aberration? For sure, that probably will be the best week he has this season. But at this stage, with Gronkowski , Kittle, and Njoku on bye, he’s a quality bye week flier. The Chargers aren’t a great matchup this week but he’s been a heavily pass catcher inside the 10 for Case Keenum this season, with 8 targets out of Keenum’s 21 total throws from inside the 10. You can do way worse than Heuerman, he’s a fringe TE1 for this week.
Stay tuned for “Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em” later on in the week! And make sure you check out my PPR Rankings that are updated throughout the week!