Week eleven of the 2020 NFL season and we are starting to see some guys come back. Miles Sanders was a welcome sight to some owners and Nick Chubb was a revelation. If your injured dudes didn’t come back though, you are probably hurting for help. Lucky for you, Football Absurdity is going to help you salvage your decimated rosters. If I don’t mention someone whom you think I should be talking about, just know there are many reasons why I overlooked them. Maybe they are owned in most leagues. Maybe they are so bad I don’t even consider them. Or maybe it’s because your opinions cannot be trusted. After all, you are here. So let us examine our best options for week eleven waiver wire players…
Week Eleven Waiver Wire QBs
Tua Tagovailio, Miami Dolphins (39% rostered)
In week ten, Tua Tagovailoa had 169 passing yards and 2 touchdowns. While not the most exciting of numbers, if you aren’t able to get Jameis, Tua feels like a high-floor guy if you are desperate for a starter.
Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints (1% rostered)
Whether it’s from facing an NFL defensive lineman or a Chargers team doctor, playing is a dangerous game. Drew Brees found out just how dangerous when he punctured his lung and cracked some ribs this past Sunday. It is unknown how much time Drew Brees is expected to miss, but Jameis Winston in the New Orleans offense is no joke. If you need a quarterback, Winston should be your immediate target. He might throw for three interceptions, but usually, he has some touchdowns to go with it.
Week Eleven Waiver Wire RBs
Damien Harris/Rex Burkhead, New England Patriots (52%/24%rostered)
Week ten was exactly what fantasy football players who have Patriots running backs hope for. Multiple backs doing good things mean fewer people having their hearts broken. Damien Harris had 121 yards from scrimmage. Rex Burkhead had 2 touchdowns. Just remember the rules of the football universe deem that for the next three weeks, all Patriots running backs will be worthless.
Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts (41% rostered)
With Jonathan Taylor seemingly falling out of favor in Indianapolis, Nyheim Hines appears to be reaping all the benefits. For the second time in three weeks, Nyheim Hines has ended the week as a top-ten fantasy back. In week ten, Hines had 115 all-purpose yards and 2 touchdowns. Nyheim Hines is the biggest upside play if you need running back help.
Wayne Gallman Jr., New York Giants (40% rostered)
After a certain point, you probably need to start believing in Wayne Gallman Jr. Or perhaps most specifically, if you don’t buy him now, you won’t be getting Gallman. After 53 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns in week ten, Gallman has 5 touchdowns in the last four weeks. He has clearly found a role in the Giants offense. If the Giants can find a way to make Gallman productive, your fantasy squad might survive him.
Cam Akers/Malcolm Brown, Los Angeles Rams (28%/33%rostered)
Cam Akers spent week ten working his way back into the Rams running back rotation, getting 10 carries for 39 yards. Malcolm Brown had a big fantasy week with 51 all-purpose yards and 2 touchdowns. With three running backs in the Rams backfield, this feels like a headache waiting to happen. I’d avoid this backfield.
Kalen Ballage, Los Angeles Chargers (25% rostered)
For the second week in a row, Kalen Ballage has looked like the back to own in Los Angeles. In week ten, Ballage had 102 all-purpose yards. Just remember, Ballage will soon be taking a back seat to Austin Ekeler. With Ekeler hinting he’ll be back soon, be wary of Kalen Ballage.
Cordarrelle Patterson, Chicago Bears (8% rostered)
In week ten, Cordarrelle Patterson had 49 yards from scrimmage and a return touchdown. You might be wondering why I have Patterson listed as a running back when he is listed as a wide receiver on most sites. That is exactly why. Cordarrrelle Patterson led the Bears in carries against the Vikings. A receiver that you can put in your receiver slot can provide a nice floor. Unfortunately, Patterson still plays for the Bears and it is hard to trust that offense.
Salvon Ahmed, Miami Dolphins (7% rostered)
With Myles Gaskin down for the foreseeable future, Salvon Ahmed looks like he is the back to roster in Miami. In week ten, he had 85 rushing yards and 1 touchdown. Ahmed is a decent high-floor option at running back.
Devontae Booker, Las Vegas Raiders (2% rostered)
Devontae Booker has been carving out a nice, little niche in the Las Vegas Raiders offense. Over the past two weeks, Booker has had 149 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns. Devontae Booker also appears to be getting a lot of work as the Raiders change of pace back. While Booker might become something, there are still better options.
Week Eleven Waiver Wire WRs
Cole Beasley, Buffalo Bills (48% rostered)
Frankly speaking, if Cole Beasley is still available on your waiver wire, you are probably doing something wrong. Over the past few weeks, Beasley has been a high-end WR2, with 31 catches for 329 yards and 2 touchdowns. If he’s available, grab him. If he’s not available, congratulations. You play with smart players.
Jakobi Meyer, New England Patriots (36% rostered)
Last week, I wrote that Jakobi Meyer could be a WR2 the rest of the way. In week ten, Meyer proved me right with 5 catches for 59 yards. Jakobi Meyer even threw in a passing TD for good measure. What I said last week still holds true. Jakobi Meyer might be the only offensive weapon worth rostering in New England.
Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles (26% rostered)
In week ten, Jalen Reagor led the Eagles with 7 targets. Reagor was only able to turn this into 4 catches for 47 yards. On the one hand, Jalen Reagor is the best receiver on the Philadelphia Eagles. On the other hand, Reagor is still a receiver on the Philadelphia Eagles.
Marques Valdez-Scantling, Green Bay Packers (14% rostered)
Marques Valdez-Scantling is a boom-or-bust player. However, it is hard to get past the fact that over the past two weeks, MVS has been booming. In week ten, Valdez-Scantling was the WR1 with 4 catches for 149 yards and 1 touchdown. I still say he is risky, but MVS does have one of the best quarterbacks ever to play the game throwing to him. Who knows, maybe MVS has finally figured it out.
Michael Pittman, Jr., Indianapolis Colts (8% rostered)
Rookie Michael Pittman, Jr. showed why the Colts drafted him in the second round this year. Pittman’s 7 catches for 101 yards With T.Y. Hilton showing signs of age, the Colts are desperate for a receiver to take over. Pittman is a solid flyer at wide receiver on the waiver wire. The Colts are desperate for someone to step up and Pittman is talented enough to take over.
Week Eleven Waiver Wire TEs
Logan Thomas, Washington Wassits (28% rostered)
In week ten, Logan Thomas had 4 catches for 66 yards. Logan Thomas has the same problems he has always had. His quarterback play is inconsistent and he isn’t very good at football. However, Washington targets Logan Thomas a lot in the passing game. Thomas is eleventh in targets amongst all tight ends. Opportunity is the shortest path to production, which is why people keep taking a flyer on Logan Thomas.
Jordan Reed, San Francisco 49ers (17% rostered)
Just because George Kittle is on IR doesn’t mean Kyle Shanahan has stopped loving to use his tight ends. In week ten, Jordan Reed had 5 catches for 62 yards. I doubt there is a better option at tight end on your waiver wire.
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