Week #11 Waiver Watch of Truth
Same intro every week folks, if you’re new to this series carry on, if not drop down to the QB
section. Some fantasy players believe leagues are won in drafts, others believe they’re won through trades, I personally believe championships are won on the waiver wire. Every league is different and it’s undoubtedly a combination of the three but let’s make sure you’re up to speed on this week’s top waiver wire adds.
Alex Smith, Washington Football Team
It’s a little hard to believe that 2005’s first overall draft pick just hit a new career high in passing yardage playing for a team with no name, but hey! It’s 2020 after all. Smith diced up the Detroit defense on his way to 390 yards to eight different receivers. He rallied his team from a 14-point halftime deficit only to lose in the waning seconds. Smith failed to score a touchdown due to the backs running in three red zone scores but he did look much better than his previous performance where he threw three picks and a score. If the veteran can just start adding some touchdowns to his ridiculous totals of 715 yards on 87 pass attempts in his two starts he could be a fantasy stud. He’s rostered in just 3.4% of ESPN leagues and next up are dates with Cincinnati and Dallas! If that doesn’t make you want to scoop him up I don’t know what will!
Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints
Future Hall of Fame Quarterback Drew Brees is suffering from multiple rib fractures on both sides of his chest and a punctured lung on his right side. He hasn’t been placed on Injured Reserve but will definitely miss at least two games. Head Coach Sean Payton has refused to name a starter but it’s got to be Winston over Taysom Hill. With a home matchup against the Falcons worst pass defense in the league, Winston could be a sneaky genius play this week.
Honorable mention: Daniel Jones NYG.
Wayne Gallman, New York Giants
Points are points. Who cares if it’s Wayne Gallman?? The guy has racked up 63 fantasy points in the last four games scoring a touchdown in each as well has hitting double digit carries. Gallman has actually been very consistent with a low of 13 points and a high of 19. He is fairly touchdown dependent but remains a solid play due to Devonta Freeman landing on IR this past week. Gallman is getting more involved in this New York offense coming off of a 20 touch outing in which he scored two touchdowns. If he’s available in your league you definitely should scoop him up. He’s rostered in 30.5% of ESPN leagues.
Kalen Ballage, Los Angeles Chargers
Ballage was called back up from the practice squad and once again made the most of his opportunities. He carried the ball 18 times for 68 yards and secured five of six targets for 34 yards. It’s safe to say that Ballage has surpassed Joshua Kelley and Troymaine Pope for the lead role in this backfield and with Justin Jackson missing Sunday’s game and possibly more Ballage can be relied on as long as Ekeler remains sidelined. The former Dolphin is rostered in 29.9% of ESPN leagues.
Salvon Ahmed, Miami Dolphins
Ahmed rushed 21 times for 85 yards and his first touchdown in the pros. The undrafted rookie out of Washington was the clear bellcow for Miami with Myles Gaskin and Matt Breida both sidelined with injuries. Now that Jordan Howard has been released even if one of the injured backs return Ahmed will still get a healthy workload. He’s definitely worth a stash in all formats as he has a chance to become a poor man’s James Robinson from Jacksonville. Ahmed is rostered in just 0.4% of ESPN leagues.
Honorable mentions: Devonte Booker LV, Rex Burkhead NE, Cordarrelle Patterson CHI, Gus Edwards BAL.
Michael Pittman JR. Indianapolis Colts
Pittman had his best game of his young career by far against Tennessee under the lights on Thursday night football. The 34th overall pick of this year’s draft hauled in seven of eight targets for 101 yards and showed his explosiveness on his lone handoff which he turned into 21 yards. Pittman has continued to improve after returning from injured reserve and now looks like he could be the top target for Old Man Rivers for the remainder of the season. The return of TY Hilton may have actually helped the rookie as teams tend to slide coverage towards Hilton. Pittman is rostered in just 5% of ESPN leagues and should be picked up in all formats. I think we’re looking at a possible league winner here.
Willie Snead, Baltimore Ravens
Snead is the receiver to own in Baltimore as Hollywood Brown continues to prove that he’s a bust and can’t be trusted. Snead has hauled in 14 of 18 targets for 207 yards and two touchdowns. When you compare that to Brown’s 6 catches on 13 targets for a measly 55 yards and a score, it shows who fantasy owners should be rostering even if it is just a bench stash. Snead broke out against New England for 23.4 PPR points and will look to continue his dominant stretch against the WR friendly Tennessee secondary. He’s rostered in just 0.6% of leagues.
Jakeem Grant, Miami Dolphins
Stepping into the WR #2 role for Miami due to Preston Williams landing on Injured Reserve Grant showed chemistry with Tua on a three yard touchdown reception and logged his second straight four catch on five targets performance. Grant’s elite speed gives him considerable upside for fantasy owners and now that he has more of a role in this offense he might be worth a stash or a dart throw play. He’s rostered in 1.6% of ESPN leagues.
Josh Reynolds, Los Angeles Rams
Reynolds has turned into what lots of people thought Van Jefferson would be earlier in the season. Reynolds hauled in eight of ten targets for 94 yards and an impressive 17.4 PPR points. Reynolds stretched his streak of eight or more targets and four or more receptions to three games. Reynolds is getting the volume to be trusted by fantasy owners in PPR formats. He’s rostered in just 3.4% of ESPN leagues.
Honorable mentions: Keelan Cole JAC, Chris Conley JAC, Marquez Valdes-Scantling GB.
Jordan Reed, San Francisco 49ers
Reed looked great making some impressive catches and was efficient hauling in five of six targets for a healthy 62 yards. Kittle isn’t coming back until later in the season so Reed will continue to be a solid option after his bye this week. If Kittle is available in your league he’s worth stashing if you’re poised to make the playoffs, especially if your league has IR spots. Reed is rostered in 15.6% of ESPN leagues.
Honorable mentions: Cameron Brate TB, Dan Arnold ARI.
Here’s a list of players that I either included in the previous week’s article or are obvious adds that are owned quite a bit more but still have a decent chance of being available in your league. These guys are definitely worth checking the wires for.
Top Priority list:
QB Cam Newton NE 56.5%
QB Tua Tagovailoa MIA 32.6%
QB Teddy Bridgewater CAR 29% (day-to-day)
WR Darius Slayton NYG 61.6%
WR John Brown BUF 61%
WR Cole Beasley BUF 46.7%
WR Jakobi Meyers NE 22.3%
RB J.D. McKissic WAS 63.6%
RB Damien Harris NE 43.6%
RB Nyheim Hines IND 41.2%
RB Malcolm Brown LAR 40.9%
RB La’Mical Perine NYJ 15.8%
TE Dallas Goedert PHI 52.6%
TE Logan Thomas WAS 18.9%
Take all of this with a grain of salt as I obviously don’t know the details of your specific situation, what you need, who you’d drop and who else is available in your league.
Thanks for reading and as always, stay true.
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