Week #11 Waiver Watch of Truth
Hey all, Ben Kayser had to take a week off due to a death in his family but he wanted to make sure y’all got your weekly Waiver Watch.
Some fantasy owners 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.
Justin Fields, Chicago Bears
This year’s 11th overall draft pick has settled in nicely for the fantasy community, scoring 25 and 18 points the past two weeks. Fields is fresh off of the bye and is facing a Baltimore defense who is averaging 18 fantasy points allowed to opposing signal callers, good for 20th. If you’re in need of a spot start I’d go with Fields against a middle of the pack defense who has allowed 400+ passing yards three times already this season. Fields is a safe bet with his duel threat abilities and is only rostered in 18.5% of ESPN leagues.
Mac Jones, New England Patriots
Jones hasn't been lighting up the stat sheet by any means but he has been very efficient and is coming off of career highs in passing TDs with three and completion percentage of 82.6. Next up for the former National Champion is the porous Atlanta Falcons who surrender over 21 points a game to QBs on average and are 28th against the position. Mac Jones is getting hot and Belichick is letting him and Mcdaniels open up the passing game so there could be fireworks in Atlanta. Jones is somewhat of a risky play but with Damien Harris banged up they'll most likely rely on Jones’ arm, he’s rostered in just 13.9% of ESPN leagues.
Honorable mentions: Daniel Jones NYG, Jimmy Garoppolo
Rhamondre Stevenson, New England Patriots
Stevenson and his counterpart Damien Harris both sustained head injuries in week 9 against Carolina, Stevenson was able to clear concussion protocol and made the most of it. Stevenson carried the rock 20 times for an even 100 yards and two touchdowns. The fourth round rookie has been on a roll the past two weeks despite getting knocked out of week nine’s game early. He racked up 220 yards from scrimmage on 36 touches and will look to keep it going against Atlanta even if Harris is back and is rostered in only 9.9% of ESPN leagues.
D’Onta Foreman, Tennessee Titans
Foreman has found himself a role and may become the lead back on this Tennessee offense. The former Texan led the Titans in carries with 11 on Sunday, and added two receptions in which he turned into 48 yards including a 39 yard catch. In his two games as a Titan he has 18 touches and 107 yards from scrimmage and has outperformed Adrian Peterson and Jeremy McNichols. Foreman is available in almost all of ESPN leagues, go scoop him up!
Honorable mentions: Wayne Gallman ATL, Ty Johnson NYJ, Boston Scott PHI, Latavius Murray BAL.
Rashod Bateman, Baltimore Ravens
The 21 year old first round rookie receiver has made quite an impact in his first four games of his professional career, garnering at least six targets in each of those games including 8 in the last two. Bateman hauled in 6 of those 8 targets for 80 yards and 14 fantasy points. He is ascending quickly and could possibly become a league winner if Baltimore continues playing poorly and has to pass more often. Bateman is rostered in 32.5% of ESPN leagues.
Bryan Edwards, Las Vegas Raiders
Edwards had another four target outing but instead of getting shut out again he tallied three receptions for 88 yards and a score. The former third round draft pick is sure to be more involved down the stretch with the Raiders down to few receiving options. He’s rostered in just 15.2% of ESPN leagues and is worth a stash.
Honorable mentions: Kendrick Bourne NE, Jamal Agnew JAC, Deonte Harris NO.
Dan Arnold, Jacksonville Jaguars
Arnold has been on quite a hot streak as of late and he’s still only rostered in just over a quarter of ESPN leagues. The former undrafted Tight End has been the TE3 the past three weeks averaging 12.8 PPR points per game and he’s done that without a touchdown. Arnold has become a staple in the Jacksonville offense hitting the 60 yard mark and at least 7 targets over that stretch. If you’re in need of a TE or just some depth at the position, you need to go scoop up this budding star.
Gerald Everett, Seattle Seahawks
Everett has been fairly quiet this season but had himself a busy game this week, bringing in all 8 of his targets for 63 yards. He had his best game as a Seahawk by far posting season highs across the board except for the TD column. Everett is definitely a risky guy to trust in your lineup but when a QB like Russell Wilson completed almost half of his passes to one guy, that’s something that could be a sign of things to come. He’s worth a stash in deeper leagues just in case Russ builds on this connection. The former Ram is rostered in just 3.4% of ESPN leagues.
Honorable mentions: Austin Hooper CLE, Adam Trautman NO.
Here’s a list of players that could be available 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:
Kirk Cousins MIN 66.2%
A.J. Dillon GB 59.5%
Devonta Freeman BAL 43.8%
Michael Gallup DAL 52.3%
Darnell Mooney CHI 46.4%
Elijah Moore NYJ 38.1%
Hunter Henry NE 52.7%
Pat Freiermuth PIT 46.4%
Tyler Conklin MIN 37.5%
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.