At this point in the fantasy football season, there are three positions you might be in: Virtually locked into a playoff berth, fighting to get into the playoffs, or out of the running entirely. We’re sorry if you fall into the latter category, but if you’re in one of the two former categores, odds are you’re looking for any possible way to get an edge on your competition. Just by looking at the top sleepers and streamers for Week 11, you’re putting yourself ahead of the curve. As much as you need to focus on your own roster and whatever transactions may be left in the Week 10 waiver period, looking to Week 11 and beyond and adding a potential playmaker or key handcuff can be crucial to gaining that tiny edge over your competition.
Yes, these pickups — and whoever you drop when making a pickup — sometimes backfire, but that’s just the nature of fantasy football. Only so much can be predicted, and when you’re wrong, it hurts. However, when you do end up making the right move and adding a guy without having to use a waiver claim or FAAB money to get him, that makes up for all the mistakes.
Thanks to injuries across the league and a ton of committee approaches in backfields, the free agent wire is brimming with potential difference-makers right now. The streaming options at QB and D/ST are solid, and there are plenty of RBs and WRs to trust. Players like Gus Edwards, Jordan Wilkins, Jakobi Meyers, and Breshad Perriman could all end up being starters in the coming weeks, and those are just a few of the options available for owners to grab.
If there’s one weakness on the waiver wire this week, it’s the Week 11 tight end streamers. This makes sense considering that Travis Kelce is on bye and George Kittle and Zach Ertz are hurt, as many owners are carrying a couple of streaming options at the position, so if you need help at the position, you may have to kick the tires on Taysom Hill or trust a player in a bad offense (like Logan Thomas), at least for this week.
As always, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to make a pre-emptive move. If you’re happy with your roster, just keep it the way it is. Still, it’s good to know who is available to pick up in case you end up needing help or streaming options in Week 11. Basically, you want to know what to expect. And if you’re ready to make a move, go for it. So long as you’re not taking a massive downgrade, it’s fine to rotate players in and out of that revolving door spot on your roster.
Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Watchlist
Reminder: This list was put together in the lead-in to Week 10, looking forward to the players that could be waiver-wire targets to scoop before the season starts to use in future weeks. If you have a roster spot to play with, these are options you could pick up early to beat the waiver buzz.
All these players are below 50-percent ownership on Yahoo unless otherwise specified.
Week 11 Waiver Wire Watchlist: Quarterback
Key QBs out because of byes: Josh Allen, Daniel Jones, Nick Foles, Nick Mullens
Teddy Bridgewater, Panthers vs. Lions (45)
Bridgewater doesn’t always rack up TDs, but he is averaging 268.4 passing yards and 20 rushing yards per game this season. The Lions have allowed the seventh-most passing TDs (17), and Bridgewater should have a chance to play well against them, especially if Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) can return and give Bridgewater his full complement of offensive weaponry.
Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins @ Broncos (44)
In his second start, Tua scrambled for 35 yards and was able to rack up 248 yards and two TDs through the air. In Week 11, he gets to take on a Broncos defense that has allowed the eighth-most fantasy points per game (FPPG) to QBs at a mark of 21.4. The more Tagovailoa plays, the better he should get, so he needs to be owned as a backup and top QB streamer.
Derek Carr, Raiders vs. Chiefs (38)
Carr has been the epitome of consistent this year and is averaging 250 yards and two passing TDs per game. That gives him a high floor, and he should be able to find success against the Chiefs. The last time these two teams faced off, Carr racked up a season-high 347 passing yards and three TDs, and in what could be another shootout, Carr can be trusted as a worthwhile streamer. It’s also worth noting that the Chiefs have allowed 230 rushing yards and four rushing TDs to QBs this year, so Carr could scramble for some yards even though that’s not his strongsuit.
Andy Dalton, Cowboys @ Vikings (6)
After a bye week, Dalton should be healthy after dealing with a concussion and landing on the COVID list. He hasn’t played well this year, but the Vikings have one of the worst secondaries in the NFL and the Cowboys have the talent needed to take advantage of that. So long as Dalton is protected by his offensive line — a big if — he could emerge as a fine streaming option since the Vikings allow 21.7 FPPG, good for fifth most in the NFL.
Sam Darnold (7) or Joe Flacco (1), Jets @ Chargers
It’s unclear at this time who will be the Jets starter in Week 11. They’re on bye in Week 10 and Darnold could return, but if his shoulder gives him any trouble, it will be Flacco’s team again. Either man can be trusted as a bargain streamer against a Chargers defense that has allowed the fourth-most FPPG to QBs (22) this season. If you’re desperate for QB help or are in a two-QB/superflex league, grab whichever one of these guys ends up being the starter.
Week 11 Waiver Wire Watch List: RB
Key RBs out because of byes: Zack Moss, Devin Singletary, Devonta Freeman, Wayne Gallman, David Montgomery, Jerick McKinnon, JaMycal Hasty
Joshua Kelley, Chargers (37) | Kalen Ballage, Chargers (12) | Troymaine Pope, Chargers (1)
It seems likely that Justin Jackson (knee) will be out for the Chargers in Week 10. His grip on the starting job was always tenuous given Anthony Lynn’s desire to mix up the RB rotation with Austin Ekeler (hamstring) on IR, but now, the backfield is really in open season. Kelley was a fourth-round pick by the Chargers and was the primary backup to Ekeler early in the season. Ballage just had 84 yards on 17 touches in his Chargers debut. In the week before that, Pope outworked Kelley and racked up 95 yards on 15 touches before suffering a concussion. All three backs could be a key part of the Chargers’ rotation moving forward, so they should be owned. It’s hard to trust any in Week 10 but once we see the rotation there, they all have RB2/flex upside in Week 11. Grab them now while they’re still available.
Gus Edwards, Ravens (36)
Edwards is splitting carries evenly with JK Dobbins in the Ravens backfield with Mark Ingram (ankle) out, but Dobbins is owned in more than twice as many Yahoo leagues than Edwards. Edwards has had a role in the Ravens’ backfield all season, and while he has issues against stronger run defenses, he has been good against weak units. The Titans have allowed the 10th-most FPPG to RBs this year (20.2), so Edwards should do well in that contest. He has RB2 upside depending on whether or not Ingram is back, so he doesn’t belong on the waiver wire either way.
La’Mical Perine, Jets (26)
I don’t blame you if you’re getting sick of hearing about Jets RBs, but there is reason for optimism about him. According to ESPN’s Rich Cimini, the Jets are planning on making Perine the lead back for the rest of the season to evaluate him in that role. Of course, Adam Gase said something similar about wanting to get Perine more action in previous weeks, and that didn’t really materialize, but the fact is that Perine looks like the lead back for a team (albeit a bad one). There aren’t many of those on waivers, so grab him if he’s available.
Jordan Howard, Dolphins (26) | Matt Breida, Dolphins (25) | Salvon Ahmed, Dolphins (1) | Lynn Bowden (0)
The Dolphins RB room is a mess with Myles Gaskin (knee) out. Each back on this list has a positive and a negative with them. Howard is a goal-line battering ram, but he is averaging 1.2 yards per carry on the season. Breida is a solid lead back who can be a top option in Gaskin’s stead, but he is dealing with a hamstring injury. Ahmed was the best runner to see the field in Week 9 for the Dolphins, but he’s unproven. Bowden is set to come off the COVID list, but he’s more of a gadget player and is also unproven. It’s unclear who the backfield leader will be at this point in time, but all of these players are in the running and all could do damage if given the opportunity against the Broncos in Week 11.
Sony Michel, Patriots (25) | Rex Burkhead, Patriots (21)
Damien Harris has done well as the backfield leader for the Patriots, but he is dealing with a chest injury. It’s unknown how severe that may be, but Bill Belichick likes to mix up his backs anyway. The Patriots are playing the Texans in Week 11 and the Texans have allowed a league-high 1,159 rushing yards to RBs this year. If Sony Michel (quad) returns from IR, he could get in on the action in that matchup and so could Burkhead, who had 67 scrimmage yards and a TD on 15 touches against the Jets. The matchup is good enough for each to warrant consideration as a flex, so grab these guys now while they’re still available.
Jordan Wilkins, Colts (24)
Wilkins has out-touched Jonathan Taylor 34-21 in the past two weeks. The Colts are taking on the Packers, a team that allows 27.4 FPPG to RBs (second most in the league), in Week 11, so if Wilkins has usurped the starting role from Taylor by then, he can be trusted as a true RB2.
Devontae Booker, Raiders (2)
Booker had a season high in carries (8), yardage (68), and TDs (1) against the Chargers in Week 9. He played just 26 percent of the snaps, but it seems that the Raiders were content to get Josh Jacobs some extra rest ,as he was dealing with a knee injury and an illness. Booker may just go back to being a fine handcuff in the coming weeks, but he’s worth stashing after running well against the Chargers and plays behind a very good offensive line.
Week 11 Waiver Wire Watch List: WR
Key WRs out because of byes: Stefon Diggs, John Brown, Cole Beasley, Allen Robinson, Darnell Mooney, Anthony Miller, Brandon Aiyuk, Deebo Samuel, Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton
Sterling Shepard, Giants (49)
The Giants may be on bye next week, but Shepard still needs to be watched closely and added to most teams. While the Giants haven’t been great this season, Daniel Jones is playing a bit better of late and Shepard is averaging 7.2 targets per game. The opportunities are there for him to make plays, and he should be a flex play and a sure-fire WR3 in PPR moving forward. After their bye, the Giants take on the Bengals, Seahawks, Cardinals, and Browns, so Shepard’s upside in those games is high.
T.Y. Hilton, Colts (46)
Hilton hasn’t clicked with Philip Rivers yet, but he still has the speed needed to be a deep threat and potential flex play. The Colts are taking on the Packers, Titans, Texans, and Raiders the next four weeks, and those secondaries are vulnerable. Hilton will have a chance to make some big plays in those contests, and if he and Rivers do develop some chemistry, he will be a solid start.
Allen Lazard, Packers (42)
The Packers are desperate for a true No. 2 receiver, and Lazard could fill that role. In his last outing, Lazard posted six catches for 146 yards and a TD, and with Davante Adams commanding so much attention, Lazard should have open opportunities that he can take advantage of better than Marquez Valdes-Scantling. The Packers have a couple of tougher games against the Colts and the Bears in Weeks 11 and 12, but after that, they get to take on the Eagles and Lions. Lazard will have a sky-high ceiling in those matchups, and even in the tougher ones, he’ll generate enough yardage to stay fantasy-relevant.
Sammy Watkins, Chiefs (39)
Watkins is close to returning from a hamstring injury that has sidelined him since Week 5 and is coming off a bye in Week 11 to take on a porous Raiders defense. He also plays with the NFL’s best quarterback, so he needs to be owned because of his big-play potential in favorable matchups like the one against the Raiders.
Jakobi Meyers, Patriots (38)
Since Week 7, Meyers has averaged 10 targets a game for 7.3 catches and 95.7 yards. He is becoming Cam Newton’s favorite target by a wide margin, and as he develops more chemistry with Newton, the second-year player should only get better. The Patriots are playing the Texans, Cardinals, and Chargers after they take on the Ravens this week, and Meyers should have a chance to get open against those weaker defenses, especially if the Patriots get healthier and have some additional players to take the pressure off Meyers. Either way, he needs to be owned.
Jalen Reagor, Eagles (26) | Alshon Jeffery, Eagles (14)
The Eagles are taking on the Browns, Seahawks, Packers, and Saints in the coming weeks. All four can be beaten through the air, so this could prove to be a nice stretch for the Eagles’ receivers. Reagor had a TD his last time out against the Cowboys and should be a functional deep threat who will get a solid target share from Carson Wentz while Alshon Jeffery will soon play for the first time this season and could emerge as a possession receiver if healthy. Both players should be impactful as the secondary and tertiary options to Travis Fulgham.
Nelson Agholor, Raiders (26) | Hunter Renfrow, Raiders (21)
Agholor has racked up four TDs for the Raiders in his past five games and is averaging an elite 20.4 yards per catch on the year. He doesn’t need a lot of opportunities to put up flex-worthy point totals. Meanwhile, Renfrow continues to get targets and is averaging 13.7 yards per catch. With the Raiders facing the Chiefs, Falcons, and Jets in Weeks 11-13, Agholor and Renfrow have a ton of upside, and they should catch a lot of passes against weaker defenses in games that the Raiders will have to throw a lot in.
Breshad Perriman, Jets (8) | Denzel Mims, Jets (5)
Joe Flacco looked great on Monday night against the Patriots, and that was, in part, thanks to his excellent receiver play. Both Perriman and Mims proved to be great downfield threats for the Jets and each has upside the rest of the way. The Jets play the Chargers, Dolphins, Seahawks, and Raiders the next four weeks, so excluding the Dolphins, the Jets’ passing game should be able to take advantage of those weaker secondaries.
Week 11 Waiver Wire Watch List: TE
Key TEs out because of byes: Jimmy Graham, Evan Engram, Jordan Reed, Tyler Kroft
Logan Thomas, Washington (34)
In Week 11, Thomas is taking on a Bengals team that has allowed the second-most FPPG to TEs this year at a mark of 11.8. Thomas has a high target-floor, as he is seeing 5.8 passes come his way per game and he has logged a TD in two of his past three games. He has been getting targets no matter who has played quarterback for Washington, so even if Alex Smith is the starter, Thomas’ upside will still be big in a favorable matchup.
Dalton Schultz, Cowboys (19)
Much like Thomas, Schultz has been able to attract targets no matter who has played QB for the Cowboys. He is seeing 6.1 per game, tied for the eighth most in the NFL, and in his past two games with Ben DiNucci and Garrett Gilbert at QB, he has averaged five catches for 50.5 yards. Schultz should find success in Week 11 against a Vikings defense that has allowed the fourth-most passing yardage to TEs this season (527).
Irv Smith Jr., Vikings (9)
Smith is coming off a two-TD game against a Lions defense that has been tough on tight ends. While he only has four games with four-plus targets this season, the TD upside is there, especially if the Vikings continue to use play-action near the goal-line with defenses bearing down on Dalvin Cook. The Cowboys have allowed 8.8 FPPG to TEs this year and five TDs, so Smith could have a chance to score again in Week 11.
Taysom Hill, Saints (1)
How thin are the tight end streaming options this week? Simply put, they’re thin enough for Hill to draw legitimate consideration as a potential waiver wire pickup in leagues where he’s eligible. Hill is coming off a game in which he posted seven rushes for 54 yards, a 21-yard catch that was nearly a TD, and two completions for 48 yards. Granted, some of his work came later in the Saints’ blowout of the Bucs, but it’s still notable. Hill is playing against the Falcons in Week 11 and the Falcons have allowed the most FPPG to TEs this year (12). Hill could have a chance to catch a TD or continue to be used as a multi-faceted weapon against a weak defense.
Week 11 defense streamers and sleepers
D/STs out because of byes: 49ers, Bears, Bills, Giants
Miami Dolphins (49) | Week 11 opponent: @ Broncos
Los Angeles Chargers (41) | Week 11 opponent: vs. Jets
Washington Football Team (40) | Week 11 opponent: vs. Bengals
Cleveland Browns (16) | Week 11 opponent: vs. Eagles
Cincinnati Bengals (2) | Week 11 opponent: vs. Washington
There are a lot of nice streamer options for Week 11, and none are better than the Dolphins and Chargers. The Dolphins defense has proven to be underrated, and in its past two games, it has created three defense/special teams TDs. The Dolphins limit opponents to just 20.1 points per game, good for the fourth fewest in the NFL, so they can be trusted against a Broncos offense that gives up the third-most FPPG to defenses this year (9.6).
Meanwhile, the Chargers have struggled at times on defense this year, but the Jets are tied for first in FPPG allowed to defenses this year at a mark of 10.1. If Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram are healthy, the Chargers will have a chance to pressure either Joe Flacco or Sam Darnold and force them into mistakes.
Washington once again will be a good streamer. Joe Burrow has been sacked 28 times this season (second most in the NFL), and Washington is averaging 3.4 sacks per game (third best in the the NFL). Its floor is high, and it should disrupt Burrow enough to be a viable starter.
The only quarterback to be sacked more than Burrow is Carson Wentz (32). Wentz has also thrown a league-high 12 interceptions. The Browns are weak in the middle of their defense, but Wentz makes enough mistakes that the Browns can capitalize on and build on their 14 takeaways on the season (tied for the fourth most in the NFL).
Finally, the Bengals are a good dart throw against a Washington team that has issues on the offensive line and will likely be starting Alex Smith in this contest. Smith threw three picks in relief of Kyle Allen last week, and while he’s usually accurate, it’s hard to trust the veteran considering that his once solid mobility has regressed.