The Top 5 Fantasy Football Waiver-Wire Adds at Every Position for NFL Week 11
With the regular season of fantasy football winding down, the waiver wire generally grows thin around this time of the year.
However, injuries to players like Darren McFadden, Fred Jackson, Ben Roethlisberger and Michael Vick have forced owners to scour for replacements before the playoffs. Fortunately, we've done our research this week and come up with some quality waiver-wire additions to get you through the final week of byes and any injuries you may have on your roster.
Here are the top five additions at each position as we head into Week 11 of the fantasy football season.
1. Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams
After putting up an impressive 275 yards and two touchdowns against the San Francisco 49ers last week, Bradford looks like he is ready to become an excellent fantasy option at quarterback.
He has his top wide receiver in Danny Amendola back and that is clearly helping his confidence. With the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals coming up the next two weeks, don't be surprised if Bradford has even better games than he did this last Sunday.
2. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills
While Fitzpatrick may never reach elite status in terms of winning football games, he continues to be relevant in the world of fantasy football.
He threw for 337 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday, but it's his upcoming schedule that makes him such a quality pickup off the waiver wire. His next three opponents are the Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars.
If you're looking for a quarterback to boost your chances to sneak into the playoffs over the next three weeks, look no further than Fitzpatrick.
3. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
With Michael Vick's concussion suffered Sunday appearing to be "pretty significant," Nick Foles will be the starter in Philadelphia for the foreseeable future.
While he struggled some against the Dallas Cowboys after entering the game (219 yards, one touchdown, two turnovers), he should only improve in the coming weeks. His matchup with the Washington Redskins this week should be the perfect game for him to get into a rhythm.
If Foles plays well in Week 11, you could be getting quite the late-season player off the waiver wire this week.
4. Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans
While Locker's return from a shoulder injury wasn't always pretty, it was quite effective and resulted in a win.
The biggest concern with Locker continues to be his accuracy. He completed only nine of his 21 passes against the Miami Dolphins. However, two of those nine completions went for touchdowns.
As long as Locker can continue to get the ball in the hands of his playmakers, he should have some quality fantasy value down the stretch.
5. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
With Alex Smith, Jay Cutler and Ben Roethlisberger all suffering injuries on Sunday, any one of their backups could fill this last spot as a waiver-wire pickup.
The reason I'm going with Kaepernick is because of his ability to be a threat in the ground game as well as passing the ball. With that said, the only way Kaepernick sees the field is if Smith doesn't recover from his concussion in time for Monday's game.
Watch the injury reports for the next few days, and if there is any doubt in Smith's health, grab Kaepernick and watch him put up some solid points.
1. Chris Ivory, New Orleans Saints
While Mark Ingram may have gotten the majority of the carries in Week 10, Ivory was way more impressive. This should cause him to see a major increase in touches in the upcoming weeks
Against the Atlanta Falcons, Ivory only had seven carries, but he gained 72 yards and added a touchdown to have a solid fantasy day. The only potential issue is that New Orleans has a tendency to completely abandon the run at times.
However, if Ivory can get his touches, he could be in for quite the production for the next few weeks.
2. Marcel Reece, Oakland Raiders
Despite getting blown out by the Baltimore Ravens, Reece still managed to have a decent game for the Raiders. He only gained 48 rushing yards but added seven receptions and another 56 yards through the air to break the century mark in total yards.
This marks the second straight week that Reece was capable of putting up over 10 points in standard-scoring leagues. There isn't any reason for that streak to end in Week 11.
3. Andre Brown, New York Giants
With Ahmad Bradshaw still playing at less than 100 percent, Brown continues to see an increased role in the Giants' offense. While he only received seven carries last week, he was still able to rush for 65 yards and a touchdown.
Throw in his five receptions and 29 receiving yards and you have quite the game for Brown. He has definitely proved his worth to New York, so don't be surprised if he gets more touches in the upcoming weeks.
4. Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals
Wells probably won't return for another week or two, but if you have the space on your bench to pick him up and sit him, he could pay off in a huge way once the playoffs roll around.
He'll almost certainly regain his starting spot when he does return, and getting a legitimate No. 1 back this late in the season could be huge to your championship dreams.
5. Danny Woodhead, New England Patriots
Woodhead is only worth getting picked up if you're absolutely desperate for a flex player, but he finally got some touches in Week 10 and made the most of them.
He had five touches for 61 yards and a touchdown. While those numbers aren't spectacular, if he can have a repeat performance in Week 11 he'd definitely be worth starting at the flex position for a week.
1. Danario Alexander, San Diego Chargers
I think Philip Rivers has found his new Vincent Jackson.
After not making a reception in the first seven games of the season, Alexander has eight receptions, 195 yards and a touchdown in the last two games. He's a huge target who is quickly becoming one of the best deep threats in the league.
Look for Alexander to continue to get more and more looks his way and become a legitimate starter in fantasy football just in time for the playoffs.
2. Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams
It didn't take long for Sam Bradford and Amendola to get back into the swing of things.
In his first game back from an injury that has kept him out since Week 5, Amendola recorded 11 receptions for 102 yards. Had an 80-yard reception in overtime not been negated by a penalty, he would have been one of the highest scoring receivers in Week 10.
If he is available in your league, pick him up instantly and stick him into your starting lineup.
3. Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars
Rookie Justin Blackmon was expected to be the top receiver in Jacksonville this year, but Shorts has taken his job and become Blaine Gabbert's top target as the season has progressed.
Week 10 was his best week of the season as he had six receptions, 105 yards and a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts. While I don't trust the fact that Gabbert is his quarterback, he is getting plenty of opportunities to make plays.
He should be a solid flex option for the remainder of the season.
4. Donald Jones, Buffalo Bills
Jones is another receiver who has seen quite the increase in his production over the past two weeks. He's recorded six receptions in both those games as well as 139 combined yards and a touchdown.
With Ryan Fitzpatrick being worth a pickup off the waiver wire this week, Jones also deserves some deep consideration. He could very well turn into a solid option at the flex position as you get into the final weeks of the season.
5. Brandon Stokley, Denver Broncos
What makes Stokley a waiver-wire addition this week is the schedule the Broncos have to finish the season. They don't play one talented defense in the next four weeks; their next tough matchup is against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 15.
Stokley may be old, but he has the experience that Peyton Manning loves in difficult situations, and he has been productive at times this season. This would only be a last-minute option, but Stokley certainly has the potential to put some points on the board for the next handful of weeks.
1. Brandon Myers, Oakland Raiders
Even if Myers is unable to play this week due to a concussion suffered last week, he is still worth picking up off the waiver wire.
He has quickly become one of Carson Palmer's top targets and should remain that for the rest of the season. Myers isn't just some fill-in player; he is a legitimate starting tight end in fantasy football and should be picked up instantly.
2. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
After making our list last week as a top addition off the waiver wire, Olsen had a fantastic game in Week 10. He grabbed nine balls for 102 yards and two touchdowns, his best game of the season.
While he plays a little better defense this week in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Olsen is still worth starting this week. He's beginning to get his chemistry back with Cam Newton and should continue to get a bunch of targets in the coming weeks.
3. Dustin Keller, New York Jets
Despite putting up a dud of a game last week (three receptions and 47 yards), Keller still has plenty of value moving forward.
His matchup this week isn't ideal against the St. Louis Rams, but after that game the Jets play New England, Arizona, Jacksonville, Tennessee and San Diego. With that weak schedule, Keller certainly has the potential to have some great games.
4. Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens
Pitta ended his no-touchdown streak on Sunday as he racked up 67 receiving yards and a score against the Oakland Raiders.
He plays the Pittsburgh Steelers this week, who were pretty porous on defense in Week 10 against the Kansas City Chiefs. With both Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark at less than 100 percent, look for Pitta to have another solid game this week.
5. Tony Moeaki, Kansas City Chiefs
The riskiest of all pickups this week is Moeaki. This would be a move for only the truly desperate simply because of the struggles Kansas City has had this year.
While he is coming off his best game of the season last week (three receptions for 68 yards), it is impossible to know if he'll even get a pass thrown his way in Week 11. There is some potential for a decent game, but he could also end up putting up a big goose egg on the board.
1. Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys
A matchup with the Cleveland Browns this week not only makes Bailey the top pickup off the waiver wire, it makes him likely to be one of the top-scoring kickers in Week 11.
He should get plenty of opportunities to put points on the board and will definitely help your team get a victory this week.
2. Connor Barth, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay has been one of the hottest offensive teams in the league for the past month, and I don't expect that to slow down at all against the Carolina Panthers this week.
Look for Doug Martin and Josh Freeman to have big weeks and for Barth to have another high-scoring week in terms of fantasy football.
3. Garrett Hartley, New Orleans Saints
The Baltimore Ravens dropped 55 points against the Oakland Raiders last week, so it wouldn't be surprising to see the Saints hit 60 points against them this week.
Hartley could end up seeing more time on the field than the Raiders offense if this turns out to be another blowout.
4. Mike Nugent, Cincinnati Bengals
Nugent has been solid all year long, but never spectacular. However, his team plays the Kansas City Chiefs this week, who have a tendency of giving up lots of points to opposing offenses.
There should be little difficulty for Nugent to hit double-digit points this week.
5. Matt Prater, Denver Broncos
The Broncos play the San Diego Chargers in Week 11. With San Diego coming off a game in which it allowed 34 points, don't be surprised for the Broncos to drop another 30 on them this week.
If that happens, Prater could certainly end up with a solid week for your team.
1. Cincinnati Bengals
Any matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs gives a defense a chance to be the No. 1 scoring defense, and that is who the Bengals get in Week 11.
The fact that Kansas City could possibly be starting Brady Quinn this week makes Cincinnati an even better pickup. Heck, even if the Chiefs throw Matt Cassel on the field, the Bengals are still a must-start at defense this week.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
While the Carolina Panthers have the potential of putting some points on the board, they also have the potential of turning the ball over in mass quantities.
Tampa Bay's defense has been rather surprising this year, and it's coming off a week in which it had two interceptions and two defensive/special team touchdowns. The unit could be in for another big week against Carolina in Week 11.
3. St. Louis Rams
St. Louis plays the New York Jets this week, and as long as Mark Sanchez is still the quarterback, any defense is worth starting against them.
Considering how talented the Rams' secondary is, it should have no difficulty slowing down any type of aerial attack from Sanchez or Tebow. This will allow the Rams to focus on the run and keep New York from putting points on the board.
4. New Orleans Saints
I know it is risky to start the Saints defense this week, but there is no better week to start them. They're playing the Oakland Raiders in Week 11, who are a complete mess on the offensive side of the ball.
If you have a better option, go with that, but if you're struggling through the bye week, New Orleans could pay off in a big way.
5. Buffalo Bills
Much like New Orleans, the Bills have been terrible on defense. However, they play a Miami Dolphins team this week that is coming off an atrocious offensive performance in Week 10.
If the Bills can get pressure on Ryan Tannehill, they could force a bunch of turnovers.