Every week, we compile a list of players that may be worth targeting off the waiver wire.
For players to appear on our list, they need to satisfy two factors: (1) they are owned in less than half of Yahoo! leagues and (2) they did not appear on our previous week's list of potential additions. Of course, the other criteria is that we believe they could be useful to fantasy teams based on the depth of the league so I guess there are three factors.
As examples, players like Jacksonville's Mike Thomas and Carolina's Mike Goodson appeared on last week's list. Although Thomas had the first 100-yard game of his career and is still owned in under 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues, he doesn't appear on this week's list despite being worthy a waiver claim again this week. Goodson, on the other had, rushed for 100 yards -- or one more yard than his career total entering the game (99 yards). Goodson has a tougher matchup this week (Baltimore) than last week (Tampa Bay) and his role could be diminished if the health of the team's other running backs improve for Week 11.
Here are some players potentially worth adding this week:
QB - Colt McCoy, Browns (owned in seven percent of Yahoo! leagues): Unless you're in a deep league or a two-quarterback league, McCoy should be on the bench for most teams. But McCoy has played reasonably well in his four starts, completing nearly 65 percent of his passes. Only two teams (Houston and Washington) have allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than this week's opponent (Jacksonville). McCoy could be a nice sleeper pick this week.
RB - Justin Forsett, Seahawks (43 percent): During the past three games, Forsett has outplayed his backfield mate, Marshawn Lynch. Lynch has carried the ball 33 times for 84 yards (2.55 yards per carry) while Forsett has 15 rushes for 74 yards (4.93 YPC). In addition, Forsett (136) has more yards from scrimmage than Lynch (117) during that stretch.
RB - Tim Hightower, Cardinals (48 percent): In the last two weeks, Cardinals running back Beanie Wells has one carry for minus two yards and a DNP. Depending on the health of Wells, who has had swelling in his surgically-repaired knee, Hightower could continue to shoulder the majority of the workload for the Cardinals. For two consecutive weeks, Hightower has had 13 carries for 39 yards, but he scored a touchdown this past week.
RB - Javarris James, Colts (six percent): In his past two games, the cousin of Edgerrin has three rushing touchdowns. However, his opportunities may be short-lived. Depending on the health of Joseph Addai and Mike Hart, James may or may not be worth consideration in deeper leagues.
WR - Nate Burleson, Lions (18 percent): Over the past three weeks, Burleson ranks 18th in targets (25), tied for ninth in receptions (18) and 16th in receiving yards (207). In addition, he has scored in three of his past five games. Although the Cowboys played with much more intensity in Week 10, they have allowed wide receivers to catch 70 passes for 919 yards and nine touchdowns in their past four games.
WR - Mohamed Massaquoi, Browns (13 percent): Massaquoi, one of the Browns' second-round picks last year, has only 15 receptions for 181 yards and two touchdowns through eight games played. In fact, he has less than ten receiving yards in five of his eight games. In Week 11, however, Massaquoi faces the Jaguars, who have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season.
WR - Brian Hartline, Dolphins (four percent): In his past four games, Hartline has had four-plus receptions and 50-plus yards in every game. His last two games have been his best two games of the season. Hartline has only one touchdown this year and he will now have a new quarterback (Tyler Thigpen), but he's worth a look in deeper -- especially point-per-reception (PPR) -- leagues.
WR - Anthony Armstrong, Redskins (seven percent): Armstrong, who appeared on this list earlier in the season, has 80-plus yards in three of his past five games. Although he only has one touchdown during that span, Armstrong is a big-play receiver and has had a reception of 48-yards or more in four of his last six games. On the season, he's averaging 22.6 yards per reception. He's averaging more than 67 yards per game over his past six games.
TE - Jermaine Gresham, Bengals (21 percent): Facing the Colts, who had allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends, Gresham had his best game -- nine receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown -- of his young career. This week, Gresham faces the Buffalo Bills, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season. On the season, Gresham has 40 receptions for 297 yards and three touchdowns.
Later in the week, I will release my Week 11 rankings by position at TheTipDrill.com.
Good luck in your Week 11 matchup(s) and in our free fantasy football contest for Week 11. (New entries welcome and encouraged.)