It’s deja vu around here in the waiver wire article this week, as several of last week’s adds are also top options going into Week 11 of the NFL season. Joshua Dobbs shocked naysayers, as he put a beating on the New Orleans Saints, C.J. Stroud and the entire Houston Texans offense went bananas against the Cincinnati Bengals, and Kyler Murray managed to eke out a last-second win in his return to the field. While no one new really popped up on our radar, there are several names who were left over from last week that are still being rostered at an alarmingly low rate and should be on your radar.
Like last week, there are also four teams on bye in Week 11, including the New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, Indianapolis Colts, and Atlanta Falcons, so (if you’re like me), you may be scrambling to look for replacements for Bijan Robinson and Alvin Kamara in your lineups. With the fantasy football playoffs creeping closer and closer, let’s look at some of the available options heading into this week.
Waiver Wire Quarterbacks
(Available in 61% of ESPN leagues, 47% of Yahoo leagues, and 41% of Sleeper leagues)
FAAB Bid: 5-10% of total budget
If you waited to put in a bid on Joshua Dobbs due to their matchup, you’ll be dishing out a big chunk of FAAB to get him this week. Even against the New Orleans Saints defense that is ranked seventh in passing yards allowed, Dobbs put up impressive numbers, finishing 23 of 34 with 268 passing yards, and one passing touchdown and adding another 44 yards and a touchdown on the ground. This guy is the real deal, and he could end up as one of the best quarterbacks in the league before all is said and done. The Vikings have an EXTREMELY favorable schedule going forward, with games against the Denver Broncos, Chicago Bears, and Las Vegas Raiders over the next three weeks, THEN, they get the Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers for the fantasy football playoffs. It may be a little early, but he may already be in the conversation for the “league winner” title.
(Available in 70% of ESPN leagues, 59% of Yahoo leagues, and 60% in Sleeper leagues)
FAAB Bid: 3-5% of total budget
Coming off a bye week should help Matthew Stafford get back to full strength in Week 11 against the Seattle Seahawks that just allowed over 300 yards and three touchdowns to Sam Howell and the Commanders. If Stafford is back to 100%, Cooper Kupp and Puka Nacua should also be able to get back on track. He’s not a guy who has a high ceiling, but his floor is solid, and if you’ve been streaming quarterbacks for whatever reason, the matchup is set up to be one of his best performances of the season. The waiver wire is pretty bare right now, and if you’re running low on FAAB, Stafford may be your best bet.
(Available in 55% of ESPN leagues, 57% of Yahoo leagues, and 54% of Sleeper leagues)
FAAB Bid: 1-3%
Jordan Love hasn’t had the season that many were expecting from him so far, but he did have a little bit of a redemption game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 10. While they didn’t walk away with the win, Love finished with 289 yards and two touchdowns, although he did also throw two interceptions. The Packers do have a matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 11, and we all know how bad their pass defense is. If you have been living under a rock, they’ve allowed the most fantasy points per game against the quarterback position and just allowed Jared Goff to throw for 333 yards and two touchdowns. He may not be a long-term option, as they do have some tougher matchups up ahead, but he should be in consideration for this week.
Waiver Wire Running Backs
(Available in 77% of ESPN leagues, 53% of Yahoo leagues, and 51% of Sleeper leagues)
FAAB Bid: 20-25%
I will be the first to admit that I thought Mitchell’s usage was a fluke due to a very positive game script in Week 9, and although I was somewhat right, with him only seeing 13 offensive snaps and three carries in Week 10, his explosiveness alone is worth a look. Mitchell ended up with 66 yards and a touchdown on four touches, even though 32 of those yards came on one play, but it does look like he’s replaced Justice Hill as the change-of-pace back. We’ll have to monitor how his usage develops over the next couple of weeks, but with upcoming games against the Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, and Jacksonville Jaguars, he should be able to produce even with the limited snaps.
(Available in 97% of ESPN leagues, 92% of Yahoo leagues, and 85% of Sleeper leagues)
FAAB Bid: 15-20%
This could have been a game script situation, but Ty Chandler has a huge role in Sunday’s win over the New Orleans Saints. He had just one fewer snap than Alexander Mattison, but he outcarried him 15 to eight and did find the end zone for the lone rushing touchdown scored by the Minnesota Vikings. His role shouldn’t change going forward, as they are missing Cam Akers for the rest of the season, and with games against a stretch of weak run defenses, he should be on your radar for the rest of the season. We also got word Monday afternoon that lead back Alexander Mattison is in concussion protocol, so if he’s unable to go Sunday, Chandler is in a smash spot.
(Available in 49% of ESPN leagues, 50% of Yahoo leagues, and 46% of Sleeper leagues)
FAAB Bid: 10-12%
Wow, what a night and day difference a week can make. Singletary laid an egg in Week 9, finishing with just 26 total yards on 15 touches, but he surprised everyone, and I mean everyone, on Sunday afternoon, finishing the day with 150 rushing yards and a touchdown on 30 attempts, as well as tacking on 11 receiving yards just to ice the cake. Even when Dameon Pierce was healthy, Singletary was overtaking the snap share in the backfield, and if he can continue to perform like this, he could be the lead back going forward. The Texans have a very favorable upcoming schedule, seeing the Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars, Denver Broncos, and New York Jets over the next four weeks, so he’s definitely worth a look.
(Available in 69% of ESPN leagues, 55% of Yahoo leagues, and 47% of Sleeper leagues)
FAAB Bid: 5-10%
The Charbonnet faithful have been waiting for an eternity for the breakout game, but although he saw the majority of the snaps for the third week in a row, it was yet again Kenneth Walker who came out on top in the box score. Charbonnet’s efficiency is still something that can’t be overlooked; against the Commanders, he averaged 7.3 rushing yards per attempt and added another 18 yards on four catches, but if the snaps continue, the usage is going to eventually follow. The schedule is admittedly a little tough going forward, with two games against the San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, and Philadelphia Eagles on their schedule, but at this point in the season, we’re looking at snaps and potential, and Charbonnet has that in spades.
Waiver Wire Wide Receivers
(Available in 73% of ESPN leagues, 75% of Yahoo leagues, and 64% of Sleeper leagues)
FAAB Bid: 3-6%
Yes, Nico Collins was out in Week 10, yes, Robert Woods was out in Week 9, but I don’t think you can put the genie back in the bottle at this point when it comes to Noah Brown. He’s had back-to-back games with over 150 receiving yards despite seeing only an 18.5% target share. Now, that’s still nothing to sneeze at, considering quarterback C.J. Stroud has thrown the ball 81 times over the past two weeks, so even if Collins returns next week, there are plenty of targets to go around. A matchup against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 11 should allow his streak to continue, and he may also be in the conversation for “league winner” down the stretch if this production continues.
(Available in 60% and 85% of ESPN leagues, 47% and 79% of Yahoo leagues, and 40% and 68% of Sleeper leagues)
FAAB Bid: 5-8%
Doubs’ rostership percentage is a little higher than I normally include in here, but I have to include him as an honorable mention. If he’s not available, look at fellow Green Bay Receiver Jayden Reed as a replacement. Doubs led the team in snaps for the second week in a row, and although Christian Watson led the team in targets, Doubs found the end zone. Reed, however, led the entire team in receiving, catching all five of his targets for 84 yards and a touchdown. He’s not seeing the snaps, but it seems that Jordan Love trusts him when he’s on the field, having as many targets as Doubs with 21 fewer snaps. Reed is likely the cheaper option and is definitely more widely available, making him a nice pivot with a favorable schedule in Week 11.
(Available in 50% of ESPN leagues, 62% of Yahoo leagues, and 51% of Sleeper leagues)
FAAB Bid: 5-8%
This recommendation feels a little like point chasing, but we have to include him after his huge game against the New York Giants…plus, he’s scored three touchdowns over the past four weeks, so that upside alone makes him worth a look. The matchup against the Giants was a cakewalk, but if their offense is going to operate like that in positive game scripts, then boy, do I have news for you. The next few weeks against the Carolina Panthers, Washington Commanders, and even maybe the Seattle Seahawks should be favorable matchups, and with Cooks seeing a 28.6% target share in Week 10, he’s at the very least a flex option going forward.
(Available in 96% of ESPN leagues, 92% of Yahoo leagues, and 87% of Sleeper leagues)
FAAB Bid: 3-5%
With Tee Higgins sidelined with a hamstring injury and Ja'Marr Chase a decoy until the very last quarter of the game, Trenton Irwin once again became fantasy relevant, scoring the game’s first touchdown and finishing with 54 yards on two catches. Hamstring injuries are tricky, and with no return timetable for Higgins, Irwin should be a guy who continues to see reps in his absence. You’re not going after him if you’re in a standard 12-person league, but he should be considered in deeper leagues or leagues with multiple flex spots as long as Higgins remains hobbled.
Waiver Wire Tight Ends
(Available in 83% of ESPN leagues, 77% of Yahoo leagues, and 70% of Sleeper leagues)
FAAB Bid: 3-5%
Musgrave has popped up in this article off and on throughout the course of the season, but people just haven’t bought in quite yet with the Packers offensive woes. Still, it was his second consecutive game with over 50 receiving yards, and he did score a touchdown last week. Through that span, he’s the TE11, giving him just enough upside to crack your lineups. The Chargers have been pretty horrible against everyone in the passing game all year long, and that doesn’t exclude tight ends. They’re in the bottom five in fantasy points allowed to the position, and with Musgrave taking long shots downfield (and being successful at it, as opposed to Christian Watson), you can expect a few deep looks from Jordan Love this week.
(Available in 89% of ESPN leagues, 89% of Yahoo leagues, and 84% of Sleeper leagues)
FAAB Bid: 1-3%
It feels wrong to recommend anyone on the Jets, but we’re living in a tight end wasteland right now, and we have to take what we can get. Over the past two games, Conklin has actually not been bad, scoring double digit points in each matchup and sitting as the TE5 in PPR leagues going into Monday night. He was second on the team in targets on Sunday Night Football against the Raiders, seeing seven looks, and the week before that he saw six. You know what his catch percentage is on those? 100%. Despite the Jets offensive inefficiencies, you want the tight end who is second on the team in targets, and that guy right now, out of all the remaining waiver wire options, is Conklin.
(Available in 97% of ESPN leagues, 90% of Yahoo leagues, 83% of Sleeper leagues)
FAAB Bid: 1-3%
I’ll need to shower after this section of the article because not only am I recommending a tight end from the Jets, now I’m recommending one from the Las Vegas Raiders?! That’s just where we are right now. Mayer was second on the team in targets, albeit with only four, but he did also manage to find the end zone to salvage his fantasy day. It looks like Aiden O’Connell is getting more comfortable with his pass-catchers, and as one of the top tight ends in this year’s draft class, Mayer could have some viability down the stretch. The matchups are a little difficult, however, with the Raiders seeing the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs the next two weeks, so he may just be a stash as the playoffs roll around.