Target D’Onta Foreman or Jordan Howard In Fantasy Football? How Aggressive To Be On the Week 11 Wavier Wire
Getty Images. Pictured: Eagles RB Jordan Howard and Titans RB D’Onta Foreman
- Should you target new Titans running back D'Onta Foreman or the Eagles' latest lead back Jordan Howard on the fantasy football waiver wire?
- Our experts weigh in on what to expect from Foreman and Howard, specifically with how aggressively to target each.
Target D’Onta Foreman In Fantasy?
Foreman led the Tennessee backfield in Week 10 ahead of both Adrian Peterson and Jeremy McNichols and saw 11 carries for 30 yards. He also reeled in two of two targets for 48 yards, tallying nearly three times the scrimmage yards of Peterson and McNichols combined. This is the second week in a row in which Foreman outperformed his counterparts out of the backfield. He is worth rostering in deeper leagues.
He is a low- to medium-priority RB add in my Week 11 breakdown of the waiver wire market.
Foreman is worth targeting as the top add at RB (assuming Rhamondre Stevenson is already rostered). Foreman was the Titans’ most productive running back last week, talking 78 yards from scrimmage on 13 touches. And for the second week in a row, Foreman was the Titans’ most efficient running back as well.
Since Derrick Henry has gone down, Foreman is averaging 5.9 yards per touch (18-107) while Jeremy McNichols averaged 3.0 (14-42) and Adrian Peterson averaged 2.4 (20-48). Most importantly, Foreman led the backfield is snaps for the first time last week, playing 35% of the offensive downs while Peterson played 33% and McNichols 27%.
At this rate, Foreman’s usage is likely to increase, and there’s an outside shot he is used in a Henry-like workhorse role if he continues to outperform a washed AP. The Titans are double-digit home favorites against the Texans this week, so this is the perfect spot for a lead back to go off in fantasy. This is also a #RevengeGame for Foreman, who was let go by Houston two years after the Texans selected him with the 89th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. I would bid around 25% FAAB for Foreman here.
Target Jordan Howard In Fantasy?
Howard has had a good run over the past three weeks, totaling 41 carries for 211 yards and 3 TDs as the Eagles’ newly-minted lead back. The caveat: All three of his performances came against run defenses that rank 22nd or worse in Football Outsiders’ DVOA: the Lions (29th), Chargers (32nd) and Broncos (22nd).
This week he faces the Saints — aka none other than the top run defense in football. The Saints are No. 1 in run defense DVOA and are allowing just 2.9 yards per carry to RBs. Not only is Howard at risk of being woefully inefficient, but he could see a decline in usage as the Eagles would be silly to include a high volume of backfield handoffs in their game plan this week. With an incredibly prohibitive matchup this week and starter Miles Sanders nearing a return, I would let someone else bid for Howard.
Howard led the Eagles’ backfield in carries in Week 10 and saw 12 carries for 83 yards, though it was Boston Scott who posted the better day for fantasy. He saw 11 carries for 81 yards and caught two of two targets for 24 yards. This backfield has been unpredictable and messy without Miles Sanders, who could return from injured reserve as soon as next week. This puts both Scott and Howard lower on the priority list in terms of waivers, but they may be worth rostering if Sanders misses more time.
Howard is a low-priority RB add in my Week 11 breakdown of the waiver wire market.