Week 11 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Targets: Brian Hill Could be Crucial Down the Stretch
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- Whether you're leading fantasy football league or in the hunt, the window to make a decisive move is starting to close.
- Mike Randle lists the top players to pick up at QB, RB, WR and TE ahead of Week 11's matchups.
The Week 11 Waiver Wire column marks the start of the fantasy football homestretch.
Most leagues end their regular-season at the end of Week 14, meaning there are only four waiver periods left for the majority of fantasy teams.
With six teams coming off bye, there are only a few spots available for those key pickups that could help your team make the fantasy playoffs. The schedule sees the Packers, Giants, Seahawks, and Titans all on their respective bye weeks.
Let’s take a look at the best Week 11 options for those valuable few spots on your fantasy rosters.
Note: We’ve limited their recommendations to players owned in fewer than 50% of Yahoo leagues. All data as of Monday.
Quarterback Streaming Targets
Derek Carr, Raiders
Somehow, Derek Carr is still available in 56% of Yahoo leagues. With a Week 11 home battle against the Bengals, this should be his last appearance in this column.
Carr saw his streak of throwing for two or more touchdowns in five of six games end on Thursday night against the Chargers. However, the Raiders have home games in three of their next five contests, with another favorable passing matchup against the Jets in Week 12.
Carr is a very solid streaming option for owners of Russell Wilson or Aaron Rodgers.
Running Back Targets
Kalen Ballage, Dolphins
Ballage produced an uninspiring 45 total yards on 24 touches. That level on inefficiency his hard to comprehend.
However, with Mark Walton suspended, Ballage still remains the likely lead back for a Miami team that will continue to chase points.
Even so, Ballage is only worth consideration in the deepest of fantasy leagues.
J.D. McKissic, Lions
McKissic was again the most productive Detroit running back, finishing with 56 total yards and a team-high six receptions.
The health of Ty Johnson (concussion) muddles the backfield projection, but McKissic makes for an intriguing add in PPR leagues.
Assuming Johnson is ruled out, he should be a very attractive PPR flex option next week at home against Dallas.
Brian Hill, Falcons
This could be the potential league-winner of the 2019 season.
If starting running back Devonta Freeman (foot) is ruled out for any length of time, Hill is primed to ascend to the lead running back role on an explosive offense.
Against a tough Saints run defense, Hill totaled 70 total yards and a receiving touchdown. Atlanta travels to Carolina before hosting three consecutive home games against the Buccaneers, Saints, and Panthers.
Hill should be the primary running back waiver wire target this week.
Wide Receiver Targets
Cole Beasley, Bills
Even against a difficult Cleveland pass defense, the diminutive Beasley fought his way to four receptions and 74 receiving yards.
Beasley entered Week 10 with an average of 6.8 targets and 4.4 receptions per game. He is the clear No. 2 receiving option in the Bills offense and is a valuable safety valve for the inconsistent quarterback play of Josh Allen.
Beasley is a decent WR3 bye week filler with a favorable Week 11 road games against the Dolphins.
Phillip Dorsett, Patriots
Teams on a bye often present high-upside waiver wire opportunities for players who may have been dropped the week prior.
Phillip Dorsett can make a case as the No. 2 option in the Patriots offense, a desirable position for fantasy football. Dorsett saw 14 targets over the past three weeks, including a difficult matchup on the road against a strong Baltimore secondary.
New England travels to Philadelphia in Week 11 to face an Eagles pass defense that allows the sixth-most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers.
Dorsett is a solid WR3/Flex play in Week 11, with long-term value tethered to quarterback Tom Brady.
Randall Cobb, Cowboys
The Cowboys’ third receiving option has emerged with consecutive weeks of eight targets. Cobb totaled 106 receiving yards and a touchdown in Dallas’ 28-24 home loss to Minnesota.
With road games at Dallas and New England followed by a Thanksgiving home game against Buffalo, Cobb has a usable stretch of games as a potential Flex play.
He is a reasonable WR3 play in Week 11 and has stash value in case of an Amari Cooper injury during the fantasy stretch drive.
Josh Reynolds, Rams
Savvy fantasy owners can use the Rams’ poor Week 10 performance as an opportunity to grab wide receiver, Josh Reynolds.
Reynolds tallied three receptions for 49 yards, which somehow was the second-best wide receiver performance for Los Angeles.
The Rams have three home games in their next four weeks, and if Brandin Cooks (concussion) continues to miss time, Reynolds has WR3 upside as a viable option in the Rams passing game.
If Cooks remains out, he is certainly usable next week at home against Chicago, who will undoubtedly focus their attention on fellow wideouts Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods.
Hunter Renfrow, Raiders
The Clemson rookie has started to develop a rapport with quarterback Derek Carr. Renfrow delivered an underwhelming four receptions for 42 yards in Oakland’s 26-24 win over the Chargers on Thursday night.
Renfrow has a very favorable schedule for the rest of the season, especially in Week 11 at home against Cincinnati.
Consider him an upside Flex play with WR3 upside in Week 11.
Demaryius Thomas, Jets
Thomas led the Jets with nine targets and finished with six receptions for 84 receiving yards.
The veteran wide receiver has three very favorable upcoming matchups including next week at Washington, followed by a home game against Oakland and at Cincinnati.
With speedy wideout Robbie Anderson drawing the defensive attention, consider Thomas an upside WR3 play moving forward.
James Washington, Steelers
The Oklahoma State connection with starting quarterback Mason Rudolph has started to form.
The second-year wideout led the Steelers in targets (seven), receptions (six), and receiving yards (90) in Pittsburgh’s 17-12 win over the Rams.
With JuJu Smith-Schuster struggling to find opportunities, Washington is a viable receiver dart throw with consecutive road games at Cleveland and Cincinnati.
There are probably better options in Week 11, but Washington is worth consideration in deeper leagues.
Tre’Quan Smith, Saints
Smith may have been forgotten about by league mates due to his lingering ankle injury, but he is still a potential league-winner if he can return fully healthy to the Saints offense.
Smith had a forgettable one catch, 13-yard performance in the Saints’ shocking 26-9 home loss to the Falcons.
New Orleans has a fantastic Week 11 matchup at Tampa Bay, which makes Smith a consideration for teams in need of a streaming wideout.
If he returns to his form from last season, Smith has a chance for a WR2 upside in favorable matchups for the remainder of the season.
Tight End Streaming Targets
Mike Gesicki, Dolphins
The Mike Gesicki truthers were expecting more than his three receptions and 28 receiving yards at Indianapolis. However, for desperate teams, Gesicki is worth consideration given his favorable rest of season schedule.
Miami hosts Buffalo, travels to Cleveland, and then hosts Philadelphia over the next three weeks. While his Week 11 matchup with the Bills is challenging, there are few tight end waiver wire options with a higher projected snap share.
O.J. Howard, Buccaneers
Dare we believe?
The massively disappointing Howard posted his best game of the season with four receptions, 47 yards, and his first touchdown of the season.
The Buccaneers host the Saints in Week 11, which is a difficult positional matchup for Howard. However, future matchups with Atlanta and Jacksonville are promising.
I need to see a follow-up performance before believing in Howard, but if you are a gambler, his upside is higher than any other waiver tight end option.
Kyle Rudolph, Vikings
The low-volume Rudolph has continued his red zone efficiency with two touchdowns on four receptions and a two-point conversion against the Cowboys.
Minnesota hosts a Denver team that has allowed the 10th-most receptions to opposing tight ends. With four touchdowns in his past four games, Rudolph needs to be considered as a priority pickup on teams desperate for a streaming tight end.
Noah Fant, Broncos
Coming off the overall TE2 performance at home against Cleveland in Week 9, Fant must be considered as a Week 11 pickup coming off Denver’s bye week.
Fant will face a Minnesota team that has allowed the second-most receptions to opposing tight ends.
With wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders now in San Francisco, Fant is an intriguing short and long term waiver option at the thinnest position in fantasy football.