Best fantasy football waiver wire pickups for Week 11

When backfields are in flux this late in the season, fantasy football owners take notice — especially when a backup running back runs for 100 yards. That’s what Rhamondre Stevenson did on Sunday, and that’s why he’ll be among the top Week 11 fantasy waiver wire pickups and free agent adds. To be fair, Stevenson’s moment in the sun might be, well, momentary, as Damien Harris (concussion) seems likely to return this week, but Stevenson is still a worthwhile pickup as a top backup. The same goes for D’Onta Foreman, who led the Titans’ backfield, and Cam Newton, who reminded us how dangerous he can be in goal-line situations.

OK, Newton isn’t a running back, but his upside as a dual-threat QB still lands him on our full free agent list. Joining him are potential WR sleepers/streamers, such as Jamal Agnew, Tre’Quan Smith, and Rashod Bateman, players returning from injury soon, such as Logan Thomas and Will Fuller, and a host of Week 11 streamer suggestions at QB, WR, TE, and D/ST. As always, those can be found at the end of this list. 

Stevenson will only be worth a top waiver claim (or any claim at all) if Harris is expected to be out for Thursday night. Otherwise, it’s unlikely any player deserves claim this week. Foreman might command one simply because of how desperate some owners are at RB, but it’s unlikely he’s worth it. That also might be true of Jordan Howard, who’s still available in over 50 percent of Yahoo leagues, pending the health of Miles Sanders (ankle).

Similar to last week, more potential pickups will likely emerge on Monday and Tuesday, but for now, it looks like it’s going to be a quiet week on the wire. The real work will start on Wednesday as owners grab some free agent streamers and lotto tickets for future weeks. 

Top fantasy football waiver wire pickups for Week 11

Unless otherwise noted, only players owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues considered.

Despite not practicing all week whilein the concussion protocol, Stevenson was a one-man wrecking crew for the Pats on Sunday. Starting in place of Damien Harris (concussion), Stevenson ran 20 times for 100 yards and two TDs and added another 14 yards on four catches (five targets). The versatile bruiser got a good amount of touches and yards in Week 9 when both he and Harris were healthy, too, so even if Harris is back on Thursday against the Falcons, Stevenson still has flex appeal. At the very least, he’s a top handcuff for the stretch run. –Matt Lutovsky

Foreman was the leader in the Titans backfield in Week 10, receiving 11 carriescompared to eight for Adrian Peterson and four for JeremyMcNichols. Like both Peterson (21 yards) andMcNichols(7), Foreman didn’t do much on the ground, gaining just 30 yards, but he added 48 receiving yards on two catches and generally looked like the best back on the team. It’s unclear if Peterson will still function as the goal-line back, but as long as Foreman is leading the team in carries, he has value. That will matter as soon as next week in a highly favorable matchup against Houston. –ML

Newton played just a handful of snaps in Week 10, but with a goal-line rushing TD and goal-line passing TD, he reminded us how dangerous he can be near the end zone. There’s a good chance he starts next week against Washington, which is one of the friendliest defenses to fantasy QBs. Not only is Newton a Week 11 streamer, but he could also have considerable value down the stretch. Grab him now just in case. — ML

Against Miami in Week 10, Bateman caught six-of-eight targets for 80 yards to lead the Ravens in receiving. Some of that was in garbage time, but Bateman was on the field for over half of snaps despite the return of Sammy Watkins. Prior to last week,he had drawn seven targets per game and put up a respectable 241 yards.Bateman is worth rostering at this pointand gets a favorableWeek 11matchup with Chicago, who is the seventh-worst defense against fantasyWRs. — ML

Arnold continues to be the No. 1 “receiver” in this Jags offense. Against the Colts, he caught five-of-seven targets for 67 yards. He’s drawn at least six targets in each of his past four games, so he’s one of the safest PPR plays at the position. While San Francisco is strong against tight ends, Arnold looks to be somewhat matchup-proof given the number of targets he gets. –JS

With Julio Jones (hamstring) on injured reserve, Johnson looks to be the No. 2 WR in Tennessee for now. He caught five-of-six targets for 100 yards and a touchdown against New Orleans, so we’ll see if he can carry the momentum into a juicy matchup with Houston — Jackson Sparks

It’s rare to see a WR with zero catches onour waiver wire list, but Agnew had five targets, marking the fifth straight game he’s had at least five looks. He also received three carries, which turned into 79 yards and a score. Basically, Agnew has turned into what many expectedLaviskaShenaultto be before the season. Agnew isn’t a high-floor player, but he has enough upsideto be considered in PPR leagues most weeks. With favorable matchups against the 49ers and Falcons the next two weeks, Agnew will have fantasy value. –ML

The preseason Marquez Callaway hype was fun, but Smith looks like the No, 1 WR in New Orleans, Against the Titans in Week 10, he caught four passes on a team-high seven targets. In favorable matchups, he’ll be playable moving forward. Weirdly, Trevor Siemien has probably opened up this passing offense to support more pass-catchers. — JS

Howard has been a consistent producer since Miles Sanders (ankle) has been out of the lineup, so he’s certainly worth owning in fantasy. Against Denver, he rushed 12 times for 83 yards but didn’t do anything in the receiving game. He’s more of a standard league play, so don’t be surprised if he’s only a borderline flex without a TD. The Saints are a top-five defense against fantasy RBs, so Week 11 will be his toughest matchup yet — and that’s assuming Sanders isn’t back. Still, leading running backs always have value, so grab him as a depth piece. –JS

Collins’ production has been meh, but he’s the leading rusher in Seattle with Chris Carson (neck) out, so he probably deserves a spot on a fantasy roster. In Week 10, he had just 49 yards on 11 touches. Again, there’s nothing impressive about that production, but he’ll be playable in favorable matchups. His Week 11 opponent, Arizona, is the third-best defense against fantasy RBs, so this probably isn’t the week to roll him out unless you’re hurting at running back. –JS

Scott had 13 touches for over 100 yards against Denver, so perhaps he’ll be valuable moving forward like we initially thought. He’ll be splitting duties with Jordan Howard until Miles Sanders (ankle) is back, so we can’t expect insane numbers — especially in Week 11 against a scary Saints’ defensive front. –JS

Thomas (hamstring) is eligible to come off the IR at any time. Even though the matchup is tough in Week 11 against Carolina, we’ve seen Thomas be a top-five fantasy TE before, so he’ll draw starting consideration if he’s active. Even if you don’t want to start him this week, he’ll be a nice piece for you later in the season –JS

Fuller (finger) has been on IR for several weeks, but his return could be as soon as Week 11. If he does play, he warrants at least some flex consideration against the Jets. However, he could have sneaky value down the stretch as a boom-or-bust WR3. –JS

This might’ve just been a fluke, but it looks like Breida is going to become a part of the BIlls’ running back committee moving forward. He won’t be guaranteed a bunch of touches, but perhaps he can be the most efficient of the three-man backfield. In Week 10, he put up two touchdowns on just five touches. We’re not telling you to start him against Indianapolis, but at least monitor his usage. –JS

Hubbard won’t have much value so long a Christian McCaffrey is healthy, but he did get nine touches and a touchdown against Arizona in Week 10. We’re looking at the big picture here, though. McCaffrey’s usage is insane once again, and more important, he briefly visted the medical tent in Week 10 and received treatment for an upper league injury. It’s worth picking Hubbard up due to McCaffrey’s injury risk. –JS

Murray (ankle) was inactive in Week 10, but he’s worth grabbing for late-season upside. The Ravens remain one of the best rushing teams in football, and he’ll likely regain significant work upon his return to the lineup, including goal-line touches. –JS

Harris is an explosive playmaker, so while he’s not a “safe” option, he’s worth consideration for your roster. Against Tennessee, he caught three-of-four targets for 84 yards. In the three of the four games prior, he had at least seven targets. He’ll play the Eagles in Week 11, but you’re probably not starting him unless you’re in a pinch. At least add him to your watchlist, though.–JS

Mooney came to life against Pittsburgh in Week 9, scoring on two total touchdowns. Justin Fields looked good in that game, and maybe he’s finally turning the corner. If that’s the case, Mooney will thrive. It seems as if he’s supplanted Allen Robinson as the No. 1 WR for the Bears, too. After being on a bye this week, he’ll face a boom-or-bust Ravens’ secondary in Week 11. –JS

Whether Ben Roethlisberger or Mason Rudolph is at QB for the Steelers, a ton of short passes are in order. McCloud caught nine-of-12 targets for 63 yards against Detroit in Week 10, so it’s apparent he’s going to be a decent PPR piece while Chase Claypool (toe) is out. The Steelers play the Chargers in Week 11, though, and L.A. is a top-five defense against wideouts. –JS

We know the kind of explosive upside Jackson has, so if he’s on the field a lot in his Raiders debut, he’ll be worth considering. — ML

Jones has tailed off as late in terms of fantasy scoring, but even though Week 11 opponentTampa Bay has looked somewhat improved in the secondary, this game calls for a pass-happy game script and perhaps some rushing upside from Danny Dimes. The Giants’ offense should also be healthier after a much-needed bye week. –JS

Tagovailoa’s health is always a concern, but a matchup with the Jets on 10 days rest could be just what the doctor ordered. When Tagovailoa (finger) entered the game against the Ravens, he was efficient and he should be ready to roll in Week 11.New York has statistically been OK against QBs, but for the most part, teams have stopped passing late in games. We don’t think the Dolphins are a good enough team to blowout New York, so we’re not worried about his production falling off late in the game. –JS

Even after a solid performance against the Browns in Week 10, Jones has only put up 20-plus points twice.However, Week 11 opponent Atlanta was giving up up the fifth-most fantasy points to QBs heading into Week 10 before being shredded by Dak Prescott. Like Jimmy G, his fantasy prospects could be hindered by a run-heavy game script, but Atlanta may try to force Jones to beat them with his arm. If they try that, we like Jones’ chances of producing a solid fantasy day. –JS

Jacksonville might have shut down Josh Allen and Carson Wentz in back-to-back weeks, but they still struggle overall against QBs. Prior to Week 9, the Jags allowed fewer than 19 fantasy points to a QB just once.There’s a chance the Niners will simply ground and pound the Jags in in Week 11, but with the emergence ofBrandon Aiyuk, George Kittle’s return, and Deebo Samuel’s excellence, Jimmy G has the opportunity for a career game. He’ll probablystruggle against the Rams, butwe aren’t concerned here. –JS

Mayfield looked good in Week 9without the OBJ drama, and even though he struggled New England in Week 10 as expected, a matchup with Detroit in Week 11 is a great one for fantasy points all around. Assuming his knee is alright, Mayfield is at least worth considering.–JS

Gallup (hamstring) finally returned from IR in Week 10 and caught three-of-five targets for 42 yards. Of course, his numbers weren’t great, but it was nice to see Dak Prescott looking his way. We like his chances of having sneaky value down the stretch, beginning with a Week 11 matchup at Kansas City –JS

We understand if you aren’t willing to play him, but Anderson showed signs of life in his first game without Sam Darnold. He caught four-of-six targets for 37 yards and a touchdown. In Week 11, he’ll face the Washington, who gives up the second-most fantasy points to WRs. –JS

Against Buffalo, Moore caught three-of-seven targets for 44 yards and scored in garbage time. He now has three touchdowns in his past two games and seems to have locked up the No. 2 WR job beside Corey Davis. A great matchup with Miami makes him a very intriguing option –JS

Green caught just one-of-four targets for four yards against Carolina, but that was with Colt McCoy and Chris Streveler in one of the toughest matchups possible for WRs (vs. Panthers). In Week 11, if he will hopefully get Kyler Murray (ankle) back, so he’s a great streaming option heading into a favorable matchup against Seattle. –JS

Uzomah was more on the bust side of his boom-or-bust tag in Week 8 before the Bengals’ bye week, but Las Vegas allows the fourth-most fantasy points to tight end heading into Week 10and we’ve already seen Uzomah produce two overall TE1 weeks. Las Vegas has actually been strong against WRs, so if Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins are limited at all, this is another time for Uzomah to shine. –JS

Kmet finally shined in Week 9 against Pittsburgh before the Bears’ bye, and Justin Fields looks to be improving every week. Maybe Kmet will break out in the second half of the season, but even if he doesn’t, we like in this matchup against the worst defense in fantasy points given up to TEs. –JS

Conklin has been productive over the past few weeks and caught two touchdowns in Week 10.In Week 11, he’s drawing his fourth-straight favorable matchup. Green Bay has been strong on defense lately, but gave up a bunch of receptions to Seahawks TE Gerald Everett in Week 10. We like Conklin here as the Vikings should be forced to be pass-happy. — JS

Jacksonville gives up the third-most points to fantasy D/STs this season, and although the Niners have struggled on defense, they’re a talented enough unit to trust against a bottom-dweller offense led by a rookie QB. –JS

Tennessee leads the league in total pressures (100)heading into Week 10 and has scored three defensive touchdowns on the year. Harold Landry is top-five in the NFL in sacks (9), and Kevin Byard is in the top-three in interceptions (5). Against arguably the worst offense in the NFL, Tennesee will likelybe ranked as a top-five defense in Week 11. –JS

Whether it’s Mike White or Zach Wilson (knee) at QB, we like Miami’s chances to force a few turnovers against the Jets offense that has surrendered the second-most fantasy points to D/STs. –JS

Carolina’s offense is in flux, but their defense is still strong, rankings as the No. 11 defense in fantasy points per game ahead of Week 10. Washington’s offense led by Taylor Heinicke struggled prior to Week 10, so we think the Panthers can take advantage. –JS

A lot of people had Washington as their No. 1 fantasy defense heading into the season, and while the defensive unit has disappointed, it is still loaded with talent. Carolina’s offense is unpredictable, so this could be a good spot for Washington. –JS

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