10 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Targets Heading Into Week 11
I can't believe it's already Week 11. The fantasy playoffs aren't far away, and there is never a bad time to strengthen your roster.
Here are some of the best additions you can make to your squads this week. (I'll stick to players rostered on no more than 60% of Yahoo teams and also list some other viable pickups who may be available in shallower leagues or relevant only in deeper leagues).
Marcus Mariota, Falcons
Roster Percentage: 33%
Marcus Mariota just keeps producing solid fantasy outings. Despite meh pass-game volume, Mariota is averaging 15.5 fantasy points per game for the year and is the overall QB11. He's scored at least 17.0 points in four of his past six games.
Rushing is a big part of it as Mariota has run for at least 24 yards in six consecutive outings. While the ceiling is lacking due to how little the Atlanta Falcons throw the ball, Mariota's floor makes him a reliable streamer.
In Week 11, Mariota is at home versus the Chicago Bears. Chicago has become a superb matchup for fantasy. The Bears' improving offense and poor defense -- fifth-worst by our numbers -- have been the recipe for shootouts. This game has a 48.5-point total and 3.0-point spread.
It all adds up to Mariota being a top streamer this week.
Rachaad White, Bucs
Roster Percentage: 44%
It might finally be Rachaad White's time.
White started over Leonard Fournette in Week 10, and then Fournette had to exit early with an injury. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on a bye in Week 11, so we may not get much news on Fournette before waivers run. But even if Fournette is able to play in Week 12, White is a priority add. If Fournette has to miss significant time, White could be a league-winner down the stretch.
In Week 10's win over the Seattle Seahawks, the Bucs' offense looked about as good as they have all year. White was a big part of it, rushing for 105 yards on 22 carries. White wasn't targeted in the passing game, but he had three looks apiece in each of the past two weeks and should be able to contribute as a receiver.
The arrow was already pointing up on White heading into this past week, and his situation has become even more appealing.
Isiah Pacheco and Jerick McKinnon, Chiefs
Roster Percentage: 24% and 16%
I'm writing up these two together.
The Kansas City Chiefs' backfield has gone from a three-man committee to a two-back show, with Clyde Edwards-Helaire becoming an afterthought. In Week 10, CEH was limited to just four snaps and didn't get a carry, so it looks like it'll be Jerick McKinnon and Isiah Pacheco from here on out.
McKinnon is being utilized as mostly a pass-game back. Even in a positive game script in Week 10, he was targeted eight times and accounted for a 23% target share. He's made six catches in back-to-back games. He needs to be rostered in way more than 16% of leagues -- especially in any kind of PPR format.
As for Pacheco, it's taken some time for him to come good on all the preseason hype, but he's become the clear leader on early downs. He carried the rock 16 times for 82 yards in Week 10 and played a season-high 56% of the snaps. He's liable to spend a lot of time on the sidelines when KC sees a negative game script, which was the case in Week 9 against the Tennessee Titans as Pacheco saw just five carries. But, he should eat when the Chiefs play with a lead.
Both of these backs are superb adds.
Kyren Williams, Rams
Roster Percentage: 42%
Kyren Williams' debut resulted in just one carry and three targets, but there are reasons to be in on him.
For one, it was Williams' first game action of his career, so he probably wasn't going to see a ton of work right away. Two, he played 27% of the snaps -- more than Cam Akers (17%) and less than Darrell Henderson (54%). Three, the Los Angeles Rams' offense was brutal without Matthew Stafford, and no one did much of anything outside of Tyler Higbee.
Akers and Henderson aren't good. They received six carries apiece and combined for one catch. There's not much in Williams' way in LA's backfield, and this could be just the start for the rookie. He has a chance to be a fantasy difference-maker down the stretch.
Christian Watson, Packers
Roster Percentage: 9%
Watson erupted for three tuddies and 107 yards on four catches. Watson ran as the Packers' clear number-two wideout. Allen Lazard led the way with a 98% snap rate, but Watson was next at 84% -- well ahead of Sammy Watkins' 33% snap rate.
Donovan Peoples-Jones, Browns
Roster Percentage: 35%
There's a lot to like about Donovan Peoples-Jones, and his solid campaign is flying under the radar.
DPJ has scored at least 7.0 half-PPR points in six straight games. He's done so despite not yet scoring a touchdown this season. He's totaled at least 71 receiving yards in five of the last six games, and he's played at least 74% of the snaps in every Cleveland game.
If he'd scored a couple of touchdowns, Peoples-Jones wouldn't be free in this many leagues. He'll eventually find paydirt.
On top of all that, the Cleveland Browns aren't far away from the Deshaun Watson era, which starts in Week 13. Watson taking over should lift the fantasy outlook for everyone on the offense. DPJ has proven he can be a quality WR3, and he could take off with Watson under center.
Kadarius Toney, Chiefs
Roster Percentage: 51%
It's been only two games, but Kadarius Toney is flashing some upside in the Kansas City offense.
After a fairly quiet debut in Week 9 in which he logged a 9% snap rate, Toney played 44% of the snaps in Week 10. Some of it was by necessity as Mecole Hardman was out and JuJu Smith-Schuster exited early, but it's pretty easy to like what we saw from Toney as he hauled in four of five targets for 57 yards and a tud, including a leaping grab that nearly went for a second score.
We shouldn't get too carried away. Once JuJu and Hardman return, we'll have to see what kind of role Toney has. But he's an intriguing piece who could pay off immediately (if either of those two misses more time) or down the line.
Foster Moreau, Raiders
Roster Percentage: 16%
Moreau is coming off a nice game in Week 10 as he racked up four targets, three catches, 31 yards, and a touchdown. The biggest positive is that he played 96% of the snaps. Moreau has now played at least 96% of the snaps in four straight games, and he's seen at least four looks in every one of those games.
Moreau and the Raiders have a difficult matchup next week at the Denver Broncos, but Moreau has the ability to put up low-end TE1 numbers for as long as Waller and Renfrow are out.
Denver Broncos D/ST
Roster Percentage: 56%
The Broncos have the league's third-best defense, per our schedule-adjusted metrics, and the Denver D/ST is one of Week 11's top plays.
Denver will play host to the Raiders, a team that is circling the drain. As we just laid out, Vegas put Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow on IR last week. Vegas' offense is struggling, and the Raiders' defense is bad -- fourth-worst by our numbers. The Raiders' shoddy D should help Denver's offense get going, and if Denver can get out to a lead, the Broncos' defense can go to work against a suspect Raiders offensive line.