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Working the Waiver Wire: Top Week 11 Fantasy Football Pickups | Jameis Winston + Kalen Ballage




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Three of the four teams on bye this week generally won’t hurt many fantasy managers. The Bills are really the only team that won’t play that has multiple fantasy-friendly options. Still, with injuries piling up across the league, you still might need some help on the Week 11 fantasy football waiver wire. Here are some players who are still available in the majority of Yahoo leagues who could be worth adding as waiver wire pickups.

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Fantasy Football: Week 11 NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints (99% available)

Adding Winston as their insurance policy at quarterback might be ready to pay off for the Saints. Winston came on in relief of Drew Brees in Week 10 and will be the starter for at least two games with Brees reportedly having multiple rib fractures. The schedule is certainly kind to Winston with two of the next three games coming against the Falcons, including their matchup in Week 11. If you need a quarterback, look no further.

Week 11 Waiver Wire Priority: 1 (10%-15% of FAAB budget)

Kalen Ballage, Los Angeles Chargers (81% available)

The Chargers placed Justin Jackson (knee) on IR heading into Week 10, which once again left Ballage with an expanded workload. He didn’t disappoint against the Dolphins, rushing 18 times for 68 yards and catching five of six targets for 34 yards. Joshua Kelley only had seven carries and didn’t receive a single target, so it’s clear that Ballage has jumped him on the depth chart. With Austin Ekeler (hamstring/knee) expected to be out for at least one more game, Ballage could be in for a big afternoon in Week 11 against the woeful Jets.

Week 11 Waiver Wire Priority: 2 (10%-15% of FAAB budget)

Salvon Ahmed, Miami Dolphins (94% available)

The Dolphins were forced to play without Matt Breida (hamstring) on Sunday, and in a surprise move, they made Jordan Howard inactive. That left Ahmed to lead the way with 21 carries for 85 yards and a touchdown. The Dolphins released Howard on Monday, so the only real concern for Ahmed would be Breida potentially returning in Week 11. However, even if he does, Ahmed likely played well enough Sunday to earn a significant of enough role moving forward.

Week 11 Waiver Wire Priority: 3 (10%-15% of FAAB budget)

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Jakobi Meyers, New England Patriots (52% available)

This will probably be the last week that Meyers qualifies for this column. He was busy in Week 10, catching five of seven targets for 59 yards in what was a wet game against a tough Ravens defense. He also threw a 24-yard touchdown pass. Across the last four games, Meyers has amassed 37 targets, turning them into 27 receptions and 346 yards. Touchdowns will likely continue to be difficult for him to come by in the Patriots’ run-heavy offense, but he could thrive in a great matchup this week against a struggling Texans defense.

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Week 11 Waiver Wire Priority: 4 (5%-10% of FAAB budget)

Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles (74% available)

The Eagles suffered a disappointing loss at the hands of the Giants last week despite getting some key players back on offense. On the bright side, Reagor was still busy, catching four of seven targets for 47 yards. He has 13 targets across two games since returning from injury and should remain one of the top receiving options on the team moving forward. He also has two very favorable matchups coming up against the Browns and Seahawks, both of which have allowed an average of at least 27.1 points per game.

Week 11 Waiver Wire Priority: 5 (5%-10% of FAAB budget)

Wayne Gallman, New York Giants (50% available)

In the early part of last week, it looked like Devonta Freeman (ankle) was going to make a return from a two-game absence. However, he aggravated the injury in practice to the point where the Giants placed him on IR. That meant Gallman was once again left to be the Giants main option out of the backfield. He received a season-high 18 carries against the Eagles, finishing with 53 yards and two touchdowns. While his efficiency wasn’t great, the key is that he now has four straight games with a least one touchdown. The Giants being on a bye in Week 11 makes him tough to add, but if you have an extra roster spot to play with, picking him up now for upcoming matchups against the Bengals and Seahawks out of the bye could pay off in a big way.

Week 11 Waiver Wire Priority: 6 (5%-10% of FAAB budget)

Alex Smith, Washington Football Team (95% available)

Washington fell behind early to the Lions on Sunday, which forced Smith to attempt 55 passes while they mounted a comeback that ultimately fell short. Although he failed to throw a touchdown pass, he did finish with 390 yards. That came on the heels of him throwing for 325 yards the previous week against the Giants. Now he’s faced with two great matchups the next two weeks, hosting the Bengals in Week 11 and playing at the Cowboys in Week 12. If you’re desperate in a deep fantasy football league, Smith should at least be on your radar.

Week 11 Waiver Wire Priority: 7 (1%-3% of FAAB budget)

K.J. Hamler, Denver Broncos (96% available)

On the surface, Hamler’s line of four catches for 50 yards against the Raiders last week isn’t exactly exciting. However, it should be noted that he received 10 targets. That marked the second straight week that he received at least 10 targets. The Broncos have struggled on defense, which has often forced their offense to throw a lot in an attempt to play catchup. Playing a tough Dolphins defense in Week 11 isn’t ideal, but if the Broncos fall into a hole early again, Hamler could receive enough targets to make him a viable WR3 option in fantasy.

Week 11 Waiver Wire Priority: 8 (1% of FAAB budget)

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