As Fantasy and NFL players alike creep up on the 70% completion mark on the season, the clock has struck crunch time. The elites are clinching early playoff spots, while idle players have been caught napping. Regardless of standing, from undefeated to a goose-egg in the wins column – the waiver wire is open to all. Check out what players are up for grabs in your league, and read on to figure out who you should flip your waiver spot for.
Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (30% Ownership ESPN, 36% Ownership Yahoo)
How ’bout them Cowboys? After dropping two winnable games in a row, Dak Prescott and Co. toddled into Philadelphia at a crossroads – win, and stay in the playoff picture, or lose, and fall three games behind first-place Washington. In a thrilling Sunday night showdown, Dak and Ezekiel Elliot took the spotlight. Zeke served up both a receiving and rushing touchdown, while Dak contributed a passing and a rushing touchdown himself. With a matchup against a massively soft Atlanta defense on deck, a shootout is certainly in the cards. If he’s available, grab Dak and lock him in as your QB1 – he’s a quality passer with huge rushing upside, sure to hang some serious points on Atlanta.
Lamar Jackson is wide open for an easy TD but I’m gonna throw it into double coverage. pic.twitter.com/xAcDTYvof0
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 4, 2018
Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens (7% Ownership ESPN, 8% Ownership Yahoo)
Unless you’ve been living under the proverbial rock, you’ll know that Baltimore, and more specifically their coaching, is under some duress at the moment. A supposed winning team has been losing, and Head Coach John Harbaugh and his current club are looking to call it a day on their correspondence at season’s end. In regards to present-day issues, Joe Flacco is nursing a hip injury, and the Ravens’ Week 11 QB1 is currently up in the air. If Lamar Jackson gets the nod, he’ll be going against a Cincinnati defense that has essentially spoon-fed fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Keep an eye on this situation – Lamar Jackson’s ability to run and the league’s lack of film on him thus far are all signs of a potential “boom” week.
Rashaad Penny, Seattle Seahawks (13% Ownership ESPN, 17% Ownership Yahoo)
In an incomprehensibly genius move at mid-season, Pete Caroll and his coaching crew decided to take the Seahawks back to 2015 and re-dedicate their offense to the run game. In Week 10, against the supposedly stout run-defense of the Los Angeles Rams, and without star O-Lineman D.J. Fluker, Seattle grinded out their 6th straight game with over 150 rushing yards. Rashaad Penny contributed 108 of those yards, as well as a touchdown. While Chris Carson and Mike Davis have looked solid in their opportunities, Rashaad Penny is a first round pick who is looking to become the workhorse of a suddenly fruitful rushing attack. Grab him up, as Carson’s health is always in question, and Seattle certainly isn’t looking for Mike Davis to be their lead back.
Rashaad Penny looked strong in Week 10. If Chris Carson remains out, the rookie’s stock will keep rising.
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) November 13, 2018
Josh Adams, Philadelphia Eagles (6% Ownership ESPN, 14% Ownership Yahoo)
With Jay Ajayi going down for the season a few weeks ago, the Eagles have been struggling to establish a run game. Since his departure, Philly has averaged a rotten 3.73 yards per carry. On the contrary, though, rookie Josh Adams has put together a sparkling 5.7 YPC, though he’s been used sparingly, with just 27 carries on the season thus far. Doug Pederson recently stated that Adams would be getting more work, but Philadelphia has always been a committee backfield, even while Ajayi was in the picture. Scoop Adams up, but keep him stashed until the fog clears on how exactly he will be utilized.
Josh Doctson, Washington Redskins (17% Ownership ESPN, 10% Ownership Yahoo)
A first-round bust to this point in his career, Josh Doctson seems to finally be putting a few things together and, at the very least, is becoming a solid contributor to the ‘Skins offense. With a receiving score in consecutive games, it’s possible that Doctson evolves into Alex Smith’s go-to red zone target, as Jordan Reed has obviously not filled that role (5 red zone targets this season). Consider Doctson a plug-and-play FLEX option with a mid-range matchup against Houston.
Big touchdown catch from Josh Doctson to put the Redskins up two scores. pic.twitter.com/K4loudEBFR
— Ian Wharton (@NFLFilmStudy) November 11, 2018
Josh Reynolds, Los Angeles Rams (1% Ownership ESPN, 3% Ownership Yahoo)
With Cooper Kupp departing with an ACL tear, Josh Reynolds will slide into his slot position in three-receiver sets. In most cases, the number three receiver on a team isn’t particularly appealing for fantasy purposes, but the Rams aren’t just any team. Los Angeles is the number one offense in the league by a good margin, and Josh Reynolds has shown that he has some serious talent (two touchdowns in relief of Kupp in Week 8). Play Reynolds without a second thought this week – it will be a Monday Night Shootout in Mexico City for their Week 11 date with the Chiefs.
Jonnu Smith, Tennessee Titans (1% Ownership ESPN, Yahoo)
Fresh off an upset against the Patriots, Marcus Mariota and his band of misfits will mosey on west to Lucas Oil Stadium to face off with Andrew Luck and the Colts. After losing stud TE Delanie Walker in the first game of the season, tight ends have been nonexistent in Matt Lafleur’s offense up until Week 9. Sophomore Jonnu Smith has burst onto the scene to the tune of consecutive touchdown-receiving games, albeit coming on two and three receptions in each one. With guys like George Kittle, David Njoku, and Rob Gronkowski on bye, Smith is worth a streamer for TE-needy teams.
Mariota makes an excellent read, saving Dion Lewis from a big loss and pitching it forward to Jonnu Smith. Smith does the rest, working his way into the end zone for a touchdown #TENvsDAL pic.twitter.com/lFt584GvEh
— Titans Film Room (@titansfilmroom) November 6, 2018
Ricky Seals-Jones, Arizona Cardinals (14% Ownership ESPN, 18% Ownership Yahoo)
In a season marred by bad quarterback play, Ricky Seals-Jones is yet another victim. The second-year Cardinal has been held back by the poor play of Josh Rosen, as well as deficient play-calling through the first seven weeks of the season by former offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. Seals-Jones had just his second 50+ yard receiving game of the season last week with five grabs for 51 yards but has Oakland on the docket for this week’s matchup. He’s worth a streamer, especially against Oakland’s swiss cheese defense.
Arizona Cardinals (16% Ownership ESPN, 19% Ownership Yahoo)
Wow – two Cardinals on the list as free agent pickups of the week? In Week 11, Arizona plays who else, but the pitiful Raiders. Oakland is a bottom-twelve offense, and in Week 10, the Cardinals showed a renewed dedication to David Johnson. The game script should keep the ball in Arizona’s possession for most of the time, but even when the Men In Black get their opportunities, don’t expect much. The Redbirds should have a field day this Sunday at home.
New Orleans Saints (16% Ownership ESPN, 27% Ownership Yahoo)
While the Saints are certainly not the defensive juggernaut that they surprised everyone to be a season ago, they can still put some fantasy points on the board as a fairly run-of-the-mill D/ST group. They’ve put up eight or more points in four games this season, and are taking on an Eagles offense that currently ranks outside of the top fourteen. As long as the offense can keep their time of possession high and keep the rock out of Carson Wentz’s hands, expect a quality week from Dennis Allen’s defense.