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    Fantasy Football: Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickup Power Rankings

    RotoExperts Staff November 16, 2015 12:04AM EDT

    Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickup Power Rankings

    *Week 11 Waiver Wire Power Rankings  | All Players less than 60-percent owned*

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    Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups: Running Back

    1. Matt Jones
    2. Alfred Blue
    3. Shaun Draughn
    4. Jay Ajayi
    5. Charles Sims
    6. James White
    7. Joique Bell
    8. Denard Robinson
    9. Theo Riddick
    10. Kyle Juzskyskyzikusqyzqkiakykzi
    11. Tevin Coleman
    12. Thomas Rawls
    13. David Cobb
    14. Spencer Ware
    15. Ahmad Bradshaw
    16. Javorius “Buck” Allen
    17. Jordan Todman
    18. Jamize Owaluigi
    19. Chris Polk
    20. Christine Michael
    21. Ameer Abdullah
    22. Brandon Bolden
    23. Taiwan Jones
    24. Dexter McCluster
    25. Marcel Reece
    26. Rod Smith
    27. David Johnson
    28. Chris Thompson
    29. Orleans Darkwa
    30. Random Raiders Fan

    News trickled out Monday  TJ Yeldon had suffered a foot injury against the Ravens. Didn’t seem like much, HOWEVAAAAAAA, Yeldon was spotted in a walking boot later in the day, which raises serious concerns about his availability Thursday night against Tennessee. Since we’re not going to know by the time you have to make your bids, we have to treat it like Yeldon’s out, which thrusts Denard Robinson into RB2 territory for Week 11. Plus, there’s always a possibility Yeldon misses multiple games and you can use the Nard Dog at RB for a couple weeks. Or Yeldon plays and this is all moot. Some will ask, “Why not Toby Gerhart, he played the majority of snaps Week 6 when Yeldon was sidelined?” Now, this is true. Against the Texans, Gerhart out-snapped Robinson 52:28, despite the actual touch distribution being much closer (12:10). Gerhart even got run the following week in London. In fact, he handled some goal line duties against the Bills, getting four straight chances to plunge it in from the one-yard line. Fail. He’s been a healthy scratch since. Doubt Jacksonville suddenly goes back to him in pinch. Again, unless news trickles out before the waiver period ends, treat Robinson like the starter, which bumps him up to No. 1 in the rankings, if you need an RB for this week. If not, stick to the plan of building depth on your bench for the Fantasy playoffs. NOPEEEEEE: Seemingly a false alarm. TJ Yeldon is out of his walking boot and says he’ll play Thursday. It’s no guarantee he plays, but Robinson just lost his Week 11 Waiver wire title quicker than Bob Backlund. Still a situation to monitor, juts in case Dr. Yeldon’s diagnosis gets a second opinion before game time.

    Matt Jones is the obvious top pick up after his explosion against the Saints, but remember, it was against the Saints. It’s impossible for him to get a better matchup for the rest of the season. Plus, in his return from the dead, Zombie Alfred Morris actually out-touched Jones 18:14, and out snapped him 26:24. I’d expect Jones to end up with more touches on a weekly basis for the rest of the season, but he’s certainly not an RB you just pick up and plug directly into your lineup. He’s great for the bench to see if his role expands and becomes consistent. He may even earn fringe FLEX play consideration, if you’re desperate, but he’s certainly not a waiver wire savior. With no major injuries at the position, there are no impact adds at RB this week.

    Jay Ajayi continues to get run in the Dolphins backfield, and looks good doing it, but unfortunately, he has the number one PPR RB since Week 6 blocking him. So, unless something awful happens to Lamar Miller, Ajayi will be nothing more than a Charles Sims-type bench player. He does top the handcuff rankings now, though.

    Just The Tip(s): You can maximize the strength of your bench by simply understanding the rules. For example, some leagues don’t put players on waivers that are either on bye weeks or still yet to play for the week. So, use that to your advantage when it comes to handcuffs after the Sunday slate. I just dropped Spencer Ware in a league to add Chris Polk before the Monday nighter. Since Charcandrick West didn’t succumb to injury, Polk becomes the more valuable asset for my squad. I doubt he morphs into anything usable, but there’s always a chance, and I can have him for free now, instead bidding with everyone else Tuesday night should anything serious happen to Alfred Blue, or if Polk merely wins the job. If he doesn’t, just drop him during the waiver period for a better handcuff. Football knowledge is essential to wining Fantasy championships, but the most consistent yearly performers are the ones who understand the rules and know how to game the system.

    In fact, you’ll see names Alfred Blue, James White, Theo Riddick and Joique Bell ranked ahead of a lot of the handcuffs, and I understand that’s confusing, but objectively, they’re the better pickups if you need someone to play this week, and maybe for the next few. However, if I was set at RB, I’d bypass those guys and start loading up on the top handcuffs. It’s twofold: Not only can you inherit an RB1 for no cost, it also keeps them out of the hands of your competition. We’re at the point of the season where you know which teams are blocking your path to Fantasy glory, so feel free to customize the handcuff rankings to account for that. If your main competition has DeVonta Freeman, yet Tevin Coleman is available, you better go get Coleman, even if it’s just to fuck with them. Don’t make this isn’t a zero-sum game for him, make sure it’s a devastating loss if Freeman ends up the injury report.

    Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups: RB Handcuff Rankings

    1. Tevin Coleman
    2. Jay Ajayi
    3. Thomas Rawls
    4. Spencer Ware
    5. Ahmad Bradshaw
    6. Charles Sims
    7. Javorius “Buck” Allen
    8. Jordan Todman
    9. Chris Polk
    10. Christine Michael
    11. Jamize Owaluigi

    Oh, Shaun Draughn is coming off bye and there’s still no word on the status of Carlos Hyde. He’s a potential starting RB that’s over 90 percent available.

    It may not have translated to the stat sheet, but James White clearly established himself as the Patriots backup you want to own, and pray you never have to trust. White out snapped Brandon Bolden 28:10, while LeGarrette Blount led the troika with 38… On the other side of the ball, Shane Vereen continued to play the most of any Giants RB, getting 35 snaps. Rashad Jennings was second with 26 and Orleans Darkwa finished a distant third at 14… If the Bears continue forward without Matt Forte, Jeremy Langford will remain the lead back, but beware of the lingering Ka’Deem Carey, who saw the field 22 times. While Langford finished with 27 touches, he did it on only 45 snaps. Getting the ball 60 percent of the time you’re on the field will eventually led to touch regression. Something to monitor… In some of those other contentious backfields, Joiqie Bell more than doubled any other Lions back in snaps with 39. Theo Riddick had 17, Ameer Abdullah 12… Antonio Andrews barely outplayed Dexter McCluster 26:18… Isaiah Crowell saw the most work in the Browns backfield for the first time in over a month, besting THE DUKE 33:26… Ronnie Hillman barely edged CJ Anderson 33:29 (Fun Fact: Anderson had as many tackles off Peyton Manning picks as he did carries!)… Andre Ellington is the clear passing down back over David Johnson, getting 37 snaps to DJ’s 8. Chris Johnson played 50. Drop David Johnson, the time for holding on to hope has passed… And, it was a pretty big week for Christine Michael. He reclaimed his minuscule amount of playing time back from the clutches of that dastardly Rod Smith, playing six whole snaps, and actually seeing three carries! Basically his best week ever.

    Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups: Wide Receiver

    1. Kamar Aiken
    2. Danny Amendola
    3. Marvin Jones
    4. Michael Floyd
    5. Nate Washington
    6. Tavon Austin
    7. Cecil Shorts III
    8. Dorial Green-Beckham
    9. Terrance Williams
    10. Ted Ginn Jr.
    11. Chris Givens
    12. Dontrelle Inman
    13. Rueben Randle
    14. Doug Baldwin
    15. Dwayne Harris
    16. Marquess Wilson
    17. Bryan Walters (Spinebuster Victim)
    18. Devin Funchess
    19. Brian Quick
    20. Cole Beasley
    21. Marqise Lee
    22. Robert Woods
    23. Wesley Welker
    24. Jermaine Kearse
    25. Harry Douglas
    26. Jeremy Kerley
    27. Jeremy Ross
    28. Josh Huff
    29. Kenbrell Thompkins

    He topped the rankings two weeks ago. He topped the rankings on his bye week. And, since he remains available in over half of leagues, you better believe Kamar Aiken is sitting atop the summit again after his 7-79, 14 target outing against the Jags. Just pick up him up, for Christ’s sake.

    I think Aiken’s the pick up of the week for all positions, but Danny Amendola can make his case too. If Aiken’s 1, Amendola’s 1A. Julian Edelman is out 6-8 weeks with a Jones Fracture (Foot), and it appears as if the squirrely Amendola will simply slide into that role. He won’t just replicate Edelman’s numbers since, you know, he doesn’t have Edelman’s talent, but he’ll challenge them through volume. Expect Amendola to see 6-12 targets a game, and in the Patriots’ offense, that makes him a solid WR2 in PPR formats, WR3 in standard; making him a must add. Most will side with Amendola over Aiken, but where Amendola’s role will waver week-to-week, Aiken will almost assuredly see 10-plus targets every game. I’ll take that consistency.

    I know he’s past the threshold for ownership to actually appear in the rankings, but has anyone, ever, turned in a more inefficient performance than Davante Adams’ ten catches for 79 yards on 21 TARGETS????? That’s horrific. If my trade deadline hasn’t passed, I’m selling Adams right now to an owner that thinks Aaron Rodgers will continue chucking it up 61 times a game. Not gonna happen.

    A BRIAN QUICK SIGHTING!!!!! I have video evidence and everything. Problem is, Nick Foles is his QB and Nick Foles sucks. So don’t worry about him. Wes Welker either.

    Monitor Michael Floyd’s hamstring injury. It was just starting to hit his stride. If it’s nothing, you should grab him.

    Justin Hunter is done for the year with a fractured ankle. This leaves more targets to go around for Dorial Green-Beckham and Harry Douglas, at least until Kendall Wright returns. DGB is the better add.

    Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups: Tight End

    1. Eric Ebron
    2. Crockett Gillmore
    3. Richard Rodgers
    4. Zach Ertz
    5. Charles Clay
    6. Clive Walford
    7. Zach Miller
    8. Jacob Tamme
    9. Garrett Celek
    10. Heath Miller
    11. Austin Seferian-Jenkins
    12. Jordan Cameron
    13. Anthony Fasano
    14. Vernon Davis
    15. Kyle Rudolph

    Despite a game (and career, frankly) plagued by drops, Eric Ebron continues to get chances in the Lions offense. This week, he saw eight targets, caught four, and chalked two up to a case of the ol’ butter fingers. I don’t love him, but at a position where it’s basically TD-or-bust, Ebron is one of the few TEs who will see 5-plus looks on a consistent basis. ANNNNDDDDDDD, as a streamer, Ebron gets Oakland this week. TEs are averaging over a score per game against the Raiders…  Austin Seferian-Jenkins will one day play again. I think…. if you’re starting Crockett Gillmore or Richard Rodgers, you’re praying for a touchdown. Luckily, they’re both heavily involved in their team’s red zone offense… Averaging more than seven targets a game over his last five, Zach Ertz may possess a higher floor than Rodgers or Gillmore, but who knows what’s going to happen with Mark Sanchez at the helm. If you only demand 4-8 points, go Ertz… If Leonard Hankerson doesn’t SUIT UP for the Falcons, Jacob Tamme will move up this list. However Hankerson is expected to return coming out of Atlanta’s bye week… Kyle Rudolph: Bad Ups, Bad Hands.

    Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups: Quarterback

    1. Blake Bortles
    2. Brian Hoyer
    3. Tony Romo
    4. Derek Carr
    5. Jay Cutler
    6. Marcus Mariota
    7. Tyrod Taylor

    Johnny Manziel is entering the bye week, and probably won’t be the starter coming out of it, but lets remember Week 10 for that time Johnny, even if just for a brief second, morphed back into Johnny Football.

    Blake Bortles underwhelmed his way to another two TDs. Again, Bortles has THEEEEEEE SOFTEST schedule to end the season. Go get him.

    Some sucker will drop Brian Hoyer heading into his Week 11 clash with the Jets, forgetting Hoyer draws the Saints Week 12 and three AFC South games afterwards. If you’re looking at very simple things like, “Which QBs are facing shitty New Orleans the next few weeks,” I gots you covered:

    Week 11: Bye (Still a Top 10 QB)
    Week 12: Brian Hoyer
    Week 13: CAAAAMMMMMMM
    Week 14: Jameis Winston
    Week 15: Matt Stafford
    Week 16: Blake Bortles

    Mark Sanchez becomes an add in 2QB leagues, but I’m assuming he’s already on someone’s roster in those formats. Although, he may not be a dreadful streaming option Week 11 against the Bucs. Something to consider if you’re stuck at QB.

    With the revelation Peyton Manning has a torn plantar fascia in right foot, that has worsened, it’s time to grab Brock Osweiler in two-QB leagues in case old man Peyton needs to be sat down for more than just this week. In better news, Brock Lobster can’t make the Broncos skill players any worse.

    Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups: Quarterback Streams

    1. Blake Bortles vs TEN
    2. Derek Carr at DET
    3. Matt Stafford vs OAK
    4. Tyrod Taylor at NE
    5. Mark Sanchez vs TB
    6. Marcus Mariota at JAX
    7. Ryan Fitzpatrick at HOU
    8. Matt Hasselbeck at ATL
    9. Alex Smith at SD
    10. Brock Osweiler at CHI

    Only in Celebration Points-Only Leagues: Crazy Legs Stanton

    Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups: Streaming Defenses

    1. PHI vs TB
    2. JAX vs TEN
    3. TEN at JAX
    4. KC at SD
    5. TB at PHI
    6. MIA vs DAL

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