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Week 11 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups: Cam Newton & Rhamondre Stevenson

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The fantasy football playoffs are rapidly approaching. If your squad needs some reinforcements heading into Week 11 to improve your positioning in the standings, consider adding the following players who are still available in the majority of leagues. You can also use our Waiver Wire Pickups tool to help find viable options and determine how much of your FAAB you might need to use for each player. The following players are likely available on your fantasy football waiver wire, and will be popping in the fantasy football projections because of injuries, new roles, etc.

In the case that AJ Dillon isn’t already rostered in your league, he’s, hands down, the No. 1 waiver priority. However, for the purposes of this column, he’s rostered in 78% of ESPN and 71% of Yahoo Fantasy leagues, so he’s not a widely available enough option for the Week 11 waiver wire article.

Fantasy Football: Week 11 NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

Rhamondre Stevenson, New England Patriots (90% available)

An injury to Damien Harris (concussion) opened a door for Stevenson to lead the Patriots backfield against the Browns on Sunday. He stepped up in a big way, turning 20 carries into 100 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught four of five targets for 14 yards. The Patriots have a quick turnaround to play the Falcons on Thursday, so there is a chance that Harris might not be able to return in time. If he sits, Stevenson is a must-start in fantasy. With his performance on Sunday, he might have also played his way into a larger role, even when Harris is healthy.

Week 11 Waiver Wire Priority: 1 (5% of FAAB budget)

Jordan Howard, Philadelphia Eagles (63% available)

Howard has been busy filling in for Miles Sanders (ankle). He has received at least 12 carries in all three games since Sanders went down, posting 211 yards rushing and three touchdowns. If Sanders is out again against the Saints, then Howard should once again have RB2 upside in most fantasy formats. Even if Sanders returns, Howard might have played well enough to earn an expanded role down the stretch, especially inside the red zone.

Week 11 Waiver Wire Priority: 2 (3%-5% of FAAB budget)

Logan Thomas, Washington Football Team (50% available)

Thomas (hamstring) has missed each of the last five games for Washington, leaving them without one of their top receiving options. He was not designated to return from the IR for Week 10, but he might not be too far away from retaking the field. If already in favorable positioning to make the playoffs, adding Thomas now could be a helpful move for when it matters the most.

Week 11 Waiver Wire Priority: 3 (3%-5% of FAAB budget)

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Rashod Bateman, Baltimore Ravens (67% available)

Bateman’s roster percentage is starting to creep up, so he might not be an option for this column much longer. Even with the return of Sammy Watkins against the Dolphins last week, he caught six of eight targets for 80 yards. He has received at least eight targets in back-to-back games and at least six of them in all four games that he has played in this season. The Ravens should continue to make him a key part of their passing game moving forward.

Week 11 Waiver Wire Priority: 4 (1%-3% of FAAB budget)

Sterling Shepard, New York Giants (50% available)

With the Giants being on a bye in Week 10 and Shepard dealing with a quadriceps injury, some fantasy managers may have had to make the difficult decision to drop him. There are no assurances that he will be healthy enough to return in Week 11, but the bye week certainly did not hurt his cause. When he is healthy, he has proven to be an important part of the Giants passing attack, posting at least seven targets in four of the five games that he has played in. Much like the situation with Thomas, adding Shepard now could be a move that pays dividends down the road.

Week 11 Waiver Wire Priority: 5 (1%-3% of FAAB budget)

Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (88% available)

The Panthers were forced to place Sam Darnold (shoulder) on IR, and there is a possibility that he will be out for the remainder of the season. With P.J. Walker being the best option behind him, the Panthers decided to turn to a familiar face by signing Newton. Walker still started Week 10, but it is only a matter of time before Newton takes of the job. Even with very little practice time, Newton registered one touchdown passing and one rushing against the Cardinals. With his rushing ability, he could be a fantasy-friendly option down the stretch. The next two weeks also bring favorable matchups against bad defensive teams in Washington and the Dolphins.

Week 11 Waiver Wire Priority: 6 (1%-3% of FAAB budget)

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Dan Arnold, Jacksonville Jaguars (74% available)

The Jaguars have a bad defense, which often forces their offense to throw a lot to play catch-up in games. They do not have great options at wide receiver either, which further complicates matters. Enter Arnold, who has received at least seven targets in three straight games. He has turned them into three straight games with at least 60 yards receiving. That type of production out of the tight end spot should not be overlooked in fantasy.

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


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I’ve been covering fantasy sports since 2007. Along my journey, I’ve contributed to companies including SportsLine, RotoWire, Sports Illustrated and DraftKings. My passion for fantasy sports began by playing in traditional season-long leagues and has expanded into DFS and sports handicapping. In 2018, I was a finalist for the 2018 FSWA Basketball Writer of the Year award. You can contact me by e-mailing [email protected]

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