Only one more left after this week. At long last we are near the end of the “Bye Week Gauntlet” and we are getting ready for full strength before the fantasy playoffs. Make sure to plan ahead now for the Week 12 bye week, which will see our final two teams off, the Chiefs and the Rams on bye. Here are the teams on bye for Week 11:
FFStatistics Waiver Wire: Week 11
Elijah McGuire, RB New York Jets
If you haven’t read The Fantasy Football Rushing Report by Jesse Reeves you are missing out (see Tweet below). This week specifically Jesse dove into the New York Jets backfield. Building on Jesse’s great points we can see McGuire is building a strong foundation in the Jets backfield. Over the last two weeks, McGuire has out-snapped Isaiah Crowell and equaled Crowell in touches. The difference comes in total opportunities (touches + targets). McGuire is receiving more opportunities than Crowell and has taken over Bilal Powell’s role in the offense. McGuire should be considered the top add of the week at running back if an obvious pick-up isn’t out there.
My latest Rushing Report is live @FFStatistics_ ❗️
Isaiah Crowell is on pace for a career year with the Jets 🛩
But, is the return of Elijah Mcguire going to put a halt to that? 🤔
I recapped week 9 and looked at some data to find out 📊https://t.co/V5WqDXByod
— Jesse Reeves (@JesseReevesFF) November 9, 2018
ESPN Ownership: 23.2%
Yahoo Ownership: 18%
Lamar Jackson, QB Baltimore Ravens
Hopefully you were paying attention to the news last week, Joe Flacco was spotted on crutches and there are concerns about an hip injury. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been any formal news to come out yet and this add would be purely speculative. On the field, if Jackson starts he would be my top waiver wire add. Jackson has the legs and supporting tools you want around a young quarterback and he has seen some game time.
— David J. Chao, MD (@ProFootballDoc) November 11, 2018
ESPN Ownership: 6.7%
Yahoo Ownership: 8%
Josh Reynolds, WR L.A. Rams
The Rams passing game is about to see a shakeup. Unfortunately, Cooper Kupp tore his ACL and will be out for the entire season. Fortunately, we know who will benefit from this loss and how to move forward. Reynolds will be inserted back into the Rams starting lineup and will resume his 80% or higher snap share from prior weeks. Expectations should still be held in check when putting in your claim for Josh Reynolds. During his previous appearance in the starting lineup, Reynolds never finished with more than five targets.
ESPN Ownership: 1.1%
Yahoo Ownership: 2%
Josh Adams, RB Philadelphia Eagles
This may not be a popular opinion, but Adams is the most effective runner in the Eagles backfield. Breaking off long runs and showing the ability to be a two-way player (rushing and receiving). The best part about Adams is his opportunities and snaps are growing from week to week. A breakout game is coming.
ESPN Ownership: 1.4%
Yahoo Ownership: 1%
Rashaad Penny, RB Seattle Seahawks
If you weren’t watching the game and were only box score scouting, you might not realize Penny saw very limited time in the starting lineup. In fact, Penny finished the day with 40% of his team’s snaps and only touching the ball 12 total times. His touches were so much more than the box score. Penny broke off two long runs and was showing the power and burst which earned him a first-round draft selection. Chris Carson is likely going to miss another week and Mike Davis is not a special runner. Penny could be one of the late season running backs who can win fantasy titles.
ESPN Ownership: 13%
Yahoo Ownership: 16%
Brandon LaFell, WR Oakland Raiders
Things may be going from bad to worse in Oakland with reports of Jordy Nelson retiring mid-season. If this is the case, the receiving depth chart has lost Amari Cooper, Jordy Nelson, and Martavis Bryant, dealing with an injury of his own. LaFell is not a game breaker, but he can provide a good target base in a lineup looking for a second wide receiver.
ESPN Ownership: .8%
Yahoo Ownership: 0%
Jeff Heuerman, TE Denver Broncos
Every fantasy analyst in 2018 keeps saying “tight end is a fantasy wasteland” or “there is Travis Kelce and that’s about it.” Thankfully we can now look towards Jeff Heuerman for some reliability at the position. In six of his last seven games, Heuerman has finished with at least four targets and has recorded and had 10 receptions (on 11 targets) in his last outing.
ESPN Ownership: 7.9%
Yahoo Ownership: 6%
Rickie Seals-Jones, TE Arizona Cardinals
Byron Leftwich’s offense seems to be doing on thing Bruce Arians, incorporate the tight end. In Week 10 RSJ was targeted nine times and in Week 11 faces the Raiders who have allowed the third most touchdowns to tight ends in 2018. RSW has also been the recipient of at least four targets in all but one game in 2018.
ESPN Ownership: 13.8%
Yahoo Ownership: 17%
Public Service Announcement
I leave this at the bottom of my waiver wire articles for a reason. Not having your key back-ups like Rod Smith, Malcolm Brown, and Spencer Ware is inexcusable. If they are injured at the end of the season and they are left on the waiver wire it is your fault for not thinking ahead. PICK THEM UP AND DON’T LEAVE YOUR SEASON UP TO THE FANTASY FOOTBALL GODS.
As always please feel free to reach out to me on Twitter @TimNFL.