Since this week is a little light on waiver wire pickups, I’m going to talk about players who might be available in 40% of leagues instead of the usual 50% threshold.
- Elijah Moore
- Ty Johnson
- Darnell Mooney
- Rashod Bateman
- Rhamondre Stevenson
- Logan Thomas
- Sterling Shepard
- Cam Newton
Elijah Moore (Yahoo: 58%, ESPN 41% rostered) – It’s surprising that Moore is still available on so many waiver wires, but he also plays for the Jets, so I get it. Moore is breaking out before our eyes, and he’s finally a full-time WR. He’s been getting it done with the limited time he’s been on the field, but now that he a ran a route on 84% of dropbacks, he should be picked up and started as an upside WR3. He’s the Jets WR to roster, and has a pretty good rest of season schedule. I’m not as worried about his QB situation; he has always been targeted at a high rate when on the field regardless of who was behind center. His main issue has been whether he was actually on the field, and hopefully that’s past him. FAAB: 50%
Ty Johnson (Yahoo: 21%, ESPN: 19% rostered) – With Michael Carter set to miss the the next 2-3 weeks, Johnson is the Jets RB to roster. Johnson was the only RB to really compete with Carter all year for touches and playing time. He started the year as the goal line back and the passing down back, and conceded both to Carter multiple times during the year. Tevin Coleman should play a role on early downs, but the Jets won’t usually be in game scripts that will support volume for an early down back. Johnson can rack up receptions and potentially get his goal line role back, so he’ll be flex worthy while Carter is out, especially in PPR leagues. FAAB: 20-25%
Rhamondre Stevenson (Yahoo: 58%, ESPN: 51% rostered) – Stevenson has a role on the offense, and has looked really good with his opportunities. He out-carried Damien Harris 12-10, and had a big run called back. These guys rotated on a per-series basis, and it’s out of the realm of possibilities that Stevenson is preferred at some point. His upside is huge if Harris were to miss any time. Solid bench stash even if you’re not starting him. FAAB: 10-15%
DeeJay Dallas (Yahoo: 1%, ESPN: 1% rostered) – There’s no clear starter in Seattle’s backfield right now, and it’s clear that they’re trying to figure out their backfield. Rashaad Penny got the start last week, and of course he got hurt right away, then Alex Collins got some work, and he wasn’t too effective… and then they gave Dallas some work. Dallas looked the best with his touches, and he got the goal line carry late in the game after he had a couple of chunk plays. This is taking a shot on a guy who’s readily available, who might be in line for more work moving forward in an ambiguous backfield.
Tevin Coleman (Yahoo: 3%, ESPN: 3%) – Coleman will likely get more work given Michael Carter’s 2-3 week prognosis on his anle injury, so he’s worth picking up in deeper leagues. He’ll likely be more of an early down guy, so he might not have a ton of value on a losing team. FAAB: 3-5%
Jeremy McNichols (Yahoo: 25%, ESPN: 22% rostered) – Dontrell Hilliard played the passing down role in McNichols’ place while he was inactive due to a concussion, but I fully expect McNichols to be the guy in that role once he’s cleared. McNichols’ upside is based on game script, and Hilliard happened to be the passing down back when the Titans were down all game, so he ended up catching 8 balls for 47 yards. McNichols is a PPR flex play, but will be up and down based on game script, similar to JD McKissic. FAAB: 3-5%
Darnell Mooney (Yahoo: 58%, ESPN: 53% rostered) – Mooney has put up decent to good weeks in 5 of his last 7 games in PPR leagues. He’s hitting more than he’s not, and it’s pretty impressive considering the offense he’s on. Andy Dalton will be the QB for the Bears on Thanksgiving against the Lions, so Mooney can be played as a WR3, especially if Allen Robinson misses another game. Detroit has allowed a bunch of 20+ and 40+ pass plays this season, so he has some upside. FAAB: 10-15%
Rashod Bateman (Yahoo: 59%, ESPN: 50% rostered) – Bateman was set up real nicely this past week without Hollywood Brown, but Lamar Jackson wasn’t well enough to play. Bateman is a high end flex play if Brown is back this week, and an upside WR3 if Brown misses. Bateman has shown serious talent and separation ability in his few games this year, and will continue to have some upside as he grows into this WR2 role on a good offense. FAAB: 15%
Sterling Shepard (Yahoo: 32%, ESPN: 48% rostered) – Sterling Shepard hasn’t been able to stay healthy this year, but when he’s on the field, he’s being targeted at a very high rate. You might not be able to depend on Shepard to play this week against Philly, but he’s a good stash for once he’s good to go. Based on the ineptitude of the Giants offense on Monday night, they need Shepard, and he will force himself back to being the #1 target on this offense. FAAB: 15%
Van Jefferson (Yahoo: 46%, ESPN: 44% rostered) – The Rams offense has taken a step back over the past couple of weeks, but once it picks up steam again, Jefferson has some upside. OBJ will obviously take a lot of the vacated targets left by Robert Woods, but Jefferson will continue to play his role as the deep threat. With him averaging 6-7 targets/game, and most of them are deep, he can come through for you as a WR3/flex more often than not. FAAB: 5%
Tre’Quan Smith (Yahoo: 4%, ESPN: 3% rostered) – Smith’s route participation and targets have gone up over the last few weeks after he came back from injury, and it’s looking he’s emerging as the #1 WR in New Orleans. He’s trending up; he had a 22% target share in Week 10, and a 20% target share this past week. Adam Trautman will be out for 4-6 weeks with a MCL sprain, so there will be more targets available moving forward. FAAB: 5%
Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Yahoo: 9%, ESPN: 3% rostered) – MVS is a boom/bust flex option, but his boom is pretty high. He’s a solid play this week if Jalen Ramsey chooses to shadow Davante Adams. Keep in mind that he has a bye in Week 13.
Cedrick Wilson – Wilson will likely be an every down player on Thanksgiving with the Cowboys potentially missing both Amari Cooper (COVID) and CeeDee Lamb (concussion). He’ll be ranked as a WR3 against the Raiders if that’s the case.
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine (Not rostered) – AJ Brown is dealing with a rib injury, Julio Jones is on IR, and Marcus Johnson left the game last week with a hamstring injury (might be a re-aggravation). If Westbrook is the only WR healthy, he’s a flex worthy start against the Patriots.
TE Pickups and Streams
Logan Thomas (Yahoo: 52%, ESPN: 47% rostered) – Logan Thomas is supposed to start practicing this week. His role is one of the best in the NFL in terms of route participation for a tight end. He scored 2 TDs in the 3 games he played this year, and will likely be the 2nd option in the WFT passing offense behind Terry McLaurin. If you’re looking for a solid TE for the rest of the year, Thomas is the pickup. He has a good schedule, too. FAAB: 15%
Pat Freiermuth (Yahoo: 52%, ESPN: 59% rostered) – Eric Ebron’s return has hurt Freiermuth’s time on the field, but Ebron hurt his knee. If Ebron misses time, Freiermuth would be a highly sought after TE and can return low-end TE1 value until Ebron is back.
Dan Arnold Yahoo: 41%, ESPN: 41% rostered) – Dan Arnold disappointed big time in Week 11, recording zero targets even though he ran a route on 81% of dropbacks. This seems like a blip on the radar, and I’d be fine sticking with Arnold in my lineup this week in PPR leagues as a low-end TE1 rather than reaching on waivers for anyone outside the two guys above Arnold on this list.
Gerald Everett (Yahoo: 20%, ESPN: 4% rostered) – Gerald Everett ran a route on 76% of Russell Wilson’s dropbacks, which is enough to warrant streaming attention. The targets will likely fluctuate, but Week 11 seems like his floor. Solid matchup against Washington this week.
QB Pickups and Streams
Cam Newton (Yahoo: 52%, ESPN: 41% rostered) – Cam was pretty efficient in his first start with the Panthers. 80% completion percentage, threw for 2 TDs, ran in for 1 TD, and ran for 46 yards. He has the weapons, he has the legs, and he’ll be used by the goal line. That’s a recipe for a low-end QB1 with upside. FAAB: 10%
Carson Wentz vs TB
Tyrod Taylor vs NYJ
Jimmy G vs Minnesota
Chicago @ Detroit
Dallas vs Las Vegas
Houston vs NYJ
Jacksonville vs Atlanta