Here are the players I am targeting on the waiver wire after Week 11.
Over the course of the season, either 14 Team Mocker or I will provide our reactions every Monday morning to what happened in the NFL that week.
There are no teams on bye in Week 12. Only the Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns have a bye remaining (Week 13).
We’ve made it through the season relatively unscathed thus far. Week 11 brought the injuries from zero to catastrophic. Let’s take a look at the players who suffered major injuries and their teammates that could benefit from the new found opportunity.
A.J. Green, Hamstring Tear
Green was having a phenomenal year. That year is very likely over.
Brandon LaFell is a decent enough add. I don’t think Green’s absence changes his outlook a whole lot. The player I’m most interested in adding is rookie Tyler Boyd. RotoDoc pointed out that Boyd’s comp is Stefon Diggs back in May. Shawn Siegele called Boyd “a rich man’s Keenan Allen.”
Another similar Boyd comp is former Bengal, Mohamed Sanu, who had a career year in 2014 when A.J. Green missed a significant portion of the season.
Giovani Bernard, Torn ACL
With both Green and Bernard out for the rest of the fantasy season, the obvious upgrade goes to Jeremy Hill. I would imagine the Bengals will focus on the power running game like they did in 2014 when they were limited vertically by their personnel. Rex Burkhead isn’t very interesting. He will spell Hill occasionally and receive a couple targets per game but this is Hill’s backfield now.
Ryan Mathews, Sprained MCL and Darren Sproles, Broken Ribs
With limited information we can only assume that both players will miss multiple weeks with their injuries. That opens the door for Wendell Smallwood. Smallwood led the Eagles in RB snaps and touches in Week 11. Philadelphia faces Green Bay, Cincinnati and Washington. None of which have been stingy on the ground recently.
Kenjon Barner could be the 1B to Smallwood’s 1A. He will come cheaper than Smallwood. Doug Pederson has been deploying a messy running back rotation all season. Why would he stop now?
C.J. Prosise, Fractured Shoulder
It’s been a strange week to be a running back in the Emerald City. Cult favorite Christine Michael was released on Tuesday in favor of Thomas Rawls, who had not played since Week 2. Prosise showed some elite skills the past couple weeks which is why I was so excited about him. Unfortunately his fantasy season is likely over. He may return for the NFL playoffs.
Rawls is most likely owned. Triple-check that he is. If he’s not, spend it all to get him. Third stringer Troymaine Pope also left the game with a high ankle sprain. That just leaves rookie Alex Collins behind Rawls. He’s worth stashing if you have Rawls. He doesn’t have much standalone value though.
LeSean McCoy, Dislocated Thumb
Just when you thought it was safe to drop Mike Gillislee. McCoy will reportedly need surgery to repair his thumb but will be good to go for next week. While Gillislee won’t have any significant bump in value, we can take this, along with the other injuries this past weekend, as a warning to ditch the fliers this late in the season and grab the clear handcuff to your stud running back. In super deep leagues, I think Jonathan Williams is also worth adding, especially if you’re counting on the real fragile McCoy.
Robert Woods, Undisclosed Knee Injury
We don’t know the extent of the injury yet but Woods was on crutches after the game. I’m not expecting him to play this week. Sammy Watkins is eligible to return but according to Rex Ryan wasn’t quite ready yet. With the Bills still hanging onto playoff hopes, I wonder if there might be some additional pressure to get Watkins back sooner than later.
Until then, who will step up? Woods only played 10 snaps on Sunday so we have a fairly clear view of the likely snap share with Woods out. Marquise Goodwin led Buffalo in WR snaps but only caught two of three targets for 15 yards. Percy Harvin has been a non-factor since his un-retirement. He played the second most WR snaps and only had two receptions for six yards. Not much to like here but I think we all knew that. Get well soon, Sammy.
The big target winner is TE Charles Clay. Not that he helps to replace Woods but he might fill the void of the next player…
Zach Miller, Broken Foot
Logan Paulsen is next up on the Bears depth chart. There’s not a ton to get excited about with Paulsen. But Chicago does have the best remaining fantasy tight end schedule.
I’d be curious whether or not they take a longer look at athletic rookie Ben Braunecker (aka Bronk). Chicago is losing play makers by the week. Logically it makes sense to look to the future but it doesn’t seem like the John Fox leash is long enough to afford an experiment.
QB & DST
Each week we will offer up at least one QB and defense that has a favorable schedule approaching.
Quarterback to add: Sam Bradford
I know it makes me a little queasy as well. If you’re in a pickle, you could do worse than Bradford’s upcoming schedule.
Defense to add: Falcons DST
Coming off the bye week, they may be sitting on your waiver wire. They are the 12th ranked defense in fantasy points per game. Their remaining schedule of Arizona, Kansas City, at Los Angeles, San Francisco, at Carolina is good for sixth best according to the Streaming D App. Fire up the rested Falcons.
Closing Out Week 11
There’s not much to monitor in tonight’s game in Mexico City between the Raiders and Texans. Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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