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Injuries continue to cause havoc around the fantasy world, as Devonta Freeman left the game early and Matthew Stafford is dealing with broken bones in his back. There continue to be a lot of moving touches and targets as we get deeper into the season. This season has also been a telling story of not every backup running back and be plugged in. As the waiver wire gets more and more scarce, we dive into names that should get plenty of opportunity in the second half. Be sure to catch all our Week 11 rankings and fantasy football advice.
Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders
Average Ownership: 36%, FAAB: $2
If you are in more shallow leagues, Jacoby Brissett once healthy, and Kirk Cousins are viable options. Derek Carr is still out there in over 60% of leagues, and has had a productive season so far. He isn’t necessarily airing it out, but is completing 70% of his passes, and has eight touchdowns since the bye week, and 250+ yards in three games. Over the next three weeks, he will face Cincinnati, New York Jets, and Kansas City. Not a bad three week stretch if you need a streamer or injury fill-in.
J.D. McKissic – Detroit Lions
Average Ownership: 15%, FAAB: $2
The waiver wire for running backs has been dreadful this season. The Lions injury bug continues to hit, and Ty Johnson left the game. J.D. McKissic isn’t much of a true running back as he is more of a receiving down back. He has some value in PPR leagues, where the Lions should be in more passing oriented game scripts, as well as him being a check down option for whoever is under center. He doesn’t have much value in non-PPR leagues, so there is no use there. However, he has posted 16.2 and 11.5 PPR games over the last two weeks.
Brian Hill – Atlanta Falcons
Average Ownership: 1%, FAAB: $1
We don’t know the extent of Devonta Freeman’s ankle injury, but Brian Hill saw 21 touches in the Week 10 win over the Saints. It’o Smith done for the year, which leaves a very thin running back position for Atlanta, which will likely cause them to sign some depth. The workload could be here depending on Freeman’s injury, and he will get Carolina twice in the next four weeks, Tampa Bay, and New Orleans again. Three of those games will be at home, and the Carolina matchups are a plus given they rank dead last against the run.
DeVante Parker – Miami Dolphins
Average Ownership: 42%, FAAB: $5
DeVante Parker has had a tough career, but things are starting to look up for him. His health seems to be in check, and he is getting consistent targets of late. He saw ten targets in Week 10 against the Colts, and his ownership jumped about 35% from last week. I would expect it to take another jump this week. He has 34 targets over the last four games, and has six straight games with double-digit fantasy points in PPR scoring.
James Washington – Pittsburgh Steelers
Average Ownership: 19%, FAAB: $2
James Washington is coming off another strong game, and overall this Steelers team has been grinding out games. While the offense is still below average in fantasy production, Washington has produced decent games the last two weeks. He has 17 targets since the bye week (3 games), and has produced 3.1, 10.9, and 19 PPR point games. He will face Cleveland twice over the next two weeks, alongside Cincinnati and Arizona.
Allen Lazard – Green Bay Packers
Average Ownership: 4%, FAAB: $1
Allen Lazard is moving up the pecking order for Green Bay wide receiver, and he has 24 targets over the last five games. Lazard is a deep league add at this point, with a favorable schedule in the fantasy playoffs. His snaps have been on the rise since Week 6, and while the targets are not crazy high, he is hauling in mostly everything with over an 80% catch rate.
Darius Slayton – New York Giants
Average Ownership: 12%, FAAB: $1
The big week in Week 10 will bring in some ownership, but possibly not as much given he is on bye this upcoming week. Sterling Shepard being off the field gives Darius Slayton plenty of value, but that all goes away if he comes back. He was ready for a return this week, but had a setback. Shepard has dealt with concussions before, and going back into protocol is scary. Slayton is a big play threat with a low weekly floor.
Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals
Average Ownership: 10%, FAAB: $1
Tyler Eifert was on my radar before the bye week, as he played his highest amount of snaps all season, and saw nine targets. I was curious to see what his follow up would be, especially with a quarterback change. He played just 31% of the team’s snaps, and had four targets for a 2-20-1 line. With the position being thin already, and possibly losing Austin Hooper to injury, Eifert is a worthy name to pick up now that he is seeing steady time on the field.
Eric Ebron – Indianapolis Colts
Average Ownership: 47%, FAAB: $2
After voicing his frustration with his role in the offense, Eric Ebron saw 12 targets. While there are also some notes to factor in as T.Y. Hilton and Parris Campbell were both out, but also Brian Hoyer was under center. He caught five balls for 56 yards, so it wasn’t the most efficient game for him, but the volume was there. Ebron has flirted with fantasy relevance most of the year, and here we are buying back in. Jack Doyle has also posted three straight 10+ PPR point games, but has still had limited targets, with 13 in the last three games.
Other Notable Pickups
- Kirk Cousins, QB, 59%
- Nick Foles, QB, 9%
- Duke Johnson, RB, 60%
- Derrius Guice, RB, 38%
- Alexander Mattison, RB, 20%
- Zach Pascal, WR, 40%
- Kenny Stills, WR, 36%
- Cole Beasley, WR, 26%
- Auden Tate, WR, 22%
- Jack Doyle, TE, 45%
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