That miraculous catch by DeAndre Hopkins perfectly illustrated last Sunday, it was a great week for wide receivers, including waiver wire ones. Hopkins may have rostered 99.9% of leagues, but several players had breakout games that are not so renowned. The following is a list of wide receiver waiver wire pickups for week 11.
Los Angeles Rams | 3.4% Rostered
The Los Angeles Rams are coming off a divisional win the Seattle Seahawks in large part due to the efforts of Josh Reynolds. The wide receiver recorded 8 receptions for 94 yards. This is now the third consecutive game that quarterback Jared Goff has looked to get Reynolds the ball at least 8 times, and sixth game in a row in which Gared threw the ball to him at least 4 times. His target share is chunky, and it’s only increasing. In 4 of the last 5 games Josh Reynolds has now surpassed double-digit fantasy points. For someone only rostered in less than 4% of leagues, he needs to be on every fantasy player’s radar.
The Rams travel to Tampa Bay next weekend to play a team that many consider having a strong defense. Drew Brees and the Saints, however, ran up the scoreboard on them with 38 points just a couple of games ago. It is fair to say they are inconsistent, especially in the secondary. Reynolds is startable in the flex without other options week 11.
New England Patriots | 23.2% Rostered
Although my headline is about Reynolds, it could just as easily have been about this Patriots receiver. Jakob Meyers has been on an absolute tear in New England. Bill Belicheck must have remembered Meyers was a high school quarterback when he drew up a playcall that allowed the wide receiver to throw a touchdown pass to Rex Burkhead. It was a beautiful throw, too, you can watch it here: (https://youtu.be/cjJoN-Mvyds).
The receiver has recorded double-digit fantasy points in four consecutive games, including a 12 reception, 169 yard performance that tallied to 26.9 fantasy points. Before that timespan, he was sidelined with an injury since week 3 where very early in the season he made little impact. Going forward, however, he seems like a fair play in fantasy. Since he’s already rostered in almost a quarter of leagues, you should probably look to add this fantasy stud right away.
Miami Dolphins | 1.6% Rostered
Jakeem Grant just caught his first touchdown pass of the season in the Dolphins win over the Chargers. Grant has not been a fantasy superstar this year, averaging around 6 fantasy points per game. He has, however, been on an uptick lately. In week 8 he brought in a punt return for a touchdown, week 9 reeled in 4 catches, and week 10 brought in a receiving score. He has been good, not great, but enough to enter fantasy relevancy.
Jakeem Grant should definitely be left for a deeper league, but at only 1.6%, he is up for grabs everywhere. If you’re really struggling in fantasy in a 12 team league, look for Grant (especially for half-ppr or non-ppr).
New York Jets | 12.6% Rostered
Perriman is coming off a bye week, so I didn’t write about him as a WR pickup in my last weekend’s list. In week 9, however, the receiver tallied 5 receptions for 101 yards and 2 touchdowns. It was a breakout game for a player that was fantasy irrelevant all season. This Jets team has needed a spark and they found it with Breshard Perriman. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to beat the Patriots, falling just short in a 3 point loss, but it may be enough for them going forward and for Adam Gase to play-call around him.
There is not much particularly special about this Chargers’ defense, so it could be an opening for Perriman to have back-to-back great games. The Jets will likely find themselves behind in this game, facing a really talented rookie quarterback in Justin Herbert, so New York might be pass-heavy. Perriman is a good roster addition for week 11.
Green Bay Packers | 10.1% Rostered
I’m okay with this pick-up, but I sincerely do not love it. There is a reason I left him for my last player in this list. He is likely to go soaring in percent rostered after having the best outing week 10 of any wide receiver, but he is just too inconsistent for me. He has gone four games with 2 catches or less, including a week 7 performance in which he had 0. In 6 of his 9 total games, he has either score more than 15 or less than 4 points. That results into fair statistical averages, but it doesn’t result in winning fantasy games, (at least not every week). I know he has put together back-to-back good games, (for the first time all season), but it’s not enough for me to think he’s a great pick-up.
Valdez-Scantling is a mid to low tier pick up in my view. He is certainly fun to play with and entertaining to watch if he’s on your fantasy team because he’s such a dice roll, but for competitive money-pool leagues, he’s a mess. If you have him on your team, sell high and get a good running back. If he’s on the waiver wire, pick him up and drop a kicker or someone bad on the bench. Trade him, handcuff Davante Adams, do anything but start him. The risk is not worth the reward.