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Waiver Wire Week Eleven: The Rookies Have Arrived

Fantasy football is about adapting to change and creating the best possible team through trading, waiver wire pickups, and starting the right guys at the right time. I am a massive proponent of using the waiver wire in a way that gives your team the ability to improve without sacrificing your best players in a big trade. Through the year, after every single week I will be telling you, by position, the players I feel deserve to be picked up on your rosters. The way I judge a player to be on “waivers” is based on the percentage in which they are available across every ESPN league. In order to be considered on the waiver wire, the player must have a 50% or less ownership percentage according to ESPN data. I will be striving to find the most unique values that will offer you an advantage over your opponents who may not even know that player exists. So strap in and get ready for your team to get better.

Running Backs:

Rachaad White (24% owned):

It finally happened. White took the backfield away from Fournette and didn’t look back. Aside from one of the best stiff arms of the season, White had 22 carries for 105 yards. He’s going into the bye week which can make him someone that people miss on the waiver wire but for White I think it is best case scenario and it could allow him to come out of the bye with a full workload of 10-15 touches a game which would make him very fantasy relevant. At this point in the season, he is a must pick up and you cannot allow your league mates to snag him. He has a legitimate case to be a league winner if everything works out the way it should.

Jaylen Warren (12% owned):

Despite Najee Harris having 20 total touches, Jaylen Warren still managed to have 12 touches himself for 87 total yards. Nine rush attempts is very respectable and he was actually the second leading receiver in terms of yardage on the Steelers this past week. Warren has good potential to reach about ten points per game if he can maintain this pass catching role. He might not win you a week but with injuries and bye weeks happening all the time, he represents a very respectable option for your fantasy squad’s flex spot.

Isiah Pacheco (23% owned): Another rookie running back that people have been waiting to erupt finally broke out as well. Pacheco had 16 rush attempts for 82 yards, good for 5.1 yards per carry. A lack of receptions and a fumble hurt his overall total, however any running back who is receiving 15+ touches is someone who must be rostered everywhere. The Chiefs play the Chargers defense this week who has struggled to stop anyone. I would be relatively confident in starting him in my flex spot this week.

Wide Receivers:

Christian Watson (6% owned):

Well it seems like the Packers may have found their Davante Adams replacement. Watson had four catches for 107 yards and THREE touchdowns this past week against the Cowboys. He was Aaron Rodgers’ go to guy down the stretch and he was unbelievable. The Packers still really have nobody good at wide receiver and if Watson can simply catch the ball his 4.3 speed and 6’4 height will carry him to the top of the league. He could be a league winner as well given how his quarterback is Rodgers and his athleticism is otherworldly.

Kadarius Toney (23% owned):

Toney has arrived. He had six total touches for 90 total yards and a touchdown in just his second game as a Chief. We all know how electric Toney can be after the catch and this offense is one that knows how to get the best out of its wide receivers. Toney’s issues have seemed to stem from off the field stuff and not lack of talent, so if Reid can keep Toney in check I really do think he can be an elite wide receiver in this option. He needs to be picked up on every roster. This is not Mecole Hardman or Marquez Valdes-Scanting, Toney is a great wide receiver when healthy and I think Patrick Mahomes can make him elite.

Treylon Burks (24% owned):

Through his short career thus far, Burks has not been anything you would call special, but he is still the best wide receiver for this Titans team desperately lacking production at the position. Burks is fully healthy now and I think is due for a breakout game. Pick him up and stash him for a game or two if possible to try and capitalize on what could be a very impactful wide receiver in this struggling offense.

Tight Ends:

Cole Kmet (39% owned):

Through the first seven weeks of the season, Kmet had not caught a single touchdown. Over the last three weeks he has five touchdowns. It is not a coincidence that since Justin Fields’ breakout a couple of games ago Kmet’s production has begun to pick up quite a bit. I think Kmet is a TE1 from here on out with the way Fields is playing and absolutely needs to be rostered if only to prevent your league mates from getting a top tier fantasy tight end.



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