NFL Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

NFL Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

Ryan Knuppel
3 years ago
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NFL Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

We are getting closer and closer to the playoffs, and there is still a lot of value listed on the waiver wire in most fantasy football leagues.

This week, the Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Rams are both on bye, so that means managers with Cooper Kupp, Van Jefferson, Matthew Stafford, Javonte Williams, Tim Patrick, and Jerry Jeudy are all going to be looking for replacements.

Today, we will highlight three players that are worth snagging for your roster and being a solid option.

D’Ernest Johnson (RB, Cleveland Browns)

The Cleveland Browns were not very threatening against the New England Patriots last week but running back D’Ernest Johnson had a great game in a spot start for the Browns.

In the Week 10 games, he finished with 19 rushes for 99 yards (5.2 yards per attempt) and seven receptions for 58 yards (8.3 yards per catch). He is a solid option, even with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt expected to be active as Cleveland can give him key rushes.

Plus, you can keep Johnson on the bench as you never can have too much depth ready to go on the bench. Cleveland takes on the Detroit Lions next week, and Detroit is allowing 135.7 rushing yards per game, so this could be one of the better matchups for a running back to attack.

Austin Hooper (TE, Cleveland Browns)

The tight end position is such a volatile position, but I really like Austin Hooper as a spot start this week.

According to Fantasy Pros, Hooper is only rostered in 22.3 percent of leagues and provides a red zone threat. He finished last week against New England with four catches on five targets for 25 yards and a touchdown, but he was targeted in the end zone.

Baker Mayfield has been targeting the tight ends on the roster more since the release of Odell Beckham Jr, so this gives me hope despite having to battle against David Njoku and Harrison Bryant.

This is not a long-term play but if you have a tight end that is not playing well and want a dart throw here, Austin Hooper going up against the Detroit Lions this week seems like one I would love to snag.

Cam Newton (QB, Carolina Panthers)

The return of Cam Newton to the Carolina Panthers was incredible to see as he appeared sporadically in last week’s game against the Arizona Cardinals and finished going 3-of-4 for eight passing yards with a touchdown as well as three rushes for 14 yards with a touchdown run as well.

The Panthers are expected to make Newton the starter this week against his old head coach Ron Rivera and the Washington Football Team. He looked solid in short spurts, and this Washington defense will be without phenom Chase Young on the defensive line after tearing his ACL on Sunday.

Newton has proven to still have magic as he was effective with his arm and his legs in his homecoming and could end up being a solid QB1 option this week as well.

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