Week 11 saw the Taysom Hill experience take over in New Orleans instead of the first-reported Jameis Winston. Star rookie quarterback Joe Burrow also tore multiple ligaments in his knee, which will sideline him for the year. The other big name injury that we need to monitor after week 11 is Julio Jones, as he left the game early once again after re-aggravating his hamstring. Aside from Burrow and Jones, though, there weren’t any major injuries to speak of.
PPR waiver wire targets
- Michael Pittman (IND WR) – Pittman was my top rated add last week and that hasn’t changed, as he is still available in most leagues. Pittman only saw 3 targets in week 11, thanks to a tougher matchup against Green Bay’s solid cornerbacks. The next few weeks are the complete opposite for Pittman, who gets Tennessee, Houston (twice) and the Raiders in his next 4 games. Pittman is a great add for immediate wide receiver help.
- Gus Edwards – (BAL RB) – Speaking of great adds for wide receiver help, Gus Edwards steps in for Mark Ingram and JK Dobbins, both of whom have been placed on the COVID reserve list. Yes, the Steelers have allowed among the fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs this year, but the rushing attacks they’ve faced have not been great. Miles Sanders – one of the few good running backs to play against Pittsburgh – was able to go for 80 yards on only 11 carries. Just a couple weeks ago, the Ravens ran for a whopping 265 yards on 47 attempts against the Steelers. Two weeks back, the uninspiring Cincinnati running backs racked up 139 yards on 21 carries when facing Pittsburgh. The Ravens do not want to throw the ball a ton, and even if they do, Gus will still be involved in the pass game.
- James White – (NE RB) – With Rex Burkhead likely out for the year, 25 receptions are vacated for the Patriots from the running back position. The other two running backs that New England will turn to – Damien Harris and Sony Michel – are not pass catching running backs. James White is going to handle almost every pass situation from the backfield for this team moving forward and he is a priority add in PPR leagues.
- Nelson Agholor (LV WR) – Nelson Agholor continues to smash with the Raiders despite his lack of positive results the last few years with the Eagles. He has had success this year on limited volume and the opposing pass defenses he faces the next four weeks should allow that efficiency to continue. Up next for the Raiders’ passing attack are the Falcons, Jets, Colts and Chargers. Each team outside of the Jets also has a good offense that can force the Las Vegas pass attack into more volume like the Chiefs did in week 11.
- Jordan Akins (HOU TE) – I guarantee you will see a lot of waiver-wire articles telling you to pick up Keke Coutee with Randall Cobb slated to miss time. Coutee has had multiple chances in this offense already and has disappointed each time he was asked to step up. I think the biggest beneficiary of this injury is Jordan Akins, the Texans’ pass catching tight end who missed a few games due to injury. After the Cobb injury, Akins ended with the 2nd most targets for himself this year (6) and was able to turn them into 5 catches for 83 yards. Akins also has 4 red zone targets in his 7 games played. Cobb vacates 7 red zone targets, the third most on the team, which could mean another boost for Akins in that facet of the game.
Non-PPR waiver wire targets
As we know, touchdowns are much more valuable in non-PPR leagues, and the high volume pass catchers are much less valuable. This fact will change around some of the rankings for our waiver wire targets. This week’s non-PPR adds are going to be the same as the PPR adds due to injuries around the league. However, some guys get a slight boost or downgrade due to reliance on pass catching or TDs.
- Michael Pittman (IND WR) – Pittman is a big-bodied receiver who has 5 red zone targets in his 7 games played. He is becoming the most utilized wide receiver for the Colts and he boasts a favorable upcoming schedule.
- Gus Edwards (BAL RB) – Expect Edwards to handle any goal line touches over Justice Hill while Ingram and Dobbins are out. Gus already led the Ravens’ running backs in red zone rush attempts with 13 and now he doesn’t have to share the other attempts with Ingram (11) and Dobbins (11).
- Nelson Agholor (LV WR) – Surprisingly, Agholor is 2nd on the team in red zone targets with 8, behind only Darren Waller who has 18. In the first few weeks, it looked like Agholor was going to have to rely on deep receptions to score touchdowns, but he appears to have carved out more of a role near the red zone.
- Jordan Akins (HOU TE) – Akins slides up in non-PPR rankings as I think we’ll see a spike in his already present red zone usage. He has 4 so far in 7 games played this year and, with Cobb’s 7 red zone targets out, Akins’ should go up.
- James White (NE RB) – If we merge James White and Rex Burkhead into one player, they combine for 10 red zone targets, which would lead the Patriots. The next closest player would be Julian Edelman (9), who is injured. We also need to factor in that Burkhead led all New England running backs in red zone rush attempts with 14, which should be spread out among the remaining running backs now.
Top streaming QB options
- Taysom Hill (NOR) – Now that we know who is going to be the Saints starting QB with Brees out, Taysom Hill is arguably the hottest add of the week. Hill will no longer have tight end eligibility on ESPN, which he shouldn’t have had in the first place. He will be added in most leagues, so if you are in desperate need of a QB this week and moving forward, you are going to have to spend a high priority claim or good amount of your free agent acquisition budget on him. He showed in week 11 why he is such a useful asset for fantasy football when given a large role, and that is through using his legs. Hill rushed for 2 TDs and added 51 rushing yards. His upcoming schedule is favorable too, facing Denver, Atlanta again, Philly, and Kansas City.
- Derek Carr (LV) – Derek Carr has thrown multiple TDs in all but 3 games this year. In week 12, he gets one of the most favorable matchups he will have all season against Atlanta. The Falcons have allowed the 2nd most passing yards, the 2nd most passing TDs and the most fantasy points to opposing QBs in 2020.
Top streaming defense options
- Green Bay Packers defense – The Packers’ defense is the top streamer this week for one reason, and that is the possibility that neither Nick Foles or Mitch Trubisky gets the start for Chicago due to injuries. There is a good chance that Tyler Bray ends up starting this game, and he has thrown only 6 passes in his 6 year career. The Bears’ offense has been horrible even with their normal quarterbacks under center and this would make an awful offense even worse.
- New York Giants defense – The Giants’ defense gets a boost this week as well by facing a backup QB. Joe Burrow is out for the year from his nasty injury last week and Ryan Finley is slated to take over. The Giants’ defense has not been bad this season, with 2+ sacks in every single game and a forced turnover in all but two games. This is a sneaky good spot for this playmaking defense.