Week 11: Waiver Wire Pickups – Rob Grimwood

What have we learned from week 10? It’s possible that the New Orleans Saints are genuinely a Superbowl contender and also, there is now officially proof that you can be one of the most putrid teams one season and then revert to being a dominant force the next. Well, that is what the Ram’s fans are being treated to at the moment anyway! The same of course, can’t be said for the lowly Cleveland Browns who are now the only team without a win. I guess somethings just do not change! I hope you managed to take advantage of last week’s waiver adds, as you will have found yourself enjoying 37 marvelous PPR points that wide receiver Robert Woods put up this weekend and also 26 from Austin Ekeler who made the honourable mentions in last week’s edition! If you didn’t, take a look who you will find on your waiver wire’s this week to help your team get that all important win in week 11.


Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams. 74.6% Owned

I like to keep my waiver targets to under 60% owned as I want there to be a broad market to aim these pickups at, however, with limited options to be picked up as plug and plays at quarterback i’ve deviated slightly this week. That’s because 2nd year sensation Goff is still only owned in three quarters of leagues which is insane. This guy is the 7th ranked QB in fantasy this season. So what are you waiting for? The sample size is plenty big enough now for you to be convinced by him surely. The former Cal Bear has been insatiable since coming back from his week 8 bye throwing over 300 yards in both games and a combined seven touchdowns. If you are a Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger, Andy Dalton, Eli Manning or Tyrod Taylor owner and Goff is on waivers..you know what to do!


Sleeper Pick

Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars. 15.4% Owned

Hold your nose, here comes some cold water! Since coming into the league in 2014, Bortles has developed a love/hate relationship with fantasy owners. From two seasons ago winning weeks for fantasy owners with all of that glorious garbage time goodness, to last year’s performances being the definition of the word bust. Granted, we are not back to 2015’s form, but the mistakes have certainly been less common probably due to the influence of Leonard Fournette being a key cog to that offence and drawing pass pressure focus away from the quarterback. In his last four games, Bortles has not thrown less than 240 yards and has connected with four td’s. Now I know the touchdown ratio is less than ideal, but with the recent emergence of Marqise Lee and rookie deep-threat Dede Westbrook soon to be added to the active roster, I can only see more opportunities for passing touchdowns coming Jacksonville’s way. The next three games for the Jaguars offer excellent upside for the passing game too, with road games against Cleveland, Arizona and at home against an exploitable Indianapolis secondary. All this means that Bortles could be a sneaky add onto your rosters as the fantasy playoffs draw near.

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Running Back

Jamaal Williams, Green Bay Packer. 2.3% Owned

The Packer’s have certainly had their fair share of injuries this season so far. With Aaron Rodgers down for the season, many people expected the running game to take dominance. It has for the most part, but not necessarily how we’d have expected. Ty Montgomery picked up an injury in week four which gave way to the emergence of surprise rookie Aaron Jones. Since then the Packer’s backfield has become somewhat of  a backfield by committee with everyone healthy. But this week against Chicago both Montgomery and Jones went down with injuries meaning the backfield is all Jamaal Williams’. This was proven on Sunday as he saw 20 carries for 67 yards.

Sleeper Pick

Samaje Perine, Washington Redskins. 6% Owned

Coming out of college where Perine set all kinds of records, the Redskins must have been excited with their fourth round prospect. However with a fumbling issue and lack of confidence, Perine has been somewhat disappointing so far. Especially considering he has had chances with Rob Kelley dealing with injuries all season. He will now get a fresh chance to prove what he has to offer as Kelley will now miss the majority of the regular season with a MCL sprain. If Perine can fathom out some kind of a rhythm and improve on the measly 2.6 yards per carry he currently possesses, he could carry some fantasy relevance heading in to the fantasy playoffs as the only competition comes in the way of change of pace, pass catching back Chris Thompson.

Honourable Mentions:

Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers. 1.9% owned

Danny Woodhead, Baltimore Ravens. 39.4% owned

Dion Lewis, New England Patriots. 37% owned


Wide Receiver

Marqise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars. 42.6% Owned

Even though I am really looking forward to the return of Dede Westbrook, Marqise Lee has established himself as the main target for Bortles this season. Especially with recent news that Allen Hurns left Sundays game in a walking boot, Lee will likely continue seeing the bulk of targets in that pass attack cementing his role as the main receiver. His stat lines have been pretty solid all season too, the only thing lacking was the touchdowns which has been rectified since their week 8 bye where he has since found himself in the endzone in back to back games. With the Browns, Cardinals and Colts on the agenda in the next three weeks, expect Lee to feast.

Sleeper Pick

Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions. 10.8% Owned

The receiver who captured our attention in the off season with his excellent route running is back. He proved it on Sunday against Cleveland too with 64 yards off just two receptions. That is the kind of stat line you will be expecting to see from Golladay going forward too. Whilst Matthew Stafford has two very competent, almost elite possession receivers in Golden Tate and Marvin Jones, Golladay offers that boom potential where he has the ability to create separation and break off a long reception. The next three games aren’t the easiest for the Lions with games against stout defences in Chicago, Minnesota and Baltimore. But whilst those elite DB’s are focused on the two possession guys, don’t be surprised if Golladay sees some open spaces to exploit, especially with an elite QB under centre who will be able to find him.

Honourable Mentions:

Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans. 34.4% owned

Ted Ginn Jr, New Orleans Saints. 66% owned

Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles. 65.1% owned


Tight End

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Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers. 51.3% Owned

Yeah, you read that right, a top five tight end that’s only owned in 51.3% of leagues. You need to go to your waiver wire right now and check to see if Olsen is available. With Kelvin Benjamin out of town, Cam Newton is going to need a target hog. Olsen has been that guy for years and he’s back Week 12 just in time for your fantasy playoffs. This time next week, Olsen will be in high demand, so providing you have a TE to plug in this week, pick him up and stash him

Honourable Mentions:

Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions. 24.6% owned

Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons. 45.5% owned

Tyler Kroft, Cincinnati Bengals. 53.1% owned


Defense/Special Teams

New Orleans Saints. 46.9% Owned

The Saints defence is so underrated. They have dominated the last two weeks against the Bills and Bucs. The last week they didn’t have an interception or fumble recovery? Week 2 versus Tom Brady and the Superbowl champs. Washington in week 11 isn’t the greatest of match-ups with gun slinger Kirk Cousins going against them, but he has given up five INT’s and four fumbles so far this year and don’t forget those running backs like to choke under pressure too.

Cincinnati Bengals . 37.5% Owned

A middle of the road fantasy defence/special teams however with Denver and Cleveland on the horizon, they may well be able to conjure up some decent points for your teams

by Rob Grimwood @FFBritBaller

All ownership % taken from ESPN Fantasy

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