2021 Season: A Week Too Early Waiver Wire: Week 10 Moves for Week 11

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Malcolm McMillan (@McLateralFF)
The Lateral Editor

Always check your work.

Seriously, I was so excited as I was writing this article. I was checking my picks against the finishes for Week 9 and I was getting hyped. Picking point-per-reception (PPR) TE1 Pat Freiermuth and K1 Chris Boswell? What a win.

Then I double-checked. I was looking at the wrong week. Oops.

Well, the good news is if you picked up the Week 9 players I suggested you picked up for Week 10 (this week), then you had some good players to choose from. Unfortunately, if you picked up the players I suggested for in Week 8 for Week 9, things did not nearly go as well. The lone success was Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman. Minnesota Vikings tight end Tyler Conklin and the Las Vegas Raiders defense/special teams (DST) unit barely missed the cut-off, and Tennessee Titans kicker Randy Bullock played really well, but unfortunately for fantasy football purposes, he may as well have not bothered to show up.

Regardless, it is on to the next one. Let us get into some moves fantasy football managers can make right now for their Week 11 matchups.

Note: All finishes are per FantasyData, and injuries are always a push.

A Week Too Early Waiver Wire: Week 10 Moves for Week 11

Bye Weeks: Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Rams

Week 9 Successes: PPR WR33 Rashod Bateman (Baltimore Ravens)

Week 9 Failures: PPR TE15 Tyler Conklin (Minnesota Vikings), DST16 Las Vegas Raiders, K25 Randy Bullock (Tennessee Titans)

Week 9 Pushes: Injured QB Tua Tagovailoa (Miami Dolphins), Injured RB Latavius Murray (Baltimore Ravens)

Record: 14-32-5


Key Matchup: New England Patriots at Atlanta Falcons (8:20 pm ET Thursday)

Who to add: Mac Jones (New England Patriots) [14% ESPN/28% Yahoo]

The Atlanta Falcons defense allows a ton of passing touchdowns and does not create turnovers. Which is exactly what the doctor ordered for Mac Jones. The real galaxy-brain move is to try and guess what quarterback will start for the Carolina Panthers in a revenge game against Ron Rivera's Washington Football Team, but Jones has nearly as enticing a matchup. Just pick him up instead.

Running Back (PPR)

Key Matchup: New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles (1 pm ET Sunday)

Who to add: Mark Ingram II (New Orleans Saints) [25% ESPN/44% Yahoo]

This was as much a process of elimination exercise as it was anything else. The Baltimore Ravens have a great matchup against the Chicago Bears but (presumed) starting running back Latavius Murray should be back by Week 11. That muddies the waters too much to choose him or Devonta Freeman. Ty Johnson has been producing for the New York Jets recently, but his results have been highly touchdown-dependent. Despite a good matchup against the Miami Dolphins, his workload is too low to be reliable.

Mark Ingram II though? He is now back in the New Orleans Saints offense, a very familiar role for him. His workload has increased week-over-week since arriving in New Orleans in Week 8. Ingram sees work in both the passing and rushing phases of the offense, and his role should not disappear. It could even increase if Alvin Kamara misses time with a knee injury. If all that is not enough to choose Ingram, his matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 11 is a good fantasy football matchup for running backs, on the ground and in the air.

Wide Receiver (PPR)

Key Matchups: Baltimore Ravens at Chicago Bears (1 pm ET Sunday)

Who to add: Rashod Bateman (Baltimore Ravens) [29% ESPN/47% Yahoo]

What will it take for fantasy football managers to pick up Rashod Bateman? The rookie wide receiver has seen at least six targets in every game he has played this season. He has scored double-digit PPR fantasy football points in each of his past two games. What is not to like? Against a Chicago Bears defense that is one of the best fantasy football matchups for opposing wide-receivers, expect Bateman to have a top-36 finish at the wide receiver position in PPR fantasy football leagues.

Tight End (PPR)

Key Matchup: Baltimore Ravens at Chicago Bears (1 pm ET Sunday)

Who to add: Cole Kmet (Chicago Bears) [12% ESPN/19% Yahoo]

Thankfully, enough people now roster Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth that I am not able to recommend him here. I can, however, recommend second-year Chicago Bears tight end Cole Kmet, who is finally establishing a major role in the Bears offense. In fact, Kmet led all Bears in targets in Week 9 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Kmet and rookie quarterback Justin Fields seem to be developing a connection, and as Fields improves that connection will pay dividends for fantasy football managers that invest in Kmet. The Baltimore Ravens are an excellent fantasy football matchup for opposing tight ends, and Kmet seems primed to continue that trend in Week 11.

Defense/Special Teams (DST)

Key Matchup: Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans (1 pm ET Sunday)

Who to add: Tennessee Titans DST [34.9 ESPN/51% Yahoo]

The Tennessee Titans DST has been good for fantasy football managers over the past three weeks. Really good. So the fact that they are not rostered in over 50% of ESPN fantasy football leagues merited their inclusion here despite being just over that number in Yahoo fantasy football leagues. Especially since there is not a better fantasy football matchup for DST units than the Houston Texans, who the Titans play in Week 11.

Titan up.


Key Matchup: Detroit Lions at Cleveland Browns (1 pm ET Sunday)

Who to add: Chase McLaughlin (Cleveland Browns) [19% ESPN/19% Yahoo]

Chase McLaughlin has been quietly solid this season. He is top-12 at the kicker position through nine weeks and has been accurate when called upon. Plus, he has been solid from 50+ yards out. The leg, combined with the accuracy, and an incredible fantasy football matchup against the Detroit Lions in Week 11 all point to a kicker that fantasy football managers can start.

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