Depending on your league size there are somewhere around 4 to 5 weeks left in fantasy football prior to the playoffs and having waiver priority or FAAB leftover is important! We’re now entering the territory where you can look ahead to gain any possible edge. Where this could be possible is at a position you’re streaming. If you hate the matchup this week, no problem! Throw them on your bench so you can spend your waiver pick or FAAB on something else.
There might be some of you reading this thinking “If I can just win out all of my games”, which is ironic because it would double the amount of wins you have right now. To make that happen, we need to hit the waiver wire one week at a time, starting with week 11!
AJ Dillon, GB:
AJ Dillon might be the biggest remaining running back currently on the field. He is 247 pounds and now has a full head of steam and extra carries coming his way. Fellow Packer running back Aaron Jones suffered an MCL sprain and will miss 1-2 weeks. I would like to emphasize that Dillion getting touches as the backup is not quite the same as most other backup running backs. Dillion was taken with very high draft capital, he is a talented back, and playing in a great offense.
Dillion should be started in all formats if you have the opportunity to pick him up. He ended up with 21 carries for 66 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Through the air, he also caught two passes off two targets for 62 yards. Regardless of the results, Dillion got 23 total touches and he didn’t even start the game. Granted the game script was in his favor, but 20+ touches for Dillion seems like a lock this week.
Rhamondre Stevenson, NE:
With Damien Harris sidelined this week, Rhamondre Stevenson took full advantage of the Cleveland Browns getting 20 carries for 100 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. He also had 4 catches off 5 targets for 14 yards through the air. He did only play on 57 percent of the snaps, but the Patriots were up so much, the starters were not needed very late in this game. Even if he does not keep this role when other running backs are healthy, this should be all the Patriots need to see to keep him involved in this offense moving forward.
If the passing game to the runningbacks is not being thrown Brandon Bolden’s way, Stevenson has shown he can more effective than Harris and should be rostered in all formats. In a physical game such as football, you never know when Stevenson’s name will be called on again to produce.
Jamal Agnew, JAX:
Jamal who? Listen, we are deep into this fantasy season and not every option will be a league-winning move. Jamal Agnew however has seen at least 5 targets in each of his last three games. Last week, Agnew had 5 targets and caught none of them. I understand this is not a compelling argument so far, but he also had 3 carries on the ground for 79 yards and a touchdown. Not many players can catch 0 passes and have a great game at the wide receiver position.
He has taken on the role we were hoping Laviska Shenault would get at the beginning of the season. Agnew is more of a flex play moving forward but is definitely worth a pick-up as a bye-week fill-in or a spot start due to injury. While the ceiling may not be very enticing, he has some safety which is something a fantasy roster needs as well as risk.
Dan Arnold, JAX:
Dan Arnold is nicknamed “The Postman” because he always delivers on Sundays. Now that nickname doesn’t make sense because mail is not delivered on Sundays. It does however still work because Arnold feels like he has taken over the number 1 spot in that offense. In each of his last three games, he has seen no worse than 7 targets, for a total of 24 targets. To put that in perspective, Mark Andrews has only one more target in his last three games. Not all targets are created equal, as the quarterback throwing them, does matter.
However, Arnold is still a touchdown-dependent play as almost all tight ends are. He is worth picking up on your roster as a backup tight end option in case your starter were to miss time for whatever reason. He is a fringe TE1 but is more than likely available in your league.
Tua Tagovailoa, MIA:
Now, why would I advise you to pick up a quarterback with an injury to his hand? That is because head coach Brian Flores has named Tua the starter for Week 11. This upcoming week he gets the Jets who are not very good at football. Tua is obviously not starting over any of your stud quarterbacks, but if you’re looking for a streaming option Tua will be more than serviceable and has shown he can take care of favorable matchups.
Tua in a half of football completed 8 of 13 passes for 158 yards and added in a rushing touchdown for good measure. If you’re in a desperate position for a fill-in at quarterback or you start quarterbacks in your league, Tua has a matchup to take advantage of this upcoming week.