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Fantasy Football: Week 11 Waiver Wire

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Fantasy Football: Week 11 Waiver Wire

The free agent pool provided help across the board for much of the 2015 Fantasy Football season with the likes of Derek Carr, DeAngelo Williams, Stefon Diggs and Gary Barnidge suddenly turning into producers. For Week 11, we've hit something of a drought. All leagues come in different shapes and sizes and therefore opinions may vary, but generally speaking there aren't many MUST GET players available outside of Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola or Redskins running back Matt Jones. However, this particular bye week hurts many with the Saints, Giants and Steelers watching. Yes, the Browns are also off this week, but only Barnidge owners might notice. Factor in the playoff push and the always stylish angle of adding depth, the weekly Waiver Wire examination remains crucial.

Running backs

  1. Matt Jones
  2. Shaun Draughn
  3. Jay Ajayi
  4. Theo Riddick
  5. David Cobb

Others: James White, Thomas Rawls Chris Thompson

Notes: Not sure why so many bailed on Jones seeing as he was receiving the most work among Redskins running backs. Granted, that didn't lead to tons of production, but we've seen the potential and last week against the Saints that potential turned into reality. Jones was a top 20 RB option going into Week 10. Don't expect as much from i Week 11 against the Panthers, but he's the best bet for touches followed by Thompson. ...Carlos Hyde remains uncertain for Week 11, which potentially puts Draughn into the starting lineup. The matchup against Seattle is the pits, but siding with the person getting the touches is a viable strategy in general and certainly when in need. ...Ajayi rushed for 89 yards on 11 carries over the last two games. It's just had seeing how the rookie gets much more work with Lamar Miller ahead of him. However, this could be a rn-heavy week for the Dolphins against a Cowboys defense allowing the third most points to fantasy runners.

Handcuffs: Tevin Coleman, Thomas Rawls, Jay Ajayi, Charles Sims, Jordan Todman and Ahmad Bradshaw are must-adds for those owning their corresponding lead runner.

RELATED: Does Redskins TE Jordan Reed deserve a Pro Bowl berth?

Wide Receivers

  1. Danny Amendola
  2. Michael Floyd
  3. Kamar Aiken
  4. Jamison Crowder
  5. Nate Washington

Others: Dorial Green-Beckham, Terrance Williams, Ted Ginn, Chris Givens

Notes: Don't assume Amendola immediately starts churning out Julian Edelman-like stats, but you can believe he'll inherit Edelman's slot role until further notice. Offers WR2 potential in PPR formats and possibly standard as well. Brandon LaFell might be the biggest beneficiary of Edelman's injury. ...That's now five touchdowns in four weeks and back-to-back games with over 100 yards for Floyd. Slight bummer here involves a hamstring injury suffered Sunday night. Can always grab for depth and then check for updates later in the week. Stash if nothing else. ...Aiken received a whopping 14 targets in Week 10. That's tremendous, though he only turned those looks into seven receptions for 73 yards while Givens found the end zone. Aiken looks like a WR3 going forward while Givens offers boom-or-bust potential. 

Tight ends

  1. Eric Ebron
  2. Crockett Gillmore
  3. Zach Ertz
  4. Charles Clay
  5. Richard Rodgers

Others: Clive Walford, Zach Miller

Notes: Ebron is this week's luck winner who gets to face a Raiders defense that has allowed a league-high 10 touchdown passes to tight ends. Easily the best option and offers more upside than just a pure streaming play. ...Of the next four on this list, PPR owners should gravitate toward Ertz followed by Clay. Gillmore and Rodgers are better bets to find the end zone, though the Ravens face a Rams defense that has allowed only three touchdowns to tight ends all season.

Quarterbacks (Week 11 specific)

  1. Blake Bortles (v. Titans)
  2. Derek Carr (at Lions)
  3. Matthew Stafford
  4. Mark Sanchez

Notes: Bortles didn't take full advantage of the Week 10 matchup against the Ravens, but did extended his streak to five straight games with at least two touchdown passes. Tennessee allowing eighth most point to fantasy QBs this season and six TDP over last three games. ...Quarterbacks have thrown for at least 316 yards in three of the last four games against the Lions. Carr has the weapons to keep that run going. Besides, who doesn't like a guy named Carr in Detroit? ...Amazing that Stafford has only topped 300 yards once this season. Hunch says number two happens Sunday against a Raiders secondary that deploys David Amerson. ...Kirk Cousins didn't make this list because of the Panthers defense. Certainly add the Redskins starter as a possible rotation option going forward.

Defenses (Week 11 specific)

  1. Eagles (v. Bucs)
  2. Texans (v. Jets) 
  3. Chiefs (at Chargers)
  4. Jaguars (v. Titans)

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As money skyrockets, don't expect Kirk Cousins to give discounts on open market

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As money skyrockets, don't expect Kirk Cousins to give discounts on open market

Kirk Cousins repeatedly said his free agent decision will not be just about money. Be clear, however, that money will be a huge factor in this decision. 

After the Redskins traded with Kansas City to acquire Alex Smith before the Super Bowl, it became obvious Washington will move on from Cousins. Whether that means the quarterback simply walks away in free agency or the organization attempts a highly risky tag-and-trade scenario, regardless, Cousins will throw footballs for another franchise in 2018.

Cousins wants to choose where he will play via free agency, and might even file a grievance if the Redskins do deploy a third franchise tag to control his rights.

Assuming Cousins hits free agency, a new report out of New York suggests the Jets will pay "whatever it takes" to land the passer. That could even include a fully guaranteed contract, and will certainly get close to a $30 million a year price tag. 

A notion exists too that Cousins might take less to go to a winner, and many think that could be the Broncos. Denver won five games in 2017, same as the Jets, though the Broncos have a strong defense and have been getting particularly awful QB play. 

The important thing to remember for curious Redskins fans watching the Cousins saga unfold: Don't expect much, if any, discount. 

The quarterback himself made that clear. 

"There’s other quarterbacks that come after you and it would be almost a selfish move to hurt future quarterbacks who get in a position to have a contract," Cousins said last year on 106.7 the Fan.

The quotes came after the 2016 season but before the Redskins again used a franchise tag with Cousins for the 2017 season. Washington wanted to attempt a long-term deal with Cousins at that point, though the quarterback decided to not negotiate and instead play on the tag.

The point remains that Cousins, and his representatives, believe the quarterback has a duty to other players to maximize his earnings. 

"If you don’t take a deal that’s fair to you, then you’re also taking a deal that’s not fair to them and you’re setting them back as well. So there’s different reasons. You just do the best you can."

If he hits free agency, Cousins will likely sign the richest contract in NFL history. Those opportunities don't come around often, and the quarterback should take full advantage. 

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Need to Know: Could Ty Nsekhe be the Redskins' answer at left guard?

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Need to Know: Could Ty Nsekhe be the Redskins' answer at left guard?

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, February 19, 23 days before NFL free agency starts.

Monday musings

—One possible solution to the left guard spot is perhaps being overlooked. Ty Nsekhe played there some last year, starting the game in Dallas and playing there until Morgan Moses got injured, forcing him to move to right tackle. Nsekhe is slated to be a restricted free agent but his return is likely. In December I asked Jay Gruden if Nsekhe might move to guard in 2018. “I think Ty is a big man and a very good tackle, but in the offseason when we have more time, maybe we can feature him at some guard when we’ve got all our guys back,” he said. “Feature him some” doesn’t mean that they will make him a starter; perhaps they want him to be the top option to fill in at four of the five OL positions. But it’s something to keep an eye on if they don’t land a left guard solution in free agency or the draft.

—When I posted about Albert Breer’s report that Kirk Cousins would file a grievance if the Redskins put the franchise tag on him in an effort to trade him, I pulled up a copy of the CBA to see the language on which Cousins could base his case. I read through the Article 10, which deals with the franchise tag twice and I saw nothing of it. But Mike Florio found it in Article 4, the one that deals with player contracts. “A Club extending a Required Tender must, for so long as that Tender is extended, have a good faith intention to employ the player receiving the Tender at the Tender compensation level during the upcoming season.” Since the Redskins clearly have no intention of employing Cousins after the Alex Smith trade, this seems to be a fairly simple case. In reality, it never is.

—I tweeted this last week:

However, possible cap casualties from other teams are not included in that group. That won’t turn the pool of players who will become available to sign into a bunch of potential franchise changers. Still, there could be a number of players in whom the Redskins could be interested in like RB DeMarco Murray, WRs Emmanuel Sanders and Torrey Smith, edge rusher Elvis Dumervil, and DL Brandon Mebane. A plus to signing players who have been waived is that they don’t count in the formula that determines compensatory draft picks. The Redskins have never really paid attention to that in the past but with potential high comp picks at stake if they lose both Kirk Cousins and Bashaud Breeland, this could be a good year to start.

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Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 10
—NFL Draft (4/26) 66
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 202

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