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Fantasy Football: Week 11 Waiver Wire


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)

MORE FOOTBALL: Starting role: Browns name Johnny Manziel full-time starter

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The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting


The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting

The Kerrigan family is about to make a big-time addition to its roster.

Ryan and his wife, Jessica, already have two very, VERY, very, very cute bulldogs in their household. 

But on Tuesday, the two announced in separate Instagram posts that Jessica is 18 weeks pregnant and that a third human Kerrigan will arrive in 2019.

"Can I eat dis sign aftur da picturr iz over?" George the bulldog said when reached for comment on the news.

"How did dey gett such a smawl jerzey for da baby alreddy?" Franklin the other bulldog added.

This is all very wonderful.

Come next March, the world is about to get a little precious-er.


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Adrian Peterson's impressive day vs. the Panthers wasn't exactly supposed to happen

Adrian Peterson's impressive day vs. the Panthers wasn't exactly supposed to happen

When you don't hear from someone you wanted to hear from, you typically follow up.

But on Sunday during the Redskins' 23-17 win over the Panthers, Jay Gruden actually didn't follow up with Adrian Peterson about a plan the two first discussed leading up to kickoff.

Everyone associated with burgundy and gold should be OK with that, however, after seeing how things played out.

During his weekly, exclusive interview with JP Finlay on the Redskins Talk podcast, Gruden explained how Peterson's injury situation almost prevented the running back from posting his crucial 17-carry, 97-yard stat line. 

"I talked to him before the game, had a sit-down with him," the head coach said. "I told him I was probably only gonna use him on short-yardage and goal line if that, you know? Because I want him to heal, we have a long season ahead of us." 

Heading into Week 6, Peterson was dealing with shoulder, ankle and knee issues. Plus, he's 33 years old at a position where that number is way more common on a player's jersey than in his bio under "age."

So, Gruden's concern made some sense, especially considering how necessary a productive Peterson has been to the 'Skins' success in 2018. Problem is, the two never connected again, so the coach's pitch count was never executed.

"He says, 'Oh, just let me go early, I'll let you know how I'm doing,'" Gruden recalled. "We let him go early and I never heard from him so I just kept him in there. He played great. He's a pro, he's a stud."

For those of you now wondering if this means you should start ignoring emails from your boss or not text your buddy back and still expect success, let's not get too carried away here. In this instance, a lack of communication worked for the future Hall of Famer, but that doesn't mean it's going to work for you.