The NFL is headed into the final game of Week 10, with a Monday Night Football matchup pitting division rivals the Seattle Seahawks against the undefeated San Francisco 49ers. We’ll keep an eye on that game to see what possible waiver wire wonders might emerge, but until then, let’s take a look at the best waiver options going into Week 11.
The fantasy playoffs loom, so If you’re anywhere in the mix in your leagues, be sure to prepare your team for the last two weeks of byes, with four each in Week 11 and 12.
With that in mind, here are ten of the best players available in at least 50 percent of fantasy leagues, per ESPN ownership rates.
Brian Hill, RB, Atlanta Falcons (.3 percent)
Hill rushed twenty times for 61 yards and caught one pass for a 10-yard touchdown with Devonta Freeman leaving the game at halftime with a foot injury. If Freeman is good to go next week, Hill doesn’t need to be rostered in most leagues, but with the Panthers’ awful run defense on the horizon, Hill is a must-add if Freeman looks like he might miss Week 11.
Darius Slayton, WR, New York Giants (12.3 percent)
Slayton’s production has been inconsistent, but that’s the way with a big-play receiver like him. The absence of Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard helped give him a huge 14 targets against the Jets, which he turned into ten receptions for 121 yards and two touchdowns. He now gets a bye week and then faces the Bears but does have a giving group of pass defenses in the fantasy playoffs with Philadelphia, Miami, and Washington on the docket.
Devante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins (42.3 percent)
Parker didn’t put up big numbers in his first game without Preston Williams there, but he did see ten targets, which he caught five of for 69 yards. He’s now seen 34 targets and 20 receptions over his last four games along with two touchdowns. The opportunity should continue to remain high.
Nick Foles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (9.2 percent)
Foles is somewhat of a question mark in his new offense, but he’s the starter coming out of the bye and his matchups are good enough to grab him in hopes that he can top Gardner Minshew’s mostly good fantasy play against @IND, @TEN, vs. TB, vs. LAC, @OAK, @ATL to finish out the fantasy season.
J.D. McKissic, RB, Detroit Lions (15 percent)
Ty Johnson left Week 10 with a concussion, and McKissic took over as the lead back in his place against the Bears. He ran the ball ten times for 36 yards and caught six passes for 19 yards. Those numbers aren’t high, but against a stout Bears defense, six receptions and 55 yards aren’t the end of the world. He’s not a high upside play, but his PPR usage could help you in a bye week bind.
Hunter Renfrow, WR, Oakland Raiders (7.9 percent)
Renfrow has 14 receptions for 184 yards and two touchdowns over his last three games and gets a Bengals defense in Week 11 that, well, is just plain bad in every aspect. He’ll take on the Jets after the Bengals, so if you are in bye week need these next two weeks, he’s a nice filler.
Kalen Ballage, RB, Miami Dolphins (25 percent)
Ballage isn’t good, but he’s all that’s left in the Miami backfield. This week he had 20 rushing attempts for 43 yards and four receptions for two yards against the Colts. That is ineptitude at the highest level, but it’s still opportunity. Back at home against Buffalo next week, he gets a good matchup, and you’d hope that 24 touches against the Bills run defense would get a few more fantasy points.
O.J. Howard, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (43.1 percent)
Yeah, I know. Howard took advantage of the Cardinals inept tight end defense to put up a good game, but there’s a decent chance he’ll turn back into a pumpkin. He caught 4-of-7 targets for 47 yards and a touchdown against Arizona. His four receptions were his most since Week 1 while his seven targets were his most, and his touchdown was the first of the year Next week, he faces a good Saints defense and then a weak one against the Falcons.
Demaryius Thomas, WR, New York Jets (4.8 percent)
Thomas had his best game of the season against the Giants, catching 6-of-9 targets for 84 yards. He’s topped five receptions and 63 yards in two of his last three games and appears to have surpassed Robby Anderson in usage for the time being. His upcoming schedule @WAS, vs. OAK, @CIN, and vs. MIA give him a good chance to keep a consistent floor.
James Washington, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (18.5 percent)
Washington caught 6-of-7 targets for 90 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers win over the Rams in Week 10. We’ve been waiting for Mason Rudolph and Washington to get their connection from college going, and it finally happened, as Washington put up his best numbers on the season. The Steelers aren’t going to air it out much if they can help it, and JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson are both going to see a good percentage of targets, so Washington may have had his best game he’ll see this year. But, this could be the start of something, and if you have room, he’s worth a flier.