Week 10 of the NFL is in the rearview mirror, and we’re speeding ahead to find the best quarterback pickups for Week 11 and on down the highway toward the fantasy football playoffs. This week we have four teams on bye and will be without the services of Tyler Lockett, Davante Adams, D.K. Metcalf, Golden Tate, and a few more matchup specific receivers. As usual, there are plenty of wide receivers on the wire that have put up good fantasy numbers, but consistency remains out of their grasp.
We’ll take a look at players who are available in the majority of ESPN fantasy football leagues. There aren’t any high FAAB adds this week, but there’s a chance you’ll need a bye replacement, so make sure you get your house in order before waivers run.
Darius Slayton, New York Giants (12.9 percent)
Slayton broke out in a big way last week against the Jets, catching 10-of-12 targets for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Unfortunately, the Giants have a bye this week, but if Sterling Shepard remains out with his concussion symptoms, which is a real possibility, Slayton will keep his top-target status moving forward.
DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins (44.6 percent)
Parker is still on a bad offense, but he’s the primary target and has had enough success to feel good about his opportunities moving forward. He does face Tre’Davious White of the Bills next week, so don’t rely on him there, but once the fantasy playoffs hit, his schedule gets better. In Week 13 through 16, he faces the Eagles, Jets, and Giants.
Demaryius Thomas, New York Jets (4.4 percent)
Thomas seems to have overtaken Robby Anderson for now, as he has 29 targets to Anderson’s 21 over the last four games. Anderson is the better player at this point in their careers. Still, Thomas’ usage is too good to pass on, especially with a great schedule of Washington, Oakland, Cincinnati, and Miami coming up.
Hunter Renfrow, Oakland Raiders (7.9 percent)
Renfrow has slowly seen his targets and production rise as the season has built, and this week he gets a great matchup with the Bengals awful defense. He’s put up 4-42-0, 4-88-1, and 6-54-1 lines over the last three games, and now he gets a superb matchup. Grab him for this week if you need him and go from there.
James Washington, Pittsburgh Steelers (18.3 percent)
Washington has tremendous ability but has trouble putting it together on game day. Last week against the Rams, he caught 6-of-7 targets for 90 yards and a touchdown, but still managed to not switch the ball into his outer arm and had it knocked out for a fumble. In that same game, he made a body contorting touchdown catch that few receivers could make. Maybe he’s getting things going, and perhaps he’ll continue his inconsistencies, but I’m willing to pay up early to find out.
Randall Cobb, Dallas Cowboys (19.6 percent)
Cobb has been a consistent yet low floor option this season, but he’s coming off back-to-back six reception games, and last week, he blew up for 106 yards and a touchdown. He’s likely to return to his floor play, but there’s a chance they’ll continue to give Dak Prescott more to handle moving forward, which would raise Cobb’s usage.
Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons (1 percent)
Gage has seen nine and five targets in the two games since Atlanta traded Mohamed Sanu. He’s yet to put up good fantasy numbers, but he does have 11 receptions in those contests. Now, with Austin Hooper out with a sprained ACL, Gage should even more work going forward.
Andy Isabella, Arizona Cardinals
Isabella is a burner of the first degree and has put on a show in his last two games on limited targets. He’s seen four targets in those two games and caught all four for 166 yards and a touchdown. We, of course, want more targets for him, but you can’t dispute the production.