The fantasy football playoffs are inching closer, so how you handle the waiver wire is even more important. With that in mind, here’s a look at the additions and subtractions you need to be making for Week 11:
10 players to consider adding
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen
The Panthers hit the bye week in Week 11 with Greg Olsen set to come off injured reserve. Olsen should be back on the gameday roster as early as Week 12, and we already know he’s still one of the better fantasy tight ends you can own. If you need help here, try to get Olsen ASAP.
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant
It’s still too early to tell Marvi Bryant is back to being the alien touchdown machine, but he’s off to a promising start after hauling in three catches for 42 yards a two-point conversion in a comeback win over the Colts. That was with JuJu Smith-Schuster having a good game, so maybe three receivers can be viable fantasy options in this offense going forward.
Washington RB Samaje Perine
In Washington’s Week 10 loss to the Vikings, Samaje Perine took over as the top back after Rob Kelley left because of a leg injury. Perine only had nine runs for 35 yards, but we can expect that workload to expand when Washington isn’t playing from behind and Kelly is out with his injury. Perine has the potential to be a RB2 come playoff time, that is, as long as he continues to get more and more touches and completely unseat Kelly for the lead back role.
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Baltimore Ravens RB Danny Woodhead
Danny Woodhead hasn't played since Week 1, but he's st to return soon for the Ravens, and he should regain his role as Baltimore’s pass-catching back. Buck Allen has been so-so in it, and the Ravens need more pass-catchers as it is, something Woodhead can help provide an upgrade at, making him a decent PPR option.
Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis
Corey Davis got a team-high 10 targets in a Week 10 win over the Bengals, which he converted into four catches for 48 yards. Davis even had a long catch that came within inches of being a touchdown, but he stretched the ball out and lost it out of the end zone, causing a touchback. Even so, he has a ton of upside in this offense, and the Titans are showing they want to get him involved.
San Diego Chargers RB Austin Ekeler
One of the biggest fantasy stories of Week 10 was how Austin Ekeler, an undrafted free agent from Western State in Colorado, outshined Chargers star Melvin Gordon by catching five passes for 77 yards and rushing 10 times for 42 yards. Gordon rushed 16 times for 27 yards and caught five passes for 15 yards. Gordon has been battling a host of injuries this season, which could lead to Ekeler having a bigger role going forward.
Arizona Cardinals TE Jermaine Gresham
The Cardinals will now be relying on the short-arm Drew Stanton and/or Blaine Gabbert to finish out the season at quarterback, which is great news for the tight ends, particularly Jermaine Gresham. In a Week 10 loss to the Seahawks, Gresham caught five passes for 64 yards and a score on seven targets. He’s a worthy addition if you need tight end help ASAP.
Green Bay Packers RB Jamaal Williams
The Packers’ offense continues to get decimated. During a Week 10 win over the Bears, running backs Aaron Jones and Ty Montgomery were both lost to injuries that could sideline them going forward. That means rookie Jamaal Williams is in line to be the Packers’ featured running back going forward, making him one of the top waiver wire additions to make this week.
Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell
With the Bengals having no consistent pass-catching threat outside of A.J. Green, Brandon LaFell has somehow become fantasy relevant (which really speaks to how bad of shape this offense is in). LaFell racked up 10 targets, six grabs, 95 yards and one score in a Week 10 loss to the Titans. He’s worth an add if you need receiver help in deeper leagues.
Dallas Cowboys RB Rod Smith
Ezekiel Elliott is suspended for six games, and veteran Alfred Morris is the starter going forward. But against the Falcons in Week 10, Morris had just 53 yards on just 11 runs. What was even more notable was Rod Smith playing 39 snaps compared to Morris' 21. It was pretty clear he’s the third-down guy and pass-catching back in this offense now. That makes him a worthy add in deeper leagues where you’re really hurting for running backs.
4 players you must drop
Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor
The Bills’ offense is coming off the rails, which was painfully evident in a blowout loss to the Saints. Taylor didn’t even finish the game as he threw for 56 yards and an interception while rushing for just 27 yards on three runs. He’s also been benched in favor of Nathan Peterman, so there’s no question you’ll be dropping Tyrod.
New Orleans Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr.
Just when you thought Ted Ginn finally had become a reliable fantasy option, he remembered he was Tedd Ginn. That’s the guy who’s caught just 130 yards and one score over his last three games. He’s no longer worth rostering heading into the final seven weeks.
Buffalo Bills TE Nick O'Leary
Now that Charles Clay is back, Nick O’Leary’s brief run of fantasy relevance is over. He has justs six catches over his last three games, including one for seven yards in Week 10. Cut bait and maybe even get Charles Clay in the off chance he’s still on your league’s waiver wire.
Chicago Bears RB Tarik Cohen
This one hurts. Tarik Cohen has looked so good at various points this season, but he’s fallen out of favor in recent weeks. He has just five runs for three yards and one score to go with three catches for 86 yards over his last three games. That’s not cutting it, so get to cutting Cohen.