Dynasty Fantasy Football Waiver Wire, Week 11
Week 10 of the NFL was another wild one. The Lions did not lose; the Cardinals, Rams, Raiders, Browns, and Falcons certainly did. Another top running back was injured. And parity reigns supreme, as at least 20 teams probably still feel like they have a chance at the playoffs. Let’s dissect the developments of Week 10 and how they affect our dynasty league waiver wire.
Roster percentages from Fantrax 11/16/2021
Baker Mayfield’s performance on Sunday was disastrous. The Browns, however, are sitting at 5-5 and have still shot at the playoffs. Cleveland can run the ball. Their defense is talented if not consistent. Which is all to say the Dawg Pound can win now. On to the matter of which quarterback gives them the best chance to win. Keenum went 8-12 passing and threw for 81 yards after Mayfield left the game on Sunday. We should not forget his 3,500 yds, 22 TD season in 2017 when his current Head coach called plays in Minnesota. If I were Baker, I’d be peering over that sore shoulder.
Down Kyler Murray and Colt McCoy, the Cardinals turned to Chris Streveler in the 3rd quarter of Sunday’s blowout loss to Carolina. Streveler started hot, completing his first two passes, but the day’s malaise washed over Chris the way it had all his teammates. This dude is fun to watch though. He’s got some scrambling ability and no hesitation when runs. Arizona has an 8-2 record and a bye coming in week 12. I don’t know if Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury would risk starting Streveler or McCoy for another week to give Kyler four full weeks to recover. I might.
Matt Breida RB Bills (8% rostered)
The second week in a row on this list for Breida. I doubt he will be here next week. Matt scored two TDs and registered 50 total yards on six touches Sunday. He did lose a fumble. Is it noteworthy that Breida scored the first TD of the game for Buffalo? I don’t know, but I will have him at the top of my waiver wire in every league that he’s available.
Godwin Igwebuike RB Lions (3% rostered)
The Steelers had a hard time attempting to tackle the converted Safety on Sunday. After watching him run the football, it is clear that Igwebuike understands the value of a broken tackle. As one would expect, Godwin has a lot to learn about playing a new position. He did not cover the ball with both hands when running through heavy traffic (in a close game, on a rainy day), but the Steelers didn’t make him pay for it. Igwebuike turned two carries into 53 yards rushing and a TD. Other teams will take note of the novice back’s cavalier ball carrying, but the talent is worth the gamble. Pick this guy up.
Cordarelle Patterson injured his ankle and will miss at least one week. Mike Davis has not been the same runner we saw last season in Carolina. Gallman appears to be the new falconry glove on which the Atlanta running game will perch itself. He’s a runningback with an opportunity, which means you want to add him.
Patrick Taylor RB Packers (1% rostered)
Patrick possesses the size and speed of an NFL running back. He measures in at 6′, 2″ 217 lbs, and he ran a 4.57 forty-yard dash. Taylor had solid career numbers in college at Memphis. He got on the field early, splitting carries as a true freshman, and was a workhorse during his sophomore and Junior seasons, rushing for nearly 2,00 yards over the two years. Patrick injured his foot during his senior season. The future Packer was limited to 350 yards rushing in his swan song season with the Tigers. A.J. Dillon is the man in Green Bay. His running style fits that fanbase like a beer koozie. I expect at least three new cheeses to be named after A.J. Dillon by season’s end. But even cheese statues have back-ups.
RyQuell Armstead RB Packers (2% rostered)
Signed with the Packers just a few weeks ago, Armstead is already a great story. The former 5th round pick had to overcome some significant health complications due to COVID-19 that caused him to see more hospital (2 stints) than a football field in 2020. RyQuell has recovered and made his way back to an NFL roster. Injuries to Aaron Jones and Kylin Hill leave Green Bay with a backfield of A.J. Dillon, Patrick Taylor, and RyQuell Armstead. My money is on Taylor taking the #2 RB, but Armstead is in the mix. I’m rooting for him.
With starting receives JuJu Smith-Shuster and Chase Claypool injured, Ray-Ray the return man stepped up and stacked the stat sheet on Sunday with nine catches on 12 targets for 63 yards. He’s a quick little guy who is hard to tackle in the open field. Pittsburgh ranks 24th in total offense this season. They may want to get this guy more involved in their offensive game plan. McCloud belongs on your list.
Johnson saw more targets on Sunday (6) than any other Tennesse receiver. He caught 5 of them and put up 100 yards, so Marcus put them to good use. A.J. Brown was double covered, and I assume that continues. Marcus Johnson is a guy who has been living on the periphery of NFL rosters for the past few years with the Eagles, Seahawks, and Colts. He has never had more than 27 receptions in a single season (and that includes college). However, Marcus Johnson is the 2nd WR on an NFL playoff team. 2021, what a long, strange trip it’s been.
DeAndre Carter WR Football Team (7% rostered)
I have written about his guy multiple times. DeAndre roasted Tampa Bay DB Dee Delaney on his TD catch. Carter has been targeted 12 times over the past two weeks accumulating two TD receptions and over 100 yards on six catches. Add him where you can.
Starting Miami WRs Will Fuller and Davante Parker have been out with injury. Albert Wilson (3% rostered) and Isaiah Ford (1% rostered) have stepped up to fill their roles. The results have not been bad for Wilson (106 yards last week) and Ford (84 yards last week). Fuller may return next week, but I’d keep an eye on these two. Especially Ford.
If Byron Pringle (17% rostered) or Demarcus Robinson (16% rostered) are available in your leagues, you better get them now. Mahomes is about to shut some critics up. Grab any KC pass-catchers you can find.
You can’t go wrong with adding a WR on Josh Allen’s team. McKenzie is a 5′, 8″ speedster who has run after the catch abilities. Buffalo likes Isaiah enough to give him a few handoffs and passes each game. He’s a few injuries away from being fantasy-relevant. McKenzie should be rostered in more leagues.
The Skowcrusher started in place of Robert Woods last night, and it did not go well (five targets, one catch for 8 yards). It’s worth noting Skowronek got this start. OBJ will likely take Ben’s spot over the bye week, but Odell has had injuries in the past. The 6′, 3″ 224 pound Notre Dame alum may yet play a role for the Rams this season. Keep him on your radar.
Ryan Griffin TE Jets (4% rostered)
The gang green pass-catching crew has a fortuitous schedule ahead, including games against Houston, Philadelphia, Jacksonville, and Miami (2x). Griffin appears to be the receiving TE fill-in for the injury Tyler Kroft (IR Chest). He’s a TD-dependent TE if you’re looking for that sort of thing.
I’ve been high on Philly’s other reserve TE, Tyree Jackson, but it was Jack Stoll who filled in for the injured (likely concussed) Dallas Goedert on Sunday. I have watched Stoll play a lot in college at Nebraska, and I like his style. Jack is a mullet-having throwback and a tremendous blocker– which is what the Eagles asked of him. They ran the ball 40 times for over 200 yards on Sunday, and much of that was after Stoll entered the game. If the Eagles stick with Stoll over Jackson, expect a successful running game and a Geoff Swaim-like role for Stoll. And that might work in a pinch.