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Week 11 Free Agent Focus

By DS Staff 12:40pm EST 11/15/22


Here are our top waiver-wire recommendations across fantasy football formats, based on players available in more than half of ESPN leagues. Make sure you check your Free Agent Finder for the best available options in your specific league.

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, 49ers

Blind-bid recommendation: 5-10%

You can find several streaming-level QBs around the bottom of starter territory in this week's rankings. So Garoppolo might not be our highest-projected option that's available to you. He gets this spot primarily because he's the highest-ranked QB rostered in less than 50% of ESPN leagues as of Tuesday morning.

The primary reason we rank him that range, however, is because he has delivered steady fantasy production for most of this season. Sunday night marked the 1st time since Week 4 that Garoppolo fell short of 2 TD passes and 20 fantasy points. He still threw for a decent 240 yards -- at a robust 8.6 yards per attempt -- and punched in a TD on the ground for a fantasy outing that didn't kill you.

This week brings a matchup with the Cardinals, who arrive as a top-10 scoring matchup for QBs by our adjusted fantasy points allowed -- and allowing the 6th most points per game to the position overall. Andy Dalton, Kirk Cousins and Geno Smith combined for 8 total TDs in the 3 games before Arizona faced John Wolford on Sunday.


Rachaad White, RB, Bucs

Blind-bid recommendation: 70-90%

The rookie ripped off a career-high 105 yards on 22 carries in the win over Seattle. A chunk of that came after RB Leonard Fournette was knocked out by a hip injury. But White actually got the start and was basically splitting backfield work 50/50 before Fournette left.

The Bucs have a Week 11 bye, and Fournette is expected to be back from his hip injury after that. But White should not be left on any waiver wires this week. He remains available in 76% of ESPN leagues.

Isiah Pacheco, RB, Chiefs

Blind-bid recommendation: 50-60%

Pacheco handled 16 of 17 RB carries in Sunday’s win over Jacksonville. He posted 81 yards (5.2 YPC) while continuing to look explosive. Meanwhile, Clyde Edwards-Helaire earned only 2 targets (0 catches), continuing a downward trend. In fact, he played only 4 total snaps.

Pacheco didn’t draw a single target in the game and has garnered only 3 all season. That limits his upside and weekly usability, as the Chiefs appear set on letting Jerick McKinnon control that area. But there's untapped TD potential if the rookie remains the lead ball-carrier in basically a 2-man backfield.

Week 11 brings the Chargers, who have been 3rd most friendly to RB scoring. A Week 15 date with Houston is the only other clearly positive rushing matchup, though.

Jaylen Warren, RB, Steelers

Blind-bid recommendation: 20-25%

Warren didn’t take over as Pittsburgh’s lead back as some reports hinted at this past week. But Warren did play his 2nd-largest snap share of the season (43%) and matched Najee Harris in routes run.

The rookie finished with 9 carries for 37 yards and 3 catches for 40 yards in the win over the Saints. He's not going to be usable as a standalone option in most fantasy leagues as long as Harris is healthy. But Warren at least stands as the clear handcuff and would control the backfield if Harris goes down.

His healthy leads over Harris in yards per carry (5.0 vs. 3.6) and yards per catch (8.5 to 4.7) point to potential upside beyond Harris' production in that scenario.


Christian Watson, WR, Packers

Blind-bid recommendation: 30-35%

The rookie exploded for 107 yards and 3 TDs in the overtime win over Dallas. It wasn’t a perfect outing for Watson, who had a couple of miscommunications with QB Aaron Rodgers. But he showed off the big-play ability that got him drafted in Round 2, scoring from 58 and 39 yards out. His 8 targets led the team and were a huge 40% of the total on a day when Rodgers threw it just 20 times.

Watson figures to remain a big part of this passing game going forward, especially with WR Romeo Doubs out at least another 3 weeks. Thursday night brings a plus matchup vs. the Titans, who entered this week rank 30th in adjusted fantasy points allowed to WRs. They might also remain without several key defensive pieces, including DL Jeffery Simmons.


Kadarius Toney, WR, Chiefs

Blind-bid recommendation: 25-30%

Toney stepped up in Week 10 with 4 catches for 57 yards and 1 score. He added 33 rushing yards.

His athleticism showed up all over the field, with an impressive run-after-catch and jump ball highlighting his outing. Toney was left wide open on the score.

With JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion) likely to miss time, Toney should stick in a similar role for next Sunday’s matchup with the Chargers. We’ll see about the status of Mecole Hardman (abdomen), who missed Sunday’s contest.


Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Browns

Blind-bid recommendation: 15-20%

Peoples-Jones continues to produce usable fantasy lines alongside Jacoby Brissett. Sunday, he tallied 5-99 on a team-high 9 targets (25.7% share). Compare that to a lowly 3 catches (3 targets) for Amari Cooper.

DPJ has now collected 11+ PPR points in 5 of his past 6 matchups.

Cleveland's upcoming schedule isn't great: at Bills, vs. Bucs. After that, though, comes a fine scoring matchup with Houston. And remember that Deshaun Watson is scheduled to make his Browns debut in Week 13.


Parris Campbell, WR, Colts

Blind-bid recommendation: 15-18%

The return of Matt Ryan proved huge for Campbell in Week 10. The young WR tallied 7 catches, 76 yards and 1 score in Sunday’s win over a struggling Raiders defense. His 9 targets tied Michael Pittman for the team lead.

Campbell started to emerge prior to Ryan’s injury/benching, posting 7-57-1 (11 targets) and 10-70-1 (12 targets) before the move to Sam Ehlinger.

Up to 39-373-3 on the year, Campbell looks like a spot-start WR3/FLEX for the road ahead. Week 11 turns up an Eagles secondary that’s banged up at slot CB.


Foster Moreau, TE, Raiders

Blind-bid recommendation: 10-15%

Moreau delivered a 3-43-1 line in Sunday’s loss to the Colts. His 4 targets tied for just 4th on the team and were only 10.5% of Vegas’ total. But he’d averaged 6.3 targets over the previous 3 games without TE Darren Waller and posted strong route rates.

Moreau will remain in the low-end TE1 mix with Waller out for at least the next 3 games vs. the Broncos, Seahawks and Chargers. Note that Hunter Renfrow will miss at least the next 3 games, too.


Cole Kmet, TE, Bears

Blind-bid recommendation: 10-15%

The Chicago TE tried to tell us to grab him last week by scoring 2 TDs vs. Miami. In case you’re in need at the position and didn’t believe him, he repeated that in Sunday’s loss to the Lions.

Kmet drew a team-high 7 targets and posted a 4-74-2 line. A lot of that came on a 50-yard TD (thanks to blown coverage), but he and his QB are rolling right now. Kmet has TDs in 3 consecutive games, with a Week 11 trip to Atlanta presenting another positive matchup.


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