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Week 11 Waiver Wire Deep Dive

By Kevin Scott 12:08pm EST 11/15/22


Below I have dug into some important data from the week to help you find some players who could help you in the coming weeks and potentially beyond. I have listed the players at each position in order of priority.


RBs

Elijah Mitchell, 49ers

I know Mitchell is available in some leagues because I dropped him in a couple of places. It just shows you how little we sometimes know about what coaches are going to do. With Christian McCaffrey on the team and looking good, I had no concept Shanahan would decide to give Mitchell more carries. But it’s Shanahan, so I should have known! Mitchell played on 35% of snaps, while McCaffrey played on 65%, but Mitchell got 18 carries to McCaffrey’s 14. They both got 20 opportunities total. Mitchell was more effective on the ground, so I anticipate this being a committee going forward.

Jerick McKinnon, Chiefs

I mention McKinnon for the second straight week, as he remained very involved in the passing game. The Chiefs just love what he can do in the open field, and he is also excellent in pass protection. He caught 6 of 8 passes for 56 yards on Sunday, providing great value in PPR leagues. If the phasing out of Clyde Edwards-Helaire continues, McKinnon will also have some very nice upside down the stretch.

Justin Jackson, Lions

I mention Jackson for the second straight week here, as he remained involved against the Bears. He played on 27% of snaps, in a fairly even timeshare with Jamaal Williams and D’Andre Swift. He went 4-14 on the ground and caught 2 of 3 targets for 14 yards. There is a chance that the Lions decide to shut Swift down at some point, since he’s not himself and has not been very good since he came back from injury. That would give Jackson a lot of value for the stretch run.


WRs

Darius Slayton, Giants

I mention him here for the second week in a row in case he’s still available on your wire. He has become the #1 WR for the Giants. He played on 80% of snaps and got 4 of only 17 targets on Sunday (24% share). He went 3-95-1 on those targets. The Giants want to be a run-first team, but there will be games they have a throw a lot and Slayton will be the main beneficiary.

Nico Collins, Texans

Collins was probably dropped in many leagues after his injury, but he returned Sunday and had a nice game. He got 10 targets (a 27% target share), and caught 5 for 49 yards and a score, on 78% of snaps. His upside is certainly limited on the Texans, but if you are desperate for a WR who will be involved, Collins could be a nice option.

Julio Jones, Bucs

Jones is still on many wires and is getting pretty involved for the Bucs. He played on 51% of snaps on Sunday and got 5 targets, a 17% target share. He caught 3 for 53 yards and a score. Getting 17% of targets in a pass-happy offense with Tom Brady is certainly worth noticing.He could be a great add for your stretch run.

Zay Jones, Jaguars

Jones has had a very low average depth of target all season and has failed to put up much yardage as a result. He is still mainly working close to the line of scrimmage, but as Trevor Lawrence has improved, so have his numbers. He caught 8 of 10 targets on Sunday for 68 yards.That was a 25% target share. If he is on your wire and you need a WR, he is a nice add for the second half.

DeAndre Carter, Chargers

I mention Carter for the second week in a row. He played on 86% of snaps and caught all 4 of his targets for a team-leading 64 yards and a score. Until Keenan Allen and Mike Williams return, Carter has value and can be started.

Nick Westbrook-Ikhine & Treylon Burks, Titans

Westbrook-Ikhine led the Titans with 8 targets (22% target share) on Sunday, and he went 5-119-2 on those targets. He is producing far more than Robert Woods, who seems to be done, and should never face the opposing team’s top corner. Treylon Burks returned from his stint on the IR on Sunday and also played well, catching 3 of 6 targets for 24 yards. If he is available (which is unlikely except in shallower leagues), he would be an even higher priority add. Burks played on 56% of snaps in his return to action, and I expect that number to rise.

Kendall Hinton, Broncos

Hinton was pushed into action after Jerry Jeudy went out, and he ended up playing on 96% of snaps. He caught 4 of 5 targets for 62 yards. If Jeudy is forced to miss time, Hinton should be added in deep leagues and would likely be involved vs. the Raiders this weekend.

Ben Skowronek, Rams

With Cooper Kupp going down with an ankle injury, Skowronek played on basically every snap and got 7 targets (2-14). He is not a good player compared to Kupp, but the opportunity should be there for him to play and get targets, so in deep leagues I’d consider adding him.

David Bell, Browns

Bell continues to work into a larger share of the snaps and targets as the season goes along. He played on 52% of snaps on Sunday, which is about his average over the past month. But he got his highest number of targets on the season, with 5, and his most catches in a week, with 3 (3-24). He has not had anything like a blow-up game, but this is a talented young player so I wanted to mention him for dynasty leagues and deep leagues.

Tom Kennedy, Lions

I had to look this guy up, and I can’t believe he’s getting a mention in this article. But he played on 61% of the snaps for the Lions, who seem to be losing another WR to injury every week. He got 2 targets and caught 1 of them for 44 yards. In very deep leagues, keep an eye on whether his opportunities increase.


TEs

Trey McBride, Cardinals

With the injury to Zach Ertz, McBride should be the top add of the week at TE. He appeared to play on every snap with Ertz out, and Ertz may be out for a significant period of time. While he only got 1 target, I think that will increase drastically as he gets incorporated into the game plans.

Juwan Johnson, Saints

Johnson continues to see an increased role for the Saints as the season moves along. He led the team in targets on Sunday with 7 (a 26% target share), and caught 5 for 44 yards and a score on 66% of snaps. Adam Trautman is still playing and receiving targets (3 on Sunday), but Johnson seems to have established himself as their top receiving TE. If he is available or was dropped, he is an intriguing add for your stretch run, even on a bad offense.

Brock Wright, Lions

He didn’t do much on Sunday, but again he was involved, playing on 74% of snaps. He caught his only target for a 2-yard score. No one in the Lions passing game did much other than Amon-Ra St. Brown, but at some point Wright will produce some nice games if he’s on the field that much.

Noah Gray, Chiefs

Gray doesn’t have the potential to be a top option at TE unless Kelce gets injured, but he can still provide some value to those in deep leagues without options. He scored again on Sunday, going 2-20-1 on 46% of snaps. In such a high-powered offense, getting 40%+ of snaps means you will you provide value some weeks. So in very deep leagues or dynasty leagues, I’d consider adding him.


Kevin Scott is a fantasy pro who has been playing in high-stakes redraft and dynasty leagues for over 15 years. He has won over $100,000 playing fantasy football. He has written for Sports Illustrated, 4for4, Fansided, FFToday, and Chiefs Wire. You can follow him on Twitter @kevinscottff, or check out his podcast called Grinding the Data.


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