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Fantasy Football Insider: Top Waiver-Wire Pickups For Week 11

Scott Engel is in his eighth season of providing Fantasy Football coverage for Seahawks.com. An inaugural member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association’s Hall of Fame, he is in his 23rd year as a Fantasy analyst and professional. You can now find more of his work and weekly rankings on RotoBaller.com and hear him every Saturday night on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio.

Monday’s victory at San Francisco was the kind of epic win that will be forever etched in Seahawks history. Hopefully, as a Fantasy player, you benefitted from it as well. If Jason Myers’ game-winning kick or Russell Wilson’s final important scramble put you over the top for an important win later in the Fantasy regular season, it made the outcome more joyful. It can indeed be thrilling for any Fantasy owner to ultimately win their game on a Monday Night.

The Seahawks now have a bye week to rest up before they take care of more important business down the stretch. Bye weeks are a deserved rest period for players in a tremendously physical sport. But bye weeks are simply an additional challenge in Fantasy Football. They create unrest rather than rest. In addition to the Seahawks, the Packers, Giants and Titans are all off. Once again, we could create quite a Fantasy squad from the rosters of idle teams. Here’s this week’s All-Bye Team.

QB – Russell Wilson

RBs – Saquon Barkley, Chris Carson

WRs – Davante Adams, Tyler Lockett

TE – Jimmy Graham

Flex: Aaron Jones

K: Mason Crosby

Defense: Tennessee

It wasn’t easy making that roster either. We left Derrick Henry, Aaron Rodgers and Golden Tate off the team. The main takeaway there is we are facing another formidable week heavily impacted by players that will not be available. Injuries are part of that, of course. The waiver wire does not offer major impact solutions like trading can, but we do help you fill some needed gaps in your Week 11 lineups and possibly beyond.

Week 11 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Targets

Running Backs

Brian Hill, Falcons (0.2 owned in NFL.com leagues): He will take over as Atlanta’s lead runner because of Devonta Freeman’s foot injury while Ito Smith is also on the IR. In Atlanta’s stirring upset victory at New Orleans in Week 10, Hill rushed for 61 yards on 20 carries and scored for the second consecutive week. He is physical and versatile and can finish off drives for a very busy Falcons offense that will frequently move into scoring position.

Raheem Mostert, 49ers (2.3): An ankle injury is going to put Matt Breida out of action and Mostert should step forward into his role as part of a RB time share with Tevin Coleman. Mostert is a speed demon who can score from anywhere on the field. When given an opportunity to play more, Mostert can provide quality production, as evidenced by his 151 yards and a TD against Cincinnati in Week 2. He gets a great draw this week against Arizona, which allows the most Fantasy Points Per Game to running backs.

Patrick Laird, Dolphins (0.1): The Dolphins may turn to their rookie running backs soon to see what kind of production they may be able to provide if given ample opportunities. Laird was undrafted but created some buzz in the preseason and may be the first guy up to show what he can do soon. You should also keep a watch on Myles Gaskin, who could also get chances to display what he can bring to the offense. Laird and Gaskin are both good speculative adds.

Wide Receivers

Darius Slayton, Giants (2.7): He was the second-highest Fantasy WR of Week 10, as he provided 34.10 Fantasy points on NFL.com. In what was a truly a breakthrough week for the Giants rookie, Slayton caught 10 passes for 121 yards and two TDs. It was Slayton’s second two TD outing in three games. He is a downfield playmaker and a good complement to Tate. New York does occasionally open things up in the passing game and Slayton will continue to benefit when the matchup is right. If your Fantasy team is in a solid spot in the standings add him for possible usage after the Giants’ bye.

Andy Isabella, Cardinals (0.2): Here is another exciting rookie in what seems to be a very impactful class from real and Fantasy perspectives, Isabella has burst onto the scene with highlight-laden outings over the past two weeks. In Week 9, he had a 88-yard catch-and-run TD against San Francisco, which is no easy feat for any wideout. In Week 10, he had a 55-yard reception vs. Tampa Bay and finished with 78 yards. Isabella is emerging as a big-play guy in a rapidly improving Arizona passing game.

Hunter Renfrow, Raiders (1.7): Yes, another recommended rookie WR. It is a banner Fantasy season for first-year WRs, as those who roster DK Metcalf already know. Renfrow had 142 yards and two TDs in the two games prior to Week 10 and he has 14 catches in his last three games. He is starting to come on as a new option in the Oakland offense as a guy who can find soft spots in defenses and gain yardage after the catch. If you also play Fantasy Baseball, you could become one of the few to own Padres outfielder Hunter Renfroe and Hunter Renfrow in the same season. That would be a neat trick.

Tight Ends

Jacob Hollister, Seahawks (2.9): We have already featured him as a recommendation in this space, but now there is going to be a much bigger push for his Fantasy services after his strong performance in Monday Night’s victory.  Hollister showed he was ready for the big stage, coming through with eight catches for 62 yards and TD for 20.20 points on NFL.com. He was the third highest scoring TE of the week. Hollister has scored three times in his past two games and has arrived as a Fantasy starter and frequent trusted target for Russell Wilson. At such a thin position in Fantasy Football, Hollister must be added now for usage after the Seahawks’ bye week.

Kyle Rudolph. Vikings (42.5): The “Red Zone Reindeer” is back at it, with three TD receptions in his last two games and four scores in his last four outings. Rudolph is worth the add if you need a TE streamer or have been searching for a plugger at the position.

Quarterback

Kyle Allen, Panthers (4.1): The Carolina starter came through with an admirable performance at Green Bay in Week 10, throwing for a career-high 307 yards in adverse conditions against a quality opponent. He should be a viable Week 11 replacement if you are without Wilson or Rodgers against Atlanta’s 25th-ranked pass defense.

Seahawks Fantasy Update

Wilson remains the No. 1 QB in Fantasy Football after 10 weeks with 241.08 points. … Chris Carson ranks seventh at RB with 159.20 points, just ahead of Ezekiel Elliott. … Tyler Lockett is No. 5 at WR with 176.80 points, ahead of Cooper Kupp, DeAndre Hopkins, Julio Jones and Julian Edelman. … Hollister is the No. 1 TE in Fantasy Football over the last two weeks with 39.90 points, six points ahead of Travis Kelce. … The Seahawks were the No. 5 Fantasy Defense of Week 10, with 18.00 points, The unit had five sacks, forced three turnovers and had a TD as Jadeveon Clowney’s big night had a significant impact in Fantasy Football.

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Scott Johnson of Seattle asks. Which QB has the most upside for the rest of the season: Derek Carr, Kirk Cousins or Carson Wentz?

Engel: Cousins has actually climbed into the Top 10 at the position. He threw for 220 yards and two TDs against Dallas in Week 10, and is now the eighth highest scorer at QB. His recent rise was on the strength of a stretch from Weeks 6 through 9 where he had two four TD games and a three TD outing. He faces two defenses that do not rank in the Top 25 after his Week 12 bye. Cousins has already showed he has the most Fantasy upside of those three passers, but it is a good idea to keep also Carr as an alternative. Cousins has a tougher matchup vs. Denver this week while Carr draws the Bengals.

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Game action photos from the Seattle Seahawks' Week 10 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.

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