Scott Engel is in his 10th season as the official Fantasy writer and analyst for Seahawks.com. Scott is an inaugural member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association's Hall of Fame. He is a four-time FSWA award winner and 10-time nominee, including being named a finalist for the 2020 Fantasy Football Writer of the Year award. You can also find more of his Fantasy analysis on RotoBaller.com, SportsLine.com, the Athletic and SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. Scott won two Fantasy Football dynasty league titles in 2020, including one in the prestigious Fantasy Football Players Championship (FFPC) and he previously pulled off a three-peat in a highly competitive New York City league.
Fantasy Football players are starting to eye the postseason as we get deeper into the season. The trade deadline is quickly approaching in many leagues, and there is an impending sense of urgency to improve teams and fill needs in significant ways. To increase the chances of completing a deal, though, it is best to be realistic about the offers that you send out.
If you can "win" a trade, then you should certainly attempt to pull off a deal that is clearly in your favor. But most of the time, you will increase the potential of getting a trade done if you are willing to part with quality when asking for a healthy return. Many Fantasy players will send offers that are lopsided in their favor and see if they can "get away" with them first. But those offers are frequently rejected, so be prepared for your next attempt to include players of higher quality or value.
Very often, I see offers in which Fantasy players attempt to deal their lesser or bench players players in exchange for another team's better starters. These sorts of attempts often fall by the wayside. For instance, this week, someone offered me a bench wide receiver and their second running back for DK Metcalf. I instantly rejected the trade. The wide receiver being offered could not effectively replace Metcalf in my lineup and the value of the running back was not nearly enough to sway me to even consider the offer. This trade offer helped the other team a lot but had no appeal to me at all.
These type of two for one offers are often one-sided, stacking quantity for quality, and have low chances of being completed, especially when they are sent to more experienced players. When compiling trade offers, think realistically about what it may take to get the deal done. Put yourself on the other side of it and consider whether you would truly accept it. When the answer is no, then it's time to compile a better offer to get who you want.
Successful trades will happen when you actually consider not only what the other team needs, but also what players may be worthy of including in your offer that can actually make the other Fantasy player give your offer stronger consideration. Be willing to part with quality to receive quality. The best possible trades are the ones in which both teams come away feeling mostly satisfied with the return. It takes two sides to complete a deal, and that is what you must keep in mind every time you put an offer together. If you want another team's top players, you will have to give up some significant players in return. That is the reality in most cases.
Week 11 Waiver Recommendations
Players listed in order of preference for addition at each position.
Wayne Gallman, Falcons: Gallman led the Falcons with 55 rushing yards on 15 attempts at Dallas on Sunday. The Falcons may elect to give Gallman more opportunities as one of their lead ball carriers going forward. In 2020, he filled in well at times for an injured Saquon Barkley with the Giants. Gallman averaged 4.6 yards per carry and rushed for six TDs. With a potentially expanded workload, Gallman could get starting consideration in Fantasy leagues.
Rhamondre Stevenson, Patriots: Stevenson was the second-highest scoring Fantasy running back on NFL.com in Week 10, with 27.4 points. He rushed for 100 yards and two TDs on 20 carries. If Damien Harris cannot play in Week 11, Stevenson will get a heavy workload again vs. Atlanta. With the Rams and Broncos on byes, Stevenson can be a very good fill-in for Darrell Henderson, Javonte Williams or Melvin Gordon. He will also deserve strong starting consideration in many other Fantasy situations.
D'Onta Foreman, Titans: Foreman carried 11 times in Week 10, and it is becoming apparent that Tennessee prefers to use him as a primary ball carrier. As they did with Derrick Henry, the Titans seemingly want to continue to employ a ground game that utilizes a power runner quite often. Listed at 6-1 and 236 pounds, Foreman certainly fits that bill. He is worth adding for at least some RB depth, as Foreman may continue to get a respectable amount of work even if Adrian Peterson is used in some goal-line situations.
Ty Johnson, Jets: Johnson has become a frequent contributor in the Jets passing game, as he works as the primary complement to Michael Carter. In PPR formats, he has become a viable depth player who can be a streamer for bye week or injury purposes. Johnson has caught five-plus passes on six-plus targets in three of his past four games.
Jamal Agnew, Jaguars: We have mentioned Agnew as an add before, yet he remains widely available in many leagues. The Jaguars are finding all sorts of ways to get the ball into Agnew's hands, as he is clearly their most explosive playmaker. Agnew scored on a 66-yard TD run in Week 10 and was also targeted five times. Agnew is a versatile upside performer who can become a more exciting Fantasy option as we head towards the Fantasy postseason.
Bryan Edwards, Raiders: Edwards was the 10th highest scoring Fantasy wide receiver of Week 10 on NFL.com. scoring 17.8 PPR points. He finished with 88 receiving yards and caught a 37-yard TD pass against Kansas City. Edwards can certainly fill the role of downfield playmaker for Derek Carr, as defenses pay much attention to Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow.
Deandre Carter, Washington: Carter looks like he is becoming the apparent No. 2 WR in the Washington passing game. He has scored 14-plus PPR points in his past two games. Carter has scored in each of his past two outings and has six targets in each game. Taylor Heinicke certainly appears to be developing more confidence in Carter in key passing situations.
Kendrick Bourne, Patriots: With 24.1 Fantasy points, Bourne was the fifth-highest scoring Fantasy wide receiver of Week 11. He finished with a season-high 98 receiving yards and reached the 90-mark for the second time this season. He also scored for the third time this year. Bourne has scored 14-plus points in three of his past five games and is starting to become worthy of stronger Fantasy consideration as the Patriots have been improving on offense.
Tyler Conklin, Vikings: Conklin caught two TD passes in Week 11. He has now scored 9.5-plus Fantasy points in his past four games. As defenses display heavy amounts of concern about Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen in the passing game, Conklin is becoming more of an option for Kirk Cousins.
Gerald Everett, Seahawks: Everett delivered his best Fantasy performance of the season in Week 11, scoring 14.3 Fantasy points. He caught all eight of his targets for 63 yards. Everett can certainly operate as an important target for Russell Wilson. As opposing defenses face the weekly challenge of trying to contain Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, Everett can produce well as a high-percentage pass-catcher who also works hard to gain yardage after the catch.
Cam Newton, Panthers: In one of the most compelling stories of Week 11, Newton returned to his original team, and ran and passed for TDs in his 2021 debut. Newton will likely be the starting QB for Carolina the rest of the season, and he still has upside as a rusher and TD option near the goal line. He should at least function as a quality Fantasy QB2 the rest of the way while also carrying QB1 promise.
Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins: The second-year QB was starting to show signs of progress, passing for 291 yards and four TDs vs. Atlanta on Oct. 24 before he was untracked by a smothering Buffalo defense and a finger injury. He also passed for 329 yards on Oct. 17. Tagovailoa is expected to start in Week 11 and he could become a quality streamer as we approach the Fantasy playoffs.
Week 11 Lineup Considerations
Leonard Fournette should deliver a strong outing vs. the Giants, who are 28th in Fantasy Points Per Game allowed to RBs. … The Jets have allowed the third-most rushing yards and an NFL-high 17 rushing TDs to RBs, so this is a good week to use Myles Gaskin at the flex spot for extra rushing production in addition to his receiving output. … Josh Jacobs has TD promise against the Bengals, who have allowed eight rushing TDs. … A.J. Dillon is a must-start RB2 against the Vikings. In tight lineup decisions involving Dillon and another RB of similar value, you should lean to starting Dillon. … Brandin Cooks faces the Titans, who allow the most Fantasy Points Per Game to WRs. … Elijah Moore has upside vs. the Dolphins, who allow the third-most FFPG to WRs. … Expect Marquise Brown to display his better form against Chicago and lock him in as a Fantasy WR2. … The Cardinals have allowed 13 TD receptions to WRs, so you can confidently start Tyler Lockett in Week 11. … The Ravens allow the third-most FFPG to WRs, so consider starting Cole Kmet. … Dawson Knox will find the end zone vs. the Colts.
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Fantasy Insider Scott Engel identifies players to target on the waiver wire in the lead up to Week 11 of the 2021 season.