2022 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Best Pickups for Week 11
The fantasy football waiver wire is not in bad shape heading into Week 11. We have had far worse weeks thus far into the season. Plus, it’s beneficial as four teams are on bye this week. Usually, that is not a lot, but all of these teams have several productive fantasy football players on their rosters. In addition, we are starting to prep for the upcoming fantasy football playoffs. Regardless of whether you want a streamer or high upside player we have something for you. Here are five of the best fantasy football waiver wire adds for Week 11 of the 2022 NFL season.
*All of these players are available in at least half of ESPN leagues.*
Christian Watson — 6%
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Christian Watson is coming off the best game of his career. In Week 10, Watson tallied four receptions for 107 yards and three touchdowns. This 32.7-point performance was the first time he surpassed ten points in PPR formats this season.
Now, do not expect Watson to give you outstanding productivity every week. However, his upside is big enough to pick him up off waivers. The most important aspect of this is that Aaron Rodgers showed faith in Watson. He saw a season-high in targets with eight — his previous high (4) came in Week 1.
If Watson can continue to get this many opportunities it will help him make more big plays. As a result, he will score points for your fantasy team.
Kadarius Toney — 47.6%
The Kansas City wide receiver room is in an interesting position. JuJu Smith-Schuster is entering concussion protocol after taking a massive hit in the Chiefs Week 10 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars and Mecole Hardman, who was a solid addition last week, missed the game with an injury. If those injuries continue to pile up, the Chiefs will be looking for players to step up and get catches in their potent passing game. Travis Kelce will remain the No. 1 option, but Kadarius Toney and Marquez Valdes-Scantling will have the opportunity to get more targets.
Toney and Valdes-Scantling would each be solid additions if these injuries remain a concern. The difference between the two is that Toney has a high ceiling and a much lower floor while Valdes-Scantling is the safer play. Between the two, I would add Toney first. At a minimum, he can make big plays which will lead to more scoring opportunities. That can be fruitful. In Week 1, Toney got five targets to Valdes-Scantling’s four — plus, he got two carries. If Toney gets more opportunities and has a higher ceiling, he is the Kansas City receiver to claim off waivers.
Rachaad White — 24.4%
The Tampa Bay running back would be the best waiver wire add for Week 10, but the Buccaneers have a bye this week. That does not mean you can’t add him, though. With a plethora of teams on bye, you may not have the roster flexibility to make this move. If you do, make it.
White may be rostered in more competitive leagues, although he is still available in three-quarters of ESPN leagues. White is an attractive add because Leonard Fournette was forced to leave the Buccaneers’ game last week with a hip injury. In his place, White got 22 carries for 105 yards.
However, Fournette may be back to full health when the Buccaneers return in Week 12. If he is, White is one of the best handcuffs in the league. If he is not, White will be productive running back. With that in mind, White is a must-add if you have Fournette on your roster. Otherwise, he is a solid waiver wire pickup if you have the roster flexibility.
Cole Kmet — 38.8%
The Bears’ offense has taken strides of late. Justin Fields has even emerged as an elite fantasy quarterback. The Bears do not have many weapons, though. The Bears traded for Chase Claypool which added another receiving weapon across from Darnell Mooney. Still, neither is taking a lot of targets from Kmet.
In the past two weeks, Kmet has scored two touchdowns while getting six or more targets. For Kmet, he may be a touchdown-dependent player, at least at the moment. That is usually a negative, but as the Bears score more points, Kmet will receive more red zone opportunities. If he can continue to find the end zone, he will help your team. Kmet is at least worth consideration for a waiver wire claim.
Deshaun Watson — 28.1%
Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson is returning from his suspension in Week 13. Obviously, we are heading into Week 11 so you will have to store Watson on your bench for a couple of weeks before you get any use out of him.
With that being said, a Week 13 return is perfect for anyone that is looking to make a playoff run. That gives Watson two weeks to get back into the swing of things before the playoffs start in Week 15. If Watson is anything close to what he was when he last played in 2020, he can help your team win a championship.
Obviously, be smart here. If you play in a one-quarterback league and have an elite quarterback like Patrick Mahomes, feel free to let Watson sit on the waiver wire. At the same time, if you are fighting to make the playoffs, do not add Watson at the sacrifice of a win-now waiver wire pickup.