Early Week 11 Waiver Wire: Best pickups and targets for fantasy include Rhamondre Stevenson, Rashod Bateman, and Dan Arnold

After another low-scoring week, who are the top waiver wire pickups and targets ahead of Week 11 of the 2021 fantasy football season?

Following a low-scoring Week 10, it’s time to improve our rosters for Week 11 by using the waiver wire. Let’s take a look at the top waiver wire pickups to target for your fantasy football team.

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Week 11 Waiver Wire Targets | Quarterbacks

Which players can help your roster in advance of Week 11? Jimmy Garoppolo makes for a solid streaming option, while Cam Newton is a speculative add. All roster percentages are from FleaFlicker.

Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers (40% rostered)

This article will publish before the 49ers play Monday night. It’s entirely possible Trey Lance takes over next week. If he doesn’t, Jimmy Garoppolo makes for a quality streamer against the Jaguars. You can get him for 1-3% of your FAAB.

Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (33% rostered)

The Panthers defeated the Cardinals last week, but by no means did P.J. Walker factor into the decision. We got a glimpse of Cam Newton in short-yardage packages last week. I’d be stunned if he didn’t start as soon as he is ready, which could be this week.

Newton still has that rushing floor, and he’ll be the primary goal-line back. He should be free on the waiver wire.

Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups | Running Backs

Week 11 is a very light week on the fantasy football waiver wire at running back. Rhamondre Stevenson and D’Onta Foreman represent the best of an uninspiring bunch.

D’Onta Foreman, Tennessee Titans (13% rostered)

D’Onta Foreman led the Titans’ backfield with 30 yards on 11 carries and 48 receiving yards on 2 receptions. I’m not sure how useful he will be going forward, but I certainly prefer him to Jeremy McNichols and the ghost of Adrian Peterson. Rostered in just 3% of Yahoo leagues, he’s worth a 5-10% FAAB bid.

Rhamondre Stevenson, New England Patriots (47% rostered)

After Damien Harris was ruled out Saturday, it’s surprising to see Rhamondre Stevenson rostered in only 31% of Yahoo leagues. As the clear starter, that number should be much higher. After his 20-carry, 100-yard, 2-touchdown performance, it’s about to be.

Even if Harris gets cleared next week, there’s no guarantee he gets his job back from Stevenson. Running backs are hard to find, so Stevenson is worth a hefty FAAB bid, as much as 20-30%.

Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups | Wide Receivers

Here are the wide receivers to target on the Week 11 fantasy football waiver wire. The top receiver available is Rashod Bateman, but Marcus Johnson and Ray-Ray McCloud might be darts worth throwing.

Rashod Bateman, Baltimore Ravens (55% rostered)

Rashod Bateman was also a priority waiver wire pickup last week. His name appears for a second week because he’s still available in 50% of Yahoo leagues.

Lamar Jackson has targeted Bateman 8 times the past two weeks. Inexplicably, John Harbaugh was playing Sammy Watkins ahead of Bateman in the first half. That came to an abrupt halt when Watkins literally cost the team the game with his fumble-six. Watkins didn’t play a snap afterward.

I expect Bateman to be the team’s clear starter opposite Marquise Brown. If Bateman is still out there in your league, make sure he isn’t come Wednesday morning. He is worth 15-20% of your FAAB.

Marcus Johnson, Tennessee Titans (1% rostered)

With Julio Jones on IR, the Titans were in need of a WR1 since A.J. Brown apparently declined that role. Marcus Johnson obliged by catching 5 of 6 targets for 100 yards. It’s impossible to know if this is a one-time blip or if he’s going to be a thing as we advance. This late in the season, he’s worth a 3-5% FAAB bid just in case it’s the latter.

Ray-Ray McCloud, Pittsburgh Steelers (2% rostered)

The answer to who benefits from Chase Claypool’s absence was not James Washington. It was Ray-Ray McCloud that paced the Steelers with 9 catches for 63 yards on 12 targets. He’s probably only viable in PPR leagues, but for fantasy managers who need someone that won’t get you zero, you could get him for a 3-5% FAAB bid.

Week 11 Waiver Wire Targets | Tight Ends

Which tight ends should you target on the waiver wire in Week 11? Cole Kmet and Dan Arnold are seeing solid target counts and can help tight end-needy teams.

Dan Arnold, Jacksonville Jaguars (42% rostered)

Despite consecutive quality performances, Dan Arnold remains out there in 74% of Yahoo leagues. That number needs to go down. Arnold has seen 7 targets in back-to-back games and has hit double-digit fantasy points in three straight. He’s worth a 5-10% FAAB bid for those in need of a starting tight end.

Cole Kmet, Chicago Bears (45% rostered)

Fantasy managers likely forgot about Cole Kmet given the Bears’ Week 10 bye. If you’re in need of a tight end, Kmet is coming off an 8-target, 6-catch, 87-yard game. He’s a solid floor-based tight end, and you can probably get him for free.

Gerald Everett, Seattle Seahawks (36% rostered)

The return of Russell Wilson meant nothing for DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, but it was a boon for Gerald Everett. The tight end caught all 8 of his targets for 63 yards. He’s unlikely to be consistent, but he’s part of the offense and is worth a 2-4% FAAB bid if you need a tight end.

Jason Katz is a Fantasy Analyst at Pro Football Network. You can follow him on Twitter: @jasonkatz13 and find more of his work here.

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