Waiver wire pickups:
Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers
Aaron Jones is out 3-6 weeks with an MCL injury and Ty Montgomery aggravated his rib injury, Rotoworld reports. Williams figures to take over the Green Bay backfield and he could be the top dog there for some time. He’s a must-add in all formats.
Samaje Perine, RB, Washington Redskins
Like with Williams, injuries thrust Perine into fantasy relevance once again. Rob Kelley was placed on injured reserve with a high-ankle sprain and MCL sprain. Perine will get the work in between the tackles behind teammate Chris Thompson. He is another must add for fantasy owners everywhere.
Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots
Burkhead has passed Mike Gillislee as an asset in the Patriots backfield. Burkhead got ten carries for 36 yards and caught three passes for 27 yards and a score last week against Denver. It’ll be tough to know who’s going to be the man for New England from week to week with Dion Lewis, James White, Gillislee and Burkhead being threats to score but the latter has value especially in a points per reception league.
Case Keenum,QB, Minnesota Vikings
Up against a stingy Rams defense, Keenum isn’t a recommended play as a streamer this week but he could provide long-term support for teams in need at the position. Keenum has two top-tier fantasy wideouts to throw to in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs and a potent run offense with Jerick McKinnon and Latavius Murray. The Vikings’ ability to move the ball down the field is, in many ways, a boon to Keenum’s fantasy value. If Keenum and the Vikings offense can perform well in this Sunday’s tough matchup, then he is worth a permanent roster spot for those in need of a quarterback.
Jay Cutler, QB, Miami Dolphins
If there’s a poster child for the difference between real football and fantasy football, it’s Cutler. His knack for piling on points during garbage time is doesn't change a lot in the real world but it's very much appreciated in the fantasy community. Cutler has throw multiple touchdowns in four-straight games and has a juicy matchup on deck against Tampa Bay.
Marqise Lee, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
Lee steps into the role of top wideout for Jacksonville with Allen Hurns out with an ankle injury. Lee had a team-high 11 targets and caught six passes for 55 yards and a touchdown in Jacksonville’s win last Sunday. The Jaguars take on Cleveland in what appears to be an appealing matchup on paper but he may see Cleveland’s top corner Jason McCourty.
Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills
Clay returned to the Bills’ active roster after a long absence due to a knee injury last Sunday against the Saints. It wasn’t the best of comebacks, Clay caught just two of three targets for 13 yards but to be fair, the entire Bills’ offense was less than spectacular this past week as they were dominated 47-10. However, Clay was a key component in Buffalo’s offense in the five weeks he played before he got injured. I assume that he’ll return to that status as he regains his health.
Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers
The Panthers are on bye this week but all signs point to a return for Olsen in Week 12 against the Jets. He’s an elite tight end when healthy and when Carolina quarterback Cam Newton is playing well. Both of those conditions have been met. With the tight-end position so thin, Olsen is a steal.
Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
Dede Westbrook, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
Chester Rogers, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Week 11:Wide receiver nightmare: Julio vs. Jordy
The wide receiver position has been one of the most unruly positions in fantasy this year due to difficult matchups, failed expectations, changing offenses and injuries to megastar quarterbacks. I’m looking at two big names in Julio Jones and Jordy Nelson and analyzing their fantasy values for the remainder of the season.
Julio Jones: It’s been an awful year for Jones whose numbers are normally in the stratosphere with Antonio Brown’s but this season, that hasn’t been the case. Julio has 76 targets for 49 catches, 715 yards and one touchdown. Through ten weeks and nine games played in 2015, Jones had 119 targets and 80 catches for 1,029 yards and six scores. The Falcons had a Week 11 bye last year but through his first nine games, Jones had 81 targets and 515 receptions for 970 yards and five scores. This year, Jones is catching about 64 percent of his passes up from 63 percent at this time in 2016 and down from 67 percent in 2015. Jones has never been a touchdown-scoring monster, he’s recorded double-digit scores just once in his career, but the touchdown drought has been especially bad this season. I can’t recommend taking him out of lineups however. Jones’ targets in the redzone have drastically increased since Week 7. He’ll hit paydirt eventually.
Jordy Nelson: It’s been a rough go for Nelson since Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone in Week 6. Even though he received a season-high ten targets in that game as the Packers finished without Rodgers, Nelson has had just four targets in two of three games backup QB Brett Hundley has started in since then. Those match Nelson's season-low target share in games Rodgers played in. He had seven targets in the Packers’ Monday night tilt against Detroit a couple weeks ago. Also, the yardage has been abysmal for Nelson. He’s had 13 yards, followed by 35 and then had 20 yards receiving last week. Even more scary is Nelson’s lack of redzone looks. He’s had just two since Week 5, according to NFLSavant.com. He has 11 on the season, meaning his value has dropped precipitously with Rodgers’ injury. Those redzone targets mean much more now that the Packers are making fewer trips to the redzone with Hundley at quarterback. The situation is even more disturbing because Hundley’s redzone targeting of Nelson has gotten worse as time has gone on and as he becomes more familiar with the position. Nelson is one to bench until we see something from him.