The Week 11 waiver wire column is live and filled with nine players to consider adding ahead of the fantasy playoff push. If you are in need of a deeper waiver wire dive, we'll go find some long-shot players.
Our long-standing national fantasy nightmare is drawing to a close. At press-time, it appears Le'Veon Bell will not report to the Steelers' facility by the 4 pm (EST) deadline on Tuesday, November 13th -- officially meaning Bell will be ineligible to play for the remainder of 2018 season. Instead, Bell will enter free agency at 27-years-old with fresh legs while he seeks a long-term deal. Bell's 128.5 yards from scrimmage per game leads Jim Brown (125.5) for most in NFL history. Needless to say, Bell is droppable in all re-draft fantasy leagues if he does not report Tuesday.
Let's get to the Week 11 deep waiver wire adds:
Players to add:
Even though he's only played on 24 percent of snaps over the last three weeks, Josh Adams has quickly become the Eagles most effective back. From Weeks 7-10, Adams is tied for the team lead in carries (20) while he easily leads the Eagles backfield in both missed tackles forced and yards after contact per carry, per PFF. HC Doug Pederson has noticed Adams' effectiveness, growing his share of the team carries in each game in the Eagles last three contests: 17 percent, 32 percent, 44 percent. Philly's three-man committee may turn into a four-man approach with Darren Sproles (hamstring) nearing a return, but Adams' increased usage is promising. He remains an RB4 stash ahead of Philadelphia's Week 11 draw against New Orleans' front seven that is allowing a minuscule 3.1 YPC (lowest in NFL).
The Bears have a ton of mouths to feed on offense, but rookie Anthony Miller has carved out a consistent role in their aerial attack. Miller has seen 6.5 targets per game over the last month, turning in 2/35, 3/37/1, 5/49, and 5/122/1 receiving lines. Miller has recorded at least one red-zone target in 6-of-8 contests this year while his 12 passing looks of 15-plus air yards over the last four weeks is sixth-most in the league, per numberFire's JJ Zachariason. Granted, Miller had his best game of the season against the Lions completely destitute secondary that was missing Darius Slay (knee) -- but the rookie will provide an underneath target for Mitchell Trubisky in Week 11 as Xavier Rhodes likely chases Allen Robinson. Miller runs 71 percent of his routes from the slot, per Next Gen Stats.
Smith has averaged just 2.7 targets and 29.7 yards per game over the last three weeks, but the second-year tight end is receiving just enough red-zone opportunity to perhaps buoy a reasonable floor. Smith has seen at least one inside-the-ten target in three-straight games and just posted a five-week high 92 percent snap rate in Week 10 against the Patriots. Smith is on the Week 11 streaming radar against a Colts side that just yielded 9.6 PPR points (5/46 on six targets) to Jags' little-used TE James O'Shaughnessy.
Note: In August and September, pure RB handcuffs provide little long-term upside and often waste a roster spot because we can rarely accurately choose the team's proper No. 2 back. However, now that the season is more than halfway over and waiver wires are often very thin at this point of the year -- we can begin to stash 'cuffs without much harm. Here are a few to keep an eye on as the fantasy playoffs are just three weeks away:
Gio Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
This one is obvious. In six games with Joe Mixon out or limited, Bernard has averaged 20.7 opportunities, 103.2 yards from scrimmage, and 19.8 PPR points per game.
Brown is the only other Rams' back to play significant snaps (106) behind workhorse, Todd Gurley (567). Rookie John Kelly has been a healthy scratch in most contests this season and has yet to play a single snap this year. Brown is the clear 'cuff and has a direct path to 18-20 touches per game if anything happens to Gurley (or if the Rams rest starters in Week 17).
Pittsburgh could create a committee if James Conner goes down, but history strongly suggests they prefer a workhorse back. Per PFF's Scott Barrett, Le'Veon Bell's primary backup has averaged 22.5 PPR points per game since 2015. Samuels may be the better stash, though. He saw five carries and four targets in relief of Conner in Week 10 vs. the Panthers. HC Mike Tomlin mentioned after the game that Samuels is, "trending up" -- perhaps giving him the edge over Ridley.
Marlon Mack is balling out, but Hines was a fantastic PPR play when Mack was out earlier this year. In four games without Mack (Weeks 1, 3-5), Nyheim Hines played on 63 percent of Colts' snaps, he saw 8.5 targets per game (third-most among RBs), ran a massive 36.5 routes per game (most), and averaged 16.5 PPR points per game.