Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny (20)

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Thomason: Top Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 11

Rashaad Penny and Theo Riddick are two players to pursue this week.

Jack Thomason
November 13, 2018 - 8:40 am

(670 The Score) Here are my top 10 waiver adds for 10- and 12-member leagues as Week 11 in the NFL is upon us.

You'll see numerous backup running backs listed below in the "just missed" section. These are backups to the premier RB1s, and it's worth adding them in case a major injury strikes.

1. Rashaad Penny, (RB, Seattle Seahawks) – You have to be willing to gamble here to take Penny as your first waiver addition, but he broke out in a big way Sunday. After playing behind Chris Carson and Mike Davis, Penny received more playing time against the Rams and produced with 12 carries for 108 yards and a score, earning high praise from coach Pete Carroll. Penny is the teams' first-round pick, so after that performance you'd think they'd want to see him on the field more. It's also worth noting that Carson's hip is bothering him, as he was held out of the game Sunday and is uncertain for this week.

2. Theo Riddick, (RB, Detroit Lions) – Riddick is mostly a PPR addition, but since returning from injury, he's playing more than 50 percent of the snaps and has seen a combined 15 targets in the last two weeks. Kerryon Johnson has taken over as the lead back, but Riddick is filling the void that Golden Tate left. He has been Matthew Stafford's safety blanket, snagging a combined 13 receptions for 96 yards over the last two games. Riddick should continue to be heavily involved in the passing game. Additionally, Marvin Jones is banged up with a knee bruise and considered day-to-day.

3. Derrick Henry, (RB, Tennessee Titans) – Anyone's guess is as good as mine on when you'll feel comfortable using Henry in your fantasy lineups, but with the way the Titans' offense has being playing, he's worth adding to see it shakes out. Henry is still playing just one-third of the snaps, but he does have four touchdowns in the last three games, and Marcus Mariota is finally looking healthy. This offense seems to be turning a corner and with that could come more goal-line work and more fourth-quarter leads for Henry to grind down the opponent.

4. Chris Godwin, (WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – I feel like I've been writing about Godwin all season and yet he's still less than 50-percent owned in Yahoo leagues. I'll make it simple: Godwin only has three games under double-digit PPR points this season. He'd also get an enormous bump if anything happened to DeSean Jackson or Mike Evans. Pick him up and grab yourself a WR3 with big upside if an injury strikes.

5. Josh Reynolds, (WR, Los Angeles Rams) – Unfortunately, Cooper Kupp has suffered a torn ACL. So in steps Reynolds as the third receiver in the Rams' offense. When Kupp missed two games earlier in the season, Reynolds played at least 84 percent of the snaps in both contests. He was only targeted six times, but he did catch two touchdowns. You can expect volatile production, but any piece of this offense is a must-have. Tight end Gerald Everett is another name to monitor.  

6. Elijah McGuire, (RB, New York Jets) – For the second week in a row, McGuire out-snapped and outplayed Isaiah Crowell. He's only seeing 10 touches per game, but he's also working his way back from being on injured reserve. He's worth adding in PPR formats, as he's taken over Bilal Powell's role. There's hope for more touches too given the Jets' struggles offensively, as they're often playing from behind.

7. John Ross, (WR, Cincinnati Bengals) – Ross was the clear WR2 with A.J. Green missing from the Bengals' offense. He led the team with six targets and played 84 percent of the snaps. It was an ugly day for the Bengals as they got blown out by the Saints, but Ross salvaged his day by getting into the end zone while catching two balls for 39 yards. Without a clear timeline for Green to return, Ross should be owned. 

8. Anthony Miller, (WR, Chicago Bears) – Miller continues to show flashes, as he's scored four times in the last seven games. He's seen at least six targets in each of the last four games and had his largest receiving output in tallying 122 yards and a score Sunday. The Bears raved about Miller during the offseason, and we're starting to see that potential blossom as the season wears on. A healthy Allen Robinson helps Miller face lesser coverage on a weekly basis, so don't let Robinson's return deter you from adding him to your squad.

9. Josh Adams, (RB, Philadelphia Eagles) – The Eagles' timeshare at running back isn't a pretty one, but Adams is playing one-third of the snaps over the last two weeks and has led the team in carries (16) and rushing yards (108) over that span. Now there's talk of getting Adams more involved on early downs. If it comes to fruition, it could bode well for teams in need of a running back for the final push to the fantasy playoffs.

10. Lamar Jackson, (QB, Baltimore Ravens) – Normally I'm not a fan of adding quarterbacks on waivers, as most 10- and 12-team leagues have solid starters and plenty of options in the pool for byes. Jackson is a different story because of his rushing ability. I'm skeptical on his passing, but his legs coupled with an easy schedule down the stretch could make him a fantasy factor. He should be added at least until we know more about Joe Flacco's hip injury. 

Just missed: Malcolm Brown, Spencer Ware, Rex Burkhead, Wayne Gallman, Rod Smith, Giovani Bernard, Chase Edmonds, Jacquizz Rodgers, Brandon Marshall, Danny Amendola, Maurice Harris, Dede Westbrook, Zay Jones, Gerald Everett and Jonnu Smith.

Jack Thomason is 670 The Score’s fantasy football expert. Follow him on Twitter @jthomason77 and feel free to ask fantasy questions.​​