Thomason: Top Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 11

Brian Hill and Darius Slayton are two players to pursue this week.

Jack Thomason
November 11, 2019 - 3:44 pm

(670 The Score) Here are my top 10 waiver adds for 10- and 12-member fantasy leagues for Week 11 of the NFL season.

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1. Brian Hill (RB, Atlanta Falcons) – Hopefully, you added Hill within the last two weeks, because there will be a mad dash to grab him this week. Ito Smith was placed on injured reserve, and Devonta Freeman left in the third quarter Sunday with a foot injury and never returned. Hill went on to record a 10-yard receiving touchdown and added 20 carries for 61 yards against a stout New Orleans defense. He’s the top addition in all formats unless positive news surfaces about Freeman. Even then, Hill is a top-three addition this week.

2. Darius Slayton (WR, New York Giants) –  Slayton has played extremely well in his rookie season, and Sunday was no different. He had 10 receptions for 121 yards and two touchdowns, which is nothing to scoff at even if it came against a porous Jets secondary. Consistency will be the biggest challenge for Slayton, but with Sterling Shepard unlikely to return due to concussion and Evan Engram week-to-week with a foot injury, Slayton is a must-add. He has topped the 50-yard mark twice and scored four touchdowns in his last three games. One note: The Giants are on a bye this coming week.

3. Derrius Guice (RB, Washington Redskins) – The Redskins have been a dumpster fire offensively, but Guice is returning from his knee injury and should add a boost. He’s a phenomenal talent whom we've barely seen on the field since the Redskins drafted him in the second round in 2018. With coaches that want to feed the running game to protect rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins, now is the time for Guice to shine. We all need running back depth with upside this time of year, which makes Guice a premium addition if he’s still available.

4. Demaryius Thomas (WR, New York Jets) – Much like Slayton, Thomas should benefit from injuries and an easy schedule. He has averaged four receptions over the last four weeks and had nine targets on two occasions in that span. Thomas also led the Jets with 84 receiving yards Sunday. The Jets didn't acquire Thomas until the second week of September, and his chemistry with Sam Darnold is now rounding into form. New York’s schedule lines up nicely for Thomas to be a WR3 down the stretch.

5. J.D. McKissic (RB, Detroit Lions) – McKissic has quietly totaled a combined 127 yards on 23 touches over the last two weeks, and he found his way into the end zone Sunday. With Ty Johnson leaving the game due to concussion, McKissic is set up for a significant role. The nice part about him is his solid floor, given the workload and his receiving ability. He’s the running back I want this week if Hill or Guice is unavailable.

6. Kalen Ballage (RB, Miami Dolphins) – Ballage has been horrific this season, but with Kenyan Drake gone, he has plenty of opportunity. He had 20 carries but totaled just 43 yards against the Colts. That being said, the Dolphins offense has been moving the ball with Ryan Fitzgerald at the helm, and the volume is there.

7. Hunter Renfrow (WR, Oakland Raiders) – Just like last week, Renfrow isn’t the sexiest of waiver additions, but he’s clearly developing a role as a safety valve for Derek Carr in a short passing attack. Renfrow has seen a combined 16 targets over the last three games, catching 14 balls and scoring twice in that span. He’s probably better suited as a PPR option, but if you’re in need of receiver help, he’s worth a look.

8. James Washington (WR, Pittsburgh Steelers) – Is the Mason Rudolph-to-Washington connection from Oklahoma State finally blossoming in Pittsburgh? Washington has surpassed 10 PPR points in back-to-back games, including catching six of seven targets for 90 yards and a touchdown Sunday. The Steelers are rolling right now. That's mostly because of their defense, but Rudolph seems to be finding his stride and we know he has a close relationship with Washington. You could take a flier on worse players and as I’ve mentioned for several players on this list, the schedule sets up fantastic from here on out.

9. Wayne Gallman (RB, New York Giants) – Insert any stud running back handcuff for Gallman’s name on this list and they’re worth stashing at the bottom of your bench this time of year. There hasn’t been any new information on Saquon Barkley as I’m writing this, but he did get a little banged up Sunday. There were reports of him being in the X-ray room after the game, but there didn’t seem to be any major concern from coach Pat Shurmur in his postgame press conference. Keep an eye on the situation and adjust Gallman's rank accordingly. We’ve seen Gallman produce in a bellcow role once already this season, so he’s worth adding as a precautionary measure and an injury-upside play.

10. Andy Isabella (WR, Arizona Cardinals) – Isabella has finally received snaps with the starters in the last two weeks, and he has produced in making the most of his limited opportunity. He has caught all four of his targets for a whopping 166 yards and a score in the last two games. Isabella is a burner and a big play waiting to happen. He should continue to have opportunities down the stretch on a team that throws the ball more than almost everyone in the league, as Kyler Murray is second in pass attempts in the NFL.

Just missed: Tony Pollard, Reggie Bonnafon, Giovani Bernard, Benny Snell/Trey Edmunds, N’Keal Harry, Cole Beasley, Keelan Cole, Jacob Hollister and Tyler Eifert.

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