Fantasy Football Week 11 Waiver Wire: Replacing Alshon Jeffery

Week 11 Rankings: Standard | PPR

The Waiver Wire isn't going to be exciting this week since most of the prominent players to add are already owned, but Fantasy owners will be looking to replace at least one starter in Alshon Jeffery. The Bears receiver was suspended Monday for the next four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs

Along with Jeffery, we also have several injuries to monitor, including Rob Gronkowski (chest), Jordan Howard (lower leg) and Larry Fitzgerald (knee). And there are four teams on a bye, so you won't have several starters from Atlanta, San Diego, Denver and the Jets.

We have plenty of replacement options to discuss below, but you'll want to check if these players are available first, although most are already owned in 12-team leagues and larger. We're talking about Martellus Bennett (82 percent ownership on CBS Sports), Jamison Crowder (76 percent), Steve Smith (76 percent), Dion Lewis (75 percent), Cameron Brate (74 percent), Thomas Rawls (72 percent), James Starks (68 percent) and Kenny Britt (68 percent).

You'll want to add these players before any of the others listed below, and I'm excited to see what Rawls and Lewis can do once they are finally active, especially after Starks just had a solid return to action in Week 10 as the lead running back in Green Bay. Crowder, Smith and Britt are potential must-start receivers in the majority of leagues, and Bennett would be an easy No. 1 tight end if Gronkowski is out. I don't love Brate this week at Kansas City, but he's emerging as a starting tight end in all leagues.

C.J. Prosise (60 percent) is another player to prioritize this week, especially if Rawls remains out. And the top guys to replace Jeffery for this week include Rishard Matthews (47 percent), Tyreek Hill (24 percent) and Eli Rogers (23 percent), as well as the new No. 1 receiver in Chicago, Cameron Meredith (26 percent). Eric Ebron (55 percent) should also be added in all leagues, and Ladarius Green (19 percent) is worth stashing as well.

Also, at running back, you'll see a lot of handcuff options listed here. If you have an open roster spot, whether you have the starter or not, speculate on some handcuffs that could become lottery tickets, especially for teams that lean on their running backs a lot (Dallas, Miami and Pittsburgh).


Names of note on bye: Matt Ryan, Philip Rivers and Trevor Siemian

Injuries of note: None

Priority list

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Tyrod Taylor CLE • QB • 5
Week 9 stats (on a bye in Week 10)
CMP %7,110.0
63 percent ownership

Taylor comes off his bye week in a potentially good situation. He's scored at least 23 Fantasy points in a standard league in three of his past four games, and he's facing a Bengals team that has allowed at least 19 Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in four of their past five games, including Monday night against Eli Manning. Taylor isn't a must-start quarterback in Week 11, but he's a safe option in two-quarterback leagues if you need a starter.

  • Colin Kaepernick (24 percent): Like Taylor, Kaepernick isn't a must-start quarterback in Week 11, but he does have the chance to help you given his recent level of play. He has scored 25 Fantasy points in consecutive games against New Orleans and Arizona, and he should have the chance to rack up stats if he's chasing points this week as expected against New England. Kaepernick has run for at least 55 yards in three of four starts, and those rushing numbers are padding his Fantasy production each week.
  • Alex Smith (42 percent): It's hard to trust Smith since he's never been a dynamic Fantasy quarterback, but he could be useful this week against Tampa Bay at home. The Buccaneers did a good job against Jay Cutler last week in holding him to seven Fantasy points in a standard league, but five quarterbacks have scored at least 21 points against Tampa Bay this year. In deeper two-quarterback leagues, Smith can be a starter this week.

Drop list

* - If you need to make a move, these are players you can drop for this week.

  • Carson Palmer (98 percent): Palmer failed in a dream matchup against the 49ers at home in Week 10 with just 16 Fantasy points, and he was coming off a bye. He only has three games this season with at least 20 Fantasy points, and it's hard to trust him as a No. 1 option moving forward.
  • Joe Flacco (73 percent): He was a great streamer in Week 10 against Cleveland with 27 Fantasy points, but you shouldn't start him in Week 11 at Dallas. He only has one game with at least 20 Fantasy points on the road this year, which was Week 2 at Cleveland.
  • Jay Cutler (39 percent): He failed as a one-week streamer in Week 10 at Tampa Bay, and he should be even worse moving forward with Jeffery out. He's not worth owning again this year.

Running backs

Names of note on bye: Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman, Melvin Gordon, Devontae Booker and Matt Forte

Injuries of note: Jordan Howard (lower leg), Thomas Rawls (leg), Jacquizz Rodgers (foot) and DeAngelo Williams (knee)

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C.J. Prosise SEA • RB • 22
Week 10 stats at NE
60 percent ownership

Prosise dominated playing time in Week 10 with 24 touches, and he was great against the Patriots with 17 carries for 66 yards and seven catches for 87 yards. But it's hard to expect that type of workload if Rawls is able to return in Week 11 as expected. Still, Prosise will have a role, especially on passing downs, and he has two games with at least four catches in his past three outings. On a week where there aren't a lot of great running backs to add off waivers, it's worth speculating on Prosise in all leagues where he's available.

  • Kenneth Dixon (39 percent): He had his best game of the season in Week 10 against Cleveland with six carries for 38 yards and five catches for 42 yards, and we hope he continues to get more work in tandem with Terrance West. He should be better than West in Week 11 at Dallas based on his receiving ability, and we'll continue to stash him in all leagues.
  • Jeremy Langford (42 percent): We're not sure about Howard's status after Week 10. Coach John Fox said he was dealing with an ankle or Achilles injury, but Howard said he was fine. Should Howard be forced to miss any time, Langford would start, and he's worth adding as an injury replacement. But if Howard is healthy, Langford is just a low-end handcuff on a bad offense, and we don't have much interest in stashing him.
  • Damien Williams (10 percent): Williams is one of a few handcuffs to add this week, whether you own Jay Ajayi or not. If Ajayi were to miss any time, Williams could be a standout Fantasy option, and he has actually scored at least seven Fantasy points in a standard league in three of his past four games. He scored two touchdowns in Week 10 at San Diego.
  • Alfred Morris (36 percent): Ezekiel Elliott has been a star this year, but we all know a big reason is that Dallas offensive line. If Elliott were injured, Morris would be a Fantasy starter in all leagues if he moved up to No. 1 on the depth chart. If you have an open roster spot, add Morris as a potential lottery ticket.
  • Fitzgerald Toussaint (3 percent): He's now No. 2 on the depth chart for the Steelers behind Le'Veon Bell with DeAngelo Williams (knee) out. We're not sure when Williams will return, but if Bell got hurt, Toussaint would become a potential starter in all leagues. Again, he's a good speculative add.
  • Benny Cunningham (5 percent): He's not better than Todd Gurley, but the Rams are giving him more work each week while Gurley continues to struggle. He has at least eight touches in each of the past two games against Carolina and the Jets, and he has eight catches over that span if you're looking for a deep flier in PPR leagues. If Gurley got hurt, Cunningham could become a potential flex option in PPR.

Drop list

* - If you need to make a move, these are players you can drop for this week.

  • Christine Michael (95 percent): In 10-team leagues and shallower, it might be time to move on from Michael, especially if Rawls is back this week. Coach Pete Carroll talked about Prosise and Rawls leading his backfield moving forward, and Michael appears to be the odd man out.
  • Matt Jones (72 percent): Rob Kelley has taken over as the starter for the Redskins, and Jones will need an injury to get his job back. You can handcuff Kelley with Jones if you want, but he's third at best on the depth chart now behind Kelley and Chris Thompson.
  • Charcandrick West (68 percent): He failed to impress in his lone game as the starter when Spencer Ware was out in Week 9 with a concussion. Ware is healthy, and West will be hard to trust if he ever gets the chance to start again.
  • Jerick McKinnon (67 percent): The Vikings offensive line has been a disaster this year, and the only Vikings running back worth owning is Matt Asiata. McKinnon has one game over 50 total yards this season and just one touchdown.
  • Jacquizz Rodgers (66 percent): We hope he's back in Week 11 after missing the past two games with a foot injury, but Doug Martin is healthy and Peyton Barber might be the new No. 2 on the depth chart.
  • DeAngelo Williams (51 percent): He's out after having knee surgery last week, and it's unknown when he will return to action as the backup for Bell. Toussaint is the handcuff to carry for the Steelers.

Wide receivers

Names of note on bye: Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Brandon Marshall, Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams

Injuries of note: Larry Fitzgerald (knee), Will Fuller (leg), Michael Floyd (neck), Marqise Lee (ankle), Jeremy Maclin (groin), Victor Cruz (ankle) and DeSean Jackson (shoulder)

Priority list

* - Add these players in this order, and they are owned in 65 percent of leagues or less on CBS Sports.

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Rishard Matthews TEN • WR • 18
Week 10 stats vs. GB
47 percent ownership

Matthews is somewhat hard to trust because he's touchdown dependent, but he's scoring a lot of touchdowns lately. He has a touchdown in five of his past six games, with six touchdowns over that span, and he's scored at least eight Fantasy points in a standard league in six of his past seven outings. His worst game over that span was against the Colts in Week 7 when he had just four catches for 37 yards on four targets, but his recent production makes him worth the risk as a low-end starting option in all leagues.

  • Tyreek Hill (24 percent): If Maclin remains out, Hill should once again operate as the No. 1 receiver for the Chiefs, and he played well in Week 10 at Carolina with 10 catches for 89 yards on 13 targets and one carry for 12 yards. He has a good matchup against Tampa Bay at home, and Hill has at least nine Fantasy points in a standard league in three of his past four games.
  • Eli Rogers (23 percent): Rogers has started to come alive the past two games with 10 Fantasy points in each outing against Baltimore and Dallas. He has 15 targets over that span for 10 catches, 145 yards and one touchdown, and he should continue to operate as the No. 2 receiver behind Antonio Brown. Rogers has a great matchup this week at Cleveland, and is worth starting as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in all leagues.
  • Sammy Watkins (39 percent): We hope Watkins is able to return from injured reserve in Week 12, and if you can just stash any player on this list, he might have the most upside if he can return from his foot injury at 100 percent. Watkins could be a tremendous difference maker in all leagues if he can get healthy this year.
  • Michael Floyd (61 percent): We expect Floyd to be healthy this week despite dealing with a stinger in his neck in Week 10 against the 49ers. This came during his best game of the season with five catches for 101 yards on six targets, and he clearly outplayed John Brown and J.J. Nelson. And if Fitzgerald is hurt, Floyd's value could skyrocket, but just keep expectations in check given a tough matchup in Week 11 at Minnesota.
  • DeVante Parker (63 percent): He had a great game since Week 2 in Week 10 at San Diego with five catches for 103 yards on eight targets. The targets were his most since Week 2, and the catches tied for his second-best total of the year. He clearly needs to be more involved to help Fantasy owners, but it's hard to count on that given Miami's run-based offense. Still, there's plenty of upside with Parker, and he's worth adding in all leagues if you want to speculate on a receiver down the stretch. Just don't plan on starting him in Week 11 at the Rams.
  • Cameron Meredith (26 percent): There's an opening now for the Bears with Jeffery out for the next four games, and Meredith should emerge as the No. 1 receiver for Cutler. But that's not necessarily a great thing, and Meredith might not be a difference-making Fantasy option. He played well when Brian Hoyer was the Bears starting quarterback, and Meredith had two games with at least nine catches and 113 yards. But that was with Jeffery on the field, and Cutler doesn't have that same rapport with Meredith that Hoyer did. Cutler will also lean on Zach Miller and Eddie Royal (13 percent), who is worth a look in deeper leagues. And I'm not starting Meredith this week at the Giants as anything more than a low-end No. 3 Fantasy receiver.
  • Tyler Lockett (26 percent): We're starting to see Russell Wilson play better over the past two games against Buffalo and New England, and maybe Lockett will follow suit. Like last year with Wilson, this is about the time Lockett became a quality Fantasy option. Against the Patriots in Week 10, Lockett had six targets for three catches and 72 yards. The targets and yards are his second-best totals of the season, and we hope this is a sign of things to come. He might finally be over the knee injury that plagued him for most of the year.
  • Pierre Garcon (24 percent): Garcon will lose value if Jackson is back this week, but he's played well the past two games and should be useful in PPR leagues if you need a starting option. He has at least six catches for 67 yards in his past two outings, and he has 17 targets over that span. This is a great matchup in Week 11 against Green Bay, and Garcon is a nice sleeper if Jackson doesn't return.
  • Robert Woods (24 percent): He could be worth a look in deeper leagues this week at Cincinnati as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver, especially in PPR, but his shelf life as a relevant Fantasy option might be minimal if Watkins returns in Week 12. In Week 9 at Seattle, Woods had 10 catches for 162 yards on 13 targets, and he has at least six targets in six games in a row. He only has one touchdown on the season, but he could be useful in PPR leagues this week.

Drop list

* - If you need to make a move, these are players you can drop for this week.

  • Alshon Jeffery (99 percent): He'll be suspended through Week 14, and he'll return during the Fantasy playoffs to face Green Bay in Week 15, Washington in Week 16 and Minnesota in Week 17. There's no guarantee Cutler remains Chicago's starting quarterback at that point, and it will be hard to trust Jeffery with your Fantasy season on the line. He only has one touchdown on the year and has scored double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league just twice.
  • Will Fuller (80 percent): Fuller is still dealing with a leg injury, but hopefully he plays this week at Oakland. Still, he hasn't done much since Week 4, and you're relying on Brock Osweiler to help him make plays. There are better options out there to stash in re-draft leagues.
  • Corey Coleman (78 percent): The talent is there, and hopefully the production starts to follow. But the Browns offense is a mess, and Coleman has five combined Fantasy points in two games after he was out for six games with a broken hand. Coleman's talent might not show until 2017, and he's not worth stashing in most re-draft leagues.
  • Quincy Enunwa (74 percent): The Jets quarterback situation is a mess, and Enunwa only has three standout games on his resume this year. He looked good for two games against Baltimore in Week 7 and Cleveland in Week 8, but he's not worth holding during his bye week.
  • Travis Benjamin (69 percent): We hope Benjamin's knee will be OK after his bye in Week 11, but he might not be at 100 percent the rest of the year. I'm not sure he's worth holding through his bye week in most leagues.
  • J.J. Nelson (63 percent): It was a rough outing in Week 10 for Nelson once he was elevated to No. 2 on the depth chart behind Fitzgerald. He had two catches for 29 yards on six targets against the 49ers, but he lost a fumble and dropped a pass that led to an interception. It looks like Floyd is better than Nelson now.
  • DeSean Jackson (59 percent): He could return from his shoulder injury this week, but I'm not sure that will matter with production all season. He only has two games with double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league for the season, and the last time that happened was in Week 3.
  • Mohamed Sanu (57 percent): He's good with at least seven Fantasy points in a standard league in three of his past five games, but he's not good enough to carry through his bye week if you need help on your roster.

Tight ends

Names of note on bye: Antonio Gates and Hunter Henry

Injuries of note: Rob Gronkowski (chest) and Jared Cook (ankle)

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Eric Ebron IND • TE • 85
Week 9 stats at MIN (on a bye in Week 10)
55 percent ownership

Ebron is coming off two strong performances prior to his bye week with seven catches for 79 yards on 10 targets at Houston in Week 8 and seven catches for 92 yards on eight targets at Minnesota in Week 9. Those were two tough matchups, but Ebron played great, especially in PPR leagues. The Jaguars are tough on tight ends with only three touchdowns allowed and seven Fantasy points in a standard league the high point total, but Ebron still carries No. 1 potential this week and long term. He's someone you can rely on as a starter for the rest of the season.

  • Ladarius Green (19 percent): He made his season debut in Week 10 against Dallas and finished with three catches for 30 yards on four targets. He looked like a player making his season debut after starting the season on the PUP list, and the Steelers still used Jesse James (22 percent) against the Cowboys since he had four catches for 59 yards on four targets. Both tight ends are worth streaming this week since Cleveland allows the most Fantasy points to tight ends, but Green can become a Fantasy starter for the rest of the year. He should be added in all leagues.
  • C.J. Fiedorowicz (42 percent): He had a tough matchup in Week 10 at Jacksonville, although Ryan Griffin scored a touchdown. Still, Fiedorowicz had five targets for three catches and 26 yards, and his targets and yards were second on the team behind DeAndre Hopkins. He had four games in a row prior to Week 10 with at least seven targets, three with at least five catches and he scored two touchdowns over that span. He'll be involved this week in a good matchup against Oakland and is worth adding.
  • Jack Doyle (41 percent): Tennessee has allowed a tight end to score in three of the past four games, including Week 7 when Doyle had nine catches for 78 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets. Dwayne Allen was out that week with an ankle injury, and his return dampens the value for Doyle a little. But based on the matchup, and he also had nine targets in Week 9 at Green Bay when Allen was active, he is worth a flier this week at home.
  • Julius Thomas (54 percent): Each week he's good for about 24 receiving yards and a touchdown, which he's done in three of the past four games, including last week against Houston (six catches, 24 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets). Detroit is tied with Cleveland with the most touchdowns allowed to tight ends (nine), so Thomas is a great streaming option this week.

Drop list

* - If you need to make a move, these are players you can drop for this week.

  • Gary Barnidge (76 percent): Last week was rock bottom for Barnidge in what has been a rock bottom year. He had one catch for 8 yards at Baltimore while backup tight end Seth DeValve scored a touchdown, which is one more than Barnidge has all season. He's been a bust and it's time to move on.
  • Coby Fleener (74 percent): His last big game was against Carolina in Week 6 with 19 Fantasy points at home. Since then he's combined for 13 points over four games, and his best game outdoors was four points. If he's been your guy all season, it's time to go streaming.
  • Dennis Pitta (55 percent): He doesn't score touchdowns, and his only game this season with more than five Fantasy points in a standard league was in Week 2. He's only worth owning in deep PPR leagues.

DST streamers

* - If you need a DST for this week, these teams have favorable matchups are worth starting.

  • Dolphins (36 percent) at LAR
  • Steelers (37 percent) at CLE
  • Giants (20 percent) vs. CHI
  • Lions (23 percent) vs. JAC

K streamers

* - If you need a kicker for this week, these guys have favorable matchups are worth starting.

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