Monday, November 16, 2020

Fantasy Football Week 11 QB Waiver Wire Rankings

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short and/or long term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire. Of course, your league's size and settings could significantly impact whether these players (or better options) are available in your particular league(s).

With that said, here are some quarterback waiver-wire options to consider heading into Week 11 (Yahoo! % rostered in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by our preference to add.]

1. Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints (1%)

Playing in relief of Drew Brees (ribs) on Sunday, Winston completed six-of-10 for 63 yards against the San Francisco 49ers. With Brees getting an MRI today on his injured ribs, it's likely that Winston will become a plug-and-play option off the waiver wire for those in need of quarterback help.

With Tampa Bay last season, Winston threw for a league-high 5,109 yards while becoming the NFL's first-ever 30/30 quarterback in the process. Not only would Winston get an ideal matchup against the Atlanta Falcons, who have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season, but Winston has had plenty of fantasy success against the division rival recently.

The former No. 1 overall pick has thrown three-plus touchdowns in six of his past seven regular-season games against the Falcons going back to 2016. If you count rushing touchdowns, Winston has multiple touchdowns in all nine games he's ever played against the Falcons.

2. Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins (45%)

Good news first: Tagovailoa has thrown five touchdowns and no interceptions through his first three NFL starts, all wins. From a fantasy perspective, however, team wins aren't important and can actually hurt a fantasy quarterback when it comes to reduced passing volume. In those three wins, Tua has thrown just 22, 28 and 25 pass attempts, respectively.

There are some favorable matchups on the horizon. Miami's next three games are against the Broncos, Jets and Bengals, all matchups that rank in the top half of the league. After that, he gets the Chiefs, Patriots and Raiders, not as favorable of a three-game stretch, but potentially matchups that lead to more attempts as a passer.

3. Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders (37%)

The Raiders are on a three-game winning streak and that has led to disappointing fantasy results for Carr. In those wins, Carr has thrown 25 or fewer pass attempts with 165 passing yards or less in every game.

Before that span, Carr had a five-game stretch where he scored more than 20 fantasy points in four games and threw for multiple scores in all five games. One of those matchups was against the Kansas City Chiefs, where the Raiders were forced to keep up with the Patrick Mahomes-led high-powered offense. In that game, Carr threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns, both of which are season highs.

Even though the matchup is difficult on paper, a rematch against the Chiefs could lead to enough volume that pushes Carr into viable streamer territory in Week 11.

4. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings (28%)

Heading into Monday Night Football against the Chicago Bears, a daunting matchup for opposing quarterbacks, Cousins has scored 20-plus fantasy points in two of three outings. In those 20-point outbursts, Cousins has thrown three touchdowns in each game. In Week 11, the Vikings get a favorable matchup against the Dallas Cowboys, where Cousins could have an efficient and productive outing.

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