Having a good fantasy draft sets a team up really well, but most of the time to win a fantasy football league, acquisitions need to be made during the season. Each week there are several players worth exploring on the waiver wire. Here are five players to add in fantasy football week 11. (Note: These are best used for standard scoring leagues. All players are owned in less than 50 percent of ESPN leagues)
1. Salvon Ahmed, RB, Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins have had running back injuries and Ahmed has run with his opportunity. In week 10, Salvon Ahmed had 21 rushes for 85 yards and a touchdown. He also had a reception for five yards to go with his rushing yards against the Chargers.
Miami has just waived Jordan Howard and Myles Gaskin will still be on IR for the coming weeks. Matt Breida could eat into Ahmed’s carries, but the Dolphins should stick with the hot hand. Ahmed is available in about 93 percent of ESPN leagues.
2. Kalen Ballage, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
For the second straight week, Ballage got most of the work out of the Chargers backfield. He rushed 18 times for 68 yards. While he didn’t find the end zone, Ballage did add five catches for 34 yards. This follows his performance against the Raiders, when he had 69 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Until Austin Ekeler comes off of IR, Ballage will be the featured running back. Justin Jackson is also on IR, while Joshua Kelley hasn’t been getting a lot of work since Ballage’s emergence. Ballage will likely keep on getting some good work until Ekeler is 100 percent. He is available in over 70 percent of ESPN leagues.
3. Jakobi Meyers, WR, New England Patriots
Over the last three weeks, Meyers has emerged as a possible star for the Patriots. In week 10, he had five receptions for 59 yards on seven targets. He could’ve put up bigger numbers, but the game was played in a lot of rain. In week 9, he posted 12 receptions for 169 yards, proving his fantasy worth.
The Patriots have not had many healthy and reliable receivers this season. As Cam Newton tries to help the Patriots make a playoff push, he will continue to look Meyers’ way. Meyers is currently owned in just 23.2 percent of ESPN leagues.
4. Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts
The Colts have a three-headed monster at the running back position. Hines currently seems to have the hot hand after he had 12 carries for 70 yards and a touchdown on Thursday night against the Titans. He added five receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown. This was a 23-point performance in standard formats, which comes two weeks after a 17-point performance in week 8.
Indianapolis has featured different running backs at different times of the year, but Hines is the most versatile and the one producing right now. Hines should be picked up and a fantasy manager can see how the Colts continue to divvy up the work out of the backfield. The 19th-ranked running back in standard formats is owned in just 41 percent of ESPN leagues.
5. Allen Lazard, WR, Green Bay Packers
A lot has been made about Aaron Rodgers‘ lack of weapons. The Packers have still been successful, but they can do even better when Allen Lazard returns from injury. Lazard hasn’t played since week 3 with an abdomen injury, but did have two huge fantasy weeks before getting injured.
As defenses continue to focus on Davante Adams, Rodgers will go to wide receivers he can trust. Lazard has proven to be one of Rodgers’ favorite targets when healthy. He should be picked up now and played once he shows he is healthy. Lazard is owned in 31.4 percent of ESPN leagues.
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