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. Derrius Guice, RB, Washington Redskins
Derrius Guice is finally set to come back from IR. He has recovered from his meniscus injury and is ready to roll. The Redskins wanted to make him the lead back this season, as they made Adrian Peterson a healthy scratch in week 1. With Washington not going anywhere this season, Guice should get a heavy workload so they can prepare for the future.
This week Guice will see his first action against the New York Jets. Adding Guice is less about the matchup this week and more about the opportunity the rest of the season. He is owned in just under 40 percent of ESPN leagues.
2. Brian Hill, RB, Atlanta Falcons
Devonta Freeman is out for a few weeks with a foot injury. Ito Smith is already on injured reserve. That means Brian Hill is going to get some work to close out the season. In the last two games, Hill scored eight and 13 points respectively. Against the Saints, he got 20 carries, which shows that he will likely be getting a lot of work moving forward.
The Falcons haven’t had the easiest time running the ball this season, but Hill will produce more than most waiver-wire pickups. He’ll have to catch passes out of the backfield to provide maximum value. Hill is available in almost every ESPN league.
3. Darius Slayton, WR, New York Giants
Slayton is a boom or bust player, which makes things tricky. He has three games of double-digit fantasy points, but also has four games of three points or fewer. Daniel Jones is building up a rapport with Slayton though, as he targeted him 14 times this week against the Jets. Slayton finished with 10 catches for 121 yards
He has worked himself up to being the 27th ranked fantasy receiver and it looks like his best work may be ahead of him. Slayton is owned in just under 13 percent of ESPN leagues.
4. J.D. McKissic, RB, Detroit Lions
Tyler Johnson is dealing with a concussion, which means the Lions’ running back platoon could be down to two for a while. Either way, McKissic led the trio in receptions and rushing attempts last week. He looks like the player to own from Detroit’s backfield at the moment. He only had four points against Chicago, but playing easier defenses down the stretch will help.
McKissic should have a few big games moving forward with the Lions being without Kerryon Johnson. He may not be ready to play against the Cowboys this week, but will have value after this week. He is owned in just 16 percent of ESPN leagues.
5. DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins
Parker continues to be a solid fantasy receiver, even though he is on the lowly Dolphins. In this week’s win against the Colts, he registered five catches for 69 yards. He has three double-digit scoring games and also has a few other solid games. Parker gets the most targets on the team and will continue to produce.
He is ranked as the 29th fantasy receiver, but isn’t widely owned because of the team he is on. Parker is worth picking up and stashing. The Louisville product is owned in 44.6 percent of ESPN leagues.