Our weekly fantasy football waiver wire takes a look at the top pickups for Week 11 of the NFL season. Many of these players are still available in a majority of leagues and could have an immediate impact on your fantasy roster. Others might be worth stashing on your bench or are simply just players to add to your watch list.

Quarterbacks

Eli Manning NYG | QB

Sporting one of the most anemic offenses in football this season, the New York Giants skill players have been an after thought for fantasy owners. While the chatter regarding Eli Manning’s potential benching has picked up over the last few weeks, the veteran quarterback turned in a solid performance on Sunday in San Francisco. Manning racked up 273 passing yards to go along with a pair of touchdowns, despite the Giants allowing the 49ers to record their first victory of the season. Eli will look to capitalize on a fantastic opportunity in Week 11 when the Giants host the Chiefs, who are currently allowing the 6th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. With the emergence of Evan Engram as one of the league’s best tight ends, Big Blue will look to exploit a Chiefs secondary that has struggled to replace the loss of Eric Berry. Kansas City has allowed a whopping 259 passing yards a game and despite a sluggish Giants offense, there’s top 10 quarterback appeal for Manning in Week 11’s matchup. (about 50% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Running Backs

Rex Burkhead NE | RB

Rex Burkhead was a swiss-army knife in Marvin Lewis’ offense in Cincinnati for the four years he was there. It was easy to figure why the New England Patriots would covet that kind of player who possessed so much versatility. Although Burkhead’s functionalities weren’t put on full display until this past Sunday Night in Denver, it’s clear that Bill Belichick will be featuring the veteran running back more often moving forward. Burkhead ran the ball 10 times for 36 yards and added 27 yards and a touchdown on three catches in the Patriots’ convincing win over the Broncos. With Mike Gillislee being completely phased out of the offense, Burkhead has a chance to take over the lead back role from Dion Lewis and should be treated as the priority add for fantasy owners entering this week on the waiver wire. (about 14% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Danny Woodhead BAL | RB

A fixture in last week’s waiver-wire column, Danny Woodhead headlines our Week 11 column as well. Whether he returns to the lineup this week is still up in the air, fantasy owners should consider Woodhead a must-add for this week. He will certainly be one of the main targets for Joe Flacco in the passing game moving forward. Woodhead has big potential for fantasy owners down the stretch, especially in half-point and full-point PPR leagues. (about 36% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Wide Receivers

Robert Woods LAR | WR

While Robert Woods was one of the most prominent waiver adds in Week 10, he’ll be one of the most elite pickups this week after proving his Week 9 game was no fluke. For the second consecutive week, Woods recorded a pair of touchdowns. This week’s performance was highlighted by a 96 yard touchdown catch he reeled in from Jared Goff as the Rams obliterated the Texans. Woods continues to trend upwards in one of the NFL’s most surprising offenses. He will be a legitimate upside WR2 for the rest of the season and is an absolute must-add.
(about 72% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Tight Ends

Greg Olsen CAR | TE

Before breaking his foot early in the season, Greg Olsen was the gold standard in fantasy leagues for his consistent presence on the field. Despite missing the past eight games, the veteran tight end is hopeful to return after this week’s bye for the Panthers’ game at the Jets in Week 12. He’ll immediately be an upgrade for most fantasy owners, as the tight end position continues to be the thinnest. If he is somehow still available in your league, you should make sure to add him this week. (about 60% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Defenses

Arizona Cardinals ARI | DEF

In the aftermath of Deshaun Watson’s injury for the Houston Texans, Tom Savage has struggled immensely to show any semblance of competence at the quarterback position. Tom Savage threw a pair of interceptions in last week’s loss to the Rams in Los Angeles, as the offense managed to cough up an additional two fumbles. This week, the Arizona Cardinals will look to capitalize on the same opportunities when they travel to Houston to face the Texans. With Tom Savage under center, the Houston offense will continue to have a bulls eye on their forehead for opposing defenses in fantasy leagues. The Cardinals will be a top-tier defensive unit in Week 11. (about 48% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added as Week 11 streamer option