14 November 2023 • by Bryan Oldham
Another insane week of the NFL has come and gone. C.J. Stroud is a legit MVP candidate, and the Bills are showing cracks in their armor.
Welcome to our Waiver Wire targets for Week 11 of the 2023 NFL season. Let’s make some moves.
We should caveat here: while these guys are often listed as viable pickups for multiple weeks, you can also view our QB recommendations as synonymous with streaming recommendations.
The legend grows. Another win by Dobbs, this time with a full week of practice under his belt. Nearly 270 passing yards and a touchdown through the air, combined with 44 on the ground for another score, meant Dobbs put up another extremely productive week. The Vikings look to be in contention for a playoff spot with Dobbs replacing the injured Kirk Cousins, and Dobbs is only going to get better when Justin Jefferson returns.
Stafford makes this team so much better when he’s healthy. The Rams have been touch-and-go with his injury updates, but it sounds like Stafford will be back in action for Week 11. If he is, the boost to Cooper Kupp, Puka Nacua, and whoever leads the backfield, will be significant. He’s not the Stafford of old, but assuming health, he’s one of the best streamers you can get. The rest-of-season schedule is also mighty juicy, with Seattle and Arizona lined up the next two weeks.
Do you hear the broken record yet? Baker is viable as a streamer so long as the Bucs defense puts him in positions to throw the ball. Combine that with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin as his top 2 options, and Mayfield will always have the upside of a low-end QB1. Assuming his thumb injury is as non-serious as the team is making it out to be, Baker’s schedule is pretty cushy after this week. Week 11 is against the 49ers, followed by the Colts, Panthers, and Falcons.
Another week, another Texans player in our recommended waiver pickups. While it’s probably a toss-up that Singletary is available, we saw in Week 10 what he can do when active and given the workload. Singletary has outplayed Dameon Pierce while the latter has been on the shelf with an injury, and we already saw the workload being split prior to the injury. If Singletary leads this backfield again, Arizona and Jacksonville are nice matchups in the next two weeks. That said, he’s likely the starter for the rest of the year, and is a great weekly RB3/Flex option, with RB1/2 upside.
Alexander Mattison lead the Vikings backfield before departing Week 10 with a concussion. As a result, Ty Chandler got plenty of run. His 15 carries only amounted to 45 yards and a touchdown, but the workload was significant. Combined with the fact the Vikings also signed Myles Gaskin for depth says Mattison will almost certainly miss Week 11, and the opportunity for Chandler to take the starting job is right there.
Denver, Chicago, bye, Las Vegas, and Cincinnati comprise the next 5 weeks for Chandler, and if he does take the starting role, I’d feel good with him as my team’s RB3/4 with weekly plug-and-play appeal.
A late week injury designation last week made Mitchell more of a stash than an immediate play. While he only got 5 touches, he ripped off another big play of 30+ yards, and scored. He’s going to be in the Achane camp where you hope for a huge chunk play that turns his week around, but Mitchell seems to be directly behind Gus Edwards in this backfield. Gus is durable, but they can’t run him without giving him more breaks in the home stretch, and Mitchell stands to benefit from that the most.
We said it last week, and Noah Brown delivered again. 7 grabs for 172 yards, are you kidding me?! That’s two consecutive weeks with 150+ yards, creating absolutely monstrous stat lines. The Texans are legit now, and Brown is making his mark in the offense. Whether Robert Woods retains his job remains to be seen, and things may get murky once Nico Collins returns, but Brown looks the part and has the trust of C.J. Stroud.
Back to the well with Reed. He isn’t the 1 in the offense, but he’s been providing some big plays for a Packers offense that desperately needs something positive. His 5 grabs for 84 and a touch against Pittsburgh were nice, and he’s slowly creeping into weekly flex territory.
40% target share. That’s what Douglas saw against the Colts in Germany during their Week 10 international match. While the Pats passing game is, at best, atrocious, Douglas is playing everywhere and seeing the bulk of the targets. He may have a new QB after the Week 11 bye, but he should be on rosters through the bye week regardless. He’s a PPR machine, with echos of Wes Welker to his game (no, I’m not comparing him to Wes Welker, but rather the play style). Grab him.
I had my concerns with McBride, purely because we hadn’t seen him and Kyler play together this season. Those concerns were squelched by an 8 for 131 performance, showing that McBride is obviously, at least for the time being, Murray’s favorite target. If he’s still out there, even if you have another solid option on your roster, you have to grab him. There are very few TEs that I would start comfortably over him (read: Kelce, Andrews, Hockenson, LaPorta), so trust the McBride breakout and enjoy the show.
He isn’t lighting the world on fire, but Musgrave is making splash plays for Green Bay when they need him to. 3 for 61 is a fine PPR stat line, and he’s becoming more and more reliable for Jordan Love, who needs someone he can look to when he is (often) under duress. Next up is the Chargers middling defense, a team that is porous to opposing tight ends.
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