The later you get into your fantasy season it becomes crucial to make the correct roster decisions in order to make your playoff push. Unfortunately, the waiver wire becomes extremely bare later into the NFL schedule, but there are still a few players to target due to injuries to starters, players coming back from injuries, or more playing time given to younger players once teams fall out the playoff race. Hopefully these players below can be the missing pieces to your championship run.
Fantasy Football Add/Drop – Week 11
Add – Tony Romo
Tony Romo is back!!! Cowboys fans have a reason to watch football again and fantasy owners can use a waiver claim to replace their unproductive quarterback (Peyton Manning & Andrew Luck). After having his best season as a pro last year, Romo’s stock was up until a Week 2 collarbone injury derailed his season. The Cowboys have lost 7 straight games since his injury but look to have Romo back in their lineup this Sunday against an under-performing Miami Dolphins defense. A definite plug and play quarterback Romo should be added in all leagues with a true number 1 receiver in Dez Bryant, a potent offensive line, and the potential to take your team to the top.
Notables – Jay Cutler, Mark Sanchez
Drop – Peyton Manning
All great things must come to an end, even the greatness that is Peyton Manning. I have seen bad Peyton all season long, mixed in with mediocre Peyton but last week against the Kansas City Chiefs I witnessed terrible, no coming back Peyton. The health of Manning is the biggest concern as Gary Kubiak and the organization decided to bench him this week against the Bears so he can heal up for a playoff push. This decision should be the final nail in the coffin for the most productive QB of all time and your cue to cut the future Hall of Famer. Hopefully you have already moved on before this week and now have a viable fantasy QB on your roster.
Add – Matt Jones
With no true plug and play running back on waivers this week, I recommend you scoop up the most talented back with a less than 50% ownership rate. Matt Jones had an exceptional game against the Saints’ lowly defense breaking off a huge catch and run play in where the porous Saints defense did nothing to get in the way of Jones and the end zone. He also averaged 5.0 yards per carry last week but the bad news for fantasy owners is that he is still behind Alfred Morris on the depth chart and he doesn’t get to play the Saints again this season. Jones is a talented back who probably can supplant Morris eventually but temper your expectations until then.
Notables – Jay Ajayi, Shaun Draughn, David Cobb, James White, Denard Robinson
Drop – Rashad Jennings
Why is Rashad Jennings still owned on fantasy teams playing in a 4-man committee in New York? Not only does he come off the field on third and passing downs but now he shares his early down duties with two other backs. Drop him immediately to avoid the heartache which is the Giants backfield.
Add – Danny Amendola
Not too long ago Danny Amendola was pegged to become the new Wes Welker in the Patriots quick throwing offense. Many fantasy owners were convinced he would catch over 100 passes and become a fantasy star catching passes from Tom Brady. Well that premonition didn’t go as planned as he was eventually replaced by Brady’s new Welker, Julian Edelman. So with Edelman now slated to miss the rest of the regular season, and Amendola more familiar with the offense, can this be Amendola’s resurrection? He is no Edelman but I believe he is the number 1 guy to snatch off waivers as he will be close to 15 targets per game. No Dion Lewis, no Edelman means a lot of Amendola.
Notables – Stevie Johnson, Kamar Aiken, Dwayne Harris
Drop – Andre Johnson
Is this guy still on your team also? I know he is one of the most productive receivers over the last decade but the Andre Johnson ship has sailed since joining the Indianapolis Colts. Outside of two games against the Panthers and his former team the Houston Texans where he put up 158 yards and 3 TDs, in 7 other games played he has a grand total of 130 yards and 0 TDs. He cannot and should not be relied upon if you are trying to make a playoff push.
Add – Zach Miller
What has gotten into the former Raiders and Seahawks TE Zach Miller. Always an athletic tight end in his career Miller has done zilch this season until his game winning catch two weeks ago against the Chargers. He spring-boarded that performance to have his best game of the season last week catching 5 passes for 107 yards and 2 TDs. With Jay Cutler spreading the ball around I can see Miller being more apart of the Bears offense going forward. Teams are focused on making sure Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett don’t beat them which opens up opportunities for Miller to be a sneaky TE play.
Notables – Maxx Williams, Justin Perillo, Jacob Tamme
Drop – Julius Thomas
Can all the Strud haters who bashed him for ranking Julius Thomas as his 27th ranked TE coming into the season please stand up?!? In hindsight Strud’s ranking was far too kind as Thomas has failed to get on track due to injuries and lack of rapport with QB Blake Bortles. Thomas looks lost in the offense and should now be dropped in your standard leagues. I still don’t see anyone standing up, I think we all owe Strud an apology.
Add – Jaguars D
Might be going out on a limb here but the Jaguars D might be a good streaming option against a Titans offense on a short week. No guts no glory.
Drop – Packers D
The Packers defense has sputtered off late and gets no favors playing against Adrian Peterson (he is not human) whom has dominated them on the ground in past matchups.