We’ve reached Week 11 of the fantasy football season, and this isn’t exactly the best group of waiver wire pickups.
At this point in the season, there are only a few more bye weeks that fantasy owners had to maneuver around, so the waiver wire is mostly for short-term pickups that likely won’t be league winners.
With four teams on bye this week, you may have to start several of these players. However, there are only a couple that you can confidently use moving forward.
Let’s get to the best waiver wire pickups for Week 11 in fantasy football.
10. Hunter Renfrow (WR, Oakland Raiders, 7.9 percent owned)
Renfrow has found a role in the Raiders offense, with four or more receptions and two total touchdowns in the past three games. With Oakland’s stellar upcoming schedule (we’ll get to that shortly), he’s a solid pickup.
9. Sam Darnold (QB, New York Jets, 11.7 percent owned)
Yes, I know this isn’t one that fantasy football owners are gonna love, but Darnold’s upcoming schedule is hard to ignore. While matchups against the Redskins and Raiders could be tougher than expected, he’s got the Bengals and Dolphins after that.
8. Oakland Raiders (DST, 1.2 percent owned)
Streaming defenses is all about schedules, and it doesn’t get much better for the Raiders the next two weeks. First up is a home game against the winless Bengals, and then it’s a trip to New York to take on an inconsistent Jets offense.
7. Derrius Guice (RB, Washington Redskins, 38.4 percent owned)
Picking up Guice is essentially a dart throw considering that we have no clue how the Redskins will use him in his return from injury. But if you’re willing to take the chance that he could get a good workload down the stretch, he’s worth an add.
6. OJ Howard (TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 44.6 percent owned)
You simply had to play Howard last week against the Cardinals despite his frustrating usage this season. It may have just been one game against a bad defense, but he’s widely available if you need him.
5. Cole Beasley (WR, Buffalo Bills, 26.4 percent owned)
Beasley is officially Mr. Consistent, as he’s posted at least nine fantasy points in all but one game this season. If you just need someone with a solid floor who probably won’t get you 20-plus points, he’s a great option.
4. Darius Slayton (WR, New York Giants, 12.3 percent owned)
While the Giants are on a bye this week, Slayton is someone that will garner a lot of attention after his huge game against the Jets. The Bears and Packers are up next, and while those are difficult matchups, New York will likely be throwing the ball a lot.
3. JD McKissic (RB, Detroit Lions, 15.0 percent owned)
Ty Johnson is dealing with a concussion, so McKissic is the clear No. 1 running back in the offense unless the Lions sign someone else. So, with that type of volume, he has to be considered one of the better pickups of the week.
2. Brian Hill (RB, Atlanta Falcons, 0.3 percent owned)
Hill figures to carry the load at running back for the Falcons since Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith are both injured. And in a great matchup against the Panthers this week, he’s one of the few waiver wire players you can plug into your lineup with confidence.
1. DeVante Parker (WR, Miami Dolphins, 44.6 percent owned)
We went from considering the Dolphins one of the worst teams in the NFL history to having a player on the team being one of the top waiver wire pickups in consecutive weeks. Parker is the most reliable option for a team that typically plays from behind, making him a must-add in all formats.