In today’s Fantasy Life Newsletter, we recap MNF, share the top waiver adds of the week, and enjoy Linda’s kicker tiers. It's 11/16. Take it away, Peter Overzet…***
For the national media, last night was a matchup between Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan.
For fantasy players, it was a matchup between the two hottest WRs in football—Deebo Samuel and Cooper Kupp.
Neither of them disappointed. Samuel (5-97-1; 5-36-1) continues to make plays in both the passing game and on the ground. Per Next Gen Stats, over the last three seasons he leads the NFL with +472 Yards After Catch over expectation and also owns the world’s largest Niners chain necklace:
Kupp (11-122) did what he does every week—catch 10+ balls and/or clear 100 yards receiving. He’s on pace for a potentially record-breaking season:
Last night also marked the debut of Odell Beckham Jr. for the Rams, but he only ran 11 routes last night and was firmly behind Van Jefferson (45), Kupp, and Ben Skowronek in the pecking order.
It’s probably safe to assume that number increases for Beckham going forward, but it is notable that for now the team prefers the 6’2” 220lb Skowronek as the Robert Woods replacement.
🛒 THE TOP WAIVER WIRE ADDS
Rotoviz’s Sam Wallace lists his top waiver wire targets for Week 11 as well as the percentage that they are currently rostered in ESPN leagues. Take it away, Sam…
- Devonta Freeman (RB - 43.8%) - Freeman didn’t post a strong stat line this week, but he remains the RB1 for an efficient offense that prides itself on a solid rushing attack. He has double-digit carries in consecutive games and three total touchdowns over his last four performances.
- Rhamondre Stevenson (RB - 9.9%) - Damien Harris missed his first game of the season due to a concussion, which allowed Stevenson to rack up 20 carries and four receptions for 114 total yards and two scores. Harris has been the one constant in this backfield; he has seven rushing touchdowns on the year.
- Rashod Bateman (WR - 32.5%) - Bateman is effectively working himself into a viable fantasy start, even as the No. 3 option behind Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews. Bateman could be the WR1 for this team from now until the end of the season. He has at least six targets in each game this year.
- Elijah Moore (WR - 36.3%) - Speaking of rookie wide receivers, Moore has at least six targets in four straight games and three touchdowns over the last two weeks. Like Bateman, his profile hints at massive upside in the near future and long term. He’s heating up at the right time.
- Marcus Johnson (WR - 0.0%) - Without Julio Jones, Johnson stepped up in Week 10 by catching five of six targets for 100 yards. It was by far his best game of the season, and he should continue to see added opportunities over the next few weeks with Jones on IR.
- Dan Arnold (TE - 26.1%) - In recent weeks, all Arnold has done is produce. He has hit at least seven targets and 60 receiving yards in three consecutive games and remains the lone constant for the Jaguars.
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👟 LINDA'S KICKER TIERS
Linda aka Lindellions shares her kicker tiers for Week 11 to help you on the waiver wire. Take it away, Linda…
* Brian Johnson (NO) and Ryan Santoso (DET) had rough outings in Week 10. Dan Campbell has already said they’d bring kickers in for competition...Sean Payton hasn’t explicitly said anything, but the Saints have been cycling through kickers ever since the Wil Lutz injury...Greg Zuerlein is on track to be back for the Cowboys against Kansas City.
* Unfortunately, I’ll be hesitant to start Matt Prater until Kyler Murray is back running the offense. Prater has a cannon for a leg, but that offense isn’t the same without Murray...Greg Joseph has been a fun surprise this season for both Minnesota and fantasy players. The Vikings are attempting a league-high field goal attempts per game, but they’re facing the Packers, who are allowing the fewest attempts per game. I’m tempering expectations this week.
* The Jets are allowing the second most field goal attempts per game and the Dolphins have been leaning on the foot of Jason Sanders more in the last three weeks...The Lions are still allowing the most points to the kicker position and the Browns are looking for a get right game. I like Chase McLaughlin as a possible upside play this week.
Linda has been advocating for kickers since the early 90s, as a product of a legendary collegiate place kicker in her father. Linda’s been streaming kickers for several years and ranking them for two.
We’ll be back tomorrow with early Week 10 ranks for QB and Flex.
- Pete Overzet