Zero Dollar Bidding: Waiver Wire Look Ahead Week 11
by Alan Seslowsky
Each week this column will provide you with sneaky zero dollar pickups you can add to your roster today, after the first run of waivers is executed. The second run of the waiver wire is often how you can gain an edge. Not only the players that your leaguemates missed but players that were cut from your leaguemate’s rosters.
Heading into week 11 of the fantasy football season, waiver wire strategy dramatically changes. We need to load up our benches with players that fall into two categories:
1-High yield handcuffs. Players that will walk right into a lead market share of touches if the starter goes down. This applies mostly to running backs.
2- Players that have literal league-winning upside. The term “league winner” is over-used in fantasy circles (self included) but “league winner” needs to be applied starting now.
Jalen Hurts (QB Eagles, 1% rostered)
The Eagles surprised most when they drafted rookie QB, Jalen Hurts, in the second round of the real NFL draft. Usually, a second-round pick is a player that teams expect to make an immediate contribution. Current Eagles QB, Carson Wentz, is in his prime so the pick raised some eyebrows. Saturday players that are dominant don’t always translate well into dominant Sunday players. However, the magnitude of Hurts’ college production, specifically as a runner, is intriguing from a fantasy football standpoint. Hurts’ last year at Oklahoma he threw for a respectable 3850 yards with 32 TDs and 8 INTs and was a Heisman finalist like the two OU QBs before him under Lincoln Riley. The upside in fantasy comes from QBs that run, and Hurts rushed for an eye-popping 1298 yards and 20 rushing TDs. Carson Wentz has an injury history and has not been playing his best football consistently this season – even in Week 11 with virtually all of his weapons available. There is a path where Hurts makes starts this year. There is QB1 overall upside with Jalen Hurts, and that is reason enough to find a roster spot for him even in one QB leagues.
D’Onta Foreman (RB Tennesee Titans 1% rostered)
We told you to consider Foreman as a zero dollar bid last week. He is still only 1% rostered so he belongs in this column once again. Foreman mixed in for snaps in place of Derrick Henry on the team’s first offensive possession and was left wide open on a rollout by Ryan Tannehill to score a TD. Foreman’s role continues to grow slightly each week. In 2019 Derrick Henry missed week 16. If Henry is held out or “saved” for the playoffs, Foreman, a Doak Walker Award-winning college RB, is in a good spot to be a part of your championship run. Foreman may not yield any reliable production until he is called upon, or maybe never at all, but he is one of the high upside “league-winning” type of players you should keep on your roster for a zero dollar bid.
Devin Singletary (RB Buffalo Bills, 75% rostered)
You may be asking yourself how can a player like Singletary be on a waiver wire list , much less a zero dollar bid list. His ownership is nearly 80%! As we mentioned earlier, the best zero bid players are not always the ones who are left in the scrap heap after your waiver wire runs. Often the gold can be mined from the players that are dropped by frustrated owners. Singletary has been a disappointment for fantasy this season, especially over the last six weeks where he scored double-digit fantasy points only once. The Bills are headed into a bye, so keep an eye out to see if he gets dropped in your league. The case for Singletary is we still believe he is a good player on a good offense. As the weather turns cold, the Bills are built to run more. Should co-starting RB, Zack Moss, suffer an injury during your fantasy playoffs, Singletary would be worthy of a top 15 RB ranking that week in a high-powered Bills offense.