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Fantasy Football: Top 5 Add/Drops after Week 11

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Bye weeks are officially over. At this point, many teams are probably giving up, which means that it should be easier pickings on the waiver wire.

With the likes of Charcandrick West, Devonta Freeman and Justin Forsett all going down to injury, there are plenty of players out there that are viable options on the waiver wire.

These pickups are the ones that will win you championships in the final weeks. Those who don’t lose interest are the ones who come out on top. Keep making claims. Win a championship.

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1. Add Spencer Ware

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Ware is owned in only .5% of ESPN Fantasy Leagues, but that number is sure to skyrocket after his performance on Sunday. Charcandrick West, the Kansas City Cheifs’ starting running back, has a strained hamstring and is currently listed as questionable for their Week 12 tilt with the Buffalo Bills. Even though there is a chance that West could suit up on Sunday, Ware is worth the add. After West went down, Ware rushed for 96 yards and 2 TDs on just 11 carries against the San Diego Chargers last week. Ware is going to get a ton of carries if West doesn’t go, and even for just a week, Ware is a valuable player to have on your roster.

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 2. Add Thomas Rawls

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Marshawn Lynch is still dealing with an abdomen injury, and with that being the case, Rawls becomes an instant must add and must start in all leagues. Owned in just under 38% of ESPN Fantasy Leagues, Rawls has been a beast this season every time he gets the bulk of the carries. Last week, he received a season-high 30 carries and took advantage, rushing for 209 yards and 1 TD. Rawls may not be a starter level player for the rest of the year, but even getting this kind of production for a couple weeks is incredible value for a guy off the waiver wire.

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3. Add Javorius Allen

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Allen, more so than Ware or Rawls, can be relied upon for the rest of the season. While West and Lynch will return eventually, Justin Forsett is out for the year with a broken arm. Allen came in after the Forsett injuries and carried the ball 22 times for 67 yards. While those stats don’t jump off the page, it’s clear Allen is the man to own in the Baltimore Ravens’ backfield. With a matchup against the Cleveland Browns on the horizon, Allen could be a sleeper candidate to start in your Week 12 lineup.

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4. Drop Tavon Austin

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Still owned in over 67% of ESPN Fantasy Leagues, Austin is a guy many people picked up midseason because of his big play ability. Unfortunately, Austin’s role has appeared to shrink more and more over the past few weeks, resulting in his one catch performance last week. With Case Keenum at the helm now for the St. Louis Rams, it doesn’t look like Austin’s outlook is going to get much brighter. He doesn’t have any value on the trade market either, so the time to drop Austin is now.

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5. Drop Pierre Garcon

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While DeSean Jackson was injured, Garcon was a realistic option as a WR2 or a flex for many teams. But now that Jackson has returned, and Jamison Crowder has gotten more and more targets from QB Kirk Cousins, Garcon has become more and more irrelevant in fantasy circles. Jackson and Crowder are both better starts at this point than Garcon, and with him dropping to the No. 3 WR on his own team, he’s not worth being owned in any league.

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