Week 11 Pickups: Scraping the bottom of the barrel

It’s truly getting slim on the waiver wire at this stage in the season. Barring major injury, the Zeke suspension might be the last significant shift in player value. You should still be stashing to prepare for your playoff run, but the excitement may be coming to an end in the weekly waiver wire search.

Jamaal Williams is the next man up for Green Bay after both Aaron Jones and Ty Montgomery suffered injuries in Week 10. Williams was running third in this pecking order so expectations should be tempered. He also faces a tough matchup this week against the Ravens, in what may be his usage if Montgomery returns quickly from his rib injury. Don’t spend your whole bank to acquire him.

Rod Smith is the smart add if you’re banking on the Cowboys looking for a spark in this offense. Alfred Morris was uninspiring with the offensive line injuries Dallas is dealing with over the next several weeks. Smith could emerge as the most utilized back until Zeke’s suspension ends.

The Patriots put Rex Burkhead in creative situations in Week 10 and got him into the end zone. Dion Lewis was also a factor in this game and saw the field more consistently than he has to start the year. As with any Patriots RB, you’re playing with fire. The Patriots will change the offense to attack their opponent’s weaknesses so there’s no guarantee you get the same level of production from either back moving forward.

If you’re not desperate for running back help and would rather take a chance on someone who could give you a boost in the playoffs, stash Josh Gordon or DeDe Westbrook. Gordon returns from in Week 13 and, by all accounts, seems in as good of shape as he left the NFL in if not better. Westbrook was a preseason darling before his injury. Unfortunately, with Westbrook, you are counting on the Jacksonville passing game and Bortles, but Westbrook was able to do work with him at QB earlier this year.

Good luck in Week 11!