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2023 NFL Week 11 IDP Waiver Wire Adds
I feel really bad that I did not get an article out to you all last week. I started it and then life came at me really fast with three different issues that needed immediate attention. We’ve all been there and I know you understand, but I still felt bad all week.
Never fear, I am back this week and much of those issues have been resolved in one manner or another. I am hoping to be good to go for each of the seven weeks following this one (yes I have done Week 18 for all but maybe one of the past few years).
Believe it or not, some people do play fantasy football every week of the NFL season. I know by now that most people do not, and many will voraciously tell me why it is dumb to do so, but I always liked my league where we did it. When the NFL expanded to 18 games that league voted to keep week 17 as the final week of our playoffs, so alas I no longer have one myself.
Anywho, these waiver additions are mainly redraft-focused and looking at deeper leagues; if you have questions for shallow leagues, where you start 2 DL/2 LB/2 DB many of these are likely a bit deeper than you need. All statistics are courtesy of Pro Football Reference unless otherwise noted, and the base scoring we go off of you can find here. Please feel free to reach out to us for questions on any specific league; the more info you have the better!
And now, let’s go to a clip.
Bye Weeks: Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints
2023 NFL Week 11 IDP Waiver Wire Adds – Linebackers
Elandon Roberts, Linebacker, Pittsburgh Steelers
Rostered: ESPN 2.2%, Yahoo 1% Sleeper 4%
Elandon’s snap share has varied from 24% to 59% from Weeks 1 – 9. That shot up to 96% in Week 10 against the Packers. Cole Holcomb was already on IR with a season-ending knee injury, and sadly all indications are that Kwon Alexander tore his own Achilles tendon in Week 10. Elandon has the fast track to be the next man up for the Steelers. Even with the lower snap shares before Week 10 he has five games with at least 8 combined tackles this year, including both of the past two games. He will be the priority add this week if he is available in your league.
Mark Robinson, Linebacker, Pittsburgh Steelers
Rostered: ESPN .1%, Yahoo 0%, Sleeper 0%
Elandon is the preferred option but also clearly the more rostered of the two. Before Week 10 Mark had a total of four defensive snaps and 4 solo tackles on the year. In Week 10 he had a 60% snap share to go with 2 solos and 1 assist. There is a great chance Pittsburgh brings in some veteran depth that could eat in Mark’s snaps, so this is a fringe one-week play right now.
If you need help with injuries, bye weeks, or both, he could be a good fill-in. He is a 2022 7th-round pick of the team and at least knows the system. In addition, the Browns (who Pittsburgh plays in Week 11) are in the top five in terms of tackle opportunities for opposing linebackers.
Micah McFadden, Linebacker, New York Giants
Rostered: ESPN 4%, Yahoo 4%, Sleeper 4.3%
Micah is about as safe as they come in terms of a tackle floor for linebackers. He has at least five combined tackles in every game this year and sports a 66.77% snap share. That lower snap share is not as bad as it sounds considering how much the Giants’ defense is going to be on the field. The Commanders (who face the Giants in Week 11) are not the Cowboys, but they do have a competent defense and an offense that can move the ball.
Zach Cunningham, Linebacker, Philadelphia Eagles
Rostered: ESPN 3.4%, Yahoo 1%, Sleeper 3%
The Eagles’ linebackers have been a mess all year and that continues this week Prior to the Week 10 bye, Nakobe Dean suffered a foot injury and is expected to go on IR. Zach has been above a 70% snap share every week this year, but his highest regular shares have been when Nakobe was out hurt or left hurt. On the year he has 34 solos, 20 assists, 3 pass deflections, 2 TFL, and 1 fumble recovery. His second-best game of the year was against Dallas in Week 9 when Nakobe left the game. With some unfortunate clarity to this linebacker room now, Zach is a solid add.
2023 NFL Week 11 IDP Waiver Wire Adds – Defensive Backs
Rudy Ford, Safety, Green Bay Packers
Rostered: ESPN 6.1%, Yahoo 7%, Sleeper 12%
Rudy has been a full-time starter for the Packers most of the year; he missed Week 9 and only played 93% of snaps in Week 1. He has been a consistent source of tackles as well, only going lower than six combined tackles in one game he has played. The Chargers face the Packers in Week 11, and the former residents of San Diego are in the top third of teams in tackles allowed to opposing safeties. With continued issues at linebackers in front of him, Rudy should continue to be a solid tackler for your IDP team.
Kerby Joseph, Safety, Detroit Lions
Rostered: ESPN 5.4%, Yahoo 3%, Sleeper 11%
Kerby has a 95.7% snap share in games he has played this year. Other than Week 8 against the Raiders, which is a bottom-three matchup for opposing safeties, Kerby has at least 4 combined tackles (3 solos) in every game. The Lions are playing a lot of three-safety looks with Brian Branch and Tracy Walker, and all three of them are having decent years. Kerby is the less rostered of the three, but any of them you can grab are decent plays against Chicago this week, and Week 14 against the Bears again.
Percy Butler, Safety, Washington Commanders
Rostered: ESPN 0.2%, Yahoo 0%, Sleeper 0%
Percy has played 100% of the defensive snaps from Week 6 on, as he took over for Darrick Forrest who was put on IR. There has been no news on Darrick which would seem to mean he will be out longer. In the five games he has started Percy has 16 solos, 9 assists, 3 pass deflections, and 2 TFL.
These are not world-beater numbers, but a sufficient floor for a bye week/injury fill-in. Week 11 is not a good matchup against the Giants, who are in the bottom 10 in tackles opportunities allowed to opposing safeties. When Percy saw the Giants with Tyrod Taylor in Week 7 he had 2 solos and 1 assist
Elijah Molden, Safety/Cornerback, Tennessee Titans
Rostered: ESPN 0.2%, Yahoo 0%, Sleeper 0%
Elijah has a 100% snap share the past three weeks and the Titans are facing the Jaguars in Week 11. The Jaguars are a top-five team in tackles allowed to opposing cornerbacks. In just seven games (two of those being where he had less than a 70% snap share) Elijah has 24 solos, 16 assists, 1 TFL, and 1 pass deflection. That is good for 5.7 tackles a game, which is fantastic for a cornerback.
His position varies by site, but he is listed as a cornerback in several places. If he is not a cornerback on your site, Kristian Fulton (100% snap share the past three weeks as well) is a good alternative.
2023 NFL Week 11 IDP Waiver Wire – Defensive Linemen
Boye Mafe, Defensive End, Seattle Seahawks
Rostered: ESPN 25.5%, Yahoo 5%, Sleeper 21%
ESPN and Sleeper have much higher roster rates, but I feel it should still be much higher. Boye has played in 8 games this year and has 7 sacks, one in every game but Week 1. He sports a 64.5% snap share on the year to go with 21 solos, 11 assists, 10 QB hits, 7 TFL, 2 pass deflections, and 2 fumble recoveries.
Seattle did play the Rams in Week 1, and that was the one week where Boye did not get a sack this year. Not that anyone in the NFL really needs extra motivation, but you can bet that is on his mind and he doesn’t want to go 0/2 in games against a division rival.
Zach Allen, Defensive End, Denver Broncos
Rostered: ESPN 10.5%, Yahoo 3%, Sleeper 5%
A hot name in 2022, Zach seems to have been forgotten by many managers. His 2022 season ended with 23 solos, 24 assists, 10 TFL, 8 pass deflections, and 5.5 sacks in 13 games. Through eight games this year he has 17 solos, 18 assists, 6 TFL, and 3 sacks. He has at least 4 combined tackles in every game but one this year, which was Week 2 against Washington.
Week 11 against the Vikings is a poor matchup on paper, but Zach has continued to get tackles even in poor matchups, and after this week all of his matchups the rest of the year are teams in the middle of the pack in terms of points allowed to opposing defensive linemen.
Jonathan Ledbetter, Defensive End/Defensive Tackle, Arizona Cardinals
Rostered: ESPN 1.0%, Yahoo 1%, Sleeper 0%
The Texans have shown a willingness to go to the run when up big and I suspect they will be able to obtain and maintain a lead against the Cardinals this week. Jonathan is in a time share for Arizona defensive linemen but has been between 58% and 74% in each of the eight games he has played. He has only had fewer than four combined tackles once this year (Week 2); in all other games he has had between four and six combined tackles. This is clearly a tackle floor-based play, but if you are looking for that he is as good a bet as you will find.
Keeanu Benton, Defensive Tackle, Pittsburgh Steelers
Rostered: ESPN 0.2%, Yahoo 0%, Sleeper 1%
The 2023 2nd round pick out of Wisconsin has been making some noise this year and this is a good matchup. Keeanu’s highest snap counts this year have easily been the past two games at 65% and 66%. On the year Keeanu has four games with at least 3 combined tackles. Week 11 brings the Browns in a key divisional matchup, and the Browns are at the top in tackle opportunities allowed to opposing defensive linemen.
Keeanu only played 32% of snaps when he saw the Browns in Week 2, ending with just 2 assisted tackles.The Steelers have been playing better though and the running game, while still being used is not the same without Nick Chubb. I like Keeanu’s chances to improve on those tackle numbers this week and be a viable DT-required league play.
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