Week 10 is nearly in the books, with only Sunday and Monday night games to be completed as of this writing. The stretch drive of the fantasy football regular season is upon us. Week 11 will have the Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears and New York Giants on a bye.
Here are nine early must-adds from your Week 11 fantasy football waiver wire.
Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts
Hines turned 24 last Thursday night. He celebrated nicely on the field, with 12 carries for 70 yards, five catches for 45 yards and two total touchdowns against the Tennessee Titans. The carries and rushing yardage were season highs, and he now has three receiving touchdown over his last three games.
Predicting the Colts’ backfield, besides resigned to Jonathan Taylor’s underachievement at this point, is difficult at best. It was apparently Hines’ turn in Week 10, as his 39 snaps led the backfield (17 snaps for Taylor, 14 for Jordan Wilkins). With his role in the passing game, it can be argued Hines’ weekly floor is higher than Taylor’s or Wilkins’.
Indianapolis’ next five opponents, the Green Bay Packers (Week 11), the Titans (Week 12), the Houston Texans (Week 13 and Week 15) and the Las Vegas Raiders (Week 14), all entered Week 10 in the bottom-10 of the league against running backs (Yahoo! 0.5-point PPR). Only the Titans entered the week outside the bottom-5, and Hines’ performance will push them that direction heading into Week 11.
After scoring twice with 73 total yards and eight catches in Week 1, Hines was a hot waiver wire add before fading quickly. That could happen again now, but we’re also at a different point in the season. There will be some crossing of fingers that he’ll continue to produce if you have to start him in a flex spot. But Hines should be owned again in 12-team leagues, with more value and less downside in PPR formats.
ESPN Ownership: 41.2%
Yahoo! Ownership: 40%
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