This week features several players bound to make a second half comeback in the final stretch of the season. Corey Davis and Rex Burkhead are set to rebound from first half injuries. Meanwhile, Dontrelle Inman has stumbled into a leading role via trade. These three running backs and three wide receivers are ideal fantasy football waiver wire adds for week 11 based advanced stats, metrics, and analytics player profiles.
Jamaal Williams, RB, Packers
The Packer’s were dealt a tough injury against the Bear’s, losing rookie running back Aaron Jones for several weeks to an MCL injury. Luckily for Green Bay, fellow rookie Jamaal Williams showed signs of progress that suggest he’s ready to take on the starting role. Against Chicago, Williams took over in the second half and provided a solid body of work.
While he only produced 74 yards on 21 touches, Williams displayed great elusiveness. He evaded 6 tackles against Chicago while only producing 3 total evaded tackles in part time work over his first 7 games played. Additionally, Williams had 17 Yards Created after only managing 8 yards created in week one against Seattle, he had 0 yards created in weeks 2-9. While Williams is below the 50th percentile in every workout metric, he clearly posses great intangibles that allow him to slip by tacklers in the open field. While Ty Montgomery will likely hold onto pass catching opportunities out of the backfield, Williams remains a great late season pickup in non PPR league’s.
Rex Burkhead, RB, Patriots
The always enigmatic Patriots backfield began to take a more defined shape against Denver this past week. After missing most of the first half of the season with a Rib Contusion, Rex Burkhead shined in a big way for New England. He received a season high 13 touches for 63 yards and a touchdown, finishing as the No. 11 running back on the week.
Going two weeks deeper, Rex Burkhead also turned in a great game against the Chargers, logging a season high 83 yards on only 11 touches. New England loves to ride the hot hand at running back, and Burkhead is currently exactly that. With his excellent 128.8 (90th-percentile) Burst Score and a 10.94 (93rd-percentile) Agility Score, Burkhead was made to dominate as a satellite/change-of-pace back. Pick him up now and ride his hot hand for as long as possible.
Austin Ekeler, RB, Chargers
Austin Ekeler burst onto the scene from seemingly nowhere against the top defense in the league last week. Against the Jaguars, Ekeler had season highs in multiple categories with 15 touches for 119 total yards, 21 yards created, and 6 evaded tackles. He finished as the No. 3 running back on the week. Taking a closer look, this was a breakout waiting to happen.
Ekeler has great speed and explosiveness, evident by his 4.48 second (82nd-percentile) 40-yard dash and his 132.9 (94th-percentile) Burst Score. Ekeler has been an amazing second fiddle to Melvin Gordon so far this season, earning a +82.4 (No. 1) Production Premium. With his performance against Jacksonville, Ekeler has definitely earned himself a greater role moving forward. In key moments late in the game against the Jaguars, LA’s coaching staff was content to let Gordon sit on the bench and let Ekeler go to work. The sky is the limit for him moving forward.
Corey Davis, WR, Titans
One of the 2017 Draft’s most talked about prospects is finally rounding into shape. After injuries sidelined him for almost the entire first half of the season, Corey Davis is finally ready to contribute. Against Cincinnati, the Titans finally let Davis play as a true starter. After not playing more than 77.6-percent of the team’s snaps in his first three NFL games, Davis led Titan’s receivers with 91.2-percent Snap Share against the Bengals.
Corey Davis has the size and speed of a No. 1 receiver. He has a massive frame at 6-3, 209 lbs and adds to it with long 33 inch (79th Percentile) arms. Davis is also incredibly explosive as noted by his 102.0 (74th-percentile) Burst Score. Davis was made to wreck NFL defensive backs, and as his chemistry with Marcus Mariota grows, the numbers are sure to follow.
Kenny Golladay, WR, Lions
Kenny Golladay was absolutely electric in the opening weeks of the 2017 season. After catching two touchdown passes in week one against Arizona, Golladay seemed well on his way to a productive rookie season. Golladay then suffered a hamstring injury in week three and was sidelined for five games before returning against the Browns this past Sunday. Golladay made a solid return in limited action against Cleveland. Despite only playing a 24.4-percent snap share, Golladay still hauled in 2 receptions for 64 yards on three targets.
Golladay is a phenomenal all around athlete as highlighted by his 118.2 (84th-percentile) SPARQ-x Score. Add this on top of his excellent 6-4 218 lb frame and he’s one tough guy to defend. Golladay will also get the benefit of facing team’s No. 3 corner as Marvin Jones and Golden Tate will still draw the most attention from a defense. This leave’s Golladay in very favorable matchups that he will certainly cash in on.
Dontrelle Inman, WR, Bears
After one week on the job, Dontrelle Inman has already established himself as the Bear’s No.1 receiver. Against Green Bay, Inman played 100-percent of Chicago’s snaps, managing to produce 6 receptions for 88 yards off of 8 targets. Inman finished as the No. 21 receiver on the week after failing to crack the top 100 in any of the three games he played with the Charger’s this season.
Dontrelle Inman has always possessed this kind of ability, he just ran into an unfortunate situation with the Chargers where he fell behind in a deep receiver group. His 6-3 height and his impressive 10.23 (86th-percentile) Catch Radius make him an ideal red zone threat on a team that is completely void of one. Expect Inman’s production to only go up the more comfortable he gets with the Bears playbook.