Fantasy football waiver wire for NFL Week 11: Salvon Ahmed, Cole Beasley among top pickups

    Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston’s Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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We’re down to the final weeks of the fantasy football regular season, and my hope is that everyone reading this column is undefeated in their leagues and cruising toward a championship. What can I say? I’m an optimist.

Understanding that you’ll be hard-pressed to find many undefeated teams 10 weeks into the season, I want to share what I believe is a fundamental lesson of fantasy football every year: Play your whole way through it. While some feel as though the minute their team falls out of playoff contention that it’s time to wave the white flag, my personal feelings are different.

We wait for eight months at the beginning of every year for football to begin. It felt like the first eight months of 2020 were more like eight years, but we made it to this season, and it has delivered terrific football. The rush of Sundays with fantasy football is unique and enjoyable — don’t let those days go from your grip by simply deciding to stop managing your roster. Make moves, work to improve your roster, architect trades.

In most leagues there is at least a consolation bracket, meaning that even if you miss the playoffs, there’s pride on the line to compete for. (If your league does not have a consolation bracket, I advocate for non-playoff teams to stop making moves once the postseason begins). And while a win or loss this week from your squad may not change your playoff fortunes, the rest of the league that is still in playoff contention is counting on your participation for competitive balance.

Keep setting those lineups and powering through the regular season. We’re here to help you along the way.

Here are the Week 11 waiver-wire adds.

Note: All players on this column are available in more than 50% of leagues on

Week 11 byes: San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears, Buffalo Bills, New York Giants

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