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Whether revealing sleepers, busts, shocker specials or other related fantasy football viewpoints, The Fantasy Five is geared for dedicated fantasy football players combing through sources for definitive takes. Today’s topic: Week 11 waiver targets.

1. Rhamondre Stevenson, Patriots, RB (32% rostered in Yahoo)

Ra-ra, ah-ah-ah, MONDRE! Just ask Lady Gaga. When it comes to fantasy interests, rostering the running back is no “Bad Romance.” Filling in for the concussed Damien Harris, the rookie played the role of power back ramming and jamming his way to a top-20 output against a usually unforgiving Cleveland front. On 24 combined touches, he tallied 114 total yards and a touchdown, averaging 3.20 YAC per attempt. When Harris returns, presumably in Week 11 against Atlanta, he will resume his role as the primary between-the-tackles bulldozer. Still, Stevenson, who has flashed excellent hands, should be good for 11-13 touches weekly. Given upcoming encounters with the Falcons and Titans, he’s at least a FLEX option in 12-team formats. Bottom line, he should only remain on waivers in zombie leagues. (FAAB on $100 budget: $15 to $20)

2. D’Onta Foreman, Titans, RB (4% rostered in Yahoo)

Stick a fork in Adrian Peterson. The ancient running back — SHOCKER! — looks petrified. Foreman’s big-bodied frame and toughness between the hashmarks fit the power-run scheme featured by the Titans. Surprisingly, his hands also give him an enormous edge. Last week against the Saints, Foreman was used in the screen game and on designed routes across the middle. On the afternoon, he played 19 snaps and accumulated 78 total yards on 13 touches. A.P. and Jeremy McNichols will continue to receive grips, but the eye test shouldn’t fool anyone, Foreman packs more juice. Seeing the Texans on the docket in Week 11 only increases his statistical appeal. Hopeless Houston has allowed 4.85 yards per carry and the fifth-most fantasy points to RBs. (FAAB: $13 to $17)

3. Cam Newton, Panthers, QB (16% rostered in Yahoo)

Yep, he’s back. Just days removed from re-signing with the franchise where he ascended to stardom, Newton, unquestionably one of the most effective inside-the-5-yard-line producers in the league, proved to everyone he’s hardly toast. Supplanting P.J. Walker near the goal line, Cam accounted for two TDs, one rush and run pass. Fully expected to slide into the starter’s gig this Sunday against an overly generous Washington defense, presumably sans Chase Young, he is very much entrenched in the top-15 QB discussion. No unit has conceded more fantasy points to the QB position. Newton’s inaccuracy is well-documented (QB38 in catchable TGT% in 2020), but his efficiency at the goal line cannot be overstated. Don’t be surprised if he soon graduates from the stream ranks. (FAAB: $5 to $8)

4. James Washington, Steelers, WR (3% rostered in Yahoo)

Cowboy to Cowboy. Yee-haw. With Ben Roethlisberger in isolation due to a positive COVID-19 test, Mason Rudolph stepped in and promptly spun balls to a very familiar target in Washington, who played alongside the passer during their days at Oklahoma State. On six targets, the combination totaled just two hookups for 15 yards and a touchdown. However, with Chase Claypool (toe) out for the foreseeable future, Washington should remain an option for at least the next week or two. This week’s matchup against the Chargers is an unsavory one as they rank inside the top 10 in fewest fantasy points allowed to wide receivers. Still, in leagues with bare waiver wire options, the pass catcher is acquirable, especially given the weekly unpredictable injury/COVID upheaval. (FAAB: $3 to $6)

5. Jermar Jefferson, Lions, RB (1% rostered in Yahoo)

Welcome to the show, kid. The seventh-round pick (nearly Mr. Irrelevant at 257th overall) in last April’s draft experienced his carpe diem moment. With Jamaal Williams deactivated due to a thigh injury, the rookie took advantage as the complementary option to starter D’Andre Swift. Running fearless between the tackles against a ferocious Pittsburgh front, Jefferson compiled 41 combined yards on only three carries, scoring on a 28-yard up-the-gut sprint. Yes, the Lions are a dumpster fire, but the kid’s impressive showing could earn him additional opportunities, provided the ankle injury he suffered isn’t serious. If Williams remains out or the Lions install a full youth movement, Jefferson could be FLEX useful during these season-deciding weeks. Godwin Igwebuike is also in the mix and would step in if the former Oregon State standout misses time. Matchups against Chicago (Week 12), Minnesota (Week 13), Arizona (Week 15), Atlanta (Week 16) and Seattle (Week 17) are no doubt enticing. (FAAB if healthy: $2 to $5)

Others to consider

Matt Breida, Bills, RB (FAAB: $2 to $4)

Jamal Agnew, Jaguars, WR (FAAB: $4 to $7)

Bryan Edwards, Raiders, WR (FAAB: $4 to $7)

Adam Trautman, Saints, TE (FAAB: $2 to $4)

Tyler Conklin, Vikings, TE (FAAB: $5 to $8)

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