Fantasy Football: Rashaad Penny, Jalen Richard Top Week 11 Running Back Waiver Claims

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Rashaad Penny
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Running back Rashaad Penny #20 of the Seattle Seahawks gets around inside linebacker Cory Littleton #58 of the Los Angeles Rams to score a touchdown in the first quarter at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 11, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

The fantasy football season is officially in its final stretch. With the trade deadline passed in the majority of leagues, the only way to improve your roster is through smart waiver claims. No matter how good your roster is, you’ll need to make at least one or two moves on the waiver wire if you’re to win your championship. With that in mind, running backs Rashaad Penny and Jalen Richard are some smart waiver wire adds for the upcoming slate of games.

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Fantasy Football: Rashaad Penny, Jalen Richard Highlight Week 11 Running Back Waiver Claims

Rashaad Penny

It finally happened! After months of waiting, it looks like the Seattle Seahawks first-round investment in running back Rashaad Penny is starting to pay off. With Chris Carson inactive, Penny took over the lead role, running for 108 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.

Even if Carson returns to the lineup next week, Penny will still probably see a sizable role. Seattle invested a first-round pick in Penny, so they have every reason to play him. It’s hard to imagine Penny returning to the bench after averaging nine yards per carry. Penny probably has the highest ceiling of anyone available on the waiver wire. If you need running back depth, make sure to put in a claim for Penny.

Jalen Richard

The 2018 Oakland Raiders are an absolute mess. After trading away Amari Cooper for a first-round pick, Oakland lost Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant to separate knee injuries during Week 10. Because of these injuries, the second-best receiver on the Raiders might be running back Jalen Richard.

It will be hard for Derek Carr to pass the football, but he will still be able to get garbage time yards, at the very least. Carr can’t possibly throw to Jared Cook on every single drop back, so Richard should get his share of opportunities. Owned in just 4.0% of leagues, Richard offers a fairly safe floor as a receiving back and arguably Oakland’s second-best pure pass catcher.

Theo Riddick

Whether Kerryon Johnson owners like to admit it or not, Detroit Lions running back Theo Riddick will be a part of the Lions offense. With Golden Tate now a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, the Lions need to find a safety valve for quarterback Matthew Stafford. With no better alternative, Theo Riddick may be that guy.

Riddick recorded six receptions for 60 yards in Sunday’s loss against the Chicago Bears. While this production isn’t the greatest, it’s still a solid day at the office, especially in a PPR league. The Lions face off against a Panthers team that has not played up to the sum of its’ parts during the season. Riddick could be in for another big night in the passing game.

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