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FAAB bidding strategies ahead of NFL Week 11: Salvon Ahmed, Kalen Ballage headline the breakouts

Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Chargers strong safety Rayshawn Jenkins (23) tackles Miami Dolphins running back Salvon Ahmed (26) during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Free-agent acquisition budget (FAAB) leagues level the playing field for nabbing fantasy free agents after each week of the NFL season. They also allow fantasy managers to employ a great deal more strategy when acquiring players because each team has a limited amount of dollars to work with.

All players in this article will be rostered in less than half of Yahoo leagues unless otherwise noted. Here is how you should be allocating your FAAB heading into Week 11.

RB Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts

Suggested FAAB Spend: 10-15%

Hines gets the honor of being the best waiver wire add of the week, but that is only because this will likely be the least notable bidding group of the season. There were no major injuries, and most of the significant breakout players don’t project to hold onto the role that let them post big games. However, Hines is the most likely running back to keep his role moving forward.

He’s averaging 4.6 targets per game, translating that into 3.7 receptions for 29.4 receiving yards and .4 scores through the air per outing. Before factoring in his running production, Hines is posting 8.5 PPR points per game. And before Week 10 grades are finalized, Hines’ 89.8 receiving grade ranks second among running backs (min. 20 targets).

That creates a solid floor for teams in desperate need of fantasy points at running back, and his potential on the ground increases his ceiling. Hines has two scores on the ground this year and rushed a season-high 12 times on Thursday night en route to 115 scrimmage yards and two scores. Every team should put in a 10% bid for Hines, and teams hurting at the position could go as high as 20%. 

WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers

Suggested FAAB Spend: 5%

Valdes-Scantling was racking up air yards for weeks on end without any production to show for it, but the tables have flipped. He now has three games over 15 fantasy points on the year, two of which have come in the past two weeks. On the other hand, Valdes-Scantling has dropped below seven points in four games this year.

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