Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 10

Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups

Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 10Ladies and gentlemen we have reached double digits. Week 10 of the NFL season is here and the fantasy postseason is inching closer. We saw a lot of disappointing performances last week, so it is essential that you make the right moves on the waiver wire.

Hopefully, you tuned into last week’s article that featured Jared Goff, Orleans Darkwa, Robby Anderson, Vernon Davis, and Jack Doyle who all had nice fantasy performances. This week we only have four teams on bye which is a relief, but with injuries and suspensions piling up there is a good chance you are hitting the waiver wire.

  • Week 10 Byes: Baltimore, Kansas City, Oakland, Philadelphia
  • Week 11 Byes: Carolina, Indianapolis, New York Jets, San Francisco

Key Tips:

  • Do not use a player’s matchup as the sole reason to determine if you start them or not. There are many other factors that are overlooked by fantasy owners like the offense they play for, projected game script, and volume share.
  • Target players on the waiver wire that have a reason to see an uptick in volume. Whether it be from injury or suspension these are guys that can help your team win this week!

But now the real reason you are here. Presenting your waiver wire pickups for Week 10!


Eli Manning

Quarterback | NYG

  • ESPN: Less than 48% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 45% owned

Eli ManningYou cannot spell “elite” without Eli…All jokes aside, Manning is a nice pickup this week if you are in need of a QB fill in. Manning faces the San Francisco 49ers defense that has allowed the most fantasy points to the quarterback position over the last four weeks. With Sterling Shepard back and healthy, to join Evan Engram Manning should have enough weapons to get it done against the 49ers. Drew Stanton managed 15 points against them despite the fact the Cardinals ran the ball 37 plus times. The 49ers have also struggled more against the pass at home this season. They have allowed on average at Levi Stadium, 2.5 passing touchdowns, 225 passing yards, and a quarterback rating of 110.4.

Josh McCown

Quarterback | NYJ

  • ESPN: Less than 35% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 35% owned

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been downright awful this year, and the matchup could not better for McCown. McCown has been great this season scoring at least 16 fantasy points in four games straight. The trend will continue as the Buccaneers have allowed seventh-most fantasy points to the QB position in 2017.  More importantly though is how they have played on the road. In road games, this season the Buccaneers have allowed an average quarterback rating of 129.0, the highest of any team. McCown is great to add this week.

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Ryan Fitzpatrick

Quarterback | TB

  • ESPN: Less than .5% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 1% owned

What team has allowed the most passing touchdowns in 2017, in the last four weeks, and the last two weeks!? You bet, it is the New York Jets. Fitzpatrick has shown in the past that he can sling it as he did in Arizona and in this matchup, it could happen again. I mean with the Fitzmagic flowing and the #revengegame narrative, I can already see DeSean Jackson running into the end zone on a deep pass from Fitzpatrick…The Jets have also allowed the second highest quarterback rating (110) over their last three games.

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Running Backs

Danny Woodhead

Running Back | BAL

  • ESPN: Less than 25% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 27% owned

Resuming practice, Woodhead is eyeing a Week 11 return. For fantasy owners in PPR leagues we are all aware of Woodhead’s capabilities, so he is a great stash on your team if you can roster him. Buck Allen does not seem to have a strong grasp on the pass-catching job, so it would not be surprising to see Woodhead take over when he returns.

C.J. Prosise

Running Back | SEA

  • ESPN: Less than 9% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 6% owned

CJ Prosise FantasySeahawks coach Pete Carroll said C.J. Prosise (ankle) “will play this week.” Music to my ears! Finally, after all this time Prosise is going to play. I still believe that he is the most talented running back on the Seahawks and think this is the time you grab him. You can fall down the Thomas Rawls trap again if you would like, but I am all about chasing that upside. The Cardinals defense is stout against the run allowing the ninth-fewest fantasy points to the RB position. However, they have been suspectable against pass-catching backs (Prosise). They have allowed the second most receptions (26) to RBs over the past two weeks.

Matt Forte

Running Back | NYJ

  • ESPN: Less than 56% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 42% owned

Forte since coming back from the bye week has been excellent for the Jets. Four straight games with double-digit fantasy points and topping it off with a 25 plus fantasy point performance in Week 9. If you need a plugin play RB for this week Forte could be your guy. The Buccaneers have allowed the fifth most fantasy points to the RB position this season and just got gashed by the New Orleans Saints.

Rob Kelley

Running Back | WAS

  • ESPN: Less than 55% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 42% owned

No love for Fat Rob. All Kelley did in Seattle was score two goalline touchdowns and prevent Kirk Cousins from getting killed in the backfield. That being said if he is available pick him up. He is a starting running back on a good offense and in the right matchup, can be useful. He also has massive touchdown upside and with Samaje Perine continuing to fumble the ball, Kelley will be the only back getting goalline work. The matchup is tough against the Vikings this week, but it gets better against the Saints in Week 11.

Damien Williams

Running Back | MIA

  • ESPN: Less than 24% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 33% owned

Williams is not a great running back but has value as a pass-catching receiver. He only rushed seven times for 14 yards but caught six passed for 47 yards and a TD. Obviously, you cannot allows rely on him to catch a TD necessarily, but he has a solid floor in PPR formats. However, be aware that it is a committee in the Miami backfield with Kenyan Drake.

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Wide Receivers

Deonte Thompson

Wide Receiver | BUF

  • ESPN: Less than 1% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 4% owned

Coming off a ten target 21 plus point fantasy performance, Tyrod Taylor may have found his deep threat in Thompson. Since joining the Bills, Thompson has scored double digits in two of his three games, and even with Kelvin Benjamin in the mix, Thompson has a role on the team. His schedule is also very favorable including this week against the Saints. He follows that up with games against the Chargers, Chiefs, Patriots, Colts, Dolphins, and Patriots again.

Marqise Lee

Wide Receiver | JAX

  • ESPN: Less than 35% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 38% owned

Marqise Lee JagsLee led the Jacksonville offense in targets on Sunday, turning 12 targets into eight receptions for 75 yards and a score. Lee through the first eight games similarly to Woods has led the team in target share. Having a number one receiver on a team is valuable and it remains to be seen if Dede Westbrook will have a significant impact when he returns in Week 10.  Either way, Lee is a great plugin play guy this week at WR as the Jaguars take on the Chargers who have allowed the 15th-most fantasy points to the WR position. His schedule gets even better as after that as he faces Cleveland, Arizona, Indianapolis, Seattle, Houston, and San Francisco to close out the fantasy season.

Robert Woods

Wide Receiver |LAR

  • ESPN: Less than 27% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 34% owned

Woods burst onto the fantasy radar this week, scoring two touchdowns on four receptions for 70 yards.  This is the fourth game in a row that he has scored double-digit fantasy points and after eight games Woods leads the Rams in targets with 46. He is the most consistent pass-catcher on the Rams and as long as Goff continues to play well, so should Woods. His schedule the rest of the season is great also as all the teams he faces are in the top 20 in terms of fantasy points allowed to WRs. In Week 10, Woods takes on the Texans who have allowed the most fantasy points to the WR over the last two weeks. Do not forget about Cooper Kupp either (Less than 55% owned in Yahoo).  He currently is tied for second in the NFL with 13 red zone targets.

Marquise Goodwin

Wide Receiver |SF

  • ESPN: Less than 10% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 12% owned

Is there anybody else left on the 49ers to throw the ball too? With George Kittle and Trent Taylor now out, Goodwin has a chance to be the number one option. In Week 9, Carlos Hyde led the team in targets with 11, but Goodwin was close behind tying Aldrick Robinson for eight targets. Goodwin has great big play ability, which is why is upside is great and he seems to have projected volume coming his way. The matchup is also great against the Giants who have allowed the second most fantasy points to WRs over the last two weeks.

Cole Beasley

Wide Receiver |DAL

  • ESPN: Less than 18% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 19%owned

Gridiron Experts writer Phil Clark constantly suffers from the Beasles fever and I think its spreading. Cole Beasley scored two touchdowns last week, and I like him the most out of all the Cowboys receivers if Dez Bryant should miss time. People forget that in 2016 when Bryant missed games, it was Beasley that led the team in targets and receptions. The matchup this week is not great against the Falcons, so I would not spend a high priority on him, especially because Bryant may still play. In even deeper formats Brice Butler is a target as he would take Bryant’s spot on the outside should he miss time.

Curtis Samuel

Wide Receiver |CAR

  • ESPN: Less than 5% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 9%owned

Samuel’s performance does not jump off the box score, but his snap count sure does. He actually played one more snap than Devin Funchess, so there is some underlying opportunity for him. He did have a career high in receptions and yards, so there is a chance he could build on that Monday night against the Dolphins.

Tight Ends

Greg Olsen

Tight End | CAR

  • ESPN: Less than 44% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 50% owned

Greg OlsenOlsen is eligible to return for the Panther’s in Week 12, so if you can it is time to stash him. I do not think the Panthers would have moved on from Kelvin Benjamin if they did not think Olsen would help them down the road. Go get him!

Garrett Celek

Tight End | SF

  • ESPN: Less than 0% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 0% owned

Less than 0% owned across leagues do you dare start 49ers tight end Garrett Celek versus the 32nd ranked team against the tight end? With George Kittle already ruled out, I mean who could blame you?

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