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Waiver Wire Pickups Week 10

TY Johnson

Waiver Wire Pickups Week 10

There are a ton of guys who I have mentioned in previous articles that are getting highlighted as pickups this week. But if you read these articles you should already have a leg up on the competition and have some of them on your roster. I’m talking about guys like Carson Wentz, Adrian Peterson, Rashod Bateman, Elijah Moore, Brandon Aiyuk, Van Jefferson, Russell Gage, Pat Freiremuth and Dan Arnold just to name a few. So since I have mentioned these guys before in previous articles, I will only stick to new names. Obviously, with all these guys previously covered, this week’s article will be on the shorter side.

*All rostered percentages are from ESPN and players must be less than 50% rostered to qualify.

Matt Ryan

Quarterback 44% rostered

Ryan has been flashing lately, with Week 8’s dud against Carolina being an outlier. Fresh off a three-touchdown performance this week against the Saints’ top defense, Ryan draws the Cowboys who just got ripped apart by Teddy Bridgewater. This will make him a solid spot start if you require a Quarterback for Week 10.

Brandon Bolden

Running Back 7% rostered

Let me start by saying Bolden is only a preferred add if we get news on Damien Harris or Rhamondre Stevenson and their head injuries. File this under something to monitor, as we most likely won’t get news on Harris and Stevenson’s head injuries before Wednesday, but if one or both of them are forced to miss due to concussion protocol, Bolden would be a worthy flex given his receiving involvement. If you have an end of a roster spot, he is worth grabbing after waivers clear but I wouldn’t necessarily pay up for him.

TY Johnson

Running Back 21% rostered

Like many players before him, TY Johnson has made it as a featured player in these articles after being mentioned in my Quick Hits section that is at the bottom of every article the week prior. Last week I mentioned that TY Johnson was riding a three-week streak of double-digit PPR points and he made it four straight this week with 21 yards rushing, 40 receiving and a touchdown. He and Michael Carter are the only two guys worth rostering in this backfield and have shown that they can co-exist recently. While the Jets get a brutal matchup next week against the Bills, they get three soft matchups after against the Dolphins, Texans and Eagles respectively in Weeks 11-13.

Donovan Peoples-Jones

Wide Receiver 5% rostered

Back in Week 7’s article, I featured Donovan Peoples-Jones (DPJ) and stated that he could push OBJ for his job by the end of the year, well fast forward three weeks later and OBJ isn’t even on the team anymore and DPJ is coming off of an 86 yard one-touchdown game. Baker had arguably his best game of the year and it truly seems that he plays better without OBJ there as a distraction. DPJ should see consistent targets for the remainder of the year as a top-two option in the passing game, making him a flex with weekly upside, especially in leagues that reward points for longer touchdowns.

Desean Jackson

Wide Receiver 2% rostered

With a lot of guys already covered, we had to dive deeper here. Jackson signed with the Raiders on Monday and boy do they need the help after the whole Henry Ruggs situation. I wouldn’t carry high expectations for Week 10, but after their bye in Week 11, the Raiders have one of the softest passing defense schedules in the entire league and I can see Carr getting hot for your team’s playoff pushes. Jackson should get acclimated and ready to contribute as a flex right after the bye week, so this is more of a stash for those of you competing than those of you who require guys now.

Adam Trautman

Tight End 2% rostered

In the two games that Trevor Siemian has been under center, Trautman has seen 13 targets as opposed to the 13 he saw in the six weeks with Jameis. If Siemian does indeed remain the starter, I am willing to take a gamble and be a week early on him under the impression that this usage sticks around with Siemian at the helm, just in case he has a good game next week.

Logan Thomas

Tight End 48% rostered

Not much to say here, we know who Thomas is and still being only 48% rostered, go ahead and check your waiver wire in the event someone dropped him. Should be a top 12 guy the second he comes back onto the field.

Quick Hits

  • I cant see Jimmy Garoppollo starting for much longer…he can’t right? The Niners just got smoked by Colt McCoy and a bunch of backup receivers. Jimmy G has only eleven touchdowns in eight games. I’m still stashing Trey Lance in a few leagues even where I don’t need him, I can trade him for someone I do need if he ends up starting and succeeding.
  • I’m still holding on to Jeff Wilson Jr. despite his goose egg this week. It was his first game back since a meniscus tear and I think he gets involved next week and has always flashed when given the opportunity.
  • With Chase Edmonds most likely missing a few weeks with a high ankle sprain, Eno Benjamin should step in as the next man up behind James Conner. The Cards have sued two backs all year and I think Benjamin could be in for some touches during Conner’s absence. He had nine carries for 39 yards and a touchdown after Edmonds went down.
  • Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling should be semi-relevant again with the return of Aaron Rodgers if he can pass through COVID protocols. Lazard is the preferred option if I had to pick.
  • Seems as if Geoff Swaim has emerged as the primary pass-catching tight end for the Titans and with Derrick Henry out for the remainder of the regular season, the Titans will have to rely on other options near the goal line. Swaim has back-to-back weeks with a touchdown and will look to make it three in a row in Week 10.
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