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Waiver Wire Week 10

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Waiver Wire Week 10

Maybe it was just me, but this week was pretty “Blehh” in terms of waiver wire options. At this point in the season, most of the guys that should be rostered are already on teams. Thankfully there were no major injuries this week, other than CMC possibly re-injuring himself making Mike Davis a must-add if he was foolishly dropped. I’m sure we will hear more about CMC later today. In a review of previous weeks adds, Jakobi Meyers was featured in last week’s article and rewarded anyone who listened with a monster 12-169-0 line and is New England’s WR1 moving forward. Jalen Reagor is still available in 86% of leagues and should be one of the top receivers out of Philly moving forward. Jerick McKinnon, Mecole Hardman, Jordan Wilkins, Gus Edwards/JK Dobbins, Zack Moss, Curtis Samuel, Mike Williams, Jordan Reed, and Darnell Mooney are again adding if still available. So let’s get to this week’s new adds, which should be my deepest yet with not many un-rostered players standing out.

Drew Lock

Quarterback 13.4% rostered

In last week’s article, I had Lock as my favorite Quarterback streamer for Week nine and he did not disappoint. For the second week in a row, Lock reached three touchdowns, throwing for 313 and rushing for 47 more. Lock finally flashed that rushing upside that I always knew he had and I think this is a sign of things to come as far as his ground game goes. Next week Lock gets the Las Vegas Raiders who have given up over 400 yards in all but three games this year, surrendering at least 24 points in all but one game. It’s another matchup Lock could take advantage of and I like him as a Top 15 option with Patrick Mahomes and Matt Ryan on their byes. If Jerry Jeudy or Tim Patrick are available, both are worth an add, especially Jeudy.

Duke Johnson

Running Back 16.4% rostered

David Johnson went down with a concussion in last week’s game and faces an uphill battle to be cleared for his Week 10 matchup against the Browns. We all know Duke is an elite receiver out of the backfield but what a lot of people don’t know is that he is very successful on the ground throughout his career as well, finishing with 4.9 yards per carry in three of his five seasons. If David is not cleared in time, Duke should be a viable flex in Week 10 and is well worth a large amount of FAAB in the important final weeks of the fantasy regular season.

Ryan Nall

Running Back 0.1% rostered

Cordarrelle Patterson

Running Back/Wide Receiver 3% rostered

David Johnson wasn’t the only back to go down with a concussion as David Montgomery exited the Bears game due to a concussion as well. Just as with Johnson, Montgomery faces an uphill battle to get cleared, opening the door for both Nall and Patterson. Even though Patterson has seen more carries this season, I believe Nall will act as the primary ball carrier with Patterson mixing in for some touches as well. Nall is quietly an all-around back, as showcased by his 4-35-1 receiving line this week, and has played well in the pre-season. In most leagues, both these guys are not recommended plays, but for my guys and gals in those deeper leagues, volume alone should make both these guys flex options in leagues of 14+ teams, with Nall as my preferred choice.

Kalen Ballage

Running Back 0.1% rostered

I can’t believe I am writing about picking up Ballage…but here I am. For some reason, Coach Lynn is quarantining Joshua Kelley from touching the ball. Once Justin Jackson went down, it was the Kalen Ballage show and he played very well to everyone’s surprise. Ballage turned 17 touches into 84 yards and a touchdown and would be in line as the alpha running back if both Pope and Jackson miss time again. Jackson was able to go back into the game later but was ultimately sat down after just two more snaps so that could be interpreted as to it’s not a serious injury and they just didn’t want to worsen his condition. So bid on Ballage with that in mind as Jackson may be ok for Week 10. Pay attention to any updates we get on Jackson and Pope on Tuesday and adjust your bids accordingly.

Michael Pittman Jr.

Wide Receiver 4.4% rostered

I told you it was a slow week. Pittman led the Colts in receiving this week and with Hilton both injured and just flat out not playing well, we could see Pittman Jr. emerge as the number one option in the receiving room. With Phillip Rivers as his quarterback though, expectations must be tempered, as he is more of a dink and dunk type. Coming off playing 87% of the offensive snaps, his highest of the year, Pittman should slowly get more and more involved throughout the remainder of the season.

Allen Lazard

Wide Receiver 30.6% rostered

Don’t let the Marquez Valdes-Scantling (MVS) two-touchdown game distract you from the fact the Allen Lazard is returning from injury this week as the Packers WR2. Lazard is the far superior player and will immediately slot in as a playmaker for Aaron Rodgers and company. In his last game before injury, Lazard put together a monster 6-146-1 line and now gets the beatable Jaguars secondary in Week 10. Scoop him up.

Breshad Perriman

Wide Receiver 12.5% rostered

Finally healthy, Perriman showcased what made him a waiver wire wonder in 2019 with Tampa Bay. Perriman clicked with Flacco on Monday night, finishing with an explosive 5-101-2 line on his way to 27.1 PPR points. The Jets will be throwing a ton for the remainder of the year and Perriman looks eager to prove that he was not just a one-hit wonder with the Buccaneers last year. The Jets are on a bye next week, but Perriman could be a welcome addition to your roster with those of you looking to compete in deeper leagues.

Jacob Hollister

Tight End 0.1% rostered

Every time the Seahawks game popped up on my RedZone, I kept seeing Hollister being targeted and was curious to see how the tight end snaps ended up coming out to at the end of the game. Hollister played 48% of snaps, Olsen 40%, and Dissly 32%. Hollister also finished with more targets, receptions and yards than both of them combined. Hollister played very well in spurts last year and I do believe he is their most talented tight end on the roster. On a passing offense that is clicking like this, it’s always a good idea to get a piece of it, especially at a barren position like tight end.

Quick Hits

  • Kyle Allen suffered a season-ending injury this week opening the door for Alex Smith to finish the season as the starter. It won’t be pretty as Smith is a check-down king, but in Super Flex leagues he is obviously worth an add.
  • Speaking of Smith being a check-down king, that is music to JD McKissic’s ears and he will be a viable flex option in PPR leagues moving forward. JD is coming off a nine catch game against the Giants.
  • Damien Harris left Monday nights matchup with an injury and if he misses time, Rex Burkhead would be the direct beneficiary. Also, look for the status of Sony Michel as he could be activated from IR this week.
  • Its HANDCUFF SEASON, if you are in a position to make the playoffs, I would suggest grabbing your best backs handcuff as an insurance policy while they are free since you can afford to sacrifice a bench spot.
  • Richie James exploded for a 9-184-1 line and is worth being mentioned, but with Aiyuk returning next week and Deebo not too far behind him, he may only be useful for one more week before their bye in Week 11.
  • David Moore has been quite the surprise this year with the Seahawks leaning more pass-happy this season and has quietly recorded either 50 yards or a touchdown in three straight games. Deep leaguers take note.
  • Other receivers worth looking at are Danny Amendola, Alshon Jeffery, Demarcus Robinson, Damiere Byrd, and Jakeem Grant.
  • At tight end, I would look towards Eric Ebron, Jordan Reed, Trey Burton, and Logan Thomas as streamers. Watch for updates on Austin Hooper as well as he could possibly return.
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