Waiver Wire Week 10 Pickups
Running Back 37.8% owned
Ronald Jones has been in a number of my articles and I almost didn’t bother mentioning him because if you have been reading my articles, he should already be on your team. But still, only 37.8% owned, figured I would tell you one last time. Jones played 53% of the offensive snaps this week compared to Peyton Barbers 14%. He got into the endzone and finished just under 4 yards per carry, bringing him to 4.1 yards per carry on the season, clearly superior to Peyton Barbers 3.3 yards per carry. Bruce Arians took noticed and deemed Jones the starter moving forward. In yet another lost season, Arians could force-feed his second year back in order to evaluate him going into the off-season. Jones should be viewed as a solid RB3 with upside for more in good matchups moving forward.
Running Back 5.8% owned
McKissic looked like the better back on Sunday, taking four carries for 32 yards (8 YPC) and adding 3 receptions for 40 yards and a touchdown. TY Johnson failed to do much with his opportunity for the second week in a row and I believe that McKissic earned himself a larger part of the snaps at running back moving forward with Tra Carson being placed on IR. McKissic has always been a solid receiver, so he is more attractive in PPR leagues as opposed to standard. IO wouldn’t recommend him in 10 or 12 man leagues, but if you’re a deep leaguer in need of a body at Running Back, he could be of some use if his role does indeed increase moving forward.
Wide Receiver 6.6% owned
Following the TY Hilton injury, I pegged Pascal as a great replacement option and he delivered once again in Hilton’s absence, catching five balls for 76 yards and a touchdown. Parris Campbell broke his hand and has been ruled out indefinitely, leaving Pascal sitting atop the Colts depth chart with Hilton still nursing his injury. Even with Brissett looking questionable to suit up next week, the matchup against the Dolphins is too good to ignore. It wouldn’t be unreasonable to see Pascal put up top 25 numbers in PPR leagues with such a golden matchup. Going back to Brissett, Brian Hoyer looked fine as his replacement, tossing three touchdowns, so I am not too worried about him impacting Pascal. Hoyer could also be a fine replacement option at Quarterback if you’re in a pinch as well.
Wide Receiver 2.9%
Leading up to the draft, Renfrow was one of my favorite sleepers at Wide Receiver. After the Antonio Brown drama that led to his release, Renfrow was looking at increased playing time. The past two weeks Renfrow has delivered, getting into the end zone twice and making two clutch plays that gave the Raiders a lift when they needed it. Gruden’s own Joe Jurevicius replacement, Renfrow seems to be settling into his role and improving his chemistry weekly with Derek Carr. Three of his next four matchups are against below-average pass defenses, making Renfrow an interesting add for the rest of the season for those of you in deeper leagues.
Wide Receiver 22.8% owned
As I stated in my introductory paragraph, Preston Williams has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury. While Devante Parker has been on fire even with a healthy Williams, Gesicki really reaped the benefits, having a career game against the Jets. Parker has scored in four of his past five games and should only see his target share increase with the loss of Williams. Believe it or not, Parker could be looking like a weekly low-end WR2, with the Dolphins likely to be throwing it a ton moving forward. Gesicki is a slightly different story as he hasn’t been as consistent as Parker up to this point. The matchup against the Jets should be considered and I wouldn’t spend too much FAAB on Gesicki, but if you can get him at the right price, go for it.
Tight End 7.8% owned
Any time a new Quarterback enters the mix, it is always important to pay attention to who they target and look comfortable with. With Emmanuel Sanders out of town, someone had to step up and that someone just so happened to be Noah Fant, the talented rookie tight end out of Iowa. Fant had an impressive 75-yard touchdown in this one and finished the day with 115 total receiving yards. Fant finished the day second in total targets, only behind number one receiver Courtland Sutton. The Broncos head into this week on a bye, so Fant will be of no use to you this week, but I fully expect the Broncos and Allen, to try and find ways to get the ball in Fant’s hands.
- A name to watch moving forward is Derrius Guice, running back for the Redskins. I know, I know, its hard to trust that he can stay healthy, but all signs are pointing towards him returning after the bye Week 11 against the lowly Jets.
- The Colts get the luxury of playing the Dolphins this week, making Brian Hoyer, Chester Rogers and maybe even Deon Cain fantasy options in deeper leagues in addition to number one receiver Zach Pascal. Devin Funchess is also creeping closer to a return and could be worth a speculative add if you’re feeling risky.
- Jaylen Samuels is not a great runner. He primarily makes his living in the passing game. Trey Edmunds, on the other hand, looked great on the ground, taking 12 carries for 73 yards. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him steal some more work from Jaylen Samuels moving forward.
- Mark Walton was just suspended for four games due to a PED violation. This places Kalen Ballage back in the driver’s seat. But not so fast. If the Dolphins don’t add anyone, a guy I think worth grabbing could be rookie Myles Gaskin, who I believe is a far superior player than Ballage. Hopefully, Flores and company give him a chance to prove what he’s made of.
- Kareem Hunt is back from suspension this week, but I wouldn’t go and get too excited. Sure he’s worth an add if available, but he’s entering an unknown workload on a surprisingly disappointing Browns offense. He’ll most likely struggle to provide anything more than RB3 value.
- Brandin Cooks concussion is reportedly more serious than originally thought and he is in danger of missing additional games coming out of the bye. Josh Reynolds would be the guy who steps in and is worth a look as a WR4.