Winning on the Waiver Wire Week 10 | 2017

Thomas Rawls Seattle Seahawks running back number 34

All players appearing in my week 10 waiver wire article are owned in 50% or fewer of Yahoo leagues.  Suggested FAAB bids appear in green. If you’re new to the FTA community join our FREE fantasy football discord server!

Winning on the Waiver Wire | Week 10 2017

Week 10 Waiver Wire Must Adds

 

Thomas Rawls – RB – Seattle Seahawks (10% owned) | 8-10% FAAB

Seattle Seahawks blue bird logo pngEddie Lacy was annointed the feature back leading into week 9 but that lasted less than half a game as Lacy suffered a groin injury and was ruled out for the rest of the day.  Thomas Rawls took over and managed a respectable 9 carries for 39 yards to go with 2 receptions for 31 yards.  Assuming Eddie Lacy is expected to miss week 10 Rawls draws must add status simply as the starting RB for a Seahawks team that should have no trouble gaining and maintaining a lead against the Cardinals.

Danny Woodhead – RB – Baltimore Ravens (27% owned)

Baltimore Ravens purple bird logo on grey backgroundThis is a PPR league must add as Danny Woodhead is expected to return week 11 for a Ravens team that can certainly use his receiving prowess out of the backfield.  Danny only played a few snaps in week 1 before going down to injury but he had already wracked up 3 receptions for 33 yards showing the kind of receiving upside he offers in the Ravens offense.  Baltimore has a bye week 10 but in competitive leagues you likely can’t wait until Woodhead officially returns, so get ahead of the curve by adding and stashing Danny ahead of his return against the Green Bay Packers in week 11.

Week 10 Waiver Wire Suggested Adds

Charles Clay – TE – Buffalo Bills (12% owned) | 7% FAAB

Buffalo Bills 100x100 png logoClay will probably go a bit under the radar as he has been out since week 5 with a knee injury, but he is expected to return week 10 against the Saints making him one of the top waiver wire acquisitions available.  The Bills have added Kelvin Benjamin to their receiving arsenal which should help open up the field a bit but I expect Clay to remain one of Tyrod’s favorite targets especially this coming week against the New Orleans Saints.  If you need a TE check to see if Clay is available as one of the top waiver wire adds available at the position.

Josh Gordon – WR – Cleveland Browns (34% owned) | 6% FAAB

I received a few PMs on Discord asking me why there was no Josh Gordon in the article so lets address that here!  Honestly I figured that most of my readers picked him up last week already (as we sent out push notifications via Discord that he had been reinstated).  If you’re still hanging on to a guy like Willie Snead who isn’t even allowed to fetch the gatorade for the Saints it looks like the time has come to make the switch.  Gordon has been conditionally reinstated by the NFL and can resume practicing with the Browns on November 20 with a projected game day return of week 13 against the Green Bay Packers.  While he hasn’t played in a few years keep in mind he is just 26 years old and will be rejoining a Browns team where Terrelle Pryor looked good enough to be in the WR1/2 discussion heading into the 2017 fantasy football season (we’ve all seen how well that worked out in Washington).  If you are playoff bound and have the space on your bench you won’t find a higher upside pickup than Gordon off waivers this week.

Marqise Lee – WR – Jacksonville Jaguars (37% owned) | 6% FAAB

Orange and white Jaguars logo on a grey backgroundI feel like a bit of a broken record this season as Marqise Lee keeps appearing in my waiver articles, but his ownership remains below 50% so I have to keep mentioning him. This past Sunday against the Bengals Lee put up terrific numbers with 12 targets, 8 receptions, 75 yards and a TD.  Admittedly Leonard Fournette being out changed the Jags offense the last few weeks, however Lee is still the WR1 for this team and should see a solid 6+ targets per week.  The schedule ahead looks decent enough (LAC, CLE, ARI, IND, SEA, HOU, SF) and Marqise can be slotted in as a very solid WR3 in most formats with the upside for WR2 numbers in plus matchups week 11 (CLE) and week 13 (IND).

Damien Williams – RB – Miami Dolphins (33% owned) | 6% FAAB

Miami Dolphins png logo with teal dolphin and orange sunburstMiami certainly isn’t making it easy on us fantasy football analysts.  Damien Williams drew the start for the Dolphins and looked pretty good on a remarkable TD catch and run while being bottled up on his runs with just 7 carries for 14 yards on the ground (6 receptions for 47 yards and a TD through the air).  As I mentioned in last week’s write up Drake (53% owned, 9 carries 69 yards 6 receptions 35 yards 2 pt conv) looks like the better bet to lead the team in total yardage and would be my first pick, however Williams has a decent pair of mitts and Cutler looked for him often enough through the air that he can provide flex value most weeks.

 

Josh McCown – QB – New York Jets (34% owned) | 5% FAAB

new york jets green logo on gray backgroundAnother week, another solid fantasy performance from McCown.  Josh has now accounted for 2+ TD’s in 5 straight weeks (he threw for one and ran for another this past week against Buffalo).  If you’re looking for a streamer off the waiver wire in week 10 and McCown is available he draws a terrific matchup with the Tampa Bay Bucs and their bottom 10 ranked passing defense. Any fantasy owners in need of a QB should make McCown their first choice for week 10, and then be prepared to drop him as the Jets have a bye in week 11 before the schedule toughens up later in the season with CAR, KC, DEN and NO all coming up.

 

Robert Woods – WR – Los Angeles Rams (33% owned) | 3% FAAB

Los Angeles Rams png logoOwners scouring the waiver wire for WRs heading into week 10 may be surprised to learn that Robert Woods has 49 targets this season, good for just over 6 targets per week, but the real surprise is the consistency he is showing in the passing game seeing at least 4 targets in every contest while Sammy Watkins has seen just 2 targets in 3 of 8 matchups this season.  Woods had a monster game against the Giants which certainly represents his ceiling as he hauled in 4 receptions for 70 yards and 2 scores.  The schedule ahead isn’t exactly ideal (HOU, MIN, NO, ARI, PHI, SEA), however Sammy should continue to draw the top corner coverage making Woods a decent WR3/Flex play on a weekly basis.

Curtis Samuel – WR – Carolina Panthers (9% owned) | 1% FAAB

Carolina Panthers black panther logo with neon blue outline pngI’m not terribly high on Samuel as this is his rookie season, however, with the departure of Kelvin Benjamin it certainly opens up targets in the Carolina offense which Curtis took advantage of against the Falcons this past Sunday.  Samuel saw 5 targets for 3 receptions and 29 yards while also taking one carry for 13 yards.  It depends on how deep of a league you play in whether or not you want to roster a guy like Samuel as the Panthers don’t figure to go pass heavy, however they do have a decent schedule ahead with MIA, then a bye week, and the NYJ coming up so Curtis will have the potential for big numbers.  If you play in the sort of league where all other options on this list are taken, Curtis Samuel may be your best bet to grab off the waiver wire this week.

Week 10 Waiver Wire Deep League Adds

  • Teddy Bridgewater – QB – Minnesota Vikings (5% owned)
    • Will be activated this week.  Not likely to start, but could take over heading into week 11
  • Robert Kelley – RB – Washington Redskins (32% owned)
    • I’m sure to see a few questions about Kelley after he rattled off 2 TDs against the Seahawks, however both of them came from the one yard line and the rest of his stat line was 14 carries for 18 yards.  He is a desperation flex play at best most weeks.
  • Devontae Booker – RB – Denver Broncos (4% owned)
    • Saw 8 touches (Jamaal Charles 8, CJ Anderson 8).  RBBC hell but Booker looks like the pass catching option and is worth keeping an eye on in deeper leagues.
  • Peyton Barber – RB – Tampa Bay Bucs (0% owned)
    • Mysteriously took over in the 2nd half for Doug Martin.  Barber saw 23 snaps this game with 11 rushing attempts.  Doug Martin is still the starter, but deeper leagues you may want to pick up Barber in case there is a surprising changing of the guard.
  • Tavarres King – WR – New York Giants (0% owned)
    • 6 targets, 3 receptions and a TD against the Rams

Monday Night Special

If you play in a league where you can drop a bench player to add someone who hasn’t played yet:

TJ Jones – WR – Detroit Lions (4% owned)

He’ll be lining up as the WR3 for the Lions tonight but he saw a solid 8 targets, 4 receptions and 88 yards in week 8.  With Golladay remaining out if a Lions WR suffers an injury tonight Jones could suddenly be a relevant option in 12 team leagues.

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2 Comments

  1. Hey KJ, I got one for ya. I have Fournette and McKinnon and a plethora of middling RBs who need an injury ahead of them to really see consistent work (T. Coleman, D. Henry, Alfred, DMC, and A. Collins). I have a great duo of starting WRs (Julio and Mike Evans) with JuJu as WR3. Looks great on paper and has been good for some pretty nice weeks, but wins aren’t stacking up and I have an opportunity to get Kareem Hunt. I’ve been offered Kareem and R. Anderson for Evans and Collins. I think the value on the trade is great, but with my stable of RBs that are a play/court decision away from becoming RB2 (borderline RB1) themselves, do you think I should still pull the trigger on it? My only hesitation is that Hunt has been progressively less of a focal point each passing week (54% of snaps this week in a solid matchup), frankly hasn’t looked that great the past few weeks, and he’s on bye this week. I need wins now and I don’t know if Hunt is going to live up to the stud status he carved out early on. What do you think?

    1. I think the most important part of this comment is that you need wins now. With Hunt on BYE it sounds like you can’t take this trade at this point, so I’d decline and move on with what you have. Zeke’s hearing is this week and it sounded like Alfred was the starter, so if Zeke is out then you should be set

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