NOTE: No more FAB suggested dollar amounts. As I always said, you know your league best, so those were always suggestions anyway, as leagues vary in aggressiveness. Now past the halfway point, guessing what potential budgets are left in the millions of Fantasy Football leagues would be a blindfolded dart throw after spinning in a circle 50 times and downing seven shots of tequila.
Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups: QBs – Quarterback Streamers
Josh McCown, NYJ (34%) – One of these days, he’ll get respect. McCown is a Top 10 quarterback and is averaging 22.7 FPPG over his last five starts. The Buccaneers defense is on tap? Sign me up.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, TB (1%) – Jameis Winston is out for at least the next two weeks, and the Buccaneers have a decent matchup with the Jets at home. Fitzpatrick has several productive seasons on his résumé, providing value to his receivers and Fantasy owners of those receivers. Plus, he and Cameron Brate both went to Harvard. /sarcasm
Blake Bortles, JAX (30%) – Go ahead and laugh, but Bortles has 15-plus points in each of the last three games and just five interceptions on the year (three since Week 2). It’s a bit of a tough matchup though against the Chargers.
DON’T: Jacoby Brissett, IND (24%) – Against the Steelers defense… after their bye.
Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups: RBs
LAST CHANCE: Kenyan Drake (53%) – Assumption validated. Drake is clearly the better running back as expected and even saw plenty of passing game work. Drake won’t see quite the Jay Ajayi workload, but he’s the lead for the Dolphins and already in the RB2 conversation. Damien Williams (33%) is still worth grabbing, particularly in PPR leagues, as he can provide matchup value and is the clear backup if Drake were to get hurt.
Alfred Morris and Rod Smith, DAL (58%, 8%) – Don’t go dropping Morris and Smith yet. This Ezekiel Elliott nonsense is far from over. In fact, if either is out there, the smart move is to grab one or both as a precaution.
Matt Forte, NYJ (42%) – The Jets continue to use Forte, and it continues to work… for now.
Forte isn’t going to score every week… maybe even ever again… but he’s the lead option for the Jets when healthy and a RB3 in most leagues.
Chris Ivory, JAX (32%) – Even with Leonard Fournette back this week, Ivory has shown that he can handle being the lead running back for the Jaguars if called upon. Don’t forget that even before the benching, Fournette missed a game to injury and has dealt with foot issues since his LSU days.
Devontae Booker, DEN (4%) – Booker has been in the “For the Future” section for some time, and C.J. Anderson has disappeared the past few games. Add in Anderson suffering a minor injury and Booker could become the lead rather soon.
Matt Breida, SF (9%) – Carlos Hyde is the better talent, but I am still concerned that the 49ers start looking to the future and give Breida more work down the stretch. Even if not, Hyde is as injury prone as they come.
Thomas Rawls, SEA (13%) – This is only if you are desperate and need a running back this week. Rawls had his chance to be “the only option” before and failed. C.J. Prosise could return as well, thereby keeping this backfield in committee mode.
Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead, NE (51%, 8%) – Both deserve to be in the “Don’t” section, as Mike Gillislee and Lewis himself are proof of what owning a Patriots running back will do to your health. Once again, James White in a PPR league is the only trustworthy Patriots running back, but if needy and all that… plus, I know numerous people aren’t going to listen to me anyway.
Danny Woodhead, BAL (27%) – Woodhead is close to a return and once he is, Woodhead will step into the pass-catching role. Woodhead regularly provided RB2 value in PPR and even Non-PPR given his ability. The only question is how many games, or snaps, will he be healthy.
Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups: WRs
LAST CHANCE: Jeremy Maclin, BAL (62%) – Maclin barely crosses the 60 percent threshold, so I want to make sure he’s not sitting out there in your league. Even while missing time, Maclin is still in the Top 50 and has 20.1 Non-PPR points in the last two games.
Corey Davis, TEN (45%) – Davis saw his highest workload yet, and it’s going to get better Fantasy wise. Davis is supremely talented. Don’t let him sit on waivers for another week.
Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, LAR (34%, 55%) – It’s safe to assume that Woods’ ownership will rocket and pass Kupp’s. Woods scored his first two touchdowns of the season but has been the Rams best receiver since Week 5. Kupp was quiet against the Giants and hasn’t topped 60 yards since Week 1, but he’s the No. 2 option in an explosive offense (yea, I just said that about the Rams) and is still seeing red zone targets.
Robby Anderson, NYJ (54%) – Anderson is WR13. Thirteen! And has a touchdown in three straight games.
Marqise Lee, Allen Hurns and Dede Westbrook, JAX (37%, 43%, 28%) – Lee now has three straight good games and looks healthy. Hurns is as boom-or-bust as ever. Westbrook is the most complete receiver and has the talent to push for the top spot, but he may only become the Jaguars No. 2 option this year… but that’s not terrible news for a waiver flier. (Hurns and Westbrook both rank behind Jordan Matthews below for waiver priority.)
Jordan Matthews, BUF (28%) – Kelvin Benjamin’s arrival could hurt Matthews’ potential in an offense with limited passing, but Benjamin could also soften the coverage/attention to Matthews. Either way, Matthews shouldn’t have an ownership this low.
Marquise Goodwin, SF (12%) – Goodwin is now the 49ers top receiver with Pierre Garcon done for the years. While he is extremely volatile (eight targets, two catches, 68 yards), Goodwin will have some nice games and even more value once Jimmy Garoppolo takes over at quarterback.
Terrance Williams, DAL (10%) – Williams is a pure matchup play when Dez Bryant is healthy, but Bryant is dealing with knee and ankle injuries and will command the Falcons attention. Speaking of Bryant, if he misses time, grab Cole Beasley, who saw his PPR points jump from 10.7 to 16.5 per game last year without Bryant.
Taylor Gabriel, ATL (14%) – Julio Jones is dealing with a “lower body” injury, and the sky is blue and water is wet. If Jones were to miss time… again… Gabriel would go from boom/bust gadget guy to startable as a WR4. Don’t forget about Mohamed Sanu either, who is somehow still only 65 percent owned.
Curtis Samuel, CAR (9%) – It’s clear that the Panthers plan to use Samuel as the second receiving option with Samuel seeing the third most targets behind Devin Funchess and Christian McCaffrey. Greg Olsen returns soon (more on him… soon), but for now and the bye weeks, Samuel can have deep league value.
Adam Humphries, TB (4%) – With Mike Evans suspended for Week 10, Humphries becomes a decent flier. Humphries had four straight games with at least 51 yards earlier this year and will be the Buccaneers No. 2 against the Jets.
Dontrelle Inman, CHI (1%) – As mentioned last week, the Bears picked up Inman, and he can become their top receiver just as he was for the Chargers down the stretch last year.
DON’T: Josh Gordon, CLE (35%) – That is, don’t if you are trying to stash him for your team. Gordon can’t play until Week 13, and you’re not going to put him in the lineup with the playoffs on the line, or even in the playoffs given your other options that got you there. The only reason that you pick up Gordon is to trade him. When I see people asking about deals with Stefon Diggs for Gordon, it’s clear that people are still drunk on his 2013 (THIRTEEN!) season.
Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups: TEs
LAST CHANCE: Vernon Davis, WSH (60%) – I said Davis might end up here last week, and by golly, here he is. Even if Jordan Reed returns to the field, it’s a ticking clock until he’s off of it again, and Davis was providing some value even during the few times when Reed was healthy.
Greg Olsen, CAR (50%) – Reminder: Olsen is two weeks away and would be a Top 5 tight end as soon as he’s ready.
Tyler Kroft, CIN (41%) – Kroft’s only double-digit games came with touchdowns (PPR scoring) but he does have 7.8, 9.6 and 9.9 in his other three games since Week 4’s outburst. You could do worse.
Garrett Celek, SF (0%) – George Kittle is already out for Week 10 (ankle), leaving Celek at the No. 1 tight end for the 49ers. Guess who they face this week? The Giants. I’m pretty sure I don’t need to explain why a tight end facing the Giants is a strong play at this point.
Ben Watson, BAL (17%) – Watson just keeps quietly producing with at least 8.6 PPR points in all but one game since Week 2.
Charles Clay, BUF (12%) – As with Olsen, Clay is set to return soon – maybe even this week – and had three 15-plus point games (PPR) in the first four weeks before getting hurt in Week 5.
DON’T: Julius Thomas, MIA (15%) – Thomas had a huge Week 9, but it was his first touchdown since Week 10 last year and his first game with 80-plus yards since Week 12… 2015.
Week 10 Buy Low and Sell High
Buy Low (Leaning more risk/reward at this point)
Matt Ryan, ATL – Don’t pay too much, Steve Sarkisian is killing this offense
Marcus Mariota, TEN
Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
Kareem Hunt, KC
Devonta Freeman, ATL – See: Ryan, Matt
Doug Martin, TB – Can likely get for pennies on the dollar
Stefon Diggs, MIN – Not sure why owners even looking to sell
Keenan Allen, LAC
Jordy Nelson, GB
So, this appears to be the death toll for players, as several have suffered injuries after being here. Be forewarned, although, I’m obviously not wishing injury on anyone.
Jared Goff, LAR – The rest of the Rams schedule is up and down difficulty wise, just as is Goff’s play.
Tevin Coleman, ATL – If you can, try to sell on last week’s good game and a touchdown in Week 9.
T.Y. Hilton, IND – Yes, he was a buy low last week and it’s a home game, but it’s against the Steelers and look at Hilton’s game log.
DeAndre Hopkins, HOU – He was saved by a late score. Tom Savage is going to destroy Hopkins’ value.
Tyreek Hill, KC – Was here last week too. People are more likely pay WR1 value after Week 9.
Demaryius Thomas, DEN – Two words, one person à Brock Osweiler.
Sammy Watkins, LAR – He’s simply not a good fit with the Rams. That performance (play) was purely matchup based.
Jared Cook, OAK – He’s on a bye, so it may be tough, but as soon as you trust him, Cook will disappoint. It’s his M.O.
Jameis Winston, TB
Giovani Bernard, CIN
Eddie Lacy, SEA – If you were crazy enough to pick up last week.
Randall Cobb, GB
Sammy Watkins, LAR – If you held on the past two weeks.
Terrelle Pryor, WSH
John Brown, ARI
Kenny Stills, MIA