The Waiver Wire 11/7
A look at the Week 10 pickups (updated 8pm)
Welcome to Week 10. With four teams on the bye, your free agent needs are probably less acute than they were last week, but the players at rest are certainly of a high caliber, so there will be some challenges putting together strong lineups this week. I’m sure a few of you are looking at Carson Wentz—wondering how you’ll play Week 10 without him. I have a few ideas listed below. The other teams at rest are the Ravens, Raiders and Chiefs. Danny Woodhead should return to the Ravens’ lineup after the bye. The Eagles have an extra week to integrate Jay Ajayi, and I assume he’ll have a significant role moving forward.
I will be adding players this afternoon, but will not have a pod this week.
The ownership rates listed below were sourced from Yahoo! They reflect a player’s ownership, not their availability.
Blake Bortles, Jaguars, 30 percent
He was my top recommended free agent quarterback last week and he gave a serviceable Week 9 performance to those who played him. That came against a relatively tough Bengals defense, but the reason I highlighted Bortles as an add was due to his remaining plus matchups. By my math, Bortles is playable at least four out of the next seven weeks. This includes a sweet matchup with the Browns Week 11 and the Colts Week 13. If you are getting crushed at quarterback, he can help.
Josh McCown, Jets, 25 percent
Last week I told you to nab McCown for this week’s matchup against the Bucs. Well, that matchup looks even better now as the Bucs are in turmoil. The thing about McCown is that, unlike Bortles, his schedule is unfriendly on the whole. He’s on the bye in Week 11 and the matchups are generally ugly after that. Still, he’s a good bet to give you QB1 output this week.
Eli Manning, Giants, 45 percent
While the masses are running away from Eli, I would encourage you to do the opposite, at least for this week because the Giants are visiting the 49ers who have been a great matchup for quarterbacks this season. In deeper formats, there may also be some appeal in weeks 13 and 14, when the Giants face the Raiders and Cowboys respectively.
Jay Cutler, Dolphins, 14 percent
He has at least four good matchups remaining and Miami is very likely to throw the ball a lot with Jay Ajayi now in Philadelphia. Both of Miami’s running backs are good receivers and they have a high volume slot guy in Jarvis Landry. Miami could use the short passing game as a de facto run game while taking shots downfield to DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills. Cutler is particularly useful if your starter has a Week 11 bye, because Miami hosts the Bucs that week.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bucs, 1 percent
He's going to start this week, so he has some applications, but he will be without Mike Evans, and that certainly hurts.
Teddy Bridgewater, Vikings, 5 percent
He may not play for awhile but he's worth a stash in deep formats and 2QB if he is available. He will not play this week, but if they put him in there, he has some nice weapons.
Kenyan Drake, Dolphins, 53 percent
Drake, my top RB recommendation last week, is still available in almost half of Yahoo’s leagues, so he is worth throwing out there. As I said last week, his skill set is a great fit for HC Adam Gase’s system and Miami’s schedule is largely favorable. Has solid appeal in both standard and PPR leagues.
Matt Forte, Jets, 42 percent
He’s a solid add in all leagues but be aware that the Jets have a bye in Week 11 and that their schedule gets tougher afterwards. This week’s game against the 49ers is obviously enticing and Forte’s share of the Jets backfield makes him usable on most weeks in 12-team leagues. During the bye weeks, he’s a solid replacement option in 10-team leagues as well.
Rex Burkhead, Patriots, 8 percent
He was dumped by a lot of owners during the Patriots bye week and I love him as an add for the stretch run. He’s healthy now and the Patriots are nearly matchup proof, and quite frankly, after this week’s trip to Denver, I see no scary matchups left on the schedule for Burkhead. And, after last week, who knows if Denver will be all that tough. I’m adding Burkhead in any leagues that I can if I need running back help.
Danny Woodhead, Ravens, 18 percent
As I said last week, if you play in a PPR league, he’s a nice deep stash. He could come off the IR and start posting big receiving numbers. Flacco has so little to work with that Woodhead could lead the team in targets upon his return. According to Rotoworld, he is targeting a Week 11 return, so plan accordingly. If a pass catching RB is what you need, you should up your priority here. Woodhead could be worth a lot in full PPR scoring.
Rob Kelley, Washington, 32 percent
He’s not sexy and his PPR appeal is less than his standard appeal. That being said, he’s the clear early down back and goal line back. He has value if you need a startable runner and with Samaje Perine’s fumbling concerns, his role seems very safe in the near term.
Thomas Rawls, Seahawks, 13 percent
He may have stolen the starter’s gig with a solid Week 10 performance and with Eddie Lacy’s groin injury. The Seahawks play on Thursday so it seems very likely that you’ll get at least one start out of Rawls. If you get lucky, he could take the gig, and this offense is usually good down the stretch. ***Update*** Rawls will start this week.
CJ Prosise, Seahawks, 6 percent
He’s a flier right now, but a flier with big upside. He should return this week and if he pops, who knows what his ceiling is? I like him as an add if you are trying to develop a RB2 spot in a PPR league, but he’s a big play so he has value in standard as well if he breaks out. There is no stud in this backfield. Anybody can take it. They just need to perform. Add him now and maybe you save some FAAB bucks next week.
Damien Williams, Dolphins, 33 percent
He’s been underwhelming as a runner but very good as a receiver—including runs after the catch. He broke a few tackles last week and had a very nice touchdown. Where Williams has issues is right at the decision point. He’s too patient much of the time—getting caught in the hole. If they can get him to be more aggressive, his talent could show up more as a runner. My guess is that Drake continues to get more action running the ball, but that Williams continues to receive plenty of action himself, primarily in a receiving role. He’s a viable play in large PPR formats.
Marlon Mack, Colts, 49 percent
He took a step back last week—falling behind Gore in the pecking order but he’s still a good bet to see a playing time increase down the stretch. Stash him if you are thing at RB.
Darren McFadden, Cowboys, 33 percent
He's going to have a role if Zeke is forced to serve his suspension. I'd roster him in bigger PPR formats if I have the space.
Corey Davis, Titans, 45 percent
Here’s what I said the last two weeks. “Meet the best stash option around. Davis has been a big disappointment but none of this has to do with anything other than injury. And, based on what we saw last week, the Titans can really use his alpha skill set. The fact that they have been careful with his injury will work for you upon his return. Stash him now and he could pay off large when he returns from his Week 8 bye. Davis is a potential star and he has a good quarterback to work with.” Davis returned last week and looked very good—catching six balls for 69 yards against a quality Ravens secondary. He’s a viable start every week going forward and he has WR1 upside in good matchups. This is a must add player if you still have a shot at him.
Josh Doctson, Washington, 29 percent
He has the look of a player who could erupt down the stretch. Doctson made a big play last week that led to Washington upsetting Seattle on the road. It was the kind of play (a near touchdown) that earns you more playing time, and Doctson was already trending well in that area. He may be startable the rest of the way and I think he should be a high priority in free agency this week regardless of your league’s size. He has good matchups the rest of the way save for the playoffs, which are actually pretty tough, but the next month is solid.
Corey Coleman, Browns, 12 percent
He should return for Week 11 and he could be startable by Week 12. If I had a shot at Coleman and Josh Gordon, I’d be taking Coleman. He’s actually played football this year and you get him in time for the playoff push. The Browns are starved for downfield options and that’s exactly what Coleman is. He’s actually the kind of receiver who fits with DeShone Kizer’s big arm.
Josh Gordon, Browns, 35 percent
He won’t play in a game until Week 13, so he’s really more of an add for teams who are already in the playoffs or who have a very strong hold on a spot. If you are a team with a good shot at a bye and a relative weakness at receiver, Gordon makes plenty of sense. I have him rostered in a few leagues just for the upside potential. In both cases I am a near lock to be playing Week 15.
Curtis Samuel, Panthers, 9 percent
He’s not a lock to breakout but he’s got serious talent with the football in his hands. He was targeted five times in Week 9 and also had a rushing attempt. There are a lot of ways they can get him involved, and with Kelvin Benjamin in Buffalo, there are plenty of snaps up for grabs. I really like adding Samuel in 12-team leagues, but he’s a risky start until we really see him produce.
Marqise Lee (37 percent), Allen Hurns (43 percent) and Dede Westbrook (28 percent), Jaguars
As I said last week, all three of the Jaguars main receivers make good additions. I expect Westbrook to return this week and to hit the ground running. He could end up being the best of the trio in PPR formats but that is a pure projection as the rookie has yet to play a regular season snap. My top choice of the three for Week 10 is Lee, but the Jaguars plus schedule makes all three guys viable in 12-team leagues.
Kenny Golladay, Lions, 8 percent
He seems like a good bet to return this week and his statistical ceiling is such that he’s worth a speculative add. He could be helpful as soon as Week 11. Golladay displayed serious red zone ability and he has a quarterback in Matt Stafford who is will to take chances. He should be rostered in all 12-team leagues.
Chris Godwin, Bucs, 0 percent
He will get a start this week, so he's a good pickup in really deep seasonal leagues as a bye week replacement or as an Evans replacement.
Tyler Kroft, Bengals, 41 percent
He posted another solid outing in Week 9 with 79 receiving yards on two receptions against a tough Jaguars defense. Kroft has a clean line on targets and his matchups down the stretch are quite favorable. He can be your weekly starter if you are in need.
Greg Olsen, Panthers, 50 percent
It sounds like he is a good bet to return Week 12 when he is eligible. If you are a good team with a tight end problem, he could be a solution as a free agent or as a cheap trade acquisition. Cam Newton loves to target him and they have some very nice matchups down the stretch. With Kelvin Benjamin gone to Buffalo, Olsen’s role in the red zone will be bigger than ever.
Charles Clay, Bills, 13 percent
Clay is a decent bet to return this week and he should resume a large role in the Bills offense. He works well with Tyrod Taylor and shouldn’t lose too much volume due to the addition of Kelvin Benjamin though red zone targets could certainly become a more competitive thing. In this market, he’s a guy you should be able to start on most weeks.
C.J. Fiedorowicz, Texans, 10 percent
He should return this week and that could make him startable by next week. C.J. has shown an ability to work with weaker quarterbacks in the past and he’s had some success with Tom Savage. He’s not exciting but with teams leaning all over DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller, he should have room to work.
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