Week 10 Waiver Wire: Bye Week Bonanza
Week 10 Waiver Wire: Bye Week Bonanza
The waiver wire report is back for Week 10 after a bye in Week 9. I was fortunate enough to be able to go to the Monday Night Football game in Pittsburgh and thus, was not able to put out the article in time enough for it to be relevant to you. Welcome back to a chock full edition of the weekly waiver wire article.
There are a whopping six teams on a bye in Week 10 so it is very likely you will need some roster relief this week. There is some big-time firepower that will be missing from lineups with the Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, and Washington Redskins all getting the weekend off.
Injuries to players such as T.Y. Hilton, Preston Williams and a suspension to Mark Walton have opened up some opportunities for players readily available. The premise of this weekly article is to point out key players at every position who are readily available (less than 40% owned) in Yahoo! and ESPN leagues that you may be able to add to your roster for upside. Percent owned is shown in parentheses.
Keep in mind, each fantasy team is unique, as are scoring and roster formats. Think of this as a road map to your team’s success. Factor in whether or not your league uses PPR scoring, allows you to play two quarterbacks or other variables that impact your decisions to claim a player off of waiver. Let us get started.
If you have been relying on DeShaun Watson, Tom Brady, or Carson Wentz to spearhead your fake team, then you are likely in need of a signal-caller for Week 10. There are some intriguing long-term additions available as well. Here are just a few of those that are lower owned.
Kyle Allen-Carolina Panthers
New has been swirling that Cam Newton may not come back this season. Kyle Allen (8% Yahoo!, 6.5% ESPN) has fared somewhat admirably in Newton’s absence and has a nice schedule over the next several weeks. On deck in three of the next five weeks are two matchups with the Atlanta Falcons and one with the New Orleans Saints.
According to the FFStatistics Defenses App, the Falcons allow the second-most points to quarterbacks at 22.89 points per game. The Saints check-in not far behind allowing the eighth-most points to the position with 19 points per game to the position. If you are in a two-quarterback league or in need of relief in deeper leagues, you could certainly do worse than Allen as a streaming option when the matchup is right. The Houston Cougar grad has shown what he is capable of against soft passing defenses by putting up 27.3 points against the Arizona Cardinals.
Notable Quarterback Fantasy Nuggets
- Ryan Tannehill (18% Yahoo!, 8% ESPN) has nearly gone over 20 points in three straight games (20.2, 19.4, 24.0) and has a tasty matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs up next in what could be a shootout.
- Brian Hoyer (0% Yahoo!, 0% ESPN) will likely start this week versus the Miami Dolphins with Jacoby Brissett being injured. Miami allows the sixth-most fantasy points per game to the quarterback position. Hoyer put up 15.3 points against a good Pittsburgh defense in less than a full game on Sunday.
- Daniel Jones (27% Yahoo!, 32.8% ESPN) has a spicy matchup against the New York Jets in Week 10. Jones has put up 30 plus points twice this season entering the Week 9 matchup on Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys. The Jets are a mess right now and it could be prime picking for the rookie Jones.
- Joe Flacco has been placed on Injured Reserve and will not be back. Brandon Allen (2% Yahoo!, 1.1% ESPN) put up 19 points in his debut. While the Broncos do have a bye in Week 10, he may be worth a speculative add.
The Week 10 waiver wire report continues with the running back position. There were a couple of noteworthy items brought to light on Monday that will impact the backfields for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Miami Dolphins. Here is the latest.
Ronald Jones- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
According to head coach Bruce Arians, Ronald Jones (40% Yahoo!, 37.8% ESPN) has “earned” the starting running back job for the Bucs. The second-year back is currently the RB37 in PPR formats. He has shown promise by scoring double-digit points in three games this season. The schedule for the rest of the year is favorable. There are two matchups against the Atlanta Falcons and another against the Detroit Lions. The Lions give up over 130 yards per game on the ground and the Bucs may attack them on the ground instead of through the air.
The talent was on display while Jones was at USC. For his college career, he averaged almost six yards per carry. The second-year rusher also put up over 1,700 yards from scrimmage his junior year. This was good for 6.3 yards per touch. While the passing game skills seem are untested to date, Jones still has the ability to create when given the opportunity. His junior year saw him average 13.4 yards per catch on 14 receptions. You could certainly do worse on the wire this week.
Notable Running Back Fantasy Nuggets
- Mark Walton was suspended for four games by the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Kalen Ballage (9% Yahoo!, 8.8% ESPN), Miles Gaskin, and even Patrick Laird are all worth a look. Ballage has the most experience but has yet to distinguish himself as a trusted option for coach Brian Flores.
- Trey Edmunds (1% Yahoo!, 1,5% ESPN) was the better runner than Jalen Samuels on Sunday. If James Conner misses more time, Edmunds will have a chance to repeat on his 12 carry, 73-yard (6.08 YPC) performance from Week 9. Samuels is locked in as the receiving back.
- Derrius Guice (32% Yahoo!, 32.6% ESPN) has resumed practicing and is on track to return in Week 11. Interim coach Bill Calahan has shown a propensity to run the ball and the Redskins may want to see what they have in their investment before the season is out.
- J.D. McKissic put up a solid 16.2 PPR points in Week 9. While it is a running back by committee in Detroit, the former Seattle Seahawk has seen at least three targets in the last four games.
We roll on with the Week 10 waiver wire feature with the wide receiver position. There were notable injuries in Miami and Indianapolis over the past few days. This certainly opens up some opportunities for a couple of wideouts. Let us dive in.
Zach Pascal-Indianapolis Colts
The news came out late last week that T.Y. Hilton will be out at least three to four weeks. Enter Zach Pascal (21% Yahoo!, 6.6% ESPN). The Old Dominion product had a bit of a coming-out party in Week 8 against the Houston Texans. In that game (T.Y. Hilton played), Pascal went for 28.60 PPR points on 6 catches for 106 yards and 2 touchdowns.
One had to wonder how Pascal would perform as the WR1 with Hilton on the shelf in Week 9. The second-year receiver responded with 18.60 PPR points. In all, he caught 5 of 6 targets for 76 yards and a touchdown. The matchups are enticing two of the next three weeks with games against the Houston Texans and the Miami Dolphins. Parris Campbell also has broken his hand. The targets will certainly be there going forward. Add Pascal for your bye week and beyond. The man is a point per opportunity machine as well. A look at the FFStatistics point per receiving opportunity chart shows just that.
Notable Wide Receiver Fantasy Nuggets
- DeVante Parker (36% Yahoo!, 22.8% ESPN) now has a touchdown in four of five games. Preston Williams is also done for the year. Expect Parker to be heavily targeted for the rest of the season. Williams had absorbed 60 targets over the first eight games of the season for the Dolphins.
- Brandin Cooks has no timetable for a return from yet another concussion. Josh Reynolds (2% Yahoo!, 0.9% ESPN) is worth a look.
- Hunter Renfrow (2% Yahoo!, 2.9% ESPN) had his second straight solid showing. The rookie from Clemson has 18.80 and 17.40 PPR points over the last two weeks respectively, including a touchdown in both.
- Chris Conley (32% Yahoo!, 24% ESPN) has had seven targets in three straight games and has been in double-digits in two of those three games.
We close the Week 10 waiver wire report with the Tight End position. This is a position that may make or break rosters in 2019. With the spot in flux most weeks, it is important to scour for opportunities when they present themselves.
Dallas Goedert-Philadelphia Eagles
This is a repeat of the Week 8 tight end feature. Dallas Goedert (26% Yahoo!, 38.5% ESPN) is still way too low owned at a thin position. Goedert is currently the TE19 in PPR formats. This is with missing one game due to injury as well. While not spectacular, he has been consistent lately. The former FCS standout has only been under 7.90 PPR points just once in his past six games.
The opportunities have been there over the past couple of seasons and he can serve as a bye week fill-in or even a starter if you are desperate at the position. Goedert could go off for 20 plus points at any time. You could certainly do worse at the position in a barren field of big pass catchers. Using the Player Tools tab at FFStatistics, we can see that there were two TE1 finishes in 2018.
Notable Tight End Fantasy Nuggets
- Jack Doyle (25% Yahoo!, 35.5% ESPN) has scored double-digit points in consecutive weeks and should see an increase in targets with T.Y. Hilton and Parris Campbell out.
- Speaking of injuries opening up targets for players, Mike Gesicki (4% Yahoo!, 2.3% ESPN) could be in line for a larger target share going forward with the injury to Preston Williams. Gesicki had a nice game in Week 9 going for 15.50 PPR points on 6 catches for 95 yards.
- Chris Herndon (35% Yahoo!, 23.5% ESPN) was active in Week 9 but did not see the field. It sounds like it was a numbers game. The Jets had too many people injured to leave him inactive. It still sounds like he may be close to returning and is worth a look for a stash for late in the season.
- Noah Fant (12% Yahoo!, 7.8% ESPN) showed what he is capable of on a long touchdown reception and ended the day with 20.50 PPR points. The rookie quarterback Brandon Allen may look for his young counterpart often in the coming weeks. The talent is clearly there.
It is good to be back writing the wire this week after a bye week at the Steelers game. The waiver wire has some tasty options after a few weeks of some not so great adds. We still need to be active on the wire to stay relevant all season long. The hope is that this article helps make your waiver wire decisions a little bit easier. Come back every Tuesday for the latest rendition of this series to help you build your fake team into a contender if you happened to miss on some draft picks. Injuries play a vital role in fantasy and one of the biggest advantages you can have is to be active on the wire every week.