The “Bye Week Gauntlet” has only a couple more weeks left before we are full throttle right before the fantasy playoffs. Week 10 is a return to the norm as we only have four teams on bye this week. Make sure to plan ahead now for the Week 11 bye week, which will see another six teams off, and Week 12, which will see both the Chiefs and the Rams on bye. Here are the teams on bye for Week 10:
FFStatistics Waiver Wire: Week 10
Public Service Announcement
What a great week of football. Unfortunately, the waiver wire adds this week will not be as good. We did not see terrible injuries and no questionable starters were benched for their more talented back-ups. Even with a down week for the waiver wire, we will continue this grind together.
Duke Johnson, RB Cleveland Browns
Freddie Kitchens went into the kitchen and whipped us up some old school Duke Johnson in Week 9. Bad joke? I know, but this new recipe (see what I did there?) for the Browns offense provided a big boost for the offense. Mayfield was able to utilize a playmaker and get the ball out of his hands quickly and the offensive tackles had less pressure. Johnson finishes Week 10 in the top-5 in air yards for his position and caught all nine of his targets. Overall, Johnson would be a big addition to any fantasy team even if I do have concerns about a one week sample.
Johnson is a name I know won’t be available in many leagues, but you should still check.
ESPN Ownership: 49.5%
Yahoo Ownership: 48%
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR Green Bay Packers
The quality of the person throwing the ball is important and it doesn’t get much better than Aaron Rodgers. Over the last four games, in limited action, Valdes-Scantling has tallied either 100 yards receiving or a touchdown. There are plenty of questions surrounding the other receivers, Allison and Cobb, but MVS has outproduced them all and should be locked into a starting role with the Packers for the rest of the season.
ESPN Ownership: 20.7%
Yahoo Ownership: 39%
Josh Adams, RB Philadelphia Eagles
Bye weeks are a tricky read. Teams could come out being more creative with their players. On the hand, teams could be messing with something which isn’t broke and create even more confusion. Adams could come out of the bye week with the lead job for the Eagles with his main competition for opportunities coming from Corey Clement in the receiving game.
ESPN Ownership: 3%
Yahoo Ownership: 10%
Jeff Heuerman, TE Denver Broncos
We knew the offense would begin shifting with vacated targets from Demaryius Thomas, but we didn’t know who the beneficiary would be. Our questions may have been answered by Jeff Heuerman. Heuerman finished Week 9 with 10-83-1 (11 targets) receiving and finishing second at his position in air yards, PPR points, and target share. Unfortunately, Heuerman will be on bye in Week 10, but this may also make him more available as a pick-up. With tight end being a wasteland in 2018 we may finally have a silver lining at the position.
ESPN Ownership: 7.9%
Yahoo Ownership: 1%
Elijah McGuire, RB New York Jets
The big picture with running backs is the most important part of understanding how they can produce in the NFL. In college, McGuire tallied 130 total receptions and tested out as an above average athlete at the NFL combine. Focusing in on McGuire’s current role it is important to remember not all quality running backs are starters. More importantly, running backs who get work in the receiving game have a special place in my heart and on my fantasy football teams. McGuire should have a special place on all of yours as well. In Week 9 McGuire saw five targets out of the backfield and his first action back from injured reserve. McGuire should be a top priority on your waiver pick-up list and could plug into your lineup immediately.
ESPN Ownership: 9.4%
Yahoo Ownership: 13%
Mike Davis, RB Seattle Seahawks
Going into Week 9 we didn’t know if Chris Carson was going to be available to us. At halftime, he was replaced in the starting lineup by Mike Davis due to an injury to his thigh. After entering the game Davis tallied nine targets and the second highest target share at the running back position for the week. Davis is obviously the trusted option for the Seattle coaching staff and Russell Wilson in the backfield. If Davis rolls into Week 10 with the starting job he should be a must-start.
ESPN Ownership: 18.5%
Yahoo Ownership: 24%
Public Service Announcement #2
With the end of the season, fast approaching I want to recommend acquiring key back-ups to your studs or key back-ups to other teams stud running back. This time of year someone always gets injured and there is a running back that “comes out of nowhere” to have a great end to their season. Having a surplus of these lottery ticket running backs on your bench allows you
to be more flexible with your roster decisions and stay ahead of the weekly waiver wire grind.
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