Week 10 Waiver Wire: what playoff saviors are hiding out there?

Every year, some role player or forgotten bench sitter grabs a bigger role just in time for NFL fantasy playoff weeks. Who should you stash?


Week 10 only has four teams on bye, but they carry a bevy of NFL fantasy talent. Oakland, Philadelphia, and Kansas City join the Baltimore Ravens on the sidelines. There were a few injuries to worry about, including Jameis Winston being shut down for a few weeks and Dez Bryant’s ankle woes. Don’t forget to listen for the NFL league office’s fines and penalties this week. There could be several suspensions as three fantasy stalwarts, Mike Evans, AJ Green, and Carlos Hyde, all threw punches in mid-game altercations.

Let’s get to it. Here are some good streamer candidates and some players you might want to add for the stretch run.

QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Josh McCown, and… Paxton Lynch?

Ryan Fitzpatrick didn’t look particularly great in relief Sunday. How much of that was the New Orleans Saints’ fault is open for discussion. Fitzpatrick managed to put up 9.5 fantasy points in a half, which is consistent with the 20 points he put up covering for Winston in Week 6. 20 points from a streaming quarterback would not be a bad deal. Should Mike Evans miss the game due to a league discipline ruling, Fitzpatrick’s ceiling gets lower, but he still has enough targets to make him worth a play in what is a revenge game of sorts against the team that released him this past offseason.

The current Jets’ quarterback, Josh McCown, has put together five consecutive weeks of multiple touchdowns. He ranks as the QB-9 for the season and remains unowned in half of all leagues. Against the awful Tampa Bay secondary in Week 10, McCown is a must-start-somewhere.

Brock Osweiler had a predictably awful game against Philadelphia. Even though he is a favorite of John Elway, Paxton Lynch is Elway’s draft pick. If his shoulder is sound, Lynch could get the start. His mobility is a must behind the sieve that is the Broncos’ offensive line. Lynch also has a strong arm and will probably let it fly multiple times against the Patriots. This has the look of a terrible loss with a 15/40 passing night, but with two long garbage-time drives that salvage Lynch’s fantasy line. He can also tack on some running yards that Osweiler won’t.

RB: Orleans Darkwa, Dion Lewis for this week, Danny Woodhead for later

Orleans Darkwa’s 70 rushing yards was the 7th-highest total in Week 10. That was in a blowout where the Giants abandoned the run in the second half. It was such a bad showing overall that the Giants are underdogs in Week 10 to the winless San Francisco 49ers. That is the same 49ers team that just let Adrian Peterson run for over 150 yards. If you can’t get Darkwa, consider his running mate, Wayne Gallman, who is getting about a third of the touches in New York.

Dion Lewis is part of a committee, but he still averages about 60 yards per week in what is more or less the role of LeGarrette Blount played in 2016. If could be a lopsided game early against Denver, allowing for more carries for the runners. Lewis is as likely as anyone in New England to score a touchdown or two in any game.

Baltimore has been doing well with Javorius Allen in the third-down role. But he is no Danny Woodhead. Woodhead is on track to return to the Ravens’ lineup in Week 11. If you are in a PPR league, you should grab him now. He will probably offer significant standard league value in Baltimore’s conservative offense, too. 

There are a lot of sites pushing to add Corey Clement after his three-touchdown performance. That was a garbage-time facade. When Ajayi is completely up to speed, I am not sure how much of a role Clement will have. He might be worth holding until we see and I would definitely drop Wendell Smallwood in favor of Clement but I am not wasting a waiver pick on him after one breakout.  

WR: The Titans, Robby Anderson, Robert Woods

Corey Davis returned to the Titans’ lineup this week and Marcus Mariota threw touchdown passes to Rishard Matthews and Eric Decker. Davis caught two passes for 28 yards, but many fantasy prognosticators are predicting he will be a fantasy-worthy deep target in no time. My personal prediction is that the deep threat of Corey Davis will result in a lot more Matthews and Decker receptions and touchdown passes. Davis could get a home run ball occasionally, but the safer floor is with Matthews and Decker.

Robby Anderson caught a touchdown for the third consecutive game Thursday night. His routes and hands are getting stronger every week. He is definitely Josh McCown’s favorite deep threat. He is worth an add this week against Tampa Bay and can be rostered for the season.

Robert Woods caught two touchdowns this week which is an unusual occurrence. But he offers a good floor with six targets per game and no less than 59 yards in his last five contests. He has a favorable matchup against Houston that makes him worth a play in Week 10. The Rams passing game is match-up reliant as they keep taking what defenses will give them.

If Dez Bryant will miss any action, Terrance Williams and maybe Cole Beasley are worth picking up for next week.

TE: George Kittle and Eric Ebron play the Giants and Browns.

George Kittle has been a little erratic this season, but this week guarantees a touchdown for the rookie against the New York Giants. The Giants are working on extending the record for consecutive games allowing a touchdown to a tight end. The record is currently at nine, dating back to last year’s finale. So far in 2017, the G-men have allowed nine different tight ends to score in eight games. 

Cleveland has allowed the second-most scores to tight ends and face Detroit this week. Eric Ebron or even Darren Fells could be a good play. The Rams have a mini-streak of tight end scoring games, too. Ryan Griffin might be out with a concussion this week, so Stephen Anderson could become a nice sleeper play against the Rams.

D/ST streamers: Patriots, Jets

Don’t look now, but the New England Patriots have allowed only 13 points per game since Week 4’s loss to Carolina. Their D/ST ranked in the top-ten two of the last three weeks. In Week 10, they come off a bye to face the reeling Denver Broncos. They could figure things out enough to take the next step and grab turnovers and sacks soon.

The Jets get the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who seem to be coming apart under the pressure of a 2-6 start. The Jets can stop Doug Martin and the running game, forcing Ryan Fitzpatrick to throw. That always presents a mixed bag of points with sacks and turnovers, which should be enough to make the Jets a good play.

Desperate players could consider the 49ers and the Giants, in that order. The Giants are a mess. The 49ers are desperate for a win. The Giants defense will either play angry and rack up a top-flight NFL fantasy score or CJ Beathard will enjoy the finest game of his young career. Meanwhile, the 49ers get to play the Giants. That is enough to make them worth a shot.

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