Week 10 fantasy football waivers may be thin, but Jeff Wilson made us raise an eyebrow with the Dolphins, Terrace Marshall continues to make noise for Carolina and a few more deep options piqued our interest. Let’s find more help chasing those fantasy football championships as we go down the stretch.
- Players must be under 60% listed on Yahoo
- Listed in order of preference — I will often prioritize potential upside over immediate average production
- No FAB suggestion: It varies a lot by league trends and always relative (eg if you lost your RB1 to injury and there’s a clear backup, you’re going to be more aggressive)
- Streaming QB and TE are grouped together— Their ranking may change slightly when estimates/rankings run, and daylight saving time may also change slightly
- 😤 = I tried to tell Ya – players included for weeks (not much more to add if you don’t want them)
- 🧐 = Check if dropped – players whose managers may have cut for other needs or impatient
More DUCKS 🦆 (1-5) = More worry (wow-hoo!)
Egg 🥚 = 1/2 … or about to give birth to a new worry duck
- Tom Brady, QB, TB 🦆🦆🦆🦆 — Brady has only one game that tops 17.7 points, and it was his only game with more than one touchdown. Chris Godwin’s availability put Brady out for a while, but at this point, Brady, the Buccaneers offense, the offensive line and almost everything in Tampa Bay is more than a disappointment.
- Najee Harris, RB, PIT 🦆🦆🦆🥚🥚 — More on Jaylen Warren below, but Harris’ Lisfranc injury appears to have ruined his burst, and the offensive line isn’t helping matters. Unless Harris looks rejuvenated by the extended rest, this looks to be a lost season. If Harris doesn’t look better this week, Infinity Duck awaits next week.
- Raheem Mostert, RB, MIA 🦆🦆🥚 — In Jeff Wilson’s first game with the Dolphins, he saw more opportunities than Mostert. It was extremely close, but Mostert provided fringe RB1 value with little competition for touches, and now he’s in an almost even stretch. Mostert should still have RB2 value in this split work offense.
- Leonard Fournette, RB, TB 🦆🦆🦆🦆 — Last year, Fournette only had five games without a Goal-to-Go rush attempt, and that was the same number of games he had 2+ G2G attempts. This year, not only is Rachaad White eating his snaps, Fournette already has five games without a G2G attempt. The offense and line are struggling this year, and so is Fournette.
- Gabriel Davis, WR, BUF 🦆🦆 — Whether you loved or hated Davis, you’ve been proven right. The truth is, Davis was never more than this Davis: touchdown addict. Davis has no more than four receptions in a game, which happened once (Week 1). His three big games came with touchdowns, and the others are all 5.2 points or less. Davis is just DeSean Jackson in his prime, and that’s okay.
- Deebo Samuel, WR, SF 🦆🦆🦆 — Samuel already had concerns with reduced rush opportunities, and now with Christian McCaffrey at full speed in San Francisco, Samuel is no more than a WR2. He hasn’t rushed more than twice since Week 3 and has bounced between 2-7 receptions in those four games.
HEEL: BAL, CIN, NE, NEW
STREAMING QUARTERBACK RANKINGS
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WAIVER WIRE RUNS BACK
- Jeff Wilson, M.I.A — 🧐 As mentioned, Wilson saw more work than Mostert (by a hair). Mostert isn’t going away, and we’re likely looking at a 2022 version of last season’s Denver Broncos, where we can start both running backs and RB2s with RB1 upside.
- Gus Edwards, BAL — 😤 The Ravens have their bye, which makes Edwards’ chance to return in Week 11 higher, and we saw his top 20 ability in his one start. Edwards is the leader when healthy. Kenyan Drake fills in here while Edwards is out, but again Edwards sounds like he should be back after the bye.
- Rachaad White, TB — No, I don’t think White will take Leonard Fournette’s job, but he is pushing for a 50/50 split.
- Chuba Hubbard, CAR — As mentioned last week, D’Onta Foreman loses work when the Panthers are down, seeing just 37.5% of the snaps in the 2nd/3rd. and long situations after 40.9% in Week 8. Hubbard is going to be involved — when he’s healthy — which hurts Foreman more than it helps Hubbard, but it still makes Hubbard worth hiding for needy teams.
- Latavius Murray, THE — With Chase Edmonds involved, this will be an ugly committee, but Murray had been the main option before the bye. Edmonds likely sees the long down role with a mix in the passing game, but this offense is broken and three options make it arguably worse than the Commanders backfield.
- Jaylen Warren, PIT — The Steelers’ first game after the bye will tell on Harris’ prospects for 2022. If Harris continues, the Steelers could easily look to 2023, when he’ll be 100%, and use Warren more this season, even as the leading running back.
- Isiah Pacheco, KC — I want nothing to do with this committee — it’s just the Chiefs with a better offense/team — but in weeks where we expect a Chiefs blowout, Pacheco could be an RB3 with touchdown upside. And if someone got hurt and pushed this to two options, Pacheco would be serviceable.
- Elijah Mitchell, SF — 🧐 Designated for return, and with Wilson gone, Mitchell is one of the first backups who has already shown top 10 value.
- Isaiah Spiller, LAC — Been here for a few weeks, since Spiller is next behind Austin Ekeler, with top 20 value should something happen.
- Kyren Williams, LAR — Cam Akers is back, and as it stands, I want nothing to do with this team outside of Cooper Kupp. That said, the running back who can change things and possibly get us RB2 value is the one Sean McVay loves.
- Kenneth Gainwell, PHI — As we saw last week, Gainwell has some value in projected blowout plays.
- Zack Moss and Jordan Wilkins, IND — If Deon Jackson misses time and Jonathan Taylor doesn’t return (and the Colts eyeing the draft could mean Taylor never returns), Moss and Wilkins are next up. Wilkins knows the team and immediately passed on Phillip Lindsay, fresh off signing last week, but the Colts traded for Moss, making this a bit cloudy. We’re probably headed for a timeshare unless Jackson doesn’t miss time.
BACKUPS and/or LONG-TERM UPSIDE STORAGE
(Rank on the upside if the starter)
- Elijah Mitchell, SF
- Khalil Herbert, CHI
- Alexander Mattison, MIN
- Samaje Perine, CIN
- Rachaad White, TB
- Jaylen Warren, PIT
- Kenyan Drake, BAL
- Isaiah Spiller, LAC
- Eno Benjamin, ARI
- Zamir White, LV
- Deon Jackson, IND
- Boston Scott, PHI
- Matt Breida, NYG
- Dontrell Hilliard, TEN
- Travis Homer, SEA
WAIVER WIRE WIDE RECEIVER RANKS
- DeAndre Carter, LAC — Until Keenan Allen returns, Carter is the starting slot receiver and top-two option for Justin Herbert, putting Carter into the WR3/4 conversation. When Allen returns, Carter can almost be dropped, and definitely when both Allen and Mike Williams are back.
- Wan’Dale Robinson, NYG — 😤 Was visited by too many during the Giants bye, Robinson is a favorite of Brian Daboll and Daniel Jones.
- Michael Gallup, DAL — 🧐 The hope for Gallup to become a WR2 with Dak Prescott is lost, but when Gallup and Prescott are 100% back and working together, Gallup can return to usable range (WR4 with possible WR3 upside).
- Terrace Marshall, CAR — 😤 Over the past three weeks, Marshall ranks 28th in TmTGT% (20.7 — ahead of Tee Higgins), 33rd in TmAirYard% (27.3 — ahead of Jaylen Waddle) with 1.90 Yards per route run ( next to Amon-Ra St. Brown) and 19.0 YD/REC — higher than Stefon Diggs. No, I’m not saying Marshall belongs in the conversation with those names (9.2 FPPG average, which would be good for WR39), but it gives you an idea of his recent usage. Again, Marshall was a big-time NFL prospect who needed route and technique refinement and is taking advantage of his opportunity with Robbie Anderson gone.
- Kadarius Toney, KC — Toney had limited work in his first Chiefs game, but Andy Reid said they have plans for his abilities and he could reach No. 3 behind Travis Kelce and JuJu Smith-Schuster. If so, he would be a high-ceiling weekly WR4.
- Jahan Dotson, WSH — 😤
- Treylon Burks, TEN — 😤
- Darius Slayton, NYG — Slayton was here last week to hide if you had room during the bye. He has been a top-two option for Jones with three of his last four games starting in 12-team leagues.
- Alec Pierce, IND — Week 9 was a duck crap fest, but Pierce is still the No. 2 Colts receiver and maybe Jeff Saturday has some high school tricks to spark this offense.
- Christian Watson, UK — Romeo Doubs is out 4-6 weeks, and Sammy Watkins continues to fail in his opportunities. Watson has a high ceiling on his abilities and now he has the chance to push for a starting role.
- Nico Collins, HOU — Only here on the chance does Brandin Cooks pull a 2021 Michael Thomas and never come back. Collins can be a serviceable WR4 in the boom/bust area when healthy.
- Zay Jones, JAX — Essentially Jaguar’s version of Jakobi Meyers with a little more inconsistency.
MEH 😒 NO THANKS
- Mecole Hardman, KC — With Kadarius Toney in the mix, the receivers are almost as messed up as the running backs … well, at least there’s one clear lead with JuJu Smith-Schuster. Hardman had a nice week, but he finished fourth in Route% (57.7) and has traded value with Marquez Valdes-Scantling this year.
- Chris Moore, HOU — Even though Brandin Cooks is out for the rest of the season, Nico Collins will be back — soon? — and that’s the Texans’ offense.
DON’T USE MY HEART ❤️
- Odell Beckham, FA ❤️❤️❤️ – Reports did not have Beckham ready until mid-December, but now the report is that he will be cleared this week. That might not mean he’s active for a few weeks, but it’s time to hide him on his potential for WR3/4 value down the stretch … even if he won’t unblock me on Twitter. I would put Beckham with Burks.
DISCLAIMER WIRE CLOSED ENDS
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STREAMING DST RANKING
- NO at PIT
- LAR vs ARI
- NEW vs HOU
- DEN on TEN
- LV vs IND
- TEN against DEN
- ARI at LAR
- PIT vs NO
- NO vs LAR
- LAR at NO
- DEN vs LV
- NEW on NE
- NEW vs THAT
- WSH at HOU
- TI on GB
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