Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 10 (Fantasy Football)

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We have been relatively lucky with options on the waiver wire so far this season, but Week 10 is looking rather sparse. The Ravens, Bengals, Patriots, and Jets are all on a bye, which means we have some big shoes to fill if we want to squeak out a win in Week 10.

Wide Receivers

Team Player Roster % Matchups
LAC Joshua Palmer 75% @SF / KC / @ARI
KC Mecole Hardman 46% JAX / @LAC / LAR
NYG Wan’Dale Robinson 44% HOU / DET / @DAL
CLE Donovan Peoples-Jones 35% @MIA / @BUF / TB
FA Odell Beckham Jr. 37%
DAL Michael Gallup 52% @GB / @MIN / NYG
LAC DeAndre Carter 42% @SF / KC / @ARI
CAR Terrace Marshall Jr. 11% ATL / @BAL / DEN
DET Kalif Raymond 19% @CHI / @NYG / BUF
LV Mack Hollins 19% IND / @DEN / @SEA
BAL DeSean Jackson 5% BYE / CAR / @JAX
TB Julio Jones 35% SEA / BYE / @CLE
TEN Treylon Burks 40% DEN / @GB / CIN

Chiefs WR, Mecole Hardman, saw a season-high in targets last week against the Tennessee Titans in a surprisingly close game that went into overtime. He had nine targets, six receptions, 79 yards, and a touchdown. That was his third touchdown in three consecutive games. He is steadily outperforming Marquez Valdes-Scantling who saw only one target last week. Hardman is 46% rostered in sleeper leagues and will take on the Jaguars, Chargers, and Rams who can all be exploited at the wide receiver position.

Wan’Dale Robinson had a poor showing for the Giants against the Seahawks in Week 8, but that’s not too shocking given that the Seahawks are third-best against the position on the season. Robinson is also increasing his workload, reaching a season-high in targets, yards, and receptions in Week 8 against Jacksonville. On paper, this week’s matchup against the Texans doesn’t look great, but Daniel Jones needs someone other than Saquon Barkley to target in this offense. He is an excellent start in Week 11 when New York faces the Lions.

Running Backs

Team Player Roster % Matchups
MIA Jeff Wilson Jr. 48% CLE / BYE / HOU
BAL Gus Edwards 55% BYE / CAR / @JAX
TB Rachaad White 49% SEA / BYE / @CLE
LAR Kyren Williams 28% ARI / @NO / @KC
PIT Jaylen Warren 10% NO / CIN / @IND
IND Deon Jackson 65% @LV / PHI / PIT
KC Jerick McKinnon 22% JAX / @LAC / LAR
ATL Tyler Allgeier 63% @CAR / CHI / @WAS
TEN Dontrell Hilliard 20% DEN / @GB / CIN
SF Elijah Mitchell 62% LAC / @ARI / NO
LAC Isaiah Spiller 14% @SF / KC / @ARI
BAL Kenyan Drake 69% BYE / CAR / @JAX
KC Isiah Pacheco 42% JAX / @LAC / LAR
CAR Chuba Hubbard 45% ATL / @BAL / DEN
IND Zack Moss 8% @LV / PHI / PIT

Aside from Jeff Wilson at 48% rostered, there isn’t much that stands out that isn’t over 50%. If Tyler Allgeier is available, he is a great add, even with Cordarrell Patterson’s return. He turned 10 rushing attempts into 99 yards and one reception into an additional 24 yards. The schedule isn’t great, but it’s difficult to find high-end volume on the waiver wire this late in the season.

The same can be said with Kenyan Drake who had himself a night on Monday against the Saints. There is a possibility he is available, but his upside is tied to the health of Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins.

Elijah Mitchell also has an opportunity in the 49ers’ offense, but he is likewise capped because of Christian McCaffrey. Still, if you need a warm body, you may need to pick him up. He is rostered in 62% of sleeper leagues.

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If you can swing it, try to stash players such as Jaylen Warren, Dontrell Hilliard, and Chuba Hubbard. Hubbard may have the chance to get involved if he is healthy after missing two weeks.

Tight Ends

Team Player Roster % Matchups
DEN Greg Dulcich 38% @TEN / LV / @CAR
TB Cade Otton 18% SEA / BYE / @CLE
BAL Isaiah Likely 64% BYE / CAR / @JAX
CHI Cole Kmet 22% DET / @ATL / @NYJ
JAX Evan Engram 70% @KC / BYE / BAL

The tight end landscape isn’t nearly as awful as it usually is. First on the list for TEs is Greg Dulcich who has been Russell Wilson’s security blanket in the Broncos’ offense. He has had 44 yards or more in the three weeks he has been on the field and has seen 14.7, 5.7, and 17.4 yards per target, respectively. He topped his season with 21.8 yards per reception in Week 8 against the Jaguars.

Cade Otton is starting to emerge as Tom Brady’s trusty sidekick after their fourth-quarter comeback victory over the lowly Los Angeles Rams. He has seen five or more targets over the last three weeks and now that Brady has his sights set on Otton, we could see those numbers get even higher. With Scotty Miller dropping touchdown passes and Chris Godwin still trying to emerge this season, Mike Evans and Otton may be where Brady distributes his passes until this offense can get clicking again.

Although touchdown-dependent, Cole Kmet is also an option at tight end, especially facing the Lions and Falcons over the next two weeks. Justin Fields has finally arrived as a massive dual-threat QB and that has benefitted the team as a whole. Kmet saw a season-high in targets and receptions last week against the Dolphins with 41 yards and two touchdowns. The Bears aren’t known for their prolific passing, but Fields trusts Kmet, especially in the red zone. He is also only 22% rostered and should be widely available in your leagues.

Team DEF/ST

Team Roster % Matchups
Las Vegas Raiders 13% IND / @DEN / @SEA
Arizona Cardinals 17% @LAR / SF / LAC
Tennessee Titans 13% DEN / @GB / CIN
New York Giants 5% HOU / DET / @DAL

Quarterbacks

Team Player Matchups
CHI Justin Fields DET / @ATL / @NYJ
SEA Geno Smith @TB / BYE / LV
NO Andy Dalton @PIT / LAR / @SF
CLE Jacoby Brissett @MIA / @BUF / TB

Good luck with your waiver claims!

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