Fantasy Football: Week 10 Watch List Candidates
Scouring the waiver wire can be a daunting and time-consuming task due to the sheer amount of talent that is usually available in a league each and every week. The purpose of this article is to identify players who should be put on watch lists, so that fantasy owners can be proactive and aware of potential free agent gems over the course of the 2018 regular season. Keep in mind that the names listed below are owned in a small percentage of leagues, but nonetheless offer statistical upside and therefore warrant our attention. The Week 9 edition included names like Anthony Miller and Doug Martin. Now, let’s look ahead to Week 10 and players to watch for.
Curtis Samuel (2% Owned)
As of late, Curtis Samuel has displayed ability that warrants the 2nd round draft capital that Carolina allocated to him back in 2017. In Week 9, the Ohio State product made the most of his volume with 2 receptions for 25 yards receiving and a score alongside 1 carry for 33 yards and a touchdown. Samuel then regressed this past Thursday against the Pittsburgh Steelers with 5 offensive touches for 19 yards from scrimmage. Even so, Curtis has now found the end zone four times since Week 5. With a mere 16 targets on the season, the sophomore wide receiver is best viewed as a watch list candidate until further notice since his fantasy value is currently reliant upon touchdown production.
Cordarrelle Patterson (22% Owned)
With Sony Michel sidelined due to a knee injury, Cordarrelle Patterson has earned short-yardage work for the Patriots and proved his first-round pedigree is not as far-fetched as it once seemed to be back in 2013. Over the past two weeks, he has posted rushing lines of 10-38 and 11-61-1. Patterson deserves to be rostered moving forward, as his role continues to expand for New England as a hybrid weapon on offense and special teams. Michel is expected to return this week, but his status should be monitored closely in the event that he encounters a setback of any sort. Cordarrelle suddenly offers legitimate fantasy value in leagues that he has dual eligibility as a running back or wide receiver in and figures to remain on the field in some capacity for the remainder of the 2018 season.
Maurice Harris (28% Owned)
Whenever a wide receiver hauls in 10 receptions for 124 yards on 12 targets, it warrants the attention of fantasy general managers. Maurice Harris accomplished just that in Week 9, and is now a popular waiver wire add. Over his prior two NFL campaigns the former UDFA recorded a pedestrian 12 catches, which raises concern that he output last week was a fluke. To his credit, Harris already has 21 receptions in 2018 and is locked into a role with Washington now that Paul Richardson has been placed on injured reserve. Maurice is worth picking up for those in need of help at wide receiver down the stretch of the regular season, and makes for a nice dynasty stash at only 25 years old.
Elijah McGuire (17% Owned)
Fresh off of his first game from injured reserve, Elijah McGuire occupied a busy role for the Jets with 10 touches on offense for 67 yards from scrimmage. He appears destined to fill the void left by Bilal Powell, which could offer flex value in PPR formats on a regular basis. It’s difficult to trust McGuire in starting lineups for Week 10 against the Buffalo Bills respectable defense, but he certainly should be watched closely in the event that Isaiah Crowell loses work to him in New York’s backfield.
Theo Riddick (11% Owned)
Upon his return from injury and the departure of Golden Tate from Detroit to Philadelphia, Theo Riddick became a focal point of the Lions aerial attack with 7 receptions for 36 yards on 8 targets. He has little to no value outside of PPR leagues behind Kerryon Johnson, but Theo is essentially operating as a wide receiver alongside Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay for fantasy purposes in the Lions offense. Riddick is worth a look in deep leagues, but keep in mind that he has not earned more than 9 touches in a single contest this season.