This week’s waiver wire will feature a few players that will have opportunities. Some might find a possible starting spot thanks to suspensions (or possible suspensions) from Ezekiel Elliott or Week 9’s altercations for A.J. Green or Mike Evans, and others are benefitting from an injury, like Zach Ertz (hamstring), Dez Bryant (knee), and Eddie Lacy (groin) helping out Trey Burton, Terrance Williams, and Thomas Rawls, respectively. The Eagles, Chiefs, Ravens and Raiders, who produce many stud fantasy players, are on bye this week, so the waiver wire should still see a ton of action this week.
Here’s a stat for you. McCown is the seventh-ranked fantasy QB. With Carson Wentz, Alex Smith, and Derek Carr on bye in Week 10, not to mention a possible missed game from Jameis Winston, many fantasy owners will be looking for a replacement. McCown has a solid matchup against the Bucs, who are ranked in the top-10 for most points allowed to fantasy QBs.
I’m going to mention him again especially if you’re hurting at QB. Bridgewater (knee) is set to be activated from the IR this week, but that doesn’t mean he’ll play right away. Regardless, if you’re having QB issues, he might be worth a stash given his talented stable of receivers. Minnesota’s remaining schedule isn’t overly favorable (@ Rams, vs. Redskins, @ Lions, @ Falcons, @ Panthers, vs. Bengals, @ Packers, vs. Bears), but there’s still some potential value here.
Rawls took over as Seattle’s primary running back after Eddie Lacy suffered a groin injury in the first half. He didn’t do much running the ball (9-39), but he added 31 yards on two receptions. For what it’s worth, he also showed good burst on a few tough runs, so despite Seattle’s anemic run offense this year, it’s possible Rawls can put up decent total yardage numbers if given the chance.
Williams started for the Dolphins in Week 9, but he ultimately had two fewer carries and 55 fewer rushing yards than Kenyan Drake. Still, Williams made his presence felt as a receiver, catching all six of his targets for 47 yards and a TD. Drake might have outplayed him in the first game of the post-Jay Ajayi era, but it’s clear Williams will continue to be involved and could easily outproduce Drake on any given night.
Forte put on a Thursday night show, scoring two touchdowns on 14 carries and 77 rushing yards. He added four catches for 19 yards, as well. Bilal Powell also had himself a solid game, with nine carries and 74 rushing yards, but Forte seems to have cemented a regular role in the Jets offense, which has been a solid source of fantasy production all year. Forte finds himself as a flex play option most weeks.
Woodhead has been out since Week 1 because of a hamstring injury, but he’s eligible to return after the Ravens’ Week 10 bye. Woodhead has cautioned that he might not be ready, but he should return in time for the fantasy playoffs. Alex Collins and Buck Allen have done admirable jobs in Woodhead’s absence, but the veteran should at least function as Baltimore’s primary receiving back, giving him plenty of value in PPR leagues.
As the Rams offensive juggernaut keeps rolling, Woods’ fantasy value keeps rising. He caught four of five targets for 70 yards and two TDs against the Giants in Week 9, giving him at least five catches in three of the past four games and at least 59 yards in all four games in that span. Obviously, Woods isn’t putting up massive numbers, but he’s doing enough to merit WR3 consideration in all formats.
The Jags can’t seem to make up their minds on who they want as their No 1 receiver. Lee has been back and forth with Allen Hurns in leading the Jags in targets, but this week was Lee’s turn and he ended up producing eight catches on 12 targets for 75 yards, adding a score. At the very least, Lee is worth a roster spot and can be a possible flex play in good matchups.
The day Gordon was going to meet with Goodell I burned a spot for him in as many leagues as possible. Gordon hasn’t played since 2014, but he’ll be eligible to return from his suspension in Week 13. It’s anyone’s guess as to how effective he’ll be, but at 26, it’s not as if he’ll have nothing left in the tank. The fact he plays for the Browns certainly dims his outlook, but with Gordon’s talent level, he’s worth a stash for the fantasy playoffs just in case.
With Pierre Garcon gone for the year, one of the 49ers needed to step up to the No. 1 WR slot. Goodwin provided most of the production from the 49ers receivers in Week 9, leading the WRs and TEs with eight targets, although he only caught two for 68 yards. He’s the best bet to take over Garcon’s role, making him worth a roster spot, especially with a favorable matchup against the Giants next week.
Celek will be replacing George Kittle in the 49ers starting lineup, and with a matchup against the Giants in Week 10, he’s almost a must-pickup. The Giants have given up a TE touchdown in every game this year so far.
Dickson could easily start seeing more targets with Kelvin Benjamin gone. With a Week 10 Monday night matchup against Miami, who’s struggled against TEs most of the season, Dickson should be in a lot of fantasy lineups.
The Broncos offense continues to decline, and Booker in turn is getting his shots. C.J. Anderson didn’t look good (nine carries, 13 yards) in Week 9, and Jamaal Charles looked worse (four rushes, one yard). Booker got his chance, rushing six times for 21 yards with one less target (3) than Charles. There are other RBs worth a pickup over Booker, but fantasy owners should keep a watchful eye on him.
A matchup against the Browns (followed by a matchup against the Bears) should have the Lions on everyone’s radar in Week 10. Nuff said.
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