It’s that time of year. No, not Christmas, but the annual scramble for waiver wire scraps. There is very little in terms of viable long term options so keep that in mind when placing your waiver claims. However, there are some players in great streaming spots on the week 10 waiver wire that can go a long way towards helping you win this week.
All players listed below will be available in around 50% or less of leagues on at least one of Yahoo! and ESPN. Not all options listed below are plays for the week, but players you should keep your eye on for future production.
Tua Tagovailoa (Yahoo 25%, ESPN 28%)
Tua showed why Miami made him the second QB off the board this year, going toe to toe with 2019 #1 overall pick Kyler Murray and getting the road win. He completed 20/28 passes for 248 yards, two scores, and added in 35 rushing yards. His schedule leading up to the fantasy playoffs is as juicy as they come with games against the Chargers, Broncos, Jets, and Bengals.
Derek Carr (Yahoo 41%, ESPN 60%)
It may not always be pretty but Carr keeps getting the job done. Through eight games he is on pace for 4,000 yards, 32 TD’s and four INT’s. There are a good amount of top QB’s out this week and Carr gets a juicy home matchup against a Denver team that allowed Matt Ryan to complete 72% of his passes for 284 yards and three touchdowns. At the very least Carr offers a solid floor with decent upside if they are forced to throw more than usual.
Jake Luton (Yahoo 3%, ESPN 3%)
Jake Luton looked strong in his NFL debut against Houston, completing 26/38 passes for 304 yards and two total touchdowns. He won’t have the luxury of relying on DJ Chark this week as he will most likely be shadowed by Jaire Alexander, but there are plenty of weapons in Jacksonville for him to make it work. Luton faces another negative game script this week and should have the volume to make for a productive week.
Duke Johnson (Yahoo 17%, ESPN 16%)
David Johnson’s status is up in the air for Week 10, and Duke Johnson will be looking at a workhorse role if he misses time. While he didn’t impress against Jacksonville, his 16 carries and four targets are numbers most running backs dream of. The Browns aren’t the easiest matchup, but only the Lions and Packers have allowed more yards per target to running backs. Keep an eye on David’s status, but Duke needs to be rostered just in case.
J.D. McKissic (Yahoo 26%, ESPN 47%)
You never know how Washington will handle their backs, but McKissic’s 14 targets against the Giants are hard to ignore. In fact, he led the league in routes run for the RB position in Week 9. Alex Smith seemed to favor the veteran and should be in line for a bunch more targets against Detroit.
Gus Edwards (Yahoo 36%, ESPN 18%)
It’s looking more unlikely by the day that J.K Dobbins will have a true breakout and live up to his draft day hype. Dobbins and Edwards split carries once again this week with Edwards being the goal line option. They face New England this week who have allowed the third most points to the position in the past four weeks The yardage may be too crazy, but expect him to see the end-zone at least once this week.
Cam Akers (Yahoo 30%, ESPN 28%)
The running back position is so barren this week that Akers is worth leaving here. Darrel Henderson’s injury doesn’t seem major but Cam Akers is still worth holding on to just in case. He still presents the most upside of the available options. Below is what I had last week on him.
After Darrel Henderson left the Ram’s game against Miami Akers was the 1A to Malcolm Brown’s 1B. It seems like Brown is locked into the short-side of the running back rotation no matter who is healthy, making Akers an upside pickup if Henderson isn’t able to return after this week’s bye. We’ve seen numerous late season breakouts in years past, and Akers has that opportunity more than any other back available on the week nine waiver wire.
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Jakobi Meyers (Yahoo 51%, ESPN 10%)
As long as Julian Edelman remains out Meyers needs to be on your team. Meyers is sixth in the NFL in targets the past three weeks and is coming off a career high 12 catches for 169 yards. N’Keal Harry has been the Pats receiver everyone has talked about since he was drafted. Meyers has 227 receiving yards the past two weeks, 55 more than Harry has in his career. With little other offensive talent on NE’s roster expect Meyers to continue seeing the lion’s share of targets.
Sterling Shepard (Yahoo 51%, ESPN 76%)
Shepard didn’t quite reach his peak against Washington but was still targeted eight times in Sunday’s win. He offers a decent floor every week on receptions alone and has a decent matchup this week against the Eagles. Ensuing matchups against the Bengals, Seahawks, and Cardinals give him the potential to make him a great waiver add for those in need of a playoff push.
Curtis Samuel (Yahoo 31%, ESPN 52%)
Samuel had his best game this season against Kansas City, torching them for 105 yards and a touchdown. Christian McCaffrey is expected to miss time again after hurting his shoulder on Sunday, opening up more looks for Samuel. He should be heavily involved in the game plan once again this week as D.J Moore is expected to be shadowed by Carlton Davis. His floor is non existent but as we have seen the past three weeks he has a sky high ceiling.
Allen Lazard (Yahoo 38%, ESPN 42%)
Lazard looks set to return this week (for real this time) after missing the previous five games with a core injury. He was the clear number two option for Rodgers when healthy and should immediately step back into a prominent role with none of the Packers’ receivers separating themselves from the pack (no pun intended).
Jalen Reagor (Yahoo 24%, ESPN 21%)
With Zach Ertz, Desean Jackson, and Alshon Jeffrey still out Reagor should be heavily featured against the Giants. They have given up the fifth most fantasy points to opposing receivers this year. Given the lack of depth in Philadelphia he should retain a starting role until further notice.
Jimmy Graham (Yahoo 49%, ESPN 66%)
Graham is having somewhat of a renaissance this season. He has been targeted at least five times in all but one game and has five touchdowns on the season. While the Vikings haven’t given up much production to TE’s this season, they have allowed the highest yards per target in the league to the position. Graham doesn’t have much of a ceiling, but is (scarily) one of the safer options available.
Green Bay Packers (Yahoo 38%, ESPN 25%)
The Packer’s have far from the best defense in the league, but any defense is playable against the Jaguars. Luton looked good last week but will not have things come as easy with his top receiver taken out of the game. Expect the Packers to limit the points and create a few turnovers.