Fantasy football waivers may be thin in Week 10, but Jeff Wilson has us dealing with the Dolphins, Terrace Marshall continues to make noise for Carolina, and a few deeper options pique our interest. Let’s find out more to help you chase a fantasy football championship.
- Players must be below 60% registered on Yahoo
- Listed in order of preference – I would usually prioritize potential growth over mediocre production
- No FAB recommendations: This varies wildly depending on league trends and is always relative (eg if you lose your RB1 to injury and have a certain backup, you’ll be more aggressive)
- Streaming QB and TE grouped together– their rank may change slightly after projection/ranking works and DST may also change slightly
- 😤 = I tried to tell you — players included for several weeks (no need to add more if you don’t want to)
- 🧐 = Check for dropouts — players whose managers have been removed due to other needs or impatient players
NEWS OF CONCERN
More ducks 🦆 (1-5) = More worry (woo-hoo!)
Eggs 🥚 = 1/2… or a new worrying duck is about to be born
- Tom Brady, QB, TB 🦆🦆🦆🦆 – Brady has just one game with 17.7 points, and it was the only game in which he had more than one touchdown. Chris Godwin’s availability kept Brady away for a while, but at this point, Brady, the Buccaneers’ offense, the offensive line and just about everything else in Tampa Bay were more than disappointing.
- Najee Harris, RB, PIT 🦆🦆🦆🥚🥚 – More on Jaylen Warren below, but the offensive line doesn’t seem to be helping matters with Harris’ Lisfranc injury. Unless Harris gets some extended rest and doesn’t look rejuvenated, this year looks to be a lost season. If Harris doesn’t look better this week, Infinity Duck awaits next week.
- Raheem Mostert, RB, MIA 🦆🦆🥚 — Jeff Wilson saw more opportunities than Mostert in his first game with the Dolphins. It was very close, but it was providing marginal RB1 value with little to no competition when it came to Moster, and now he’s split almost evenly. Mostert should still have the job of sharing RB2 value in this offense.
- Leonard Fournette, RB, TB 🦆🦆🦆🦆 – Last year, Fournette went just five games without a Goal-to-Go attempt, the same number of games as his 2+ G2G attempts. Not only has Rachaad White had his own buzzer beater this year, but Fournette has gone five games without a G2G attempt. The offense and the line are struggling this year, and so is Fournette.
- Gabriel Davis, WR, BUF 🦆🦆 -Whether you love Davis or hate him, you’ve been proven right. The truth is, Davis has never been better than this Davis: relying on hits. Davis has never had more than four receptions in a single game (Week 1). All three of his big games have come as touchdowns, and all others are 5.2 or less. Davis is just DeSean Jackson in his prime, and that’s fine.
- Deebo Samuel, WR, SF 🦆🦆🦆 – Samuel was already worried about less rushing opportunities, and now that Christian McCaffrey is completely gone in San Francisco, Samuel is nothing more than a WR2. He hasn’t had more than two rushes since Week 3 and is 2-7 rushing in those four games.
Bye: BAL, CIN, NE, NYJ
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- Jeff Wilson, MIA — 🧐 As mentioned earlier, Wilson has seen more work (by hair) than Mostert. Mostert isn’t going, and we’re looking at the 2022 version of last season’s Denver Broncos, and we could start running RB1 with RB2.
- Gus Edwards, BAL — 😤 The Ravens have a bye, which makes it even better for Edwards to return in Week 11, where we’ve seen his top 20 skills in one start. Edwards dominates when healthy. Kenya’s Drake will be here in Edwards’ absence, but it looks like Edwards should be back after saying goodbye.
- Rachaad White, TB – No, I don’t think White is taking Leonard Fournette’s job, but he’s demanding a 50/50 split.
- Chuba Hubbard, car – As mentioned last week, D’Onta Foreman is a workaholic when the Panthers are down, seeing just 37.5% of snaps in 2nd/3rd and long situations after 40.9% in Week 8. Hubbard will participate when healthy. This hurts Foreman more than Hubbard helps, but it also makes Hubbard valuable for teams who need it.
- Latavius Murray, DEN – With the inclusion of Chase Edmonds, this will turn into an ugly committee, but before the bye, Murray was the main option. While Edmonds believes the mix-up in the game can be long-term, this offense is broken and the three-option is worse than the Commanders’ backfield.
- Jaylen Warren, PIT – The Steelers’ first game will be about Harris’ 2022 prospects. If Harris continues to progress, the Steelers could easily see 2023 at 100% and use Warren more as a leader this season.
- Isiah Pacheco, KC – I don’t want anything to do with this committee – it’s just the Commanders with a better offense/team – but Pacheco could be the RB3 in a few weeks while we wait for the Chiefs to hit. If someone goes on offense and moves it to the two option, Pacheco will be available.
- Elijah Mitchell, SF — 🧐 Mitchell was assigned to return after Wilson was fired and was one of the first backups to show top-10 value.
- Isaiah Spiller, LAC – It’s been a few weeks since Spiller is listed behind Austin Ekeler and, if anything, in the top 20.
- Kieren Williams, LAR – Cam Akers is back and as it stands now I don’t want anything to do with this team outside of Cooper Kupp. Anyone who can change anything and get RB2 value is Sean McVay’s favorite.
- Kenneth Gainwell, PHI – As seen last week, Gainwell has some value in predictable punt plays.
- Zach Moss and Jordan Wilkins, IND – If Deon Jackson misses time and Jonathan Taylor doesn’t return (and the Colts looking to draft means Taylor never returns), Moss and Wilkins are next. Wilkins knows the team and immediately outpaced newly signed Phillip Lindsay last week, but the Colts’ trade for Moss has clouded that a bit. As long as Jackson doesn’t lose time, it looks like we’ll be heading to the schedule.
RESERVES AND/OR LONG-TERM CAPITAL
(if start is up)
- 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, New York
- Dontrell Hilliard, TEN
- Travis Homer, Sea
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- DeAndre Carter, LAC – Carter is the top two option for Justin Herbert until Keenan Allen returns, putting Carter in the WR3/4 conversation. Carter could almost go down when Allen returns, and Allen and Mike Williams certainly will.
- Van’Dale Robinson, New York — 😤 Robinson, who the Giants missed by too many during the bye, is a favorite of Brian Daboll and Daniel Jones.
- Michael Gallup, DAL — 🧐 Hopes of Gallup turning into a WR2 with Dak Prescott are lost, but bye time Gallup and Prescott are 100% back and working together can bring Gallup back into the usable range (WR4 can grow WR3).
- Terrace Marshall, CAR — 😤 Over the last three weeks, Marshall is 28th in TmTGT% (20.7 ahead of Ty Higgins), 33rd in TmAirYard% (27.3 ahead of Jalen Waddle), 1.90 yards (Amon-Ra St. Brown) and 19.0 YD/REC – Taller than Stefon Diggs. No, I’m not saying Marshall belongs in the conversation for those names (9.2 FPPG average, would be good for a WR39), but it does give some insight into his recent usage. Again, Marshall was a great NFL prospect who needed improvement in routes and technique, and is taking advantage of Robbie Anderson’s departure.
- Kadarius Toney, KC — Tony had limited work in his first Chiefs game, but Andy Reid said he has plans for his ability and that he could slot in at No. 3 behind Travis Kelce and JuJu Smith-Schuster. If so, he’ll be a weekly, high-ceiling WR4.
- Jahan Dotson, WSH – 😤
- Traylon Burks, TEN – 😤
- Darius Slayton, New York – Slayton came to save you last week if you were apart during the breakup. He was the top two option for Jones, who could start three of the last four games in the 12-team league.
- Alec Pierce, IND – Week 9 was a duck fest, but Pierce is still the No. 2 Colts receiver and maybe Jeff Saturday played some high school tricks.
- Donovan People-Jones, CLE – DPJ is much better than Amari Cooper on the road, and the Browns head to Miami happy.
- Christian Watson, GB – Romeo Daubs is out for 4-6 weeks and Sammy Watkins continues to miss opportunities. Watson has a ceiling on his ability, and now he has a chance to push into a starting role.
- Nico Collins, HOU – Just in case, Brandin Cooks downloads the 2021 Michael Thomas car and never comes back. Collins can be a viable WR4 in a boom/bust range when healthy.
- Zay Jones, Jakes – Basically, the Jaguars’ version of Jacoby Meyers is a bit more inconsistent.
MEH 😒 NO THANK YOU
- Mecole Hardman, KC – Kadarius Toney is just as messed up at receiver as he is at running back… Well, at least Ju-Ju has a clear advantage over Smith-Schuster. Hardman had a nice week, but he finished fourth in Route% (57.7) and was rated in rotation with Marquez Valdez-Scantling this year.
- Chris Moore, HOU – Brandin Cooks is out for the rest of the season, but will Nico Collins be back – soon? – This is a Texas crime.
FIX MY HEART ❤️
- Odell Beckham, FA ❤️❤️❤️ – Until the middle of December reports Beckham was not ready, but now the report will be removed this week. It might not mean he’s active for a few weeks, but even if he doesn’t unblock me on Twitter, it’s time to devalue the WR3/4. I’d put Beckham with Burks.
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DST MISSIONS TRAINING
- NO in PRC
- LAR vs ARI
- NYG vs HOU
- DEN on TEN
- LV vs IND
- TEN vs. DEN
- ARI in LAR
- PIT vs. NO
- NO vs LAR
- LAR NO
- DEN vs LV
- NYJ in NE
- NYG vs DET
- WSH in HOU
- TEN on GB
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