Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 10
Week 9 didn’t see any big injuries befall key players, but we saw a lot more fights than we’re accustomed to. We also saw a surprise inactive from Leonard Fournette thanks to some head-scratching disciplinary issues. It doesn’t look like most of that action will have implications beyond last week, so we press on!
Those of you that can afford to stash players like Greg Olsen (50% owned) should do so, and those who can already look toward the playoffs should find a spot for Josh Gordon (35% owned). If anyone is seeking a QB and Josh McCown (35% owned) is available, grab him for his date with the broken Bucs. Dede Westbrook (28% owned) is a nice add, but his ownership level shouldn’t eclipse Marqise Lee (38% owned).
As usual, ownership levels discussed here are taken from Yahoo leagues.
Priority Pickups – <30% Owned
Thomas Rawls (SEA – RB) 12% owned (10% FAAB)
Rawls didn’t get a chance to do much on the ground, turning in nine carries for 39 yards, but added 31 yards on two catches to have a nice day considering he really only got to work once Eddie Lacy left with a groin injury. Head coach Pete Carroll stated how he wants to have a leader in that backfield, and Rawls’ health and better totals in Week 9 (Lacy mustered just 20 yards on six totes) is enough to make him a solid pickup at this point in the season.
Danny Woodhead (BAL – RB) 27% owned (6% FAAB)
Woodhead has indeed begun practicing and looks to be heading straight toward a Week 11 return against the Packers. While Alex Collins has done well to establish himself as a strong runner, Woodhead shouldn’t threaten that role and will likely just jump over Javorius Allen for passing work. Those in standard leagues can afford to think twice if you’re not really seeking more RBs (but really, one always should be) but he’s a must-add in PPR formats. It’s understandable to want to wait for his bye week to be over, but then someone else is going to get him and I don’t want the blame for raising the alarms.
Damien Williams (RB – MIA) 33% owned (6% FAAB)
We’ll flex on the 30% mark to speak on this MIA situation. Williams made up for a lackluster rushing line (seven carries for 14 yards) by being a valuable receiver, catching six balls for 47 yards and an impressive touchdown. Kenyan Drake still looks like the better rusher and many are (rightfully) expecting him to take over as the lead back, but for now, this looks to be a full-fledged committee and the 20 percent ownership gap between the two should be much closer. Of course, Williams’ plus receiving skills does make him more desirable in PPR settings, but I also hesitate to take it for granted that we saw “good” Jay Cutler on Sunday night. Hopefully, Cutler recognizes the ease and potential that can come from a simple check-down.
Robert Woods (WR – LAR) 33% owned (5% FAAB)
We flex yet again because this man deserves respect. Woods has been a bastion of consistency lately, turning in yardage totals of 66, 70, 59, and 70 over his last four games on receptions totals of five, five, five, and four. The only change in Week 9 was that he finally found the end zone! Twice! And as one can likely tell from the catch and yardage totals, Woods isn’t simply a dink-and-dunk, rack-up-cheap-PPR-points kind of guy. His 166 air yards are 20th in the league, as he’s really helping Jared Goff and this offense evolve by providing a steady pair of hands. Sammy Watkins is far too boom-or-bust and now looks to simply be drawing top DBs away from Woods, which we’ll gladly take.
Marquise Goodwin (SF – WR) 12% owned (5% FAAB)
While it’s annoying to see that Goodwin saw eight targets but managed to connect with C.J. Beathard on only two of them, the nature of his big-play abilities still yielded 68 yards. With Pierre Garcon done for the season, Trent Taylor out indefinitely with a broken rib, and George Kittle already ruled out for Week 10, Goodwin and Aldrick Robinson (0% owned) are in for a heavy diet of targets at home against the Giants. The Giants are certainly prone to the big play and could allow Goodwin to score his first TD of 2017. Be there before the big game happens.
Josh Doctson (WAS – WR) 29% owned (5% FAAB)
I feel the need to mention Doctson here because there aren’t too many movers and shakers underneath our threshold these days, and he did have a nice day against Seattle that could’ve been put over the top had he skidded just a foot further into the end zone before being touched down. He would settle for 59 yards on three catches (five targets) and looks to be rounding into form as the experience starts to rack up. Kirk Cousins being prodded to take more deep shots only helps Doctson’s case as an upside play, but it’d be nice if someone else could take the No. 1 WR shadow. Washington faces Minnesota (Xavier Rhodes), New Orleans (Marcus Lattimore), the Giants (Janoris Jenkins?), the Chargers (Casey Hayward), Arizona (Patrick Peterson), and Denver (Aqib Talib) down the fantasy stretch. Yikes.
Corey Coleman (WR – CLE) 13% owned (3% FAAB)
Everyone is getting all swept up in the Josh Gordon hype, but Coleman is eligible to return from IR (broken hand) in Week 11 — earlier than Gordon’s return date of Week 13. CC already showed a flash of chemistry with DeShone Kizer in Week 1 with a healthy 5-53-1 line. While Week 11 is an awful date with Jacksonville, this is not a player to leave out in the cold for those of you seeking a WR stash.
Terrance Williams (WR – DAL) 10% owned (3% FAAB)
Not only did Williams turn in one of his patented one-week specials on Sunday (9-141-0), which only makes us think of Week 1 back in 2015, but Dez Bryant could be limited or out in Week 10 with minor knee and ankle injuries. I think Bryant suits up, but Williams could very well see a bigger role, especially with this momentum. Deep leaguers should also be aware of Cole Beasley in PPR circles and Brice Butler for his big-play abilities, but Williams stands to gain the most.
Curtis Samuel (WR – CAR) 9% owned (2% FAAB)
Samuel’s 49 snaps (out of 65) actually edged out Devin Funchess by one and fellow WR Russell Shepard by 11 when all was said and done Week 9. While the speedy rookie’s stat line of 3-23-0 (five targets) won’t impress anyone, this was a much more promising game than the box score would have you think. Leaning on Carolina’s passing game (or offense in general) to do a lot is a recipe for being let down, but Samuel should be closer to the 20 percent mark given his skill set and likely opportunity heading into Week 10 against Miami.
Charles Clay (BUF – TE) 13% owned (2% FAAB)
Clay provided fantasy owners with a steady TE1 presence in the first four weeks of the season before suffering a torn meniscus that has sidelined him since Week 5. We can’t just suddenly project Clay to be what he once was because the offense around him has significantly improved. Ideally, Kelvin Benjamin and Jordan Matthews will help free him up to push around undersized safeties and slower linebackers in one-on-one coverage to balance out the targets that they’ll steal away. But the real issue is that Clay didn’t practice on Monday, so he may be tough to rely on for Buffalo’s Week 10 date with the Saints. Still, he’s a solid add for those seeking TE relief down the stretch who didn’t get Olsen.
Deep League Targets – <10% owned
Corey Clement (PHI – RB) 1% owned (1% FAAB)
The Eagles are a juggernaut right now, with their latest victim being a top-five defensive unit in Denver, who they treated just as if they were their Week 8 opponent in San Francisco. While the running back stable has changed considerably with the addition of Jay Ajayi, Clement is still the only one who can really boast about his pass blocking. He’s gathered 10 and 12 carries in each of his last two games, respectively, and this offense looks to be able to generate enough plays to offer plenty of opportunities. They rank inside the top five on plays run per game and if you’re way in the deep end and need an RB, Clement could fill a role given the probability of seeing double-digit touches when Philly rejoins the madness in Week 11 against Dallas.
Rex Burkhead (NE – RB) 8% owned (1% FAAB)
Burkhead may enter Week 10 under the radar because of New England’s Week 9 bye, but let’s not forget that he’s caught a receiving touchdown in two of the four games that he’s been healthy and now enters a matchup with a Denver defense that entered Week 9 with the best rushing defense in the league per FootballOutsiders’ DVOA metric. They’ll likely deploy Burkhead and James White on the outside whenever they don’t just gash the middle of the field with Rob Gronkowski. Just don’t forget about Rex’s versatility here in a potent offense.
Tavarres King (NYG – WR) 0% owned (1% FAAB)
King impressed with a nifty toe-tapping grab in the back of the end zone for his first touchdown, wrapping up a neat 3-33-1 effort on six targets in an embarrassing game for Big Blue. Roger Lewis isn’t anything special and if Eli Manning is feeling more of a vibe with King, then there’s nothing stopping him from becoming the No. 2 receiver behind Sterling Shepard here. Of course, Evan Engram might as well be the WR1, but who am I to make designation calls. The bottom line is that the Giants are likely to be playing from behind a lot and King may be a sneaky beneficiary of this. Week 10 sees the G-men head to San Fran for a date with the porous Niners D, meaning you could do a lot worse.
Chris Godwin (TB – WR) 0% owned (1% FAAB)
With Mike Evans suspended, it becomes very likely that Tampa Bay utilizes O.J. Howard more in two-TE sets to help fill in the void. That said, the Bucs will still line someone up in Evans’ place and Godwin fits the bill. Adam Humphries should remain in the slot and while DeSean Jackson draws plenty of attention, fellow burner Godwin could be a sneaky play against the Jets secondary in Week 10. He ran a 4.42 40-yard dash and has the raw talent to shine in this league, though anticipating more than five targets here would be a bit reckless. Some of you simply need a dart throw, though!