Early Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 10 (2021 Fantasy Football)
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Note: Most players are less than 30% rostered in Yahoo leagues.
Sony Michel (RB – LAR): 33% rostered
The Rams haven’t played at the time of this writing, but Michel is one of the top handcuffs in fantasy football. He would be a high-end RB2 for any games that Darrell Henderson missed.
Devonta Freeman (RB – BAL): 19% rostered
This recommendation hinges on whether or not Latavius Murray returns in Week 10, but Freeman was productive against the Vikings on Sunday. He rushed 13 times for 79 yards and caught a touchdown through the air. It was actually his third straight game with a score. Again, he’s a volume-based flex option if Murray is out, the ceiling isn’t huge. Note that Murray didn’t practice at all this week.
Rhamondre Stevenson (RB – NE): 6% rostered
The rookie exited New England’s Week 9 win over Carolina with a head injury, and he didn’t return. That makes this a situation to monitor throughout the week, but Stevenson was displaying an exciting level of play before departing. The 23-year-old ran 10 times for 62 yards and caught 2-of-2 passes for 44 yards. His fantasy appeal will always be capped by Damien Harris‘ presence, but the talent is there if a bigger opportunity ever winds up fully presenting itself.
Rashod Bateman (WR – BAL): 36% rostered
We’re cheating a bit with Bateman’s rostership, but he continues to flash since making his debut in Week 6. In three games this year he has target totals of 6, 6, and 8 as the Ravens are more frequently than ever before in the Lamar Jackson era. The rookie finished Sunday’s contest against the Vikings with five receptions for 52 yards. He has been thrust into a meaningful role despite being a first-year player who missed the first month of the season. Bateman should only improve as the year moves along.
Elijah Moore (WR – NYJ): 26% rostered
Thursday night was the rookie’s coming out party. It didn’t matter that Moore entered the game catching passes from Mike White, or that he finished it catching passes from Josh Johnson. The 21-year-old admittedly compiled a lot of his production in garbage time, but the talent is evident when you watch him play. Additionally, the volume has become consistent. Moore’s target total in three games since the Jets’ bye week are 6, 6, and 8. Against the Colts this week he caught seven passes for 84 yards and two touchdowns. His rostership should skyrocket entering Week 10.
Tim Patrick (WR – DEN): 25% rostered
The 27-year-old popped up for a big game against the Cowboys this weekend, hauling in 4-of-5 targets for 85 yards and a touchdown. Patrick was a popular waiver wire option earlier this season, but he never fully broke out and then Jerry Jeudy returned. Patrick isn’t a high upside option by any means, so this is more of a recommendation for deeper leagues, but he’s still seeing enough targets to have a usable floor.
Dan Arnold (TE – JAC): 27% rostered
Jacksonville traded for Arnold earlier this season and it’s clear that Urban Meyer wants to continue featuring him. In Week 9 against the Bills he led the Jaguars in targets with seven, catching four passes for a team-high 60 yards. In two games since the bye week, Arnold now has 12 catches on 17 targets. He’s trending towards low-end TE1 status.
Justin Fields (QB – CHI): 26% rostered
He hasn’t played yet in Week 9, but Fields remains worth rostering for all the reasons we outlined last week. The rookie QB was sensational against the 49ers last Sunday, using his legs to run 10 times for 103 yards and a score. It was the exact type of game planning around Fields’ strengths that we want to see more from. Of course, it’s unclear if we can trust the Bears to continue putting him in optimal situations. Chicago has the Steelers on Monday night before going on their bye and then facing the Ravens, Lions, and Cardinals.