Week 10 is in the books and what a week it was. It all started with the game that was said by most fantasy analysts a must-miss, no fantasy-relevant play because nothing was going to happen.
Well, was it just me or did the Buffalo Bills look dominant? LeSean McCoy looked like that 2nd/3rd round pick we all took back in August as he scored (finally!) twice in the game – his first touchdowns of the season! And what about Matt Barkley? The 9th-string quarterback signed off the streets handled the Jets with no problem.
Nick Chubb had a hell of a game going over 200 scrimmage yards along with two touchdowns. It might just be me but this team is looking better now that Hue Jackson is gone.
Avoid Drew Brees right? WRONG! Even in an outdoor game Brees looked dominate scoring four total touchdowns and just dominating the Bengals, 51-14. Brees was so good that they had the luxury of sitting him at the end of the game to let Teddy Bridgewater finish running out the clock.
How about that Rams vs Seahawks? What a great fantasy game that was! Todd Gurley was good, but two weeks in a row now he has finished outside the top-10 for running backs. But hey fantasy owners, I don’t want to hear it, you have Todd Gurley and you still probably won your matchup this week! Cooper Kupp on the other hand went down with a torn ACL. Big loss for the Rams as he was their top red-zone target.
Sunday night was a great football game if you had Zach Ertz or Ezekiel Elliott. They both dominated in a game that went down to the end as the Eagles lost a tough divisional match up to the Cowboys, 27-20. Congratulations Jason Garrett, you get to survive another week as a head coach.
How about that Monday night game? It came down to the final minute as the New York Giants marched down the field to get the 27-23 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, snapping the Giants five-game losing streak.
Enough of the recap, lets get to what you came here for – the waiver wire. This week another bye-nado is upon us as six teams are on bye.
BYE Week: Buffalo, Cleveland, Miami, New England, New York Jets and San Francisco.
Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans
Two weeks in a row Mariota has put up solid fantasy numbers. That hand looks to have healed just fine and Mariota is looking like a solid plug-n-play quarterback. He gets the Philadelphia Eagles whose secondary continues to get weaker as cornerback Ronald Darby went down with a torn ACL. If you are a Tom Brady owner, Mariota is who I would want to insert this week.
Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
Dak is back and ready to attack. Okay, that was bad but you know what I mean. Dak has been looking like a better passer as of late along with getting it going a little bit on the ground. He gets a juicy matchup against the Atlanta Falcons who were just manhandled by Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb. If Mariota is gone, Dak is my next choice
Eli Manning, New York Giants
Yes, Manning is a good waiver option this week as he gets Tampa Bay at home. You are probably thinking “oh hell no Ryan” on this but hear me out. Sure he only threw for 188 yards Monday night, but that was his lowest total output for the entire season. He usually throws for around 300 yards a game, but I understand if you still have some hesitation as it’s hard to stomach that “Manning face”. You won’t find a better matchup than this from a quarterback you may be streaming for Week 11, give him an add if you need to stream a QB.
Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
This is a speculative add, but with the news that Joe Flacco has a hip injury and not knowing the extent of it, Jackson fluctuates between a one-week starter and a guy they may have to rely on for the remainder of the season. The Ravens have an awesome remaining schedule for quarterbacks here, if not the best. This looks like a fun “wait-and-see” player.
Josh Adams, Philadelphia Eagles
He led the Eagles’ backfield in carries with…..7. I know, it’s hard to think about adding Adams, but for the long stretch, he looks to be the lead running back and I feel confident saying that the carries will increase as we get closer to the fantasy playoffs.
Malcolm Brown, Los Angeles Rams
The Rams are sitting pretty at the top of the NFC West and more than likely could sit or at least significantly reduce the touches for their star Todd Gurley as the actual playoffs get closer. Drop the dead weight off your roster if you own Gurley, go claim Brown.
Spencer Ware, Kansas City Chiefs
Kareem Hunt’s cuff, and they hold a two-game lead. Get Ware.
Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
He came back this week and didn’t do much of anything. But he’s Joe Mixon’s cuff and the Bengals aren’t afraid to give him the backfield if Mixon were to go down.
Rod Smith, Dallas Cowboys
He’s far from being what Elliott is, but Dallas isn’t afraid to use him as their feature back like they did last year when Zeke was suspended. Add Smith if you’re the Zeke owner.
Anthony Miller, Chicago Bears
Playing against the Lions, Miller looked like a dominant force out there with Allen Robinson. His target share keeps going up as he saw 20% of the share this past week. I wouldn’t be starting him this week against the Vikings, but after that he wouldn’t be a bad FLEX.
John Ross, Cincinnati Bengals
Surprisingly Ross, not Tyler Boyd, led the team with six targets but was only able to haul in two of them for 39 yards and a touchdown. Expect the same here as the former first rounder should benefit once again as Boyd fills in as the No. 1 WR for the team. There could be something here, but with the upcoming matchup against the Ravens he’s more likely suited as a desperation play. Definitely a good bench player though.
Josh Reynolds, Los Angeles Rams
As said in the intro, Cooper Kupp is out with a torn ACL. Now steps in Reynolds. The last game we saw Reynolds show fantasy relevance was the second game that Kupp missed due to injury earlier this season when he came out with three catches for 42 yards and two touchdowns. We can still really only trust Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods here, but maybe, just maybe Reynolds can make a splash. Add him to your Bench.
Jeff Heuerman, Denver Broncos
You likely passed on Heuerman last week due to Denver being on bye. But prior to his bye week he had 10 catches for 83 yards and a touchdown. Like I said last week, this could be the Demaryius Thomas replacement, not rookie Courtland Sutton. Heuerman should continue see a nice chunk of the target share, and should be a low-end TE1 going forward.
Chris Herndon IV, New York Jets
Herndon has either scored a touchdown or led the team in receiving yards in the last five games. He is on bye this week, but with the tight end landscape, six points is a TE1 as sad as it sounds.
Jonnu Smith, Tennessee Titans
He has scored a touchdown in back to back games. This offense is starting to ascend and gets the Indianapolis Colts next who just gave up a 5/46 stat line to James O’Shaughnessy. Smith isn’t a bad streamer going forward.