It’s hard to believe that there is only three weeks left of the fantasy football regular season (depending on how your league is setup)!
It’s been an interesting season so far and it has put us through some major challenges. Some have called it quits, some are building for the playoff push and others are still trying to get their roster right as every move matters.
The waiver wire is still for you whether you’re 7-2, 5-4 or even 3-5. Why you ask? Depending on FAAB or waiver priority I am still going after players that I need, AND others that my opponents need.
It’s fun and I call it waiver blocking as people think “well, he’s 3-5 or 2-6, he’s done and I’ll easily get him”, just to wake up in the morning and find out that they didn’t get that player. Just imagine the look on their face.
Feel better yet? Let’s hope so as I help you build for a championship run, a playoff spot, or a waiver blocker.
Remember, all my waiver-wire targets are taken from CBS and are owned in 60% or less of leagues.
Teams on BYE: Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons, New York Jets
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolphins (52% owned)
Everyone was excited to see Tua Tagovailoa take the field back in week 8. His stats weren’t something to awe about, but it was a positive step in his first NFL start. Week 9 we were able to see the Tua that went #5 overall to the Miami Dolphins in the NFL Draft back in April. Tua went 20/28 for 248 yards and a pair of touchdowns along with 35 yards rushing on seven carries. He looked very impressive as he was able to complete 71% of his throws. I am excited for what is to come and wouldn’t be afraid to plug-n-play him as a bye-week replacement against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Drew Lock, QB, Denver Broncos (35% owned)
If you used Drew Lock in Week 9 you were very pleased with his performance as he put up 313 passing yards with two touchdown and an interception along with seven rushes for 47 yards and another touchdown. Lock has been starting to show something over the past two weeks….. actually more like the last six quarters of football. He should keep it rolling as he takes on the Raiders who just surrendered over 300 yards to the hot rookie, Justin Herbert.
Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns (49% owned)
Desperate times call for desperate measures. Some of us may be super desperate at the QB position and can’t find anyone worth much of anything. This week the Browns take on the Houston Texans who just allowed over 300 yards to Jake Luton. Yes, that Jake Luton of the Jacksonville Jaguars. If Luton can do it, I think Mayfield should be able to also. Hail Mary play here.
Duke Johnson, RB, Houston Texans (24% owned)
Finally the Houston Texans got to put Duke Johnson into the lead role and he produced 16 carries for 41 yards and a touchdown (he also fumbled). David Johnson went out in the game with a concussion, so he will be going through the protocol. If he clears it, this pickup would be more of an insurance policy for the Johnson owner than anything else. If not, Duke gets the Browns defense who is vulnerable.
Wayne Gallman, RB, New York Giants (59% owned)
He’s been viable for three straight weeks scoring a touchdown in each of them. As long as Devonta Freeman is out, Gallman is a top-24 back. Show this man some love!
J.D. McKissic, RB, Washington (48% owned)
Look past the rushing stats and McKissic is great for PPR. With Kyle Allen going down with a season-ending injury, Alex Smith will be checking down often and McKissic will be the beneficiary. He had 14 targets on Sunday! What more can you ask for with a current, easy, set-it-and-forget-it FLEX in all PPR leagues for the time. This would be a great player to put into lineups if you’re on the edge of making the playoffs because we all always need that one player who can BOOM our lineups.
Curtis Samuel, WR, Carolina Panthers (58% owned)
As the old saying goes, “fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.” It’s now two weeks in a row that Samuel has caught our eye. Over the last three weeks he has four touchdowns (2 receiving and 2 rushing). It may look like he has surpassed D.J. Moore as the fantasy WR1, not the actual team’s WR1. I would take my chances this week with him, especially if you are a Cowboys’ WR owner (bye week).
Tim Patrick, WR, Denver Broncos (44% owned)
You’ll look at this stat line and think 4/29/1 isn’t much to warrant a waiver claim, but if I told you that he had nine targets, now I may have your attention. Patrick is coming back to health and should be balling out with the other Broncos’ wide receivers going forward. If Patrick is not available, K.J. Hamler (3% owned) also had 10 targets and turned that into six receptions for 75 yards along with a rush for 15 yards. This kid has spark and don’t feel bad picking him up if you’re at the bottom of the waiver priority.
Jalen Reagor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (35% owned)
I had Reagor here last week and his ownership went up all of 1%. The Eagles were on bye in week 9, so this makes sense. The rookie has the talent, especially in that of a depleted receiver core. He could break out this week against the New York Giants as an under-the-radar pick up.
Danny Amendola, WR, Detroit Lions (10% owned)
Just when we think its Marvin Jones Jr. as the wide receiver to own in Detroit with Kenny Golladay going down, Danny Amendola turns 10 targets into seven catches for 77 yards. This happened earlier in the season to Golladay, and the results were the same. If you’re going to own a receiver here, it’s Amendola, as long as Golladay is out.
David Moore, WR, Seattle Seahawks (4% owned)
The WR3 on the Seattle Seahawks has been a nice flex play as he has scored over 10 points in 1/2PPR leagues the last two weeks. He’ll look to continue his streak he takes on the Rams in Week 10.
Austin Hooper, TE, Cleveland Browns (40% owned)
Austin Hooper should be back this week after having appendicitis surgery and a bye week. He gets Houston’s defense that just seems like a defense that is just sorta there. He has the opportunity to be a TE1 this week.
Irv Smith, TE, Minnesota Vikings (8% owned)
If you are looking for a true boom/bust type of tight end, look no further than Irv Smith. He had two receptions for 10 yards and two touchdowns last week. But in true boom-or-bust fashion, he may once again score this week, or he could post around 30 yards.