Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Week 10 Rankings, Injuries

Pat Mayo and Tim Anderson recap Week 9 and debate Mayo’s Week 10 Waiver Wire Rankings.

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Week 10 Waiver Wire Rankings: Show Index

2:12 RB Waiver Wire
20:41 WR Waiver Wire
36:10 TE Waiver Wire
40:46 QB Waiver Wire
43:40 DST Waiver Wire
47:51 Season Long Bet Update
52:21 Power Poll

Week 10 Waiver Wire Notes

  • All players must be less than 60 percent owned in leagues
  • Will be updated for breaking injuries and after Monday night game
  • Bye Weeks: Chiefs, Raiders, Eagles, Ravens

Week 10 Waiver Wire: Running Back Rankings

1. Damien Williams
2. Kenyan Drake
3. Marlon Mack
4. Danny Woodhead
5. Matt Forte
6. Dion Lewis
7. Rex Burkhead
8. Corey Clement
9. Darren McFadden
10. Rob Kelley
11. Thomas Rawls
12. Orleans Darkwa
13. Devontae Booker
14. Charcandrick West
15. Tarik Cohen
16. James Connor
17. Matt Breida
18. Malcolm Brown
19. C.J. Prosise
20. Austin Ekeler
21. D’Onta Foreman
22. Chris Ivory
23. Andre Ellington
24. Rod Smith
25. Charles Sims
26. Gio Bernard
27. J.D. McKissic
28. DeAndre Washington
29. T.J. Yeldon
30. Samaje Perine
31. Jalen Richard
32. Jamaal Charles
33. Wayne Gallman
34. Mike Tolbert

Before you go crazy, emptying all the FAAB in your wallet on Corey Clement after his three-TD outing against the Broncos, I want you to consult the Eagles’ RB snap count:

Corey Clement 28
Jay Ajayi 17
LeGarrette Blount 16
Wendell Smallwood 6
Kenjon Barner 2

First, how is the best team in football dressing five running backs? That ain’t no way to live. Second, after trading for Jay Ajayi mid-week, you’d have to expect his snap share to rise to at least a plurality. Now, Blount might be the one who loses his playing time in favor of Ajayi, but I wouldn’t expect Clement to see that many snaps unless the Eagles are absolutely waxing the competition like we saw Sunday. He won’t be devoid of value, he’ll get his touches, and he might handle some of the red-zone duties, but I doubt you’ll encounter a week (unless injuries hit) when you’ll feel confident rolling him through your lineup. For the bench, absolutely. For the FAAB or waiver priority it will take to acquire him, NOPEEEEEE!!!! …

The split in Miami is very much real between Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams, so side with the one who will get more work in the passing game. That’s Williams. Both will handle the ball, and it appears like they’ll share red-zone work, so the extra bonus of those receptions will go a long way in providing a floor every week. Especially with the Dolphins’ lack of verticality. There’s enough short passing game work to go around for both.

Think of it like the middle ground of the Vikings’ backfield. It’s unlikely Drake or Williams will ever possess Jerick McKinnon’s upside, but Williams can manufacture his points in a similar fashion. Drake might not have the touchdown potential of Latavius Murray — however, he won’t be written out of the game plan as often. Williams is the slightly better pickup on the Week 10 waiver wire, and someone you’ll probably start next week, but we could be sitting in this exact situation a week from now, and it’s Drake you’ll NEED to have. So, get Williams if you can only have one; Drake too if you have the bench space. If you want to reverse that order, I’m not going to argue on it. Drake did out-snap Williams 37 to 30 against the Raiders. …

Danny Woodhead returned to practice this week and is eligible to come off injured reserve Nov. 19. Look, if Buck Allen is grabbing five-plus receptions per game and getting red-zone work, Woodhead should be able to improve on those numbers for the 20 snaps he remains healthy. Clearly, a superior PPR add, but not devoid of value in standard scoring either. It all depends on if he completely takes over Allen’s job and siphons away some ground duties from Alex Collins. At worse, Woody is an RB2 in PPR leagues, and a FLEX or plug-and-play option in standard. And on the Week 10 waiver wire, that’s almost the best you’re going to get at the position. Plus, you get the bonus of the Baltimore entering its bye week, so teams with immediate needs might look another direction, and you’ll get him on the cheap. …

Averaging almost six catches per contest over the last month, Matt Forte has quietly become a crappy RB with a decent floor. He’s basically doing everything we all expected Bilal Powell to do for the Jets entering the season. Maybe there are some of Freaky Friday shenanigans afoot — I am not at liberty to confirm that. I’m not huge on Forte as a must-play back, but he’s a solid bench filler if you hate your RB situation, and a potential stopgap in deeper leagues until a superior option presents itself. …

I’m not going through the Ezekiel Elliott/backups trauma again. If Zeke ever gets suspended for serious, I’ll update the rankings. For now, if you grabbed Darren McFadden or Alfred Morris, just hold on to them. …

After drawing the start (for reasons unknown to anymore outside of Pete Carroll), Eddie Lacy injured his groin and left the Seahawks’ game against the Redskins. In his absence, Thomas Rawls picked up 11 touches on 41 snaps (J.D. McKissic played 30) and looked … all right. Certainly not a priority add, Rawls would be the only Seahawks RB I’d consider owning until C.J. Prosise is healthy. Which could be soon, although I feel like he’s almost been back for a month now. Still, Prosise is a tremendous receiver out of the backfield, and since Seattle does nothing but pass, it seems like that could be the match it needs.


Week 10 Waiver Wire: Wide Receiver Rankings

1. JuJu Smith-Schuster
2. Robby Anderson
3. Robert Woods
4. Danny Amendola
5. Marqise Lee
6. Cooper Kupp
7. Jamison Crowder
8. Paul Richardson
9. Marquise Goodwin
10. Jermaine Kearse
11. Josh Doctson
12. Corey Davis
13. Allen Hurns
14. Zay Jones
15. Demarcus Robinson
16. Dede Westbrook
17. John Brown
18. Adam Humphries
19. Deonte Thompson
20. Martavis Bryant
21. Bruce Ellington
22. Kenny Stills
23. Kenny Golladay
24. Tyrell Williams
25. Josh Gordon
26. Aldrick Robinson
27. Mike Wallace
28. Jordan Matthews
29. Eric Decker
30. T.J. Jones
31. Taylor Gabriel
32. Benny Fowler
33. J.J. Nelson
34. Travis Benjamin
35. Mike Williams
36. Chris Godwin
37. Brice Butler

UPDATE: Mike Evans has been suspended for Week 10 against the Jets. That leaves DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries as the immediate fill ins, with Cameron Brate and OJ Howard patrolling the middle of the field. Obviously, you can’t just go pick up DJAX off of the waiver wire, but Humphries will have a solid target floor if you want some safe points and aren’t looking for much more. The other element of this will be Ryan Fitzpatrick starting for Bucs over an injured Jameis Winston. As back ups go, the FITZMAGIC is far from the worse, but I suspect Humphries and the tight ends will see a larger market share than usual unless Jackson is used primarily on short routes. As a one-week plug, Humphries is a decent option in PPR, Jackson stays about the same but loses his always valuable long TD potential, while Brate and Howard should see an uptick in volume, especially since the Jets struggle against tight ends. For super deep leagues, Chris Godwin will see a significant increase in his playing time. Godwin played 31% of Tampa’s snaps last week against the Saints but remains a pure Hail Mary option. Again, for super deep leagues only.

Dez Bryant rolled his ankle in the fourth quarter Sunday. Although it’s not all terrible news. He seems to be fine and won’t miss time. Crisis averted. …

Jamison Crowder sat with a hamstring injury Sunday, but is on track to return in Week 10. As much as everyone loves Josh Doctson, Crowder is a safer option when he’s playing. …

If Jimmy Garoppolo eventually takes over in San Francisco, I’ll have some interest in Marquise Goodwin, Trent Taylor, Aldrick Robinson or even Kendrick Bourne. Until then, no thanks to anyone who requires C.J. Beathard to throw them the ball. UPDATE: Trent Taylor will miss and indeterminate amount of time with a broken rib. Taylor only managed to play 20% of the 49ers snaps, trailing almost the entire game against Arizona. Expect Robinson to see almost a full compliment of snaps next to Goodwin, with Bourne upping the 54% of offensive plays he saw Sunday. Still, without Garoppolo, they’re all pretty useless.

Robert Woods has at least four catches and 59 yards in four consecutive games, breaching double-digit points each time. He’s 95 percent of Robby Anderson right now. …

The Dede Westbrook era in Jacksonville is set to begin in Week 10 against the Chargers. It’s tough projecting too much upside in such a conservative offense, but Westbrook’s big-play ability is very intriguing in standard leagues. Any shred of consistency would be a miracle for any Jaguars WR, so tread carefully. …

Josh Gordon could be back on the field in Week 13. I love Gordon and think he’s an amazing talent, but I wouldn’t burn any bench space on him in anything outside of a keeper/dynasty format. He still has all the upside — however, it’s difficult to imagine Gordon returning from a multiple-year absence to this awful Browns offense and being an impact player. It could happen — his skills are that good — but I’ll be interested next season. Put it this way: If you stash him, and he sucks Week 13, you’re not using him for the first week of the fantasy playoffs, so what’s the point? …

UPDATE: Jeremy Kerley has been slapped with a four-game suspension. He won’t be able to return until Week 15. If this affects your squad, you’re in serious trouble. …


Week 10 Waiver Wire: Tight End Rankings

1. Greg Olsen
2. Charles Clay
3. Jared Cook
4. Garrett Celek
5. Ben Watson
6. Darren Fells
7. Tyler Kroft
8. Eric Ebron
9. O.J. Howard
10. Austin Hooper
11. Tyler Higbee
12. Stephen Anderson
13. Ed Dickson
14. Ryan Griffin
15. Vance McDonald
16. Martellus Bennett
17. David Njoku

Greg Olsen can come off IR when the Panthers return from their Week 12 bye. Now down Kelvin Benjamin, Olsen should return to a larger role than before. There’s no reason not to stash him. …

Zach Ertz was a last-second scratch because of a hamstring injury. Trey Burton did a nice job filling in, but a return to backup duty is in his future once Philly comes back from its bye week. Frankly, if I’m an Ertz owner, I’m glad he sat to give him three full weeks of rest before he plays again. …

Charles Clay is “on track” to play in Week 10 against New Orleans. Even with the addition of Kelvin Benjamin to the Bills’ offense, Clay’s rapport with Tyrod Taylor always will result in a bloated market share of the passing game. In the four weeks before his knee injury, Clay scored 15 or more fantasy points in three of those games. It’s one of the safest floors at the position, and he has half the ownership of Martellus Bennett. Figure it out, people. …

From the streaming department, just look to who is playing the Giants and Browns, and, to a lesser extent, the Broncos. George Kittle will see if big men can make it nine TDs to the position in nine games, with the Giants heading West to San Francisco. One of Eric Ebron or Daniel Fells will have the opportunity to explode against the Browns. And some guy named GRONK will feast on Denver. For the sake of your league, I pray he’s not available. The Jets and Ravens have both ceded six TDs to the position as well. Baltimore is on bye, but you might want to consider one of the Tampa Bay TEs if you’re in a pickle. UPDATE: Kyle Shanahan did all fantasy players a solid and already ruled out Kittle for Week 10 with an ankle injury. Cole Hikutini suffered a knee injury which will send him to the IR, as well. Garrett Celek is the last big man standing in the 49ers offense, and primed to inherit a glorious match up against the Giants. Risky? No doubt. But if you’re in a pinch due to injuries or bye week problems, Celek is near 100% available in all formats.


Week 10 Waiver Wire: Streaming Quarterbacks

1. Josh McCown at TB
2. Jared Goff vs HOU
3. Eli Manning at SF
4. Andy Dalton at TEN
5. Jacoby Brissett vs PIT

Jameis Winston was removed at halftime Sunday with a “shoulder” injury. He had been suffering through shoulder problems the last two weeks, but the yank seemed to be more about his awful play against the Saints. The two probably are related, but he’ll likely be a go against the Jets. If not, we get a MCCOWN/FITZMAGIC DOUBLE REVENGE SITUATION!!!!!! UPDATE: Jameis Winston will be shut down for a couple weeks. Ryan Fitzpatrick will start for Tampa against the Jets Week 10.

Oh, and the Broncos QB situation is so dire that Paxton Lynch might draw the nod Sunday night against the Patriots. While it’s a fine matchup, you’re likely playing for garbage-time production only — never a recommended move. UPDATE: Nope. Looks like Denver is sticking with Brock Osweiler.


Week 10 Waiver Wire: Streaming Defenses

1. LAR vs HOU
2. CHI vs GB
3. PIT at IND
4. NO at BUF
5. DET vs CLE
6. LAC at JAX
7. CAR vs MIA
8. NE at DEN


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