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Week 10 Fantasy football waiver wire pickups to make

By Jeff Ratcliffe
Nov 6, 2018

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Aug 30, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (83) runs against Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Tremon Smith (39) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The fantasy football waiver wire can often make or break your season. Making the right decision on which players to add and drop is crucial, so we have you set up with a deep list of potential waiver wire adds for Week 10.

Remember, we cast a wide net every week in our waiver wire advice. Below you’ll see recommendations for shallow, regular, and deep leagues. Players are listed in order of priority and the suggested auction budget percentage is in parentheses.

Keep in mind that some leagues may be more aggressive or conservative in terms of bidding, so know your league tendencies. Regardless of the size of your league, it’s suggested that you work your way down the list and prioritize the top players in your waiver claims for this week.

Shallow leagues (8-10 teams)

Quarterback

Ryan Fitzpatrick, TB (10-20%) — It wasn’t the prettiest performance, but Fitzpatrick managed to throw for four touchdowns. More importantly he’ll remain the Bucs quarterback this week.

Mitchell Trubisky, CHI (10-20%) — While Trubisky is coming off a down fantasy week, he’s been a strong asset for a good chunk of the middle of the season and is available in 25% of leagues.

Running back

Mike Davis, SEA (20-40%) — Davis is one of this week’s top adds with Chris Carson banged up and unable to stay healthy for any extended period of time.

Duke Johnson Jr., CLV (15-30%) — The Browns finally remembered that Johnson was on the team and fed him nine targets in Week 9.

Wide receiver

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB (25-50%) — With Geronimo Allison banged up and potentially missing extended time, Valdes-Scantling is this week’s top waiver wire add.

Courtland Sutton, DEN (20-40%) — Sure, last week wasn’t what many had hoped for Sutton, but he’s still an upside option who has a clear path to targets in Denver.

Tight end

Jack Doyle, IND (25-50%) — Tight end is brutal this season, but Doyle is widely available and has the potential to be a top-10 fantasy tight end the rest of the way.

Chris Herndon, NYJ (10-20%) — Over the last month, Herndon is a surprising seventh among tight ends in fantasy scoring.

Regular leagues (12 teams)

Quarterback

Dak Prescott, DAL (5-10%) — He’s a top-10 fantasy quarterback since Week 6 and showed good chemistry with newly acquired WR Amari Cooper Monday night.

Baker Mayfield, CLV (3-5%) — The Browns didn’t win in Week 9, but the offense showed some juice under the interim regime. That’s a good thing for Mayfield’s value going forward.

Running back

Ito Smith, ATL (10-20%) — Yes, Tevin Coleman put up big numbers, but Smith was heavily involved and found the end zone as a runner.

Nyheim Hines, IND (10-20%)Marlon Mack is the clear lead back in Indy, but he’s reportedly dinged up in practice. Hines could see a larger role if Hines misses time.

Theo Riddick, DET (5-10%) — Riddick got back on the field was heavily involved in the passing game. Look for that to continue as Riddick assumes some of the void left by Golden Tate.

Rashaad Penny, SEA (5-10%) — Chris Carson’s repeated injuries have opened the door for Penny to step right back into the handcuff conversation.

Elijah McGuire, NYJ (5-10%) — The Jets immediately put McGuire to work this past week, as he actually out-snapped Isaiah Crowell.

Jamaal Williams, GB (5-10%)Aaron Jones is the clear lead back, but Williams remains involved and would get a major boost if Jones went down.

Jalen Richard, OAK (5-10%) — The Raiders offense isn’t pretty right now, but Richard offers appealing upside in PPR leagues.

Spencer Ware, KC (3-5%) — Ware is getting worked in as a passing-down option and has premium handcuff value in the Chiefs’ turbo-charged offense.

Malcolm Brown, LAR (3-5%) — Not only did he score a nifty touchdown in Week 9, but Brown is also one of the league’s top handcuff options right now.

Kapri Bibbs, WAS (3-5%) — Another Chris Thompson injury opened the door for Bibbs this past week and he responded with a touchdown.

Wide receiver

Tre’Quan Smith, NO (15-30%) — Smith didn’t get a heavy workload, but he did find the end zone in the Saints shootout win over the Rams.

Adam Humphries, TB (10-20%) — Don’t look now, but Humphries is a top-10 fantasy wide receiver over the last month.

Keke Coutee, HOU (10-20%) — He’s still dealing with a hamstring injury, but Coutee will see a decent workload out of the slot when he returns.

Anthony Miller, CHI (5-10%) — With Allen Robinson banged up, Miller has emerged as the Bears’ go-to receiver. Look for his role to continue to expand down the stretch.

Christian Kirk, ARZ (5-10%) — The Cardinals return from bye this week and should continue to look for ways to get Kirk involved in the offense.

Tyrell Williams, LAC (5-10%) — While he isn’t seeing heavy volume, Williams has racked up four scores over the last three games.

Danny Amendola, MIA (5-10%) — He doesn’t offer the highest fantasy ceiling, but Amendola has emerged as the Dolphins No. 1 target in the passing game.

Tight end

Jeff Heuerman, DEN (3-5%) — Heuerman racked up a massive 10 catches on 11 targets in Week 9.

Deep leagues (14-plus teams)

Quarterback

Nick Mullens, SF (1%) — Was last week real or a mirage? Mullens’ breakout performance is intriguing enough to add him in deeper leagues.

Running back

John Kelly, LAR (1%) — Those in very deep leagues may want to proactively add the secondary handcuff in LA.

D’Onta Foreman, HOU (1%) — Will he return this season? We don’t know, but Foreman’s upside is worth a speculative add.

Wide receiver

Maurice Harris, WAS (1-3%) — One of last week’s biggest surprises, Harris notched 10 catches on 12 targets for over 100 receiving yards. That said, it’s tough to trust him as anything more than a deep league add.

Cordarrelle Patterson, NE (1-3%) — The Patriots have found creative ways to get Patterson involved. He’s a sneaky deep pickup.

John Ross, CIN (1-3%) — With A.J. Green banged up, Ross could find himself in a prominent role over the next few weeks.

Laquon Treadwell, MIN (1%) — We don’t know the severity of Stefon Diggs‘ injury, but Treadwell could see increased targets if Diggs misses more time.

Pierre Garcon, SF (1%) — Nick Mullens had eyes for Garcon in his first start. He could see more volume as long as Mullens is under center.

Tight end

Nick Vannett, SEA (1%) — The Seahawks tight ends have been a tricky to decipher this season, so don’t overvalue Vannett.

Mark Andrews, BAL (1%) — Andrews was heavily used in the red zone with three end-zone targets. That tied with Antonio Brown for the league high for the week.

Hunter Henry, LAC (1%) — There’s a chance that Henry gets back on the field for the fantasy playoffs, so he’s worth a stash in deeper leagues.

DST streamers for Week 10

New York Jets (1%)Nathan Peterman won’t be under center this week for the Bills, but it’s hard not to like the Jets even against Derek Anderson this week.

Los Angeles Chargers (1%) — The Raiders offensive line was a bunch of human turnstiles last week with eight sacks allowed to the 49ers. That’s a very good thing for the Chargers this week.

Washington Redskins (1%) — Any time Ryan Fitzpatrick starts, there’s the potential for DST fireworks.

(READ MORE: If you’re picking someone up, you have to drop someone. Tyler Buecher picks players it’s okay to bail on. And on the IDP side of things, Ross Miles identifies the best defensive pickups.)

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