Welcome to the Week 10 waiver wire, where I will be highlighting players that are available in less than 50-percent of leagues. These are the players you want to get on your team. There are mentions of radar guys as well. You shouldn’t pull the trigger now, but keep an eye on them. Percentages are based on ESPN leagues.
Week 10 Waiver Wire Quarterbacks
Taylor Heinicke, WFT (13.4-percent)
Taylor Heinicke completed 24 of 39 passes for 270 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions against the Broncos. Heinicke also just rushed for 10-yards on one carry. However, he faces a weak passing defense against the Buccaneers, who are 30th against quarterbacks in fantasy points allowed. The game will give Heinicke an excellent chance to bounce back into QB1 territory as he has underperformed the last four weeks. Heinicke has just three touchdowns and six interceptions in that period. During the 2020 playoffs, Heinicke put up 306 yards with a touchdown in the air accompanied by 46 yards and a score on the ground against the Buccaneers.
Tua Tagovailoa, MIA (42.4-percent)
Tua Tagovailoa was a scratch in Week 9 due to a finger injury. However, if he is active in Week 10, he will face a Baltimore defense struggling against the pass (No.21). Tagovailoa has had an up and down season. In the last three weeks, he has had six touchdowns and four interceptions.
Week 10 Waiver Wire Running Backs
Jordan Howard, PHI (8.5-percent)
Three weeks ago, Jordan Howard was a forgotten man in the fantasy community. However, Howard is now the primary ball carrier in the Eagles’ offense. On 17 carries, Howard gained 71 yards and scored another touchdown—his third in two weeks. There is no doubt Howard has taken advantage of Miles Sanders’ absence and now has the Lions and Chargers on deck following the Broncos in Week 10. Also, consider Howard a high-volume running back with scoring potential upside in standard leagues but a small investment risk in PPR.
Carlos Hyde, JAX (29.3-percent)
Carlos Hyde’s worth ties directly into the health of James Robinson. Hyde totaled 73-yards on 22 touches in Week 9 against the Bills—one of the league’s most formidable defenses. In Week 10, it doesn’t get much easier against the Indianapolis Colts. However, Hyde should be a complete workhorse once again with a chance for double-digit points.
Rhamondre Stevenson, NE (5.9-percent)
Rookie Rhamondre Stevenson has bounced around being a valid producer for fantasy football. His range of outcomes varied from a potential flex-worthy start to someone who did even belong on rosters. In Week 9, Stevenson went over the 100-yard mark on just 12 touches. Unfortunately, he left with a head injury. The Patriots face the Browns, who are tough against running backs (ninth fewest fantasy points allowed). Keep an eye on if Damien Harris returns as he will be the starter.
Week 10 Waiver Wire Wide Receivers
Tim Patrick, DEN (24.4-percent)
The fact that Tim Patrick is available shocks me. Now, some held off because Jerry Jeudy was going to return. However, Patrick continues to roll. Against the Cowboys, Patrick caught four passes for 85-yards and touchdown on five targets. He has been effective and efficient with his targets. Looking to Week 10, he has a Philadelphia defense that ranks the fourth toughest against wide receivers in fantasy points allowed. However, Patrick has had success against top teams such as the Raiders and Ravens.
Rashod Bateman, BAL (25-percent)
Rashod Bateman has been a continuous target machine since he came back from injury. The rookie caught five passes for 52-yards on eight targets against the Vikings. Bateman now has his third straight game with six or more targets. Bateman will look to continue to climb the ladder against the Miami Dolphins in Week 10. The Dolphins rank 30th in fantasy points allowed to wide receivers, which bodes well for Bateman in Week 11.
DeSean Jackson, LV (2.1-percent)
It’s not every day a player leaves a Super Bowl contender for another one. However, DeSean Jackson has done, leaving the Rams for the Raiders in hopes to see an increased role. Jackson should see more opportunity as the immediate deep threat following the departure of Henry Ruggs. Jackson will continue to be a boom or bust candidate but could deliver top-35 numbers.
Donovan Peoples-Jones, CLE (5.5-percent)
With the release of Odell Beckham, Donovan Peoples-Jones stepped right into his place. Peoples-Jones was dynamic as he caught two balls for 86-yards and a touchdown against the Bengals. He may not be the best PPR option, but Peoples-Jones is a strong boom-or-bust candidate against the Patriots.
Week 10 Waiver Wire Tight Ends
Pat Freiermuth, PIT (32.9-percent)
Pat Freiermuth is owning the tight end position with double-digit points in three straight weeks while scoring a touchdown in back-to-back games. Freiermuth has caught 16 passes for 145 yards on 17 targets in the last three contests and should continue to be involved in the offense while playing in the slot position.
Logan Thomas, WFT (47.3-percent)
Logan Thomas should finally return in Week 10 against the Buccaneers. They allow the 25th most fantasy points to tight ends, so look for Thomas to get involved often. Thomas is a top-seven tight end, and he should continue to dominate as long as he is healthy.
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