Week #10 Waiver Watch of Truth
Same intro every week folks, if you’re new to this series carry on, if not drop down to the QB
section. Some fantasy players believe leagues are won in drafts, others believe they’re won through trades, I personally believe championships are won on the waiver wire. Every league is different and it’s undoubtedly a combination of the three but let’s make sure you’re up to speed on this week’s top waiver wire adds.
Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins
This year’s first overall draft pick was much more productive for fantasy owners in his second career start putting up a solid 21.42 fantasy points. Tagovailoa completed 20 of 28 of his pass attempts for 248 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 35 yards on seven carries showing off his elusiveness and explosiveness. If you’re in need of a QB Tua is a top option. He’s rostered in 20.3% of ESPN leagues.
Drew Lock, Denver Broncos
Last week I talked about Lock and wish I listened to myself and played him in more than just one league. He went off for 313 yards and two scores against one pick and scrambled his way to 47 yards on seven carries and a third score totaling a whopping 29.22 fantasy points. This offense is finally getting healthy and Lock is red hot after racking up six touchdowns in his last five quarters of play! Go get him and it wouldn’t be a bad idea to play him against the Raiders defense who just gave up 326 yards and two passing scores to the Chargers. He’s rostered in 13.3% of ESPN leagues.
Honorable mentions: Kirk Cousins MIN,
Jake Luton JAC, Alex Smith WAS.
J.D. McKissic, Washington Football Team
I’m starting to feel like a broken record but McKissic is still only rostered in 34.2% of ESPN leagues. That’s very low considering that he’s a RB #3 in PPR formats. Now that it looks like Alex Smith will be under center for the remainder of the season so McKissic could get an even larger receiving workload. He led the team with 14 targets hauling in 9 of them for 65 yards and adding 17 more on 3 carries on Sunday. McKissic has been very consistent since week 3 scoring at least 7 PPR points since then with a high of 17.2 this past week. He has a very friendly schedule ahead making him a must add if he’s available!
Wayne Gallman/Alfred Morris, New York Giants
Impromptu starter Devonta Freeman has missed the past couple of games due to injury and Gallman has filled in quite effectively for the New York Football Giants. Gallman carried the ball 14 times for 68 yards and a score in a 23-20 victory over the Football Team. It marked Gallman’s third straight game with a touchdown and double digit carries as well as fantasy points. He could still be playable when Freeman returns if he can keep up this level of play. Alfred Morris has spent most of the season unemployed or on the Giants’ practice squad but has made the most of his opportunities. After getting called up two weeks ago and plugging away for 28 yards on 8 handoffs the former pro bowler flashed his playmaking ability on his way to 67 yards on 9 carries averaging an impressive 7.4 YPC on Sunday. Gallman is rostered in 18.9% of ESPN leagues and Morris is rostered in just 0.1%.
Duke Johnson, Houston Texans
Duke Johnson stepped into the workhorse role for Houston after David Johnson was forced out of the contest early due to a concussion. If he is unable to make it through concussion protocol Duke would be a must play vs Cleveland this weekend. The former Brown hit a career high in carries on Sunday with 16 which he turned into 41 yards including a one-yard touchdown plunge. He also corralled all four of his targets for 32 yards. He’s rostered in 16.5% of ESPN leagues.
Kalen Ballage, Los Angeles Chargers
Ballage was called up from the practice squad on Saturday and made the most of his opportunities carrying the ball 15 times for 69 yards and a score as well as hauling in two of his three targets for 15 yards. He was the leading rusher in the Chargers brutal 31-26 loss to the Raiders on Sunday. With Ekeler still a ways off from returning and Pope and Jackson both banged up Ballage could continue to get a large workload with Kelley serving as the #2 option due to his ineffectiveness. Ballage is a nice depth add at the least and is rostered in just 0.1% of leagues.
Honorable mentions: Devonte Booker LV, Ryan Nall CHI, Salvon Ahmed MIA.
Michael Pittman JR./Zach Pascal, Indianapolis Colts
Pittman was much more involved in his second game back from injured reserve leading the team in yardage with 56 on four catches. Pascal checked in just behind him with 55 yards but led in receptions with five. Either of the two would be a solid play Thursday night even if Hilton can suit up. Both are rostered in less than 5% of ESPN leagues.
Jakobi Meyers, New England Patriots
Meyers has become the top target in New England due to Julian Edelman landing on injured reserve. Meyers now has three straight double digit PPR point performances after his spectacular outing on Monday night hauling in 12 of 14 targets for a whopping 169 yards and 28.9 fantasy point. Meyers is a reliable fantasy option at least and has gained the trust of Cam Newton. He’s rostered in just 5.6% of leagues.
K.J. Hamler, Denver Broncos
Hamler secured six of ten targets for 75 yards during Sunday’s 34-27 loss to Atlanta. The second round rookie followed up his first career touchdown which was in walk off fashion with a solid performance in which he hit career highs in yards and receptions. Hamler has been the WR #3 behind first round rookie Jerry Jeudy and former undrafted rookie Tim Patrick. Hamler is starting to make his case for a larger role and has shown he’s a much more dynamic player than Patrick. He could become a solid contributor for fantasy owners as this offense is heating up quickly. He’s rostered in just 1.9% of leagues.
Richie James, San Francisco 49ers
It’s up in the air if Deebo and Aiyuk will return for this week’s game but either way James is coming off of a 33.4 outing and is worth a stash. The former seventh round draft pick out of Middle Tennessee State secured nine of thirteen targets for a whopping 184 yards and a score. I wouldn’t invest much of your bidding budget on James but he’s definitely worth trying for. He’s rostered in just 0.1% of leagues.
Honorable mentions: Breshad Perriman NYJ, Darnell Mooney CHI, David Moore SEA, Chris Conley JAC, Cam Sims WAS, Olamide Zaccheaus ATL.
Irv Smith JR. Minnesota Vikings
Smith isn’t an ideal fantasy option by a long shot but he is coming off of a two touchdown performance against Detroit. Smith hauled in two of four targets for ten yards showing his red zone prowess that counterpart Kyle Rudolph has displayed so often over the years. Sunday’s game marked just the third time this season that Smith hit double digit fantasy points but there are definitely worse options out there if you’re in a bind. He’s rostered in 3.9% of leagues.
Honorable mentions: Taysom Hill NO (ESPN), Ross Dwelley SF.
Here’s a list of players that I either included in the previous week’s article or are obvious adds that are owned quite a bit more but still have a decent chance of being available in your league. These guys are definitely worth checking the wires for.
Top Priority list:
QB Teddy Bridgewater CAR 29.7%
WR Emmanuel Sanders NO 60.2%
WR Cole Beasley BUF 55.2.%
WR John Brown BUF 53.1%
WR Christian Kirk ARI 52.7%
WR Curtis Samuel CAR 42.4%
RB Mike Davis CAR 68.9%
RB Zack Moss BUF 52.6%
RB La’Mical Perine NYJ 26.3%
RB Frank Gore NYJ 12.5%
RB Rex Burkhead NE 20.9%
TE Jimmy Graham CHI 56.2%
TE Logan Thomas WAS 16.2%
Take all of this with a grain of salt as I obviously don’t know the details of your specific situation, what you need, who you’d drop and who else is available in your league.
Thanks for reading and as always, stay true.