Week #10 Waiver Watch Of Truth
Week 10 Waiver Watch of Truth
Another week is in the books and hopefully the struggles with injuries and bye weeks are nearing an end for most of you. The wire is definitely looking a bit thin as we pass the halfway point of the regular season and so my picks are going to have a lot more desperation view to them, especially because most fantasy relevant players have been scooped up in some key positions or are far more inconsistent than most of the people one would normally play.
Jimmy Garoppolo, 31% rostered on Sleeper
The quarterback position is particularly thin at the moment with fill in players doing an abysmal job and very few of them having any long term appeal as streamers. One of the few exceptions to that rule is Jimmy G, who played “alright” in a loss to the Cardinals according to his head coach. It wasn’t a great showing but he did complete 28 of 40 attempts for 326 yards and 2 touchdowns, he also had one interception and the 49ers did themselves no favors by building a 14 to nothing hole, to climb out of in the first quarter. This is also his third 300 yard game and just had two back-to-back 300 yard games, so he is certainly throwing a lot but he is still wildly inconsistent most of the time, so temper your expectations if you go after him.
Trevor Siemian, 9% rostered on Sleeper or Taysom Hill, 28% rostered on Sleeper
I am not extremely confident in Siemian as a starter and Taysom Hill for that matter but Siemian has played okay over the past two games. This is definitely a situation to monitor but the Saints might also be looking on the free agent market for a viable option. However, if Siemian remains the starter he is an okay starter, he threw for 249 yards and completed 25 of 41 attempts for 2 TDs against the Falcons. His next week he also gets to play the Titans and their weak secondary meaning he could be a viable option but he definitely isn’t someone you would start with confidence.
Quarterback Honorable Mentions
Teddy Bridgewater (30% rostered)
Justin Fields (37% rostered)
Devonta Freeman, 25% rostered on Sleeper
Freeman has played pretty well the last few weeks and it really paid off this week as he rushed 13 times for 79 yards and also caught a short yardage touchdown pass as well. It seems unlikely that you will ever get a boom performance out of the current Ravens running backs but if the current level of production holds Freeman provides a relatively nice, stable floor of at least 10 fantasy points per game. He also has two easy upcoming games against the Dolphins and the Bears who can both be ran against with relative ease. I wouldn’t feel extremely confident about it but there are fewer options available at this point so if you are desperate he is definitely worth a shot.
Jordan Howard, 17% rostered on Sleeper
Howard has effectively taken over the Eagles backfield at this point, out-touching Boston Scott and Gainwell with 17 attempts to their combined 12. He was also very effective with those touches rushing for 71 yards and a touchdown. He wasn’t involved in the passing game but as long as Sanders is out, it appears that Howard is the go to running back in the Eagles’ offense. He has two tough matchups coming up against the Broncos and Saints but that hasn’t stopped Howard in the past and his second resurgence with the Eagles seems to be going well.
Running Back Honorable Mentions
Sony Michel (33% rostered)
Rhamondre Stevenson (6% rostered)
Brandon Bolden (18% rostered)
Donovan Peoples-Jones, 22% rostered on Sleeper
Peoples-Jones has moved up the depth chart with OBJ no longer with the Browns and he definitely has proven his worth in previous spot starts for the Browns’ offense. This week is somewhat misleading because 60 of his 86 yards came on a single touchdown pass in the 3rd quarter. If he can start to show some consistency in the offense opposite Landry, he could become a viable every week flex play but it is still difficult to trust him on a limited sample size. Fortunately next week he gets the Patriots who most likely will focus on taking away Chubb, thereby forcing Mayfield to throw frequently.
Elijah Moore, 41% rostered on Sleeper
Moore had a great breakout game this week thanks to excellent play from Mike White and Josh Johnson. He has also gotten at least 6 targets in the last 3 games and much like last week has started converting them gaining trust among his QBs and fantasy managers. On Thursday night he caught 7 of 8 targets for 84 yards and 2 touchdowns. As long as White and Johnson remain the starting quarterback Moore and Crowder will be viable wide receivers with a more experienced player under center.
Wide Receiver Honorable Mentions
DeSean Jackson (6% rostered)
Russell Gage (37% rostered)
Tim Patrick (31% rostered)
Dan Arnold, 38% rostered on Sleeper
Arnold was one of my waiver suggestions last week and he certainly proved his worth again in a hard fought slugfest against the Bills. He actually led the team in receiving but when the final score is 9 to 6 that doesn’t necessarily mean a whole lot but the Bills secondary is also no joke either. Arnold caught 4 of 7 targets for 60 yards and his yards per catch numbers have been very high, above 10 yards in each game except for 2. The biggest knock against him is the total lack of touchdowns but considering his usage, that will eventually break his way as well.
Tyler Conklin, 36% rostered on Sleeper
It’s really annoying that my waiver suggestions for tight end are unchanged but the reality is most of the other streaming options have been abysmal and give me no reason to advise you to pick any of them up, they simply are not doing well or are not being targeted in the passing game. Conklin has the same advantages as Arnold and the same problem, a total lack of touchdown production. He caught 5 of 7 targets, (the same numbers as last week) for 45 yards. It’s steady and reliable production, which is all one can really hope for in a tight end at this point in the season and Conklin remains very under-rostered on most platforms, so again I recommend you go pick him up if he is available.
Tight End Honorable Mentions
C.J. Uzomah (30% rostered)
Ricky Seals-Jones (22% rostered)
Good luck all and as always, stay true!
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