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Waiver Wire Targets 2018 Week 10
By Armando Marsal
The waiver wire is key to surviving this long season filled with injuries and other factors that could change a player’s role on their offense. Each week I will provide you with a list of players you should be looking to add off of waivers. Let’s take a look at some of those players below.
Teams on bye this week: Baltimore, Denver, Houston, Minnesota
QuarterbackBaker Mayfield – Browns: Mayfield is coming off of a solid outing under the new coaching staff and now draws a favorable matchup against the Falcons. Atlanta ranks 28th in DVOA against the pass and is giving up the third most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. In addition, they are surrendering over 300 passing yards per game. Mayfield has disappointed in good spots, but still makes for an enticing streaming option and a plug-in-play in two-QB leagues. He remains available in over 60 percent of ESPN leagues.
Others to consider: Josh Rosen - Cardinals
Duke Johnson – Browns: The coaching changes appear to have favored Johnson, as he is coming off of his best game of this season. Last week, he hauled in all nine of his targets for 72 yards and two touchdowns, scoring over 25 fantasy points. While I do not expect 25+ fantasy points every week, I do expect his role in the passing game to be much more consistent moving forward. The Browns face off against the Falcons in Week 10, a defense that has surrendered the most receptions and receiving yards to opposing backs, and is also yielding the most fantasy points per game to the position. Johnson is still available in 50 percent of ESPN leagues, and should be considered a priority add in PPR formats.
Elijah McGuire – Jets: McGuire looked sharp in his first game back from the injured reserve, making the best of his opportunities on the field. He played more snaps than Isaiah Crowell and outperformed him as well. In addition, he was involved in the passing game with three catches. This is still likely to be a committee and the offense will limit McGuire’s true ceiling, but he should still have a solidified role moving forward and can be useful for fantasy owners hurting at the running back position.
Others to consider: Devontae Booker – Broncos, Theo Riddick – Lions, Josh Adams – Eagles, Ito Smith - Falcons
Wide ReceiverMarquez Valdes-Scantling – Packers: Valdes-Scantling has now scored at least 12 fantasy points in four straight games. During that stretch, he has two 100+ receiving yard games and has scored two touchdowns, while being peppered with 28 targets, after receiving just five total targets in his first four games. With Geronimo Allison battling an injury that could sideline him for an extended period, potentially the season, Valdes-Scantling is in a good position to step into the No. 2 wide out role for the high-powered Packers offense. He remains available in 80 percent of ESPN leagues and should be prioritized off of the waivers this week. He could finish the season as a WR3 with upside for fantasy owners.
John Ross – Bengals: A.J. Green has not been officially ruled out for Week 10, but is expected to miss at least two games as he nurses a foot injury. This should open up the door for Ross to seen an increased role. That said, Ross has been battling a groin injury that has sidelined him several games, but practiced on Monday and appears to be on track to return. Therefore, he is the most enticing receiver add from this offense, especially with the matchup at hand against the Saints. He has shown some flashes at times, so with Green potentially out, it could be Ross’ time to shine. If he suffers any setbacks and cannot give it a go, the Bengals would likely lean on Josh Malone and Cody Core.
Others to consider: Willie Snead – Ravens, Courtland Sutton – Broncos, Danny Amendola – Dolphins, Adam Humphries – Buccaneers, Quincy Enunwa – Jets, Christian Kirk - Cardinals
Tight EndJack Doyle - Colts: He was my add last week and once again is back on the list because he remains available in 60 percent of ESPN leagues. Doyle returned in Week 8, after missing five games, and caught six passes for 70 yards and a touchdown. The Colts are coming off of a bye, so he should be well rested. The matchup this week against the Jaguars is far from appealing, but Doyle’s role on this offense is solidified and he can be considered a borderline low-end TE1 most weeks, considering how bad the position has been all season, making him a tight end worth grabbing off of waivers.
Others to consider: Chris Herndon – Jets, C.J. Uzomah – Bengals
For any questions, feel free to reach out to me on the Twitter machine @Armando_Marsal. Best of luck to all.