Fantasy owners should still be looking at the waiver wire, as each week brings new players that should be on fantasy teams. Between injuries, bye weeks, and players that are just in a slump, fantasy owners should be scouring the waiver wire to see who they can add.
One bonus quarterback that is not mentioned below is Jake Luton, who did a solid job filling in for Gardner Minshew in Week 9. He has a tougher matchup against the Green Bay Packers in Week 10, and it is unclear when Minshew will be back.
Teams on bye: Atlanta, Dallas, Kansas City, New York Jets
Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers (41 percent owned)
Bridgewater, in Week 9, had his most pass attempts all season (49). He also had the most completions (36) and the second-most yards (310). He had three total touchdowns as well. The Panthers face the Buccaneers in Week 10, who just got embarrassed by the Saints on Sunday night. Bridgewater is a solid fantasy option for those looking for a quarterback.
Alex Smith, Washington Football Team (1 percent owned)
Washington does not like Dwayne Haskins. In Week 9, Kyle Allen suffered a dislocated ankle which will require surgery and end his season. That leaves Smith to lead the offense. In Week 10, he had 325 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions. The schedule is pretty friendly for Smith, however, where he faces the Lions in Week 10. Detroit has allowed opposing quarterbacks to throw three touchdowns in each of the past two games. Smith isn’t the best quarterback, but he is a low QB2 option.
Jordan Wilkins, Indianapolis Colts (25 percent owned)
The Colts attempted to give Jonathan Taylor more work in Week 9, although that translated to six carries. He was able to score a touchdown but he had a fumble and that seemed to put him back in the doghouse. Alternatively, Wilkins had 11 carries and two receptions. Neither back had a great game against Baltimore, but that was to be expected. The Colts face the Titans to get Week 10 started on Thursday night and it’s tough to determine which back to start, but Wilkins should be on rosters.
Kalen Ballage, Los Angeles Chargers (1 percent owned)
When Justin Jackson left the Week 9 game with an ankle injury, it was Ballage, not Joshua Kelley, who picked up his workload. Ballage ended with 15 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown, adding two receptions for 15 yards. Kelley, meanwhile, only had nine carries for 28 yards and five receptions for 31 yards. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on Jackson’s status and consider adding Ballage if Jackson were to be out in Week 10.
Salvon Ahmed, Miami Dolphins (0 percent owned)
This is a name for those in deep leagues where the waiver wire is already picked over. The Dolphins need to find a running back with Myles Gaskin currently on injured reserve. In Week 9, Ahmed had seven carries for 38 yards. With Jordan Howard as his main competition, the Dolphins just may give Ahmed more work. Howard will be the goal-line back, but Ahmed does have a path to more carries against the Chargers in Week 10.
Curtis Samuel, Carolina Panthers (30 percent owned)
Samuel has helped fantasy owners in the past three weeks, but he is such a boom-or-bust player. He can easily give you a 2/13/0 stat line as he can give you a 9/105/1 stat line (Week 2 vs. Week 9). Samuel has been used as a runner, and that may continue in Week 10 with Christian McCaffrey banged up (again). The Panthers face the Buccaneers, which seems to be a tough matchup, but it was clear on Sunday night that they can be beaten. Samuel has four touchdowns in the past three weeks — two rushing and two receiving. He’ll be a WR4 for Week 10.
Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles (24 percent owned)
If Reagor is on the waiver wire in your league, pick him up now. The Eagles were on bye in Week 9, but in Week 8, Reagor had three receptions for 16 yards and a touchdown. It was his first game back after going on IR following Week 2 with a thumb injury. He was healthy enough to play in Week 8 and then had another week of rest. The Eagles have been struggling to find pass catchers, and they should find a good one in Reagor. Don’t be surprised if he leads the team in targets, receptions and yards in Week 10.
Jakobi Meyers, New England Patriots (12 percent owned)
Meyers has led the Patriots in targets and yards for three weeks in a row. He’s easily Cam Newton’s favorite target, but fantasy owners haven’t picked up on this yet. In Week 8, he had 10 targets and he caught six of them for 58 yards. On Monday night, he was the focal point of the passing game, recording 12 catches (on 14 targets) for 169 yards, including a 20-yard reception that set up the game-winning field goal. Meyers hasn’t found the end zone this season, but his arrow is pointing up, even with a difficult matchup against Baltimore looming in Week 10.
Michael Pittman Jr., Indianapolis Colts (7 percent owned)
Pittman had a bigger role in Week 9 because T.Y. Hilton was out. He had his most targets (7), receptions (6), and yards (54) of the season. This was against Baltimore, which is a tough defense. The Colts face the Tennessee Titans in Week 10, which should be an easier matchup. If Hilton were to miss another week with his groin injury, Pittman would be fantasy relevant for the game. Keep an eye on Hilton and speculatively add Pittman if you have room on your bench.
Jimmy Graham, Chicago Bears (49 percent owned)
At this point, the only tight end that is a must-start and must-own is Travis Kelce. However, when looking at the waiver wire, if Graham is out there, grab him. He’s had at least five receptions in three of the past four games. He has five touchdowns on the season. The Bears' offense has been struggling, but Graham has been a solid option for Nick Foles. He’s better than a lot of other tight ends out there, but that’s not saying much.
Ross Dwelley, San Francisco 49ers (8 percent owned)
Jordan Reed was active as well and he and Dwelley both played in Week 9. Dwelley had three receptions for 52 yards; Reed had one reception for three yards. Neither tight end is a must-own, but Dwelley seems more likely to provide some fantasy value. The 49ers face the Saints in Week 10 before heading into their Week 11 bye. Dwelley can be used as a low TE2 for desperate fantasy owners this week.
Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Detroit Lions (2 percent owned)
Fantasy owners looking to stream DSTs have options this week. The Eagles (at Giants) and the Saints (vs. 49ers) are both owned in nearly 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues and are also solid options. However, a DST that is widely available is the Lions. They face the Washington Football Team in Week 10. Washington is starting Alex Smith, who is certainly a serviceable quarterback, but he also threw three interceptions in Week 9. The Lions will likely get to him, and it’s hard to see Washington putting up a lot of points against Detroit.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.
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