The injuries weren't as significant – thankfully – in Week 9, but fantasy managers still need to keep an eye on the waiver wire. Four teams are on a bye in Week 10 (Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, and New York Giants). Fantasy managers really need to take a look at their team and drop players that have been just sitting on their bench.
When searching the waiver wire, sort by a number of different ways, if possible, including percentage owned. This will show players that perhaps should be rostered in your league but were dropped. This article only includes players that are rostered in 50 percent of leagues or fewer.
Teams on bye: Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, New York Giants
Mike White, New York Jets (11 percent rostered)
Fantasy managers that started Mike White in Week 8 were rewarded with 405 yards and three touchdowns. More managers put him in their lineups for Week 9, and unfortunately White got injured after throwing for 95 yards and a touchdown. The injury was to his forearm and the team seems to think he will be able to play in Week 10. Keep an eye on the practice reports but if he is active, even against a tough Bills team, he is a streaming option.
Teddy Bridgewater, Denver Broncos (26 percent owned)
Bridgewater has been a better real-life quarterback than a fantasy one. However, he isn't going to lose you a week. If you are down a quarterback for Week 10, Bridgewater will likely be in the QB2 range. He's had more than 200 yards and a touchdown in each of the past two games. He did not throw an interception in those two games as well. The Broncos face the Eagles, who just had Justin Herbert throw for more than 350 yards and two touchdowns (with one on the ground) against them in Week 9.
Jordan Howard, Philadelphia Eagles (14 percent rostered)
After Week 9, it seemed that Howard and Boston Scott were the running backs to own and it was unclear how the carries would be distributed among each of them. In Week 10, it was clearly Howard that is the running back to own in Philadelphia (be warned: this may change each week). Howard had 17 carries for 71 yards and a touchdown in Week 9. Scott had 10 carries for 40 yards. The Eagles face the Broncos in Week 10 and Howard will be ranked higher than Scott.
Carlos Hyde, Jacksonville Jaguars (34 percent rostered)
In Week 10, James Robinson was out with a heel injury. Hyde had 21 carries for 67 yards after being on the injury report all week with a calf injury. Hyde isn't doing anything to threaten Robinson's job, but he may have earned a bit more work while Robinson is getting healthy. If Robinson were to miss Week 10 (early reports are he is expected to return), Hyde would be a RB2. At this point, he is the clear backup to Robinson and fantasy managers should note that.
Ty Johnson, New York Jets (14 percent owned)
Johnson is behind Michael Carter on the depth chart, but he is still seeing work each week. In Week 9, he had two receptions for 40 yards and a touchdown. Johnson only had 21 rushing yards, but his value is in the receiving game. He has a touchdown catch in each of the past two games and at least two receptions in each of the last five. The Jets face the Bills in Week 10 and Johnson will likely be involved in the passing game.
Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons (16 percent rostered)
Heading into Week 9, it seemed that Tajae Sharpe would be the beneficiary of Calvin Ridley's absence. However, in Week 9, Gage was targeted eight times. He caught seven passes for 64 yards. Gage isn't a great or reliable option, but neither is Sharpe. Olamide Zaccheaus (1 percent rostered) is in the mix, but isn't worth rostering either. Gage, Kyle Pitts and Cordarrelle Patterson are the receivers to own, although only Pitts and Patterson can be trusted each week.
Van Jefferson, Los Angeles Rams (43 percent rostered)
In the past three games, Jefferson has had at least six targets. He only has three touchdowns on the season, but he is being targeted. He's had more than 40 yards in each of the past three games (including an 88-yard game). In Week 9, Matthew Stafford struggled, but the team should bounce back in Week 10 against the 49ers.
Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys (48 percent rostered)
Gallup has been on injured reserve after getting hurt in Week 1. It was possible he would be removed from the IR ahead of Week 9, but that didn't happen. The team has hinted that he will be activated for Week 10 and be able to play against the Atlanta Falcons. Take a look in your league to see if Gallup has been dropped because of his injury. It's not clear where he'll fall into the Dallas offense, but after Week 9, the team is going to need to make some changes and that may include getting Gallup involved.
Dan Arnold, Jacksonville Jaguars (27 percent rostered)
Arnold has had the most receiving yards for the Jaguars over the past two weeks. His receiving totals have been 68 and 60 yards. However, his targets have been high: 10 and seven in that same span. It seems that Jaguars want to have him involved in their offense and fantasy managers should take note. He faces the Colts in Week 10 and will be on the TE1 radar.
Cole Kmet, Chicago Bears (20 percent rostered)
In Week 9, Kmet had the most yards he's had all year with 87. He was targeted eight times and caught six of them. Justin Fields continued to show improvement as a passer (especially in the second half), but it's pretty clear he's looking for Kmet. (Jimmy Graham also saw three targets, including two in the end zone at the end of the first half.) He's becoming a bigger part of this offense, which seems to be headed in the right direction. Kmet is on a bye in Week 10, but if you have roster space, he is worth adding for the rest of the season.
Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Denver Broncos (48 percent rostered)
The Broncos DST looked great in Week 9, holding the Dallas Cowboys to 16 points and winning the game. In the past three weeks, Denver hasn't allowed an opposing team to score more than 20 points. The Broncos have at least one sack in every game so far this year and seven in the past two games. They also have three interceptions in the past two games. Next up is a date with Philadelphia, a matchup that should continue to help fantasy managers who choose to start the Broncos DST.
— 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.