Between inactive players, suspensions, injuries, and yes, still bye weeks, fantasy owners should be active on the waiver wire heading into Week 10. On this list are some players that may not help owners for Week 10, but may be an asset for the playoff push. Some fantasy owners are still trying for a playoff spot; others may have smooth sailing to the playoffs but want to have the strongest team possible for those games.
Teams on bye: Baltimore, Kansas City, Oakland, Philadelphia
Josh McCown, QB, New York Jets (34 percent owned)
Each week, McCown is on this list. He has at least two touchdowns in his last five games. It's not always pretty (on Thursday night in Week 9, he only threw for 140 yards). However, fantasy owners needing a quarterback because their starter is on a bye or because they lost Jameis Winston for Week 10, McCown is a viable option. The Jets face Tampa Bay, who has given up the seventh-most points to opposing quarterbacks.
Jacoby Brissett, QB, Indianapolis Colts (24 percent owned)
The problem with Brissett is that he struggles in tough matchups. In Week 7 against Jacksonville, he threw for 200 yards and no touchdowns. In Week 10, the Colts face the Steelers. The Steelers allow the third-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. While the matchup is tough, Brissett did throw for more than 300 yards and two touchdowns in Week 9. It's possible he continues on a hot streak, but Brissett is a desperation option for fantasy owners.
Damien Williams, RB, Miami Dolphins (33 percent owned)
Week 9 showed an even split between Williams and Kenyan Drake, however, it seems that the former is the better option in PPR formats. Williams had six receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown against Oakland. He's listed as the No. 1 running back, but in reality, those honors go to Drake (who is over 50 percent owned, but still available in about half of Yahoo! leagues). Both backs should be owned and will have RB2/3 value moving forward.
Danny Woodhead, RB, Baltimore Ravens (27 percent owned)
Woodhead is still on injured reserve but he is eligible to return in Week 11. Fantasy owners will likely be looking for him after next week's game, so this is an opportunity to get a leg up on the competition. He's going to take over as the receiving back in the Ravens’ offense (which is bad news for Buck Allen). While he is still injury-prone and at risk for a setback, Woodhead is worth adding in PPR leagues.
Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots (8 percent owned)
Before the Week 9 bye, Burkhead had seven receptions for 68 yards in Week 8. He's slowly carving out a role as on passing downs. With Chris Hogan possibly missing this week, Burkhead should see more targets heading his way. It's a gamble to grab him when waivers run, but he is someone to keep an eye on leading up to the weekend. If Hogan is out, Burkhead is a worthwhile RB3 in PPR formats.
Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns (35 percent owned)
In deep leagues, Gordon is worth a stash. He was just reinstated by the NFL and is eligible to play in Week 13. If a team is basically a sure thing for the playoffs, Gordon is worth adding. He hasn't played or practiced since 2014, so it's not clear how well he'll perform, but based on how he looked in ‘13, he's worth a spot at the end of the bench.
Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams (34 percent owned)
With at least four receptions in the past four games, Woods is a WR3 with upside once again for Week 10. He had four receptions for 70 yards and two touchdowns in Week 9 against a terrible Giants defense. He gets the Texans in Week 10, who just allowed T.Y. Hilton to have 175 yards and two touchdowns (and in Week 8 allowed two Seattle receivers to each finish with more than 100 yards).
Dede Westbrook, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (28 percent owned)
Fantasy owners who were hoping to have Westbrook for Week 9 missed out as he was not activated yet. However, it is likely that he will be active for Week 10. The team wanted him to get in more practice time before activating him. He may not be a fantasy option in his first week back if the Jaguars are going to limit his snaps, but he should help fantasy owners down the stretch.
Corey Coleman, WR, Cleveland Browns (12 percent owned)
With no one else really leading the passing attack, Coleman is needed back on the Browns offense. He is eligible to return following hand surgery in Week 11. Now is the time to pick him up and stash him at the end of the roster. He had five receptions for 53 yards and a touchdown in Week 1. While the Browns’ offense isn't exactly on fire, Coleman will try to ignite that spark.
Curtis Samuel, WR, Carolina Panthers (9 percent owned)
The Panthers traded away Kelvin Benjamin and are in need of someone to step up in the passing game. Everyone has seen what Devin Funchess can do and the Panthers want to see more of Samuel. His receptions have gone up over the past three weeks and the team is getting him more involved in the offense. While he's not a must-own or must-start, he is worth adding in leagues that start three WRs.
Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers (50 percent owned)
The Panthers play the Dolphins in Week 10, have a bye in Week 11, and then Olsen is eligible to return. It's unclear if he will be back in Week 12, but fantasy owners should try to pick him up wherever possible. He's going to be a great addition for the late-season playoff push and beyond.
Julius Thomas, TE, Miami Dolphins (15 percent owned)
It was interesting to see how the Dolphins’ offense changed without Jay Ajayi. One of the guys that stepped up was Thomas. He had eight targets in Week 9 and caught six of them for 84 yards and a touchdown. The Carolina Panthers are a tough matchup against tight ends so Thomas isn't a great option for Week 10, but with his role increasing, he has TE2 value.
Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Green Bay Packers (45 percent owned)
The DST streamer of the week is the Packers, who face the Chicago Bears in Week 10. The Bears give up the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing DSTs. This is an offense that so far has not been capable of putting up a lot of points or yards and is prone to turnovers. The Green Bay DST isn't a great unit to start, but for a Week 10 fill-in, it’s worth taking a flyer on.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.