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Waiver Wire: Week 10

by John Daigle
Updated On: November 6, 2019, 1:03 am ET

Welcome to the Week 10 edition of Waiver Wired for the 2019 season. With the Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, and Washington Redskins all out on bye, we’ll reach for serviceable adds even if it means grasping at straws to ensure you don’t take a zero no matter your league format. We’ll also set our sights on substitutes for T.Y. Hilton (calf), Preston Williams (knee), Brandin Cooks (concussion) and DeSean Jackson (abdomen) all the while directing a majority of our FAAB towards one particular individual projected to lead his team in carries for the rest of the season.

As a reminder, the drop list consists of players who are rostered in at least 50 percent of Yahoo leagues and are no longer must-have assets, recommended adds are available in over 50 percent of Yahoo leagues, the watch list contains in-depth notes on players who are worthy of roster spots if possible, and deep cuts includes player notes on those rostered in five percent or fewer of Yahoo leagues.

 

SVOD: Pascal is 'good enough' to lead team in targets

 

The Drop List
QB: Gardner Minshew, Baker Mayfield
RB: Tarik Cohen, Frank Gore
WR: Brandin Cooks, Sterling Shepard, DeSean Jackson
TE: T.J. Hockenson

Pretty straightforward this week. No need to carry Gardner Minshew any longer with Nick Foles given the nod following Jacksonville's Week 10 bye. David Montgomery’s handled 48 of Chicago’s 62 backfield touches in their last two games as Tarik Cohen’s seen his minimal role reduced to just 5.5 touches and 5.7 yards per target in that span. Cooks is technically listed as day to day but it wouldn’t be shocking to see him sidelined for the rest of the season following his fourth trip to the league’s concussion protocol in less than two years. Same goes for Shepard who re-entered for the third time in 2019 following Saturday night’s symptoms.

 

Overall Top 5
1. Ronald Jones
2. Zach Pascal
3. DeVante Parker
4. A.J. Brown
5. Ty Montgomery

For those simply looking to roster the best player available regardless of position, the rankings above take into account every factor from the positional lists minus the actual positions. These are listed in the precise order I’d prioritize waiver claims in Week 10.

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Handcuff Top 5
1. Alexander Mattison
2. Tony Pollard
3. Rashaad Penny
4. Ryquell Armstead
5. Reggie Bonnafon

For those refusing to stand pat and itching for an end-of-roster stash, the above list was carefully assembled to highlight league-winners in the event the player ahead of them misses any time. Presumed snaps, carries, targets, and the play-calling are each factored in. This list could adjust weekly based on current situations. Darrell Henderson qualifies as an Honorable Mention since it remains to be seen whether or not he’ll stick behind Todd Gurley once Malcolm Brown returns from his ankle injury.

Quarterbacks
1. Ryan Tannehill
2. Matt Moore
3. Daniel Jones

Running Backs
Jaylen Samuels rostered in 60 percent of Yahoo leagues. No. 1 add if available.
Damien Williams rostered in 71 percent of Yahoo leagues. No. 2 add if available.

1. Ronald Jones
2. Ty Montgomery
3. Trey Edmunds

Wide Receivers
Mohamed Sanu rostered in 74 percent of Yahoo leagues. No. 1 add if available.
1. Zach Pascal
2. DeVante Parker
3. A.J. Brown
4. Cole Beasley
5. Danny Amendola
6. Olabisi Johnson
7. Darius Slayton
8. Josh Reynolds

Tight Ends
1. Chris Herndon
2. Jonnu Smith
3. Dallas Goedert
4. Noah Fant

Defense/Special Teams
1. Indianapolis Colts
2. Baltimore Ravens
3. Arizona Cardinals

Kickers
1. Matt Gay
2. Mike Badgley

QUARTERBACKS
1. Ryan Tannehill, Titans — Rostered in 18 percent of Yahoo leagues (Suggested 8% FAAB Bid)

Sunday didn’t go according to plan in the turnovers department but it did result in another 300-plus yard outing for Tannehill, who’s now averaged 279 passing yards, two scores, and 4.3 scrambles to boot as the No. 5 fantasy quarterback over the last three games. Sunday sees him served up a Kansas City secondary that’s allotted a trio of touchdowns and 21-plus fantasy points to both Aaron Rodgers and Kirk Cousins in their last two contests.

2. Matt Moore, Chiefs — Rostered in 8 percent of Yahoo Leagues (2%)

Moore has been more than serviceable (no pun intended) in his last two spot-starts, completing 49-of-71 passes en route to ranking as fantasy’s QB12 with three touchdowns and zero picks over the last two weeks. If given the nod once more he’ll get a struggling Titans secondary that just recently replaced perimeter corner Malcolm Butler (broken wrist) with LeShaun Sims, who’s been charged with allowing 5/76/1 on just 67 coverage snaps in ’19. Being thrown into the fire against Tyreek Hill won’t go well.

3. Daniel Jones, Giants — Rostered in 27 percent of Yahoo leagues (2%)

Jones’ three turnovers under duress Monday night were par for the course. Fortunately for the rookie (and the Giants’ offense as a whole), the Jets don’t create the same league-high pressure rate that Dallas had accounted for before ripping the teeth of New York’s line to shreds. With Leonard Williams now playing across town, Jones should have all the time in the world to step up in a squeaky clean pocket and deliver against a secondary that most recently allowed Ryan Fitzpatrick to achieve season-highs in passing yards (288) and touchdowns (3) without a single turnover.

Watch List: Sam Darnold was initially higher on this list but got moved down after failing to eclipse the 300-yard mark against a Dolphins secondary missing both Xavien Howard (knee, IR) and starting S Reshad Jones. It’s fair to blame the second-year pro’s failed season on Adam Gase and New York’s play-calling. He’s a viable QB2 if your waiver wire is bare...Pending your bench space and need under center, Foles closes the year with the Colts, Titans, Bucs, Chargers, Raiders, and Falcons through Week 16.

 

RUNNING BACKS
1. Ronald Jones, Buccaneers – Rostered in 41 percent of Yahoo leagues (Suggested 65% FAAB Bid)

Jones unexpectedly got the start ahead of Peyton Barber on Sunday and handled 18 carries (and 20 touches) on a season-high 53 percent of Tampa Bay’s offensive snaps. That may not seem like an overwhelming majority, but take into account he touched the ball on a Todd Gurley-like 47.6 percent of said 42 snaps while Barber was rendered to a season-low four carries. Up next is a Cardinals front-seven that’s been pillaged for 54/252/2 and 4.66 YPC by Saquon Barkley, Latavius Murray, and Matt Breida over the last three weeks. That matchup is also fortuitously slated with the highest projected total (52) in Week 10. Barring a significant injury, Jones is likely the last free agent worth splurging on as the fantasy playoffs draw near.

Recommendation: Should be rostered in 10-team leagues

2. Ty Montgomery, Jets – Rostered in 3 percent of Yahoo leagues (10%)

Le’Veon Bell’s (knee) sudden MRI — reportedly his second of the season — opens the door for both Bilal Powell and Montgomery if the $52-million bell-cow were to miss any time. Jumping on Montgomery before Bell’s official results are released earns your roster the most likely candidate to sponge Le’Veon’s average 6.4 targets and 29.5 routes per game, which are far more valuable than his uninspired 15.6 carries behind Football Outsiders’ next-to-last o-line in Adjusted Line Yards (3.47). Powell figures to handle early-down carries up the gut if Bell, who's apparently dealing with something "not too significant", is sidelined.

Recommendation: Should be rostered in 14-team leagues

3. Trey Edmunds, Steelers – Rostered in 1 percent of Yahoo leagues (2%)

With James Conner (shoulder) and Benny Snell (knee) both expected to miss their second straight game in Week 10, Edmunds reckons for another double-digit touch game behind Jaylen Samuels as early as this Sunday against the Rams. Fingers crossed his minimal goal-line reps convert into at least one touchdown — which is also, unfortunately, his ceiling unless Samuels leaves early.

Recommendation: I mean, if you're desperate...

Watch List: J.D. McKissic spiked a touchdown against Oakland but his 27 snaps (38%) and 18 routes run were similar marks to his usage (26%, 14) with Kerryon Johnson (knee) sidelined in Week 8. Ty Johnson actually saw the largest increase in carries (9) and snaps (62%) on Sunday but remains a drywall with a 5.1 percent broken tackle rate on the year. Odds are the team adds Jay Ajayi soon with Tra Carson (hamstring, IR) officially done for the season…With Mark Walton (suspension) unexpectedly sidelined for the next four weeks, Kalen Ballage figures to take on the very role that gifted the former an 80.5 percent snap rate in Miami’s last two games. Having said that, Ballage’s “highlight reel” may change your tune. Myles Gaskin makes for the more intriguing pickup if active over special teams RB Patrick Laird (though marrying any Dolphins runner admittedly isn’t an optimal approach).

Deep League: Reggie Bonnafon took the field in the fourth quarter and handled every backfield touch when Christian McCaffrey subtlety exited against the Titans. It’s just another reminder that he’s the back to own if CMC were to ever miss time…Ryquell Armstead remains on the handcuff radar, but his five catches against Houston put him on the map sooner than expected. His usage is worth monitoring after the team’s Week 10 bye.