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Dynasty Waiver Wire: Week 10

by Ryan McDowell
Updated On: November 6, 2018, 9:31 am ET

In this weekly series, I will highlight players that are speculative adds in deeper dynasty leagues, since the majority of players often covered in typical waiver wire columns have long been rostered.


No matter how deep your league is or how large the rosters, you should always keep a watch list of players you are considering adding, should the opportunity present itself. The group of names below will help you form that list. 


I will note that the data presented is based on all Yahoo leagues, not just those designated as keeper or dynasty. 


First, let’s look back at last week’s waiver wire suggestions that gained value, with current Yahoo ownership percentages and percentage change in parentheses.


Ryan Fitzpatrick, TB (66%/+60%)

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB (39%/+33%)

DeVante Parker, MIA (38%/+25%)

Ed Dickson, SEA (17%/+16%)

David Moore, SEA (16%/+13%)

Josh Adams, PHI (10%/+9%)

Chris Herndon, NYJ (14%/+8%)

Keke Coutee, HOU (27%/+7%)

Hayden Hurst, BAL (8%/+5%)

Anthony Miller, CHI (11%/+2%)

Adam Humphries, TB (2%/+1%)


Not all recommended players gain dynasty value from week to week. Here are some players mentioned in last week’s article whose ownership percentage took a hit over the past week.


Trenton Cannon, NYJ (4%/-5%)

Donte Moncrief, JAX (10%/-3%)

D’Onta Foreman, HOU (13%/-2%)

Josh Rosen, ARI (3%/-1%)

Dallas Goedert, PHI (5%/-1%)

Antonio Callaway, CLE (13%/-1%)




1)       Nick Mullens, SF (3%)

2)       Jameis Winston, TB (3%)

3)       Brock Osweiler, MIA (4%)


In a shocking result, 49ers backup QB Nick Mullens drew the start for an injured C.J. Beathard and played like an experienced veteran, throwing for 262 yards and three touchdowns as the Niners waxed the Raiders. It’s that Oakland defense that should have us questioning if Mullens’ performance was for real. Regardless, he’s worth adding until we find out, especially in 2QB leagues…Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston is obviously losing value, benched in favor of veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. He’s likely being dropped in some leagues but clearly remains one of the best 32 quarterbacks in the league, meaning he will have a job somewhere in 2019, even if that is not Tampa Bay. Be patient with this one…It sounds like the injury situation for Miami QB Ryan Tannehill is not getting any better, meaning QB Brock Osweiler will continue to start for the Dolphins. Osweiler has a pair of top 14 performances through five starts and is a desperation play in 2QB leagues…


Running Backs


1)        Ty Montgomery, BAL (19%)

2)        Elijah McGuire, NYJ (14%)

3)        Devontae Booker, DEN (18%)

4)        Alfred Morris, SF (15%)

5)        D’Onta Foreman, HOU (13%)

6)        Malcolm Brown, LAR (3%)


The Packers dumped RB Ty Montgomery on the Ravens at the trade deadline and this will be one of the deals where all parties come out ahead. The Packers were obviously ready to move on, while the Ravens were frustrated with RB Buck Allen’s recent performance. He’s likely to head to the bench while TyMo takes over as the pass-catching back in Baltimore offense, a position that has fared very well over the years…The Jets activated RB Elijah McGuire and he immediately claimed the PPR role in the New York backfield, displacing rookie RB Trenton Cannon. McGuire had ten touches for 67 yards. He’s worthy of a weekly final flex spot in your roster…The Broncos continue to play without rookie RB Royce Freeman, though he seems set to return soon. Even when he’s been in the lineup, this has been a three-man committee with RB Devontae Booker eating into the rookies’ playing time. He is worth adding in deeper leagues as a potential bye week replacement…The 49ers lost emerging RB Raheem Mostert to a nasty broken arm last week, which should give life to veteran RB Alfred Morris, who had been banished to the bench. With the always iffy health status of starter Matt Breida, Morris should see playing time down the stretch…This is your weekly reminder that young RB D’Onta Foreman is eligible to return to the field and should do that soon, we hope…If you own RB Todd Gurley, you should own his backup, RB Malcolm Brown. In fact, even if you don’t have Gurley on your roster, Brown is a nice upside play. If Gurley were to miss time with an injury or even sit out late in the season after the Rams’ playoff position is secure, Brown would be a week-winning type player in that offense…


Wide Receivers


1)        Anthony Miller, CHI (11%)

2)        Quincy Enunwa, NYJ (13%)

3)        Maurice Harris, WAS (0%)

4)        Cordarrelle Patterson, NE (5%)

5)        Curtis Samuel, CAR (1%)

6)        Adam Humphries, TB (2%)

7)        DaeSean Hamilton, DEN (0%)

8)        Equanimeous St. Brown, GB (0%)

9)        John Ross, CIN (3%)

10)     Auden Tate, CIN (0%)

11)     Josh Malone, CIN (0%)


For the third straight game, Bears rookie WR Anthony Miller played a major role as WR Allen Robinson continues to miss time with a groin injury. In Week Nine, Miller led the Bears with 49 yards on five grabs. He should really be rostered in every single dynasty league…The Redskins have been hit hard by injuries and just placed starting WR Paul Richardson on the IR. WR Jamison Crowder hasn’t played in a month, leaving QB Alex Smith few options. In Week Nine, he targeted WR Maurice Harris 12 times and Harris pulled in ten of them for 124 yards. With WR Josh Doctson and TE Jordan Reed disappointing, Harris could be a factor in the second half of the season…This is likely just a tease but we saw WR Cordarrelle Patterson play extensive snaps in the backfield in the Patriots Sunday night victory, rushing for 61 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. Rookie RB Sony Michel is expected back in Week Ten but Patterson may have shown enough that HC Bill Belichick wants him on the field…Playing the league’s worst defense in Tampa Bay, all the Panthers got in on the action last Sunday. WR Curtis Samuel was no exception, totaling 58 yards and two touchdowns. They continue to manufacture touches for Samuel, who missed the beginning of the season with a heart issue. He’s a boom/bust player but worthy of a stash in hopes his role cements itself…Buccaneers WR Adam Humphries has now seen eight or more targets in three straight games and in Week Nine, he was the team’s leading receiver, catching eight passes for 82 yards and two scores…The Broncos dealt WR Demaryius Thomas, signaling their plan for the future. While most are chasing WR Courtland Sutton, another rookie is probably sitting on the waiver wire for free. WR DaeSean Hamilton is out right now with a leg injury but this is a long-term play anyway…Packers rookie WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling has been a hot name in dynasty circles and for good reason but it was fellow rookie Equanimeous St. Brown who tied for the team lead in snaps, playing 96% of the Packers snaps. He still ran just 12 routes but his opportunity is encouraging…The Bengals will be without WR A.J. Green for at least one week and potentially the remainder of the season as he deals with a foot injury. It’s time to chase the next Cincy receivers, starting with WR John Ross, who is expected to return from his own injury soon. Unproven WRs Josh Malone and Auden Tate are also worth dart throws in very deep dynasty leagues…


Tight Ends


1)        Chris Herndon, NYJ (14%)

2)        Jeff Heuerman, DEN (1%)

3)        Hunter Henry, LAC (1%)

4)        Jordan Thomas, HOU (6%)


Jets rookie TE Chris Herndon stayed hot in Week Nine, leading the team in receiving with a 4/62 line even though the team had some injured WRs back on the field. Herndon’s past four weekly finishes have been TE10, TE9, TE17, TE13…Fantasy owners spent the days leading up to Week Nine expecting rookie WR Courtland Sutton to have a huge game in place of traded WR Demaryius Thomas but in the end, it was TE Jeff Heuerman who saw the major boost in targets. Heuerman set or tied career-highs with targets (11), receptions (10), yards (83) and touchdowns (1), posting his second straight game as a top 20 fantasy scorer…Some reports suggest injured TE Hunter Henry could return to the Chargers lineup this season despite tearing his ACL late in the offseason. This would be a huge boost to the Chargers and potentially fantasy players as well. Henry is still likely rostered in most dynasty leagues but he is worth the add and stash in shallow leagues…Texans rookie TE Jordan Thomas scored his third touchdown in two weeks. While Thomas remains one-third of a TE committee, he's shown by far the most upside of the trio…


Players on Injured Reserve worth stashing for 2019 (under 20%) Hunter Henry, D’Onta Foreman, Marqise Lee, Derrius Guice, Deon Cain, Adam Shaheen, Delanie Walker, Tyler Eifert, Jerick McKinnon, Jimmy Garoppolo, Jake Butt, Rex Burkhead, Jay Ajayi, Bilal Powell