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Add Devonta Freeman, Drop Khalil Herbert on Week 10 waivers

Devonta Freeman

Devonta Freeman

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

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Welcome to the Week 10 edition of Waiver Wired for the 2021 season, which offers a plethora of strong options to help patch for the byes of the Chicago, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, and New York Giants. With so few impact players remaining, FAAB suggestions should also be taken with a grain of salt and increased/decreased on a case-by-case basis, especially when expecting a bidding war to commence among your league mates.

As a refresher, 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 additions are available in over 50 percent of Yahoo leagues, the Watch List contains in-depth notes on fringe waiver adds, and Deep Cuts includes player notes on those rostered in five percent or fewer of Yahoo leagues.

The Drop List

QB: -

RB: Chase Edmonds, Khalil Herbert, Chuba Hubbard, Derrick Henry

WR: Allen Robinson, Tyler Boyd, Laviska Shenault

TE: -

The Cardinals are expected to move Chase Edmonds (ankle) to injured reserve, which would sideline him until Week 14 since Arizona’s bye falls in Week 12. His immediate availability in attempting to return from a high-ankle sprain at that time would then cause start/sit headaches in the first round of the fantasy playoffs. Feel free to keep him stashed if he wasn’t starting in your lineup to begin with...In his first game off injured reserve with Chicago’s bye just around the corner, David Montgomery confidently returned to a workhorse role with 15 touches to Herbert’s nine, out-snapping the latter 53-10. As well as he played in the interim, Herbert is nothing more than a contingency player (and ranked in the Contingency Top 10 for it) as long as Montgomery is healthy...Christian McCaffrey out-carried Hubbard 14-3 in the former’s first game back from injured reserve. Handling 67% of Carolina’s backfield touches following a five-game absence, McCaffrey will undoubtedly force Hubbard back to the bench full-time as early as Week 10...Only one reporter in the entire nation has irresponsibly reported that Henry (foot surgery) will return in “6-10 weeks.” The Big Dog is still expected to miss the rest of the year...Robinson has not eclipsed 70 receiving yards in 11 consecutive games, scoring a single touchdown in that span, dating back to last year...Boyd has averaged a 14% target share behind Ja’Marr Chase (26.3%) and Tee Higgins (23%) in five games since Higgins returned from injury, finishing as the WR68 < WR98 < WR43 < WR14 < WR85 in that span...Shenault has averaged 3.8 PPR points in four starts without D.J. Chark (fractured ankle). I would drop him outright for Jamal Agnew, who leads the Jaguars in target share (19.7%) with 7.7 targets per game sans Chark.

Overall Top 5

1. D’Ernest Johnson
2. Mark Ingram
3. Rashod Bateman
4. Devonta Freeman
5. DeSean Jackson

High-Stakes Top 5

1. Devonta Freeman
2. DeSean Jackson
3. Jordan Howard
4. Donovan Peoples-Jones
5. Eno Benjamin

For those looking to roster the best available player(s) regardless of position, the rankings above take into account every factor from the positional lists minus players’ actual positions for both recreational and high-stakes (FFPC, NFFC, etc.) formats, the latter which have far fewer viable players available with every passing week. These are listed in the precise order I would prioritize waiver claims in those leagues ahead of Week 10. Adjust accordingly for what you need on your roster — touches, high-upside bench stashes, targets, one-week spot-starters, etc.

Contingency Top 10

1. Alexander Mattison
2. Khalil Herbert
3. D’Ernest Johnson
4. Sony Michel
5. Carlos Hyde
6. Samaje Perine
7. Ronald Jones
8. Eno Benjamin
9. Chuba Hubbard
10. Peyton Barber

For those looking to stash the best available backup(s) with minimum standalone value, the rankings above were designed to help prioritize direct backups in the event a player in front of them were absent. These are listed in the precise order I would stash them ahead of Week 10. Presumed targets, touches, environment, remaining schedule, etc. are included in the process.

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1. Ben Roethlisberger
2. Teddy Bridgewater
3. Mike White

Running Backs

Nyheim Hines rostered in 53 percent of Yahoo leagues. No. 1 RB add if available.

1. D’Ernest Johnson
2. Mark Ingram
3. Devonta Freeman
4. Jordan Howard
5. Carlos Hyde
6. Brandon Bolden
7. Ty Johnson
8. Eno Benjamin
9. D’Onta Foreman

Wide Receivers

Brandon Aiyuk rostered in 61 percent of Yahoo leagues. No. 1 WR add if available.

Van Jefferson rostered in 43 percent of Yahoo leagues. No. 2 WR add if available.

1. Rashod Bateman
2. DeSean Jackson
3. Jamal Agnew
4. Allen Lazard
5. Marquez Valdes-Scantling
6. Donovan Peoples-Jones
7. Michael Gallup

Tight Ends

1. Pat Freiermuth
2. Dan Arnold
3. Tyler Conklin
4. Adam Trautman

Defense/Special Teams

1. Tennessee Titans
2. Las Vegas Raiders


1. Michael Badgley
2. Ryan Succop
3. Brandon McManus
4. Randy Bullock


1. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers — Rostered in 27 percent of Yahoo leagues (Suggested 1% FAAB Bid)

It’s only right that an ugly week for streamers ledes with the ugliest of the group, pitting a quarterback with no rushing upside against a barely-there core of bodies that have permitted a league-high 9.3 yards per attempt while forcing the fifth-fewest pass deflections (24) of any team all year. Having allowed seven passing touchdowns across five games in October despite facing Justin Fields (209-0-1) and Jalen Hurts (103-0-0) in that time, Detroit’s secondary is obviously one that even their (awful) numbers are not telling the whole truth for.

2. Teddy Bridgewater, Broncos — Rostered in 26 percent of Yahoo leagues (1%)

Philadelphia has been papercut to death over the last month, registering the fifth-lowest pressure rate (38.4%) since Week 4 as Patrick Mahomes (80%), Tom Brady (81%), Derek Carr (91%), and Justin Herbert (84%) all exposed DC Jonathan Gannon‘s vanilla one-cover shell with shallow throws. That exact blueprint fits Bridgewater’s tendencies as a high-floor option for Week 10 since 60% of his passes have occurred within nine yards of the line of scrimmage.

3. Mike White, Jets — Rostered in 11 percent of Yahoo Leagues (2-3%)

The Jets averaged 6.6 yards per play against the Bengals in Week 8 and 7.2 YPP in two drives with White under center on Thursday, keeping the dream alive against a stingy Bills unit that has contained enemy quarterbacks to 272 passing yards or less in every game this year. Beyond Week 10, White and New York have advantageous matchups against the Dolphins, Texans, and Eagles in their next three games if stashing a quarterback for a postseason run.

Watch List: Trevor Siemian played 96% of New Orleans’ snaps on Sunday and has yet to toss a single interception in his two interim spots. Taysom Hill‘s ceiling is significantly higher, and I still prefer stashing him wherever applicable, but there’s no guarantee he gets the nod over Siemian for Week 10...Tua Tagovailoa (finger) is a true game-time decision for Thursday night, getting in limited work in back-to-back practices to open the week. If available, I would start him over all three streaming options listed above since the Ravens force shootouts and have permitted the 11th-most fantasy points to opposing signal-callers.


1. D’Ernest Johnson, Browns — Rostered in 39 percent of Yahoo leagues (Suggested 30-40% FAAB Bid)

Johnson was an afterthought against the Bengals, getting out-touched 16-1 by Nick Chubb until the Browns took a commanding 34-16 fourth-quarter lead, but will return to a Christian McCaffrey-like role in Week 10 since the rest of Cleveland’s running backs — Demetric Felton, John Kelly, Chubb — tested positive for COVID on Tuesday. Mark Ingram (see below) is still the better long-term addition over Johnson, who is suddenly a plug-and-play top-10 option against the Patriots given his surrounding situation. Friendly reminder of his recent 22/146/1 performance with 24-of-31 backfield touches in Week 7 against Denver.

Recommendation: Should be rostered in 10-team leagues

2. Mark Ingram, Saints — Rostered in 38 percent of Yahoo leagues (40-50%)

Ingram has eaten into Alvin Kamara’s workload significantly since joining New Orleans, most recently forcing Kamara to register a season-low 54.8% of the team’s backfield touches. Ingram himself has averaged 11 touches since reuniting with Sean Payton, finishing as the RB43 and RB25 in those two games. The veteran has genuinely become a standalone RB2/3 with league-winning upside if Kamara were ever absent. Although Ingram is considered the best long-term pickup for the weekly production he offers, Devonta Freeman (see below) is the better addition exclusively for Week 10 if Latavius Murray (ankle) remains out.

Recommendation: Should be rostered in 10-team leagues

3. Devonta Freeman, Ravens – Rostered in 21 percent of Yahoo leagues (30-40%)

Baltimore removed Ty’Son Williams from its offense entirely out of the bye, allowing Freeman to handle a season-high 57.6% of their backfield touches (15) ahead of Le’Veon Bell (11, 42.3%) in a two-man committee. More importantly, Freeman accrued all three running back targets and ran 32 routes to Bell’s five. With Latavius Murray (ankle) logging back-to-back DNPs to open the week ahead of the Ravens’ short turnaround against Miami Thursday night, Freeman should be viewed as the stronger one-week option over Ingram if/when Murray is ruled out.

Recommendation: Should be rostered in 10-team leagues if Latavius Murray (ankle) is ruled out

4. Jordan Howard, Eagles – Rostered in 14 percent of Yahoo leagues (20-30%)

Howard (surprisingly) separated from Boston Scott in the former’s second game on the active roster, handling the most carries (17) of any Eagles runner in a single game all year. With Philadelphia competing in consecutive contests with their newfound approach in scheming 66 backfield carries to Jalen Hurts’ 31 pass attempts in that span, Nick Sirianni is expected to continue pounding the rock with Howard above all else for at least one more game. There’s a chance Howard sticks around in a committee ahead of Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell once Miles Sanders (ankle) returns in Week 11, too.

Recommendation: Should be rostered in 12-team leagues

5. Carlos Hyde, Jaguars – Rostered in 34 percent of Yahoo leagues (15-20%)

Hyde unsurprisingly out-touched Dare Ogunbowale 22-2 without James Robinson (ankle) on Sunday, running 14 routes to the latter’s four in a true bell-cow role. Slide Hyde ahead of Howard as a one-week filler if Robinson is again ruled out.

Recommendation: Should be rostered in 10-team leagues if James Robinson is ruled out

6. Brandon Bolden, Patriots - Rostered in 10 percent of Yahoo leagues (5-8%)

Both Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson suffered head injuries against the Panthers, leaving only Bolden to finish the game with 81 total yards on a season-high 10 touches. Cleveland boasts the sixth-strongest run defense in terms of success rate allowed — a play is successful when it gains at least 40 percent of yards-to-go on first down, 60 percent of yards-to-go on second down, and 100 percent of yards-to-go on third or fourth down — but Bolden would surge as a touch-based RB2/3 without his peers since the team has been more than comfortable healthy-scratching fourth-stringer J.J. Taylor in consecutive games. Prioritize Bolden over Hyde if Robinson returns and both backs ahead of Bolden remain out.

Recommendation: Should be rostered in 12-team leagues if Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson are ruled out

7. Ty Johnson, Jets - Rostered in 13 percent of Yahoo leagues (5-8%)

Michael Carter has garnered headlines as the sexier option without Tevin Coleman (hamstring) since New York’s bye, but Johnson has held his own as the RB21 < RB9 < RB24 in that stretch with 8.6 touches and 5.3 targets per game. Continue leaning on his sturdy RB3-floor if Coleman is scratched.

Recommendation: Should be rostered in 12-team leagues if Tevin Coleman is ruled out

8. Eno Benjamin, Cardinals - Rostered in 1 percent of Yahoo leagues (1-2%)

Benjamin’s standalone value is being overblown since he was comfortably healthy-scratched multiple times this year and out-touched 18-1 behind James Conner against the Niners until Eno’s 21-yard run to pad the Cardinals’ 30-7 lead mid-third quarter. Kliff Kingsbury’s quote still lends some confidence that Benjamin will sprinkle in behind Conner without Chase Edmonds (high-ankle sprain):

“Last year, he was trying to figure it out and I truly didn’t know if he would make it. This year he’s like a different person, the work ethic, the focus. Any time he touches the ball he has a chance to do something special.”

I would not start Benjamin in any format in Week 10.

Recommendation: Should be stashed in deep 12-team leagues

9. D’Onta Foreman, Titans - Rostered in 1 percent of Yahoo leagues (1-2%)

Foreman was promoted to the active roster a full 24 hours after Adrian Peterson and eventually out-snapped 19-12 behind him but, other than whiffing on a pass-block that allowed Jalen Ramsey to run free at Ryan Tannehill, did tease explosiveness (5.8 YPA) on five carries. I still consider Foreman a contingency stash rather than an actual threat to Peterson and Jeremy McNichols since he recorded the fewest touches among the trio Sunday night.

Recommendation: Should be stashed in deep 12-team leagues

Watch List: I would push Rhamondre Stevenson to No. 4 on this list if he were cleared and Damien Harris (concussion) was ruled out...If Ty’Son Williams was in fact concertedly removed from the offense, Le’Veon Bell is a viable touchdown-or-bust add since he projects for 10-12 touches with the occasional goal-line carry for as long as Latavius Murray (ankle) remains out...Sony Michel has handled at least nine touches in Los Angeles’ last two games but there has not been a usage change in that stint, getting on the field in the team’s blowout over the Texans and, most recently, once Henderson was banged up in the second half trailing 21-6 on Sunday night. Michel is still exclusively a contingency option who should only be deployed if Henderson is injured...Jeff Wilson was active in place of Trey Sermon on Sunday but didn’t log a single snap behind Elijah Mitchell (39, 66%) and JaMycal Hasty (20, 34%). Educated guess is that it was solely because Sunday was Wilson’s first game back from injured reserve. I’m keeping him stashed for one more week (and continuing to start Mitchell as an RB2) and adjusting accordingly in Week 11.

Deep Cuts: Jaret Patterson matched J.D. McKissic and Antonio Gibson with 11 touches each before the bye, but odds are it was a one-off to get Gibson (fractured shin) into the break as soon as possible. Patterson can still be stashed in deeper leagues just in case...Josh Allen averaged fewer than 6.0 YPA for the second straight game for a variety of reasons, one being Jacksonville’s league-high rate of Cover 2 in Week 9 that forced Allen to either checkdown on every play or suffer the consequences. I only mention it to note that it’s identical to how opponents have treated Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs since the second half of last year, and the only true way to respond is to run the ball and eventually catch the defense off-guard. That’s why Matt Breida is an interesting short-term pickup for Zack Moss (head) in the event OC Brian Daboll schemes more runs between Devin Singletary (rostered in 63 percent of Yahoo leagues) and Breida until the offensive line and Jon Feliciano (calf) in particular are fully healthy again.


1. Rashod Bateman, Ravens – Rostered in 36 percent of Yahoo leagues (25-30%)

Although all have been earned without Sammy Watkins (hamstring) in Baltimore’s last three games, Bateman’s 20 targets and 19% target share as the team’s possession receiver in that stretch keep him ranked as a high-floor WR3/4 for the rest of the year. Thursday’s matchup is no different since Miami’s secondary has permitted 9.1 YPA and the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts.

Recommendation: Should be rostered in 10-team leagues

2. DeSean Jackson, Raiders – Rostered in 5 percent of Yahoo leagues (25-30%)

Derek Carr quietly leads the league in raw pass attempts 20-plus yards downfield (46) to little avail since Bryan Edwards has only brought in three of his 12 deep targets for 98 yards. Enter Jackson, who already proved he’s still capable in registering a team-high 14.7 yards per target and 2/143/1 receiving on his seven targets 20-plus yards downfield from Matthew Stafford. Jackson would be ranked above Bateman for the rest of the season if we had any confidence in the former’s health.

Recommendation: Should be rostered in 10-team leagues

2. Jamal Agnew, Jaguars – Rostered in 10 percent of Yahoo leagues (Suggested 25-30% FAAB Bid)

For better or worse, Agnew has led the Jaguars in opportunity without D.J. Chark (fractured ankle), accruing a team-high 19.7% target share and 7.7 targets per game in those four starts. Although his ceiling leaves a lot to be desired since, in learning how to play receiver on the fly, he has yet to eclipse 80 yards and more recently dropped a dime from Trevor Lawrence in the end zone, his weekly floor is inarguably safer than Jackson’s. I prefer Agnew to Shenault for the rest of the season and hate myself for it.

Recommendation: Should be rostered in 10-team PPR leagues

4. Allen Lazard, Packers – Rostered in 15 percent of Yahoo leagues (4-6%)

5. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Packers – Rostered in 9 percent of Yahoo leagues (4-6%)

Sunday offers our first glance at a Packers offense at full strength with both Aaron Rodgers and Marquez Valdes-Scantling sans Robert Tonyan (torn ACL). Lazard notably ran 35 routes to MVS’s 24 on Sunday but that could change in the latter’s second game back from injured reserve. It’s worth sprinkling on both since Green Bay is expected to morph into a heavy three/four-wide team without Tonyan for the rest of the season. I do not believe the lone rogue report that Odell Beckham, officially a free agent, has prioritized the Packers atop his list of destinations, nor do I believe Green Bay would be interested in signing him if that were the case.

Recommendation: Both should be rostered in 12-team leagues

6. Donovan Peoples-Jones, Browns – Rostered in 13 percent of Yahoo leagues (8-10%)

Peoples-Jones (16 routes) was used behind both Jarvis Landry (20) and Anthony Schwartz (17) on Sunday but did fill in as Odell Beckham’s de facto replacement with a 60-yard touchdown on a double-move from the slot and another 20-yard grab to drag the Browns inside the five-yard line. With three competent performances in a row (5/70, 4/101/2, 2/86/1), DPJ has at least shown he can be plugged in for projected shootouts and high team totals in favorable upcoming matchups against the Lions, Ravens, Raiders, and Packers beyond Week 10.

Recommendation: Should be rostered in 12-team leagues

7. Michael Gallup, Cowboys – Rostered in 48 percent of Yahoo leagues (1-2%)

Gallup was nearly made available for Sunday’s loss following a full week of practice but was held back for one more week. He remains a long-term speculative add since Dak Prescott‘s season-high in pass attempts (58) occurred in the only game Gallup was available for this year, albeit against Tampa Bay. There’s an easy bear case to make against his ceiling since the Cowboys could simply keep running the ball at a league-average rate (15th-overall) in one-score situations with Prescott under center.

Recommendation: Should be rostered in 12-team leagues

Watch List: While it was good to see Elijah Moore do anything at all Thursday night, there were too many variables — Corey Davis’ (hip) absence, Josh Johnson, a 32-point deficit in the third quarter — to believe his role and opportunity stick in a game Davis is expected back for. Moore is still a viable stash but should be viewed as a boom-or-bust option rather than a permanent WR3...Deonte Harris was initially listed among the priorities for registering 15 targets on 39 routes the past two weeks but could face a suspension after pleading guilty to driving...Rondale Moore ran the second-most routes (28, 87.5%) for the Cardinals on Sunday but that was destined to happen with both DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) and A.J. Green (COVID) ruled out. It’s impossible to learn anything about Moore’s ongoing role sans Hopkins until Green returns...Russell Gage and Tajae Sharpe have run the exact amount of routes without Calvin Ridley the past two games but have spiked whack-a-mole production incompatible with one another while Olamide Zaccheaus scored two touchdowns on three targets against the Saints. You’re on your own...James Washington is the pivot if Chase Claypool (toe) is ruled out as the former hauled in a 42-yard catch off the bench Monday night.

Deep Leagues: Josh Gordon has played 40% and 29% of Kansas City’s offensive snaps the past two weeks but has totaled two targets in that span. Godspeed...Anthony Schwartz actually worked as Cleveland’s No. 2 receiver against the Bengals, running one more route than Donovan Peoples-Jones (17-16). There’s a (very) slight chance DPJ’s performance was an anomaly and it’s Schwartz who instead emerges in that role in place of Odell Beckham.


1. Pat Freiermuth, Steelers — Rostered in 41 percent of Yahoo leagues (Suggested 50-60% FAAB Bid)

Freiermuth has fought for a 20.2% target share in his last two games without Eric Ebron (hamstring), earning a team-high four red zone targets and matching Chase Claypool in end zone targets (3) with 56 routes (70.9%) on Ben Roethlisberger‘s 79 dropbacks in that stint. Assuming the offense continues its increased rate of 12 personnel (35%) minus JuJu Smith-Schuster since their Week 7 bye, I would rank Freiermuth over Tyler Higbee, Hunter Henry, Jared Cook, and Zach Ertz for the rest of the season.

2. Dan Arnold, Jaguars — Rostered in 27 percent of Yahoo leagues (25-30%)

Arnold has achieved Super Saiyan since Jacksonville’s Week 7 bye, leveraging Jacob Hollister‘s healthy scratches into a 21.7% target share — tied with Jamal Agnew for the team lead in that span — and a route on 75% of the offense’s dropbacks. Arnold’s 19.2% target share without D.J. Chark over the last month trails only Jamal Agnew‘s (19.7%) in that time, too. It’s enough usage to continue starting Arnold as a fringe-TE1 until further notice.

3. Tyler Conklin, Vikings — Rostered in 3 percent of Yahoo leagues (10-12%)

Conklin has quietly seen seven targets in back-to-back games, recording a 21.2% and 25% target share in those performances. Here’s to hoping he can follow in the footsteps of Mark Andrews (5/68/1), the combination of Jared Cook and Donald Parham (3/58/1), Hunter Henry (1/33), and Dallas Goedert (3/43) before him.

4. Adam Trautman, Saints — Rostered in 5 percent of Yahoo leagues (1%)

Juwan Johnson was sneakily healthy scratched against Atlanta for the first time all year, allowing Trautman to account for 37 of the team’s 38 tight end routes and record a season-high seven targets (16.2% share) in a game the Saints trailed 24-6 in the fourth quarter. With a route on 67.5% of New Orleans’ dropbacks since their Week 6 bye, Trautman is finally morphing into the every-down player (for TE-Premium leagues) that he was thought to be coming into the year.

Watch List: Ryan Griffin was Tyler Kroft‘s (lung, IR) direct replacement on Thursday night, stepping in for a season-high seven targets and 13.4% target share. The Jets have softer matchups against the Dolphins and Texans following Sunday’s nightmare against Buffalo.

Deep Leagues: David Njoku played a season-high 73% of Cleveland’s offensive snaps in Game 1 AB (after Beckham), accruing three of the team’s four end zone targets. A touchdown-or-bust TE2 with upside, Njoku remains a TE-Premium stash in hopes his usage continues to grow.


1. Tennessee Titans – Rostered in 11 percent of Yahoo leagues

Tennessee continues playing coverage through their front-seven, registering the second-most sacks (15) and seven (!) picks during their five-game winning streak. Whether it’s Trevor Siemian being Trevor Siemian or Taysom Hill offering a sack-based floor, the Titans are our top target whether Alvin Kamara is healthy or not.

2. Las Vegas Raiders – Rostered in 20 percent of Yahoo leagues

Las Vegas has registered the fourth-highest pressure rate and tied the Titans for a league-high in sacks (14) as an attacking defense in their three games under interim coach Rich Bisaccia. Note that four of the last five defenses to oppose the Chiefs have recorded a top-11 finish for fantasy.

Watch List:


Only a fool wouldn’t pass the ball to Michael Jordan in his prime, so it only makes sense that I pull each week’s kicker streamers from Denny Carter’s column and #adjust them accordingly. For in-depth analysis, you can read his entire piece here:

1. Michael Badgley, Colts – Rostered in 24 percent of Yahoo leagues

2. Ryan Succop, Buccaneers – Rostered in 37 percent of Yahoo leagues

3. Brandon McManus, Broncos – Rostered in 41 percent of Yahoo leagues

3. Randy Bullock, Titans – Rostered in 19 percent of Yahoo leagues