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2017 Fantasy Football Week 10 Waiver Wire

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While the NFL season is heating up, it’s not a particularly good week for waiver wire pickups. If you can, I’d hold on to my waiver priority or FAAB budget this week….

UNLESS YOU’RE SPENDING IT ON JOSH GORDON. LET’S GOOOOOOOO!!!

The man, the myth, the legend. Josh Gordon is BACK baby. A quick reminder of what this god among men can do:

I fully expect him to come back in Week 13, drop 248 receiving yards on our heads and call us fools for questioning his otherworldly talent.*

At this point in the season, it’s important to know where your roster stands. If you are undefeated and already have a strong roster, you should be looking to add players with high potential to help you out down the line. If you have a losing record and can’t afford to lose again, you need to look for players that will contribute immediately, even if their upside isn’t as high.

We’re going to look at every standout player on the Week 10 Waiver Wire with less than 35% ownership in ESPN leagues.

*All jokes. Please spend responsibly.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 10 Waiver Wire

Players are listed in order of priority of pickup.

Running Backs

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Damien Williams, Miami Dolphins (23.8%)

With the departure of Jay Ajayi, yet another two-headed running back committee emerged. Kenyan Drake handled most of the first and second-down touches, while Williams was the primary pass-catching back. They split snaps and touches almost evenly. Drake played 37 out of 67 snaps, touching the ball 15 times, while Williams played the other 30 and had 13 touches. Williams caught 6 passes for 47 yards and a touchdown in Week 9.

That’s not great for fantasy purposes, but Williams is a passable FLEX play in PPR formats. He’ll have increased value in games Miami gets blown out in.

Danny Woodhead, Baltimore Ravens (24.4%)

Woodhead is eligible to return Week 11 following a hamstring injury that put him on IR-return. The Ravens are not a great offense by any means, but Joe Flacco targets his running backs a ton on short passes. Javorius Allen is currently 4th among running backs in targets.

Although Allen has been impressive, the Ravens still brought Woodhead in after Allen was equally good last year. If Woodhead is healthy, this pass-catching role is his.

Rex Burkhead, New England Patriots (8.4%)

Coming off a bye, Burkhead might be high on many people’s waiver priority lists. To be honest, he’s not even that high on mine. However, in Week 8, Burkhead led the Patriots’ backs in total yardage, catching 7 passes for 68 yards while adding four carries for 15 yards. His snap count is only going up as the season progresses.

The reason I am intrigued by Burkhead – and I think why many were in the preseason – is that while the rest of the Patriots’ backs are essentially specialists, Burkhead blends the smashmouth physicality of Mike Gillislee with the pass-catching finesse of James White and Dion Lewis.

Wide Receivers

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Marqise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars (34.7%)

Lee has become Blake Bortles‘ favorite target in the absence of Allen Robinson. Over the last three games, he’s put up 5/83, 4/72, and 8/75/1. There are some concerns about what Lee’s numbers will look like with Fournette returning and Dede Westbrook getting up to speed. But for now, Lee is looking like a reliable WR3.

Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans (32.5%)

I’ve been saying it all year – Corey Davis will have an impact once he hits the field. The #5 overall pick had only two grabs for 28 yards, but was tied for second on the team in targets with five. He had a spectacular TOE. DRAG. SWAG. catch where he flashed his big-time ability.

Rishard Matthews is nice, but Davis is a premier playmaker on a team that currently lacks big-play ability.

Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams (26.3%)

With the Rams’ offense firing on all cylinders, Woods has been a steady PPR contributer. In Week 9, against a Giants team that basically quit, he went off, catching four balls for 70 yards and two touchdowns.

You won’t get this explosive production week-to-week with Woods, but you’ll get a very steady stream of “5 catches for 70 yards” with the occasional touchdown here and there. Not bad for PPR leagues.

Josh Doctson, Washington Redskins (26.9%)

Docston solidified his spot atop the Redskins’ receiving depth chart with a spectacular clutch catch against the Seahawks. Terrelle Pryor has been phased out of the offense, leaving Doctson the majority of the wide receiver volume.

He was third on the team in targets with five behind tight end Vernon Davis and running back Chris Thompson. I’m not sold on Doctson yet, but his combination of talent and opportunity is hard to ignore.

Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville Jaguars (4.4%)

Westbrook wasn’t activated by the deadline in Week 9 so he watched from the sidelines as Marqise Lee went off. I’m still high on Westbrook, but Lee’s emergence as the number one option gives me pause.

It’s possible Lee and Westbrook can complement and elevate each other, but I don’t think there’s enough volume in the Jaguars’ passing game to go around. Westbrook is a former Belitnikoff winner who dominated the preseason, but the regular season rapport Lee and Bortles have built means much more.

Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns (25.0%)

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WE’RE BACK BABY. ALL ABOARD THE HYPE TRAIN, NEXT STOP: CANTON.

THE Josh Gordon has been reinstated by the NFL and is eligible to practice today. He hasn’t played in a game since December 21, 2014, but he is still 26 years old. He’s eligible to play as soon as November 27th (Week 13).

The Browns need all the talent they can get, and if Gordon can be 60% of what he used to be, he might be the best receiver on that team.

Corey Coleman, Cleveland Browns (7.5%)

In the meantime, Coleman has been designated to return from IR after breaking his hand early in the season. If all goes well, he’ll be active for Week 10 against Detroit, but it’s more likely he’ll return the following week.

Again, the Browns need playmakers and Coleman is a former first round pick. He’ll (hopefully) immediately step into the WR1 role there.

Deep Dives

Terrence Williams, Dallas Cowboys (7.1%) – Williams had a big game in Week 9, catching all nine of his targets for 141 yards. He’s only viable in Week 10 if Dez Bryant misses time with an ankle injury though.

Curtis Samuel, Carolina Panthers (4.9%) – There was a spark of hope for Samuel with Kelvin Benjamin leaving town, but it looks like Samuel will remain a part-time role player. He caught three of five targets for only 23 yards while adding a 14 yard rush.

Tight Ends

Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills (20.9%)

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Clay has missed the last three games due to injury, but was a legit TE1 the first five games of the season. He’s currently back at practice, and while he might not return in Week 10, he could be a helpful player for the stretch run.

The acquisition of Kelvin Benjamin might hurt his target share, but Clay has a familiarity with Tyrod Taylor.

Julius Thomas, Miami Dolphins (10.0%)

Thomas set a season-high in all receiving categories in Week 9, with six catches on eight targets for 84 yards and a touchdown. I don’t think this production will be sustainable going forward, but with the tight end position as thin as it is, he’s worth a look.


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About Kevin Huo

Kevin is a fantasy football writer for Fantasy Six Pack. He considers every angle - whether statistical or theoretical - when weighing his options and isn't afraid to be a contrarian. You can follow him on Twitter: @KevinH_F6P

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