2018 Fantasy Football Week 10 Waiver Wire: Field Day

by Jonathan Chan
2018 Fantasy Football Week 10 Waiver Wire

There are so many things I want to talk about this week. Saquon Barkley and James White are both on pace to break Matt Forte's single-season record for receptions by a running back. Le'Veon Bell has one week to report to camp or he won't be eligible for the season. The Cowboys continue to be hilariously inept. JOSH GORDON!

The news that caught my eye is former Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd suing The Andrews Institute for $180 million dollars. Yes, the renowned Dr. James Andrews is being sued for causing permanent muscle and nerve damage to Floyd's right leg. The lawsuit was announced on Monday night, and the details are still a bit foggy.

There's no question that the surgery ended Floyd's playing career. The question is if Floyd can prove that it was medical negligence on Andrews' part as opposed to complications from a difficult surgery. I have no horse in the race, but I'm very interested to see how the whole thing shakes out.

As always, I will try to focus on players who are under 35% owned in Yahoo! Leagues with other waiver adds between 35 and 50% owned.

2018 Fantasy Football Week 10 Waiver Wire

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Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns (38% Owned)

The first game in the post-Hue Jackson era went pretty well for the Browns. They weren't able to win the game, but the offense looked a lot more dynamic than it did under Jackson and former OC Todd Haley. New OC Freddie Kitchens was able to use his weapons more effectively and helped Mayfield achieve his highest completion percentage in any start thus far.

The biggest change in the offense was the increased use of Duke Johnson. Johnson saw a team-high nine targets and was on the receiving end of both Mayfield touchdowns. Johnson is one of the most dynamic receiving running backs in the game and will help Mayfield collect yards on dumpoffs and take fewer sacks than he was before.

Baker won't single-handedly win your week, but his steady improvement and a soft matchup against the Falcons make him a solid add for Week 10.

Nick Mullens, San Francisco 49ers (3% Owned)

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I don't think anyone saw this coming. Mullens made his first career start in relief of the injured C.J. Beathard and absolutely shredded the Raiders. Granted, they're the Raiders, but Mullens made their defense look silly by completing 16-of-22 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns.

His performance has earned him the Week 10 start against the Giants. With New York's offense in shambles, Mullens should get plenty of opportunities with the ball. The Giants defense is significantly better than the Raiders' unit, so owners shouldn't expect an easy game. However, Mullens showed enough promise in his debut to be worth adding as a desperation BYE week filler.

Other Options: Blake Bortles (22% owned)

Running Backs

Mike Davis, Seattle Seahawks (25% Owned)

Davis did an excellent job filling in for Chris Carson in Week 4, racking up 101 yards and two touchdowns and acted as the clear lead RB over Rashaad Penny. He may have to reprise his role as bell cow in Week 10 as Carson is nursing yet another leg injury.

Pete Carroll has already said that Carson will be limited in practice all week, putting his status against the Rams in doubt. If Carson does not play, Davis will be in line for 20 or more carries, as the run-heavy Seahawks try to keep the ball away from the Rams offense. Even if Carson does play, he's shown a propensity for injury in his career, making Davis a prime handcuff in a run-first offense.

Alfred Morris, San Francisco 49ers (15% Owned)

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This could be one of my uglier waiver adds, but it's one that needs to be made. After Raheem Mostert suffered a horrific arm injury, Morris will be the main backup to Matt Breida. Morris has looked the part of a plodder this season, averaging just 3.5 YPC.

The same principle that applied to Mostert applies to Morris. Breida looks like to could miss significant time after every hit and his backup should be rostered. Even as the RB2, Morris could receive 10-12 carries and some red zone carries if the situation calls for it.

Morris won't be a league winner, but he could contribute as a BYE week fill-in in the right situation.

Other Options: Duke Johnson Jr. (49% owned), Devontae Booker (17% owned), Theo Riddick (9% owned), Cordarelle Patterson???

Wide Receivers

Christian Kirk, Arizona Cardinals (26% Owned)

I've written about Kirk before, but I think it's best to bring up his name again before Week 1o. The Cardinals offense looked revamped with Byron Leftwich as OC, and Kirk was one of the main beneficiaries. His seven targets and 42 receiving yards were second on the team behind Larry Fitzgerald.

Kirk has been a solid contributor in four straight weeks and will continue to see his production flourish as his role in the offense expands. Coming off a BYE week, Arizona players should have most of Mike McCoy's "offense" out of their heads and should be much better moving forward.

There should be plenty of fireworks in their first matchup against the Chiefs. Kansas City will force Josh Rosen to throw early and often, opening up plenty of opportunities for Kirk.

David Moore, Seattle Seahawks (16% Owned)

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Doug Baldwin owners are probably hissing at me right now. Don't worry, I own him too and I hate it but it's time to face facts. Moore has been creeping up the Seahawks depth chart and has established himself as one of their main receiving threats. Prior to his Week 9 dud, Moore has caught four touchdowns in his last three games.

While the 16-yard performance wasn't ideal from a Fantasy perspective, the seven targets he received were a season high. Moore continues to be one of Russell Wilson's main red zone weapons, as he is tied for the team lead in RZ targets (five) despite not catching a pass until Week 4.

Moore has made the most of his opportunities, ranking 7th among WR in Fantasy points per pass route and 5th in yards per target. If Baldwin continues to have a small role in the offense, look for Moore to pick up the slack.

Other Options: Anthony Miller(11% owned), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (39% owned), Quincy Enunwa (13% owned)

Tight Ends

Jeff Heuerman, Denver Broncos (1% Owned)

Without Demariyus Thomas in town, it looks like Heuerman will be a massive part of the Broncos offense. Heuerman led the Broncos in targets, receptions and receiving yards in Week 9. He also caught a touchdown pass for the second consecutive week.

I know this recommendation means he'll probably put up a goose egg next week (because he has a BYE week) but any tight end who draws 11 targets is worth monitoring. Heuerman also leads the team in red zone targets this year, making him a viable option for the rest of the season.

Owners with a bench spot should consider adding Heuerman during the BYE week to avoid the rush of TE streamers fighting over scraps in Week 11.

Jordan Thomas, Houston Texans (5% Owned)

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I'm going REALLY off the board with this one, but I spoke about Chris Herndon last week and didn't want to go over the same player two weeks in a row.

The Texans' big man (6'5, 277 lbs) has now caught three touchdowns in his last two games. Thomas is the anti-Heuerman, as his role will be decreasing thanks to the arrival of Demaryius Thomas. If you add J. Thomas you're praying for a touchdown because he won't provide much in terms of volume (seven targets in his last five games) or yards.

Thomas is the definition of boom-or-bust and should only be used in the most desperate of situations. The TE listed below are better immediate options than Thomas and would be the preferred option if available.

Other Options: C.J. Uzomah (23% owned), Chris Herndon (14% owned)

Deep League Special

Adam Humphries, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2% Owned)

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I feel like I'm walking on thin ice by recommending the (supposed) fourth receiver on the Buccaneers depth chart. It's such a far-out add, considering the volatility of the Tampa Bay offense. However, Humphries has been rising up the ranks and is looking like a solid option for Week 10.

Over the last three weeks, Humphries has drawn 27 total targets and hauled in 15 passes. Over that span, only Mike Evans has more targets than Humphries. His breakout game came this past week with an 82 yard, two touchdown performance against the Panthers. The Bucs have no run game to speak of, so Ryan Fitzpatrick will need to keep throwing to keep games competitive.

Humphries' role is growing while Desean Jackson is being slowly phased out in favor of someone who will be on the team next season. He should maintain a solid target share moving forward and is worth an add for WR needy teams.

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