Wednesday’s Waiver Warriors – Week 10

For the majority of fantasy football leagues, waivers run on Wednesdays. AEE Fantasy is here to help you prioritize the guys you need to be picking up to help improve your fantasy football team. 

Top Priority

QB

Kyle Allen – If Kyle Allen was dropped in your league following his poor performance last week, now is the time to pick him up. He has a tough road matchup against the Packers this week, but Cam Newton is unlikely to return and the following week Kyle Allen will be facing the Atlanta Falcons.

Derek Carr – For the last three weeks, Derek Carr has played consistently for fantasy football owners. He has a tough matchup against a Chargers team that just shut down the Packers, but he’ll be playing at home and will see the Bengals and Jets after that. He’s definitely a nice stash/streaming option.

Ryan Fitzpatrick – We saw the return of Fitzmagic on Sunday as Ryan Fitzpatrick led the Dolphins to their first win of the season. It’s likely to be a tough road matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, but if you’re desperate, you could do worse than Fitzmagic.

RB 

Damien Williams – After exploding for a 91-yard touchdown run on Sunday, Damien Williams is potentially emerging as the running back to own in Kansas City. If for some reason he was dropped in your league, he should be your number one priority pickup at the running back position.

JD McKissic – I thought it would be last week, but it was on Sunday that JD McKissic broke out from the running back pack in Detroit. McKissic is clearly the best pass-catcher out of the running backs left in Detroit, but he’s also been the more explosive runner.  I think going forward, McKissic could break out as the primary running back in Detroit.

Trey Edmunds – Jaylen Samuels had 13 catches, but it was clear he couldn’t run the ball effectively. Instead, Trey Edmunds was leaned on as an in-between the tackle runner. Edmunds got dinged up and is practicing in a limited fashion, but given the lack of alternative options in Pittsburgh right now, Edmunds is definitely a stash and hold to see how this plays out.

WR

Hunter Renfrow – The rookie receiver for the Oakland Raiders has been making plays and this is now his 2nd straight week with a touchdown. Renfrow led the team in targets and is finding space to work as teams are focusing on shutting down Darren Waller and Tyrell Williams. I like Renfrow as a flier option in plus matchups. 

Zach Pascal – It’s being reported that TY Hilton is likely to miss several weeks and we saw Zach Pascal immediately take advantage of the opportunity. He operated as the Colts’ number one receiver and didn’t slow down when Brian Hoyer entered the game. I think Pascal is the priority this week for wide receivers on the waiver wire. Also, rookie Parris Campbell broke his hand on Sunday, meaning Pascal likely inherits even more targets.

Devante Parker – Preston Williams’s season-ending knee injury is both sad and unfortunate, but it also means that Devante Parker should receive an uptick in targets. Parker is secretly having his breakout season now that everyone’s given up on him, as he has at least 50 yards in 3 straight weeks and he has 4 touchdowns on the season. He’s a WR3 or flex option with upside going forward.

TE

Ryan Griffin – I’m still incredibly annoyed about Ryan Griffin’s touchdown that was overturned, but because of that, I think he’s still the priority pickup at the tight end position. Griffin had 8 targets and I don’t know if Chris Herndon will be available this week, so if Herndon misses again, Griffin will be a top play against a below-average New York Giants defense.

Noah Fant – The Broncos’ rookie tight end, Noah Fant, finally had his breakout game. You might be chasing points here, as the majority of Fant’s production came on one play, but given the complete lack of options on the waiver wire, I think Fant will be a priority pickup for many teams.

Jacob Hollister – Apparently, every Seahawks tight end can catch touchdowns as long as they’re not named Jimmy Graham. Jacob Hollister finished with two touchdowns, including the game-winner, so I think he’s worth a stash on your roster to see if his role grows in this offense.

Second Run

QB

Brandon Allen – The Broncos are on their bye week, but I was very surprised by how well Brandon Allen played. Going forward, he’s worth monitoring, especially in two-quarterback leagues. I think Brandon Allen could be productive on the road against the Vikings, who’ve allowed themselves to get caught up in shootouts a few times this year, so keep an eye on him.

Baker Mayfield – This is more for winning teams, but if you have the roster depth to stash a quarterback for a few weeks, you may want to consider grabbing Baker Mayfield. Mayfield has not thrown more than 1 touchdown pass in any individual game this year, but that likely changes at home against Miami in week 12. If you can stash him until then, he’s worth adding to your roster.

Mason Rudolph – I mean, he is technically a starter, right?

RB

Raheem Mostert – This is more of a handcuff stash, but we’ve seen before this season that if Tevin Coleman or Matt Breida miss action, Raheem Mostert becomes a flex starter. He shouldn’t be started, but he should be owned and stashed, just in case. 

Gus Edwards – Given how run-heavy the Ravens game plan usually is, Gus Edwards is worth stashing as one, a handcuff to Mark Ingram and two, a viable flex starter in run-heavy game scripts. If you haven’t jumped on the Gus Bus yet, you might want to consider grabbing on while he’s still a relative unknown.

Darrell Henderson – It will be important to monitor Malcolm Browns’ status heading into Sunday’s contest, but if Brown continues to miss time, Darrell Henderson would be a dart throw flex option. If Brown plays though, I’d stay away from the backup running backs in this contest.

WR

Auden Tate – I’m definitely more nervous for Auden Tate given that Andy Dalton has been benched, but for now, I’m probably still rolling him out as a volume play. Again, it was under Andy Dalton, but Tate had 13 targets in his last game and even half of those targets would be enough to make him a viable flex option.

Keelan Cole – You probably shouldn’t chase this, but if Dede Westbrook misses more time after the bye week, you can maybe consider Keelan Cole as a deep dart throw. Cole finished with 5 catches for a team-high 80 yards this past Sunday and this coming off two straight weeks where he found the endzone. He’s worth stashing in very deep leagues.

Chester Rogers – Given that he’s one of the only healthy wide receivers left in a Colts uniform, Chester Rogers is now a must-own flex starter with significant upside until TY Hilton returns. Rogers operates primarily out of the slot and it’s possible he’ll see an uptick in targets, especially if Brian Hoyer has to start a few games.

TE

Mike Gesicki – If the next two matchups for Mike Gesicki and the Dolphins were better, I’d be much more enthused about chasing his production from last week, where he caught 6 balls for 95 yards. It was a career-high in both catches and yards for Gesicki, but assuming Ryan Fitzpatrick keeps starting, Gesicki should retain some value going forward.

Foster Moreau – The rookie backup tight end for the Oakland Raiders has been pretty solid and in spite of limited targets, still found the endzone on Sunday. Derek Carr loves using his tight ends, so if Darren Waller is going to get more attention in coverages than Foster Moreau could end up being the benefactor like Dallas Goedert in Philadelphia. He’s worth stashing if you’re struggling to fill your tight end spot.

Jared Cook – There’s no bigger fantasy disappointment to me personally than one Jared Cook. Cook has been abysmal this season, returning to his inconsistent ways of old. With that said, there really isn’t much out there for tight end, so if Cook is floating on your waiver wire, you should probably pick him up.

Deep Stash

QB

Chase Daniel – Matt Nagy’s reluctance to bench Mitchell Trubisky can only last for so long given how the young quarterback has performed, so you may want to consider stashing Chase Daniel on your bench. Daniel performed admirably in his one start this season, so it’s not a great addition, but it’s a deep stash especially in two-quarterback leagues.

Brian Hoyer – Even though he potentially has Miami on tap, it’s likely to be a spot start rental with Brian Hoyer this week. Jacoby Brissett’s status is up in the air because of his knee sprain and if Hoyer starts, he’s obviously a great fill-in for teams with quarterbacks on bye weeks or with terrible matchups.

RB

Dare Ogunbowale – This is truly the deepest of dart throws, but the waiver wire is scarce at all positions, but none more so than running back. Dare Ogunbowale is not getting a ton of work, but he’s getting work where it counts; the passing game and the redzone. I can’t advise starting him, but he’s worth a precursory stash in deep dynasty leagues.

Ryquell Armstead – Though he wasn’t involved in the run game at all, the Jaguars have managed to involved Ryquell Armstead by using him in the passing game. This makes him a potential flex starter and an excellent handcuff should anything happen to Leonard Fournette down the stretch.

Kalen Ballage – Mark Walton has been suspended 4 games, opening up the running attack for Kalen Ballage. Ballage has been inefficient and mostly terrible, but he’s the only running back left in Miami and could potentially be a low-end volume play. He’s definitely worth a stash to see if he can capitalize on the extra touches.

WR

KeeSean Johnson – We just saw the Seattle Seahawks get into a shootout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and I expect much of the same when they face the Cardinals this week. This makes KeeSean Johnson a potential deep dive flex-start as he could end up catching one of the many touchdowns I expect to be posted on the board in this potential shootout.

Allen Lazard – The Lazard King hasn’t been able to rule over the Green Bay Packers, but he’s been the most consistent Packers receiver in the last few weeks. Unfortunately, it hasn’t translated to added volume, as Lazard is only seeing about 4 to 5 targets per game. He’s a low-end bench stash in case he sees an uptick in volume.

Bisi Johnson – With Adam Thielen projected to miss time, Bisi Johnson is once again in consideration as a deep dive flex starter. Johnson caught a touchdown on Sunday, which is basically where his value will come from. If he doesn’t find the endzone, he’s likely a bust in your fantasy football lineup.

TE

Irv Smith – I was hoping that Irv Smith would be more involved in the passing attack, but he has not been able to overtake fellow tight end, Kyle Rudolph. Smith does make some nice plays here and there, but it’s not enough to warrant anything more than rostering Smith as a dynasty stash.

Demetrius Harris – The only healthy tight end left in Cleveland, Demetrius Harris is a touchdown or bust tight end play for desperate teams. If Ricky Seals-Jones misses time with the knee injury that forced him to exit Sunday’s game, this would be a minor boost to Harris’ value.

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