As the leaves turn orange and the autumn air gets even crisper, Week 9 in the NFL has blown by. In Fantasy, each league’s post-season picture is beginning to be painted, and the best of the best are in the midst of making their names as forces to reckoned with in their league.
For teams currently struggling, it’s a perfect time to really scrutinize the waiver wires on a week to week basis in hopes of getting their squad into the playoff picture. On the contrary, while some owners may be at the top, this is not a time to be facile – adding depth and bye week starters is a must at this point in the year.
For the bottom feeders and the top dogs alike, here are some of Week 10’s best waiver wire pickups:
QB: Baker Mayfield (38% ownership in ESPN, 38% ownership in Yahoo)
In a season with dwindling talent at the spot of the signal-caller, summoning Baker Mayfield to captain your Fantasy ship this week is certainly a decision to consider. The young signal-caller has had multiple touchdowns in every game over the past four weeks and will be slinging the rock against an Atlanta defense allowing the fifth most passing yards per game.
QB: Nick Mullens (1% ownership in ESPN, 3% ownership in Yahoo)
The man, the myth, the UDFA out of Southern Mississippi. Mullens filled in for the banged up 49ers quarterback core with aplomb. He picked apart the Raiders defense (if you could even call it that) with 262 yards and three touchdowns to break up San Fransisco’s six game losing streak and finally inject some ardor into their squad. With a Week 10 date with the Giants, roll the dice on another episode of “Nick @ Nite” and watch the points pile up.
WR: Marquez Valdes-Scantling (21% ownership in ESPN, 39% ownership in Yahoo)
Packers rookie Marquez Valdes-Scantling has been absolutely scorching since he got the call to start for an injury-riddled Green Bay receiving corps. The rookie from South Florida has established himself as the Packers’ number two guy with either one hundred reception yards or a touchdown in each of his past four games – expect him to keep on keeping on against Miami’s mediocre pass defense in their Week 10 date.
WR: Adam Humphries (2% ownership in ESPN, Yahoo)
Since Week 7, Humphries has been a quietly intriguing fantasy play. He had nine targets in week seven, ten in week eight, and nine total touches this past week, where he erupted for 82 yards and two touchdowns. Humphries has an incredibly low ownership percentage, but has shown in three consecutive weeks that he can bring a lot to the table for any squad in need of a wide receiver. He takes on a low-end Washington pass defense in Week 10, and is certainly worth a flier with guys like Adam Thielen, DeAndre Hopkins, and Emmanuel Sanders on bye this week.
RB: Mike Davis (18% ownership in ESPN, 24% ownership in Yahoo)
With Chris Carson again being sidelined by injury, Davis made good on three quarters of lead-back work with 62 yards on 15 carries to go with seven receptions, good for another 45 yards. If Carson stays shelved for Week 10, expect the fourth year running back to get a heavy workload this Sunday, though facing the Rams top-12 defense will limit his ceiling.
RB: Devontae Booker (25% ownership in ESPN, 17% ownership in Yahoo)
Much like the Davis situation, Booker has benefited from his fellow backs’ misfortune, getting an increase in touches since Royce Freeman was sidelined with an injury. Freeman is currently nursing a high-ankle sprain, which tends to take a few weeks to mend. He’s currently on a bye, but scoop Booker as a potential Week 11 RB2/FLEX play against a mid-range Chargers defense.
TE: Chris Herndon (13% ownership in ESPN, 14% ownership in Yahoo)
With the league TE depth currently paper-thin, Herndon’s week 9 receiving line of four catches for 62 yards is seen as TE1 caliber. In retrospect, he caught a touchdown in three consecutive games coming into week nine, and seems to be one of Sam Darnold’s favorite red-zone targets. For teams looking for help at the tight end position, (which is certainly most) Herndon is a quality pickup that should be able to put up some weekly points for a dying position.
TE: Jeff Heuerman (8% ownership in ESPN, 1% ownership in Yahoo)
Oof. A perfect indication of how horrendous the tight end position has been in fantasy this season, Heuerman quite literally had one good game, and now has a flier placed on him because a lot of teams just don’t have anywhere else to turn. He checked into Week 10 with ten catches for 83 yards and a touchdown. On weeks 1-8, he had a total of 134 yards and one touchdown. In this week’s game of tight and Roulette, he is just as good a sleeper as any.
D/ST: New York Jets (37% ownership in ESPN, 38% ownership in ESPN)
Let’s keep this one short and sweet: The Jets are playing the Bills and the Bills offense is absolutely dreadful. With Buffalo ranking dead last in passing yards per game, in the bottom six in the league in rushing, and holding the spot with the league’s most turnovers, any defense against Buffalo is a good defense. Fire up New York’s defense without a second thought this week.
D/ST: Green Bay Packers (16% ownership in ESPN, 22% ownership in Yahoo)
Green Bay has a Week 10 matchup with the Miami at Lambeau field. After a very brief Brock-tober stretch, Brock Osweiler has shown he is still the waste of money that the Texans signed a few years ago. With an interception and no touchdowns over his past two games, Green Bay should have a field day against Miami’s struggling offense.