Unless there are injuries, as the season progresses, it becomes more difficult to find fantasy football contributors who are off the radar. Of course there are forever more injuries as the season progresses so it all comes down to who gets injured and how bad the injury is. Latavius Murray has been battling an ankle injury for the past month, and Devonta freeman it has been taking advantage (even though the fantasy owners have hardly noticed); Jordan howard has produced each of the last two games in the absence of Miles Sanders; and Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson both suffered head injuries on Sunday, opening the door to Brandon bolden. Howard, Freeman, and Bolden should be among the Top Week 10 Fantasy Waiver Transfer Pickups and Free Agent Additions even if neither is particularly exciting.
Our full list of free agents features more than just RB handcuffs. We also have some potential depth WR pickups (Donovan Peoples-Jones, Elijah Moore, Olamide Zaccheaus, Russell gage, Tim patrick) and lots of suggestions from Week 10 streamers on QB, WR, TE and D / ST, which you can find in the end of this list. The week 10 team roster in goodbye (Giants, Texans, Bears and Bengals) doesn’t feature a ton of fantasy big hitters, but there are still several inactive starters each week. With many key players still dealing with injuries, finding match-based sleepers will be important this week (and every week in the future).
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It’s hard to say on Sunday night if any of these players will deserve an exemption claim, let alone a high one. Howard is the most likely to deserve a claim, as he should see a lot of carries next week. However, Sanders is eligible to return in Week 11, so investing a high claim on Howard is risky. If one of the Patriots’ backups is scheduled to start (which we probably won’t know Tuesday night), they will be worth claiming. We probably have a decent idea if Murray will return this week, as Baltimore plays Thursday night. Given the showdown, it will be worth claiming either Murray or Freeman, but Freeman would only have a top-five claim if Murray is out.
This is likely to be another “free agent” week for most homeowners, but if you’re desperate for a RB, you may find yourself spending claim # 1 or 2 on someone like Howard. This is how it goes at this point in the season, so do what you have to do to get ahead.
Best Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 10
Unless otherwise noted, only players owned less than 50 percent of the Yahoo leagues considered.
Brandon Bolden, RB, Patriots. Damien Harris (boss) was out early, and rookie Rhamondre Stevenson, who had more than 100 total yards that day, was also eliminated from the game due to a head injury. That left Bolden the only healthy running back for the Pats in the fourth quarter last week. If Harris and Stevenson can’t clear in time for the Week 10 game against the Browns, Bolden would start and JJ Taylor would back him. It’s not a great showdown, but Bolden has shown that he can be a solid producer, especially in the PPR leagues, when given the opportunity. We saw that last week when Bolden had 81 total yards in just 10 touches. All starting RBs have advantages, so Bolden has a lot of potential value. Stevenson would be a higher priority pick if it appears he will be healthy and Harris will not be.
Devonta Freeman, RB, Ravens. It’s unclear when Latavius Murray (ankle) will return, but either way, Freeman has some flexibility. The veteran running back has scored in three straight games as the nominal leader in Baltimore’s backfield. His 15 touches last week carried the team, and while production was relatively modest (83 total yards), his touchdown made it worth playing. A very favorable showdown Thursday night next week against Miami awaits, so Freeman could have some value even if Murray is back.
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Jordan Howard, RB, Eagles. Howard was the Eagles’ top ball carrier early in Week 9. He didn’t play as much in the second half, but he finished with 71 rushing yards on 17 carries, a team-high. He also found the end zone for the second week in a row. The Eagles have struggled to get their RBs involved, while Miles Sanders (ankle) has been out, and Howard has taken advantage. It’s important to remember that the Lions and Chargers are very favorable matchups, more so than Philadelphia’s Week 10 opponent Denver, but Howard clearly has a lot of advantages if he’s going to get even 13 touches. He’s much more valuable in standard leagues, but could work in PPR thanks to his TD potential.
Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Browns. Only one Cleveland pass receiver had more than two receptions last week, which shows just how low his passing game is. However, with Odell Beckham Jr. out of the picture, someone will step up with additional goals and big-play opportunities. DPJ is the best bet, and he showed his advantage in the standard league with two receptions, 86 yards and a TD against the Bengals last week. It will be difficult to have Peoples-Jones in the PPR leagues, especially next week against New England, but DPJ is still worth adding for the next few weeks.
Elijah Moore, WR, Jets. Moore caught seven of eight goals for 84 yards and two touchdowns Thursday night, and while part of that performance can be attributed to garbage time, the fact that he did it with a second- and third-string quarterback. it still makes it awesome. . He had that performance after drawing six goals in each of the previous two games, so it’s clear he’s becoming a bigger part of the offense. It’s worth noting that Corey Davis (hip) missed the last two games, but it’s hard to imagine New York relegating Moore to guard position based on what we’ve seen in recent weeks. It will be difficult to trust him against Buffalo next week, but he is worth hiding for favorable matchups.
For more waiver / free agent tips, including more streaming options at each position, check out our complete list of week 10.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.