2017 NFL Week 10 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups

2017 NFL Week 10 Streaming Options and Bye-Week Help

 ***WEEK 10 BYE WEEK TEAMS***

Baltimore Ravens
Kansas City Chiefs
Oakland Raiders
Philadelphia Eagles
 
RUNNING BACK (RB)
 
Matt Forte, RB, New York Jets (currently owned in 55.9% of ESPN leagues):
Forte looked good as he moved the ball on the ground this week.  He caught 4 passes for 19 yards and is  normally a PPR commodity with a solid, 10-point floor, but he turned 14 carries into 77 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Sure, this flukey performance could be attributed to a Bills defense that struggled on Thursday Night, but the Jets have found ways to move the ball.  McCown and company have found ways to air it out, which opens things up underneath for the Jets' backfield.  Powell averaged over 8 yards a carry, and McGuire had plenty of garbage time touches, but it's Forte who found the end zone twice.  He's the back to own here.
 
Damien Williams, RB, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 23.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Williams proved his worth in Miami's committee approach by catching 6 passes for  At 5'11", 224lbs, Williams is a dual threat who's a good combination of size and speed.  At the moment, he's only an asset in PPR leagues or deep standard leagues.  However, he possesses higher upside thanks to his pass protection, which keeps him on the field for more offensive snaps.  He has a tough matchup against a stout Panthers front this week.
 
DEEP LEAGUE FLIER
 
Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 64.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Any hope of Murray bouncing back after a bye week quickly faded as he turned in a disappointing week.  Of course Henry didn't fair much better, but at least he got in the end zone.  Henry should already be owned by all Murray owners and should be immediately picked up if he's available.  Henry is younger, more explosive, and ready to take over when Murray's body completely gives out on him.
 
Corey Clement, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 0.8% of all ESPN leagues): 
**The Philadelphia Eagles DO NOT PLAY this week - they're on bye** The Eagles added 5'10", 220lb Corey Clement into their RBBC (running back by committee) approach.  The undrafted rookie out of Wisconsin made the most of his 12 carries by rushing for 51 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Wentz also pitched the ball on an option to Clement for a 15 yard touchdown catch for 3 total scores on the day.  After Sproles went down, the Eagles had struggled to get anything going with their ground game.  They decided to bring in Ajayi and get Clement involved this week.  It's important to note that Clement has gotten 22 carries the last 2 weeks, so his usage has certainly increased.  This explosive, shifty back could receive additional work in the coming weeks, but he could also hit the ball a bit now that his name and number are in the spotlight of defenses everywhere.  He's worth a pickup in most deep leagues but definitely worth a stash.
 
D'onta Foreman, RB, Houston Texans (currently owned in % of ESPN leagues):
Tom Savage was an ineffective quarterback at best.  The Texans' receiving corps takes a hit in the fantasy world with the season-ending injury for Watson, but this could be just the boost that Foreman, the Texans' running back needs.  Coach O'Brien may be more inclined to keep the ball on the ground a bit more due to Savage's subpar play, and to give his defense time to rest.  This could be Foreman's moment of opportunity.
 
Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in % of ESPN leagues):
Luck being placed on IR doesn't change Mack's usage.  He should continue to be a receiver on short routes as a hot read or dump off guy to Brissett.  This makes him valuable in PPR formats, but he'll need to find the end zone to have an impact in leagues that value touchdowns more.  

WIDE RECEIVER (WR)
 
Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams (currently owned in 26.2% of ESPN leagues):
Woods caught 4 passes for 70 yards and 2 touchdowns.  If the Rams continue to throw the ball as much as they do, there's plenty of targets to go around.  If the Texans pass rush plays as poorly as they did last week, there should be plenty of time for Woods to run his routes. 
 
Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets (currently owned in 46.3% of ESPN leagues):
McCown and Anderson have developed a rapport in the last 3 games.  During that time,  Anderson was targeted 16 times, and pulled in 13 of those targets for 187 yards and 3 touchdowns.  He did it this past week against a tough Bills defense also.  He's worth a start in 12 team leagues or more.  The tall, skinny, go-route burner faces a bottom-tier Buccaneers defense this week, so he could be worth a start in all formats.
 
STREAMING OPTION:
 
Sammy Watkins, WR, Los Angeles Rams (currently owned in 75.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Watkins is in this column because his owners got tired of boom or bust play and dropped him to the wire.  He's a good streaming option this week because the Texans haven't done well against the deep pass, as T.Y. Hilton pointed out last week.  Houston's secondary gave up 5 catches for 175 yards and 2 touchdowns to Hilton, 6 for 121 and no scores to Lockett, 6 for 105 and 2 TD's to Paul Richardson, and 5 for 131 and 2 scores to Brandin Cooks.  Although the Rams haven't  taken very many deep shots, Watkins is one of the better deep-pass receivers out there and could be a solid streaming option this week.  He's a decent dart throw at the very least.

Danny Amendola, WR, New England Patriots (currently owned in 54.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Amendola has slowly seen his fantasy stock decline over recent weeks.  However, he should be picked up as a handcuff by all Chris Hogan owners.  If Hogan is still hampered by his shoulder, Amendola would be a prime beneficiary.  The Patriots do have a tough road matchup this week in Denver against the Broncos "No Fly Zone."  However, if Pederson, Wentz, and the Eagles' offense managed to score 51 points against Denver's vaunted defense, Belichick should be able to make necessary adjustments and get his players in scoring position. 
 
DEEP LEAGUE FLIER
 
Deonte Thompson, WR, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 0.6% of ESPN leagues):
Thompson was initially discarded as a non-factor by the Chicago Bears.  However, he's quickly found a new home in the Bills' offense.  Buffalo fell behind early so they targeted Thompson 10 times.  He snagged 8 of those targets for 71 yards and found the end zone in week 9.  This brings his total for the last 3 games to 12 catches for 178 yards and a score.  However, it's important to remember that the Bills will get it done on the ground whenever they can, as evidenced by Thompson's 1 catch on 1 target for 5 yards in week 8.  If fantasy owners can predict game flow, they'll have a good chance of predicting Thompson's usage.  Buyer beware: even though Thompson is a speedster who can take the top off of defenses, he could fade again when Kelvin Benjamin returns and gets up to speed.  
 
Curtis Samuel, WR, Carolina Panthers (currently owned in 4.9% of all ESPN leagues)
Anyone remember a former Panther named Tedd Ginn Jr.?  He was a vertical burner with horrible hands and had a good season thanks to Benjamin's absence.  Well, that storyline looks to play out again this season, starring Curtis Samuel as an upgraded Ginn.  Samuel was taken early in the 2nd round of the 2017 NFL draft.  He ran a 4.31 40 at the combine, tracks the ball well, can catch it, and is elusive after the catch.  His targets have been trending upward, and he's bound to get better as he spends more time in the system and continues to develop his relationship with Cam.
 
TIGHT END (TE)
 
Tyler Kroft, TE, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 42.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Kroft should still be on most fantasy radars.  He caught just 2 passes for 79 yards in a loss in Jacksonville.  While most Kroft owners can thank A.J. Green for getting ejected in the 2nd quarter for the big yardage, Kroft is also a capable fantasy asset whose target share is similar to LaFell's.  His schedule should take most fantasy teams into the playoffs and beyond.  He did catch a touchdown against the Steelers and the Broncos have been generous to the position.  
 
Benjamin Watson, TE, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 17.2% of all ESPN leagues):
**The Baltimore Ravens DO NOT PLAY this week - they have a bye week**
Watson should be considered in all PPR formats.  He's one of the most heavily targeted pass catchers options and is the possession receiver for a struggling Ravens offense.  In other words, Flacco will try to throw the ball to Watson when they need a first down.  He might be up there in age but he can still get it done by running quick routes and exploiting holes in the defense to move the sticks.  He snagged 7 passes for 41 yards against the Titans.
 
Julius Thomas, TE, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 9.9% of ESPN leagues):
Julius Thomas finally got things moving in a big way in this Adam Gase offense.  There are a couple of things that could've caused this, but the important thing to note here is his usage.  He's averaged 4 targets per game through the first 7 games, but he caught 6 of 8 targets for 84 yards and a touchdown.   Thomas' usage is worth watching at the very least, although it's yet to be determined whether his output was due to an increase in usage or a bad Raiders secondary.  While he doesn't put up eye-popping numbers every week, a couple more performances like this could make him worth a start.  For now, he's just worth a stash.
 
PLAYOFF HELP
 
Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers (currently owned in 44% of all ESPN leagues):
Olsen went down with a foot injury earlier this year and could return in a couple of weeks.  Teams and owners out there who need to solidify the tight end position should consider stashing the currently-injured Panther because he'll almost certainly get lots of targets after Benjamin was traded to the Bills.  While his feet may be in question, he's still the most reliable pair of hands Carolina has on their roster.
 
QUARTERBACK (QB)
 
Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams (currently owned in 47.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Goff let loose on the Giants' secondary for 311 yards and 4 touchdowns.  If the Rams' line can block Jason Pierre Paul, they can take on Clowney.  The good news for Goff this week is Houston's secondary is just as soft and Clowney and his crew didn't generate much of a pass rush last week.  They gave up 308 yards and 2 touchdowns to a struggling Colts offense last week.  Goff could have another good week this week.
 
Josh McCown, QB, New York Jets (currently owned in 35.9% of ESPN leagues):
"McCown rolls out, and takes of for a 10 yards rushing touchdown!"  Who saw that play call coming?  McCown, the 38-year-old journeyman, has been getting it done through the air and on the ground.  He's worth a pickup and is certainly a streaming option against a subpar Tampa Bay defense.  Look for Anderson to burn his man, ASJ to be a redzone target, and McCown to deliver darts to his targets.
 
DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST)
 
STREAMING OPTIONS:
 
New England Patriots (currently owned in % of ESPN leagues):
The Denver Broncos' woeful play has made any defense /special teams look like superstars.  Turnovers have been a huge issue for this team and the Pat's defensive coordinator Matt Patricia should be able to make adjustments and get his players in the right place to make plays.  If the Patriots can get pressure on Brock, the Broncos could turn the ball over plenty.
 
New York Giants (currently owned in 11.2% of all ESPN leagues):
This is more about how bad the 49ers' offense is, not how good the Giants' defense is.  San Francisco continues to struggle moving the ball.  Those struggles will continue this week against a potent Giants pass rush, and Beathard may not have anyone to throw the ball to after losing pass catchers George Kittle for the week, and Garcon for the season.  
 
New York Jets (currently owned in 2.5% of all ESPN leagues):
This is a conditional pickup.  If Mike Evans' one-game suspension is upheld, the Buccaneers have lost their most dynamic playmaker.  Ryan Fitzpatrick was constantly under duress which contributed to the Bucs' struggle to move the ball.  The Jets pressured Tyrod Taylor into mistakes and forced  the Bills into multiple turnovers.  The Jets defense could be a sneaky start this week if the storyline is the same.  
 
Chicago Bears (currently owned in 7.7% of ESPN leagues):
The Bears are a young, hungry team with something to prove.  The oldest rivalry in the NFL takes the stage in Chicago this week and the Monsters of the Midway will look to play some old-school, smash mouth football.  Hundley has struggled, his offensive line has left him vulnerable, and the Packers only managed to muster all of 10 points before a garbage time touchdown late in the 4th.  Chicago's defense could have a field day this week.

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