2018 NFL Fantasy Football Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups

2018 NFL Fantasy Football Free Agent Finds, Waiver Wire Pickups, and Bye Week Subs

The following teams have BYE WEEKS and DO NOT PLAY this week:
Baltimore Ravens
Denver Broncos
Houston Texans
Minnesota Vikings

RUNNING BACKS: Duke Johnson Jr., Mike Davis, Alfred Morris

WIDE RECEIVERS: Anthony Miller, Marquez Valdez-Scantling, D.J. Moore, Maurice Harris, Josh Doctson, Antonio Callaway

TIGHT END: Jack Doyle, C.J. Uzomah, Chris Herndon, Logan Thomas, Jeff Heuerman

QUARTERBACK: Alex Smith, Eli Manning, Baker Mayfield

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS: New York Jets, Los Angeles Chargers, New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills


RUNNING BACKS

Duke Johnson Jr., RB, Cleveland Browns (currently owned in 49% of all ESPN leagues):
Johnson embraced his role of pass catching back.  Carlos Hyde's snaps and volume had to be redistributed. As a result, there are now only two running backs in Cleveland's backfield and Johnson should continue to see added volume.  Last week's performance could have been a results of game flow as the Chiefs got off to an early lead and the Browns had to throw more to Johnson to try and play catchup, but Johnson should still be an integral part of the Browns game plan moving forward.  He carried the ball just once for 8 yards, but caught 9 passes for 78 yards and 2 touchdowns, making him a must-add in PPR formats and deep leagues.

Mike Davis, RB, Seattle Seahawks (currently owned in 16.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Davis takes over as lead back for the Seahawks after Chris Carson left the game with a hip injury.  He took 15 totes for 62 yards and added another 45 yards on 7 catches.  Seattle's running back carousel continues to turn so it remains to be determined if rookie Rashad Penny will have a role with Carson's absence.  For now, Davis looks like the best back of the bunch.  He faces a stout Rams run defense this week.

Alfred Morris, RB, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 27.1% of all ESPN leagues):
The 49ers backfield had been a 3 way timeshare until last week.  Then there were 2 after Mostert fractured his arm against the Raiders.  Mostert's carries may get split between Breida and Morris, boosting to Morris' value.  Morris also gets a fair share of goal line carries as well.  The playoffs are a long shot for the 49ers, which could  also add to Morris' late season garbage time value as well.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Anthony Miller, WR, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 10.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Miller has been developing a rapport with his quarterback and could get more work moving forward.  Targets that belonged to Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, and Kevin White moved over to Miller thanks to injuries.  He snagged 5 of 6 targets for 49 yards, both of which were career highs, although he failed to reach the endzone.  He's had 14 targets total over the past 2 weeks so only a matter of time before he reaches paydirt again with the additional volume.  The Lions' mediocre pass defense will try to stop the Bears' attack in a divisional showdown in Chicago next week.

Marquez Valdez-Scantling, WR, Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 20.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Valdez-Scantling quietly put up 101 yards on 3 catches on Sunday night.  Geronimo Allison was ultimately ruled out so someone had to catch the ball with Adams and Graham heavily covered.  He's an excellent add this week if Allison can't shake his injury, as he'll take on a Dolphins defense that's been generous to opposing quarterbacks.  Valdez-Scantling should see his share of targets in a pass-first offense as long as Rodgers is under center.

D.J. Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers (currently owned in 46.8% of all ESPN leagues):
With Torrey Smith ruled out, D.J. Moore was supposed to post some nice numbers last week against a porous Tampa Bay secondary.  Instead, he had an underwhelming performance of just 16 yards on just 2 catches and added another 32 yards on a single carry.  Olsen and McCaffery dominated the targets, but Moore should get more looks if the Panthers fall behind.  He's still a decent add and is clearly one of more talented wideouts on the team.

Maurice Harris, WR, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 0.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Harris might be the wideout everyone wants to hear about.  He's a 6'3", 200lb receiving option that came out of nowhere.  He pulled down 10 of his 12 targets for 124 yards.  Although he failed to reach the endzone, his target volume is in line with most elite receivers.  Harris filled in admirably for Crowder in the slot receiver spot and could continue to do so with Crowder projected to miss a few weeks.  Owners in leagues of 12 teams or more should stash Harris immediately and take a wait and see approach.  He's a boom or bust flier at this point, but he could get additional work even after Crowder returns, thanks to Paul Richardson landing on IR.  He's also an exceptionally tall slot receiver that Alex Smith can dump the ball off to quickly.  This could come in handy given the potentially subpar play of his injured offensive line.  These factors combined with a great matchup against Tampa Bay this week help raise Harris's ceiling.

Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 17.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Doctson is expected to get some of the targets that were vacated by Paul Richardson, who's now on injured reserve.  He's a great flier this week for owners in virtually all leagues and all formats.  He faces the Buccaneers who have the worst passing defense in the league.  Buyer beware: losses on the offensive line may leave Alex Smith exposed a bit more than usual.

Antonio Callaway, WR, Cleveland Browns (currently owned in 11.9% of all ESPN leagues):
The Browns will need to air it out this week if they want to beat the Falcons.  This puts Callaway in a position to produce against one of the weakest pass coverages in the league.  The 5'11", 200lb speedster was taken in the 4th round of this year's draft and should get a chance to show off his wheels.  He's trending upward in the new offense and is worth a dart throw at this point.  Hopefully he can produce in his new offensive system not just this week, but moving forward.

TIGHT ENDS

Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 40.4% of all ESPN leagues):
It's a bit shocking that Doyle is still available in over half of all ESPN leagues.  He could be an elite option at the position and it's a well-known fact that Andrew Luck loves throwing to his tight ends.  He has a tough matchup against Jacksonville this week, but should remain a top target for his quarterback.  He'll try to build on a week 8 performance against Oakland when he returned from injury and produced 70 yards and a touchdown on 6 catches.

C.J. Uzomah, TE, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 18.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Uzomah comes off of bye this week and could see additional targets with the toe injury to A.J. Green.  The Bengals offensive line could struggle to contain a Saints pass rush led by Cameron Jordan and try to keep up with an explosive Saints offense.  Uzomah has found the endzone just twice this season, but could get lots of looks if Dalton needs to dump it off to his tight end or air it out when they get too far behind.  He's a sneaky starter this week.

Chris Herndon, TE, New York Jets (currently owned in 12.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Chris Herndon has been a reliable receiving option for rookie Sam Darnold, especially in the redzone.  The 4th rounder out of University of Miami has been a pleasant surprise.  He's scored touchdowns in 3 of the last 4 weeks, and posted 4 catches for 62 yards the week he didn't find the endzone.  He should continue soaking up a decent share of targets even with Enunwa and Anderson back on the field.  He's a flier at a position that lacks both depth and consistency.

Logan Thomas, TE, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 0% of all ESPN leagues):
Nathan Peterman ran for his life last week against a ferocious Bears pass rush.  Luckily, Logan Thomas was there to bail him out, snagging 7 targets for 40 yards.  Thomas could be an emerging playmaker for the struggling Bills.  Kelvin Benjamin is heavily covered, and the play of other receiving options like Zay Jones and Ray-Ray McCloud have been inconsistent at best.  The signal caller for the Bills, whoever that may be, will need all of the help he can get against a tough Jets defense this week.

Jeff Heuerman, TE, Denver Broncos (currently owned in 7.9% of all ESPN leagues):
***Jeff Heuerman and the Denver Broncos are on BYE and DO NOT PLAY this week***
It was Heuerman, not Sutton, who appeared to get targets vacated by former teammate Demaryius Thomas.  He hit season highs in both targets and receptions of his 11 targets for 83 yards and a touchdown.  This production gives him TE1 upside if he continues getting this type of volume.  He's worth a dart throw this week because of the lack of tough at the position, even though the Broncos have a bye week this week.

QUARTERBACKS

Alex Smith, QB, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 48.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Like last week, Smith is worth a spot start this week against the Buccaneers who have the worst pass defenses in the league.  Unfortunately, potential owners may need to a bit cautious with him.  Losses along his offensive line may subject Smith to harrassment by McCoy, JPP, Vita Vea, and Vinny Curry more than usual.

Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants (currently owned in 8.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Manning has had one of the most pedestrian seasons of his career.  That makes him an above-average streaming option this week against a below-average 49ers pass defense.  He still has Odell Beckham Jr., who will likely be matched up with Richard Sherman, but he also has Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram pass catching options and he can always dump the ball off to Saquon Barkley.  All of the weapons surrounding Manning make him a good option in a pinch.

Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns (currently owned in 38% of all ESPN leagues):
Mayfield could be worth a dart throw this week.  He looked decent against the Chiefs last week, throwing for 297 yards, 2 scores and a pick.  His developing rapport with Njoku and Landry has produced results in recent weeks, and Chubb does just enough on the ground to keep defenses honest.  Receiving back Duke Johnson Jr. also got in on the action by catching 2 touchdowns.  He faces the Falcons who have one of the worst pass defenses in the league, adding to his upside.

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS

New York Jets (currently owned in 37.2% of all ESPN leagues):
This tough Todd Bowles defense is an excellent streaming option against a struggling Buffalo Bills offense.  If Derek Anderson is unable to shake his concussion, Peterman could be under center and playing catch with the New York Jets.

Los Angeles Chargers (currently owned in 43.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Oakland's offensive line struggles continued last week.  They surrendered 7 total sacks to the 49ers pass rush.  Liuget and Perryman will lead the Chargers in their second divisional showdown this season.  The Chargers forced 2 turnovers and held the Raiders to just 10 points in week 5 this season.  They're a good streaming option this week.

New England Patriots (currently owned in 62.7% of all ESPN leagues):
The Patriots defense is worth streaming again this week.  They face a struggling Titans offense that's put up more than 20 points just once all season.  They'll surely struggle against a better, more disciplined New England unit this week that held the Packers to just 17 points last week.

Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 12.1% of all ESPN leagues):
The Jets have had offensive struggles of their own this season.  They've averaged jusyt over 310 total yards this season which ranks in the bottom 5 in the league.  Their turnover differential is -5 which makes an underrated Bills defense a potential sleeper this week.  Buyer beware: the Bills have surrendered plenty of yards later in games since their defense is on the field basically the entire game.  They might be in trouble if Crowell and the returning McGuire can get things going on the ground.  In addition, the Jets also have the help of Enunwa, Robinson, and emerging tight end Chris Herndon.

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