2020 NFL Fantasy Football Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups

NFL Week 10 Fantasy Football BYE WEEK, waiver wire and injury help is here!

The following teams have BYE WEEKS in week 10 (this week):
Atlanta Falcons
Dallas Cowboys
Kansas City Chiefs
New York Jets

RUNNING BACKS (RB): Duke Johnson, Wayne Gallman, JD McKissic, Zack Moss, Jordan Wilkins, Kalen Ballage

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR): Curtis Samuel, Christian Kirk, Danny Amendola, Cam Sims, Jakobi Meyers

TIGHT ENDS (TE): Mike Gesicki, Austin Hooper

QUARTERBACK (QB): Phillip Rivers, Baker Mayfield, Derek Carr, Tua Tagovailoa, Nick Foles

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST): New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles

Duke Johnson, RB, Houston Texans (currently owned in 16.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Duke Johnson stepped into the role of lead back after David Johnson left the game in the first quarter last week.  David Johnson is currently in concussion protocol which means his health will need to be monitored prior to starting Duke Johnson next week.  Duke took 16 carries for 41 yards and a touchdown and added another 32 yards on 4 catches against a soft Jaguars front.  However, a matchup with Myles Garrett and the Browns means fantasy stats could be a bit tougher to come by for the Texans running back. Nevertheless, Duke should be added by all David Johnson owners and managers in deeper leagues.

Wayne Gallman, RB, New York Giants (currently owned in 20.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Devonta Freeman was sidelined for a second straight game last week which meant Gallman got the start.  The Giants third string running back used the opportunity to post 68 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.  The volume isn’t there for Gallman to be a consistent, week to week starter and he’ll be relegated to the bench when Freeman comes back, but Gallman’s streak of consecutive games currently stands at 3.  He’s a decent bet on a boom or bust play during a fantasy season that’s thin at running backs.

JD McKissic, RB, Washington Football Team (currently owned in 34.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Yes, Antonio Gibson is still Washington’s lead back, but McKissic still posts meaningful stats in PPR leagues.  McKissic only carried the ball 3 times for 17 yards last week, but he brought in 9 of his targets for 65 yards in his role as the pass catching back.  A leaky line, lack of receiving options, and the need for a quick outlet for Alex Smith could mean McKissic will continue to be peppered with targets with steady production in PPR formats.  

Zack Moss, RB, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 52.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Three touchdowns in two weeks is pretty good.  Moreover, Moss has gotten more involved as he’s gotten healthier and he gets up to speed.  He’s also gotten involved in the passing game, bringing in two catches for 30 yards last week against the Seahawks.  The Bills’ aggressive downfield passing attack should help keep things open underneath for the running game.  This means he should have plenty of room to convert his increase in opportunities into fantasy production.  They’ll travel to the desert this week to take on a Cardinals defense that’s ceded an average of over 140 total yards to opposing backfields this year.

Jordan Wilkins, RB, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 7% of all ESPN leagues):
Although the game script didn’t allow the Colts to run the ball, Jordan Wilkins carried the ball nearly twice as much as rookie Jonathan Taylor for the second straight week.  This could signal a shift in workload away from the Colts lead back.  Although Taylor managed to find the endzone and salvage his fantasy day, his recent struggles could be causing Frank Reich to take the ball out of Taylor’s hands and leaving it to his more seasoned veterans to get the job done.  Wilkins posted just 39 yards on 11 carries this week which means backs struggled against a stout Ravens front, but a softer matchup awaits against in Tennessee against the division rival Titans this week.  

Kalen Ballage, RB, Los Angeles Chargers (currently owned in 0.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Ballage stepped in for Justin Jackson after Jackson sustained a knee injury and left the Raiders game early.  He posted 69 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.  Josh Kelley struggled on the ground, taking nine totes for just 28 yards, although he added 31 yards on 5 catches.  Ballage could find himself in a larger role if Jackson is still unable to go, and Kelley continues to struggle.  It would be a bit of a revenge tour for him as he plays the Dolphins and Jets where he started his career.  Potential owners and those in deep leagues can roster Ballage, but should monitor Jackson’s status prior to getting Ballage into their lineups.


Curtis Samuel, WR, Carolina Panthers (currently owned in 42.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Samuel continued to build on his success by snagging all 9 of his targets for 108 yards and found the endzone for the second week in a row.  The speedy, versatile weapon has seen his role continue to expand in Matt Rhule’s offense as he gets involved in everything from deep bombs to short dump offs to end arounds and sweeps.  As long as Samuel can stay healthy, he’ll play a part in the Panthers’ dynamic new offense.  The Bucs, Lions, and Vikings provide plenty of upside for the dynamic playmaker before a week 13 bye.

Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals (currently owned in 52.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Nuk tends to draw a lot of coverage, which means Kirk typically has room to work.  He’s amassed 12 catches for 246 yards and a monstrous five touchdowns in his last 3 games.  However, it should be noted that he’s done all that against the soft secondaries of the Cowboys, Seahawks, and Dolphins.  With the bye behind him, he has a mixed bag of competition to finish the fantasy season with the Bills, Seahawks, Pats, Rams, Giants, and Eagles.  He’s proven he’s a fit for Kingsbury’s system and clearly has a role, so he’s good for at least a spot start against favorable matchups.  

KJ Hamler, WR, Denver Broncos (currently owned in 1.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Although all of the Broncos wideouts were heavily targeted during Sunday’s shootout in Atlanta, Hamler was second on the team with 10 targets, behind only Jerry Jeudy.  It’s difficult to tell if Hamler will continue to get such high volume, but Drew Lock finally seems like he’s getting on the same page as his explosive rookie play maker. However, he did average 12.5 yards per coach last week and is arguably the most explosive player on the team. His role as the Broncos deep threat should continue to help him maintain a high ceiling. He’s a bit of a flyer at this point in the season, but don’t be surprised if he posts some good numbers in the coming weeks, especially if Noah Fant remains sidelined.

Danny Amendola, WR, Detroit Lions (currently owned in 7.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Danny Amendola brought in 7 of his 10 targets for 77 yards in the absence of Kenny Golladay.  Stafford dinked and dunked his way to try and get down the field in a loss to the Vikings.  He led the team in receptions and receiving yards, and he could be heavily targeted again against a Washington defense that’s been flying under the radar.  Washington has looked leaky at times but they’ve allowed just 132 yards to opposing receiving corps.  

Cam Sims, WR, Washington Football Team (currently owned in 0% of all ESPN leagues):
Those looking for a high-ceiling dart throw might want to give Cam Sims a look.  Sims hauled in 3 of his targets for 110 yards in a loss to the Giants last week.  While he’s not a high volume receiver that will post great numbers, he’s averaged over 24 yards per catch this season and he’s gotten in the endzone once.  He could have the same success this week against a leaky Lions secondary that’s one of the worst in the league, 

Jakobi Meyers, WR, New England Patriots (currently owned in 5.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Meyers had a career game against the Jets, more than doubling his receptions and receiving yards for the season.  He was heavily targeted and led the team in receptions with 12.  The Patriots barely beat the Jets in Monday night’s national showdown, but Myers could keep things going if the Pats need to keep up with opposing offenses with so many of their pieces missing.  He’s also worth a dart throw against the soft secondaries of the Cardinals and Texans.  However, he could struggle to produce against a tough Ravens coverage unit this week.


Mike Gesicki, TE, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 49% of all ESPN leagues):
The departure of Preston Williams leaves some snaps and targets to be redistributed and helps raise Gesicki’s ceiling.  He brought in just 3 of his 4 targets for 42 yards last week to help the Dolphins to a win, but he’ll probably be a larger contributor this week against a Chargers coverage unit that’s looked average at times.  It will be a tough matchup, but the Bolts have surrendered touchdowns in all but 3 of their games and an average of 5 catches for nearly 50 yards to the position so far this year.  This could help get things rolling for the young Miami pass catcher.

Austin Hooper, TE, Cleveland Browns (currently owned in 45.8% of all ESPN leagues):
The Browns get a big boost this week with Hooper’s return.  Their top tightened had previously been sidelined with multiple ailments but he looks ready to go.  He could see an increase in workload with OBJ now sidelined for the rest of the year.  The Browns also have a favorable schedule these next few weeks with the Texans, Eagles, Jaguars, and Titans all on the schedule, and the Giants and Jets after a tough matchup with the Ravens.


Phillip Rivers, QB, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 9.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Sure, Rivers basically doesn’t have any of his receiving targets.  However, he’s still an NFL-caliber starting quarterback who can post decent numbers against one of the softer secondaries in the league this week.  He’s protected by one of the better offensive lines in the league which means he should have plenty of time to throw.  The Titans have been below average against the pass and have surrendered over 270 yards and 2 touchdowns per game to opposing signal callers.  Rivers gets the Titans twice and the Texans once during the next 4 weeks.  He’s a solid add. 

Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns (currently owned in 21.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Mayfield has been dropped in the majority of leagues due to his struggles throughout the year.  However, the worst of his schedule is behind him and his top pass catchers are hopefully in better physical condition than they’ve been all year.  Although Kevin Stefanski’s run-heavy approach kind of caps Baker’s upside, the Browns also have a favorable schedule these next few weeks with the Texans, Eagles, Jaguars, Titans, Giants and Jets to help boost Mayfield’s floor.  It should be noted that he is on the Covid list after being exposed to a member of the Browns who did test positive, although Mayfield himself hasn’t tested positive for Covid. He’ll need to clear the league’s Covid screening procedure before being allowed to practice this week or play on Sunday.

Derek Carr, QB, Las Vegas Raiders (currently owned in 60% of all ESPN leagues):
The Raiders have leaned on their ground game recently which has capped Carr’s upside.  However, Carr has thrown for 2 or more touchdowns in all but 2 of his games and his upcoming schedule offers some upside with the Broncos, Jets, and Falcons on the schedule.  

Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 28% of all ESPN leagues):
Tua was able to build on his performance against a generous Cardinals coverage unit.  He completed over 70% of his passes for 248 yards and 2 touchdowns, and he added 35 yards on 7 carries.  The best part is he didn’t turn the ball over in a winning effort against the Cardinals.  He’ll look to continue his success against an above average Chargers coverage unit and then he’ll get a bit of a break with matchups against the Broncos, Jets, and Bengals.


Nick Foles, QB, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 18% of all ESPN leagues):
Foles managed to post his best fantasy outing of the year despite his offensive line being ravaged by Covid and injuries.  He took care of the ball and threw for 335 yards and a pair of scores against one of the softer coverage units in the league.  He’ll look to keep things rolling against a Vikings coverage unit that’s allowed an average of nearly 300 yards, over 2 touchdowns, and a 105.1 rating to opposing signal callers this season.  He’s a good low-floor, high ceiling streaming option this week and he might need to sling it if running back David Montgomery remains sidelined with a concussion.


New Orleans Saints (currently owned in 38.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Marcus Davenport and Cam Jordan lived in the Buccaneers’ offensive backfield last week.  Brady was hit multiple times and threw 3 picks in the worst loss of his career.  Although DB Marshon Lattimore left the game in the second half, Malcolm and Janoris Jenkins proved that the Saints defensive backfield has plenty of depth.  They’ll get backup quarterback Nick Mullens and a 49ers team fielding practice squad receiving options.  Then they’ll get the Falcons twice and Drew Lock and the Broncos.  This defensive unit is certainly worth starting this week and beyond.


Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 25.3% of all ESPN leagues):
A combination of busted coverage and a good 49ers offensive line helped the Packers allow a career game to 49ers practice squad receiver Richie James last week.  Green Bay gets another backup quarterback this week, but the Jaguars offensive line isn’t nearly as good.  This means the Packers pass rushers should generate plenty of pressure to get to Jake Luton.  The Packers defensive unit also generated 2 turnovers last week and held the 49ers to just 17 points. They’re a decent streaming option this week.  

Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 43.2% of all ESPN leagues):
The Eagles held a struggling Cowboys team to just 9 points and returned a fumble for a touchdown 2 weeks ago.  Now mostly healthy and coming off a bye, they’ll face a Giants team that’s struggled to get much of anything going.  

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