2021 NFL Fantasy Football Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups

NFL Week 10 Fantasy Football waiver wire, injury and bye week help is here! 

Teams ON BYE this week, week 10: 
Chicago Bears
Cincinnati Bengals
Houston Texans
New York Giants

RUNNING BACKS (RB): Ty Johnson, Kenyan Drake, JD McKissic, Eno Benjamin, Jordan Howard, Devonta Freeman

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR): Elijah Moore, Donovan Peoples-Jones, Brandon Aiyuk, Russell Gage

TIGHT ENDS (TE): Pat Freiermuth, Dan Arnold, Logan Thomas

QUARTERBACKS (QB): Carson Wentz, Matt Ryan

STREAMING OPTIONS: Ben Roethlisberger, 

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST): Steelers (vs Lions), Ravens (at dolphins), Packers (vs Seahawks), Cardinals (vs Panthers)


Ty Johnson, RB, New York Jets (currently owned in 20.5%  of all ESPN leagues):
Ty Johnson only got 6 total touches last week but he made them count.  He had 4 carries for 21 yards and snagged 2 of his 3 targets for 40 yards and a touchdown.  The Jets tend to go by committee so while Michael Carter has asserted himself as the lead back, Johnson still has a role in the offense, especially in the short passing game.  He’ll also give Carter a breather as needed.  He’ll have a tough matchup this week against the Bills, but fantasy friendly matchups against the Dolphins and Texans await.  

Kenyan Drake, RB, Las Vegas Raiders (currently owned in 59.9%of all ESPN leagues):
Henry Ruggs departure vacates multiple targets in the Raiders’ offense.  Drake benefited as a result and was targeted 8 times in last week’s game against the Giants even with Josh Jacob’s back on the field.  He was second only to Waller in receiving yards.  Drake will clearly be more of an asset in PPR formats, but his role could expand if oft-injured Josh Jacobs is sidelined again.  He had just 4 carries for 30 yards, but he brought in 6 of his 8 targets for 70 yards against the Giants.  He’ll face the division rival Chiefs this week who have struggled to stop anyone defensively.  

JD McKissic, RB, Washington Football Team (currently owned in 51.7% of all ESPN leagues):
It’s no secret that the Buccaneers have arguably the best offense in the league.  It’s also no secret Washington has one of the worst offenses in the league.  Washington will be playing from behind most of this week’s game and they’ll face Tampa Bay’s top ranked run defense which means they’ll need to use short passes as an extension of their run game.  McKissic should get plenty of work this week and is obviously worth more in PPR leagues.  

Eno Benjamin, RB, Arizona Cardinals (currently owned in 0.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Benjamin could be a sneaky add this week.  Chase Edmonds could be sidelined for weeks due to a high ankle sprain and James Conner is usually injured.  Benjamin got his shot when Edmonds went down.  He took full advantage of the opportunity by running the ball 9 times for 39 yards and a touchdown.  Although James Conner might get the bull of the carries, he’ll occasionally need a breather which is what Eno is there for.  If Conner goes down, the Cardinals’ offensive backfield goes from timeshare to bellcow which means Eno gets all the carries. He’ll have the Panthers and Seahawks before a week 12 bye. Fun fact: he won this week’s Angry Runs segment on Good Morning Football. 

Jordan Howard, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 8.4% of all ESPN leagues):
As muddled as the Eagles backfield might be, Howard might be the one to own.  He’s carried the ball 29 times for 128 yards and 3 scores in his last 2 games.  The physical runner should get most of the goal line carries and could be the bellcow until Miles Sanders comes back with undersized Boston Scott serving in a complimentary role.  The Eagles will need that tough, physical running with the Broncos, Saints, Giants and Jets all on the docket. 


Devonta Freeman, RB, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 13.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Freeman has distinguished himself as the most capable runner in an otherwise crowded Ravens backfield.  He had 13 carries for 79 yards and he added 2 catches for 4 yards against a soft Minnesota defense.  If Latavius Murray is unable to go again, Freeman will probably fill in again behind one of the better offensive lines in the league.  He has a soft Dolphins front this week which adds to his streaming appeal.  


Elijah Moore, WR, New York Jets (currently owned in 15.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Moore has established himself as one of the reliable pass catchers in the Jets offense.  He’s brought in 14 of his 20 targets for 164 yards and 2 touchdowns since the bye and he’s done it with 3 different signal callers.  The rookie wideout was one of the best route runners of this year’s draft class.  Although he’s a bit undersized, he runs most of the short and intermediate routes that are crucial to the development of any young quarterback and he’s able to use his route running to create separation between him and his defenders.  He’s averaged nearly 7 targets per game since the bye and he’ll be more valuable in PPR formats.  He’ll have the division rival Bills, but then he’ll meet fantasy-friendly matchups with the Dolphins, Texans and Eagles coming up.  For more on what Moore did as a rookie ah Ole Miss, check out our Wide Receivers Rookies and Redshirts section here

Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Cleveland Browns (currently owned in 5.4% of all ESPN leagues):
DPJ’s role becomes a bit more clear now that OBJ is no longer with the Browns.  This fast, physical wideout can fight for jump balls and out-muscle his coverage which is a good thing for the few times Baker decides to throw.  He’s brought in 11 of his 14 targets for 257 yards and 3 touchdowns in his last 5 games, but he was not targeted or did not play in 2 of those five games.  Nevertheless, his average of 23 yards per catch and scoring are enough to tempt any potential fantasy owner into claiming him.  He’ll have the Patriots, Lions and Ravens before heading into a week 13 bye. 

Brandon Aiyuk, WR, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 45.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Aiyuk has seen his fantasy ownership drop drastically after a slow start to the season.  However, his target total of 15 in the last 2 weeks has nearly matched the 16 he’s had from the rest of the season.  He’ll have a tough matchup against the division rival Rams next, but he’ll have fantasy-friendly matchups with the Jaguars, Vikings, Seahawks, Bengals and Falcons all on deck for the rest of the season and through the fantasy playoffs.  

Russell Gage, WR, Atlanta Falcons (currently owned in 16% of all ESPN leagues): 
Gage becomes the de facto WR1 in Atlanta with Calvin Ridley stepping away from football to focus on his mental health.  He certainly stepped up and helped Matt Ryan with some easy completions against a tough Saints defense, bringing in 7 of his 8 targets for 64 yards and a 9 yard per target average.  Sure, fellow wideout Olamide Zaccheaus caught the touchdowns which helped boost his box score, but it’s Gage’s volume which gives him a steady floor, especially in PPR formats.  He’ll try to keep things rolling against some stifling secondaries of the Cowboys, Patriots, Jaguars and Buccaneers, but he and Matty Ice have an established rapport that helps them work through adversity.  


Pat Freiermuth, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 32.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Freiermuth brought in 5 of his 6 targets for 43 yards and a pair of scores in a prime time win against the Bears.  He’s snagged 16 of 20 targets for 145 yards and 3 touchdowns in his last 3 outings.  His workload could increase this week with Chase Claypool potentially unavailable due to a foot injury.  The rookie has a soft matchup against the Lions this week.

Dan Arnold, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 16.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Arnold continues to be targeted heavily, and he was even more so this week with the absence of James Robinson as a pass catcher.  The Jaguars will need to continue using the short passing game as an extension of their ground game.  Trevor keeps plays alive and it seems like he and Darnold are on the same page during scramble drills, which makes them a fantasy friendly pairing.  Arnold has been targeted 7 or more times in 3 of his last 4 games.  That kind of volume is a solid floor at a very shallow position.  It’s only a matter of time before Arnold finds the endzone. 

Logan Thomas, TE, Washington Football Team (currently owned in 47.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Thomas is eligible to be activated off of injured reserve this week for a Washington team that’s injury-riddled and desperately needs playmakers.  Thomas might be on a snap count against a formidable Buccaneers defense though.  Nevertheless, get him on the roster and then wait and see. 


Carson Wentz, QB, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 49.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Wentz has been consistent throwing the ball despite a lack of receiving options and playmakers.  He proved he still can move the ball up the field and move the chains using his legs although he doesn’t do it very often.  He doesn’t blow out his box scores with a 21 fantasy point average for his last 4 outings, but he’s a high floor signal caller who can get it done. He’ll have the Jags and Texans in between with the Bills and Buccaneers in between before heading into a week 14 bye.  

Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons (currently owned in 43.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Matty Ice has thrown for 300 yards and 2 touchdowns or more in 3 of his last 4 outings.  While the loss of Calvin Ridley could have been devastating, rookie Kyle Pitts has answered the call despite double or triple coverage.  The schedule doesn’t get any easier in the coming weeks with the Cowboys, Patriots, Jaguars and Buccaneers all on deck, but the veteran signal caller has fought through years of adversity and should continue to give his team a chance to win on every given Sunday.  He even rushed for a touchdown last week against a tough Saints defense. 


Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 16.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Big Ben finally seems like he’s getting in the groove.  He still has quality pass catchers he can throw to and an offensive rookie of the year candidate who can take handoffs and catch it out of the backfield.  He also has a soft matchup this week against the Lions who have one of the worst pass defenses in the league.  Ben is a fine streaming option this week.


Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 8% of all ESPN leagues):
The Titans defense looks like it’s for real after shutting down a high powered Rams offense last week.  Vrabel and the boys found a way to win even after losing Derrick Henry.  They got after the quarterback and pressured Stafford into some mistakes.  They’ve logged 3 turnovers in 2 of their last 3 games and scored defensive touchdowns in their last 2 games as well.  The struggling offenses of the Saints, Texans and Patriots are all on the schedule before a week 14 bye. 

Cleveland Browns (currently owned in 50.5% of all ESPN leagues):
The Browns managed to slow down Burrow, the Bengals, and OROTY candidate Ja’marr Chase last week.  They’ve held opponents to 16 points or less 3 weeks in a row now and this unit just scored their first TD last week.  Things are looking up for this unit that takes on the Patriots on the road, and then has a very favorable home matchup against the Lions.  

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