I bring bad news ahead of placing claims on the Week 10 waiver wire. First of all, the Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, and Los Angeles Rams are all on bye in Week 10. All four teams have significant fantasy firepower on their rosters. Secondly, the options on the Week 10 waiver wire to replace such firepower for one week and even beyond is a bit lackluster. Depending on your league size, scoring, and team needs, finding quality players to submit claims and bid on this week is easier said than done.
You may be dealing with injuries, bye weeks, or just need to cycle out players from your bench. Whatever the case may be, the waiver wire is there to help. There’s not always a need to put in a claim for players each week, but if you do, make it count. Below, we’ll look at players at each position, who are on 50% or less of most fantasy football rosters, that could be considered on the Week 10 waiver wire.
Week 10 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire By Position
Zach Charbonnet, Seattle Seahawks
For the second straight week, Zach Charbonnet has played more snaps than Kenneth Walker out of the Seahawks’ backfield. Unfortunately, the increase in playing time doesn’t guarantee fantasy points. Charbonnet has just 10.7 total points in Points Per Reception formatting over the last two weeks despite playing 61 snaps to Walker’s 48 snaps.
Still, with a 5-3 record and a somewhat tough path to the playoffs, the display in trust toward Charbonnet continues to make him a worthwhile stash. If at any point his role grows, or Walker is to miss time for any reason, Charbonnet would be a must-start in fantasy football. After back-to-back lackluster performances, the Week 10 waiver wire is as good of a time as any to pick him up.
Keaton Mitchell, Baltimore Ravens
The only reason Keaton Mitchell doesn’t top the running back list on the Week 10 waiver wire is the small sample size. In just his second NFL game, the 21-year old rookie rushed nine times for an incredible 138 yards. Mitchell even found the end zone for the first time in his career. Mitchell did mix into the backfield early on, but ultimately tied for fourth in snaps amongst all Ravens running backs in their 37-3 win over the Seattle Seahawks.
It’s hard to overlook such production as well as the fact that Mitchell logged 10 opportunities on 14 snaps. However, there’s really no telling if Mitchell can or will emerge as the “lead back” on this team, especially when Lamar Jackson is logging carries of his own week-to-week. Mitchell is merely a stash off of the Week 10 waiver wire for those who can afford to do so.
Other Running Backs to Consider
- Antonio Gibson is coming off of his best game of the season. His 11 touches and 76 all-purpose yards are both season-highs. Brian Robinson is the clear-cut leadback in Washington, but Gibson could have flex value in PPR leagues depending on the matchup.
- Leonard Fournette hasn’t yet taken the field for the Buffalo Bills. When he does, though, Fournette could see a larger role than expected. In Week 9, quarterback Josh Allen rushed as many times as James Cook and Latavius Murray combined. Fournette offers pass-catching upside and is a dependable ball carrier in the red zone.
- Handcuff Running Backs are those that serve as the obvious backup on their own team, as well as the stud on your team’s roster. With just five weeks left in the fantasy football regular season, it may be time to start adding key handcuffs if you haven’t yet done so. Players like Elijah Mitchell (SF), Tyjae Spears (TEN), and Kenneth Gainwell (PHI) come to mind.
Tank Dell, Houston Texans
After scoring just 18.3 total points since Week 4, Tank Dell is SO back following a season-high 29.6 PPR points in Week 9. He now has three 20.0 or more points in three of seven games played this season. Week 9 felt different, though, as Tank Dell saw a season-high 11 targets and even caught the game-winning touchdown from C.J. Stroud. If you missed out on Dell in your draft or on an earlier waiver wire, you’re getting another chance at him ahead of Week 10.
Quentin Johnston, Los Angeles Chargers
I don’t think acquiring Johnston on the Week 10 waiver wire is going to be much of a struggle. He caught just two of three targets for 14 scoreless yards in a prime-time Monday Night Football matchup. However, the Chargers passing game yielded just 136 yards, even in a 27 to 6 win. If Joshua Palmer remains out, Johnston figures to see a larger role moving forward alongside Keenan Allen. It’s hard to imagine starting him any time soon in fantasy football. However, the 21st overall pick could break out as soon as next week. The playoff-hopeful Chargers host the equally hopeful Detroit Lions.
Demario Douglas, New England Patriots
For the second straight week, Demario Douglas had exactly seven targets in a game. In the first full game without Kendrick Bourne active, Douglas led all Patriot’s pass catchers with 55 receiving yards. He’s averaging 9.93 PPR points per game over New England’s last three. Douglas is a flex-level play each week but has a higher-than-most ceiling on an offense that ranks inside the top-10 in pass attempts per game this season.
Other Wide Receivers to Consider
- Noah Brown has the most receiving yards (247) amongst Houston Texans wide receivers over the last three games. He has as many targets (11) as Nico Collins over the last two weeks, as well. Brown is more of a deeper league add on the Week 10 waiver wire. I still prefer Collins, Tank Dell, and even tight end Dalton Schultz in this offense for now.
- Marvin Mims is reportedly on the forefront of head coach Sean Payton’s mind. He claims to want to get the rookie more involved in the Denver Broncos’ passing game. He’s nothing more than a speculative, boom-or-bust add for this season.
Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints
Taysom Hill shouldn’t be available on the Week 10 waiver wire, but if he is, what more do you need to see? It should be known by now that you can plug Hill into your tight end position. However, he’s racking up points mostly lining up at quarterback. Hill now has three pass attempts, 25 carries, and four total touchdowns in the Saints’ last three games. More importantly, he’s the overall TE1 over the last three weeks averaging 20.0 points per game. Enough said.
Dalton Schultz, Houston Texans
After an overall TE1 finish in Week 9, Schultz should be on everyone’s radar on the Week 10 waiver wire. His 27.0 points are a season-high in part to tying rookie receiver Tank Dell for a team-high 11 targets on Sunday. Schultz caught 10 of his targets for 130 yards and found the end zone in a major comeback win for Houston. Dalton Schultz now has 13.0 or more fantasy points in four of his last five games played. There are five games left in the fantasy football regular season. Four of those five games, Schultz is matched up against a defense inside the top-eight in points allowed to opposing tight ends.
Trey McBride, Arizona Cardinals
McBride’s Week 9 matchup was a tough one. After a 25.5-point breakout the week prior, he followed it up with just 5.2 points last week. It didn’t help that quarterback Joshua Dobbs was traded away earlier in the week giving way for rookie Clayton Tune to start. Arizona’s offense recorded just 99 TOTAL YARDS of offense. Yes, the caps lock is necessary.
If McBride is still available or gets dropped by a disappointed league mate, pick him up. It looks like quarterback Kyler Murray will make his season debut in Week 10 against the Atlanta Falcons. They’re a decent matchup for opposing tight ends, but McBride should be a focal point of a Murray-run offense. Then, in Weeks 11 and 12, McBride gets mouthwatering matchups against the Houston Texans and Los Angeles Rams. Both teams rank in the top four in fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends.
Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals
Head coach Jonathan Gannon claims Murray will start in Week 10 “if all goes well in practice” this week. Given how abysmal their offense looked in Week 9, it’s hard to imagine Murray sitting again if he’s truly ready. If he is to return, Murray gets a home matchup with the Atlanta Falcons who allow the seventh-most points to quarterbacks. That includes allowing the seventh-most rushing yards to the position, as well.
We know Murray can run, but we will need to see how comfortable he is doing so in his first game back after tearing his ACL last December. I’m starting him in Superflex and 2QB leagues, but adding him on the Week 10 waiver wire as a wait-and-see play in 1QB leagues.
C.J. Stroud, Houston Texans
It’s conceivable that Stroud is available after averaging just 14.07 points per game from Weeks 5 through 8. If he is available on the Week 10 waiver wire, he will be the top add at quarterback, especially after his 41.8-point outburst. Just 7% of Stroud’s 41.8 points are a result of running the ball. He scored nearly all of his points through the air tossing five touchdown passes and racking up 470 passing yards.
Stroud will be hard to sit in Week 10 after last week’s performance. He could struggle a bit more on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals, but then his schedule is a fantasy football manager’s dream. From Weeks 11 through 13, he has three straight home matchups. All of these opponents rank inside the top-10 in points allowed to opposing quarterbacks, as well. Stroud could be the quarterback some teams need to make the fantasy football playoffs this season.