Well Rush Nation, minus the Patriots vs Jets game tonight, we have made it to Week Ten! We are firmly on the home stretch. There is just 3-5 weeks left of the regular season. However, the work you do on the Waiver Wire this week and next could be the difference between making your playoffs and not. Lucky for you all, I have some Waiver Wire targets that could help you break down the doors to the playoffs. You only have to get into the playoffs to stand a chance of winning it.
Remember, all my Waiver Wire targets are taken from ownership numbers on ESPN and I aim for players under 30% owned, so everybody reading this can find someone to claim.
The NFL finally got a full glimpse of Tua. And it was exciting to see, as he and the Dolphins downed the Cardinals in the last slate of games Sunday. Tua had over 71% completion, threw for almost 250 yards, had 2 TDs and 35 yards on the ground. Overall, a solid day. However, with the Chargers coming next, his ownership will go up massively.
Drew Lock has balled out for the second game in a row. He showed, when fully fit, he has the mechanics and the arm to survive in the NFL. Lock passed for over 300 yards, had 2 passing touchdowns, a rushing score and 47 yards on the ground. These numbers put him in a top 10 scoring position for the week. Watch out for next week. However, the matchup is favourable yet again as he goes to Vegas.
When I first saw Kyle Allen’s ankle and knee, I messaged some friends and said it was a season ender. It turns out that might not be the case. However, it will be some time. For fantasy purposes this is a massive arrow up for J.D McKissic. With Alex Smith under centre, McKissic got all the dump off work, to the tune of 9/65 off of 14 targets. He also got 17 rushing yards. In PPR, McKissic just went into must own territory for the time being.
With the concussion to David Johnson early in Sunday’s game, it seemed like Duke Johnson would get a lot more work. The good news is that he did. The bad news is he showed why he isn’t a number 1 back in the NFL. He went 16/41/1 and 4/32 in the air. However that is still 20 touches. Good luck finding a back on the Waiver Wire you feel more confident getting 18-20 touches next week that is under 30% owned. Just be cautious that David Johnson could return from concussion. But he could also be out for a week or two.
Just like earlier in the season when Golladay was out, it was Danny Amendola and not Marvin Jones Jr. who stepped up and got the extra work. His 10 targets with 7 catches for 77 yards led the team in all categories. He did a lot of the ugly work between the 20’s. He isn’t a massive TD threat. However, 7/77 is 14.7 PPR points. I’ld take that for a bye week fill in thats for sure., especially when free off the Waiver Wire.
Patrick is just returning to health. The 4/29/1 stat line is heavily misleading because he had 9 targets. He still returned you almost 13 PPR points in what was a down game for him. I expect Patrick to be connecting with Lock a lot more against a Raiders offense that is susceptible to the passing attack.
This position is really thin on the Waiver Wire. Jordan Reed didn’t do much on Thursday Night Football. However, he will have 5-6 weeks to prove his worth for the position due to Kittle being on IR. Of all the guys left under 30% owned on the Waiver Wire for Tight Ends, Reed is the only one with TE1 upside. So take the plunge. You have nothing to lose at this point.
Irv Smith is easily the most boom or bust Tight End option. On Sunday he had 2 catches, for two Touchdowns! He is going to blank some weeks, and score in others. This week, against the Bears, I like his chances to get into the paydirt. Don’t expect a lot of yardage from him. It’s going to be Touchdown or bust for Smith every week going forward.
Badgley is a kicker on a high scoring offense, he has a long leg and he will be playing a defense who can make stops. Badgley’s last three outings since the bye have been 8 points, 15 points and 8 points. I like him to keep that trend up again this week.
The Waiver Wire is thin for D/STs right now. And it’s not like many of them are putting up serious points right now. So I have gone with the Lions. Yes they have barely scored any points in their last 3 games (just 2 total in fact), however, there are some factors which go their way this week. They are at home, they are going to be facing a third string Quarterback, and the Washington Football Team do turn the ball over. Expect the Lions to net you 7-10 points this week.
That will do it for the Waiver Wire column this week. Please do check out the Waiver Wire podcast later as I discuss other options for you to look at as well as the above.
However, until then Rush Nation, Keep Rushing!
– Murf (@Murf_NFL)