With Week 9 in the books, we are nearing the final stretch of the fantasy season. You may have anywhere from 3-5 weeks left (depending on your league) to make a push for the playoffs, hold off other teams, or just get some bragging rights. With several teams on bye this week you might be looking for a starter or you may just be looking to grab that guy who helps with the playoff run.
I will continue to bring up, and still recommend, is to pay attention to who the other teams in your league have been dropping. With injuries and COVID causing some chaos so far this season many teams may have been scrambling to field a team. There may be some players not identified on this list who could help your team instantly.
As always though I am here to try to identify some of the more popular waiver wire adds, some deeper league options, and some to keep an eye on up until your waivers run. Now every league may be a little different, but I will be looking at players who are on 50% or less of teams across Yahoo and ESPN platforms. I will also include some players who might be above 50%, but are worth the look to see if they’re available in your league.
Bye Weeks: Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys
Week 10 Waiver Wire: Possibly taken, but worth a look
Mike Davis (RB, CAR)
McCaffrey returned in Week 9, but is facing another injury and possibly missing time. Check to see if Davis was possibly dropped with the McCaffrey return and if he is available he is worth a pick up again.
Week 10 Waiver Wire: On less than 50% of teams
Drew Lock (QB, DEN)
Lock was identified as a streamer and a waiver wire pickup last week and he paid off. He threw for 313 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also rushed for 47 yards and 1 touchdown. It may be a roller coaster as most of his fantasy production has come later in the game However, he gets the Las Vegas Raiders who are ranked 13th against quarterbacks. You can go back to the well with Lock.
Teddy Bridgewater (QB, CAR)
Another player who was on our list this last week is back on it again. He gets a tough Tampa Bay defense who may be looking for payback after getting wrecked by the Saints. However, Bridgewater may give you a safe floor if your streaming. In Week 2 against Tampa Bay, Bridgewater threw for 367 yards. This did come with three turnovers, but if you need a safe play at quarterback Bridgewater isn’t the worst option (check to see if Lock is available first) and still available in more than 50% of leagues.
Jalen Reagor (WR, PHI)
Reagor is coming off the bye and should be close to full health. In Week 8 he found the endzone and should get immediately involved in the offense.
Curtis Samuel (WR, CAR)
Samuel continues to be involved in the gameplan for Carolina. In Week 9 Samuel rushed 3 times for 13 yards and caught 9 receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown. He brings big-play ability and needs to be owned.
Nelson Agholor (WR, LV)
Agholor found the endzone in Week 9 on 2 receptions for 55 yards. He has had at least 13 PPR points in 4 of the last 5 weeks. Unfortunately the one game he didn’t meet that mark you got a goose egg. Denver is 11th against wide receivers so you can turn back to Agholor this week.
Allen Lazard (WR, GB)
Lazard did not play in week 9, but may be in position to play in Week 10. Keep an eye on injury reports up until your waivers run as Lazard caught 6 receptions for 148 yards and a touchdown in his last game active.
Duke Johnson (RB, HOU)
David Johnson left the game with a concussion and Duke rushed 16 times for 41 yards and a touchdown. He also caught 4 receptions for 32 yards. Should David Johnson miss next week Duke Johnson can be put right into lineups.
Cam Akers (RB, LAR)
Akers is coming off the bye, but in Week 8 Darrell Henderson left the game with an injury. Keep an eye on Henderson’s status moving forward and if he doesn’t play that leaves Akers and Malcolm Brown left in the backfield.
J.D. McKissic (RB, WAS)
McKissic is a decent pickup in PPR leagues as he has averaged 12.3 PPR points in the last six games. Washington will be behind and need to throw the ball and McKissic will stay involved.
Austin Hooper (TE, CLE)
Hooper returned to practice on Monday after missing the last two weeks. You may want to keep an eye on if he will play, but if you’re in need of a tight end then Hooper may be a decent option.