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Through The Wire - Week 10
11/6/17; Updated: 11/7/17

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Targeting weekly waiver picks is a completely subjective business, but this column hopes to point out some obvious and not-so-obvious selections to help your team from week to week while you strive to collect fantasy wins, reach your league playoffs and win the elusive title that your friends say is out of your grasp. While I’m a big proponent of making trades to bolster your roster, the waiver wire can be an almost limitless resource when it comes to discovering fantasy value in strange places. Each week, I’ll highlight some of the popular (and not-so-popular) players who can help your squad and may still be available in your league.

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Goff had his best fantasy game of the season and gets HOU, @MIN, NO, @ARI the next four weeks.

Quarterbacks

Jared Goff, LAR I included Goff in my Week 8 column and recommended him in my updates last week, but its essential I bring him back at the outset of the column to discuss his success in Week 9 a dominant performance that saw him tally 311-4-0 as the best fantasy QB of the week. Goff is still available in about 10-20 percent of fantasy leagues and should be rostered in all formats heading into a favorable Week 10 matchup against the Texans. Hes also worth targeting in trades, especially dynasty leagues where he could be a viable QB1 if he continues to develop.

Tyrod Taylor, BUF Like Goff, Taylor made an appearance in the Week 8 Through the Wire and was updated last week, described as an adequate bye-week fill-in against the Jets. Well, he ended up with a pretty big game (285-2-0; 35 rushing yards with a TD and a lost fumble) and Top 5 fantasy numbers among QBs. The Saints have been quite stingy against opposing QBs this season, but Taylor remains a low-end QB1 in a week where itll be hard to find 10-12 better options at the position.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, TB – UPDATE: Fitzpatrick gets the nod the next few weeks with Jameis Winston shut down to allow his ailing shoulder to recover. The veteran would have a little more value if the pugnacious Mike Evans wasn’t suspended this week, but Fitzpatrick does have 358-4-2 in just two partial games and is a good option facing one of his old teams – the Jets.

Jay Cutler, MIA Owned in just 15-25 percent of fantasy leagues, Cutler hasnt done much in 2017, but passed for a season high 311-3-0 in the Sunday night loss to Oakland. Reports assumed hed be playing through a lot of pain with his rib injury but the fact that he didnt turn the ball over and seemed mostly accurate on his throws (34-for-42) shows he could have some QB2 value and might be worth a look in deeper leagues.

C.J. Beathard, SF Beathard completed 24 of his 51 pass attempts for 294-0-1 in Week 9, adding 16 rushing yards and a TD against the Arizona Cardinals, and has largely been pedestrian as a rookie backup thrust into the starting role. But if theres one matchup thats looking more and more like a free square for opposing QBs, its the Giants. Beathard doesnt have the weapons that many of his fellow QBs so, and there arent many formats where Id start him over a trusted QB, but hes worth a look in DFS and deeper formats if youre in a pinch at the position.

Other QBs to consider: Josh McCown (NYJ), Eli Manning, (NYG), Case Keenum (MIN)

UPDATES:

Jacoby Brissett, IND Brissett lost a fumble but otherwise turned in a solid game (308-2-0) and truly got T.Y. Hilton involved for the first time since Week 5. Hes facing a tougher matchup against the Steelers but could be worth a start in DFS and deeper formats in what might end up as a shootout.

Brett Hundley, GB UPDATE: Hundley has a long way to go before he’s a viable QB, but Mike McCarthy think he’s shown improvement since being thrust into the role of starter a few weeks back. He was 26-of-38 for 245-0-0 in the loss to Detroit, adding 22 yards and a rushing TD. It’s a good sign that Hundley didn’t turn the ball over, but it’s clear from the read-option oriented play-calling that the youngster is a game manager and won’t be asked to peel off too many big throws.

Drew Stanton, ARI As expected, the Cards relied heavily on Adrian Peterson in Week 9, but Stanton had an okay fantasy total and threw for 201-2-1, though he completed just 50 percent of his pass attempts. Hes probably not on the fantasy radar in Week 10 facing the Seahawks.

Running Backs

Matt Forte, NYG Forte turned back the clock with a big fantasy performance on Thursday night, running for 77 yar5ds and two TDs on 14 carries and hauling in 4-19-0 on four targets. Its hard to know if hell have as much success against the Bucs in Week 10, as hes still part of a committee with Elijah McGuire and Bilal Powell, but hes available in about 25-30 percent of fantasy leagues and the Jets running game looks pretty formidable at the moment.

Thomas Rawls, SEA Aside from Russell Wilsons designed scampers, the entire Seahawks running game is atrocious, but Rawls took advantage of an Eddie Lacy groin injury (what else is new?) and picked up 39 rushing yards on nine attempts in Week 9 against Washington, adding 2-31-0 on two targets. Hes owned in just 25-40 percent of fantasy leagues and could see more consistent touches moving forward.

Danny Woodhead, BAL Woodhead is slated to return from IR (hamstring) in Week 11 after the Ravens Week 10 bye, and at only 50-60 percent owned, the versatile pass-catching back should be a waiver priority. Woodhead will add some spark to a struggling offense, receive a handful of carries each game and plenty of looks on check-downs from the conservative Joe Flacco. The veteran is a useful red zone option as well, and scored nine TDs in 2015, his last full season though he isnt without additional risk given the nature of soft-tissue injuries.

Rob Kelley, WAS Kelley, who was questionable with an ankle injury and had a tough matchup against a stout Seattle defensive front, struggled to gain meaningful yardage on Sunday. In addition, he hadnt seen double digit carries since Week 2. But two rushing TDs (both 1-yard scores) saved his fantasy day and showed that hes still the guy wholl get the goal line carries for Washington. Next week wont be any easier in a tilt with the Vikings, but Kelley should be owned in more than 40-60 percent of fantasy leagues and still retains some TD-dependent fantasy value as the lead ball carrier on a team without much of an offensive line.

Latavius Murray, MIN – UPDATE: Murray yields most of the RB upside on the Vikings to Jerick McKinnon – the more versatile and dynamic back. But he’s getting most of the goal line work (10 touches inside the red zone and four inside the 10-yard line over the last five games) and the Vikings will likely play it conservative against Washington in week 10, which means there could be a lot of north-south running for Murray between the 20s and well. The former Raider is owned in about 60-80 percent of competitive leagues and makes for a fine waiver wire addition if you need the help at RB.

Corey Clement, PHI The Eagles blew out Denver, allowing Clement a larger role in what might have been more of a timeshare between new acquisition Jay Ajayi and LeGarrette Blount. But Clement is an excellent pass protector and seized the opportunity, running the ball 12 times for 51 yards and a TD. He also hauled in his only target for a 15-yard TD from Carson Wentz and played his biggest role of the year despite the addition of Ajayi. Clement will maintain a role after the Week 10 bye, though hell have a difficult time repeating what might end up being a career performance.

Other RBs to consider: Austin Ekeler (SD), DeAndre Washington (OAK), Peyton Barber (TB), DOnta Foreman (HOU), Devontae Booker (DEN)

UPDATES:

Alex Collins, BAL Collins rushed for 43 yards on 13 carries and added one catch for 3 yards, while Javorius Allen was more active in the passing game (7-44-1). Both Allen and Collins stand to lose touches once Woodhead returns after the bye, though its hard to say how the roles will be divvied up until Woodhead tests out the hamstring in a live game.

Matt Breida, SF Carlos Hyde was ejected late in the game Sunday after a scuffle that followed a late hit on Beathard, and Breida played a minor role with one carry (for 1 yard) and 2-18-0 on four targets. If Hyde gets suspended (which isnt likely at this point), hed have more than latent handcuff value. But right now, Hyde is getting most of the touches in the 49ers offense.

Rex Burkhead, NE Burkhead and the Patriots were on a Week 9 bye, and the matchup with Denver isnt all that favorable. Still, the Eagles shredded the Broncos on Sunday and Bill Belichick might be anxious to increase Burkheads workload to see what hes capable of.

UPDATE: Still no word on how Belichick plans to use his backfield weapons this week (big surprise there), but looking back we can see that Burkhead’s role before the bye week consisted of 27 snaps (seven more than James White), and seven targets from Tom Brady, which was one more than White received.

Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden, DAL McFadden was inactive as Ezekiel Elliott was given another legal reprieve, but its becoming obvious that Morris is the back to own if Zeke suspension ever takes hold.

UPDATE: The temporary stay granted to Elliott last week does not sunset, which means he will be eligible to play until the court hands down a ruling following the Thursday hearing. The fact that it’s so late in the week suggests the court probably won’t have a verdict before Sunday's game, and Elliott will be allowed to play this week against the Falcons. Stay tuned.

Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams, MIA Both Drake and Williams had solid games with Drake piling up more yardage (69 yards on nine carries; 6-35-0 and a fumble) and Williams providing an additional spark in the passing game (6-47-1; 14 rushing yards on seven carries). This will likely be a hot-hand approach as the season wears on, though its currently a relatively even timeshare where both should be owned in 12-team formats.

Wide Receivers / Tight Ends

Mohamed Sanu, ATL Im noticing a pattern here. I recommended Sanu and Woods (below) in Week 8 and updated them last week, and while Sanu was only targeted three times, he hauled in all three catches for 23 yards, and one was for a TD. The Falcons have a favorable matchup with the Cowboys in Week 10, as many of the Dallas games tend to pick up the pace in second half and Sanu has been a steady contributor this season in an underwhelming Atlanta offense. Hes still available in about 15-20 percent of fantasy leagues, so make sure hes rostered in yours.

Sammy Watkins & Robert Woods, LAR I had Woods starting in one of my main leagues this week, and would have really benefited from his 4-70-2 day performance had my opponent not started Goff at QB. Regardless, Woods is a solid playmaker in a potent offense and should be started in all formats as a WR3/flex (and part of game stacks in DFS) against the Texans in Week 10. Hes owned in about 40-60 percent of leagues and sees 7-8 targets every week. Watkins is also getting some looks and is owned in a much larger number of leagues (80-85 percent), but is more big-play dependent. Both have excellent upside this week.

TE Julius Thomas, MIA Ive been waiting all season for the Dolphins to start targeting Thomas, who had 6-84-1 and scored his first TD of the season on Sunday night. Hes a big-bodied target and should continue to get looks in the red zone moving forward. Owned in about 15-20 percent of leagues, Thomas checks in as a high-end TE2 with some upside down the stretch.

Marqise Lee, JAC Lee posted 8-75-1 on 12 targets, season-highs in catches and targets. His TD was his first of 2017 and he has a great matchup with the Chargers in Week 10. The Jaguars may have thrown more than usual without Leonard Fournette (suspended Sunday for a violation of team rules), but Lee is a talented WR owned in about 50 percent of fantasy leagues who has been targeted 58 times through eight games (32-438-1 receiving on the season).

TE Vernon Davis, WAS Davis started at TE for Washington and saw nine targets from Kirk Cousins, catching 6-72-0. If Jordan Reed remains out and the WR corps is still decimated in Week 10, Davis is a must-own low-end TE1 whos still available in about 30-40 percent of leagues.

WR Corey Coleman and Josh Gordon, CLE – UPDATE: Coleman (15-20 percent owned in competitive leagues) is a talented receiver, just like Gordon, and his upside is probably relatively similar considering Gordon’s extended time away from the game. It’s also a wonderful thing that Gordon has been reinstated and is eligible to return to action in a few weeks, but Coleman will likely be ready in Week 11. Coleman projects to remain the No.1 receiver for the Browns once both are healthy, and while Gordon is worth a speculative add for teams with the roster space, Coleman (who caught 5-53-1 in Week 1 before a Week 2 injury landed him on IR) will be the more productive contributor this season.

Zay Jones, BUF Jones has been improving in recent weeks and had a solid game Thursday night (5-63-1) but suffered a leg injury that will force him to miss practice time this week. Hes worth monitoring to see if this will keep him out of any game action, and the addition of Kelvin Benjamin also complicates the issue. Still having a proven outside receiver could allow Jones to do more work in the slot and get more looks. Just keep an eye on his injury status moving forward.

Deonte Thompson, BUF Like Jones, Thompson could see his role change with Benjamin in town, but he had a monster game Thursday (7-81-1) and the 10 targets was more than he saw in any one game for the Bears this season. The Bills were forced to throw more than usual after falling behind to the Jets, but Thompson can be a productive receiver when he sees consistent targets. Hes on my radar despite an ownership rate of about 5-10 percent in competitive leagues.

Other WRs/TEs to consider: Jeremy Maclin (BAL), Terrance Williams & Cole Beasley (DAL), Tavarres King (NYG), Marquise Goodwin (SF) TE Ben Watson (BAL), Josh Doctson (WAS), Curtis Samuel (CAR)

UPDATES:

Paul Richardson & Tyler Lockett, SEA These guys were both huge busts (Richardson with 3-41-0; Lockett with 2-10-0) in the loss to Washington, though playing conditions were not ideal for the passing game and Doug Baldwin had a big day (7-108-1). Theyre both borderline WR3/flex moving forward but have a decent matchup in Arizona next weekend stand a good chance at posting adequate numbers.

Corey Davis, TEN Davis had just 2-28-0 on five targets in his first game back from injury, as Rishard Matthews was the passing game star for the Titans. Expect better numbers in a favorable matchup with the Bengals in Week 10.

TE Jack Doyle, IND Doyle (now owned in 90-95 percent of competitive leagues after a monster Week 8) was relatively quiet in the first half on Sunday but ended up with another solid game, hauling in 8-63-0 on nine targets from Brissett. Hes an unquestioned TE1 and should be targeted frequently versus the Steelers in Week 10.

Robby Anderson, NYJ Anderson hauled in 4-48-1 in the win over Buffalo and has seen his ownership level skyrocket to 75-80 percent in the past few weeks. He needs to be owned in all formats.

Jamison Crowder, WAS Crowder (hamstring) was ruled out against the Seahawks after not practicing during the week, and Ryan Grant took his place in the slot and caught 3-39-0 in the win over Seattle.