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Through The Wire - Week 10



By Antonio D'Arcangelis | 11/8/22 |

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 for that elusive title that your friends say is out of your grasp.

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 that might be available in 12-team PPR leagues. I’ll also provide a brief update on the players I covered the previous week.

Feedback is always welcome, appreciated and encouraged. I’ll get to as many e-mails as I can.


Week 10 Byes: Baltimore, Cincinnati, New England, N.Y. Jets

Quarterbacks

Justin Fields, CHI vs. Detroit Just in case hes still available, its time to add Fields, whos looking much like a fantast QB1 over his last three games. Hes almost 75% owned now so theres not much more to be said.

Daniel Jones, NYG vs. Houston Jones (who was on a Week 9 bye) will see his latent value improve if the Giants happen to add a certain free agent WR in the coming days (more on that later), but he could fare well vs. Houston despite the G-Mens recent personnel issues.

Andy Dalton, NO at Pittsburgh Ive espoused the character and talent of Dalton for many years in this column, as he does offer decent upside on occasion. Week 10s matchup against the Steelers and their challenged pass defense is one of those times. Well update after Monday nights matchup with Baltimore.

Update: Not much going on during MNF, but he should fare better against the Steelers in Week 10.

Baker Mayfield, CAR vs. Atlanta The matchup offers upside if he gets the start in Week 10, and he looked okay in garbage time.

Update: It appears Mayfield will head back to the bench in Week 10 as P.J. Walker is expected to start.

Other QBs to consider (Week 10 opponents in parentheses): Jacoby Brissett, CLE (@MIA); Sam Ehlinger, IND (@LV)

UPDATE (players recommended last week):

Trevor Lawrence, JAC Another okay performance for Lawrence (235-1-0 passing; six carries for 53 rushing yards, fumble) as the Jags pulled off a win over the Raiders. Week 10 vs. KC could go either way.

Marcus Mariota, ATL Mariota had his second-worst fantasy performance of 2022 in Week 9 as he completed 12 of 23 passes for 129 yards with no TDs or INTs in the loss to the Chargers. He rushed five times for 24 yards, but this was not a helpful outing for fantasy owners.

Jeff Wilson

Running Backs

Jeff Wilson, MIA vs. Cleveland Wilson stepped into a monster role in his first game with Miami, receiving about equal time with Raheem Mostert and looking spry in his 12 touches (nine carries for 51 rushing yards; 3-21-1 receiving). Hes a great add if anyone dropped him or hes still available in 12-team leagues.

Deon Jackson, IND at Las Vegas Sunday was a disappointment for the Colts, and Jackson was mediocre; he rushed the ball 11 times for 23 yards in the 26-3 loss to the Patriots and missed time with a knee injury. He added two receptions on three targets for 13 yards but should be a much better play in Week 10 against the Raiders if hes the lead back once again.

Kylin Hill, GB vs. Dallas Hill would assume some percentage of snaps should Aaron Jones miss time with the ankle injury that saw him leave Sundays loss to Detroit. On a short week, that means well know relatively soon what sort of role hell play including some pass-catching and change-of-pace work for Green Bay when AJ Dillon needs a spell. Hes a deep-league PPR flex option.

Update: Hill’s fantasy stock has diminished since Aaron Jones is expected to play on Thursday.

Other RBs to consider (Week 10 opponents in parentheses): Isaiah Spiller, LAC (@SF); Zack Moss, IND (@LV); Gus Edwards, BAL (BYE); Kyren Williams, LAR (IR could be activated for Week 10 vs. ARI)

UPDATE (players recommended last week):

Kenyan Drake, BAL Update: Drake had an impressive 93 rushing yards and two scores on Monday night in the win over New Orleans. He doesn’t have any kind of stronghold on the starter’s gig and his value could plummet in future weeks, but Week 9 was a huge get for fantasy owners who plugged him in.

Khalil Herbert, CHI Herbert struggled to find running room against the stingy Miami defense in Week 9 after posting 70+ scrimmage yards in three straight games. His usage and subsequent fantasy value is tough to predict given the presence of David Montgomery and Fields rushing ability, but hes worth rostering still.

Caleb Huntley, ATL After a Week 8 where he rushed 16 times for 91 yards during the win over the Panthers, Huntley was second fiddle to Tyler Allgeier in Week 9 and went for just 34 rushing yards on seven carries.

Chase Edmonds, DEN The Broncos were on a bye, so well have to stay tuned to see how Edmonds’ usage shakes out at Tennessee.

Wide Receivers / Tight Ends

Odell Beckham Jr., FA There are some scenarios where Beckham lacks immediate value even if he joins a team as early as this week but stashing him could be a shrewd move for owners without pressing roster concerns. On the other hand, a couple of possible landing spots for the talented veteran WR (NYG, DAL, GB) could have instant results.

Update: George Pickens, PIT vs. New Orleans Moving Chase Claypool to Chicago should result in more opportunities for Pickens down field, and the rookies big-play ability coupled with his numbers in the five weeks before the Week 9 bye make him a high-upside, moderate-floor addition in any format.

Terrace Marshall Jr., CAR vs. Atlanta Marshall had been on the uptick in value the previous few weeks, but on Sunday vs. the Bengals he played 44 of 48 offensive snaps and finished with 3-51-1 on six targets. His garbage time rapport with Baker Mayfield could be a portent of things to come and the Week 10 matchup is a good one.

TE Cole Kmet, CHI vs. Detroit As Fields develops into a complete QB, hes looking the way of his TE more and more, evident by Kmets receiving line in Week 9 (5-41-2 on six targets; 9 rushing yards). Hes shaping up to be a low-end TE1 moving forward.

Other WRs/TEs to consider (Week 10 opponents in parentheses): Sammy Watkins, GB (vs. DAL); Zay Jones, JAC (@KC); Kadarius Toney, KC (JAC); Rashid Shaheed, NO (@PIT), Samori Toure, GB (vs. DAL)

UPDATE (players recommended last week):

Chase Claypool, CHI Claypool hauled in just two passes for 13 yards and rushed once for four yards in the 35-32 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday. Even on short notice after his acquisition, Claypool tied for second in targets on the team with Kmet. He and the other WRs may not all produce consistently each week, but the upside is there.

Devin Duvernay, BAL Update: Duvernay busted with just one catch n one target Monday night. He’s on a bye in Week 10.

TE Evan Engram, JAC Engram was a huge bust in Week 9 with just one catch for 7 yards. Not good.

Rondale Moore, ARI The target volume is there for Moore, who finished with 8-69 on 10 targets Sunday. The Cards offense isnt their problem, so he should continue to flourish.

Romeo Doubs, GB This was tough to watch, as Doubs got in just one catch before an ankle injury saw him leave the game in Week 9. He was spotted using crutches and wearing a walking boot on his right foot after the loss at Detroit.

Update: Doubs has a high ankle sprain and will miss several (4-6) weeks of action.

Darnell Mooney, CHI Mooney had his best game of 2022 with 7-43-1 on eight targets from Fields. This Chicago offense is looking better every week, and Mooney is one of the higher-upside options.

Defense/ Special Teams

  • New Orleans @ PIT
  • Chicago vs. DET
  • Las Vegas vs. IND
  • Pittsburgh vs. NO
  • Indianapolis @ LV
  • Denver @ TEN