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Working The Wire - Week 10

By Mike Krueger | Updated: 10/7/23

Each week I’ll provide you with a rundown by position of key waiver wire adds. We’ll evaluate not just breakouts based on past performance, but also who could deliver this week based on a soft matchup. Stats will be provided based on a 12-team PPR league, with players less than 75% (preferably less than 50%) ownership being considered.

Week 10 byes: Kansas City, LA Rams, Miami, Philadelphia


Will Levis, TEN @ TB

Josh recommended Levis last week coming off his four-TD performance in Week 8 and I’m going back to the well here assuming Ryan Tannehill (ankle) remains out. The Bucs just got torched by C.J. Stroud (470-5-0) and don’t give up a lot of production on the ground which should force the Titans out of their comfort zone and into a pass-heavy gameplan.

Joshua Dobbs, MIN vs NO

Given all the injuries we’ve seen at quarterback, there are very few viable options on the waiver wire. Dobbs is noteworthy due to his rushing ability (7-66-1 last week) but he’s still trying to get acclimated with his new team and faces a solid Saints-D that has yet to allow a 300-yard passer.

Other QBs to consider: Baker Mayfield TB, (vs. TEN), Taylor Heinicke ATL (@ ARI), Derek Carr NO (@ MIN)

Last week’s waiver adds:

Will Levis, TEN @ PIT: Levis looked impressive compared to a lot of the backup QB play we’re seeing across the league, especially going up against a tough Steelers defense. However, the lack of rushing and zero passing TDs isn’t what we’re looking for. His 262-0-1 line with only 2 rushing yards was good for QB22 on the week.

Derek Carr, NO vs CHI: Carr had a decent day (25/34 for 211-2-0) but was bit by the Taysom Hill bug who came in near the goaline and threw a TD pass to TE Juwan Johnson. Carr has a decent matchup against the Vikings in Week 10 before the Saints go on bye in Week 11.

Mac Jones, NE vs WAS: Jones completed just 54.5% of his passes against the Commanders who have given up the third most fantasy points to the position. Not great. In Mac’s defense, he was dealing with 5’8” Demario Douglas and Jalen Reagor has his top receivers. Jones faces a neutral matchup against the Colts in Week 10 before their Week 11 bye.

Running Backs

D’Onta Foreman, CHI vs. CAR

If Foreman was dropped due to the threat of Roschon Johnson returning from his concussion, it’s time to pick him back up. The last two weeks has seen Foreman out-touch the rookie 30 to 12. Khalil Herbert could be active for this game, but I expect Foreman to remain involved. The Bears face the Panthers who have given up the second most fantasy points to running backs.

Ty Chandler, MIN vs. NO

The Vikings just lost backup running back Cam Akers to another Achilles injury, his second in his career. Expect to see Chandler pickup some volume but keep your expectations in check as the Vikings have struggled to run the ball and he’s only going to fill the backup role behind Alexander Mattison.

Keaton Mitchell

Keaton Mitchell, BAL vs. CLE

Mitchell exploded last week (9-138-1) but still will be part of a three-man rotation for the Ravens that also includes Gus Edwards and Justice Hill.

"I'm sure there'll be a rotation. Sometimes it's by certain scheme, sometimes it's by who's hot. Sometimes it's by who's tired with running backs. It just kind of depends." – John Harbaugh.

Mitchell is more a contingent bench stash than a play in Week 10 against the Browns who’ve given up the 4th fewest fantasy points to the position.

Zach Charbonnet, SEA vs. WAS

Charbonnet has played more snaps than Kenneth Walker over the last two weeks but it didn’t translate into touches and production last week against the Ravens (4-8-0, 1-5-0). The sledding should be easier against the Commanders who traded away two of their starting defensive linemen and represent a neutral matchup against RBs.

Other RBs to consider: Jaleel McLaughlin DEN (@ BUF)

Last week’s waiver adds:

Emari Demercado, ARI @ CLE: Demercado (toe) ended up being Inactive last week. The Cardinals turned to Keaontay Ingram and Toney Jones as they got blown out by the Browns and failed to score a single point.

Darrell Henderson, LAR @ GB: Henderson struggled to get anything going against the Packers, rushing for 19 yards on 10 carries. He’s splitting time with Royce Freeman but remains the preferred fantasy option as Freeman isn’t involved in the passing game.

Wide Receivers / Tight Ends

Quentin Johnston, LAC vs. DET

Johnston is set to take over the No.2 wide receiver role now that Josh Palmer (knee) has been put on Injured Reserve. Johnston had six targets in Week 8 against the Bears and plays Monday night in a difficult matchup against the Jets.

TE Jonnu Smith, ATL @ ARI

We know Arthur Smith doesn’t want to feature his best players so that means Jonnu is a viable tight end streamer. Use him. Smith has two more targets than Kyle Pitts on the season.

Other WRs/TEs to consider: Khalil Shakir BUF (vs. DEN), Nick Westbrook-Ikhine TEN (@ TB), Jonathan Mingo CAR (@ CHI)

Last week’s waiver adds:

Brandin Cooks, DAL @ PHI: This was a good spot for the Dallas passing offense and Dak Prescott threw for 373 yards and 3 touchdowns. However, Cooks was absent with only 2 targets and 1 catch for 7 yards. CeeDee Lamb (11-191-0) and TE Jake Ferguson (7-91-1) did all the damage.

Demario Douglas, NE vs WAS: Douglas played 82.8% of the snaps and saw a 16.3% target share on his way to a 5-55-0 line. His 7 targets tied him with JuJu Smith-Schuster and tight end Hunter Henry for the team lead.

TE Cade Otton, TB @ HOU: Otton posted his best fantasy game of the season (6-70-2) on 9 targets in the high-scoring affair with the Texans. This will likely be his high-water mark for the season so hopefully you jumped on board!

TE Gerald Everett, LAC @ NYJ: Update - The Chargers struggled to sustain drives which led to low offensive output. Everett caught both of his target for 18 yards.

Defense / Special Teams

Seahawks vs WAS

The Seahawks got run over by the Ravens in Week 9 but should bounce back at home against the Commanders. We know Sam Howell likes to take sacks and I expect a handful from Seattle in Week 10.

Steelers vs GB

The Steelers are 8th in total sacks, T-1st in fumble recoveries, T-8th in INTs and have two defensive scores on the season. The Packers offense is an inexperienced group and still prone to making mistakes.

Saints @ MIN

The Saints lead the league in INTs (12) and the Vikings quarterback has been with the team for less than two weeks. I’d be surprised if Minnesota scores more than 20 points.

Last week’s waiver adds:

Patriots vs WAS: The Patriots recorded 3 sacks, 1 fumble recovery and 1 INT while allowing 20 points to the Commanders. A top-10 showing.

Raiders vs NYG: The Raiders-D dominated the Giants 0-line recording 8 sacks, 2 INTs while allowing just 6 points. The Browns and Colts (2 TDs) were the only other defenses to score more points on the week.

Giants vs LV: Yikes. The Giants lost their quarterback and couldn’t wait to leave Las Vegas. They recorded 1 sack and allowed 30 points to a Raiders team with Aidan O'Connell at quarterback.