Cody Wagner @CwagsFantasy
Waiver Wire: Week 10
Bye week teams: Denver, Minnesota, Baltimore, Houston
For this on-going waiver wire article I will be breaking skill players down into 3 categories and then conclude by recommending some likely free-agent Defenses to stream.
• Game Changers: Game changers are exactly what they sound like. Players that through injury or opportunity rise up and become real impact players immediately. They may not be the best or most well-known players, but they are in a position to impact fantasy scores on a weekly basis.
• Depth with upside: Again, the name is fairly self-explanatory. These are players that are just waiting for that opportunity to excel. Often they possess a solid talent and elite measurables, but they just have not had the opportunity to “break out” yet. This often includes handcuffs of underwhelming players or players that have started slow at deep positions, i.e. a QB or TE, that still have you believing in their talent.
• Hail Mary’s: This section is easily going to be the highest turnover section of your roster. And in some cases, the players will literally change from day-to-day. They are often role players that flash or deeper roster players that may have moved up due to injury, trade, or just plain old ineffectiveness.
Mike Davis – RB | Seattle Seahawks
It looks like Chris Carson may miss week 10 with a hip injury. This would put Mike Davis in a prime position for the opportunity to produce at a RB2 level as the Seahawks will travel to play the Los Angeles Rams. Davis has been used in the passing game as well and with the Rams coming off their first loss, I would expect Seattle to give them everything they’ve got as they almost bested the Rams last time they met.
Duke Johnson – RB | Cleveland Browns
As I mentioned earlier, Gregg Williams plans to use Duke Johnson similarly to how he was used last year, when he was a RB1 in PPR leagues. Not to mention they will be playing Atlanta, who happens to be one of the worst teams in the league at defending the pass to the running back. I would feel very comfortable putting him in your flex or even your RB2 position next week.
C.J. Uzomah – TE | Cincinnati Bengals
C.J. Uzomah is going to have a huge game. Going against a saints D who is 29th in yards allowed and tied for the 3rd most touchdowns allowed. A.J. Green is out, so I expect Tyler Boyd, Joe Mixon, and Uzomah to get a shit ton of targets as it is my belief that they will be trailing for most of the game. Uzomah is my guy this week, my must start, my lock in all your DFS lineups. Maybe you’re a Rudolph owner and he’s on a bye this week, or maybe you’re already streaming, but either way, get Uzomah in your lineup if you don’t have a must-start TE.
Depth With Upside:
Elijah McGuire – RB | New York Jets
While Isaiah Crowell is the starter no doubt, Elijah could fit in nicely to the Bilal Powell role and potential produce just the same. The Jets are big on Elijah and I think that he could carve himself out a bigger role in weeks to come.
Josh Adams – RB | Philadelphia Eagles
The Philly backfield is a mess, but Adams is the only one among them with the size at 6’2” 225lbs to be an every-down back. Adams received the ball the most this past week and could be the guy they look to hold down the early downs in the weeks to come. However, the Eagles are on a bye next week so this is not a priority, don’t use a waiver claim for him, as you can probably pick him up as a free agent after waivers have passed.
Keke Coutee – WR | Houston Texans
Coutee was out this week but should return soon and it couldn’t have come at a more desperate moment. Will Fuller tore his ACL and will miss the rest of the season. However, the Texans traded for Demaryius Thomas who should lineup as the number 2 receiver week to week. Coutee looked impressive in his debut but hadn’t really provided value in the games following. He is a very different player than Fuller and that could benefit him especially in PPR formats. He’s a separation kind of player and plays best out of the slot. This could open up a lot for Deandre and Thomas if he is able to produce in the middle of the field. He is 18.6% owned.
Antonio Callaway – WR | Cleveland Browns
There’s a new regime in Cleveland as both Hue Jackson and Todd Haley were asked to make like a tree and leave. Callaway is probably the most athletically gifted receiver on the team, and that includes Jarvis Landry. Callaway could easily become the featured receiver in this group and become a favorite target of Mayfield depending on what the interim coach feels his strengths are with this team. Callaway is 14% owned.
Tyrell Williams – WR | Los Angeles Chargers
Don’t worry TyWill, we didn’t forget about you. He didn’t have a huge day this week, but he still got in the end zone. Previous to the bye week, Tyrell Williams once again emerged as the deep threat he has showcased in former seasons. He’s tall he’s fast and plays in an offense that by years end will likely be top 10. There’s a ton of WR’s on bye week 10, so scoop him up and slam him in your flex if you need a boom or bust on your roster. Williams is 34% owned