Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Watch List for Week 10: Streaming targets, free agent sleepers include Derrius Guice, O.J. Howard
Part of our weekly fantasy football waiver wire watch list duty is to remind you of players you might’ve forgotten about. This week, that’s Derrius Guice. He’s spent so much of his time in the NFL injured that it’s easy to forget that he’s eligible to return in Week 11 (and looks like he’ll be ready to do so). That’s the type of waiver wire pickup who can win you your fantasy football league, so you shouldn’t delay heading into Week 9 — now is the time to stash before the Week 10 waiver wire sees his ownership rise even more.
This is also a matchup-friendly article. And if there’s one matchup we’ve learned to love this year, it’s tight ends against the Cardinals. O.J. Howard (assuming health) will face off with Arizona in Week 10. Yes, it’s been a remarkably disappointing season for a preseason top-five tight end. But man, if there’s ever a get-right day for a TE, it’s the game against the Cardinals that awaits him.
Those are just two of the many names on this week’s watch list. We have quarterbacks young and old, running backs with newfound opportunities, enough wide receivers that we had to make watch list cuts, and some solid TE and D/ST streams, too.
Last week’s watch list recommended Mark Walton as one of our headliners, and Kenyan Drake was traded as expected, making Walton the starter. Somehow he hasn’t risen above 50 percent ownership yet, so get on that. We also recommended Ryan Tannehill, Allen Lazard, A.J. Brown, Alex Erickson, Dallas Goedert, and Jonnu Smith — all before weeks that continued encouraging trends and saw their ownership rise.
Week 10 will be the first bye week with six teams off, so looking ahead is more important now than ever as we approach the fantasy football stretch run. Check out our watch list to find the best choices going forward and beat your leaguemates to the punch.
Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Watch List
Reminder: This list was put together in the lead-in to Week 9, looking forward to the players that could be waiver-wire targets in Week 10. If you have a roster spot to play with, these are options you could pick up early to beat the waiver buzz.
All these players are below 50-percent ownership on Yahoo unless otherwise specified.
Week 10 Waiver Wire Watch List: Quarterback
Notable quarterbacks on a Week 10 bye: Deshaun Watson, Tom Brady, Carson Wentz, Gardner Minshew, Brandon Allen, Case Keenum
Cam Newton, Panthers (42 percent ownership)
Kyle Allen continues to struggle after his torrid start, and although the Panthers have won more than they’ve lost with Allen, it’s been a lot more due to Christian McCaffrey and the defense. Cam’s making too much money to sit the bench the rest of the season, and like I’ve been saying, if he’s healthy and can run around, he can still have fantasy value.
Daniel Jones, Giants (24)
Jones is coming off a Week 8 in which he led quarterbacks in fantasy points after getting off to a rough start with a fumble-six. Playing “at” the Jets in Week 10 isn’t an intimidating matchup, and if he can put together another solid performance in Week 9, he’ll be back to trending upward.
Ryan Tannehill, Titans (23)
Tannehill threw three touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 8, so he had a productive fantasy day despite low yardage. The Chiefs’ pass defense won’t pose much Week 10 threat, and if Patrick Mahomes is back, there’s shootout potential.
Sam Darnold, Jets (23)
Starting in Week 9 Darnold’s schedule gets very favorable (Dolphins, Giants, Redskins, Raiders, Bengals, Dolphins), and that will continue in Week 10 with a matchup against Jones and the Giants. With good weapons around him, Darnold can still be a usable fantasy quarterback despite some recent struggles.
Ryan Finley, Bengals (1)
Finley was regarded as a potential first-round pick before his final season at North Carolina State, but he disappointed and fell to 2019’s fourth round. There’s a lot of arm talent here, so while you probably don’t have to add Finley yet, it’s worth paying extra attention to how he plays, especially with A.J. Green (ankle) likely due back soon.
Week 10 Waiver Wire Watch List: RB
Notable running backs on a Week 10 bye: Leonard Fournette, Jordan Howard/Miles Sanders, Sony Michel/James White, Carlos Hyde/Duke Johnson, Phillip Lindsay/Royce Freeman, Adrian Peterson
Mark Walton, Dolphins (46)
Walton’s now the first-string running back in Miami, which is a lukewarm level of exciting, at best. But he’s looking at around 15 touches a week, including involvement in the passing game for a team that will trail almost exclusively the rest of the way. He should at least be on fantasy rosters.
Ronald Jones (43)/Peyton Barber (35), Buccaneers
Both these guys received double-digit carries in Week 8, and Bruce Arians continues to frustrate us as we hope Jones becomes the bellcow back. They’re in a good enough offense to be valuable in games they ever get more than a split of the work — it’s just not obvious that will ever happen without an injury.
Derrius Guice, Redskins (31)
Guice (knee) is eligible to return in Week 11, and the latest reports indicate he’ll be healthy enough to do so. He should take over as heavy a workload as the Redskins feel like his body can handle because there’s no use for them to continue giving Adrian Peterson carries. It’s time to pick up and stash Guice now.
Tra Carson, Lions (5)
A team-high 12 carries for Carson with Kerryon Johnson’s absence was not what we expected, but it’s a bit surprising it didn’t cause his ownership to rise a bit more after waivers.The Bears are on tap in Week 10, and without Akiem Hicks, that’s statistically a solid matchup. This is a bit longer-term play with the idea that maybe Carson just will remain the Detroit lead back the rest of the way.
With the trade deadline’s passing, a team that needs running back reinforcements will have to acquire a veteran off the scrap heap. With Ajayi now working out for teams, it shouldn’t be long until he signs.
Week 10 Waiver Wire Watch List: WR
Notable wide receivers on a Week 10 bye: DeAndre Hopkins/Kenny Stills, Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett, Courtland Sutton, Terry McLaurin, Alshon Jeffery, DJ Chark
Phillip Dorsett, Patriots (47)
If you were all-in on Josh Gordon being good for the Patriots this year, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be all-in on Dorsett now with Gordon out of the picture. He’s the No. 2 WR in a good offense with a good quarterback, and he showed even in a lesser role that he can make big plays and find the end zone.
Auden Tate, Bengals (25)/Alex Erickson (7)
Tate had 13 targets in Week 8, and Erickson nearly topped 100 yards again. There’s no telling how this offense will look with Ryan Finley at quarterback and A.J. Green possibly coming back, but somehow the Bengals have semi-supported three wideouts on a winless team. Green’s return appears sooner than ever, though, so these probably aren’t long-term plays anymore.
Danny Amendola, Lions (24)
Amendola’s had two good games in a row for the first time in 2019 — could that mean Kerryon Johnson’s knee injury benefited him the most in the Lions’ offense? Another good week and he’ll surely be snatched up more, so PPR owners should get on the bandwagon early.
A.J. Brown, Titans (22)
Ryan Tannehill has revived the Titans’ offense, and the rookie Brown caught six passes for 64 yards in Week 7 and followed up with a Week 8 touchdown. If he can hit one or the other of those benchmarks each week, you’ll want the upside-laden Brown on your roster.
Allen Lazard, Packers (12)
Davante Adams’ return could ruin this, but Lazard has been the most-played Packers wideout two weeks running, so that provides a good weekly floor if it continues. If Lazard maintains his playing time once Adams is back, then we might really have something here.
Anthony Miller, Bears (12)
Miller regressed to third wideout duties a week after he’d surpassed Taylor Gabriel, but he’s still playing enough to be owned more as a preseason sleeper who’s finally getting substantial action.
N’Keal Harry, Patriots (11)
Harry can return to the Pats’ lineup as soon as Week 9, although Bill Belichick hasn’t committed to when the rookie will be back. He’s probably behind Julian Edelman, Dorsett and Mohamed Sanu, but maybe he’ll work his way right into the mix.
Week 10 Waiver Wire Watch List: TE
Notable tight ends on a Week 10 bye: Zach Ertz, Darren Fells, Benjamin Watson, Noah Fant, Vernon Davis, Dallas Goedert
O.J. Howard, Buccaneers (42)/Cameron Brate (10)
They play the Cardinals in Week 10, and in a lot of ways at the TE position, that’s enough. There’s also the added factor of Howard’s health and lack of production, which has knocked one of football’s best tight ends below 50 percent ownership. Howard (hamstring) is still worth taking a shot on, especially ahead of an amazing matchup.
Jonnu Smith, Titans (29)
The athletic Smith might finally be the top tight end in Tennessee going forward, and if you liked old Delanie Walker as a starting fantasy TE, you should like Smith even more.
Irv Smith Jr., Vikings (2)
The rookie’s role continues to increase, but Adam Thielen’s return will slow that groove slightly. Smith is still on the field a bunch and could be on the verge of a breakout — maybe it will come in Week 10 on Sunday Night Football.
Week 10 defense streamers and sleepers
Defenses with a Week 10 bye: Patriots, Eagles, Texans, Jaguars, Redskins, Broncos
Baltimore Ravens (43) | Week 10 opponent: @ Bengals
Indianapolis Colts (40) | Week 10 opponent: vs. Dolphins
Cleveland Browns (38) | Week 10 opponent: vs. Bills
Green Bay Packers (35) | Week 10 opponent: vs. Panthers
Kansas City Chiefs (24) | Week 10 opponent: @ Titans
Detroit Lions (10) | Week 10 opponent: @ Bears
Arizona Cardinals (2) | Week 10 opponent: @ Buccaneers
It’s another week with great defense streaming options, and with six teams, including New England, on bye, they could be extra important. The Colts are a for-sure stream against the Dolphins, as are the Ravens against Finley in his NFL debut. The rest would require you taking a chance on bad/turnover-prone quarterbacks being bad/urnover prone.