It may be worth looking past Week 10 to get a head start on your league mates and not have to break the FAAB bank to get them. Here are some options for this weekend.
Deshaun Watson (QB – CLE) – 35% registered
I have my opinion on Deshaun Watson, and I’m happy not to list him in the leagues, but he’s worth mentioning here for anyone who finds himself in dire straits at quarterback and needs from someone with a little more ceiling. Watson is eligible to return to the team in Week 13 against his former team, the Texans. Chances are you’ll want to see what rusty Watson looks like before you plug him in as a starter, in which case you might not be able to start him until Week 14 on the road against the Bengals before you face the Ravens in full boom at home. I’m skeptical of the quality of fantasy football, Watson can go almost two years without a game, but it might be worth hiding it just so your opponents don’t get it.
Jimmy Garoppolo (QB–SF) – 54% registered
The waiver thread is pretty thin this week as managers prepare for the playoffs and make sure they have the depth to survive the bye weeks, so we’ll be squeezing just over 50% to watch Jimmy. Garoppolo, who has a game in Week 11 against a Cardinals team that allows the seventh most fantasy points, then in Week 13, faces Miami who allow the most. Garoppolo often struggles to achieve more than 20 fantasy points, but has had 15 or more in five of his seven appearances this year.
Kadarius Toney (WR – KC) – 50% registered
In his Chiefs debut, Kadarius Toney only played six snaps, but he was targeted on two of them. The team clearly wants things to work out for him in Kansas. In 2021, we saw Toney having great days on limited use with Jason Garrett as offensive coordinator and Daniel Jones as quarterback, so it seems fair to expect better days with a better environment.
Odell Beckham Jr. (WR–CLE) – 47% registered
According to multiple reports, Odell Beckham is now medically cleared to play, and his free agency market seems to be heating up nicely. When Beckham was traded to the Rams in 2021 after his first game, where he didn’t have much time to prepare, he went on to score 50 PPR points in his next three games. It’s hard to predict what type of workload or schedule Beckham might have, but any team adding him at this stage of the season will do so for a reason and will likely involve him heavily.
Elijah Moore (WR-NYJ) – 28% registered
Head Coach Robert Saleh spoke this week about how the plan going forward is for Elijah Moore to play from the slot machine more often which should open up more targets, as well as being generally easier catches than targets on the frontier. Granted, Moore has only one strike in his last four games, but if he makes the move to the slot, those fortunes could change. Moore had the highest rating in the 2021 receiver class when playing in the slot, and it’s a little surprising the Jets haven’t used him there more often. When Moore played from the slot in 2021, he had a target share of 37% and was a monster for PPR formats.
Jarvis Landry (WR – NO) – 17% registered
Michael Thomas has been ruled out for the season with a dislocated toe, and while rookie sensation Chris Olave isn’t going anywhere, the Saints have room for another reliable passer in their offense, and Jarvis Landry should eventually be able to. ‘to intervene. this role after a slow start to his Saints career.
Gus Edwards (RB–BAL) – 48% registered
The ‘Gus Bus’ has had more time to rest as the Ravens have decided not to push him to play against the Saints when they now have a week off. Prior to his hamstring injury, Edwards was clearly number one in that backfield, with JK Dobbins on injured reserve. The Ravens have become very heavy in recent weeks as the offensive line has dominated, and the Ravens now face a series of games where they face only one more match-winning opponent, the Bengals, in of Week 18. It’s entirely possible the Ravens could return to the ground-and-pound version of themselves in 2019 and shove the ball down opponents’ throats while taking all the time. Edwards ran well in his limited time on the field, averaging 5.02 yards per carry.
Rachaad White (RB-TB) – 40% registered
Tampa continues to struggle, and rumors have it that the team plans to use Rachaad White more in the future, as Leonard Fournette ranks near the bottom of all running backs in most efficiency metrics. In Week 9, White set season highs for carries and touches, and it wouldn’t be shocking to see that usage increase further. The Bucs face the Seahawks in Germany before a Week 11 bye, but after that they have friendly clashes against a rushing poor defense from Cleveland and then the Saints, who just allowed the Ravens to crush them. White has been in this column for a few weeks now, and I will maintain that he is one of the most valuable handcuffs in fantasy.
Jaylen Warren (RB–PIT) – 26% registered
There have been conflicting reports this week about what the Steelers’ backfield usage might look like after their furlough. Still, one thing’s for sure: Jaylen Warren has looked more efficient and explosive than Najee Harris, who hasn’t rushed for 20 or more yards this season. While Harris is struggling, perhaps due to his foot injury and offensive line incompetence, Warren is thriving. The Steelers felt comfortable using Warren in both the running and passing game, with Warren catching 86% of his targets. If the Steelers decide to shut down Harris in this lost season for whatever reason, Warren would have a three-man workload the rest of the way.
Hayden Hurst (TE-CIN) – 53% registered
The Bengals are currently on a bye week, but it might be worth hiding Hayden Hurst, who is tight eighth in PPR formats and is averaging 5.3 targets per game. Hurst also has seven targets in the red zone and has been unlucky not to have more than the two touchdowns he has to date. After a matchup with the Steelers in Week 11, Hurst faces the Titans and Chiefs in friendly matchups for tight ends.
Cole Kmet (TE-CHI) – 52% registered
Until Week 8, Cole Kmet hadn’t scored a touchdown since Week 13 of the 2020 season. Since Week 8, he’s had three in two games. This Bears offense continues with the new scheme installed mid-season, and Justin Fields’ passing options are thriving for the first time this year. Kmet is averaging just 28 yards in his last three games but has a Week 11 game against the Falcons, who allow the sixth-most fantasy points on opposing tight ends.
Cincinnati Bengals – 31% registered
The Bengals are currently on a bye week, but when they return they will face the Steelers and Titans, who both rank in the top half in most fantasy points allowed against opposing defenses. They’re worth hiding, especially with Kenny Pickett’s match in mind.
New York Jets – 20% registered
The Jets’ defense finally looks like the version Robert Saleh dreamed of, and they’ve scored fantastic double-digit points in four of their last six games without ever dropping below eight points. The Jets will face a troubled Mac Jones when they return in Week 11.
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