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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Add These Players For Week 10

  • The Draft Network
  • November 9, 2021
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What a weird week. The Broncos, Titans and—maybe most importantly—the Jaguars pulled off big upsets. The Vikings blew another game, as did the Falcons… wait, they won?! Well, how the tides have turned in Atlanta. 

Of course, this is a fantasy football article, and there were plenty of fantasy implications in Week 9. Josh Johnson outscored Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen combined, Olamide Zaccheaus outscored Davante Adams and A.J. Brown combined, and James Conner outscored everyone. As for Week 10, it’s crazy to think we’ve entered double-digit weeks. We’re also officially halfway through bye weeks as the Bears, Bengals, Giants, and Texans all get their week off. If you need a replacement for players like Joe Mixon, Ja’Marr Chase, or Brandin Cooks, then this is the column for you! And if you have any specific fantasy football questions, hit me up on Twitter @ZachCohenFB. I’d be happy to help!

Quarterbacks 

Matt Ryan (QB - ATL)

Week 9 Stat Line: 28.5 points, 343 passing yards, 2 passing TD, 8 rushing yards, 1 TD

Is Matt Ryan… *looks around* …back? I don’t know, and frankly, it doesn’t matter. A week after barely scraping seven points, Ryan put on a show against the Saints. That included his first rushing touchdown of the season. Excluding two single-digit performances in Weeks 1 and 7, Ryan has an impressive point range of 15.62-29.02. Atlanta travels to Dallas next week, which is the same unit that gave up nearly 22 points to Teddy Bridgewater. If you need a starting quarterback, Ryan is a solid option. And if you need a backup quarterback, Ryan is the best option in a very weak crop of consensus available quarterbacks, per FantasyPros’ consensus ownership stats. Even adding Ryan—who’s available in more than half of all leagues—was a stretch by my normal thresholds. I’m just not too enthusiastic about Ben Roethlisberger or Mac Jones. I also included Tua Tagovailoa, Daniel Jones, and Justin Fields in last week’s waiver column, all of whom still deserve roster spots.

Players to watch: Taysom Hill, Teddy Bridgewater

Running Backs

Ty Johnson (RB - NYJ)

Week 9 Stat Line: 12.1 points, 21 rushing yards, 0 rushing TD, 2 catches on 3 targets, 40 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD

A week after I suggested you pick up Johnson, I am now demanding you do it. Okay, obviously no one’s forcing your hand, but there’s almost no reason Johnson should be available in most leagues. His role as the Jets’ primary receiving back has helped him become RB25 over the last five weeks and RB11 over the last three. Johnson isn’t seeing as many snaps as Michael Carter, but he’s playing and producing enough to be a must-add in all fantasy formats.

Devonta Freeman (RB - BAL)

Week 9 Stat Line: 16.3 points, 79 rushing yards, 2 catches on 3 targets, 4 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD

Raise your hand if you thought Devonta Freeman would be the Ravens’ best running back this season. The 29-year-old veteran was far and away Baltimore’s RB1 on Sunday as he more than doubled the snaps and routes run of every other running back on the roster. While Freeman saw only two more carries than Le’Veon Bell’s 11, Freeman has produced three straight games of double-digit points. That’s good for RB17 in points per game. Obviously, Lamar Jackson is the main rushing threat. But productive running backs are very hard to find off the waivers. Even if Freeman drops off in his upcoming matchups (it’s against the Dolphins and Bears, I think he’ll be fine), he’s been too efficient to leave on the waivers.

Jordan Howard (RB - PHI)

Week 9 Stat Line: 13.1 points, 71 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD

First Freeman, now Howard? What year are we in? In two games this year, Howard has had 12 carries (tied for second-most among Eagles’ running backs) and 17 carries (most) in those respective games. He didn’t score twice as he did in Week 8, but Howard’s Week 9 performance virtually cemented himself as Philadelphia’s lead back. Yes, I too had to double-check that last sentence. It’s a bit concerning that Howard has no targets, but none of Philly’s running backs saw one in their close loss to Los Angeles. If you pick up Howard—and you should if you need a running back—you’d be banking on a touchdown if you start him. The Eagles face the Broncos and Saints in their next two matchups before getting easier bouts against the two New York teams. No reasons there to avoid Howard on waivers. Snag him now and hope Scott doesn’t eat into Howard’s red zone opportunities.

Players to watch: Brandon Bolden, Jaret Patterson, Nyheim Hines, Mark Ingram 

Wide Receivers

Tim Patrick (WR - DEN)

Week 9 Stat Line: 18.5 points, 4 catches on 5 targets, 85 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD 

I was beyond shocked to see that Patrick is available in more than 75% of leagues, according to FantasyPros. Maybe it’s because of his boring, 18th-century name... I don’t know. Either way, Patrick had a good start to the season before a mediocre 3.6 points in Week 7. Then, Jerry Jeudy came back and I guess that was enough for fantasy managers to cut bait with Patrick. His response? A season-best 18.5 points on five targets in a shocking 30-16 defeat of the Cowboys. Jeudy saw three more targets than Patrick, but the latter was arguably the better-looking receiver. It may be tough to trust Patrick with all the mouths to feed in Denver, but the bottom line is Patrick gets the job done. He’s a worthy addition to your rosters despite two tough upcoming matchups that sandwich a bye week.

Russell Gage (WR - ATL)

Week 9 Stat Line: 13.4 points, 7 catches on 8 targets, 64 receiving yards, 2 receiving TD 

Excluding the anomalies that are Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Pitts, Gage was the Falcons’ only true wide receiver to see more than three targets. That includes surprise breakout Olamide Zaccheaus, who isn’t worth a waiver claim right now. Instead, it was Gage and Tajee Sharpe who led Atlanta with a nearly identical number of snaps and routes run. Gage was the one to turn those opportunities into points, which was a much-needed performance after last week’s donut. With how well Atlanta’s offense has played these last four weeks, Gage deserves to be rostered in way more than 16% of leagues (per FantasyPros).

Van Jefferson (WR - LAR)

Week 9 Stat Line: 7.1 points, 3 catches on 7 targets, 41 receiving yards

Finally! After weeks of being a player to watch, Jefferson finally cracks the main list. While he didn’t match his point totals from each of the last two games, Jefferson’s usage remains very encouraging. He played all but three snaps Sunday night—a trend we’ve seen grow over the past few weeks. Point blank: He’s a solid WR3 in one of the best passing attacks in football. And to put up 7.1 points on just three targets further solidifies his somewhat-moderate floor. The Rams face the 49ers next week, who have had their fair share of struggles. You should expect Jefferson to bounce back and provide value to your bench.

Elijah Moore (WR - NYJ)

Week 9 Stat Line: 27.4 points, 7 catches on 8 targets, 84 receiving yards, 2 receiving TD 

OK, so maybe the Jets aren’t that good. Last week, I explained why you should consider adding Jamison Crowder and Moore. Crowder played alright; he had 8.8 points on seven targets. But all of a sudden, Moore is reminding everyone why he was a popular sleeper pick prior to the season. He’s seen at least six targets in each of New York’s last three games, which has allowed him to produce double-digit points in each. His 27-point explosion further proves how good he can be for the Jets—no matter who’s under center. His ceiling may be challenged against the suddenly vulnerable Bills this week, but ensuing matchups against the Dolphins and Texans could allow Moore to keep tearing it up. He’s a must-add in all formats, especially if he’s available in dynasty leagues.

Marquez Callaway (WR - NO)

Week 9 Stat Line: 11.5 points, 3 catches on 6 targets, 25 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD 

A touchdown salvaged an otherwise average day for Callaway, but as always, I’m more intrigued by his usage. He ran one fewer route than Tre’Quan Smith, and he saw one fewer target than Deonte Harris. Callaway has been treated like the Saints WR1 over the last four weeks. No other New Orleans wide receiver has come close to matching Callaway’s 26 targets in that span. Now that Michael Thomas won’t suit up this season, Callaway has an easy path to weekly fantasy relevance… as long as Trevor Siemian throws the ball enough. Keep an eye on how this offense operates before moving Callaway from your bench to your starting lineup. 

Players to watch: Olamide Zaccheaus, Donovan People-Jones, Deonte Harris

Tight Ends

Dan Arnold (TE - JAX)

Week 9 Stat Line: 10 points, 4 catches on 7 targets, 60 receiving yards

I had Arnold here last week, and safe to say, it’s paying off. Arnold has now posted double-digit points in three of the last four games. He also led the Jaguars in targets this past week after seeing 10 of them the week before. It also marks the second week where Arnold finished as a TE1. There’s nothing else for me to say here: Arnold‘s a must-add and a real candidate to be a weekly starter throughout the rest of the season. 

Tyler Conklin (TE - MIN)

Week 9 Stat Line: 9.5 points, 5 catches on 7 targets, 45 receiving yards

Conklin is another tight end seeing steady production and involvement. He’s played more than 80% of the Vikings’ snaps through the last three games while seeing 5-7 targets a game. While he hasn’t been as productive as Arnold, he’s a better fantasy option than C.J. Uzomah, Jared Cook, Cole Kmet, and any Browns tight end. Here’s my weekly reminder that at a position that is so thin, Conklin’s recent consistency is pretty valuable. He’s worth a roster spot if you need a tight end.

Players to watch: Adam Trautman, Albert Okwuegbunam

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