Week 10 Waiver Wire Targets
We have yet another boring Waiver Wire week, with really no injuries to speak of to fantasy-relevant players (sorry other NFL players).
We did have some surprise performances that make intriguing pickups moving forward. We also had some players continue their solid play, enough to warrant a pickup.
The deeper we get into the season, the more you’ll have to start looking at playoff schedules, matchups, etc. If you are in a good spot recordwise, it may be time to start preemptively rostering handcuffs and defenses with good matchups during fantasy playoffs.
Let’s dive into some players worth looking at this week.
Keaton Mitchell – Running Back – Baltimore Ravens (1% rostered)
Keaton Mitchell must have had a few good weeks at practice because he recorded his first carry of the season this weekend even with a healthy Gus Edwards and Justice Hill.
Mitchell actually got nine carries and finished with 138 yards and a touchdown. Mitchell is a speedster, and it was obvious how much of a big play threat he can be.
Now on the one hand this game was out of reach pretty early, so it’s tough to say how many carries he would have gotten in a tight game. But this performance could easily earn him more playing time, especially as a “change-of-pace” type of back to the more bruising Edwards.
Mitchell is a risky pickup for now, but if you have the FAAB or have a bench spot you can burn, he could be a league winner.
Leonard Fournette – Running Back – Buffalo Bills (14% rostered)
Leonard Fournette was signed by the Bills last week, and plenty of fantasy players jumped on the opportunity already. And yet he is only 14% rostered.
Fournette didn’t play this week, but that could just simply be that he wasn’t up to speed quite yet after being with the team a few days.
Still, the Bills seem to need help…a spark…something after a disappointing start to the season. Should Fournette make it onto the field this week, he could be a steal. Fournette has proven valuable in fantasy when he was on the Buccaneers, so he should still have enough in the tank to be relevant.
Ty Chandler – Running Back – Minnesota Vikings (1% rostered)
Ty Chandler had been relegated to special teams as of late, but that might change after Cam Akers left with an apparent achilles injury. Figuring it’s his second injury to the achilles, we may not see Akers for awhile.
The Vikings do have some life in them still, with Joshua Dobbs leading a great comeback to get them to 5-4. Figuring Justin Jefferson returns this season and Dobbs continues this play, the Vikings could still make the playoffs.
It’s unsure if Chandler will be the defacto number two behind Alexander Mattison, but for now he would be the next man up.
Kene Nwangwu was a healthy scratch last week, so Chandler would make the most sense.
Zach Charbonnet – Running Back – Seattle Seahawks (30% rostered)
The Seahawks were a disaster on Sunday, getting blown out by the Ravens early.
Both Zach Charbonnet and Kenneth Walker had abysmal days, but what is important here is that they split the work once again, even with a fully healthy Walker.
Now this could be mostly due to the lopsided score, since Charbonnet is the better pass catcher, but it’s two weeks in a row we’ve seen more work for the rookie.
If you have the spot, I still believe Charbonnet is a great handcuff who could see standalone fantasy value.
Johan Dotson – Wide Receiver – Washington Commanders (63% rostered)
Johan Dotson is still highly rostered, but I think it’s worth a shot to see if someone in your league got impatient and dropped him after a bad start to the season.
In true fantasy fashion, Dotson suddenly started producing right when everyone started dropping him. He caught eight passes for 108 yards and a touchdown last week against Philly, and followed that up with four catches for 69 yards and another touchdown against New England.
Could this be a second half breakout? Maybe. It could also just be an outlier that goes right back to suckfest…which let’s be honest, would be very fantasy football.
Demario Douglas – Wide Receiver – New England Patriots (22% rostered)
Douglas is probably still the best Wide Receiver pickup, so I kept him on here after a decent five catch, 55-yard performance against the Commanders. He led the team in snaps and targets.
The Patriots play a very beatable Colts’ defense next week, so Douglas can continue his breakout and hopefully score his first touchdown of the season.
Noah Brown – Wide Receiver – Houston Texans (1% rostered)
It looks like CJ Stroud is the real deal, and the Texans’ receivers are loving it. That includes Noah Brown, who has quietly been seeing more and more work over the past few weeks.
He saw his first action of 2023 in Week Six, seeing five targets and catching two passes for 39 yards. The Texans then had a Bye, which Brown followed up with three catches for 57 yards and six catches for 153 yards and a touchdown.
That makes three games in a row Brown has seen at least five targets, and it’s apparent the Texans need to let Stroud throw a ton if they want to win.
The Texans don’t have a great schedule to end the season, so expectations should be lowered a little, but a high powered pass offense like that should produce a few fantasy-relevant receivers.
Taysom Hill – Tight End – New Orleans Saints (40% rostered)
Three weeks in a row Taysom Hill has scored well for fantasy. This week against the Panthers Hill lead the team in rushing with 52 yards. He also threw a short touchdown pass and caught a touchdown pass.
It seems like the Saints have remembered what they have in Hill, and the offense is humming along. With three weeks of this type of usage, he becomes a must start in the Tight End spot.
They get Minnesota next week, which is still a good matchup for most offenses.
Joshua Dobbs – Quarterback – Minnesota Vikings (16% rostered)
Dobbs has exceeded expectations this year, both with Arizona and now with the Vikings. It feels very Geno Smith-esque.
Dobbs actually didn’t even start the game, since he was just traded this week and didn’t even know some of his teammates’ names.
And yet he threw for 158 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 66 yards and another touchdown. Now he did lose two fumbles, but he still led the Vikings to a crazy comeback victory that can’t be ignored.
Dobbs gets a much tougher defense in New Orleans next week, but if he keeps this up, he may even get Justin Jefferson back in a potential playoff run (since the NFC North stinks).
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