Week 9 was exciting. We saw comeback victories and exciting finishes, plus the greatest performance by a rookie QB in NFL history, which also happens to be the best fantasy performance by a QB this season. Do your thing, C.J. Stroud! However, there were a couple more season-ending injuries, and another four teams are on bye in Week 10, so let’s find the best options on the waiver wire.
Pro Tip: Remember the bye weeks. Because of depth issues, managers may have to drop players that they usually wouldn’t. Last week, the Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers, and Jacksonville Jaguars were all off. Check for players from those teams that should not have been cut. Also, with the Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Los Angeles Rams, and Philadelphia Eagles on bye in Week 10, watch to see who is dropped during tomorrow’s waiver run.
Quick Note: All players listed are available in at least 50% of ESPN leagues. While not everyone plays on ESPN, studies show most do. So, if they’re available there, they’re likely available on your Week 9 Waiver Wire. Pick ‘Em Up!
Week 10 Waiver Wire
Normally, I don’t advocate blowing FAAB on QBs. There is always plenty to choose from in free agency after waivers, and you should just stream the position. This list will usually be small, but if you’re desperate, this is who I would prioritize this week.
Baker Mayfield (55% Available) / Derek Carr (65% Available)
This would be a week where I would save my FAAB or priority. No waiver QB looks particularly great. Both Mayfield and Carr are coming off of good weeks and have decent matchups. Adding them now would get you ahead of the streaming crowd.
Chuba Hubbard (50% Available)
Hubbard has taken over this backfield from Miles Sanders, and, for probably the 10th time in this article series, you don’t leave starting running backs on waivers. Hubbard is the RB32 on the season and the RB26 over the last two weeks.
D’Onta Foreman (53% Available)
With Khalil Herbert set to come off the IR soon, this might be the last hurrah for Foreman, but he gets to go out against the Panthers in a revenge game. No team in the league allows more TDs to RBs, so expect a big Thursday night from Foreman. Two TDs incoming.
Tyler Allgeier (52% Available)
Look, we all hate the fact that Bijan Robinson isn’t handling 100 carries a game, but that doesn’t mean we should leave the current RB29 off our rosters. Add him and enjoy the work that should be going to the rookie.
Tyjae Spears (67% Available)
While Derrick Henry is still the go-to, Spears is seeing enough work to average almost eight points per game in fantasy. He is also an injury away from being a top-20 back. At a minimum, he should be rostered by every Derrick Henry manager.
Jaleel McLaughlin (74% Available)
The Broncos are coming off a bye, and that feels like the perfect time to phase Samaje Perine out and let McLaughlin operate as the 1b to Javonte Williams. He was already averaging almost eight points per game, and like Spears, he is an injury away from being very relevant.
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Tank Dell (50% Available)
You saw what he and C.J. Stroud did in Week 9, right?
Odell Beckham (57% Available)
While we all thought Zay Flowers would take over this WR corps, Beckham has led the team in targets and fantasy points over the last three weeks. If he and Lamar Jackson get on the same page, maybe we could see some glimpses of the WR1 of yesteryear.
Romeo Doubs (55% Available)
Doubs is just the WR41 in fantasy, but that is still 11 fantasy points per game, and he leads his team in targets by a good margin. With Christian Watson hurt yet again, don’t look for any changes in Green Bay’s pecking order.
Demario Douglas (78% Available)
Everybody in New England is hurt, so this 6th-round rookie might have the best ability you can ask for: availability. He and JuJu Smith-Schuster are both worth a look in PPR leagues.
Rashid Shaheed (70% Available)
Shaheed cooled down in Week 9, but he is still a top-15 WR over the last month. He is a threat to score every time he touches the ball and just feels like the perfect Flex play every week.
Much like QB, I don’t usually recommend blowing any waiver priority or FAAB on a tight end, either. You can generally wait until Wednesday and play the streaming game. However, there are sometimes players that should be rostered due to a late-season breakout. These are those players.
Taysom Hill (60% Available)
Yes, Taysom Hill is an every-week fantasy starter at tight end. He is the only player at the position who could score a receiving, rushing, and passing TD in the same week. He did two of the three in Week 9.