Waiver Favors: 2017 Week 10 Fantasy Football Pickups
By Ha Kung Wong Fantasy Football Pickups
Twitter: @FBGarbageTimeAs I mentioned last week, I like nothing more than helping all of you make solid waiver pickups in your Fantasy Football league and have some part in your championship run. That’s just the type of guy I am. You’re welcome. Again.
So let’s get on with it with fantasy football pickups for Week 11!
As usual, all pickups are available in at least 50% of Yahoo standard fantasy football leagues (with some minor exceptions) as of Sunday evening.
RB – Green Bay Packers – 4% Owned
First, Aaron Jones had what appeared to be a non-contact knee injury, which is now feared to be an MCL tear. Then Ty Montgomery had to leave with continuing problems with his previous rib injury. That meant that rookie Jamaal Williams had to step in and rush for 67 yards on 20 carries, adding a 7 yard reception.
J Williams kicking ass thru 3 players pic.twitter.com/U1whONBtgw
— Matt Waldman (@MattWaldman) November 13, 2017
I’ve mentioned him previously, when Montgomery was injured, but he’s now back on the radar with the Jones injury. Remember, he had 1,090 yards and 13 touchdowns last year at BYU and the Packers need all the help they can get. Go ahead and stash him in all 12-team or deeper leagues.
RB – New England Patriots – 11% Owned
The Patriots backfield is like playing roulette. You never know who’s going to get the most snaps. But one interesting development is that Mike Gillislee was a healthy scratch in Week 10, leaving only Dion Lewis, James White and Rex Burkhead. Lewis remains the nominal lead back, but Burkhead rushed 10 times for 36 yards, and caught all 3 targets for 27 yards and a TD in Week 10, managing to marginally out-snapped Lewis 36-21, but having one less touch at 14-13.
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) November 13, 2017
You never can tell, but the Patriots have an explosive enough offense that all three RBs can be rostered. Pick up Burkhead in all 14-team or deeper leagues, but feel free to stash him in shallower leagues as well.
WR – Washington Redskins – 54% Owned
He was supposed to be big with both DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon leaving town, but has had a tough time of it early. But now, after grabbing 4 of 11 targets for 76 yards and adding a 5 yard run, Crowder has topped 80 total yards in back-to-back weeks after not reaching 55 total yards in any of his first 6 games. He’s also now garnered 24 total targets during the last two weeks compared to 30 times in his first six. He won’t be the only one, but it looks like Kirk Cousins is starting to look his way, so feel free to pick him up in all 12-team leagues or deeper.
WR – Indianapolis Colts – 0% Owned
Don’t get carried away, but there were some significant expectations for Chester Rogers before the season started. But Andrew Lucks’ injury, as well as his own preseason hamstring injury, limited his effectiveness. At least until this past week where Rogers caught all 6 of his targets for 104 yards and a TD.
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) November 12, 2017
Part of the involvement may be due to Kamar Aiken’s absence, but the Colts can use any offensive spark they can find at this point, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see Rogers get a little extra opportunity. So feel free to take flier on him in 16-team leagues or deeper.
RB – Los Angeles Chargers – 3% Owned
Melvin Gordon is the lead back regardless of how he does week to week, but that doesn’t mean a backup RB can’t be useful. And undrafted rookie Austin Ekeler showed us how in Week 10 with 10 carries for 42 rush yards plus 5 receptions for 77 receiving yards and 2 TDs.
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) November 12, 2017
He unfortunately also had an near critical fumble in the 4th quarter that might slow the enthusiasm, but that doesn’t mean Gordon owners shouldn’t look to him for insurance, or that he wouldn’t be an interesting stash in 14-team PPR leagues and deeper.
WR – Chicago Bears – 1% Owned
Dontrelle Inman had worn out his stay with the Chargers and managed to get traded to the Bears two weeks ago. But you would’t be able to tell he was new to the team after watching him grab 6 of 8 targets for 88 yards in his first game with the Bears in Week 10. It’s not like the Bears are going anywhere or have many other viable targets, so feel free to grab him as a WR4/5/Flex in a 14-team league or deeper.
TE – Arizona Cardinals – 1% Owned
The TE position has been fairly weak this season, so perhaps you might be interested in another potential upside play. Jermaine Gresham has shown some decent connection with new Cardinals QB Drew Stanton, as demonstrated by him grabbing 5 of 7 targets for 64 yards and a TD in Week 10.
— NFL (@NFL) November 10, 2017
That’s a TD in back-to-back games, and perhaps he’ll get a few more as long as Stanton is behind center. Feel free to give him a look in 14-team leagues or deeper.
Planning for the Future
In case you’re doing great and need some flyers for the playoffs, here’s one more to consider:
RB – Baltimore Ravens – 35% Owned
Woodhead was going to play a big part in the Ravens offense prior to going down in Week 1. It looks like Alex Collins may retain early down work, but Woodhead should slot in as the primary pass catching / change of pace back. Need help at RB for the stretch run? Woodhead could present an interesting lottery ticket, particularly in 14-team PPR leagues or deeper.
And here are previous pickups I’ve mentioned that are still worthy of your consideration:
10-Team Leagues or Deeper
Alvin Kamara, Alex Smith
12-Team Leagues or Deeper
Nelson Agholor, Robby Anderson, Orleans Darkwa, Devin Funchess, Allen Hurns, Marqise Lee, Dion Lewis, Tyler Lockett, Jerick McKinnon, Latavius Murray, Paul Richardson, Mohamed Sanu, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Chris Thompson
14-Team Leagues or Deeper
Javorius “Buck” Allen, Jacoby Brissett, Alex Collins, Tarik Cohen, Jared Cook, Ed Dickson, Josh Doctson, Kenyan Drake, Jared Goff, Marquise Goodwin, Brett Hundley, Duke Johnson Jr., Aaron Jones, Jermaine Kearse, Tyler Kroft, Cooper Kupp, Marlon Mack, Josh McCown, Elijah McGuire, Adrian Peterson, Kenny Stills
16-Team Leagues or Deeper
C.J. Beathard, Will Fuller, Eddie Lacy, Wayne Gallman, Jordan Matthews, Samaje Perine, Thomas Rawls, Tom Savage, Tavarres King, Ben Watson, Damien Williams, Terrance Williams
Pickups Planning for the Future
Teddy Bridgewater, Corey Coleman, Josh Gordon
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