Waiver Favors™: Week 10 Fantasy Football Pickups

By Ha Kung Wong  Week 10 Fantasy Football Pickups

Twitter: @FBGarbageTime

As I do every year over the last 7 years, I’m back to help with some waiver wire adds via my weekly Waiver Favors™ article!  I’m assuming if you’re a returning reader, you won your fantasy football championship last year, so congratulations!

But it’s a new year, so I’ll make a couple suggestions after Week 10 of the 2019 fantasy football season.  You’re welcome.  Again.

As usual, all pickups are available in at least 50% of Yahoo standard fantasy football leagues (with some minor exceptions) as of Sunday evening.

Nick Foles

QB – Jacksonville Jaguars – 20% Owned

Well, Minshew Magic is finally over.  Nick Foles has been reinstated from IR after recovering from a broken collarbone and has been named the starter by coach Doug Marron after the the Week 10 bye.  He’s being paid $50.125 million guaranteed, so it really wasn’t a matter of if, it was a matter of when Foles would take over under center. He likes to throw deep, so perhaps he’ll find some success with D.J. Chark and Chris Conley, when he returns.  If you’re hurting for a QB streamer, or need a QB3 in two QB leagues, he’s worth a look.

Kalen Ballage

RB – Miami Dolphins – 37% Owned

Kalen Ballage is the last man standing in the Dolphins backfield with Kenyon Drake traded and Mark Walton suspended for 4 games.  And with his first start, he rushed 20 times for 43 rush yards, adding four receptions for 2 receiving yards.  He was totally inefficient, but should get the lion’s share of the carries at least for 3 more weeks, so if you need an RB in 14-team leagues or deeper, or a flex in 12-team PPR leagues, he’s worth a stash.

Brian Hill

RB – Atlanta Falcons – 2% Owned

Uh oh.  Devonta Freeman looked good, but then was ruled out of the rest of the game for foot and ankle injuries.  With Ito Smith already on IR, most of the backfield work went to Brian Hill, who managed to rushed 20 times for 61 rush yards, adding a reception for 10 receiving yards and a TD.  He’s looked pretty good in limited action, so grab him if you’re a Freeman owner, and feel free to speculate in 14-team leagues or deeper.

Derrius Guice

RB – Washington Redskins – 37% Owned

I was excited about Derrius Guice last year in the preseason.  Then he got injured.  Then I was excited about Derrius Guice this year in the preseason.  And he got injured again.  He’s finally back from his knee injury, but we have no idea what role he’ll play under new interim coach Bill Callahan.  Guice had 10 carries for 18 rush yards and 3 receptions for 20 receiving yards in Week 1 prior to going out with the injury, but that was with AP on the bench.  If you’re feeling lucky, he’s a lottery ticket for 16-team leagues and deeper until we see what role he gets.

Darius Slayton

WR – New York Giants – 9% Owned

It’s unclear if there’s going to be any consistency here, but with both Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram out, Darius Slayton “slayed” the competition snagging 10 of a whopping 14 targets for 121 yards and two TDs.  Sure, it was against the Jets, but it’s still some amazing work.  In Week 8, Slayton also impress catching 2 of 5 for 50 yards and 2 TDs, but he also had a stinker in Week 9 where he caught 1 of 4 for just 6 yards.  If Shepard and Engram remain out, Slayton could be a solid pickup for the remainder of the season in all 12-team leagues or deeper.

Mike Gesicki

TE – Miami Dolphins – 41% Owned

Preston Williams went to IR, and I thought DeVante Parker and Mike Gesicki would benefit.  Well, I was half right, as Gesicki caught 3 of 6 targets for just 28 yards in Week 10, and he fumbled his first reception.  He’s still seeing a team high TE snaps and did get 6 targets, which was second most on the team, but you’re going to have to accept the inconsistency.  He could have lows like this, or he could have highs like his 6 of 6 for 95 yards in Week 9.  I’ve been saying that the TE position is a wasteland this year, so if you want to gamble, feel free to in 14-team leagues or deeper.

O.J. Howard

TE – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 40% Owned

We were excited about O.J. Howard coming into the season, but he way underperformed and then he got injured.  He’s now back and had his best game of the year catching 4 of 7 targets for 47 yards and a TD in Week 10.  Maybe he catches some of that ceiling we were so excited about in the preseason, and if so, he’s worth a stash in 14-team leagues or deeper.

UPDATE for Sunday and Monday Night Football

Jacob Hollister

TE – Seattle Seahawks – 7% Owned

Seemingly out of nowhere, Jacob Hollister caught 4 of 6 targets for 37 yards and 2 TDs in Week 9.  And now he’s followed that up with catching 8 of 10 targets for 62 yards and a TD in Week 10 against a tough 49ers defense.  Will this continue?  Who knows, but Will Dissly was a fantasy asset in Seattle before his season-ending injury, and Tyler Lockett had to go to the hospital for a lower leg contusion, so there’s possibility that Hollister can continue his ridiculous target share after the bye.  If you need a TE, feel free to grab him in all 12-team leagues or deeper.

And here’s who I’ve recommended in previous weeks that I still think deserve a look (I’ve identified in RED the ones I want to highlight again for Week 9):

10-Team Leagues


12-Team Leagues

QBs – Jimmy Garoppolo

RBs – Carlos Hyde, Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Williams

WRs – Cole Beasley (PPR), John Brown, Marquise Brown, DJ Chark Jr., Terry McClaurin, DK Metcalf, DeVante Parker, Mohamed Sanu, Kenny Stills, Golden Tate

TE – Jared Cook, Gerald Everett, Jonnu Smith (as long as Delanie Walker is out)

14-Team Leagues

QBs – Kyle Allen, Sam Darnold, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Daniel Jones, Ryan Tannehill

RBs – Ronald Jones II, J.D. McKissic (PPR), Jaylen Samuels

WRs – A.J. Brown, Jamison Crowder (PPR), Alex Erickson, Allen Lazard, Diontae Johnson, Hunter Renfrow (PPR), Auden Tate, Demaryius Thomas

TE – Noah Fant, Darren Fells

16-Team Leagues

QB – Brandon Allen

RB – Ty Johnson, Raheem Mostert, Darrel Williams

WR – Corey Davis, Phillip Dorsett, Russell Gage, Mecole Hardman, N’Keal Harry, Zach Pascal, Josh Reynolds, Demarcus Robinson

TE – Dawson Knox

Check back every week for more Waiver Favors!

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