Waiver Favors™: 2020 Week 10 Fantasy Football Pickups

By Ha Kung Wong  Week 10 Fantasy Football Pickups

Twitter: @FBGarbageTime

As I do every year over the last 8 years, I’m here to help with waiver wire adds via my weekly Waiver Favors article!  And 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 for after Week 10 of the 2020 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.

Jameis Winston

QB – New Orleans Saints – 1% Owned

Uh oh.  Drew Brees had a rib injury that led to him sitting out half the game in Week 10 against the 49ers.  Perhaps it was precautionary because the Saints were winning anyway, but it’s unclear how severe the injury was and now there’s indication Brees will be getting an MRI.  Jameis Winston stepped in and completed 6 of 10 passes for 63 yards in essentially mop up duty.  Not terribly impressive, but with the weapons around him, Winston could make for a decent play in all 14-team leagues or deeper or any two QB leagues, so go pick him up, particularly with the Atlanta Falcons on tap.

Salvon Ahmed

RB – Miami Dolphins – 5% Owned

After Myles Gaskins was put on IR, no one stepped up in Week 9 to takeover the backfield.  So in stepped Salvon Ahmed in Week 10 and he wasted no time rushing 21 times for 85 yards and a TD against the Chargers.  In fact, his very first touch was a 1 yard dive into the end zone.  Who knows how it’ll sort out once Matt Breida returns from his hamstring injury, but he did everything the Dolphins asked of him in Week 10, and that should be sufficient for Ahmed to at least start as the lead back in Week 11.  Grab him in all 12-team leagues or deeper.

Devontae Booker

RB – Las Vegas Raiders – 3% Owned

This one is only for the truly RB desperate teams, but there’s no ignoring that when there’s garbage time to be had (and you know how much we love garbage time), then Devontae Booker will get plenty of volume.  In Week 10, he rushed 16 times for 81 yards and 2 TDs, almost all of which was in a garbage time 4th quarter.  That’s back-to-back weeks of garbage time production.  There’s unlikely to be any garbage time against the Chiefs, but Booker is worth a stash in 14-team leagues or deeper if you have some flexibility to play the matchups.

Sammy Watkins

WR – Kansas City Chiefs – 37% Owned

I have no idea how he’ll fit in when he returns, but Sammy Watkins should be off IR after the bye.  Not that in his first 4 games of the season, prior to the injury, he totaled 27 targets, which is a terrific amount of opportunity when those targets come from Patrick Mahomes.  In addition, Mecole Hardman was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list prior to the bye, so if he remains out, Watkins may have even more opportunity.  Feel free to pick up Watkins in all 12-team leagues or deeper.

Sammy Watkins Kansas City Chiefs Stats
Game Rece Rece Rece Rece Rush Rush
Year G Tgt Rec Yds TD Rush Yds
2018 10 55 40 519 3 5 52
2019 14 90 52 673 3 2 12
2020 5 29 21 222 2 1 3
Care 81 520 305 4466 33 11 76
3 yr 29 174 113 1414 8 8 67

Michael Pittman Jr.

WR – Indianapolis Colts – 9% Owned

Michael Pittman came back from IR in Week 9 and managed to catch 4 of 7 targets for 56 yards.  He followed that up in Week 10 by catching 7 of 8 targets for 101 yards, adding a 40-yard carry, against the Titans.  We knew he was good coming out of college, and it looks like he’s found his rhythm with Philip Rivers.  Add him in all 12-team leagues or deeper.

Michael Pittman Jr. USC Receiving Stats
Rece Rece Rece
Year School G Rec Yds TD
*2016 USC 9 6 82 0
*2017 USC 9 23 404 2
2018 USC 10 41 758 6
*2019 USC 13 101 1275 11
Career USC 171 2519 19

Jakeem Grant

WR – Miami Dolphins – 5% Owned

With Preston Williams out, Jakeem Grant seems to have slid into the WR2 role in Miami.  He caught 4 of 5 targets for 43 yards and a TD in Week 10 against the Chargers and is getting plenty of attention from Tua.  He probably won’t be consistent, but he’s worth a look in all 14-team leagues or deeper.

Josh Reynolds

WR – Los Angeles Rams – 5% Owned

If you haven’t been paying close attention, and I don’t blame you if you haven’t, Josh Reynolds has been garnering a significant target share over the last month along side Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods.  In Week 10, he caught 8 of 10 targets for 94 yards, and in the previous 3 games he averaged over 3 receptions from just over 7 targets per game and added 2 total TDs to the list.  There may be consistency issues in the future with so many mouths to feed, but for now he’s looking like a decent stash and bye week fill in for 12-team leagues or deeper.

Logan Thomas

TE – The Washington Football Team – 35% Owned

I wanted to wait a little to see how Alex Smith settled in, but after Week 10, I’m convinced that Logan Thomas should continue to play a role going forward after catching 4 of 6 targets for 66 yards against the Lions. Plus he has the Bengals on tap next, which looks to be a favorable matchup.  If you’re looking to cover a bye week or replace your TE in 12-team leagues or deeper, feel free to give Thomas a look.

UPDATE for Monday Night Football

Check back for updates!

And here’s who I’ve recommended in previous weeks that I still think deserve a look.  I’ve highlighted in Orange the previous pickups that stood out again in Week 9:

10-Team Leagues

QBs – Justin Herbert

12-Team Leagues

QBs – Teddy Bridgewater, Kirk Cousins

RBs – Chase Edmonds (particularly leagues that count return yards), Wayne Gallman, Damien Harris, Darrell Henderson, Nyheim Hines (PPR), Duke Johnson, J.D. McKissic (PPR)

WRs – Robby Anderson, Brandon Ayuik, Chase Claypool, Travis Fulgham, Tee Higgins, Justin Jefferson, Allen Lazard, Jakobi Meyers, Curtis Samuel, Sterling Shepard

TEs – Dalton Schultz, Irv Smith Jr., Robert Tonyan

14-Team Leagues

QBs – Derek Carr, Nick Foles, Drew Lock, Jake Luton, Tua Tagovailoa

RBs – Kalen Ballage, Malcolm Brown, Mike Davis, Gus Edwards, Devonta Freeman, Justin Jackson, Joshua Kelley, Jerick McKinnon, La’Mical Perine, Boston Scott, Jordan Wilkins

WRs – Nelson Agholor, Cole Beasley, Kendrick Bourne, Keelan Cole, Corey Davis, Gabriel Davis, KJ Hamler, Mecole Hardman, Rishard Higgins, Alshon Jeffery, Zach Pascal, Tim Patrick, Breshad Perriman, Henry Ruggs, Laviska Shenault

TE – Harrison Bryant, Jimmy Graham

16-Team Leagues

QBs – Garrett Gilbert

RB – DeeJay Dallas (subject to Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde injuries), Tyler Ervin, JaMycal Hasty, Jordan Howard, Carlos Hyde, D’Ernest Johnson, Dion Lewis, Alexander Mattison, Scotty Miller, Benny Snell Jr., Jeff Wilson Jr.

WR – Deonte Harris

TE – Drew Sample

Check back every week for more Waiver Favors!

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