Week 10 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups: Gallman, Wilkins, McKissic Carving Out Roles
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Week 10 brings us to the last month of the fantasy football regular season.
There are only ten more teams still to observe their bye week. Atlanta, Dallas, Kansas City, and the Jets are all out for the upcoming slate.
This week’s waiver wire finds a plethora of quality WR3 options for those teams in need of a spark to make a run at the fantasy postseason.
Let’s take a close look at the best pickups for Week 10.
Note: We’ve limited recommendations to players owned in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues. All data as of Monday.
Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups
Jordan Wilkins, Colts
Wilkins led the Colts in carries during Indianapolis’ 24-10 home loss to Baltimore.
In a rough matchup, Wilkins only managed 39 rushing yards and two receptions for a brutal -1 receiving yards. He saw the Colts’ only rushing touchdown go to rookie Jonathan Taylor.
The Colts face division rival Tennessee twice over the next three weeks, with a very running back friendly matchup against Green Bay in the middle. If you believe Wilkins is the Colts’ backfield leader, he is a reasonable pickup as an RB2/3.
Wayne Gallman, Giants
Wayne Gallman has quietly put together three solid performances as the leading rusher for the Giants. He carried 14 times for 68 yards and a touchdown in New York’s 23-20 road win over Washington. He now has a touchdown in three consecutive games.
Unfortunately, he gets a stingy Philadelphia run defense in Week 10 before a Week 11 bye.
Given the lack of available running backs on waivers, Gallman is still a top pickup for desperate running back owners who need depth entering the playoffs.
J.D. McKissic, Washington
McKissic is this week’s sneaky pickup that could pay huge dividends rest of season.
With Kyle Allen suffering a gruesome leg injury that unfortunately ended his year, McKissic’s role should increase with veteran quarterback Alex Smith.
Smith has a career-long preference of short check down passes to running backs, as illustrated by McKissic’s nine receptions on 14 targets on Sunday.
This quarterback change could make McKissic a viable low-end PPR RB2 over the next few weeks as Washington faces Detroit, Cincinnati, and Dallas. All three teams have shown vulnerability to opposing running backs either on the ground or through the air.
Assuming Smith is the starter moving forward, McKissic is my top waiver wire running back pickup in all PPR formats.
Duke Johnson, Texans
Much to fantasy truthers delight, it could finally be Duke Johnson’s time.
Starting running back David Johnson left this game early with a concussion, allowing Duke Johnson to finally see double-digits touches for the first time all season.
He finished with a respectable four receptions, 73 total yards, and a touchdown.
If David Johnson is ruled out in Week 10, Duke Johnson would be a low-end RB2 against a Cleveland team that has allowed a healthy 4.8 receptions per game to opposing running backs.
Kalen Ballage, Chargers
Ballage was the surprise leading rusher for the Chargers, after Justin Jackson was injured on the first drive of the game.
He made the most of his abrupt opportunity with two receptions, 84 total yards, and a rushing touchdown.
Ballage is likely ahead of rookie Joshua Kelley, who has lacked production over the past month. However, there is a log jam at running back with Jackson, Ballage, Kelley, and even veteran Troymaine Pope potentially returning from injury.
I do not recommend spending a waiver pickup on Ballage, unless both Pope and Jackson are out next week. However, in that scenario, Ballage would have an attractive “revenge game” narrative at Miami.
Devontae Booker, Raiders
Booker is only worth mentioning in the case of an injury to Josh Jacobs.
He had eight rushing attempts for 68 yards, including a 23-yard first quarter touchdown.
Booker has flashed in moments this season, but would only be useful if Jacobs were to get injured. In that situation, he would immediately be extremely attractive as an RB2.
Ryan Nall, Bears
David Montgomery left Chicago’s loss to Tennessee with a concussion. If he is out for the Bears Week 10 game against Minnesota, Ryan Nall is worth a look as a decent PPR RB3.
Nall converted four targets into four receptions, 35 yards, and a touchdown as the Bears played from behind most of the second-half. While Cordarrelle Paterson actually saw the only three non-Montgomery carries, Nall would likely inherit the majority of RB work in Montgomery’s absence.
Against Minnesota, this would be a speculative dart throw only if Montgomery is out.
Allen Lazard, Packers
Lazard traveled with the team to San Francisco, but was not active for the Packers dominant 34-17 win.
He is, however, the clear WR2 for Green Bay moving forward, and should be picked up in every single league this week.
Lazard has an incredible matchup at home against Jacksonville in Week 10.
The last time Lazard was healthy, he blowtorched the Saints for six receptions, 146 yards, and a touchdown. He is the top wide receiver Week 10 waiver wire pickup.
Curtis Samuel, Panthers
Samuel again had another strong performance, even with All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey returning.
He tallied nine receptions, 109 yards, and a touchdown in Carolina’s close 33-31 loss at Kansas City.
Samuel now has a touchdown in three straight games with 20 targets over that span.
Even with McCaffrey back, Samuel’s versatility makes him a decent Flex option in favorable upcoming home matchups against Tampa Bay and Detroit.
Dez Bryant, Ravens
While I know this is tempting, resist the desire to spend a waiver claim on a 32-year old wide receiver in a run-first offense.
Bryant will get the occasional end zone targets, but with Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews as the top receiving priorities, Bryant’s upside is very limited.
Pass on the veteran receiving trying for a comeback with Baltimore.
Nelson Agholor, Raiders
Agholor rebounded from a zero-catch performance in windy conditions at Cleveland, to post a two-catch, 55 yard, one touchdown line in the Raiders 31-26 win against the Chargers.
Quarterback Derek Carr only attempted 23 passes on the day, but Agholor still functioned as one of his top receiving targets. He is clearly ahead of first-round speedster Henry Ruggs on the wide receiver depth chart.
With upcoming divisional home games against Denver and Kansas City, Agholor is an inconsistent WR3 option moving forward.
Jalen Reagor, Eagles
It is always smart to target waiver wire players coming off their bye, which is exactly the case with rookie wideout Jalen Reagor.
Reagor returned from the injured reserve in Week 8, and totaled three receptions, 16 receiving yards, and a touchdown in Philadelphia’s 23-9 win over Dallas.
With head coaches tending to increase opportunities for rookies coming off a bye week, Reagor could find success in Week 10 against the Giants. With favorable matchups with Cleveland and Seattle upcoming, Reagor is a nice bench stash with WR3 upside.
Anthony Miller, Bears
Miller has seen a huge increase in usage the past two weeks. He has 19 targets, 13 receptions, and 132 receiving yards over that span.
He is still behind leading wide receiver Allen Robinson, and is battling rookie Darnell Mooney for targets.
The volume is strong, but he is nothing more than a WR4/5 play in a Week 10 home matchup with Minnesota before Chicago’s bye week.
Tim Patrick, Broncos
Patrick made a successful return from a hamstring injury to post four receptions, 29 yards, and a touchdown in Denver’s 34-27 loss at Atlanta.
His performance will be in the shadows of big games from Jerry Jeudy (seven receptions, 126 yards, one touchdown) and K.J. Hamler (six receptions, 75 yards), but that makes him even more valuable.
In a close game, Patrick is still one of Denver’s top receiving options. He has a great Week 10 matchup at Las Vegas, making him a solid WR3 play.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Packers
The Green Bay deep threat connected twice with quarterback Aaron Rodgers for 53 yards and two touchdowns.
Valdes-Scantling has game-breaking speed, but will take a lesser role with teammate Allen Lazard returning from injury.
He should be left on the waiver wire unless a team is in need of a WR5 play.
Darnell Mooney, Bears
The Chicago rookie continues to make strides, and is now battling Anthony Miller for WR2 targets in a low-pass volume Bears offense.
Mooney did see the most targets (11) in Chicago’s 24-17 loss at Tennessee, and his speed is a valuable weapon for the limited offensive weapons of the Bears.
He is a speculative add as a WR4/5 play at home against Minnesota in Week 10.
Alshon Jeffery, Eagles
The biggest upside receiver left on the waiver wire is veteran Alshon Jeffery.
He is scheduled to make his season debut in Week 10 against the Giants.
While injury-prone, Jeffery has legitimate WR1 abilities when healthy. In just nine games last season, Jeffery managed two overall WR6 or better stat lines.
Philadelphia travels to Cleveland in Week 11 followed by the ideal matchup against Seattle at home in Week 12.
Michael Pittman Jr., Colts
Pittman functioned as the Colts WR1 in the absence of T.Y. Hilton. He led the team in targets (seven) and receiving yards (56) in a difficult matchup against the Ravens.
With a short turnaround to a Thursday Night game at Tennessee, Pittman should again serve as the team’s top wideout, making him a WR3 play against the Titans.
David Moore, Seahawks
Moore continued his “feast or famine” play with four receptions, 71 yards, and a touchdown in a very negative game script against Buffalo.
He benefitted from Seattle chasing points all game in their 44-34 loss to the Bills.
Teammates D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett always garner the most attention, but Moore is too hard to rely on for season leagues.
Richie James, 49ers
I would be remiss to not mention Richie James in this week’s waiver column, even if his performance was a likely one-time explosion.
James took advantage of a decimated San Fran receiving core to tally nine receptions, 184 yards, and a touchdown in the 49ers’ 34-17 loss to Green Bay.
With Brandon Aiyuk, Deebo Samuel, and Kendrick Bourne all likely to return in Week 11, James is not worth a waiver claim.
K.J. Hamler, Broncos
The explosive Hamler took advantage of Atlanta’s fast indoor track to tally six receptions and 75 yards along with a 15-yard run.
Hamler’s speed is a major weapon, but his volume was a result of a massively negative game script.
He is best left on the waiver wire until he receives more consistent targets.
Jimmy Graham, Bears
The 34-year old Graham continued his end zone proficiency, with his fifth touchdown of the year in Week 9.
Graham caught all six of his targets for 55 yards, and has a great matchup against Minnesota upcoming. The Vikings have allowed the fourth-most receiving yards to opposing tight ends.
Chicago has a bye in Week 11, but if you are in need of a streaming tight end, Graham is a solid choice.
Austin Hooper, Browns
Hooper will return for the Browns in Week 10 after missing the last two games following an emergency appendectomy.
In the three games prior, he had five catches and 50 yards or a touchdown in each contest.
Hooper is a great tight end waiver pickup with upcoming home games against Houston and Philadelphia, who are both in the Top 10 in most receiving yards allowed to opposing tight ends.
Logan Thomas, Washington
Thomas saw six targets, but only produced three receptions and 28 yards in Washington’s 23-20 home loss to the Giants.
With Alex Smith now taking over for the injured Kyle Allen, it is possible that Thomas sees a more regular target share from the accurate veteran signal-caller.
Thomas is best left on the waiver wire as a wait-and-see option, even at the shallow position of tight end.
Jordan Reed, San Francisco
There is a huge target opportunity in San Francisco now that George Kittle is out for an extend period. That opportunity could be seized by veteran Jordan Reed.
However, Reed was a disappointment with just one reception for three yards against Green Bay. He was a last-minute surprise active, still dealing with a knee issue that placed him on the injured reserve for five weeks.
With 10 days to prepare for the Saints, followed by a bye week, it is wise to let Reed sit on waivers until Week 12.
If healthy, he could be a fantasy difference maker down the stretch of the fantasy playoffs.
Irv Smith Jr., Minnesota
Irv Smith Jr. has continued to make the most of an increased snap share, finding the end zone twice in Minnesota’s 34-20 win over Detroit.
He only posted ten receiving yards on four targets, but at the tight end position that is good enough for a late-season waiver claim.
Smith has two winnable matchups against Chicago and Dallas, making him a reasonable target for any team that has lost George Kittle, or has a player on bye.