Week 10 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Targets: Derek Carr, Raiders Have Potential
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- Mike Randle lists the top players to pick up at QB, RB, WR and TE ahead of Week 10's matchups.
Week 9 featured a myriad of big performances from players on last week’s Waiver Wire column.
Derek Carr (289 passing yards, two touchdowns), DeVante Parker (four receptions, one touchdown), A.J. Brown (four receptions, 81 yards), and Preston Williams (five receptions, 72 yards, two touchdowns) all produced quality fantasy performances.
Week 10 features the most teams on a bye of this NFL season. The Broncos, Eagles, Jaguars, Patriots, Redskins, and Texans all take a well-earned rest.
Let’s take a look at the best long- and short-term options available on the Week 10 waiver wire.
Note: We’ve limited their recommendations to players owned in fewer than 50% of Yahoo leagues. All data as of Monday.
Quarterback Streaming Targets
Derek Carr, Raiders
Carr has now thrown for two or more touchdowns in five of his past six games. He should absolutely be owned in all leagues, especially with a very favorable upcoming schedule.
The Raiders have four home games over their next six contests, with favorable pass defense matchups at the Jets and Chiefs.
Carr is a very solid streaming option for owners of Deshaun Watson, Tom Brady, or Carson Wentz owners.
Cam Newton, Panthers
Whenever Newton returns, he’ll have a treasure chest of weapons including running back Christian McCaffrey, wideouts Curtis Samuel and D.J. Moore, as well as tight end Greg Olsen.
Make sure to keep an eye out for news regarding his status, but if Newton is slated to return this week, he should be a top waiver claim for any team in need of a short- or long-term quarterback answer. The Panthers still have a Week 13 home battle with Washington, plus two meetings with 1-7 Atlanta still remaining.
Running Back Targets
Ty Johnson, Lions
The news of last week’s starting running back Tra Carson going to the injured reserve, makes Johnson again viable.
He had total nine carries against a stout Oakland defense, but was outproduced by teammate J.D. McKissic.
Next week’s game at Chicago is difficult, but a home date against the Cowboys followed by a date at Washington, and their annual Thanksgiving home game, make Johnson worth monitoring.
Is he still the starting option with Carson sidelined, or did McKissic just cut into his workload moving forward?
Ronald Jones, Buccaneers
A very thin running back waiver wire finds me reluctantly going back to the Ronald Jones well.
Jones dominated the workload in the Tampa Bay backfield, with 18 of the Buccaneers’ 23 rushing attempts. He totaled 82 yards and tallied one rushing touchdowns.
Can we trust Jones moving forward? I’m uncertain, but next week’s home matchup with Arizona certainly is enticing.
He is a solid Week 10 RB2/Flex option for players on a bye week.
J.D. McKissic, Lions
McKissic was the most productive Detroit running back, finishing with 72 total yards and one receiving touchdown against a strong Oakland run defense.
The presence of Ty Johnson muddles the backfield touches, but McKissic makes for an intriguing add in PPR leagues.
Assuming he sees the same workload, he should be a safe PPR flex option next week, even in a tough matchup at Chicago.
Wide Receiver Targets
Corey Davis, Titans
I don’t feel great about Davis, but he is probably the WR1 in this Tennessee offense. His four-catch, 48-yard stat line is better when you consider it was on the road against the stiff Panthers pass defense.
The Titans have a Week 10 home date against the Chiefs, and Davis still remains the most consistent wideout in Tennessee’s offense.
He’s a WR3/Flex option next week.
DeVante Parker, Dolphins
In Week 9, Parker delivered a solid WR3 performance in route to Miami’s first win. He totaled four receptions, 57 yards, and a touchdown catch on six targets.
Parker is worth a bye week replacement WR3/Flex with veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick as the quarterback.
He is still a darkhorse WR2 option during the fantasy playoffs, with Miami facing the Jets, Giants, and Bengals in Weeks 14-16.
Cole Beasley, Bills
The diminutive Bills receiver found the end zone for the third consecutive week, albeit on only two catches for 13 yards.
Beasley is a decent WR3 bye week filler with favorable upcoming road games against the Browns and Dolphins.
Zach Pascal, Colts
The news of T.Y. Hilton’s injury opens the door for Pascal, who now has three touchdowns over the past three games.
Pascal led the Colts with five receptions on six targets, 76 receiving yards, and one touchdown in the Colts 26-24 loss at Pittsburgh.
With the status of quarterback Jacoby Brissett unknown, his future production is less reliable. However, the Colts do have three home games in the next four weeks, with a very favorable Week 10 matchup at home against Miami.
If Brissett can play, Pascal is a strong waiver wire add this week.
A.J. Brown, Titans
It is hard to trust the mercurial rookie wideout, but he did lead the Titans in receiving in Week 10 with 81 receiving yards.
A home date with the Chiefs is a decent matchup, but there are probably more reliable options available with the Titans on bye in Week 11.
Tre’Quan Smith, Saints
Smith may have been forgotten about by league mates due to his lingering ankle injury, but he is a potential league-winner if he can return healthy to the Saints offense.
New Orleans has fantastic matchups against the Falcons and Saints in the next two weeks. If active, he has the best rest of season upside of any receiver on waivers this week.
Parris Campbell, Colts
Campbell saw essentially the same amount of snaps as veteran Chester Rogers, while tallying five receptions (six targets) for 53 yards.
With Hilton out, look for head coach Frank Reich to keep the rookie speedster involved. Campbell had x-rays on his hand after the game, so be sure to monitor his health before your waiver period.
If healthy, his is a nice WR3 option with an increased target share on the horizon.
Hunter Renfrow, Raiders
The Clemson rookie has started to develop a rapport with quarterback Derek Carr. Renfrow delivered another solid performance with six catches (seven targets), 54 receiving yards, and a touchdown. That makes consecutive weeks with 50-plus receiving yards and a score.
Renfrow led the Raiders in targets and has a very favorable schedule for the rest of the season. He should be a high priority for any team in need of a wide receiver.
Consider him an upside WR3 play moving forward.
Tight End Streaming Targets
Jonnu Smith, Titans
Despite his disappointing three reception, 18-yard performance in Week 9, Smith remains a viable tight end bye week replacement is Delanie Walker is again out.
In Week 10, the Titans host a Chiefs team that has allowed the second-most receptions to opposing tight ends.
If Walker is healthy, Smith is a non-factor. But if the veteran remains out, go back to Smith with confidence for a low-end TE1 performance.
Kyle Rudolph, Vikings
The low-volume Rudolph caught his second touchdown of the season, with three catches for 23 yards at Kansas City.
Rudolph is hard to trust especially with rookie Irv Smith seeing an uptick in volume. There are better streaming options at tight end for week 10.
Jack Doyle, Colts
It’s difficult to determine which Colts tight end to trust on a weekly basis, but Jack Doyle will see an increase in volume with Hilton out for the next four weeks.
The veteran totaled a modest 22 receiving yards on three receptions, but delivered an 11-yard touchdown catch.
Doyle will see favorable home matchups against Miami and Jacksonville, but should only be used as a desperation play due to lack of predictable volume.
Tyler Eifert, Bengals
At a very thin tight end position, Eifert is intriguing coming off his bye week. He totaled season-highs in targets (nine), receptions (six), and receiving yards (74) in the Bengals 24-10 Week 8 loss against the Rams.
Eifert will see home games against the Ravens, Steelers, and Jets over the next four weeks.
Mike Gesicki, Dolphins
The Mike Gesicki truthers should certainly enjoy his six reception, 95-yard career-best performance against the Jets. However, I cannot recommend him as a waiver option off this one performance.
Look elsewhere for tight end help until we see more consistency from the Penn State second-year product.