I hope the Christian McCaffrey owners out there didn’t drop Mike Davis upon McCaffrey’s return. With McCaffrey suffering a shoulder injury in week 9 that could force him to miss a few weeks again, Davis is a must-add in any league where he is not rostered. I wanted to mention that since he is over the 40% rostered threshold I use for this article. Outside of Davis, this is a pretty thin week for waiver-wire pickups as there are only a couple of guys worth prioritizing.
PPR waiver wire targets
- Jalen Reagor (PHI WR) – For whatever reason, Jalen Reagor is only rostered in about 25% of leagues. In his last game, we saw the role Reagor can and will play for the pass-happy Eagles. He only had 16 yards receiving, but was still targeted a respectable 6 times and turned one of the targets into a touchdown. He’s an explosive playmaker who will have a heavy role in the Philly offense the rest of the season.
- Jakobi Meyers (NE WR) – With Julian Edelman on IR and N’Keal Harry missing games due to injury, Meyers has become the top pass-catcher in New England. He has 29 targets in the last 3 games, which is the most you will find on waivers. He is an immediate fill-in at wide receiver until the Patriots’ first-stringers get healthy and, even then, he may have earned a featured role when they do return. I have Meyers slotted behind Reagor because there is no doubt about Reagor’s role going forward.
- Duke Johnson (HOU RB) – Duke Johnson may only be a top add for this week if David Johnson can’t clear the concussion protocol. If David does miss this week, we just saw the workhorse role Duke would be asked to take on. Duke registered 16 carries and 4 targets for a total of 20 opportunities and was able to get in to the end zone. 20-opportunity running backs are hard to come by on the waiver wire, especially in week 10. If there is optimism for David to play in week 10, then it would put a hamper on Duke’s outlook this week.
- JD McKissic (WAS RB) – JD McKissic makes another appearance as a top PPR add due to a lack of other options on waivers. McKissic will continue to be a check down option, especially if Alex Smith is under center. Over the last 5 games, McKissic has seen 8, 8, 6, 2, and 14 targets in addition to a handful of rush attempts each week. Washington doesn’t have many pass catching options outside of stud wide receiver Terry McLaurin, so McKissic should continue to have a role in the offense.
- Denzel Mims (NYJ WR) – Denzel Mims is the top skill player the Jets drafted in the 2020 draft, secured using a 2nd round pick. Mims has only played 2 games so far (currently playing against the Patriots while I write this) but has registered 22% of the air yards and 21% of the targets in those two games. He’s a talented receiver who will have consistent volume on a weekly basis if you are in need of wide receiver help in deep leagues.
Non-PPR waiver wire targets
As previously mentioned, touchdowns are much more valuable in non-PPR leagues, and the high volume pass catchers are much less valuable. This fact will change around some of the rankings for our waiver wire targets. This week’s non-PPR adds are going to be the same as the PPR adds due to injuries around the league. However, some guys get a slight boost or downgrade due to reliance on pass catching or TDs.
- Jalen Reagor (PHI WR) – Reagor only has 1 red zone target in the 3 games he has played but, as an explosive field stretcher, he will score TDs from outside the red zone and rack up yards on deep completions. He is my top add of the week as you can use him for the rest of the season.
- Jakobi Meyers (NE WR) – The concern with any New England wide receiver in non-PPR format is that Cam Newton doesn’t throw a lot of touchdowns. Most of the Pats’ TDs come from the run game, so the wide receivers struggle in this regard. Still, Meyers is a top add if he can retain this role when Edelman and Harry return.
- Duke Johnson (HOU RB) – Duke Johnson stays in the number 2 slot in non-PPR formats. With the uncertainty around David Johnson’s status, I’d rather use a claim on Reagor over Duke. If you are a David Johnson owner though, you can slide Duke to the top priority as he would get the workhorse role and his TD equity would increase.
- Denzel Mims (NYJ WR) – The Jets aren’t going to score a bunch of TDs the rest of the season, but Mims should be involved when they get in close to the red zone. Through 2 games, Mims is yet to see a red zone target, but I expect that to change as he gets more games under his belt.
- Wayne Gallman (NYG RB) – McKissic gets left out in non-PPR leagues as his value predominantly comes from catching passes. He only has 5 red zone opportunities this year and TDs are not to be expected. Wayne Gallman assumed lead role duties for the Giants while Devonta Freeman sat out and would do so again if Freeman misses another week. Regardless of Freeman playing or not, Gallman has a TD in 3 straight games.
Top streaming QB options
- Jared Goff (LAR) – The Seahawks have allowed over 2,900 passing yards in only 8 games this season. The next closest total belongs to the Falcons, who have played an extra game. Needless to say, the Seahawks are by far the easiest defense to throw the ball against. The Rams generally want to run the ball but I think they’ll either choose to abandon that because of the matchup or will be forced to abandon that because they’re facing Russell Wilson on the other side. Goff has thrown for over 300 yards in 3 of his 8 games with 2+ TDs in 5 of them. Against the worst pass defense in the NFL, Goff is the top QB add of the week and may even compete for top scoring QB overall.
- Nick Foles (CHI) – Foles paid off for us last week when he threw for over 300 yards and multiple TDs against Tennessee. This week, he gets an even better matchup against the Vikings, who have given up the 4th most pass yards and 3rd most pass TDs in the NFL. The Bears continue to let Foles throw 40+ times and he should be able to deliver another good game this week.
Top streaming defense options
- New York Giants defense – The Giants make another appearance as a top streaming defense, having still not gotten enough credit for their defensive play this year. They have 2 or more sacks in every game so far, and have held teams to 22 points or fewer in 5 of their 8 games. Week 10 presents a matchup with the turnover-prone Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles. Wentz has taken a ridiculous 32 sacks in 8 games this year while throwing a whopping 12 interceptions.
- New Orleans Saints defense – The Saints are finally looking good in the pass rush department, racking up 8 sacks over the last 2 games. They have one of the better front 7s in the league and can get pressure on the quarterback now that they have a healthy defensive line. They just consistently put pressure on Tom Brady and shut down one of the better offenses in the league in week 9, allowing only 3 points. Now they get to face a bad San Francisco offense that hasn’t beaten any notable teams this year.