It’s been another wacky week of football and it’s so much fun! In Week 10, the Cowboys, Falcons, Jets and Chiefs are on bye. There are some pretty serious names that will be unavailable this next week like Patrick Mahomes, Todd Gurley and Julio Jones. Here’s where you need to be as you attempt to brush off another bye week.
WR Sterling Shepard – New York Giants
Sterling Shepard feels like the odd man out behind Golden Tate and Darius Slayton and that shouldn’t be the case. Shepard is averaging almost 7.5 targets per game this season and almost 9 per game since returning from injury. He has also had at least 83 targets in each of his 4 seasons while twice posting more than 100 targets in a year.
The Eagles come to town in Week 10 led by stud pass defender Darius Slay. Should Tate miss another game due to discipline, Shepard will run more from the slot and the targets will be there. Even with Tate back, he’ll still get some slot work.
Shepard is available in the 35-50% range, making him harder to acquire in larger leagues. The Giants are going to pass and Shepard is the guy you want going forward.
QB Tua Tagovailoa – Miami Dolphins
After a disappointing NFL debut with only 93 passing yards, Tua Tagovailoa showed much improvement completing 71.4% of his passes for 248 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He added 35 rushing yards, giving a boost to his floor and the weekly possibility of some nice ground yardage. He looked calm and collected, completing passes to 7 different players.
The Dolphins will face off against the Chargers in Week 10. In their last 3 games, the Chargers have given up multiple touchdown passes including 3 to Drew Lock in Week 8.
If you’re looking for a quarterback, you could do much worse than Tagovailoa. He is available in more than 75% of fantasy leagues and is worth a shot.
TE Irv Smith Jr. – Minnesota Vikings
Irv Smith Jr. scored two touchdowns in a rout of the Lions in Week 9 – the second was scored on a beautifully run play-action pass from a yard out. In his last 4 games, Smith has either scored or tallied over 50 receiving yards. In a year where so many tight ends are struggling or getting hurt, Smith has delivered nice numbers recently.
The Bears bring a stout defense against the Vikings in Week 10. With how Dalvin Cook has been excelling, Minnesota will likely take more advantage of the play-action pass this week.
You can find Smith on the waiver wire in more than 90% of fantasy leagues. He’s been a solid play in recent weeks – a trend that should continue.
RB Wayne Gallman – New York Giants
Leading the team with 14 carries, Wayne Gallman registered 68 yards and a score against Washington. Veteran Alfred Morris chipped in 9 carries of his own for 67 yards. Gallman has had more opportunities with at least 10 carries for three consecutive weeks. With a Week 11 bye on the horizon, it’s possible that Devonta Freeman will rest for another week and Gallman will be the lead running back again. Even after Freeman returns, it’s not unlikely that Gallman continues to see a decent number of touches per game.
Philadelphia has been tough on opposing running backs this season. Gallman will still have plenty of touches and he scored against the Eagles in Week 7.
Gallman is available in 75-80% of fantasy leagues. If you’re in need of a running back, he can give you a serviceable day unless of course, Freeman returns in Week 10.
WR Rashard Higgins – Cleveland Browns
With the loss of Odell Beckham for the season, Rashard Higgins broke out with 6 catches for 110 yards in Week 7. Higgins had built a rapport with Baker Mayfield back in 2018 as he caught 39 balls for 572 yards and 4 scores. Had Beckham not joined the Browns in 2019, that rapport could have been on display last season. Higgins had also scored in the two games before his 110 yard breakout game.
Houston provides a juicy matchup for Higgins and the Browns in Week 10 having given up 146 yards to D.J. Chark this past week and 196 to Davante Adams the week earlier. With Jarvis Landry nursing multiple injuries, Higgins could be asked to perform as the #1 receiver for the Browns.
After his single reception day in Week 8, a lot of hopeful fantasy players quickly cut Higgins loose. He is now 75-90% unowned in fantasy leagues.
TE Tyler Eifert – Jacksonville Jaguars
With Jake Luton making his first NFL start at quarterback, Tyler Eifert caught 4 balls for 48 yards. In his 6 full games this season, Eifert has been targeted at least five times in four of them. He was only out-targeted by D.J. Chark and Chris Conley in Week 9. The rookie Luton should continue to look to his tight end when things break down in the pocket.
Green Bay – who the Jaguars meet in Week 10 – has been a tougher matchup for tight ends. However, they have given up more than 50 yards to all tight ends who made at least 4 catches against them.
Eifert is regularly overlooked due to multiple injury plagued seasons and can be found on the waiver wires of more than 95% of leagues. He has a decent floor and could really make your fantasy day with a touchdown.
RB Joshua Kelley – Los Angeles Chargers
After Justin Jackson left with an injury, Joshua Kelley and newcomer Kalen Ballage took over running back duties. Ballage had more carries and a score but Kelley is the pass catcher in the backfield grabbing all 5 targets that came his way for 31 yards. In fact, Kelley has caught all 19 of his targets this season.
The Chargers meet the Dolphins in Week 10. They have been one of the softer defenses against fantasy running backs this year. They allowed 11 combined catches to James Robinson and Chris Thompson in Week 3.
If you get points for receptions in your league, Kelley is a good pickup for Week 10. He is over 50% unrostered in fantasy leagues.
QB Alex Smith – Washington Football Team
With everything Alex Smith has dealt with over the last two years, it’s great to see him get another chance at leading a football team. It is unfortunate that Kyle Allen suffered a really nasty looking injury to make it happen though. Smith is a smart and conservative quarterback who makes few mistakes. His three interceptions was likely due to him adjusting to the speed of the game again. He has led his team to a winning record in each of the last 8 seasons he played in as well as a touchdown to interception ratio or nearly 3 to 1.
The upcoming schedule for Washington looks quite generous. They will face the Lions, Bengals and Cowboys in Weeks 10 through 12 – all teams in the bottom half of the league at stopping fantasy quarterbacks.
No one has Smith on their team in any league since he began the season as the 3rd string quarterback for Washington. He is easily the first choice of waiver wire signal callers this week.
WR Michael Pittman Jr. – Indianapolis Colts
The Colts went into Week 9 without T.Y. Hilton and fantasy players didn’t know which receiver to look to. Michael Pittman Jr. and Marcus Johnson both led the team in targets with 7 a piece but Pittman caught more (4) than Johnson (2). Pittman also quadrupled Johnson’s yardage with 56 yards, also leading the team in that category. If Hilton misses another game, Pittman seems to be the receiver with the safer floor.
In Week 10, the Colts will face the Titans who surrendered 17 receptions to Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller and Darnell Mooney. Even a third of those receptions would provide a good fantasy day for Pittman.
The rookie receiver is available in over 90% of fantasy leagues. He could turn out to be a nice mid-season find for those looking for help at the position.
Waiver Wire Double-Check
You know the drill. Look closely at the players on your waiver wire – especially the day that waivers clear. You might find one of the following players that could be a very pleasant surprise for your fantasy team.
QB Teddy Bridgewater – Carolina Panthers
QB Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams
RB J.D. McKissic – Washington Football Team
RB Latavius Murray – New Orleans Saints
RB Nyheim Hines – Indianapolis Colts
RB Cam Akers – Los Angeles Rams
RB Kalen Ballage – Los Angeles Chargers
WR John Brown – Buffalo Bills
WR Allen Lazard – Green Bay Packers
WR Jalen Reagor – Philadelphia Eagles
WR Jerry Jeudy – Denver Broncos
TE Eric Ebron – Pittsburgh Steelers
TE Logan Thomas – Washington Football Team