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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 10

It’s Week 10 and you have a lot of decisions to make. Decision making is often the difference between a great NFL quarterback and a bench warmer.  It’s also often the difference between a great fantasy owner and a not-so-great one.

With only 4 weeks left in the regular season, your decisions are becoming increasingly important.  The decision of who to start and who to pick up off the waiver wires in week 10 all will play a key role in your season before it’s over. That is where we come in. We’ll help you navigate everything from the injuries to the byes in week 10. Incidentally the byes this week are the Jets, Falcons, Cowboys and Chiefs.

So let’s look into Week 10 of the regular season and see just what is out there to pick off the waiver wire, and as always, let’s start with..

Quarterback

Carolina’s Teddy Bridgewater completed 36 passes for 310 yards with two touchdowns in the Panthers’ 33-31 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday. He also rushed twice for 19 yards and another touchdown. Bridgewater has been on fire lately and is available in 71% of leagues. He is the player you need if you are looking for help at the QB position.

On second thought, no.. he is not.

Bridgewater did look great against the Patrick Mahomes led Chiefs.  He also was helped out by Christian McCaffrey’s return to action. However,  Bridgewater has not been very consistent this year and has struggled at times against defenses that put up good pressure. He faces this next week when he goes up against division rival Tampa Bay. Especially after the Bucs were thoroughly embarrassed by the Saints on Sunday night. TB12 and the rest of the Bucs are going to come to play and it will be at the cost of Bridgewater. If you are looking for a quarterback with a nicer path, then look no further than Denver.

Drew Lock is available in 86% of leagues and has a sweet match-up in Week 10. Last week Lock threw for 313 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 47 yards and another touchdown against the Falcons on Sunday. Lock continues his nice play as of late. In fact, in his last two games he has combined for 561 yards passing and five touchdowns. If you ever want to get in on a piece of this quarterback action, now would be the time to do so. He sports a really nice match-up in Week 10 when he faces the Las Vegas Raiders defense that surrendered 326 yards and two touchdowns to the Chargers’ Justin Herbert on Sunday. Lock could be in for another great week.

It’s Tua time!  I’ve been waiting all year to say that and I finally get my chance in Week 10. Tua Tagovailoa is available in 80% of fantasy leagues and is the hottest thing in Miami since Gloria Estefan. Tagovailoa threw for 248 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and ran for 35 yards during Sunday’s 34-31 surprising win over the Cardinals. Tua completed touchdown passes to multiple receivers and looked exactly like the guy Dolphins fans were hoping for when they drafted him. He did start his career on a slow-note last week but quickly erased all memory of that by pitching this gem on Sunday. He gets a really nice match-up in Week 10 when he goes up against the Chargers whose defense has been underwhelming at best this season.  

Running Back

Ryan Nall of da Bears is the man of the hour going into Week 10. At 99% available Nall should fly off of the waiver wire week with the head injury to David Montgomery. After Montgomery left the game Nall caught four passes for 35 yards and a touchdown in the Bears’ 24-17 loss to the Titans. Everybody should clamor to the waiver wire to grab Nall, right.

On second thought, no.. wrong.

While Nall did see lots of receiving back time there is no guarantee he’ll see that again. First of all Montgomery might be back next week. Second, the Bears do have Lamar Miller on their practice squad and they could bring him up.  It just does not look like you can trust that Nall will be the man next week and if he is not the man he is not worth rostering.

If you have a need at RB you should look instead to a man in a similar position as Nall without the other RB’s who could cut into his time is Duke Johnson. Johnson is available in 84% of leagues and with David Johnson in the concussion protocol, Week 10 could be very nice for the Duke. With David Johnson leaving early on Sunday, Duke stepped into a workhorse role, recording 73 yards from scrimmage and a TD against the Jags. As long as David Johnson remains sidelined you can consider Duke a great start. He faces a Browns defense which has been porous in more than one occasion this season.   

Wayne Gallman is another running back you have to consider if you have a need at that position. The Giants RB is still available in 80% of leagues and has been playing great as of late. Gallman ran for 68 yards and a touchdown, adding a nine-yard catch as well on Sunday. Gallman now has three consecutive games with a touchdown and will have a great chance to continue that streak in Week 10 when he faces the Eagles defense, which has certainly had it’s bad moments this season.

About Rick Olson

Rick joined FantasySharks,com as a staff writer in 2013, though he fell in love with fantasy football in 1988 with the first league he played in. In his articles he tries to feature players off the radar or deeper than most since, in his experience, by the time a player is a waiver wire "must have" they are not usually available in most leagues.