NFL Week 10: Waiver Wire
Ryan Fitzpatrick – Buccaneers starting quarterback Jameis Winston is sidelined for “a couple of weeks” with a shoulder sprain. Fitzpatrick won’t set the world on fire and it doesn’t exactly make things easier on him with stud wideout Mike Evans suspended for being an absolute moron last Sunday. However, Fitz is a decent fill in for the next few weeks.
Paxton Lynch – The Trevor Siemien experiment is apparently over. You know it’s bad when you lose your starting job to Brock Osweiler. Osweiler is awful and will likely be replaced by second year quarterback Paxton Lynch. Tread cautiously, as Bronco legend Mark Schlereth has been quoted as saying that Lynch is “lacking from the neck up”. Regardless, if he starts, he could provide some upside as a thrower and runner.
Teddy Bridgewater – After suffering a gruesome knee dislocation that resulted in major ligament damage, Bridgewater is primed for a return within the next few weeks. The young Vikings quarterback could potentially be starting in the next two weeks after his 2016 season was cut short before it ever started. It remains to be seen is Bridgewater still possesses the ability to run after such a devastating injury, but with the weapons the Vikings have at wideout, it may not matter.
Jimmy Garoppolo – Garoppolo was traded by the Patriots to the 49ers for a 2nd round pick in next years draft and is expected to be named the starter as soon as he learns the offense. Take advantage.
Damien Williams – Williams, not Kenyan Drake, appears to be the next man up in Miami. He looked explosive against the Raiders and was active in the passing game, turning one of his six catches into the first touchdown by a Dolphins running back.
Marlon Mack – The end appears neat for Frank Gore. Mack is obviously more athletic than Gore and is currently averaging over five ypc. Lock him in for extended work as the passing back will be heavily involved against a tough Steelers defense.
Thomas Rawls – Seahawks coach Pete Carrol has named Thomas Rawls the starter as Eddie Lacy will not play. We’ve mentioned Rawls a lot over the last few weeks as a player primed to break out. That time is now.
Robby Anderson – Anderson is smooth as silk and made his 2017 national TV debut last week with a 4-48-1 line. He’s now scored in three straight games and needs to owned in all formats.
Marquise Lee – Lee has been solid in PPR formats as the Jaguars wideout has at least four catches in the last 5 weeks and scored the first TD of his 2017 last Sunday. The Jags are focusing on running the football and stopping the pass, but Lee’s role has definitely increase with Allen Robinson sideline with a knee issue.
Josh Gordon – I have a rule that I avoid, at all costs, any player that has missed over a year due to suspension or “retirement”. This rule has served me very well as it’s rare for a player to return from either and remain as effective as they previously were. That being said, Gordon is an elite talent. Feel free to take a flyer on him.
Greg Olsen – Olsen is eligible to return in 3 weeks. If he is available, snag him.
Austin Hooper – Hooper has seen the 2nd most targets in each of the last two weeks behind only Julio Jones. Hooper has been quiet, but the young Flacons TE has size and speed to give opposing defenses fits.
Charles Clay – Clay is a top-15 running back, and that’s missing the last 4 weeks due to injury. He is available in 85% of ESPN leagues and needs to be rostered. He’s a solid player at a position that is severely lacking this year.