Week 10 Waiver Wire Deep Dive
Below I have dug into some important data from the week to help you find some players who could help you in the coming weeks and potentially beyond. I have listed the players at each position in order of priority.
Jerick McKinnon, Chiefs
If he was dropped in your league, he is worth adding if you are in need of RB help. On Sunday night, McKinnon played on 62% of snaps, while Isiah Pacheco was at 22% and Clyde Edwards-Helaire at 17%. McKinnon got 11 opportunities, with Pacheco and CEH at 6.I’d avoid them all if possible, but I’d start McKinnon if I had to choose one.
Kenneth Gainwell, Eagles
Gainwell has been consistently getting 25-30% of snaps all season, so his ceiling is certainly limited. But on a very good Eagles team, those snaps are worth more than if he were on another team. We saw that play out on Thursday, when Gainwell got only 18 snaps (28%) but ended up scoring around 13 points in PPR leagues. Since it’s so hard to find backs who can contribute, he might be a player to add for some of you.
Justin Jackson, Lions
Craig Reynolds got banged up on Sunday, so with the Lions not wanting to give D’Andre Swift many carries, Jackson could be another player to add in very deep leagues. He got 4 carries on Sunday after Reynolds left, for 27 yards, on 13 snaps (21%).
DeAndre Carter, Chargers
With both Mike Williams and Keenan Allen out for who knows how long, Carter is a name to consider adding to your team if thin at WR. He is the next man up to start alongside Joshua Palmer. On Sunday he played on 83% of snaps and got 6 targets, catching 5 for 53 yards. He is not a super talented player, but is getting targets in a good offense, which makes him worth rostering.
Kendrick Bourne & Tyquan Thornton, Patriots
It looks like the Patriots have decided to make some changes at the WR position. Nelson Agholor played on only 33% of snaps on Sunday, while Kendrick Bourne played on 76% and Tyquan Thornton played on 67%. Both got 4 targets, while Agholor did not get a target. This is a very low-volume passing offense, but both Bourne and Thornton could be worth adding in deep leagues.
Chris Moore, Texans
With both Nico Collins and Brandin Cooks out for the Eagles game, Moore shined for the Texans, playing on 73% of snaps and tying for the team-lead with 5 targets. He finished 4-43-1. On a terrible offense, Moore’s upside is very limited, especially since those other players will likely return soon. But in deep leagues, Moore is a name to monitor to see how things play out.
Noah Fant, Seahawks
Fant had a rough start to the season, but he is coming on a bit lately. He played on 60% of snaps on Sunday, so he is still sharing snaps with Will Dissly, but he seems to be emerging as their 3rd option in the passing game behind D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. He tied for the team lead in targets with 6, and caught 5 for 96 yards. If he is on your wire, I would scoop him up right away.
Brock Wright, Lions
Wright literally did not catch a ball on Sunday. He is on this list because he was the clear starter at TE for the Lions with T.J. Hockenson traded away. He played on 81% of snaps, so even though he only got 1 target and didn’t catch it, I’m still picking him up where I need a TE. James Mitchell and Shane Zylstra, the other Lions TEs, both scored in the red zone, but it was Wright who played the most snaps. In a game when the Lions pass for more than 137 yards, Wright could produce nicely.
Tommy Tremble, Panthers
I mention Tremble for the second straight week, as his snaps and involvement are on the rise. He played on 64% of snaps on Sunday, his highest mark of the season, and got 4 targets. He caught 2 for 11 yards and a score, and that was his second week in a row getting into the end zone. He is not going to be a top TE, but he could provide help for those who are very needy at the position, and could even become a reliable option down the stretch.
Kevin Scott is a fantasy pro who has been playing in high-stakes redraft and dynasty leagues for over 15 years. He has won over $100,000 playing fantasy football. He has written for Sports Illustrated, 4for4, Fansided, FFToday, and Chiefs Wire. You can follow him on Twitter @kevinscottff, or check out his podcast called Grinding the Data.