December 4, 2022

Fantasy Football Week 10 Waiver Wire: Jimmy Garoppolo, Jaylen Warren, Darnell Mooney among better options

USATSI I’ll be honest with you, this isn’t the best week on the waiver wire…

USATSI

I’ll be honest with you, this isn’t the best week on the waiver wire because of the lack of star players to add. But there are still ways for you to enhance your Fantasy roster — in Week 10 and beyond.

Your best options will likely be at wide receiver and tight end. Guys like Darnell Mooney (65 percent rostered on CBS Sports), Mecole Hardman (56 percent rostered), Donovan Peoples-Jones (23 percent) and Terrace Marshall (25 percent), among others, could be No. 3 Fantasy receivers this week. And it’s time to speculate on adding Odell Beckham (33 percent) in case he signs with a team in the near future.

At tight end, Greg Dulcich (49 percent) can be a rest-of-season starter, and I love the matchup for Cade Otton (17 percent) this week against Seattle. It helps that Otton also had a big game in Week 9 against the Rams. And it might be time to buy back into a preseason favorite in Cole Kmet, who is finally showing signs of life as Justin Fields is breaking out in Chicago.

Running back isn’t completely void of options, especially if the Colts are without Jonathan Taylor (ankle) and Deon Jackson (knee) this week at Las Vegas, leaving Jordan Wilkins (1 percent) as a potential flex option in the majority of leagues. I’d also want to stash guys like Rachaad White (61 percent) and Chuba Hubbard (60 percent) where available, and you should speculate on the Broncos backfield with Latavius Murray (43 percent) and Chase Edmonds (44 percent).

We’ll go through other players to add at running back, wide receiver and tight end below, as well as options to consider at quarterback, DST and kicker. Despite the lack of star power on the waiver wire this week, there are still four teams on a bye (Baltimore, New England, Cincinnati and the Jets) and plenty of injuries. Expect to be active with the purpose of making your Fantasy roster better with the playoffs approaching. 

Editor’s note: For this waiver wire column, we are only looking at players rostered in less than 65 percent of CBS Sports leagues.

Week 10 Waivers

  • On a bye: Lamar Jackson, Joe Burrow, Mac Jones, Zach Wilson
  • Injuries: Josh Allen (elbow), Ryan Tannehill (ankle), Matt Ryan (shoulder) and Carson Wentz (finger).
  • Check to see if available: Trevor Lawrence (82 percent rostered), Matthew Stafford (77 percent) and Jared Goff (71 percent). Lawrence can be a starter in deeper leagues in Week 10 at the Chiefs. He scored at least 18 Fantasy points in three of his past four games, and Kansas City has allowed all but two quarterbacks this season to score at least 20 Fantasy points. … It won’t be easy to trust Stafford this week, even in deeper leagues, since he only has one game with more than 19 Fantasy points this season. And he only scored nine Fantasy points at Arizona in Week 3, although he should have probably connected with Cooper Kupp on two touchdowns. For the rematch, the Cardinals have allowed three quarterbacks in a row to score at least 24 Fantasy points, and I wouldn’t be shocked if this is one of Stafford’s best games this year. … Goff hasn’t topped 19 Fantasy points since Week 4, and he only has one game with multiple touchdowns since then. But the reason he’s listed here is the hope he takes advantage of the matchup with the Bears. Chicago has allowed 59 Fantasy points in the past two games against Dak Prescott and Tua Tagovailoa, and Goff could be a low-end starter in deeper leagues.
  • Drop candidates: Aaron Rodgers (99 percent rostered). Rodgers has failed to take advantage of good matchups, and it was frustrating to see him score just 15 Fantasy points at Detroit in Week 9. He’s now gone four games in a row with 19 Fantasy points or less, and he hasn’t topped 20 points this season. He faces Dallas in Week 10, Tennessee in Week 11 and Philadelphia in Week 12, and those should be challenging matchups for him. It’s time to move on from Rodgers for this year.

Week 10 Waiver Priority List

WAIVER WIRE

Running Backs

  • On a bye: Joe Mixon, Rhamondre Stevenson, Damien Harris, Michael Carter, James Robinson, Gus Edwards and Kenyan Drake.
  • Injuries: Aaron Jones (ankle), Jonathan Taylor (ankle), Ezekiel Elliott (knee), Damien Harris (illness), Gus Edwards (hamstring), Chuba Hubbard (ankle), J.K. Dobbins (knee), Elijah Mitchell (knee), Joshua Kelley (knee), Kyren Williams (ankle), Mark Ingram (knee), J.D. McKissic (neck) and Damien Williams (ribs).
  • Check to see if available: Jeff Wilson (80 percent rostered) and Alexander Mattison (67 percent). Wilson would be the No. 1 player to add this week where he’s still available. He could be the No. 1 running back in Miami following his trade from the 49ers to the Dolphins last week. In his first game in Week 9 at Chicago, Wilson had nine carries for 51 yards, along with three catches for 21 yards and a touchdown on three targets. He outplayed Raheem Mostert (nine carries for 26 yards and a touchdown and no catches on two targets) against the Bears, and Wilson also played one more snap than Mostert, which could be a sign of things to come. … Mattison should be rostered in all leagues just in case something happens to Dalvin Cook. If Mattison were to start at any point this season he would be a top-10 running back in all leagues. 
  • Drop candidates:Clyde Edwards-Helaire (99 percent rostered), Eno Benjamin (87 percent) and Nyheim Hines (78 percent). If you want to stash Edwards-Helaire with the hope he re-emerges as the best running back for the Chiefs then go ahead, but this three-headed committee is currently not working for him. He’s now gone four games in a row with nine PPR points or less, and in three of those games he has nine or fewer touches. In Week 9 against the Titans, Edwards-Helaire had four carries for 5 yards and one catch for 14 yards on two targets and played a season-low 17 percent of the snaps. We’ll see what happens for him, Isiah Pacheco and Jerick McKinnon for the rest of the year, but moving on from Edwards-Helaire makes sense if someone is on waivers who can better help your Fantasy team. … Benjamin can be held as a handcuff for James Conner if you want, but Conner returned in Week 9 against Seattle and sent Benjamin into a clear reserve role with four carries for 12 yards and one catch for 15 yards. Conner played 71 percent of the snaps to just 27 percent for Benjamin. Given Conner’s injury history, Benjamin could return as a viable Fantasy option at any point. But in shallow leagues, there are probably better options on the waiver wire than Benjamin with similar upside. … I’m hopeful Hines gets a prominent role with the Bills following his trade last week, but his first outing against the Jets in Week 9 wasn’t encouraging. He was the No. 3 running back behind Devin Singletary and James Cook and played just four snaps with no touches and one target. I’m sure he’ll get worked into the offense with more practice time, but he might never get enough touches to trust using him in the majority of leagues while Singletary is healthy.

Week 10 Waiver Priority List

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Wide Receivers

  • On a bye: Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd, Garrett Wilson, Corey Davis, Jakobi Meyers, DeVante Parker, Tyquan Thornton, Devin Duvernay and Demarcus Robinson.
  • Injuries: Deebo Samuel (hamstring), Ja’Marr Chase (hip), Keenan Allen (hamstring), Mike Williams (ankle), Romeo Doubs (ankle), Marquise Brown (foot), DeVante Parker (knee), Josh Reynolds (back), Corey Davis (knee), Jahan Dotson (hamstring), Marquise Goodwin (groin), Nico Collins (groin), Russell Gage (hamstring), Jarvis Landry (ankle), Treylon Burks (toe), Christian Watson (chest), Randall Cobb (ankle), D.J. Chark (ankle), Kenny Golladay (knee) and Noah Brown (foot).
  • Check to see if available: Garrett Wilson (80 percent rostered), Josh Palmer (79 percent), George Pickens (78 percent), Chase Claypool (76 percent) and Rondale Moore (74 percent). Wilson should absolutely be rostered during his bye week, and he’s been great since Breece Hall (ACL) went down, as well as Corey Davis being out. In his past two games, Wilson has 16 targets for 14 catches and 207 yards, scoring 17 PPR points in each outing against the Patriots and Bills. … The Chargers didn’t have Keenan Allen and Mike Williams in Week 9 at Atlanta, and Palmer had eight catches for 106 yards on 10 targets. He now has four games this season with at least eight targets, and he has scored at least 13 PPR points in all four outings. If Allen and Williams remain out again in Week 10 at San Francisco, Palmer’s targets should remain high, which is exciting given his potential production. … Pickens had no catches in Week 8 at Philadelphia, but now Chase Claypool is gone, which should open up targets. Since Week 4, Pickens has three games in five outings with at least 14 PPR points, and hopefully that production comes back after the bye. … In his first game with the Bears, Claypool had six targets for two catches and 13 yards. Better days are ahead, and he’s worth stashing where available to see what happens. I’d rather have Darnell Mooney than Claypool and all the other receivers listed in this category, but he’s still someone to roster after he was traded from Pittsburgh to Chicago last week. … Moore led the Cardinals in targets in Week 9 against Seattle with 10 and finished with eight catches for 69 yards. He now has consecutive games with at least eight targets, seven catches, 69 yards and 14 PPR points. We’ll see what happens once Marquise Brown (foot) returns for the Cardinals, but Moore is doing a great job as the running mate for DeAndre Hopkins and should be started in all leagues in Week 10 at the Rams.
  • Drop candidates: Romeo Doubs (91 percent rostered), Devin Duvernay (86 percent), Allen Robinson (78 percent) and Drake London (75 percent). Doubs could miss 4-6 weeks with the ankle injury he suffered in Week 9 at Detroit. There’s no reason to stash him since he has one game with more than six PPR points since Week 4. … Duvernay is not worth stashing on his bye week, and he struggled in Week 9 at New Orleans in the first game with Rashod Bateman (foot) out with one catch for 5 yards on one target. He hasn’t caught a touchdown since Week 3 and hasn’t topped 54 receiving yards this season. … Robinson had another bad game in Week 9 at Tampa Bay with three catches for 24 yards on five targets. He now has two games this season with more than 10 PPR points, and there’s no way you can trust him any time soon. He plays the Cardinals this week, and in his first game at Arizona in Week 3 he had two catches for 23 yards on five targets. … London may pop up with a touchdown at some point soon, but he’s now failed to top 40 receiving yards in six consecutive games and has three catches or less in five of his past eight outings. The lack of volume in the passing game for Atlanta hurts London, and he had four catches for 31 yards on five targets in his previous game against the Panthers in Week 8.

Week 10 Waiver Priority List

  • On a bye: Mark Andrews, Isaiah Likely, Tyler Conklin, Hayden Hurst, Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith.
  • Injuries: Mark Andrews (shoulder), Darren Waller (hamstring), David Njoku (ankle), Daniel Bellinger (eye) and Cameron Brate (neck).
  • Check to see if available: Pat Freiermuth (75 percent rostered) and Dalton Schultz (73 percent). Freiermuth will hopefully see a bump in targets and production now that Chase Claypool was traded to Chicago. In his past two games, Freiermuth had 16 targets for 12 catches and 132 yards. He hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 2, but he does have at least 12 PPR points in four of seven games this year. … Schultz had his best outing since Week 1 in Week 8 against Chicago with six catches for 74 yards on seven targets. Hopefully, Schultz is over the knee injury that plagued him earlier in the year, and he now has Dak Prescott back at 100 percent. Schultz should be locked in as a No. 1 Fantasy tight end for the rest of the season, including in Week 10 at Green Bay.
  • Drop candidates: Taysom Hill (84 percent rostered) and Isaiah Likely (75 percent). Since scoring 35 PPR points against Seattle in Week 5, Hill has combined for 19 PPR points in his past four outings, including no points against Baltimore in Week 9. He does have one touchdown over that span, but there’s no reason to trust Hill in the majority of leagues given his recent lack of production. … Likely isn’t worth holding during the bye week because Andrews will hopefully return in Week 11. If Andrews remains out then hopefully you can add Likely again, but we hope Andrews is back to full strength the next time the Ravens take the field.Add available players in the following order:  

Week 10 Waiver Priority List

Add available players in the following order:  

  • Broncos (46 percent rostered) at TEN
  • Titans (34 percent rostered) vs. DEN
  • Steelers (25 percent rostered) vs. NO
  • Giants (18 percent rostered) vs. HOU
  • Raiders (14 percent rostered) vs. IND

Add available players in the following order:  

  • Brett Maher (34 percent rostered) at GB
  • Graham Gano (26 percent rostered) vs. HOU
  • Matt Gay (31 percent rostered) vs. ARI
  • Robbie Gould (21 percent rostered) vs. LAC
  • Randy Bullock (10 percent rostered) vs. DEN