Fantasy Football Week 10: Top Waiver Wire Adds
Carson Wentz, Indianapolis Colts
At this point in the season, you’re likely looking for a signal-caller like Carson Wentz to stream at the position. The Colts quarterback is available in 50% of ESPN leagues, but that should change in short order. Playing host to divisional opponent Jacksonville, Indianapolis is favored by 10.5 points with an implied team total of 29 points for Week 10. The Colts will certainly lean on Jonathan Taylor if and when they get out to a lead, but the numbers point to them putting up points via the passing game as Football Outsiders has the Jags ranked dead last in pass defense DVOA. That’s very promising for a guy in Wentz who has now thrown at least two touchdowns in six straight games, including three in each of his last two contests.
Others to Consider: Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins; Teddy Bridgewater, Denver Broncos
Carlos Hyde, Jacksonville Jaguars
On the other side of that same AFC South showdown, the Jaguars could be very shorthanded with injuries to their starting running back and quarterback. Trevor Lawrence could be limited this week in practice, and the status of James Robinson will be worth monitoring. In the event Robinson is ruled out for a second straight week, it would be Hyde getting the call. This past week, the veteran back turned 21 carries and 2 targets into 73 total yards. He posted a 79% snap rate just a week after being in on 66% of offensive snaps. The Colts are very solid against the run, but this is more about opportunity and volume than potential efficiency. If you need a fill-in back Hyde could be a valuable add if Robinson can’t go.
Others to Consider: Boston Scott, Philadelphia Eagles; Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
Rashod Bateman, Baltimore Ravens
There are a number of solid options out on the wire in most leagues, but for my money none have been more promising than Bateman. This rookie wideout’s skills and draft capital have demanded attention in this offense and from his quarterback. In three healthy games this season he’s amassed 12 catches and 161 yards on 20 targets. This past week, he garnered a season-high 8 targets in route to 10.2 PPR points. This Thursday’s game against the Dolphins and their tough corners might not make him a plug-and-play start in your lineup, but the promise of his workload should do well down the stretch. Don’t leave him out there for someone else to claim.
Others to Consider: Van Jefferson, Los Angeles Rams, Donovan Peoples-Jones, Cleveland Browns
Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh Steelers
This rookie has clearly earned Ben Roethlisberger’s trust as a security blanket over the middle in Pittsburgh. Thanks in large part to an injury to Eric Ebron, Freiermuth has found his way to a productive role over the last three weeks. Leading up to Week 6, he totaled 10 catches, 100 yards a score on 13 targets, but since then he has 16 grabs for 145 yards and 3 touchdowns – including a pair Sunday night against the Bears. It’s unlikely Pittsburgh moves away from their short pass game given their offensive line struggles and Roethlisberger’s limitations, so he should continue to pay dividends. His role is that of a low TE1 until Ebron returns, and maybe even beyond that. Freiermuth is owned in less than 33% of ESPN leagues.
Others to Consider: Logan Thomas, Washington Football Team; Dan Arnold, Jacksonville Jaguars