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Fanball FAAB – Week 10 Waiver Wire Advice

by and • November 5, 2019

Words by Rob Willette, Scott Fish, and Paul Charchian. Spending recommendations by Paul Charchian


QUARTERBACKS

Ryan Tannehill – Titans – 18% rostered
Playing for perhaps the most nondescript franchise in football, it is easy to have missed Ryan Tannehill’s impressive three game stretch as starter in Tennessee.  Tannehill has gone over 300 yards passing in two of his three outings and has totaled multiple touchdowns in each tilt. The remaining schedule is far from intimidating for the Titans, and they have Oakland and Houston as their first two playoff opponents.  Savvy owners with winning records should be eyeing players who can help them come playoff time and Tannehill has shown both a high ceiling and a safe floor. He’s a worthy streamer and it is easy to see him out-producing many high-profile starters down the stretch.
Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 15%

Nick Foles – Jaguars – 4% rostered
Nick Foles has been given his job back and will be back under center for the Jaguars after their Week 11 bye, bringing to a close NFL’s version of Lin-sanity – The Minshew Era. Foles will find himself in a good spot for your stretch run with matchups against the Colts, Titans, Bucs, Chargers, Raiders, and Falcons. That’s five good matchups on paper for the Super Bowl MVP and a borderline free option for streamers if you get him now and hold him during his bye.
Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 5%

Brian Hoyer  – Colts – 0% rostered
If you’re like me, you learned Brian Hoyer was still in the league around 12:46 CST on Sunday afternoon.  After Jacoby Brissett went down with a MCL injury, it was the (somehow still only) 34-year-old Hoyer who took over under center and held his own, tossing three touchdowns and keeping the Colts in it until the very end.  The appeal with Hoyer as a short-term fill-in is this week’s matchup against the Dolphins. Miami has been eviscerated by every non-Jet quarterback and Frank Reich’s been nothing short of a sorcerer when it has come to finding ways to keep this offense relatively productive.  It takes some cojones to plug Hoyer into your lineup in what is a critical week for many owners, but it is the type of bold move which could cement your place in fantasy lore.
Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 1%


RUNNING BACKS

Ronald Jones – Bucs – 40% rostered
For the first time this year, Bruce Arians has named a starter at running back, abandoning his insistence on going with the “hot hand.” The winner of this nine week positional battle is… Ronald Jones. Former USC standout who can’t really catch, but he’s been more explosive than Peyton Barber and earned the job. This is a potent offense and should provide plenty opportunity for Jones if he really does get bell cow type duties. Pick him up and make sure to start him against the team in your league that wasn’t patient enough to hold him.
Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 20%

Kallen Ballage – Dolphins – 10% rostered
Mark Walton has been suspended four games, which means we receive the joy of watching Ballage pile up 12-28 lines for at least a month.  Usually, Ballage looks like one of the worst backs in the league. He’s a size/speed freak who struggles at the finer points of the game, such as cutting, elusiveness, vision, finding open lanes, balance, footwork  and catching the football. It pains me to include Ballage, yet as an NFL starting running back, the rules dictate he appear in this list, if only as a cautionary tale. I can see adding Ballage in 20 team AFC East-only leagues, and as such, he requires inclusion.
Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 1%

Bilal Powell – Jets – 0% rostered
With Le’Veon Bell heading for a MRI on his knee, we’re left with the conundrum of whether or not to invest in a Jet on the waiver wire.  While Ty Montgomery was the presumed backup in New York, Bilal Powell was the only non-Bell running back to get any work on Sunday and his snaps have slowly increased in recent weeks.  Amazingly, Powell has been a Jet for nine years and lived to tell about it. He’s a capable back with passing game chops who could limp his way into flex value, even for a Jets team which manages to tank without actually endeavoring to do so.
Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 1%

Ty Montgomery – Jets – 3% rostered
Two Jets?  Multiplying a negative gets you a positive, though in this case you may be able to add Powell and Montgomery’s numbers together and barely get a startable player.  Montgomery looked to be the backup for much of the year, though the pecking order seems to have shifted in favor of Powell. If you have the room, however, it is worth seeing how this backfield shakes out.  While Montgomery was overwhelmed as a feature back, he has the receiving chops and enough talent to be a factor if he earns the majority of the work.
Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 1%

Black Cat – Free Agent – 0% rostered
An unknown coming into the week, Black Cat figures to be a hot commodity on the waiver wire this week.  A combine snub who couldn’t get a phone call from teams all offseason, Black Cat took matters into his own hands, forcing the issue like he was Willie Mays Hayes running sprints in his pajamas.  Black Cat impressed David Gettleman, who took a break from fixing the bunny ears on his television to place a call to Black Cat’s agent, signifying Saquon Barkley’s days could be numbered. Few prospects have shown the ability to weave through security and electrify a crowd like Black Cat, combining the agility of Barry Sanders with the raw power of Earl Campbell.  Black Cat, who has already adopted the rapper name as “Fuzzy BC”, figures to be a high priority add, a darling of both the analytics and tape crowd. Rumor has it ESPN’s The Body issue has already reserved a spot for him next year, as he showcased his talents at Metlife Stadium fully nude.
Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 100%

WIDE RECEIVERS

Zach Pascal – Colts – 21% rostered
Zach Pascal has bounced back and forth between apparent breakout performances and total duds, yet the multi-week absence of TY Hilton and Parris Campbell opens the door for him to establish himself as a weekly starter.  On six targets, Pascal put together a hyper-efficient 5-76-1 line in a tough matchup in Pittsburgh, proving to be the go-to target for fill-in Brian Hoyer. Without Hilton, the Colts are all of a sudden bereft of offensive weapons, and Pascal is the only receiver beyond Hilton who has consistently shown he deserves targets.  For as long as Hilton is out, Pascal should provide starter value.
Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 5%

DeVante Parker – Dolphins – 28% rostered
Quietly, DeVante Parker has scored in four of his last five games, and he’s topped 50 yards in every game but two. With Preston Williams’ season over, the Miami passing game goes through Parker. It’s a mixed blessing, since Williams was often drawing better coverage than Parker, who’ll now face top cornerbacks each week. The Dolphins are always playing from behind, and Parker’s volume should get a boost.
Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 3%

Olabisi Johnson – Vikings – 3% rostered
Fantasy owners were burned by Adam Thielen on Sunday, as it was obvious his hamstring was far from back at full strength.  It was questionable management by the Vikings of a touchy injury, and owners may now need to be prepare for Thielen to miss a few weeks.  Olabisi Johnson has taken advantage of a barren depth chart beyond Thielen and Stefon Diggs, impressing every step of the way as he’s emerged as the team’s third receiver.  It was actually Laquon Treadwell (seriously) who led the Vikings in receiving yards in Kansas City, but the man they call Bisi earned a redzone look which resulted in a touchdown, and they’ve shown an affinity for giving him opportunities in scoring areas; he scored an easy short touchdown in Detroit as well.  This passing game should run through Stefon Diggs with a committee approach behind him until Thielen heals up, but Johnson has the best potential of the bunch to return value.
Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 1%

Chester Rodgers – Colts – 0% rostered
With TY Hilton and Parris Campbell expected to miss multiple weeks, the deep Colts receiving corps come into play.  Chester Rodgers doesn’t have much name recognition, but he’s actually played 350 snaps this year, almost as much as Zach Pascal and TY Hilton. He had a couple drops last week, but he also scored a short touchdown and made a couple decent catches.  He’s a desperation add in a big league.
Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 1%

TIGHT ENDS

Jacob Hollister – Seahawks – 1% rostered
I was not cool enough to wear Hollister as a youth, but I am cool enough to pick up Jacob Hollister now.  After an injury to Luke Willson, it was Hollister shimmying off his namesake hoodie and playing hero with two scores, including the game-winner in overtime.  The Seahawks have been integrating their Tight Ends into the offense much more this year, starting with Will Dissly, and while Hollister lacks pedigree he does have good athleticism, and Russell Wilson is on such a heater he can make any player relevant.
Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 5%

Mike Gesicki – Dolphins – 4% rostered
It was the Jets (does the NFL actually count stats accumulated against them?) but Mike Gesicki delivered his long anticipated breakout game Sunday afternoon, piling up 6 receptions on as many targets for 95 yards.  Gesicki is a phenomenal athlete, and Ryan Fitzpatrick is working some of his usual magic in Miami and making the Dolphins a competitive outfit. Aiding Gesicki’s outlook is the season-ending injury to Preston WIlliams, as it is really just he and DeVante Parker left in the passing game hierarchy.  Not since Ace Ventura returned Dan Marino to the sidelines has there been this much enthusiasm about the passing game in Miami.
Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 2%