Fanball FAAB – Week 10 Waiver Wire Advice
Welcome to Fanball FAAB, our weekly analysis of players who may be available on your league’s waiver wire.
Words by Christian Peterson. Rankings and blind bid recommendations by Paul Charchian.
Nick Mullens, 49ers
Week 8: 16-22, 262 yards, 3 touchdowns passing
Week 10: vs. Giants
By now you’ve heard all the superlatives surrounding Mullens’ NFL debut last Thursday night, though all of it needs to be taken with a gigantic grain of salt considering it came against the Raiders, who appear to have no interest in playing football this season. Still, it was an impressive debut, and C.J. Beathard wasn’t exactly lighting the world on fire prior to sitting out Week 9 with a wrist injury. Up next for Mullens, who is expected to be named the Week 10 starter, is a good Giants secondary that is allowing barely one touchdown per game. Charch’s Blind Bidding Recommendation: 3%. In QB-heavy leagues, 3%.
Lamar Jackson, Ravens
Week 9: 1-1, 12 yards passing, 5-10 yards rushing
Week 10: BYE
The Ravens have lost four of their last five games, and during that stretch Joe Flacco has thrown just four touchdown passes, to go along with four interceptions. Head coach John Harbaugh has already indicated that Flacco’s job is not in danger as the Ravens enter their Week 10 bye, but the Ravens are in danger of becoming irrelevant with another loss or two. At that point, there’s little reason not to turn things over to Jackson to see what he can do down the stretch run. The Ravens have an enticing schedule in the fantasy playoffs, with the Chiefs, Bucs, and Chargers on tap in Weeks 14-16. He’s only worth consideration in deep leagues, but Jackson is worth considering as an end-of-roster stash with loads of upside. Charch’s Blind Bidding Recommendation: 1%. In QB-heavy leagues, 5%.
Duke Johnson, Browns
Week 9: 1-8, rushing, 9-78, 2 touchdowns receiving
Week 10: vs. Falcons
Criminally underutilized by the Browns’ previous coaching regime, Johnson busted out in a huge way in Week 9, securing all nine of his targets and serving as arguably Baker Mayfield’s most reliable receiver. New offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens featured Johnson in his first week on the job, and there’s little reason to think things will change throughout the remainder of the season. Johnson is a far superior option to struggling young wide receivers Antonio Callaway and Damion Ratley. What’s more, the Week 10 matchup with the Falcons is as good as it gets for pass-catching running backs. Atlanta has allowed more receptions to running backs than any other team, including a 14-catch, 102-yard day from Christian McCaffrey and a 15-catch, 124-yard dismantling by Alvin Kamara earlier this season. Charch’s Blind Bidding Recommendation: 25%.
Mike Davis, Seahawks
Week 9: 15-62 rushing, 7-45 receiving
Week 10: at Rams
Yet another injury from Chris Carson has opened the door, again, for Mike Davis. Filling in after Carson got knocked out with a thigh injury in the second quarter, Davis thrived as both a runner and a receiver in Week 9. In the three games in which he has received at least 14 touches, Davis is now averaging 102 combined rushing/receiving yards and scored 3 touchdowns. Carson’s status for next week is still up in the air, but at this point the Seahawks should consider just handing things over to Davis on merit. Up next are the Rams, a bottom-10 run defense that has yielded five running back touchdowns in the last two weeks. Charch’s Blind Bidding Recommendation: 15%.
Elijah McGuire, Jets
Week 9: 7-30 rushing, 3-37 receiving
Week 10: vs. Bills
Here’s what I wrote last week about Isaiah Crowell: “You may remember Crowell from such amazing performances as Week 1, when he rushed for 102 yards and 2 touchdowns on 10 carries. Or Week 5, when he ran for 219 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. What you may not remember is that he is averaging 2.36 yards per carry in the other six games he has played. And hasn’t topped 40 rushing yards in any of them.” One week later, Crowell isn’t any better (he managed 49 scoreless yards on 13 carries last week), and McGuire looked relatively spry in his 2018 debut. Charch’s Blind Bidding Recommendation: 5%.
Gio Bernard, Bengals
Week 9: OUT
Week 10: vs. Saints
Bernard returned to practice on Monday. There’s no guarantee that he’ll suit up or be 100% in Week 10 against the Saints, but Bernard has a reasonable chance of carving out some fantasy value as the pass-catching complement to Joe Mixon. Mixon has established himself as a workhorse in the backfield, but with wideout John Ross still recovering from a groin injury and A.J. Green now nursing a toe injury that could be a long-term issue, the Bengals may have to get creative to find ways to get the ball in Bernard’s hands. He’s one of their few remaining playmakers. Charch’s Blind Bidding Recommendation: 5%.
Cordarrelle Patterson, Patriots
Week 9: 11-61 , 1 touchdown rushing, 1-7 receiving
Week 10: at Titans
He may not be listed as a running back in your league, but he’s unquestionably carving out a role in the Patriots backfield. Patterson has 21 carries in the past two games and nearly single-handedly drove the Patriots down the field on Sunday night during a series in which James White was sitting out with a minor injury. White later returned and Sony Michel may be back as soon as this week, but Patterson is worth keeping an eye on in a Patriots backfield that is perpetually in flux. Charch’s Blind Bidding Recommendation: 3%.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Packers
Week 9: 3-101 receiving
Week 10: at Patriots
Valdes-Scantling has gained Aaron Rodgers’ trust. With another couple of big plays on Sunday night, MVS now has over 100 yards or a touchdown in four straight games. He was encouragingly targeted 6 times on Sunday night and appears to have taken over as the starter opposite Davante Adams. 79% of you are asleep at the wheel. Wake up! Charch’s Blind Bidding Recommendation: 20%.
Keke Coutee, Texans
Week 9: Hamstrung
Week 10: BYE
When the Texans return from this week’s bye, they’ll almost certainly have Keke Coutee back from the nagging hamstring injury that he’s battled for a month. Complicating matters, though, is Demaryius Thomas, which relegates Coutee to a third option in the Houston passing attack. Still, Coutee will see enough work to be a viable flex option most weeks. Maybe the best reason to roster Coutee is his tantalizing playoff run featuring games against the Colts, Jets, and Eagles. The slot corners he’ll face in those three matchups: Kenny Moore, Buster Skrine, and Dexter McDougle. Charch’s Blind Bidding Recommendation: 5%.
Maurice Harris, Redskins
Week 9: 10-124 receiving on 4 targets
Week 10: at Buccaneers
Harris is the Pickup du Jour after erupting for 10 catches and 124 yards against the Falcons in Week 9. Problem is, he’s been filling in for the injured Jamison Crowder for weeks, and had done next to nothing before exploding as the Redskins were forced to play catch-up against the Falcons. The good news for Harris Enthusiasts is that fellow Redskins wideout Paul Richardson was just put on injured reserve with a bum shoulder. Meanwhile, Crowder is close to returning to action, which would likely kick Harris back outside to battle with the perennially disappointing Josh Doctson for whatever table scraps Alex Smith has left after handing off to Adrian Peterson 25 times per game. There’s a one-week window in Week 10 against the porous Buccaneers secondary that’s allowed the second-most touchdowns to opposing wideouts this season, but I wouldn’t view Harris as the long-term answer to all your wide receiver prayers. Charch’s Blind Bidding Recommendation: 5%.
Curtis Samuel, Panthers
Week 9: 2-25, 1 touchdown receiving, 1-33, 1 touchdown rushing
Week 10: at Steelers
Samuel had a highlight-reel touchdown on a double-reverse in Week 9, but still isn’t integrally involved in the Panthers every-down offense. He’s got three touchdowns in his last three games, but just nine touches in that same span. Gadget plays are nice, but not a reliable source of fantasy points. Despite a Week 9 dud, I still prefer D.J. Moore to Samuel if you are trying to choose between the two. Charch’s Blind Bidding Recommendation: 3%.
Adam Humphries, Buccaneers
Week 9: 8-82, 2 touchdowns receiving on 8 targets
Week 10: vs. Redskins
Humphries hauled in all eight of his targets on Sunday, taking advantage of the Panthers strategy to shut down Mike Evans and leave Humphries running free. While the touchdowns won’t be a trend (they were his first of the season), Humphries now has 15 receptions in the last two games, and the Bucs figure to continue playing from behind in most of their games. There are a ton of wide receiver mouths to feed in Tampa, but Humphries can be helpful in PPR formats in a pinch. Charch’s Blind Bidding Recommendation: 3%.
Willie Snead, Ravens
Week 9: 7-58 receiving
Week 10: BYE
If you want a guaranteed 5 catches for 45-55 yards, Snead is your man. He’s reached at least those totals in five of the last six games. He also has just one touchdown on the season, and none since Week 1. But you can bring 5-50 to the bank, which is worth something. Right? Gimme a break, it’s a rough week for wideouts on the waiver wire. Charch’s Blind Bidding Recommendation: 1%.
Josh Malone, Bengals
Week 9: 0-0 receiving
Week 10: vs. Saints
With A.J. Green out and John Ross questionable, the Bengals need someone to step up at wide receiver. That someone could be Josh Malone, a 2017 4th-round draft pick with speed to burn. He’s played sparingly in a season-and-a-half in Cincinnati, but stranger things have happened. Charch’s Blind Bidding Recommendation: 0.1%.
Jeff Heuerman, Broncos
Week 9: 10-83, 1 touchdown receiving on 11 targets
Week 10: BYE
Heuerman erupted in Week 9, equaling his catch totals for the previous five games combined and scoring his second touchdown in as many weeks. As a tight end who is apparently capable of putting up numbers like that, he deserves your attention. Unfortunately, he has a bye in Week 10 so you’ll have to wait a week to be disappointed by the fact that he’ll never put up numbers like this again [sad trombone]. Charch’s Blind Bidding Recommendation: 3%.