Week 10 offered more waiver wire assets than Week 9, so hitting the wire won’t be nearly as underwhelming as it was last Wednesday. Four more teams are on a bye this week, and while we aren’t losing a ton of huge fantasy names, you still need to add pieces off the waiver wire to help your team with depth and make that final playoff push.
Oh, and the Bills just gave up another rushing touchdown.
Ownership percentages are based off Yahoo! leagues
Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (31%)
I’m still not sure why the Jaguars had Bortles throw the ball 51 times on Sunday in a game that was close throughout, but here we are. The only real notable signal callers we will lose to bye weeks coming up is Cam Newton and Josh McCown, so if you’ve been using them, Bortles might actually be worth a look, as the Jaguars head to Cleveland to take on the winless Browns next week. Cleveland is allowing over six percent of pass attempts against them to go for touchdowns, and while Bortles won’t throw the ball 50 times again here, he should have a good enough floor to keep you afloat this week, as all but one quarterback to face them this year has scored multiple touchdowns. Cleveland is also been the worst red zone defense in the NFL this season, allowing opponents to find the end zone on a league-leading 76 percent of red zone trips. Bortles will firmly be in the mix is a starting quarterback in fantasy for Week 11.
Jamaal Williams, Green Bay Packers (5%)
The injury-ridden season continues for the Packers.
On Sunday, starting running back Aaron Jones was carted off the field with a knee injury, and it has been reported that he will miss three-to-six weeks with an MCL injury. Ty Montgomery came in and ripped a 37-yard touchdown, but then he left with an apparent aggravation to his ribs, which he’s obviously been dealing with for most of the season. If he were to miss more time, that would leave Williams to carry the load for the Packers. He got 21 touches in this game, so clearly the Packers weren’t afraid to feed him, especially with their current quarterback situation. Williams is not a special runner by any means, posting a long run of seven on 56 carries between the regular and preseason this year, but 20 touches is 20 touches, especially at this point of the season. And the one strength in his game is his ability to shed tackles, as he broke seven on Sunday alone. He’ll likely have opportunity for at least this week, as he and the Packers will face the Ravens’ up-and-down run defense in Week 11.
Danny Woodhead, Baltimore Ravens (35%)
Speaking of the Ravens, their offense is likely to get some help this week. Danny Woodhead left in the first quarter of Week 1 with a hamstring injury, but is eligible to return this week against the Packers. I was a big fan of Woodhead’s entering the season because this Baltimore offense is one that will target running backs out of the backfield often. So far this year, backs have accounted for just over 20 percent of the team targets, and with Marty Mornhinweg taking over as the offensive coordinator last season, 27 percent of the Baltimore completions went to running backs, while almost 23 percent of the targets went to the position. Woodhead had three targets on the opening drive this season before hurting his hamstring, so if he’s good to go, look for him to be a very viable asset in PPR formats. Javorius Allen, who has been in the Woodhead role in his absence, actually leads the team in targets with 50, so look for Woodhead to take that role going forward.
Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers (3%)
Ekeler provided a nice spark for the Chargers offense on Sunday. They couldn’t get much going in this game against a tough Jacksonville defense, but the rookie found the end zone twice in this one. We saw an uptick in playing time, too, as he played 22 snaps. That amount of snaps isn’t massive or anything, but the fact that he had 15 touches on 22 snaps is very interesting, as starter Melvin Gordon touched the ball 21 times. Ekeler has certainly established a bit of a role here, and is a must-add in 12-team leagues, especially if you own Gordon.
Jamison Crowder, Washington Redskins (54%)
Crowder has been a massive bust this year, just like the rest of the Washington pass-catchers. However, he is starting to come alive a bit over the last two weeks. During that span, he has been targeted 24 times, hauling in 13 balls for 199 yards. The Redskins were committed to the run in the beginning of the season, but they have been throwing the ball a lot more over the last couple weeks, and Washington suddenly just doesn’t have many viable receiving options available.
Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers (58%)
Olsen has missed the last seven games with a broken foot, and is eligible to return after Carolina’s Week 11 bye. With no Kelvin Benjamin in town, Olsen should see consistent volume in this offense the rest of of the season, and the Panthers have some strong matchups down the stretch. He is still out there in around four percent of Yahoo! leagues. That is a mistake.