Believe it or not, week 10 of the NFL is here.
Crazy, yes, but even more importantly it means that fantasy football playoffs are right around the corner. In case you didn’t know, The Loop Sports does fantasy football, DFS, and gambling advice now.
Anyway, it’s time to get your teams ready for the playoff push. What better way to do that than loading up on the waiver wire? The teams that usually win fantasy championships have surprise players that make big contributions.
Last year for me, it was Ravens’ running back Alex Collins, who I picked off the waiver wire a few weeks before my league playoffs started. In the NFL, you never know when a big injury is going to happen, so it’s a good thing to be prepared, especially those of us heavily invested in fantasy football.
The goal of this article is to provide you with solid, yet sneaky waiver wire pickups that will not only make your friends, family, co-workers look silly, but may even help you take home your league’s championship.
Let’s get into it.
Duke Johnson Jr., RB, Cleveland Browns
It’s comical that both Hue Jackson and Todd Haley refused to use Duke Johnson Jr. In the first game without either Jackson or Haley calling plays for the Browns, Johnson’s usage went up dramatically.
The former Miami Hurricane caught nine passes for 78 yards and two touchdowns. Expect offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens to keep using Johnson, especially in the passing game. Johnson is a must have in PPR formats, and could even be a solid addition in a standard league as well.
Johnson is a Nick Chubb injury from being “the guy” in Cleveland. He also has a juicy matchup against the Atlanta Falcons in week 10. The Falcons are notorious for giving up catches to RBs out of the backfield.
Just ask Christian McCaffrey, who caught 14 passes against the Falcons week two.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Green Bay Packers
As a Chicago Bears fan, it pains me to say this, but it looks like the Green Bay Packers have depth at the wide receiver position again. Marquez Valdes-Scantling is quietly making a name for himself in the Packers’ offense.
On Sunday Night Football, Valdes-Scantling impressed. He caught three passes for 101 yards. More importantly, he looked really good – both fast and explosive. His playing time each week also seems to be increasing as well.
In his last four games, “MVS” has 15 catches for 317 yards. Geronimo Allison does need surgery, which could very well keep him out the rest of the regular season. If Randall Cobb was to miss anymore time, MVS could easily become the Packers No. 2 WR behind only Davante Adams.
He actually outsnapped Cobb on Sunday night. Get MVS while you still can.
— Lasso Football (@LassoFootball) November 5, 2018
Tre’Quan Smith, WR, New Orleans Saints
After Tedd Ginn was put on IR, we knew that Tre’Quan Smith would see more time on the field. The rookie wideout has been a reliable target for Drew Brees and company all season. He proved that again on Sunday with a touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams.
Dez Bryant did workout for the Saints Monday, but even his addition shouldn’t dimenish Smith’s role in the slot. The only thing that worries about Smith is that the Saints have so many weapons on offense it’s going to be hard to predict when he will have a big game.
For now, stash him on your bench, this is especially true in dynsaty leagues.
Defense to Stream
My favorite defense to stream this week is the Green Bay Packers. They are a team with a young, talented secondary playing at home against a warm weather team in the Miami Dolphins. Brock Osweiler will most likely be the starting quarterback. Sign me up.
Defenseive coordinator Mike Pettine will bring a lot of exotic pressure and that means Osweiler should be good for at least two turnovers Sunday in Green Bay.
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