Just when you thought the top Week 10 fantasy waiver wire pickups were going to be limited to breakout PPR backs like Duke Johnson and Elijah McGuire, Chris Carson injury replacement Mike Davis, or 'starting Patriots RB" (but only eligible at WR) Cordarrelle Patterson -- you know, exciting players with a lot of upside -- big-name (washed-up) WRs Dez Bryant and Brandon Marshall land tryouts with the Saints and Lions, respectively, and suddenly you're wondering if they're worth free agent adds for the fantasy playoffs. You know you shouldn't worry about them, both before and after waiver claims clear around 4-5 a.m. ET on Wednesday in Yahoo and ESPN leagues, but what if...? What if they have a little juice left and can produce for one of those typically high-powered passing offenses? Ghosts of fantasy football past have a way of influencing the present.
Someone in your league probably will claim Bryant if he gets signed by the Saints after Tuesday's workout. There's really no need to worry about Marshall given his struggles with Seattle, but Dez is one of those guys who fantasy owners will still give a second chance to. We're not going to try to talk you out of it, but our full free agent list is features a bunch of WRs with more upside than him, a few of which are listed below. Give it a look before you buy into the name recognition. The list also features a ton of Week 10 D/ST streamers, as well as a several TE and QB streamers (all can be found at the end of the list). If you need a replacement kicker because of the bye weeks, feel free to check out our Week 10 kicker rankings...or just pick one at random.
Expect to see a few waiver claims used this week, though Davis is really the only one who looks like a "must-claim" right now. If we knew Sony Michel (knee) would be out this week, we could say the same about Patterson, but Michel seems likely to play after being a game-time decision last week. Johnson and McGuire might be worth it in PPR leagues, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling is sure to be a hot commodity with Geronimo Allison out for six weeks, but one thing is certain -- don't use a waiver claim on Dez Bryant...unless, you know, he can recapture that 16-TD magic from 2014...
Unless otherwise noted, only players owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues considered.
Dez Bryant, WR, FA. Over the past three seasons in Dallas, Bryant averaged 53.6 receiving yards per game and scored 17 TDs in 38 games. Last year, he played a full season and had zero 100-yard games. Having just turned 30, Bryant isn't necessarily completely washed up -- and if he signs with the Saints, fantasy owners will likely be intrigued -- but he likely won't be ready to play meaningful snaps for at least a couple weeks. At most, you're looking at getting something from him during the fantasy playoffs, when the Saints play at the Bucs, at the Panthers and at home vs. Steelers. Those aren't bad matchups, especially in Week 14 in Tampa, but Bryant feels like a long shot to contribute much. (UPDATE: Bryant is reportedly signing with the Saints. That makes him a fine waiver pickup and he definitely has upside moving forward in the high-powered New Orleans passing attack.)
Brandon Marshall, WR, FA. Marshall is even more of a long shot given his age (34) and his lack of production this year for the Seahawks (19.4 yards per game, one TD). If he does wind up in Detroit, he'd be no better than the third option in an offense that doesn't pass as much anymore (tied for 16th in pass attempts). Marshall has name value, but that's really about it at this point.
Josh Doctson/Maurice Harris, WRs, Redskins. Doctson and Harris have great matchups on deck with the Buccaneers, and with Jamison Crowder hurting and Paul Richardson out for the year, both could build off their successful Week 9 performances. Doctson caught his first TD of the year and has seen 17 targets in the past three games combined. Harris caught 10 of 12 targets for 124 yards. Doctson has a little more upside in standard leagues while Harris is more intriguing in PPR formats.
Josh Adams, RB, Eagles. Sure, Mike Davis, Duke Johnson, Elijah McGuire, and Ito Smith are all worth higher waiver claims than Adams, but you shouldn't forget about the 6-2, 225-pound rookie who led the Eagles in carries (9) and rushing yards (61) in Week 7. It's always tough to say what will happen coming out of the bye, but if Adams remains the Eagles lead back and furthers the gap between him and Wendell Smallwood, he'll have plenty of upside going forward.
Check out our full Week 10 waiver list for the top adds of the week, including Mike Davis, Duke Johnson, Elijah McGuire, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, plus Week 10 streamers at every position.