Quick Little Injury Update and Waiver Strategies: Week 10

Injuries:

  • Eddie Lacy was declared doubtful after a groin injury.
  • Dez Bryant didn’t return to action after an ankle injury
  • Jamie’s Winston has an injured shoulder and will possibly be shut down for the rest of the season.

Waiver Worthy:

  • Greg Olsen is an interesting option.  He’s due to make his return after Carolina’s week 11 bye.  The attractiveness of an elite TE will have most fantasy owners trying to add him to their rosters.  You may want to stay ahead of your competition and claim him a week before others notice there is a market for him.

Free Agent Finds:

  • 10 Targets this week, and double-digit points in 2 of the last 3 weeks make Deonte Thompson a solid WR5 if you go that deep.  The addition of Kelvin Benjamin will have an impact, but Benjamin is one of those overrated players whose impact on the rest of the WRs in Buffalo will not be as big as you might think.
  • Marquis Lee has 26 targets over the past 3 games and is occasionally ranked in my top 40 WRs in a given week.  Best case scenario, he’s a decent starting option if you have had some difficulties filling out your lineup due to byes.
  • Kenyan Drake scored 10+ points this week in the aftermath of the Ajayi trade.  While he carried the ball only 9 times and fumbled once in the first half, he amassed 6 targets and is worth monitoring for that reason.
  • Josh McCown is available in over 80% of leagues on NFL.com.  He’s put up 18+ points in 3 of the last 4 weeks and could fill in nicely in week 10 if Alex Smith or Carson Wentz is normally your starter; they have byes in week 10. McCown plays Tampa Bay, who allows the 7th most points to fantasy QBs.
  • New Orleans defense is still available in over 80% of NFL.com leagues.

Don’t Bother:

  • Robert Woods went off against a hapless Giants team, but I don’t consider him worthy of a roster spot.  Despite scoring 19 points this week, he’s still managed to only put up the 46th most points among receivers over the past 4 weeks.
  • Cole Beasley scored 14.4 points this week but considering 12 of those points were via short touchdown receptions, there’s no reason to believe he’ll have more receptions for more yards, and cant be counted on to score a TD or 2 every week.
  • Corey Clement scored 24.6 fantasy points, due in part to a 2 touchdown performance.  The Eagles backfield was cluttered enough with the addition of Jay Ajayi so you may need to reach out to the fantasy Gods if you want an accurate projection on Clement.  Personally, I’m going to wait to see if he does it again.
  • Julius Thomas hasn’t amassed a 100-yard game this season and isn’t worth a roster spot in 10 team leagues for that reason.