Here are my weekly plays from the waiver wire based on players rostered in less than 50% of leagues and half-point PPR scoring.
These teams are on a bye this week: Lions, Seahawks, Buccaneers, Washington
Taysom Hill, Saints v. Atlanta (Yahoo 2%, ESPN 1%, Sleeper 7%)
While Hill is coming off of a concussion, fortune favors the bold who plays the potential new starter who offers a high floor against the Falcons who have allowed 34.86 yards rushing per game to QBs (2nd worst).
Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins v. Texans (Yahoo 35%, ESPN 36%, Sleeper 44%)
Averaging 42 attempts per game over the last 3 weeks -- volume is king -- Tua should be able to connect with his downfield weapons since the Texans allow 12.75 yards per catch in 2021 (3rd worst).
Tyrod Taylor, Texans @ Dolphins (Yahoo 6%, ESPN 3%, Sleeper 13%)
If he returns from the IR then Taylor has an intrigue match up against the Dolphins who have allowed the second most yards per game in 2021 with 303.75 yards allowed.
Week 10 Stash:
IR eligible Ryan Fitzpatrick v. the pass funnel Buccaneers.
In case you can't snag Adrian Peterson (standard leagues) or Jeremy McNichols (PPR Leagues) after the Derek Henry foot injury, maybe consider...
Mark Ingram, Saints v. Falcons (Yahoo 37%, ESPN 25%, Sleeper 36%)
In his return to the bayou Ingram played 22 snaps and carried the ball 6 times for 27 yards and catching his 2 targets for 25 yards. The weapons deficient Saints want to run the ball and the Falcons are middling against the run allowing 90 yards per game (15th) but are also allowing 6.14 receptions (9th worst) and 46 yards per game (10th worst).
Carlos Hyde, Jaguars v.Bills (Yahoo 7%, ESPN 6%, Sleeper 7%)
Pending James Robinson’s health, Hyde could start against a stout Bills run D but … volume, especially the type that Robinson was seeing, is king and Hyde saw 8 targets in 9 carries in week 8 on 50 snaps.
Ty Johnson, Jets @ Colts (Yahoo 5%, ESPN 5%, Sleeper 10%)
Johnson has definitely taken a back seat to rookie Michael Carter. But he’s seen 6 and 7 targets over the last 2 weeks and scored twice in the last 3 games while playing only about 20 snaps a game which is enough to be serviceable.
Nyheim Hines, Colts v. Jets (Yahoo 49%, ESPN 44%, Sleeper 54%)
If desperate, Hines matches up against the Jets who are arguably the worst in the league at covering RBs after giving up a league worst 79 yards per game and 8.29 receptions per game (2nd worst).
DeVante Parker, Dolphins v. Texans (Yahoo 36%, ESPN 12%, Sleeper 50%)
Saw 11 targets in his return and the Texans give up 14.4 yards per catch (5th worst).
Jamison Crowder, Jets @ Colts (Yahoo 19%, ESPN 18%, Sleeper 31%)
Seen 9, 6, 6, and 9 targets in the Jets last 4 games and the Colts have allowed a league high 13 TDs to WRs.
Hunter Renfrow, Raiders @ Giants (Yahoo 42%, ESPN 56%, Sleeper 56%)
Averaging 7.3 targets per game and the Giants are allowing 14.1 receptions per game as well as a little over a TD per game
Van Jefferson, Rams v. Titans (Yahoo 13%, ESPN 8%, Sleeper 25%)
With DeSean Jackson asking to be traded, Jefferson is the deep ball threat for the Rams against the Titans secondary that is the worst in the NFL in receptions per game 16.5 and yards per game 216
Week 10 Stash:
IR Eligible Michael Gallup v. Falcons
Tyler Conklin, Vikings @ Ravens (Yahoo 25%, ESPN 17%, Sleeper 28%)
Conklin is averaging a touch over 5 targets per game and playing 78.5% of the team’s snaps. The Ravens are one of the worst team in the NFL against TEs this season yielding 6 TDs (league worst) as well as 77.9 yards per game (2nd worst) and 6.5 catches per game (3rd worst)
Evan Engram, Giants v. Raiders (Yahoo 32%, ESPN 24%, Sleeper 41%)
Engram, as sort of the last man consistently standing for the Giants, has seen a steady diet of 4-8 targets this season. He also faces Raiders’ D which has given up 68.1 yards per game (6th worst) and 6.29 catches per game (4th worst).
Week 10 Stash:
IR eligible Logan Thomas v. Buccaneers.
Dan Arnold v. Colts could also be used in Week 9 v. the Bills after being targeted 8, 5, and 10 times over the last 3 weeks but his Week 10 matchup against the Colts is much more favorable.
Dolphins v. Texans (Yahoo 13%, ESPN 11%, Sleeper 9%)
The Texans’ offense has scored under 10 points 4 times this season and their O-line has allowed at least 2 sacks in each of the last 6 games. If Tyrod returns though, reconsider, maybe?
Saints v. Atlanta (Yahoo 46%, ESPN 55%, Sleeper 32%)
The Saints get the Calvin Ridley-less Falcons leaving Matt Ryan with rookie Kyle Pitts as the main threat. But Matt Ryan will have his hands full on Bourbon Street as the Saints have recorded 2 sacks in all but 1 game, as well as pick in all but 1 game this season.
Week 10 Stash:
Packers v. Seahawks
Rodrigo Blankenship, Colts v. Jets (Yahoo 9%, ESPN 5%, Sleeper 15%)
If he’s back from the IR then Rodrigo at home in the dome on Thursday night might be the play with the Colts offense scoring at least 30 points in 4 straight games.
Greg Joseph, Vikings @ Ravens (Yahoo 32%, ESPN 59%, Sleeper 11%)
Joseph has gone 16 for 20 on field goals this season and has scored at least 10 points in all but 2 games.
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