Cue up the Shout song on repeat. The Buffalo Bills are 7-2 and look like they are for real. No one circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills and all y’all who hated and doubted can shove it. Wait, this is the Week 10 FAAB column not my rantings on r/buffalobills. Oh well, surprisingly the Bills are deep and fantasy-relevant, but more on that later.
The dog days of the fantasy football season have arrived. Injuries are grinding your once-promising lineup of sleepers, studs, and x-factors down to nothing. Your top picks have busted, but shrewd waiver wire moves have salvaged your season. Heading into Week 10 seasons are on the line and the waiver wire seems barren and you do not know how to allocate your free agent acquisition budget (FAAB). Luckily, the SGPN Week 10 FAAB Guide is here with some available players.
FAAB Week 10 Waiver Wire Guide
Mid-Tier Targets (25-40%)
Some fantasy managers are getting desperate at running back. As mentioned last week, Wayne Gallman looks like he has the trust of Joe Judge and the Clapper in New Jersey. Gallman has been dominating the snap counts at running back for the Giants and gotten double-digit touches each of the past three weeks. His involvement on the ground, 12.0 carries per game, and the passing game, 2.3 catches per week, is a positive indicator of extended fantasy value. Additionally, he has found the endzone each of the last three weeks. Drop up to 30% of your Week 10 FAAB on Gallman and enjoy having an RB2 the rest of the season.
Steady Contributors (15-25%)
Despite the emergence of Justin Jackson as a semi-reliable option, the Chargers backfield is still an enigma. Josh Kelley has fallen off from being an early-season darling but could emerge as an option down the stretch. He got a decent snap-count with Kallen Ballage Sunday and should continue to be involved. If you are a running back desperate team, consider using up to 15% of your FAAB on him, but do not look for top 25 production out of him.
The Gus Bus is rolling again in Baltimore and you should cash in a ticket to get aboard. Gus Edwards has been playing right around 40% of snaps the past four weeks and has double-digit touches the last three weeks. Additionally, Edwards has found the endzone in the last three weeks as well. Edwards is a far better option than Kelley rest-of-season, especially with Ingram still banged up. Be prepared to go in up to 22% of your FAAB and slot Edwards in as an RB2.
Duke Johnson may finally be getting his shot to be the lead back in a reliable offense. With the injury to David Johnson, Duke may finally get the chance to establish himself as the best D. Johnson. He had 20 touches on Sunday and found his way into the endzone as well. Duke has been a reliable passing-game option in the past as well as a decent option on the ground. For as long as David Johnson is out, Duke is a high-volume RB2 option who will be right around 20 touches per week. Drop 15% of your FAAB on him this week, but consider more if you roster David or David will miss more than one week.
Reliable Bargains (8-15%)
The Carolina Panthers have quietly established themselves as a top ten passing offense. Joe Brady has been everything we were promised and more. Part of that ascendency has been Curtis Samuel emerging as a consistent option through the air and on the ground. Samuel is fourth on the Panthers in touches but has become their go-to target in the red-zone. Over the last three games, Samuel has found the end zone four times. Moving forward Samuel looks like an awesome flex option each week and is worth 12% of your FAAB.
KJ Hamler had himself a game in Week 9 and may have earned himself a larger role moving forward. He was targeted ten times and caught six of them for 75 yards. Over the past two weeks, Hamler has been playing a larger number of snaps for the Broncos. In the next few weeks, Hamler has an opportunity to emerge as a reliable flex option. This makes him worth 9% of your Week 10 FAAB.
As the Patriots’ offensive weapons continue to drop like flies, Jakobi Meyers has stepped in to fill the void. His 12 catch and 169-yard performance against the Jets on Monday night was a coming-out party two weeks in the making. Over the previous two weeks, Meyers had been leading the Patriots’ receivers in snaps and began to make good on it. Moving forward Meyers looks like a WR2 and is worthy of 11% of your FAAB.
Tim Patrick may not have the target-share that Jerry Jeudy does, but he has been far more efficient in hauling in passes than the highly-touted rookie. Patrick has caught 64% of his targets and scored three touchdowns as well. Patrick had big games in Weeks 4 and 6 with 100+ yards, but he continues to get targets. Moving forward Patrick is a nice flex option worth about 9% of your FAAB.
The return of Teddy Two Gloves has been something to witness. Teddy Bridgewater has been completing 72% of his passes, has 11 touchdowns through the air, and also added two rushing touchdowns. If your fantasy roster is battered at the quarterback position, Bridgewater is a great choice. Pick him up and be willing to put down around 9% of your Week 10 FAAB.
Speculative Fliers (<10%)
Kerryon Johnson may have had a small bounce-back game this week, but he has a chance to work his way out of Matt Patricia’s dog house. He worked his way back up to 33% of snaps and could carve out a larger share moving forward. If you like a good long-shot upside pickup then Kerryon is worth considering 7% of your FAAB this week.
The Patriots backfield seems to be cursed this year. First Sony Michel went down with an injury and now breakout-sensation Damien Harris left Monday night’s game banged up as well. This leaves Rex Burkhead as the next-man-up for New England. He posted a season-high 15 touches Monday night and figures to be more involved if Harris misses time. Dropping 9% of your FAAB for the short-term is a solid move this week.
My unofficial third-cousin via marriage, divorce, and naturalization Matthew Berry’s 2019 man-crush Kallen Ballage finally had himself a game. The Ballage Barrage turned 17 touches into 84 yards and a touchdown last week. If he can step up and fill the void left by a Justin Jackson injury then Ballage may be worth flex consideration and 7% of your FAAB.
David Moore has been a big-play in waiting all season for the Seahawks. The challenge has been trying to predict when he will turn in a big-yardage performance or sneak in for a touchdown. If you have a reliable top half of your roster and want a blowup potential in your Flex, Moore is your guy for 6% of your FAAB.
Gabriel Davis falls into a similar category as Moore. He is a long-shot to go off each week and is a touchdown-dependent flex play. If you like rolling the dice at the Flex drop 4% on Davis.
No Bid/Free Agency Targets
Taysom Hill has been creeping dangerously close to ten touches in each of the past three weeks. His involvement in the Saints’ offense as a runner, passer, and receiver is promising. However, no other player will give you this kind of upside each game so scoop him up as a versatile flex option.
Jake Luton looked good in his first career start. Looking ahead he is slated to make another start and if he can continue to get the ball out to his playmakers he will be successful. Luton is a nice free agency pickup after the Week 10 FAAB runs.
AAF God Garrett Gilbert looked better than any Cowboys’ quarterback not named Dak Prescott so far this year. If you need to pick up a one-week fill-in Gilbert should be available in free agency. Dallas should see what they have in Gilbert moving forward so do not be nervous about reports about Dalton coming back.
Dalton Schultz has been targeted consistently in the Cowboys’ offense each week and has been putting up nearly 50 yards per week. All that is missing is him falling into the endzone once or twice. If Garrett Gilbert remains the starter moving forward, believe in Schultz.
Matt Patricia may be one of the most overrated defensive coaches out there. However, a Week 10 matchup against Washington looks juicy for the Detroit Lions DST. Washington has turned the ball over 15 times and has yet to break 30 points on the season. Roll out the Detroit DST as your streamer this week.
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