With the Pittsburgh Steelers hanging on to beat the Chicago Bears Monday night, Week 9 is officially in the books. Now is that glorious time of the week when we turn our attention to Week 10 and attack the fantasy football waiver wire.
The Bears, Bengals, Texans, and Giants are all on bye this week meaning there are certainly plenty of players on fantasy rosters who’ll need to be replaced. In order to offer the most help to readers, I’ve also spiced up this week’s waiver wire article to include players over 50% rostered (via Sleeper) to help everyone no matter your league size.
Over 50% Rostered
Brandon Aiyuk, San Francisco 49ers
Aiyuk is the main reason I decided to include over 50% rostered players now on the list. Aiyuk is rostered in 72% of Sleeper leagues, but just 46% on ESPN. If he’s available on your waiver wire, go get him. It’s been a disappointing year for Aiyuk as the second-year receiver hasn’t been able to build upon his 2020 success. However, things are trending in the right direction for him, seeing 7+ targets in back-to-back games. Against the Cardinals, Aiyuk played 93% of the snaps, caught 6-of-8 targets for 89 yards and scored a touchdown. Aiyuk could be a league winner down the stretch and is more than worth rostering.
Devin Singletary, Buffalo Bills
Zach Moss left Sunday’s game against the Jaguars with a head injury and didn’t return. With Moss out, Singletary played his highest snap share since Week 1 and for the first time this season saw over five targets. He was the only running back in Buffalo to get touches with Moss off the field, finishing with 13. If Moss can’t suit up for Week 10, Singletary has RB1 potential against a Jets’ defense allowing the most RB PPG this season. Monitor Moss’ status, but Singletary should be a top target this week.
Rashod Bateman, Baltimore Ravens
The Rashod Bateman breakout game is coming people. Since starting in Week 6, Bateman has seen at least six targets in every game and he saw his highest total Sunday against the Vikings (8). While he finished with 52 yards receiving, he ranked top 10 in air yards for Week 9. The rookie is proving week in and week out to be an important and reliable part of a sneaky productive Ravens’ passing game. With games against the Dolphins, Bears, and Browns next, Bateman has a real chance to capitalize on his opportunities. Roster him now before you have to blow your entire FAB to get him.
Over 30% Rostered
Elijah Moore, New York Jets
Moore was one of the main storylines of Week 9, going off against the Titans for 84 yards and 2 touchdowns. In games Moore has played, the rookie has seen at least six targets in all but two of them. He’s had over 67 yards receiving in back-to-back weeks despite playing with New York’s No. 2 and No. 3 quarterbacks. We’ll see how Moore works into the Jets’ offense with Corey Davis back on the field, but the rookie has earned himself an increased role in New York and on your fantasy team.
Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh Steelers
If you’re in a tight end bind—as many of us in the fantasy community are, let’s be honest—Freiermuth is your knight in shining armor. The rookie tight end has posted three games in a row with either a touchdown or 58 yards receiving. Monday night against the Bears, Freiermuth caught 5-of-6 targets for 43 yards and 2 touchdowns. He’s clearly breaking out in Pittsburgh and he should instantly be rostered and started weekly moving forward.
Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos
Is Tim Patrick the most slept on fringe WR2 this season? Seriously, all the man does is produce. Patrick is the WR29 in .5PPR and has scored a touchdown or had 60+ yards receiving in 4 out of his last 5 games. I know the return of Jerry Jeudy had people worried about Patrick’s workload, but it seems even when he’s not targeted as heavily, he’s seeing high-value work.
Under 30% Rostered
Rhamondre Stevenson, New England Patriots
Before I delve too deep into Stevenson, it should be noted that both him and Damien Harris suffered head injuries Sunday against the Panthers. Obviously this is something to monitor. If Stevenson can go Week 10, he’ll likely continue to see an increased role in the Patriots ground game. The rookie back has looked powerful at times this season running the ball and he’s also proven to be a comfortable pass catcher. Against the Panthers, Stevenson racked up 106 total yards on 12 touches. He actually led the Patriots in receiving yards with Mac Jones just throwing for 139 yards. If Harris misses Week 10, Stevenson could walk into 15+ touches easily. He also could be in line for 10 touches a game moving forward.
Jordan Howard, Philadelphia Eagles
If you listened to Monday’s takeaway podcast, you’ve already heard me rant about Nick Sirianni and our hate hate relationship. He hates me and I hate him. It’s caused me to be wrong about who the Eagles’ lead back will be every week since Miles Sanders’ injury. So take my endorsement of Howard here with a grain of salt. Still, you can’t ignore the fact that Howard has seen 29 touches over the last two games. He’s turned to touches into 128 yards and 3 touchdowns. With another plus matchup against the Broncos on tap for Week 10, Howard could yet again yield high-end RB2 results.
Devonta Freeman, Ravens
With Latavius Murray out this week, Freeman seized full control of the Ravens’ backfield. While Le’Veon Bell was able to muster 11 carries and a touchdown, Freeman led the backfield in touches and snap percentage, playing over 55%. Freeman has finished with double-digit fantasy points in each of the last three games and seems to be emerging as the leader in Baltimore’s backfield.