NFL Fantasy Football: Week 10 Rundown

Have no clue who to pick up in the waiver wire in your fantasy league? Wonder no more, The Flag Post has got you covered. We will give you the tools you need to master your league, straight to the ship! Here’s a preview for this weeks waiver wire:

Must Pick Up

Quarterback
  1. Ryan Fitzpatrick-TB-Own % 68.2
  2. Philip Rivers-LAC-Own % 84.4
  3. Baker Mayfield-CLE-Own % 38.0

The Spin: Maybe Fitzmagifc isnt racking up the wins but he sure as hell is racking up the fantasy points! Fitzmagic is back and he is scoring at an electric pace again, he was able to rack up 34.3 fantasy points and even though he has missed two games to Jameis Winston he is still in the top 20 QB’s in fantasy and averaging over 23 points a game. The magic could happen again in week 10 against the Redskins, Fitzy is a must pick up. Philip Rivers is like that dream ocean that you’ve always wanted to sail against, steady as they come with low turbulence. This season has been that calm ocean drift for Philip Rivers, he has not had less than 20 fantasy points this season and is in the top 10 in fantasy QB’s with healthy 28.1 point average. Baker Mayfield has definitely benefitted from a change of scenery from the coaching position in Cleveland. In his last three games, Mayfield has been averaging a very healthy 23 points a game, a very favorable matchup against the Falcons awaits him in week 10.

Running Back
  1. Nick Chubb-CLE-Own % 90.8
  2. Elijah McGuire-NYJ-Own % 9.4
  3. Jalen Richard-OAK-Own % 54.2
The Spin: Since the trade of Carlos Hyde to the Jaguars, Nick Chubb has just exploded. In his last three games he is averaging 13 points a game and will be key to Baker Mayfields growth this year, look for good things. Elijah McGuire might have been one of the only bright spots for the Jets in week 9 against the Dolphins. McGuire made his season debut and was able to move the rock for 30 yards and receive the ball three times for 37 yards. There is promise for McGuire especially since Isiah Crowell has failed to be consistent this year as a starter. Jalen Richard had an unremarkable week 9 against the 49ers but you can believe that he will have ample oppurtunity as a starter. In his last three games, he is averaging just over 11 points a game, a solid RB2 or FLEX option for Richard.
Wide Receiver
  1. Devante Parker -MIA-Own % 48.5
  2. Tyrell Williams-LAC-% 31.5
  3. Anthony Miller-CHI-Own % 10.3
The Spin: Many will blame the poor field position for the lack of points in the Jets-Dolphins game this past, week 9 but the real story was the mediocre QB play between the two teams. Despite that you can expect that Parker will be ready to resume the point scoring he enjoyed in his season debut and with a strong matchup against Green Bay you can expect this 10 point fantasy to give you at least that. Tyrell Williams is slowly becoming the catalyst along with Melvin Gordon for the Chargers offense. In Williams’ last three games he is averaging over 19 points a game. With the emergence of Mitchell Trubisky this season, it has been spread out to all his weapons, one of those weapons is Miller. In his last two games, he is averaging over 11 points a game and with more than favorable matchup against the Lions coming up in week 10, this is a must pick up!
Tight End
  1. O.J. Howard-TB-Own % 80.5
  2. Chris Herndon-NYJ-Own % 12.6
  3. Jack Doyle-IND-Own % 40.4

The Spin: O.J. Howard is having himself a season my friends, it really doesnt matter who is throwing the ball to him, he just makes catches. In his last four games, Howard is averaging 16 points a game and you can expect more with Fitzpatrick under center. Chris Herndon is becoming a favorite of struggling QB Sam Darnold and has had a nice string of games, in his last four games, Herndon is averaging just over 11 points a game, including a TD in three of his last four games. Jack Doyle has come back from injury and picked up where he left off, its tough for new fantasy juggernaut Eric Ebron to succeed when you have a fantasy stud in Doyle. In Doyle’s three games this season he is averaging just over 11 points a game.

Defense

  1. New York Jets-Own % 37.2
  2. Los Angeles Chargers-Own % 43.9
  3. San Francisco 49ers-Own % 4.9

The Spin: The Jets may be one of the worst teams in football this year but you wouldnt be able to tell by the way their defense has played. The Jets defense is ranked in the top 10 in fantasy and four times this season they scored into the double digits. The Chargers defense has been heating up and besides the stellar offensive display they are matching it with their defense. The last four games, they have had double digit point outputs and had at least 1 interception in every game but one this year. Another team’s defense that you wouldnt think the defense was any good, but hey they are, is the 49ers. Despite the losing record, the defense has been pretty solid and showed flashes of brilliance, in their last two games they have averaged over 12 points a game and look to continue their fortunes against a beaten up Giants team in week 10.

Kicker

  1. Robbie Gould-SF-Own % 64.2
  2. Jason Myers-NYJ-Own % 45.0
  3. Graham Gano-CAR-Own % 64.3

The Spin: Robbie Gould has had double digit points in 2 of his last four games, he’s good! Jason Myers is the number ranked fantasy kicker this year, he has only missed two FG’s all year, he is also good! Graham Gano has not missed a FG this year, he has double digit points in 2 of his last 5 games, Gano is pretty good too. These are the kickers, the kickers. Talking about fantasy kickers is like going up to a relative you really dont like but have to be polite to, you do it and then you get the hell out of there!

Must Drops

Quarterback
  1. Jameis Winston-TB-Own % 23.7
  2. Derek Carr-OAK-Own % 21.7
  3. Alex Smith-WAS-Own % 49.1

The Spin:Jameis Winston, barring a Ryan Fitzpatrick dismemberment of his throwing arm, probably will not start again this year. Time to drop the big guy and make way for Fitzy. My have the mighty have fallen, Derek Carr was a fantasy stud just two years ago and the chains have slowly become unravelled. In his last last three games, Carr has averaged just over 16 points, but he isnt crying about it! Alex Smith is a very good game manager QB but a good fantasy QB he is not. In Smith’s last three games, he is averaging 17 points a game.

Running Back

  1. Javorious Allen-BAL-Own % 45.0
  2. Austin Ekeler-LAC-Own % 65.4
  3. Devontae Booker-DEN-Own % 25.3

The Spin:  Javorious Allen started the season hot but has slowly cooled down as the season has gone on. In his last last four games, Allen has averaged just over 6 points a game. Another guy that started hot but has cooled is Ekeler, his was complimenting Melvin Gordon but in his last three games, he is only averaging just over 6 points a game. Devontae Booker has showed flashes of why the Broncos believe in him but when you average just over 6 points a game in your last four, its hard to keep the faith. 

Wide Receiver

  1. Devin Funchess-CAR-Own % 88.0
  2. Kelvin Benjamin-BUF-Own % 27.4
  3. Chris Godwin-TB-Own % 48.4

The Spin:  Funchess, in my opinion has been the biggest fantasy mirage of the season. He appears to be a number one WR but never really puts it together. In his last three games, he is averaging 10 points but in his last two he is averaging just over 6 points. There are better options out there, drop quick! Former Panther Benjamin might be the biggest fantasy mirage of all time, sure he has the skills but between his attitude, out of shape fitness and lack of focus in games, he has never put it together in fantasy.  In his last three games, Benjamin is averaging just over 8 points a game, there are better options, especially with a poor Bills offense. Chris Godwin just cant compete with Mike Evans, Desean Jackson and O.J. Howard, unless there is an injury to that trio, you MUST drop Godwin. 

Tight End
  1. Cameron Brate-TB-Own % 14.3
  2. Charles Clay-BUF-Own % 17.6
  3. Vance McDonald-PIT-Own % 57.0

The Spin:  Speaking of not being able to compete against O.J. Howard is Brate, clearly Brate has fallen to second fiddle to QB’s Winston and Fitzpatrick. In his last four games, he is only averaging 4 points a game. Speaking of the bad Bills offense, Clay wasnt able to play in the week 9 contest against Chicago but it wouldnt have made a difference as even Clay has only averaged only over 5 points a game in his last 3 games. Vance McDonald had a hot streak with Big Ben but the TE spot has never been a source of wealth for the Steelers and Big Ben’s passing game. In his last three games, McDonald is only averaging 8 points a game. 

Defense

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers-Own % 38.3
  2. Cleveland Browns-Own % 17.6
  3. Seattle Seahawks-Own % 24.0

The Spin: The Steelers offense is absolutely elite, however their defense is not. In the Steelers last five games, they have only scored double digit points once. and put up a negative point outing in week 4. The Cleveland Brown defense looked formidable but as of late it has sputtered, in their last four games the Browns defense has averaged less than a point a game, I myself have made more points to drop them than they have actually scored. Another team that flashes brilliance but has sputtered at times is the inconsistent Seahawks. In their last four games, the Seahaws have averaged just over 6 points a game. 

Kicker

  1. Chris Boswell-PIT-Own % 34.7
  2. Dustin Hopkins-WAS-Own % 12.9
  3. Harrison Butker-KC-Own % 91.3

The Spin:I am not going to sugar coat it for you, there is no rhyme or reason to picking up kickers in fantasy, you go for the projections and these three have been in the bottom half all year and will not project to give you that edge, in fact if you see these names pop up on your opponents team this week, you can rest assured that you at least locked up one position against them, that is of course unless you also picked a player from this list, Don’t pick a player from this list, dont do it!

Check back next week for an in depth look at the must pick/ drop list and good luck this week!
*Please note that all Own % totals and average stats are based on ESPN fantasy stats

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