7 November 2023 • by Bryan Oldham
We are past the half-way point of the fantasy and NFL season. As the fantasy playoffs and trade deadlines quickly approach, the waiver wire is more important than ever.
Welcome to our Waiver Wire targets for Week 10 of the 2023 NFL season. Let’s make some moves.
We should caveat here: while these guys are often listed as viable pickups for multiple weeks, you can also view our QB recommendations as synonymous with streaming recommendations.
Russ isn’t Mr. Unliiiimited anymore, but his first year under Sean Payton has been much better than 2022. Coming out of the bye and the trade deadline with his wide receiver room in-tact, the Broncos have a decent schedule from Week 11 on (MIN, CLE, HOU). They get the Bills in Week 10, and while that isn’t a great matchup, Denver will have to throw to keep up. He may not have eye-popping yardage, but his touchdown throws have already matched his total from 2022. Russ is a tough pill to swallow, but you could do worse..
If Kyler is somehow available, grab him. He’s Kyler Murray, and if he’s healthy, he will always have Top 5 upside at the QB position.
We’ve said it week after week, but Baker is a dawg and he continues to show it. He led what would have been a game-winning drive in 90% or more of games in Week 9, and his performance was overshadowed by the historic showing from C.J. Stroud. Baker has thrown 2+ touchdowns in half of his games this season, and he’s consistently making 30 or more attempts. It’s not pretty, but gritty gets the job done.
Remember when we said to stash Mitchell all the way back in Week 5 because of his big play ability? Well, now comes the mad dash to the wire to capitalize on the huge breakout from Mitchell, who blazed past the Seattle defense for huge chunk plays, including a 40 yard touchdown run. Those aren’t guaranteed, but a guy who can rip off a big play like that has league-winning upside. That, combined with how much the Ravens are running the ball (because they have an absurd point differential), means Mitchell is the best option at RB on the wire this week.
Kenneth Walker managers are shaking right now. Yes, the Seahawks got decimated by the Ravens and as such pumped the brakes with their offense in this game, but this is the second week in a row that Charbonnet has lead the Seattle backfield. While it’s not unlikely KW3 takes back control, Charbonnet has certainly earned the trust of this coaching staff. The fear immediately after the NFL Draft was Zach eating into Walker’s work, and we’re seeing that transition. Charbonnet is a solid contributor who will definitely be a viable RB2, especially in PPR leagues, if this workload holds true.
This is a case where backup RBs could save your hide down the stretch. All three of these players backup RBs with huge workloads and, should anything happen to the guy in front of them, you have an immediate fringe RB1/RB2 at your disposal. We’re at the point of the season where you should consider stacking your bench with some of these players and cover all your bases as the fantasy playoffs quickly approach.
If Tank is still on waivers, shame on you. We said for weeks that Dell would bounce back after some down weeks, and C.J. Stroud proved he can support many, many targets in the new Texans offense. If available, Dell is the no-brainer top WR this week.
Speaking of the Texans offense, Noah Brown had a coming out party in Week 9, putting up 153 yards on the Buccaneers’ secondary. He’s benefited greatly from Robert Woods’ absence, and he could move back to the WR4 spot when Woods returns. The likelihood that Woods misses Week 10 is substantial, and that makes Brown a good deep-league flex option. I’d also stash him if you have the room, regardless of Woods’ status, because any piece of the Texans is a good piece right now.
The development of Quentin Johnston has been forcibly accelerated thanks to Josh Palmer landing on IR. QJ is the de facto WR 2 on the Chargers now, and while he got shut down by the Jets’ defense on Monday night, he has everything falling in place for a solid second half. Hopefully the Chargers will turn things around in the passing game, especially since Herbert will have to target more players than Keenan Allen.
Douglas is the WR1 on a questionable offense. However, the Patriots are getting him more involved each week, with some screens, some carries, and lining up on the outside. They’re moving him all over the field, which means they have a plan for him and are doing so on purpose. The Pats don’t inspire confidence, but Mac Jones has to throw the ball to someone.
It looks like the concussion is behind Musgrave. Yes, he only had 3 catches on Sunday, but 51 yards and his first career touchdown showed that he’s going to be more involved, and the Packers want Musgrave to be one of the focal points of the offense. He ran a route on 81% of passing plays last week, so we know he’ll be an option for Jordan Love so long as Musgrave is healthy…and Love figures out how to be effective for 4 consecutive quarters.
Six for 70 and 2 touchdowns in Week 9 was a nice surprise from Cade Otton. We’ve waited on the breakout, and this was a nice showing for him. While he will still be the 4th target at best on this team, Otton’s performance could call for more targets from Baker Mayfield, and the Bucs need help with a red zone threat. You could certainly do worse in a pinch.
Another piece of the Texans offense, please. In the off-chance he is a free agent in your league, please don’t hesitate to roster and start him. 10 grabs for 130 yards and a touchdown is great for any receiver, and amazing from the tight-end position. C.J. Stroud can support all of these guys, and Schultz is a safety valve for the rookie.
This dude got a goal-line carry over Bijan Robinson. That’s the tomfoolery we’re dealing with in Arthur Smith’s offense, which now feels like a purposeful middle finger toward the fantasy community and nothing more. However, Smith is hyper-involved in the Atlanta offense and showed it with a 100-yard performance in Week 9. As upsetting as it is in a vacuum, especially when Kyle Pitts is right there, Jonnu is ballin’ and fantasy managers should capitalize.
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