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Citak: Top Fantasy Football Waiver Claims Heading Into Week 10

Matt Citak
November 06, 2018 - 9:33 am

Believe it or not, we have officially reached fantasy football crunch time. 

With the calendar flipping to November, we have just four weeks remaining in the regular season before the fantasy playoffs kick off. 

Whether you are sitting easy in first place or near the bottom of your league fighting for a spot in the postseason, it is never too early to start shoring up your roster.

Below are the top waiver wire adds for Week 10, listed in priority order. Of course, you don't need me to tell you that if you are desperate for a running back, a wide receiver shouldn't be your top add, and vice versa. 

Best of luck on the waiver wire this week!

RB Duke Johnson Jr., Cleveland Browns

What a difference one week makes. Following the firings of head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley last week, it was believed that the Browns offense would make a real effort towards getting Johnson the ball more. Game script played a big role in Week 9, but this is exactly what occurred as Johnson led the Browns in receiving Sunday. The pass-catching back caught all nine of his targets for 78 yards and two touchdowns against the Chiefs, and looked in sync with quarterback Baker Mayfield all game. Who knows if this usage will continue, but just in case it does, Johnson is the top waiver wire add this week. 

WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers

When given the chance to play, Valdes-Scantling has more than made the most of his opportunities. For the fourth consecutive week, MVS finished with either 100 receiving yards or a touchdown, catching three passes for 101 yards against the Patriots in Week 9. The rookie receiver was playing so well that halfway through Sunday night's game, Bill Belichick switched Stephon Gilmore, New England's top corner, away from Davante Adams and onto MVS. Combine that with Monday's news of Geronimo Allison needing core muscle surgery and Valdes-Scantling is looking like the top wide receiver add and a possible league-winner down the stretch of the fantasy season.

RB Mike Davis, Seattle Seahawks

If Johnson is the top waiver wire add at the running back position this week, then Davis should be a very close second. Once again filling in for an injured Chris Carson, Davis carried the ball 15 times for 62 yards against the Chargers. However the more significant development was his usage in the passing game, where he caught seven passes for an additional 45 yards. While it's too early to tell if Carson's injury will force him to the sidelines, it is clear that Davis is the next man up in Seattle should Carson miss any time. Considering Carson's injury history, Davis will likely see plenty of touches moving forward, making him a great pickup for the rest of the season. 

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RB Ito Smith, Atlanta Falcons

Tevin Coleman is clearly the lead back in Atlanta with Devonta Freeman out, but that doesn't mean Smith doesn't have some standalone value himself. Facing Washington's tough run defense, Smith gained 60 yards on 10 carries while finding his way into the end zone. His ceiling may be limited running behind Coleman, but Smith is proving to be a valuable fantasy asset as a possible weekly flex play. If anything were to happen to Coleman, Smith would likely be looking at a bell-cow role in Atlanta. Add him if he's still available. 

TE Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts

With the Colts coming off their bye, it seems as if everyone forgot how well Doyle played in his first game back from a hip injury. The veteran tight end snagged six of seven targets for 70 yards and a touchdown. More importantly, Doyle significantly outplayed fellow Colts tight end Eric Ebron in every category, including targets and routes run. We know how much Andrew Luck loves throwing to his tight ends, and while Ebron's fantasy value skyrocketed during Doyle's absence, it appears as if the power is shifting back towards Doyle. Considering how weak the TE position has been this season, Doyle will likely remain a top 12 play for the rest of the season. 

WR Danny Amendola, Miami Dolphins

While the Dolphins offense is not one I'm racing to get a piece of, it would be difficult to deny the value Amendola has in Miami. Amendola led the Dolphins in targets, catches and receiving yards in Week 9, catching five of seven targets for 47 yards. The 33-year-old receiver has thrived in the role of security blanket for Brock Osweiler, and even with Ryan Tannehill seemingly nearing a return, Amendola should continue to offer flex value moving forward. With Miami facing off against the Packers in Week 10, Amendola could be poised for a big week.

RB Elijah McGuire, New York Jets

McGuire was a popular waiver wire add last week as the Jets finally activated the second-year back off IR, but if he is still available in your league, you should strongly consider putting in a waiver claim for the young back. McGuire received half as many touches as Isaiah Crowell in Week 9, but looked more impressive than the veteran, picking up 30 yards on seven carries (4.3 yards per carry). Similar to Bilal Powell prior to his injury, McGuire played more of a role in the Jets' passing game, catching three of five targets for 37 yards. New York will likely work to get the young back more involved as he moves further past the injury that forced him to miss the first eight weeks of the season, which could make McGuire a great addition for your push to the fantasy playoffs.

WR Adam Humphries, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The one thing that has been consistent in the Tampa Bay offense this season is the fact that nothing makes sense in the Bucs' offense this season. That being said, Humphries is the latest Buccaneers wide receiver to enjoy a breakout performance after he caught all eight of his targets for 82 yards and two touchdowns in Week 9. While those numbers are great, the more important thing to note is the number of targets he's received in recent weeks. Over the last five games, the fourth-year receiver has been targeted 38 times, catching 28 of those passes. That is more than enough volume to bump Humphries up into fantasy relevance. 

WR Maurice Harris, Washington Redskins

This is more of a deeper-league add, but after his performance in Week 9, I would be hard-pressed to leave Harris off of this list. The third-year receiver emerged out of nowhere to lead Washington in targets with 12 against the Falcons Sunday, catching 10 of them for 124 yards. Granted a lot of that came in garbage time, but still, double-digit targets is not something to ignore. With the news that Paul Richardson has been lost for the season, along with the fact that Jamison Crowder has been unable to stay healthy this year, Harris all of a sudden became a very interesting waiver wire add. If you have the roster spot to spare, you might as well roll the dice on Harris, especially with a Week 10 matchup against Tampa Bay looming. 

TE Benjamin Watson, New Orleans Saints

Except for Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas, it has been tough to trust any skill players in the Saints offense this season. Drew Brees enjoys spreading the ball around, which makes it hard to predict which secondary options will go off in a given week. However, given the state of the tight end position this year, I'd be more than willing to take a chance on Watson, who has managed to find the end zone in two of his last three games. Game flow plays a significant role in Watson's usage, but the veteran tight end should be able to keep the good times rolling against a Bengals defense giving up the third-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.

Matt Citak is a Web producer for WFAN Sports Radio. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewCitak.