The NFL is headed into the final game of Week 9, with a Monday Night Football matchup pitting division rivals the Dallas Cowboys against the New York Giants tonight. We’ll keep an eye on that game to see what possible waiver wire wonders might emerge, but until then, let’s take a look at the best waiver options going into Week 10.
We are closing in on the fantasy playoffs, so If you’re anywhere in the mix in your leagues, be sure to scour your team for the coming byes and make sure you are covered as we close in on the end of the season.
With that in mind, here are ten of the best players available in at least 50 percent of fantasy leagues, per ESPN ownership rates.
Jaylen Samuels, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (49.4 percent)
Samuels didn’t put up big offensive numbers against the Colts, but he did catch 13 passes for 73 yards, which is PPR gold even with a lost fumble. Mason Rudolph did not play well and instead checked down to Samuels over and over. James Conner could be back next week against the Rams, but Adam Schefter reports that he is “in jeopardy” of missing Week 10 as well. With the way Rudolph is playing, it would behoove the Steelers to keep Samuels involved as a receiver even if Conner plays, but if he doesn’t, we should expect another strong PPR performance.
Josh Gordon, WR, Seattle Seahawks (43.3 percent)
Gordon passed his physical and will practice with Seattle this week with the goal of starting on Monday night against the 49ers. Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf have shown that they can handle the job, but Gordon is good enough to slide right in and produce, especially with Russell Wilson performing his usual magic.
Ronald Jones, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (38.6)
Jones took over as the lead back for Tampa Bay in Seattle, rushing 18 times for 67 yards and a touchdown, while catching both of his targets for 15 more yards. Peyton Barber had just four carries for 15 yards while Dare Ogunbowale caught one pass for 12 yards and scored from one-yard out on his only carry late in the game. It appears that this is finally Jones’ job. He gets a good matchup with Arizona next week.
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers (33.5 percent)
Garoppolo broke out in Week 9, as he completed over 75 percent of his passes for 317 yards and four touchdowns against Arizona on Thursday night. He also made throws you don’t see “game managers” make. His performance should get him more work moving forward, and he gets two favorable matchups over the next two weeks against Seattle and Arizona again during heavy bye weeks.
Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders ( 34.9 percent)
Carr has now thrown two or more touchdowns in five of his last six games and has topped 285 passing yards in his previous three after putting up 289 yards and two touchdowns on the Lions in Week 9. Next week he gets a tough matchup at home against the Chargers, but then two great matchups against the Bengals and Jets. If you need a streamer for Week’s 11 and 12, Carr is a good one.
Mike Gesicki, TE, Miami Dolphins (2.4 percent)
Gesicki has taken a long time to get going, now in his sophomore season, but he has shown positive signs of late. Against the Jets this week, he put together the best game of his career, as he caught all six of hist targets for 95 yards. He’s not likely to have much consistency, but if Preston Williams misses time, his target numbers could get a boost.
Noah Fant, TE, Denver Broncos (7.8 percent)
Fant showed his beastly ability in the open field with a 75-yard catch and run touchdown against the Browns in Week 9. He ended up catching 4-of-4 targets for 115 yards. He continues to see his usage rise incrementally, and the absence of Emmanuel Sanders is only helping that. Quarterback Brandon Allen showed well for himself in his debut, so maybe there is a chance Fant can have some consistency. There’s no doubt he had the ability, and even if he doesn’t become a target hog, he should be able to put up a few more games like this with an uptick in opportunity.
J.D. McKissic, RB, Detroit Lions (5.9 percent)
McKissic was Ty Johnson’s backup but outplayed him, as he touched the ball seven times for 72 yards and a touchdown while Johnson had 12 touches for 36 yards and no scores. McKissic isn’t a priority add. Still, his receiving touchdown and lead in targets with four to Johnson’s three are likely good signs for his continued work as a passing-down back. With the Lions defense playing poorly week in and week out, he should have plenty of opportunities to see snaps in come-from-behind mode.