Week 9 is in the books, and now it’s time to go mining for fantasy football wide receivers for Week 10 and beyond. Receivers are the easiest to find on the waiver wire but also desperately hard to get right week in and week out. This week is no different, so let’s take a close look at who is out there waiting to make your team into a champion.
We’ll take a look at players who are available in the majority of ESPN fantasy football leagues. There aren’t any high FAAB adds this week, but there is talent out there with room to grow.
We are in the heart of the bye weeks, as the Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington will all get a week off, which means a bevy of reliable receivers will be on your bench. DeAndre Hopkins, Courtland Sutton, Julian Edelman, D.J. Chark, Alshon Jeffery, and Terry McLaurin will all need to take a seat in Week 10.
DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins (22.8 percent)
Parker has now found the end zone in four of his last five games and has topped 55 receiving yards in five of his previous six games, including 4-of-6 receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown against the Jets. And now that we’ve got word that Preston Williams is done for the season, Parker becomes more of a priority on your waiver wire.
Zach Pascal, Indianapolis Colts (6.6 percent)
Pascal put together a strong game against the Steelers in Week 9, as he caught 5-of-6 targets for 76 yards and a touchdown. Two weeks ago, he caught 6-of-7 targets for 106 yards and two touchdowns and sandwiched in between those was a one catch for six yards dud. T.Y. Hilton looks like he’ll miss this week, so Pascal should be a worthwhile play against the Dolphins.
Hunter Renfrow, Oakland Raiders (2,9 percent)
Renfrow has now scored in each of his last two games. He’s also seen an 18 percent target share in those two games, which is the highest on the team. The rookie continues to get more involved, and after a tough matchup with the Chargers, he’ll get the Bengals and Jets, which should be good streaming starts for him during the bye weeks.
A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans (15.1 percent)
Brown has put up more good stats than bad since Ryan Tannehill took over. Last week against the Panthers, he caught 4-of-7 targets for 81 yards. In his first game with Tannehill, he caught 6-of-8 passes for 64 yards and then in his next, he caught just 2-of-3 passes for 11 yards, but also found the end zone. It’s been piecemeal, but he’s now seen 18 targets, 136 yards and a touchdown in his last three games.
Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons ( .1 percent)
Gage has taken over for Mohamed Sanu, and in his first game as a starter, he caught 7-of-9 passes for 58 yards. That game did have inflated pass attempts with Matt Schaub chucking the ball 52 times. Still, the Falcons passing offense will remain prolific, especially with their pass defense nearing rock-bottom statistically.
Alex Erickson, Cincinnati Bengals (1.9 percent)
Erickson isn’t someone I would usually push, but he’s forced his way onto the fantasy radar with 21 targets over the last two games, the sixth most in the league. He’s also produced with those targets, catching 14 for 234 yards. Ryan Finley and the Bengals aren’t going to be efficient, but they are going to throw the ball often, as Andy Dalton averaged 42.2 attempts per game before getting benched. The Ravens will be a tough matchup this week, but the Raiders wait on the other side.
Josh Reynolds, Los Angeles Rams (.9 percent)
Brandin Cooks had a good visit with a concussion specialist according to NFLN’s Ian Rapoport reporting there shouldn’t be a “long-term recovery. But Cooks has now had two concussions this season, and the team will be cautious. With Cooks out much of Week 8, Reynolds caught 3-of-8 targets for 73 yards and a touchdown.