Welcome to Wavier Wire Tuesday, week ten edition.

The 2018 season is at the midway point and by this time, you should have a pretty good feel for where your season is headed. There are one of three places you're in right now:

  1. You're top of the pop, in the upper tier of your league and basically a lock for the playoffs.
  2. You're right at or around .500 and trying to make that push to get into the playoffs because in your mind, once you make the playoffs, anything can happen.
  3. Things haven't gone how you planned and you're in the bottom portion of your league trying not to finish in last place to avoid the annual league punishment.

This week we continue with the dreaded bye weeks in the NFL and we're back to just four teams on the bye (thank goodness). The teams that are on a bye this week: Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens, and Houston Texans.

Now, it's time to see which players I'm targeting this week on your waiver wires, as we've talked about, the waiver wire when used correctly, can be a deadly weapon to the success of your season.

The choice is yours and yours alone. Choose wisely, my friends.

Running Backs:

Duke Johnson (CLE vs. ATL, Owned in 49% of ESPN Leagues)

Wholesale changes with the Cleveland Browns coaching staff have left Gregg Williams in charge and Freddie Kitchens managing the offense. For at least one week they made a concerted effort to get Duke Johnson the football and it worked out very nicely. He caught nine passes for a team-high 78 yards and two touchdowns. This is the production we were hoping to see out of Johnson all season but he was never utilized properly. You've got about a 50-50 shot at him being on your waiver wire if he's there pick him up and hope the new regime keeps the Duke heavily involved.

Wendall Smallwood (PHI vs. DAL, Owned in 35% of ESPN Leagues)

The Philadelphia Eagles are coming off their bye week fresh and ready to take on a very average Dallas Cowboys team that just lost at home on Monday Night Football to the Tennessee Titans.... Need I say more? The running back group has been a bit of a mixed bag of late for the Eagles but Smallwood has seemed to be your most consistent option. Over the previous four weeks, he's averaged just over 10 fantasy points per game. He's not going to be spectacular for you but he certainly has the potential to be very useful.

Elijah McGuire (NYJ vs. BUF, Owned in 9% of ESPN Leagues)

Here ya go Ragin' Cajun fans, this one is for you! The former Cajun himself was back in action in week nine and he came up with about eight fantasy points for you last week carrying the ball six times for 23 yards and caught three of five targets for 37 yards. His effectiveness is more of receiving the ball out of the backfield, therefore, if you're in a PPR league McGuire could be a solid weapon or depth piece for you moving forward.

Wide Receivers:

Mike/Tyrell Williams (LAC at OAK, Owned in 21%/35% of ESPN Leagues)

From time to time I like to give you a little two for one when it comes to fantasy players to pick up, this week it works out even better with two guys on the same team with the same last name yet no relation. Mike and Tyrell Williams for the Los Angeles Chargers, they both had solid games last week putting up about 9.4 points each and this week they face the Oakland Raiders who have shown to be one of the worst teams in the league this year. The Raiders are currently ranked 21st in the league in pass defense so there should be plenty of opportunities for all weapons to be deployed for Los Angeles in Oakland this weekend.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling (GB vs. MIA, Owned in 21% of ESPN Leagues)

The Green Bay Packers haven't been functioning as the well-oiled machine we're used to seeing on offense. Some of that has to do with injuries, untimely turnovers, and lack of creativity from the coaching staff. However, the injuries to the wide receivers have given us a better look at one of the youngsters and this cat Marquez Valdes-Scantling has impressed. It seems like every week Aaron Rodgers is getting more comfortable with him and trusting him more and more to make plays. He's recorded double-digit fantasy points in each of his last four games and over that span, he's averaged just under 13 points per game. Also, the Packers announced today that Geronimo Allison will be placed on injured reserved.

Tight End:

Vernon Davis (WSH, Owned in 3% of ESPN Leagues)

The Washington Redskins suffered a tough loss to the Atlanta Falcons last week but Vernon Davis was able to contribute and help you fantasy wise. Davis brought in five of seven targets for 62 yards and he's got a favorable matchup this week when the Redskins take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who rank 30th against tight ends.

Best of luck in week ten!

 

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