From an obscure third-stringer who shattered the record books to a tight end who’s poised for a breakout second half, Breakout Live examines the best waiver wire pickups heading into week 10 of the NFL.
Did you watch Thursday Night Football last week? You probably didn’t. Few did. How can you not like a kid from Southern Miss who wears #4 just like Brett Favre? Mullens broke all of Favre’s records at Southern Miss, according to Favre, who called Mullens after the game during his on-air interview. Mullens shattered multiple records for a first time starter that are actually too lengthy to list. Suffice it to say he’s in rarefied air with his performance, up with Hall of Famers. Yes, it was against a tanking Raiders team but impressive nonetheless. Richard Sherman, who has seen his fair share of great quarterbacks, wasn’t surprised at all, saying he sees that same guy in practice everyday making those kinds of plays. Sherman refers to him as “BDN,” which if you add him, you can re-name your fantasy team to as well.
The switch of offensive coordinators away from Todd Haley to Freddie Kitchens, who never called a game at any level, seems to have breathed new life into Mayfield. Baker had the most passing yards in a non-overtime game and his highest completion percentage for a full game under Kitchens’ direction this season. He fired up two touchdowns and one pick. The Browns don’t exactly face murderer’s row with their remaining schedule, either. Atlanta and Cincinnati are next, and both offer up high fantasy-point potential.
Monday night is your chance to see if Dak Prescott is any better with the addition of Amari Cooper, who will be targeted early and often. Lamar Jackson might be one game away from becoming the starter in Baltimore. If the Ravens drop their 4th straight coming out of the bye, the Flacco era in Baltimore may come to a merciful end.
If you have Chris Carson you need Davis as a handcuff. If you don’t have Carson, you may need Davis, as Carson hasn’t been a picture of health since coming into the league last season. Anyone who runs as violently as Carson does is going to get hurt. It’s a matter of when, not if, with him. Mike Davis isn’t really all that different, as he runs like a maniac and has a troubling injury history as well. Davis tallied 15 carries after Carson left the game with a thigh injury. He racked up 62 yards on those carries and added 7 catches for 45 yards, which is a bonus for PPR players. Davis doesn’t have an easy schedule in front of him, but he does get the Niners and Chiefs during the playoffs in Weeks 15 and 16.
Back after half a season on IR with a foot issue, it was unrealistic to expect McGuire to return as the bellcow with the Jets. He only carried it 7 times for 30 yards and caught 3 of 5 targets for 37 yards, but that’s not a bad day for a guy coming off such a long time on the shelf. The Jets have nothing but pride and development to play for. Isaiah Crowell may not be back for $5 million next season, so why not get a nice long look at your 2nd year back from Lousiana-Lafayette, who turned heads last season and in preseason this year? McGuire gets the warm weather, dome-dwelling Texans and the potentially nothing-to-play-for Packers during the playoff and gets the Bills, twice, along the way.
Bill O’Brien said Foreman was going to return to practice during their bye week, starting his 3-week clock on activation or IR for the season. Foreman is trying to get back after a brutal Achilles injury ruined his rookie season. Foreman is a load to tackle and could help the 6-3 Texans down the stretch with his fresh legs meeting beat-up defenses and guys who have checked out, who don’t want to try tackling the bull that Foreman is, for business decisions.
In a bit of a surprise, Howie Roseman didn’t add a running back before the deadline, adding Golden Tate to the WR stable instead. There must be something he saw there that made him feel comfortable with what he had at the position, and I don’t believe it was Smallwood or Clement as he was rumored to be, calling around when it was just those two carrying it after Ajayi was lost for the season. Adams has peeked through the clouds a little the last two outings. The former Notre Damer offers the most upside in Philly and is worth an add if you need help at the position or if you’re trying to block a rival from boosting their running back position.
The Colts are finally whole on offense and look poised to make a run in the 2nd half. Marlon Mack is the guy in Indy, but he’s one stubbed toe in the locker room from missing more time as he’s not held up well as a pro health-wise. The volume was there last time out for Hines, as he got enough work behind Mack to make him a viable stand-alone running back, especially in PPR where he excels as a pass-catcher. A nice handcuff for Mack owners who know all the joys and pains of being a Mack owner.
Theo Riddick tied for the team lead in targets against Minnesota, but that might have been due to the heavy pressure Stafford was under all day that netted the Vikings 10 sacks. Or it could mean Riddick is a big part of the solution in picking up the slack left over from Golden Tate’s trade to Philadelphia, and his targets that were supposed to be absorbed by Jones and Golladay, who had a quiet outing in Minnesota. A potential PPR add. Cordarrelle Patterson showed vs. Green Bay that, like Ty Montgomery, perhaps he was miscast as a wide receiver. Patterson was running over Packers defenders on Sunday night. He’s someone to consider if Sony Michel and James White are both out with injuries, but if either is around, Patterson has little value in playing him in your WR spot hoping for solid RB production.
His stock just keeps going up and up and received another boost with word that Geronimo Allison may need groin surgery, leaving MVS as the 2nd option opposite Davante Adams the ROS. MVS posted his second 100-yard game over his last three as a rookie vs. New England Sunday night. Over the years, few rookies have made the impact at WR for the Packers as MVS. Rodgers isn’t one to just give his trust to, but MVS has earned it week after week as the mistakes have lessened and the big plays increase. Two cautions: Rodgers lamented not throwing it to Adams over and over in his post-game presser, and Jake Kumerow, who really caught Rodgers eye in preseason, might be returning from IR as a potential target thief.
Keke Coutee will look to regain his place in the Texans pecking order after Houston shelled out big bucks for Demaryius Thomas, but he still has nice upside potential. DeVante Parker remains the most talented WR on the waiver wire, but after his breakout vs. Houston, he went right back into obscurity and we’ve all seen this from him before. Tannehill might be back at QB, so who really knows what to expect out of the erratic Parker? Christian Kirk and rookie quarterback Josh Rosen are the future in Arizona as the team plays out the string on a lost season, and last time out it was Kirk catching the game-winner from Rosen against the Niners. That connection should grow but maybe not enough to be of use to you down the stretch. Quincy Enunwa is back but Sam Darnold seems to be regressing. Enunwa made one of Sunday’s best catches and was Darnold’s favorite target early in the season. Perhaps they rekindle their old magic. Tre’Quan Smith still isn’t getting the volume (only 3 targets vs. Rams) hoped for when Ted Ginn went out, although he did score a touchdown vs. the Rams. Anthony Miller is 2nd fiddle to Allen Robinson when AROB returns, but Miller might develop into more down the stretch as he’s clearly talented, but volume questions remain even with Robinson out of the way. Josh Doctson has teased us fantasy players for years. With Paul Richardson done for the year, Doctson is the best WR on that roster, but the Redskins offense is abysmal with Alex Smith looking like a big time free-agent bust. Watch for the Packers to activate Jake Kumerow. Rodgers loves the guy and he has a chance to be a dark horse breakout WR for the Packers down the stretch.
Give me all the Jack Doyle shares. He’s the number one waiver wire add for Week 10. I added him on his bye, knowing that would leave me without a TE for Week 9. I was undefeated and willing to take the risk of an open spot in Week 9 for Doyle’s ROS value. A gamble that likely cost me my first loss of the fantasy season on Yahoo!, but worth it in the grand scheme because he is Andrew Luck’s favorite target. There’s so little out there that this is like winning twice adding Doyle. You get a TE1 and don’t have to worry about that black hole position anymore. I expect the Colts to go on a run in the 2nd half and for Doyle to be a big part of it.
Whoa. Where did that performance come from? Heuerman came into the game with 33 career receptions and only 15 in 2018. He grabbed a whopping 10 vs. the Texans on Sunday for 83 yards and a touchdown. Usually, you’d think this was some kind of anomaly, but considering it happened the first game out from the Demaryius Thomas trade, when it was supposed to be Courland Sutton’s coming out party, gives me pause that Heuerman might be legit.
The targets seem to be capped at 4 per game, but Herndon produces when he gets them catching all 4 for 62 scoreless yards against the Dolphins. Previously, he’d hauled in Darnold TD passes in 3 consecutive games. At least his 62 yards were an encouraging sign as his most of the season.
Hunter Henry was just reported to be a possibility for return by the end of November. A potential shot in the arm at the position for those of you who have struggled at the position like many have. Even Gronk has been a big time bust this season. Henry is worth a dice roll if you have someone you can part with on your roster. Nick Vannett was the tight end Wilson targeted vs. the Chargers, not Ed Dickson, who wasn’t targeted at all. 6 for 52 and a touchdown is not a bad outing for Vannett. Perhaps Vannett is what Will Dissly looked to be as we get ready for the stretch run. Throw as many darts at this position as you can until something sticks. If you have Travis Kelce, we all hate you. Kidding. Kind of.