Workin the Wire for Week 10

6 Nov 2018 - 3:23pm | Roto Coach | Updated: 6 Nov 2018 - 5:33pm | Likes: 22 Like 
Workin the Wire for Week 10

Quarterbacks

Marcus Mariota-Tennessee Titans: The 2018 Tennessee offense has been about as enigmatic as they come. After a Week 4 shootout between Mariota and Carson Wentz that seemed to suggest the Titans passing attack was on the upswing, Mariota and company posted back to back clunkers against Buffalo and Jacksonville. But things have taken a turn of late, as the Titans have bracketed their Week 8 bye with a pair of more respectable showings. The numbers are far from exciting, but the fourth year quarterback has posted back to back games north of 200 yards passing (His only other game with more than 200 passing yards was the 344 he threw for against the Eagles in Week 4.) with three touchdown passes to just 1 interception, while completing nearly 75% of his passes. But it may be the rushing that is most encouraging here, as Mariota has rushed 17 times for 70 yards and a touchdown over his past two games, after logging just 24 carries over his first five. If we see more of the same in the next few weeks then the rushing could bolster his totals, particularly with New England and Indianapolis’s less than impressive linebacking groups chasing him around.

Lamar Jackson-Baltimore Ravens: This is obviously a look-ahead type addition, as the Ravens season is slowing slipping away. Jackson hasn’t been asked to do a whole lot in limited snaps so far this season, but we know if he sees late season starts that the rushing upside could immediately catapult him into weekly top ten fantasy contention at the position. Baltimore is on a bye this week, and John Harbaugh has already dispelled the notion that the Ravens might make a change during break. Still, it’s likely the Ravens emerge from the bye three games behind in the division and fighting to keep hopes of Wild Card berth alive so if they don’t get it turned around quick we should see the rookie.

Running Backs

Elijah McGuire-New York Jets: As anticipated, McGuire slotted into the Bilal Powell role in the Jets offense this week, but the production wasn’t really there. In fairness, the Jets struggled mightily to move the football and anyone considering McGuire had to at least be encouraged by the 7 carries for 30 yards rushing and 3 catches on 5 targets for another 37 receiving. With a difficult schedule the rest of the way for New York, McGuire might be the back to own. He’s pretty clearly going to get the targets in the passing game and the way the schedule sets up it’s unlikely there are many run-heavy game scripts on the horizon.

Josh Adams-Philadelphia Eagles: Post-trade deadline and bye week for Philadelphia, nothing has changed with respect the Eagles backfield or Josh Adams so my take remains the same:

With Darren Sproles showing his age and Jay Ajayi already on IR, the Eagles backfield has come down to Wendell Smallwood, Corey Clement, and Josh Adams. Heading out of their Week 9 bye, it actually looks like the struggling Clement could be the player phased out going forward. I continue to think he’s dealing with an injury, but regardless, he just hasn’t been able to generate anything as a runner or receiver the past couple weeks, while Smallwood has been better in the passing game and Adams has been surprisingly productive as a rusher. The rookie is a grinder that can keep defenses honest, and he’s what Philly will need to help close out games as the weather gets colder. The Eagles are off this week, but it may be worth grabbing Adams now as running back injuries continue to pile up around the league.

Mike Davis-Seattle Seahawks: Nearly as certain as death and taxes, is the appearance of Mike Davis in a second-half of the NFL season waiver wire column. Despite being the number one back in Seattle, Chris Carson just can’t seem to stay healthy, leaving last week’s game with a thigh injury. From that point on it was all Mike Davis (including 8 targets in the passing game), with a handful of touches for Rashaad Penny thrown in. Assuming Carson is out, expect more of the same in Week 10 against the Rams. And any significant missed time for Carson would put Davis in line for some solid matchups against Green Bay, Carolina and San Francisco in the weeks ahead.

Wide Receivers

Tre’Quan Smith-New Orleans Saints: Playing in a loaded offense it’s hard to guarantee targets for Smith in the Saints passing game. But we did see him find the end zone against the Rams, and he’s the clear WR2 in the New Orleans offense. His big play ability makes him more of a boom bust option in the right matchups. This week’s opponent, Cincinnati, is definitely one that falls on the plus side, as the secondary has struggle mightily of late.

John Ross-Cincinnati Bengals: Staying healthy hasn’t exactly been Ross’s forte since getting to the NFL. Hell, he wasn’t even that good at it in college. But there’s no denying the big play ability of the Bengals second year receiver. The injury to A.J. Green leaves quite a void in the Cincinnati passing attack, especially with the tight end position now being manned by a gimpy C.J. Uzomah. Ross kicked off the week as a full practice participant so there’s a huge opportunity for him over the next couple weeks and he needs to be owned. Whether or not he can deliver on his chance is anybody’s guess.

Christian Kirk-Arizona Cardinals: Coming out of the bye Larry Fitzgerald is the top option in the Arizona passing game, and even if the Cardinals took the time off to figure out how to ramp up David Johnson’s target volume, Kirk should be a viable option the next couple of weeks. This week Arizona will visit Arrowhead where they’re already a 17 point underdog. Josh Rosen will have to throw a ton, and the Chiefs secondary isn’t exactly an imposing matchup. Just from a shear volume standpoint, Kirk should be in play. The following week is a similar scenario where Arizona will host a Raiders team that just got carved up by a Nick Mullens-led 49ers team on Thursday night.

Tight End

Chris Herndon-New York Jets: The case for Herndon is that both Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson returned in some fashion his week, and Herndon still saw 4 targets, securing all of them for 62 yards. It was the first week he failed to find the end zone since late September, but he still managed to add some low end value to a dreadful position. With tight end being ravaged by injury, he’s stream-worthy particularly against New England’s slow linebackers this week.

As always, this list is made up of players that are 30% owned or less in Yahoo leagues, and if you happen to be looking at a guy that falls above that threshold or can’t figure out why I left a player off the list, feel free to ping me on Twitter @rotocoach with any questions.

 
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