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Can you believe we are in Week 10 of the NFL season? This week's topic is geared more towards those in deeper leagues with 12+ teams and 20+ roster spots. Some comments and thoughts will still apply to others who don't specifically fit those criteria, but for the most part, this is for those who have limited choices on the waiver wire.
This week I want to focus on some proactive waiver wire claims that could propel your team forward if one or more of these pickups hit. We often see a waiver gem help teams in the playoffs and this year should be no different. Keep in mind, a proactive waiver claim isn't intended to be a quick solution, but more of a shark move that has the potential to give your lineup a boost. Examples of notable waiver pickups from this year include Cordarrelle Patterson, Khalil Herbert, Pat Freiermuth, Darrel Williams, Chuba Hubbard, K.J. Osborn, Kadarius Toney, among others. Several of these players have made a sizeable impact on rosters everywhere. Last year, James Robinson, Mike Davis, Justin Herbert, Justin Jefferson, and Jakobi Meyers fit these criteria and were instrumental in helping many fantasy rosters in the stretch run in 2020. These waiver pickups weren't expected to amount to much when picked up, but the potential for success was there. Making good on such moves can fix or strengthen your team and/or your season. Many players have already made themselves known but that doesn't mean others won't appear. Here's a look at some players to target at each position.
PROACTIVE & REACTIVE WAIVER PICKUPS
Proactive & Reactive
Mike White, New York Jets - Zach Wilson is still dealing with a knee injury that could shelve him a few weeks, and they may elect to keep him on the bench to learn the game before rushing him back onto the field only for him to fall flat as we saw in the first quarter of the season. White came in, made plays, executed the short passing game to a tee, and showed that he can command the offense. We'll see White again in Week 10 vs the Bills. It's not the best matchup, but he's worth a flier in deeper, two-quarterback leagues.
Colt McCoy, Arizona - Could Arizona elect to keep Kyler Murray (ankle) sidelined in Week 10 in a winnable game against Carolina? A game where they are favored by 10 points. If so, Colt McCoy becomes a fantasy option in Superflex leagues. McCoy was 22-for-26 for 249 yards, 1 touchdown, plus 23 yards rushing last week against San Francisco.
P.J. Walker, Carolina - The Panthers are finding out that the second-round investment in Sam Darnold may not pay off. Darnold has a shoulder injury (fractured right scapula), which may be hindering his ability, but it also may have nothing to do with his lack of execution. The injury means Darnold will likely miss several weeks. Carolina has their bye in Week 13, so we may not see Darnold until Week 14, if at all if Walker performs well. Walker isn't a great answer for Carolina but he's the best they have outside of Darnold at the moment. They recently signed Matt Barkley, who may be the better choice at quarterback if Walker does not pan out. As of now, Walker knows the offense best so he'll get the start. If you're in a Superflex league and need a break at quarterback, Walker may be available to snag as a starter.
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