Week 10 Waiver Wire 2020: Fantasy Football Pickups You Need to Add
By Max Staley
The Week 10 waiver wire is nowhere near as stacked as it usually has been this year. But savvy fantasy managers can still find some value this week.
If you need some help sorting through everything, The Duel is here to help. Here are our five favorite waiver wire targets, rostered in fewer than 50% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues, to target in Week 10.
Waiver Wire Pickups Week 10
5. J.D. McKissic, RB, Washington Football Team (24% Rostered)
For most of the season, J.D. McKissic has been little more than a thorn in the side of Antonio Gibson managers. But he's clearly not going away and it's time to start viewing him as a real fantasy asset. McKissic has now reached double-digit PPR points in three of his last four outings. He also just played 83% of the team's offensive snaps and turned 14 targets into 9 catches for 65 yards. With Alex Smith at the helm the rest of the way, McKissic can be expected to thrive on check-down passes. He's probably only going to be playable in games that Washington is trailing, but don't expect the 2-6 Football Team to be leading all that often.
4. Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens (37% Rostered)
Gus Edwards' value is completely tied to Mark Ingram's health, but Ingram is not a surefire bet to suit up in Week 10. If he's out, Edwards will be a really strong RB2. His Baltimore Ravens take on a New England Patriots' defense that quietly ranks No. 30 against the run, per Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics. Edwards could be in for a huge day if Ingram remains on the shelf.
3. Curtis Samuel, WR, Carolina Panthers (30% Rostered)
Curtis Samuel has been a trendy breakout pick every year of his career. Don't look now, but it may finally be happening. Over his last four outings, Samuel is averaging 72.3 yards from scrimmage per game. There was some thought that Christian McCaffrey's return could hurt Samuel's workload, but that didn't happen. He saw a season-high 9 targets in Week 9, which he turned into 105 yards and a score. Samuel has also out-targeted D.J. Moore 20 to 14 over the past three weeks, suggesting he's going to be a key piece in this Carolina offense moving forward.
2. Kalen Ballage, RB, Los Angeles Chargers (1% Rostered)
Whoever the lead back in the Los Angeles Chargers' backfield is will be a valuable fantasy asset. Right now, it's Kalen Ballage. That may come as a surprise to anyone who watched Ballage trudge through what was statistically one of the worst RB seasons ever in 2019, averaging 1.8 yards per carry on 74 attempts, but he really showed out in Week 9. Playing an increased role after an injury to Justin Jackson, Ballage turned 18 opportunities (carries plus targets) into 84 yards from scrimmage and a TD. As long as Austin Ekeler and Jackson remain sidelined, Ballage should be a solid FLEX option.
1. Duke Johnson Jr., RB, Houston Texans (16% Rostered)
Like Ingram and Ballage, Duke Johnson Jr.'s fantasy outlook is completely tied to the health of David Johnson. But with the Houston Texans' starter attempting to recover from a concussion, Duke could be a really valuable asset in Week 10. The Texans take on a Cleveland Browns' run defense that ranks No. 20 in DVOA. Duke will be on the RB2 radar if David can't give it a go in Week 10.
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