Week 10 In the Scope Targets
“In the Scope” is a unique weekly article that won’t solely focus on giving readers mainstream fantasy football waiver wire pickups. Instead, we aim to recommend the top free agents to acquire after waivers run. These players may be the top pickups next week, saving you Free Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB) and waiver priority. So whether you’re trying to grab the leftover mainstream fantasy football waiver wire Week 10 pickups or the longer-ranged free agents, below are some options to consider.
Rostership percentages are based on ESPN Points Per Reception (PPR) redraft fantasy football leagues as of Wednesday, Nov. 9.
Check Your Waivers: Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 10 Pickups
• Jeff Wilson Jr. (RB, Miami Dolphins) | 67.2 percent
• Isiah Pacheco (RB, Kansas City Chiefs) | 24.7 percent
• Justin Fields (QB, Chicago Bears) | 79.8 percent
• Daniel Jones (QB, New York Giants) | 48.6 percent
• Jimmy Garoppolo (QB, San Francisco 49ers) | 25.3 percent
• Donovan Peoples-Jones (WR, Cleveland Browns) | 15.1 percent
• Terrace Marshall Jr. (WR, Carolina Panthers) | 14.6 percent
• Isaiah Likely (TE, Baltimore Ravens) | 35.1 percent
• Greg Dulcich (TE, Denver Broncos) | 38.1 percent
• Cade Otton (TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) | 8.5 percent
In the Scope Targets: Top Fantasy Football Free Agent Week 10 Finds
Kenneth Gainwell (RB, Philadelphia Eagles) | 8.4 Percent
I don’t like Kenneth Gainwell as a prospect better than current Eagles’ starter Miles Sanders. However, the Eagles have Super Bowl aspirations, and Sanders has 131 carries at the halfway point, approaching his career-high in carries (179).
The Eagles are currently the No. 1 team in game script rating, meaning they lead games more than any other franchise. With heavy-favorited matchups against Washington, Indianapolis and Green Bay on the horizon for Philadelphia, they could turn to Gainwell more to preserve Sanders.
Gainwell is averaging 4.4 Yards Per Carry (YPC) and has found paydirt three times this season in a limited role. While it’s speculative, I’m stashing Gainwell after the waiver wire runs in Week 10, hoping Nick Sirianni wants to spell Sanders more in the second half of the season. Gainwell could be a spot-start in favorable matchups against Indianapolis and Green Bay if he does. – Seth Woolcock
Juwan Johnson (TE, New Orleans Saints) | 8.8 percent
When needed, Juwan Johnson has been a beast downfield. And with tight ends dropping like flies, stashing someone like Johnson could be the answer to your suffering lineups in the coming weeks.
Of the nine games he’s played so far this season, he’s had 258 yards over 23 receptions and three touchdowns. His average snap-share of 69 percent proves that the team wants to utilize him. Sure, Adam Trautman was out for two of those games. However, he stepped up and had 42 receiving yards and a score in his last game against the Ravens.
He’s a good intermediate target for either Andy Dalton or Jameis Winston under center. The Saints play the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers in the next three weeks. Johnson is a deep stash in a “wait and see” season with the thinnest waiver wires we’ve seen in a long time. – Jen Polvogt
Rachaad White (RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) | 21.7 Percent
Things are bad for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ offense, and they don’t seem to be getting better. They are working with a depleted offensive line, and getting any spark on offense has been challenging. However, rookie running back Rachaad White has been a nice compliment to starter Leonard Fournette this season. He could be a player quarterback Tom Brady and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich look to for some ignition.
White has been involved in various ways in Tampa Bay this season, including on special teams. However, the last two weeks have seen him getting more work on offense, peaking this week when he had a season-high 29 snaps out of the backfield. The increased opportunity likely stems from his recent efficiency in the run game, where he has averaged four YPC over the team’s last three games. In contrast, Fournette has only managed 2.4 YPC in that same span.
If the Buccaneers’ fortunes are going to turn around, things certainly have to change. They have been the worst rushing team in the league, consequently averaging 60.7 yards per game. White’s efficiency could be a considerable part of Brady keeping this team contending in a weak division. – Nate Polvogt