Halfway through the season, many fantasy teams are already out due to massive injuries. Sixteen teams are yet to say goodbye and in Week 10 the Ravens, Bengals, Patriots and Jets get a chance to rest after nine games.
Here’s a look at some of the early options for the week 10 waiver:
Justin FieldsChicago bears
Last week, Fields established himself as a viable quarterback in all formats after scoring a season-high three points against the Cowboys. Added Chicago Chase Claypool at the close, which should help its value in the passing game. Fields turned into a beast in Week 9 (301 combined yards with four touchdowns). His ground has been sensational in the last four matchups (12/88, 14/82/1, 8/60/1 and 15/178/1) in the running game, but he’s only passed in one 200-yard contest (208/1 ). Fields should be considered one of the top 8 quarterbacks at this point in the season, with an exciting second half in store. His matchup against the lions in week 10 indicates another elite outing.
Baker MayfieldCarolina Panthers
The Panthers challenged Mayfield in the second half of a blowout game against the Bengals. He responded with 155 yards and two touchdowns, which showed him against the start Thursday night hawks. Atlanta came in 29th in quarterback defense (24.98 FPPG) in Week 9. So Mayfield this week only makes sense for someone digging deep in the quarterback pool to cover along the way Lamar Jackson and Joe Burrow are goodbye
Zack MossIndianapolis foal
The Colts’ juice on offense left the building following injuries to Matt Ryan and Jonathan Taylor. Shipped with Nyheim Hines buffalo, Deon Jackson jumped to running back in Week 9. However, his ceiling is much lower since Indy plays with a backup quarterback (only 36 combined yards with two catches against the Patriots). Next week, Moss should be the Colts’ backup when Taylor isn’t playing. For now, Moss is just an insurance card until he shows more life on the field and there’s a better update on the health of Taylor’s ankle issue.
Cordarrelle Patterson, not defined
After missing four games with an ankle injury, Patterson returned in Week 9 against the Charger. Atlanta gave him 14 touches, resulting in 53 yards with two touchdowns and a catch. The Falcons will continue to rotate in two backs, but Patterson has the best all-around ability. He should be in short roster formats with no injured reserves in the free agent pool.
AJ dillon, not defined
I’m sure Dillon has been sidelined in many domestic leagues with limited squad spots after a boring start in the first eight weeks (8.05 FPPG in PPR formats). However, Aaron Jones left his matchup with a left foot injury, giving Dillon a path to an entry-level job at least next week. He tends to be a better cold-weather runner, so of course his value should improve in the second half of the year. Dillon should be a top-15 running back if Jones is out for multiple games.
Samori Toure, Green Bay Packers
Wide receiver position continues to be a weakness for Aaron Rodgers. Romeo Doubs left this week’s game with an ankle injury that looks like a multi-week problem. Additionally, Christian Watson suffered another hard blow, leading to an early retirement with a possible concussion. Next man appeared to be Samori Toure, who had eight goals with three catches, 71 yards and a score over the past two weeks. Green Bay drafted him in the seventh round this year, and while his ceiling doesn’t tower too high, a starting roll at week 10 can lead to a bye-week cover.
DeAndre Carter, not defined
After struggling with an injury in Week 9, Carter was able to play against the Falcons. He finished with five catches for 53 yards on six targets while working as the Chargers’ second wide receiver. If Joshua Palmer (8/106) isn’t in the player pool, Carter would be a viable fill-in wideout in lower formats until Keenan Allen returning from his hamstring injury.